All of our attorneys and staff are carefully handpicked and mentored to meet Winter & Ross’ strict standard of professionalism; many are graduates of top law schools. Our correspondence, court filings and briefs are meticulous, with attention to detail an utmost priority. Whether the client is high profile or outside the spotlight, our duty of discretion, hard work and sound advice similarly applies. Winter & Ross is dedicated to excellence across the board. We endeavor to get the job done for you in a dignified, professional and sensible manner.
Ms. Ross is the principal and co-founder of Winter & Ross. She has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1995 and acts as a Commissioner Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court. She is also a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco and Marin courts. Ms. Ross has been named a Super Lawyer in every year since the program was initiated in 2004.
Ms. Ross graduated from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with a B.A. in 1978. She obtained a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara in 1981. She is a member of the State Bar of California (Family Law Section), the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Read more »
Mindy Lauren Ross
Ms. Ross is the principal and co-founder of Winter & Ross. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1995 and acts as a Commissioner Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court. She is also a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco and Marin courts. Ms. Ross has been a Super Lawyer in every year since the program was initiated in 2004.
Ms. Ross graduated from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with a B.A. in 1978. She obtained a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara in 1981. She is a member of the State Bar of California (Family Law Section), the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Ms. Ross is an avid traveler having been to all seven continents, the Arctic Circle both north and south, and Burning Man.
Lisa C. Tarr
Ms. Tarr is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Senior Partner at Winter & Ross. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1994 and has practiced family law exclusively since then, building a stellar reputation throughout the Bay Area family law community and receiving countless awards in recognition of her work. She has been named by Thomson Reuters as a Super Lawyer of Northern California on multiple occasions, awarded the Martindale-Hubble Judicial AV Preeminent Ranking for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards every year from 2008 through 2018, the America’s Most Honored Professionals Award each year from 2016 through 2018, the Martindale-Hubbell Awards for Top Rate Family Law and San Francisco Women in 2015, and Women’s AV Preeminent Attorneys Award in 2011 through 2013.
With over twenty years of family law experience, Ms. Tarr is a skilled negotiator and advocate. She specializes in representing high net worth individuals in all aspects of their marital dissolution actions, including complicated valuation and financial matters, complex community property and support issues, and custody. Ms. Tarr regularly appears before public and private judges throughout the nine Bay Area counties. She successfully settles the majority of cases, but she is well-equipped to take the case to trial, if and when necessary. In addition to being an experienced litigator and negotiator, Ms. Tarr regularly advises clients as a consulting attorney through the mediation process.
Ms. Tarr is committed to giving back to the legal community. She volunteers as a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco and Marin Superior Courts and regularly mentors up and coming family law attorneys.
Ms. Tarr obtained a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1989. She received a J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1993. She is a member of the State Bar of California (Family Law Section), the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
Ms. Huang obtained a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. She received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997 and was admitted to the California Bar the same year. She was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1999.
While in law school, Ms. Huang was awarded a teaching fellowship by Harvard University’s Economics Department and taught introductory Economics to undergraduates. She also participated in the Harvard Mediation Program and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Upon graduation, Ms. Huang practiced as a civil litigator for over five years at Pillsbury Winthrop in San Francisco and Wilmer Culter Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C. She joined Winter & Ross in 2002 as a family law practitioner.
From 2006 to 2013, Ms. Huang resided in Shanghai, China, where she worked as General Counsel to Avant Capital Group, a China-based venture capital advisory firm focused on high-growth opportunities and cross-border transactions. She was also co-founder and Chief Strategic Officer of MIXR (www.mixr.cn), an online and offline start-up venture selling affordable luxury fashion targeting sophisticated middle-class women in China. In her spare time, she wrote a bi-monthly Family Matters column for City Weekend, one of Shanghai’s leading expatriate magazines.
Ms. Huang returned to the Bay Area and rejoined Winter & Ross in 2013. She is conversant in Italian and Mandarin.
Ms. Donnell is a Partner at Winter & Ross and specializes in representing the firm’s high net worth clientele in all aspects of their marital dissolution actions, including complex community property issues, separate property claims, child and spousal support matters, and high conflict custody disputes.
