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Marisa Catherine Nelson

873 Santa Cruz Ave.,
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Menlo Park, CA

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I have always loved language, from the first spelling test that I aced in elementary school to my favorite English and Spanish classes in high school to my college degree in Spanish and French. From grammar and spelling (yes, I’m one of those, I admit it – I love things like this and this and wish I could post them all around town) to the intricacies of language that mean that one word or sentence, or even one misplaced apostrophe, can produce a completely different result from a legal document. And while it may not help anyone that in my head I compulsively correct misspellings and grammatical errors in advertisements and facebook posts, I do get to help my clients by paying attention to every detail in their legal documents and making sure everything says what they intend it to.

Even though it now seems obvious that I would end up working with language, for a little while I thought I was going to be an engineer. I hung onto that dream a little longer than I should have, because I loved being around so many driven, creative, passionate, entrepreneurial people. But just as I found my way to the right career for me, I found my way to the right place for me – every day I get to work with clients in the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area who have this same creative, we-can-do-this-better approach – whether they’re working for one of the best tech companies in the world or starting their own creative business, starting a family or looking toward retirement. This innovative spirit is so inspiring!

I grew up in the north bay, left for a few years to go to Cal Poly, and knew when I applied to law school that I wanted to come back to the Bay. After three years at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where I studied tax law and technology contracting and earned my J.D. in 2011, I moved to the Peninsula and I’ve never been happier. When I’m not at work I can usually be found exploring the many beautiful parks around the bay, hiking, photographing wildlife, and enjoying all that this amazing area has to offer.

If you’re interested in learning more about me and how I got where I am, feel free to check out my Linked In profile. You can find the Law Review article I wrote, "The IRS Moves Toward Income Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples Despite DOMA," here.