Mello & Pickering, LLP was founded by longtime friends and San Jose family law attorneys, Traci Pickering and Jennifer Mello. Our law firm was established on a foundation of commitment, advocacy, a love of family law, and a genuine desire to help people achieve clarity and resolution in their family matters. Our main goal is to see each of our clients through to the successful conclusion of their case.
Our law firm is exclusively devoted to the practice of family law, and we pride ourselves on being responsive and attentive to our clients. Our job is to listen to you, lay out your legal options, and ultimately guide you to the best resolution possible.
As family law experts, we are professional and knowledgeable about what we do, and our years of experience in family law, litigation, and settlement negotiations allow us to provide our clients with the best quality legal service.
We represent wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, stepparents, and grandparents in the following family law areas:
- Legal Separation
- Child Support
- Spousal Support/Alimony
- Child Custody/Visitation
- Modification of Orders
- Set Aside of Prior Support Orders
- Unbundled Family Law Services
- Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders
- Prenuptial Agreements/Postnuptial Agreements
- Property Valuation and Division
- Stepparent Adoptions
We handle each case with integrity, and we will do everything we can to make sure that your experience is a pleasant and successful one. Being tough litigators and uncompromising negotiators, we will assist you in reaching a settlement or compromise when doing so is in your best interest. However, when settlement is not possible or not in your best interest, we will be your advocate in the courtroom. We are here to guide you through what is a very challenging time in your personal life. We recognize that this is your life and you are ultimately in charge. We are committed to providing you with the knowledge and skills to ensure that your legal rights are upheld and a successful outcome is reached.
Your Legal Costs
How much your case will cost depends on several different factors. It is impossible to guarantee your case can be done for a specific amount. Varying factors can drive up litigation costs, such as an unreasonable opposing party. We approach your case as efficiently as we can. For example, prior to taking an action in your matter, we consult with you regarding your options and your likelihood of success on any given issue. As part of this process, we can go through a "cost/benefit" analysis so that you can effectively pick your battles.
We also strive to keep your costs down by utilizing associates and paralegals. Our current billable rates are:
Partners: $400 per hour
Senior Associates: $325 per hour
Associates: $300 per hour
Paralegals: $125 per hour
There are also fees imposed by the Court. These fees are set forth on the following link: http://www.sccsuperiorcourt.org/fees.htm#state
Unbundled Family Law Services
As a means of mitigating your legal costs, Mello & Pickering, LLP offers Unbundled Family Law Services wherein you, the client, can hire an attorney for any particular issue or task that you require.
Mello & Pickering, LLP offers each prospective client a free, 20-minute phone consultation to answer any questions and evaluate your case.
Our law firm is conveniently located in San Jose, California, and many of our clients live in Saratoga, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, San Jose, Campbell, Los Altos, Milpitas, Gilroy, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Atherton, Menlo Park, Pleasanton, Fremont, Hayward, and elsewhere in Alameda County, Santa Clara County, and San Mateo County.
Mello & Pickering, LLP explicitly disclaims all liability related to actions performed or not performed based on any or all of the content on this Web site. View our Disclaimer page for more information.
"Thank you, you've been fantastic through the entire process. Would definitely refer you to others."
"THANK YOU!!!!! You made my divorce very easy."
"You were very well-spoken, well-prepared, and amazing thinking on your feet. Calm and professional. I was impressed. Thank you."
"Thanks again for all of your support and terrific work. It is hard to find a good lawyer that looks after their client and truly cares about them and their children. I truly believe that you have my best interest at heart."
"Traci: I first want to say 'thank you' for the excellent job. You did an outstanding job with putting my case together. You are as good as your reviews say online. Thanks again for all your dedication and hard work. And please thank your staff for me too. You are all so wonderful!"
"Jennifer, I want to thank you and tell you how impressed I was with your performance today and how well things went in Court. I am not sure it could have gone any better."
"I just wanted to say a very big thank you for all your support and expertise throughout these divorce proceeding."
"Dear Jennifer, Thank You for everything you've done to help me in these last 2 years and especially last week. It has been a long journey and although I am still internalizing the turn of events, I am very grateful for the many hours you have invested in my case with such genuine empathy and commitment to helping me reach my goal. I thank my lucky stars all the time that our paths crossed and know I couldn’t have come to this point without you."
"Traci and All - Thank you for all of your hard work and time to get this matter closed. I appreciate you and the teams' professionalism and courtesy in what was a very stressful period of my life. I could not have asked for better or more competent representation to help get my house in order. I am compelled to extended my sincerest and deepest appreciation and thanks to all of you."
"Jennifer and Traci were very competent, caring and a pleasure to work with. I was able to get the best result possible. Within a very short period of time, they did everything possible to help me settle and achieve the goal that I wanted, which was to move out of state with my youngest child. I would not hesitate to recommend Jennifer and Traci to anyone having to deal with difficult family law issues."
"Thank you everyone, especially Traci, for helping me through my divorce. I truly appreciate your professionalism and care. I will be sure to follow your advice regarding post divorce matters. I will definitely call should I need further legal assistance. I would gladly refer anyone to your office and am equally glad someone referred me to you. Again, thank you very much for making my life easier."
"I want to take the opportunity to thank you for handling my very difficult case. At times, it seemed more emotional than logical and I feared that it would NEVER come to an end. You handled it calmly and objectively. Thank you."
"Traci and her staff demonstrated professionalism and thorough knowledge of family law. Traci made me feel at ease going through a really difficult time in my life. Through her efforts and determination, Traci was able to reach a favorable outcome that i didn't think was possible. I highly recommend MELLO & PICKERING, LLP."
"I was very impressed with how fast [Traci] returns calls and emails. I always felt she was readily available to me."
"I was extremely pleased with the level of service and outcome of my proceedings of custody issues, financial, and general counsel."
"I would highly recommend Mello and Pickering for top family law in the South Bay."
"Traci and Jennifer are incredibly responsive, and their legal advice is well-balanced and always keeps the bigger picture in mind."
"When we went to Court, [Jennifer] demonstrated tremendous knowledge and confidence."
"I realize now how important it is to have an attorney who will use your money wisely and who care about their clients in the way that Jennifer and Traci do."
"I just wanted to thank you for all your help in my Child Support case. It was nice finally finding a lawyer that seemed to actually care about my case."
"In this day in age when attorneys are branded as cynical and callous, I am pleased to say that [Traci] conducted herself with dignity and integrity."
"My experience with Traci and Jennifer was that they were dedicated and conscientious, and always left me with the impression that I was in good hands."
"From the beginning [Jennifer] has been articulate, effortless and demonstrated a high level of professionalism."
"I was very impressed with their presentation in the courtroom as well as how articulate they were expressing my position on all issues."
"Jennifer and Traci handled my case with professional integrity, but most importantly with the respect and understanding necessary during the difficult process."
"Ms. Mello was able to secure a quick resolution to this matter in my favor. Her professionalism and understanding of the law was appreciated during this very stressful process."
"I have always felt like my case was a priority and always received only Professional treatment."
"[Mello & Pickering, LLP] have gone above and beyond to ensure my rights were maintained and put my best interest first."
"I definitely don't think I could have gotten this far without [Jennifer's] expertise, knowledge, skills, and guidance."
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you."