Ms. Donnell obtained a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). She has also received advanced training in negotiation, having completed Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and Leadership. In addition to litigation, Ms. Donnell regularly advises clients throughout the mediation process. She is herself a trained mediator and received her Certificate in Mediation after completing the intensive Mediation and Conflict Resolution Program taught by renowned mediator, Ron Kelly. Additionally, Ms. Donnell has further honed her trial skills by completing the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ rigorous family law trial practicum. Ms. Donnell was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2019 Northern California Rising Star, a designation awarded to only the top 2.5% of lawyers in California.
While in law school, Ms. Donnell served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as the Articles Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. In addition, she was a member of the Boalt Hall Women’s Association and the Berkeley Youth and Education Law Society as well as a recipient of the Boalt Hall Fellowship for her work in public interest law. Ms. Donnell initially practiced corporate litigation as a summer associate for the international law firm Jones Day, but she ultimately decided to pursue a career in family law. She has practiced family law exclusively since graduating law school and has been with Winter & Ross since 2010.
Ms. Donnell is committed to giving back to the community through pro bono legal work and serves as a volunteer attorney and mediator for the Marin County and San Francisco Superior Courts.
Ms. Donnell’s education, experience and professional training enables her to provide invaluable guidance and advice to her clients, whether during the litigation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process.
Ms. Donnell is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco (family law section), and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Stern obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University in 1991. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1994 and is admitted to the California Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Prior to joining Winter & Ross, Mr. Stern was an associate and partner with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Washington DC for 15 years where he specialized in complex business litigation and arbitration and tried several cases to decision. He returned to the Bay Area in 2014 and joined Winter & Ross in 2015. Mr. Stern’s practice at Winter & Ross focuses on high net worth and financially-complex family law cases.
Monica S. Lee
Ms. Lee obtained a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. She received a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2006.
Prior to and during law school, Ms. Lee worked at a nonprofit agency as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. While in law school, Ms. Lee was a recipient of a Summer Grant from the Public Interest Social Justice Law Board based on her demonstrated commitment to public interest and social justice. She also received awards for her academic achievements in remedies and for legal research and writing. Before joining Winter & Ross in 2011, Ms. Lee worked at a premier family law firm in San Jose and, later, at a boutique firm in San Francisco practicing civil litigation.
Ms. Lee has practiced family law exclusively since 2011. She works closely with clients to understand their goals and objectives. Ms. Lee counsels clients through all aspects of their marital dissolution action and in contentious parenting disputes in all phases of the process, including consulting for clients in mediation.
Ms. Lee is a member of the State Bar of California (Family Law Section) and is admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
Mr. Bonfilio obtained a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006. Thereafter, he received a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2012, and was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. Mr. Bonfilio received multiple CALI and Witkin Awards for his academic achievements in Evidence, Business Associations, Remedies, Criminal Procedure, Internet and Software Law, and he excelled as the editor and team captain of GGU’s 2012 International Trademark Association Moot Court Competition. While in law school, Mr. Bonfilio also interned on two occasions with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, and volunteered for multiple clinics and clients of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center.
Prior to joining Winter & Ross, Mr. Bonfilio served as a judicial clerk/research attorney at the San Francisco Unified Family Court, and thereafter practiced at a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 non-profit, representing children, primarily in educational settings. Mr. Bonfilio is a member of the State Bar of California and Bar Association of San Francisco (Family Law Sections).
Ms. Fitzpatrick completed her undergraduate studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Anthropology and English. After an internship at the United States Embassy in Paris, she moved to the Bay Area in 1998. She thereafter received her J.D. in 2001 from Stanford Law School. While attending Stanford, she was a member of the Stanford Journal of International Law, a participant in the East Palo Alto Law Project Community Interview Clinic, and the recipient of an award for legal research and writing. Ms. Fitzpatrick began her legal career in the area of corporate litigation and later transitioned to the exclusive practice of family law. Prior to joining Winter & Ross, she practiced at a San Francisco-based family law firm. Ms. Fitzpatrick is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco (Family Law Section), and is admitted to Bar of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.