After five years of teaching in Santa Clara County, Paul Seabrook was ready for a new challenge. In 2007, he enrolled in law school at the University of San Francisco and graduated in 2010. Shortly after graduation, Paul opened his own firm in Seattle, Washington, focused on bankruptcy and divorce. After a few years, he and his wife decided to relocate back to California and build their lives here. He founded Seabrook Law Offices in San Jose, where he focuses on family law.
“Divorce is a dangerous time for kids,” Paul explains. “Most clients who come to me are hurting so badly that they cannot focus on their children, but that’s what I ask them to do: put on their “grown-up pants” and handle the process carefully. They know they can count on me to have their back and provide solid representation. The family court system is a sewer system, and it’s best to get out as quickly as you can, which is why I’ll never waste my clients’ time or money. I cannot always promise a painless divorce. Still, I can promise honesty, a commitment to provide whatever my client needs, and use my experience and knowledge of the law to achieve the best possible outcome. I’m a father and someone who has also been through a divorce and found happiness in my second marriage. I understand what my clients are going through. The entire staff at Seabrook Law Offices treats each client with respect, provides personal attention, answers all questions, and offers our undivided attention during every interaction. We give them all the support they need as they move through an incredibly stressful time in their lives.”
Elizabeth is a family law attorney with 16 years of experience in 11 counties in Northern California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCSC with a double major in Legal Studies and Sociology, earning both College Honors and Honors in Legal Studies.
Elizabeth attended Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was honored with a scholarship from the Women In Law sorority for her outstanding work in the field of domestic violence advocacy. She worked as a Domestic Violence advocate in Santa Cruz County for several years before graduating from law school. The County of Santa Cruz honored her four years in a row for Outstanding Community Service. Participating in Moot Court her first year of law school, she earned an award for “Best Oral Advocate” and the top score for Client Counseling at Santa Clara University. Elizabeth interned for the Northern California Innocence Project all four years of law school and helped free a man who had been wrongly incarcerated for 17 years. The story of this journey is told in the movie “Witchhunt,” available on Prime Video.
Additionally, Elizabeth has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Intro to Legal Studies in the Legal Studies Department at UCSC. A Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children since 1995, she has experience with Employment Law, Civil Law, Family Law, Death Penalty Appeals, and Juvenile Dependency.
Post-law school, Elizabeth trained at Pepperdine University School of Law where she completed two courses: Mediating the Litigated Case and Domestic Relations Mediation, a mediation course specific to Family Law. In 2005, Elizabeth completed both levels of advanced training in Collaborative Divorce.
Craig A. Darling
Craig A. Darling, Esq., is a Family Law Trial Attorney with more than 15 years of litigation experience and is proficient in all family law matters including, but not limited to, Premarital/Prenuptial Agreements, Dissolution of Marriage, Paternity Actions, Child Custody, Child Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Characterization and Division of the Community Property Estate, Requests for and Defense of Attorney Fees and Costs, Postnuptial Agreements, and Post-Judgment Actions.
Mr. Darling has substantial experience with Family Law Appeals having prepared or assisted in the preparation of numerous Writs and Appellate briefs and argued over a dozen cases before the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division 3.
As an attorney, Mr. Darling previously volunteered for the Parking Lot Justice Program with Saddleback Church located in Lake Forest, California. This volunteer opportunity presents California-licensed attorneys to meet one-on-one to answer questions related to various areas of law including California Family Law.
Mr. Darling worked closely with the Wings for Justice 403(b) Non-Profit Organization, whereby Mr. Darling represented underprivileged women and mothers victimized by Domestic Violence.
During law school, Mr. Darling worked as a Research Assistant for the Honorable James N. Barr, Federal Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Santa Ana, California. This research focused primarily on the potential conflict of In re Gruntz (9th Circuit) 202 F.3d 1074, and the “Rooker-Feldman” Doctrine. Mr. Darling also interned with the Orange County Public Defenders Office, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach, California, conducting legal research, interviewing clients, and drafting motions to suppress under California Penal Code Section 1538.5.
Mr. Darling graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), receiving a Major in Justice Studies from the College of Public Programs and a Minor in Political Science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Darling graduated from Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange, California with a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Degree. Mr. Darling was a contributing Editor, Nexus Law Journal, Vol. 10. After graduating from law school in May 2005, Mr. Darling was admitted to the California Bar on December 7, 2005, and on December 13, 20005, was admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of California, State, and Federal.
