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. In 2023, Business Today named Ms. Ross one of the Top 10 High Net Worth Family Law Experts in California.
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. In 2023, Business Today named Ms. Ross one of the Top 10 High Net Worth Family Law Experts in California.
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. 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.
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.
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).
Mr. Quan earned his B.A. in Political Science with honors from University of California, Davis in 2009 and law degree from UC Davis School of Law in 2013. Gaining admission to the California Bar the same year, he began his career advising a Fortune 500 client in its international anti-bribery and due diligence operations. Thereafter, Mr. Quan transitioned to handling family law matters concerning property division, custody, and support in Marin County. His current practice focuses on complex financial and jurisdictional disputes in high net worth marital cases.
While in law school, Mr. Quan excelled in trial practice and gained a coveted seat on the Trial Practice Honors Board. He previously clerked for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco as well as a boutique environmental law firm in Sacramento.
Prior to joining Winter & Ross, Mr. Quan served as a senior staff attorney for the Sacramento Superior Court assisting self-represented litigants in family law and probate matters, and briefly operated a family law mediation practice serving Bay Area clients. He has also enjoyed the privilege of volunteering with the Marin County Superior Court and providing pro bono assistance to domestic violence survivors at the Family and Children’s Law Center in San Rafael.
In his free time, Mr. Quan enjoys spending time outdoors as well as expanding his linguistic knowledge in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese.
Ms. Gutkovsky obtained a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 2012 and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2013.
While in law school, Ms. Gutkovsky worked as an intern in the San Mateo County Family Law Facilitator’s Office and has practiced family law exclusively ever since. Prior to joining Winter & Ross, Ms. Gutkovsky was the Managing Attorney at an Oakland-based family law firm.
Ms. Rich completed her undergraduate studies in 2012 at the University of California, Davis, where she double majored in Psychology and Human Development. She thereafter received her J.D. in 2017 at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While attending McGeorge, Ms. Rich was a staff writer and then staff editor for the school’s law review, team leader for the McGeorge Bankruptcy Clinic, treasurer for the McGeorge Family Law Student Association, received the Emil Gumpert Trial Advocacy Award, served multiple judicial externships at the Sacramento Superior Court, and worked for various family law practitioners. After law school, she began her legal career in family law, and has practiced in this field almost exclusively ever since.
Prior to joining Winter & Ross, Ms. Rich practiced at an East Bay insurance defense litigation firm, focusing primarily on the defense of complex personal injury claims related to auto accidents. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. In her free time, Ms. Rich is an avid traveler and bucket-list enthusiast.