Michael R. Flicker, a founder of Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, concentrates his area of practice in complex family law cases. Mr. Flicker was a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California from 1980 through October 2015. Mr. Flicker is a knowledgeable and accomplished negotiator and litigator, enabling him to creatively adapt his expertise to meet the often sensitive needs of his clients, while still protecting their vital interests. His goal is to achieve a settlement that accomplished his client’s objectives after being informed about the applicable law and facts. If such a settlement cannot be achieved, we are prepared to effectively litigate the unresolved issues. The vast majority of cases, however, do settle and those that at first appear to be headed for a trial usually still settle once both sides understand the law and the facts.
Mr. Flicker draws on decades of specialized experience to provide his clients with a strategic advantage at every juncture. His years of successful practice are invaluable in understanding the nuances, risks and opportunities in every case which often lead to imaginative settlement and trial strategies. Mr. Flicker practices primarily in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, as well as other Bay Area Counties when special circumstances justify his experience and expertise in complex cases. Mr. Flicker has been appointed as a Judge Pro Tem in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Mr. Flicker's practice includes: child custody disputes, complex financial matters, complex properties, businesses, partnerships, and similar entities, stock options, various forms of deferred compensation, real estate and other matters that are typical in Silicon Valley.
Prior to establishing Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, Mr. Flicker joined William T. Keogh and Gerald Z. Marer in the early 1970's to form Keogh, Marer & Flicker (a general practice firm with extensive experience in family law). Years of working with a general practice firm is a valuable asset in providing clients with broad and comprehensive protection and advocacy of their interests.
Mr. Flicker is a member of the California State Bar, San Mateo County Bar Association – Family Law Section, Palo Alto Area Bar Association and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. Mr. Flicker is a past president of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association as well. Mr. Flicker has also been active on various state and county bar and court committees.
Mr. Flicker has an AV rating (the highest rating given) and has been named in the annual listings of Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; a position attained through the recognition of colleagues for distinguished work in the field.
Mr. Flicker was Chair of the Board of TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley's leading professional nonprofit theater company and is currently a member of its Board Emeritus. He was also a founder of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, a non-profit group of local music enthusiasts who help to educate the community and nurture music appreciation.
BS, Yale University
JD, Stanford University (Law Review and Order of the Coif)