Julia Ann Brungess has been practicing family law in the Fresno area for thirty-seven years, including litigating difficult family law issues. She has been a Certified Family Law Specialist/State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 1993. Julia is a past chair of the Fresno County Bar Association Family Law Section, is the immediate past president of the local collaborative practice group, CVCLA, and serves on the board of the statewide collaborative organization, Collaborative Practice California.
It was Julia's extensive experience in the courtroom that led her to explore and adopt a forward-looking family-centered means of resolving disputes facing separating couples. Her search led her to collaborative practice as it allows each party to focus on the best long-term outcome for his/her immediate and extended family members, to preserve the positive aspects of the human relationships involved and improve the communication and cooperation between the two individuals who are transitioning from one family structure to another. Julia Ann Brungess encourages all who see separation or legal changes in their family's future to first seek guidance from a trained collaborative professional before engaging in damaging and destructive litigation: do not cut what can be untied.
Julia also offers mediation as another option to keep parties out of the courtroom. She facilitates issue identification, communication and problem-solving by working with the parties in a safe and constructive setting.
Teri Ann Kezirian has been practicing family law in the Fresno area since December 2007. She has been a Certified Family Law Specialist/State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 2014. She represents adults and children involved in court proceedings, pursuing favorable outcomes while protecting client interests.
Teri Ann was born and raised in Fresno, California. She graduated cum laude from the University of California San Diego with degrees in political science and critical gender studies.
During her time at UCSD, she worked at the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through an internship. She then attended UC Davis School of Law and participated in the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic through the University, and she was a finalist in the Sexual Orientation and the Law Moot Court competition. She was also an editor of the Journal of Juvenile Law and Public Policy.
Teri Ann has worked with Julia Ann Brungess as a litigator since December 2007. She is approved to represent children and teenagers through the Fresno County Superior Court. She served as chair of the Fresno County Bar Association Family Law Section for the 2012/2013 term, and she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fresno County Bar Association from 2014-2016. Teri Ann was a member of the Children’s Hospital Central California Institutional Review Board from 2011-2015, and is an on-going volunteer for the domestic violence shelter, Marjaree Mason Center. Teri Ann is member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Outreach Committee, and volunteers her time to organizing educational events in Fresno for family law bar.
Both Julia and Teri Ann serve and represent clients in family and juvenile dependency courts in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Mariposa Counties. They provide their clients with thoughtful and personalized representation through these often emotionally difficult proceedings.
They understand that divorce and separation are difficult for families, and realize decisions made now, through litigation or alternative dispute resolution, will have an impact on you and your family members' lives for years to come.