Associate Attorney Andrew Messersmith began his legal career in private practice in New York, focusing on criminal defense and family law.
In 2015, Andrew was appointed as the first full-time Assistant Public Defender in Washington County, New York, and represented clients in misdemeanor and felony matters, including trials and appellate work.
Since arriving in California, Andrew has represented clients in Family and Civil Court in Santa Clara County, including divorce, custody, visitation, domestic violence restraining order, and civil restraining order matters.
Andrew graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property.
Andrew also studied Business and E-commerce Law at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Andrew is admitted to practice law in California and New York.
With over 20 years of Paralegal experience our Director of Client Relations and Engagement Tracie Zerr is the person who will get you situated when you come through our doors. Tracie has been through her own dissolution proceedings, understands DV personally and as such, has a vast amount of knowledge and is very compassionate of the process. Tracie enjoys helping the client through the stages and will be there for you in every way possible.
When she’s not at work Tracie loves to travel, enjoys her dogs and going to the beach.
Senior Paralegal Juanita Carmona brings 20 years of experience in the legal field to her position at Seabrook Law Offices, where she has worked for over two years. She collaborates with clients throughout every phase of the process, from the first intake meeting to scheduling a strategy meeting with the attorney, helping them fill out all the paperwork, following up with the attorney, and filing the documentation with the court.
Before joining Seabrook Law Offices, Juanita worked in the personal injury area of law, which provided an excellent family law foundation. “I love helping out families and ensuring that their children are protected,” she explains. “Going through a divorce is a stressful process, but I enjoy supporting our clients and their families to make it as painless as possible while we focus on putting their children’s needs first. As a mom of two grown children, I understand our clients’ concerns and do my best to help them arrive at an outcome that serves everyone’s best interests.”
When she’s not meeting with clients at Seabrook Law Offices, Juanita loves spending time with her husband and two children.
Alexa Iscoa Gale
Marketing and Social Media Manager Alexa Iscoa Gale has a Master’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and a Master’s degree in Human Resources. Born and raised in Latin America, Alexa has worked for two of the most renowned worldwide advertising agencies, Ogilvy and Mather and McCann Erickson, an experience that prepared her well to manage marketing and social media at Seabrook Law Offices. Her responsibilities include designing webinars, posting relevant content, and engaging with clients and potential clients on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
From her home office in Honduras, Alexa shares content on social media about the divorce process, how Seabrook Law Offices can help, the do’s and don’ts everyone must know when contemplating a divorce, and authentic reviews from Seabook Law Offices’ clients. She also answers questions posed by people who like and follow their social media accounts.
“What I love most about my job is letting people know how we can help them because going through a divorce is not easy,” Alexa explains. “People deal with emotional and physical issues because no one wants to face a divorce, even when it’s the best solution. In this law area, we must be empathetic, so we dedicate ourselves to helping them through the process and making it less painful. Another thing I love is watching people get through their divorce and start living a much better life because they made the right decision.”
Anniques background is in Marketing and Business Development across a few industries including; Education, Advertising and Legal Marketing. She enjoys strategizing and finding key opportunities that will contribute to the firm’s ROI. She brings a wealth of experience to the team as the Director of Marketing.
Her previous experience at other Law firms had her working within the Venture Capitalist, M & A practice groups as well as supporting the Employment and Hospitality practice groups. Annique has expressed how happy she is to be a part of the team at Seabrook Law, being able to connect people in need especially for such life defining decisions.
“I see that clients are getting genuine counsel from a reputable team who actually cares about the specifics. They listen”.
Cristal Cardenas is our firm’s Receptionist. Cristal brings several years of experience in customer service and shares the desire to help others.
Cristal enjoys spending time with her family and has a love for animals and music.
Marveya comes with over a decade of experience as a Paralegal and is the one who supports the Attorneys in their communication with clients and filings within the various court systems. Marveya enjoys working at Seabrook Law because she gets to assist people who are about to embark on a new chapter.
When she is not working, Marveya enjoys spending time with her husband and kids.
After 5 years of teaching history in Santa Clara County, I decided I was ready for a new challenge. I went to law school at the University of San Francisco starting in 2007. I graduated from USF in 2010. I did well.
I opened my own firm in Seattle, WA shortly thereafter focused on Bankruptcy and Divorce. After a couple years in the Northwest, we decided to move back to California and build our lives here.
I moved back and now work in Divorce and Bankruptcy.