Palo Alto, California

Palo Alto, is located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 63000 residents. Located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the city is named after a tree called El Palo Alto. The city includes portions of Stanford University and a number of Silicon Valley high-technology companies are headquartered in Palo Alto, including Hewlett-Packard, VMware, Facebook, and Palantir Technologies.

The earliest history of Palo Alto is from 1769, when Gaspar de Portol noted an Ohlone Indian settlement. Located in Palo Alto are remains an area of known Indian mounds. The city got its name from a stand redwood trees, El Palo Alto, by the banks of the San Francisquito Creek bordering Menlo Park. One of these trees can still be found along the foot bridge on Alma Street. Many of the Spanish names in the Palo Alto area represent the local heritage of the community. Thechnology also finds its roots in the City of Palo Alto, while not open to the public, the garage that housed the launch of Hewlett Packard is located at 367 Addison Avenue. Hewlett Packard recently restored the house and garage.

Located on the San Francisco Bay, Palo Alto has cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. In January, average temperatures range from 38.5 F to 57.4 F. While in July, the average temperatures range from 54.9 F to 78.4 F. Palo Alto serves as a central economic focal point of the Silicon Valley, and is home to more than 7,000 businesses which employ more than 98,000 people.

I offer a free initial consultation so that we can discuss how our office can best serve your needs. You are not billed for this initial consultation if you do not retain my office. Contact our office at 408-217-8506 to schedule an appointment for your free consultation or visit our website.

Our law office is in a convenient location for residents in Morgan Hill, in between the Family Law Courts in Sunnyvale and San Jose. We also have a office located in Sacramento County.

Merrisa Coleman-Bishop is a compassionate attorney that strives to make the divorce process as bearable and painless as possible for our clients and their children. I care about what my clients are going through as I have been through the divorce and custody battles myself. At the same time, I am committed to providing my clients with expertise in all areas of family law while procuring zealous advocacy to further their best interests. In a perfect world, negotiation works out best for both sides. However, if the other party or their attorneys act unreasonably, I have no problem with digging in and remaining tough to do what is necessary to protect your rights. I always keep in mind the big picture and strive to look out for your best interests in the long term so that you may move on with your life.

Family law and bankruptcy is our areas of expertise and my practice covers all aspects including: Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Visitation Orders, Nullity, Legal Separations, Domestic Violence, and Restraining Orders. I offer a free consultation to discuss your legal matter during which all facets of your case will be thoroughly examined and solutions will be presented on how to proceed. If you choose to retain me, I will be accessible to all of your needs. It is my goal to provide you with a service that you are satisfied with, and I pride myself on furnishing answers to all of your questions and concerns.