Joseph L. Urbanski is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP, where he manages the firm’s family law practice group. His practice focuses on marital/domestic partnership dissolution, property division, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support. Joseph has also worked with clients dealing with issues of domestic violence. He has extensive experience drafting and reviewing relationship agreements including premarital/pre-registration, marital, and property agreements. Joseph has successfully represented clients from preliminary negotiations through trial, and he practices with an eye toward resolution, not escalation.
Joseph graduated from Stanford University in 2002, and he received his law degree in 2006 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Communications Law Journal, Hastings Civil Justice Individual Representation Clinic, and General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP). He received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Civil Appellate Advocacy and earned Best Brief Award in Appellate Advocacy.
Since graduating law school, Joseph has sat on the Board of Directors for the General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP) and Stanford Pride. Joseph currently sits on the Board of Directors of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He regularly volunteers as member of the Stanford Alumni Mentoring network, and Openhouse, a non-profit organization providing housing, services, and care for LGBT seniors, and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. He is a member of the State Bar of California, SFTLA, and BALIF; and he is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California.
Joseph is certified as a specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2016 and 2017.