Our firm is excited to announce that Colleen Barberis was featured in the
July issue of Peninsula People. Although Colleen has nearly 20 years of
hands-on litigation experience, she possesses a lifelong familiarity with
the law, having grown up around it since she was a young girl.
Patricia Barberis, Colleen’s mother, founded our firm when Colleen
was little. Colleen saw the impact her mother had on the lives of those
in the community and was eager to do the same. She began volunteering
at her mom’s law office in high school, often answering phones or
filing paperwork. “I absorbed the atmosphere around me,” Colleen
says, “and I saw that the biggest aspect is helping people in times
It took a rather catastrophic event, however, for Colleen to realize that
she was meant to follow in her mother’s footsteps. After studying
English literature at UC Santa Barbara and Oral Roberts University, she
worked as a technical writer and editor for a medical/legal firm. At the
same time, she started law school of at the University of West Los Angeles.
While Colleen enjoyed writing, her passion for law never fully disappeared.
She finally acted on this passion when the firm she wrote for was destroyed
by a fire in the Rodney King riots. Colleen became an appellate clerk
for the county council, Department of Children & Family Services.
She graduated from law school in the top five percent of her class and
joined her mother’s firm.
Resolving Family Conflict with Tenacity & Compassion
Since coming alongside her mother, Colleen has dedicated herself to assisting
families in the midst of divorce and custody issues. Clients are encouraged
to tell their full side of the story and both Barberis’ work through
the issues with a keen sense of insightfulness.
Some of the most difficult cases Colleen takes on are when she acts as
minor’s counsel. Allegations and parental conflict can make it challenging
to reach favorable resolutions, but Colleen never gives up on those she
Colleen and her mother are living proof that the gender gap which previously
existed in the legal field has greatly dissipated. Patricia noted that
law was not an open field to women in her generation. But for Colleen’s
era, nearly half of the graduates at her law school were women.
The Barberis’ continue to strive for excellence in their field of
family law and aren’t afraid to deliver legal toughness in the courtroom.
After all, their clients are most important and deserve the very best
representation that Colleen and Patricia can possibly provide.
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If you are in need of a dedicated
family law attorney in Torrance or the South Bay, don’t hesitate to
contact Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation today.