Mark Flowers, CFP®, CDFA™
Second Saturday Leader and Financial Planner
The Second Saturday Divorce Workshop program was founded in 1989 by the non-profit WIFE.org (the Women’s Institute for Financial Education). Second Saturday has helped thousands of individuals navigate the divorce process, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and programs to help women become financially independent. I am the local leader here in San Mateo County.
We are a unique resource group in the Bay Area, offering workshops to inform and educate, offering professional divorce services, and offering educational tools to empower you. People think that divorce is about the law, but it's really about three things: family, emotion, and money. For this reason, each of our workshops features three professionals- a financial planner, a therapist, and a family law attorney.
We are dedicated to helping everybody through the divorce process, regardless of their circumstances.
I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2011 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. As a post-graduate intern, I worked on the Peninsula in two non-profit agencies providing therapy to individuals, couples, groups, and families. As an LMFT I had to complete 3000 hours to become licensed. It was a labor of love and you will see the results. I am interested in mindfulness, and stress reduction. I have had a meditation practice for twenty years which helps reduce anxiety and increase joy. You can learn to be in the moment with your feelings and not run away from them or push them down. By sitting with those feelings, you can decrease suffering. As an educator and now as a therapist I bring you a vast range of experience. I will work beside you to help you heal. I will not give you frequent advice or tell you what to do. You live your own life and I want to support you in doing so.
Marisa San Filippo
Family Law Specialist
Marisa C. San Filippo is a Certified Family Law Specialist (certified by the CA State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) and a partner in the firm's Family Law Department. Ms. San Filippo has dedicated her entire career to family law and handles a wide variety of cases, including high conflict custody cases and complex high-asset financial matters. Ms. San Filippo brings her tenacity and compassion to each matter, handling cases involving dissolution, legal separation, property characterization and division, child custody and visitation, pre-marital agreements, child and spousal support (initial orders and post-judgment modifications), and paternity matters. Ms. San Filippo’s areas of expertise focus on complicated financial issues, including cases involving the valuation of business and partnership interests, goodwill, and equity compensation. Ms. San Filippo is also an experienced custody attorney, with a background in issues including gatekeeping, move-aways, substance abuse, special needs, and conflicted co-parenting relationships. Ms. San Filippo has extensive experience drafting and negotiating intricate pre-marital and post-marital agreements. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. San Filippo enjoys supporting clients through mediation as a consulting attorney.