is Gay Family Law Center’s Director of Family Law & Litigation. She handles civil litigation matters including Marvin actions, Restraining Orders, and various Family Law related cases. Ms. Polisano was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, then went to Long Beach State University and graduated with Honors. She received her BS in 1995. She attended Southwestern University Law School and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2004. Prior to attending law school, she was a certified paralegal and has been in the legal field since 1995. Ms. Polisano is a guest speaker at paralegal, local and national events. She gives presentations on how to merge the working relationship and cooperation between an attorney and a paralegal. Ms. Polisano has worked as legal counsel for major clients in the area of litigation, including family law.
Ms. Polisano has great compassion for all her clients. She is hands-on and will be there for your every need. Ms. Polisano’s outgoing personality creates a trusting and bonding relationship with all her clients.
Ms. Polisano has extensive courtroom experience and, therefore, can anticipate where her opponent may be headed during important court hearings. She can stay ahead of the game.
Ms. Polisano is a loyal, hard-working, determined, and highly skilled attorney.
is the Director of the LGBT Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning for the Gay Family Law Center. She is passionate about helping the LGBTQ community plan for their future and strives to provide our clients with the best legal representation.
Ms. Gates is a member of the California State Bar Trust and Estates section, and the Los Angeles County Bar Trusts and Estates section.
Ms. Gates has a vast expanse of legal knowledge and experience which makes Gay Family Law Center excited to have her as our Estate Planning Director; for an attorney who not only understands LGBTQ Estate Planning, but has extensive knowledge of the legal and human world in which we live, is better suited to foresee potential issues down the line and advise our clients how to plan for them, or preferably avoid them altogether.
Ms. Gates not only gives our clients a full and thorough estate plan, but she also gives our clients her exceptional insight into the bigger picture of their legal lives and she is able to consult with them and understand the breadth of each person’s unique life.
Ms. Gates provides our clients with peace of mind and security in their personal financial affairs.
Ms. Gates’ twenty-seven years of experience as a licensed California attorney gives her insight and knowledge of the law that benefits all our clients. Ms. Gates graduated in the top of her class from a top 10 national law school (Hastings College of the Law). She was chosen by the California Supreme Court for a coveted intern position while still a law student. Ms. Gates’ education, experience, and skill as a top-notch attorney has gained her admission to not only the California State Bar, but the bars of the United States District Court, Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Gates has utilized her impressive ability to excel in the understanding and creative use of the law to represent hundreds of clients at a time when they needed her most. Her dedication and drive to do the best for her clients has taken her in to a variety of arenas. Due to her fearless nature, not only does Ms. Gates have a wealth of transactional work (legal documents and contracts), including Trusts, Wills, and Powers of Attorney, she also has vast experience in many areas of civil and criminal law, including trademark, copyright, service mark, unfair business practices, landlord/tenant, and torts.
The GFLC clients are happy to have Ms. Gates on their team as her skill, creativity, and caring provide truly unique and special representation.
is a member of the California, Illinois, and Michigan State Bars. Ms. Hall received her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2007 after graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Since receiving her Juris Doctor, Ms. Hall has devoted her years of practice primarily to family law. With family law being Ms. Hall’s passion, she furthered her education and received a Master of Laws in Family Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010. While attaining this degree, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Nancy J. Katz in the Domestic Relations Division, and worked for a highly prestigious family law firm in downtown Chicago.
Ms. Hall has helped clients through a variety of difficult family law matters, including, but not limited to, prenuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, visitation, support, removal and child relocation, domestic violence, grandparent’s rights, and sibling’s rights. With her astute knowledge of the law, she has been able to negotiate and settle intense cases that clients never believed could be resolved without the headache and expense of enduring a long drawn out trial. Although Ms. Hall has been successful in settling cases, she does not shy away from the courtroom and has argued in front of the Appellate Court regarding a termination of parental rights matter.
Ms. Hall is dedicated to helping the California LGBT Community deal with the family law issues they face. It is her true belief that President Barack Obama said it best when he said, “Every single American – gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.”
is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars. Born in Montreal, Canada, he graduated from Vermont Law School in 1989. In 1990 he began his legal career in New York City working as Assistant United States Counsel for Air France. During his time with Air France he worked extensively in dispute resolution, human resources, and contract negotiations. In 2000, Mark’s negotiation and resolution experience landed him the position of Assistant General Counsel for a web design firm catering to Fortune 500 companies. Again Mark’s work focused on human resources and negotiating contracts. In 2004, Mark took a break from the practice of law and he and his partner moved to Florida where they owned and operated a busy and successful retail store in Fort Lauderdale. Both he and his partner (now his husband) were active with Equality Florida. In 2015, they sold their business and moved to the Palm Springs area. Mark recently joined Gay Family Law Center as our Administrative Director. Mark’s extensive experience working with people during troubling times and his understanding of various aspects of the law make him a unique asset of our firm. Mark will be taking the California State bar examine soon and we look forward to also adding him to our team of lawyers thereafter.
Just like any family, LGBT family challenges come in all shapes and sizes. The Gay Family Law Center has an unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge in LGBT divorce and dissolution, same-sex adoption, LGBT surrogacy, child custody, and visitation. We also specialize in LGBT pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, LGBT wills, trusts, and estate planning, as well as Marvin Actions and LGBT co-habitation agreements.
At Gay Family Law Center, our attorneys understand your concerns and honor your unique experience. Our lawyers have deep expertise in LGBT family law and an unwavering commitment to achieve the best outcome for you and/or your children.
We understand your situation, so give us a call today to discuss your needs at 855 LAW-LGBT (529-5428).