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Minella Law Group, APC, was established in January 2014, by attorney Kathy Minella. Minella Law Group, is a full-service family law firm handling all cases from adoptions to divorce to domestic violence. At Minella Law Group, our motto is service first. Divorce is hard enough; you should not have to struggle with your representation as well. We ensure you are always up to date with your case, presented with all the options available to you, and aim to keep the cost to you reasonable.

We have a very diverse clientele as we open our services to everyone. We are committed to providing high quality representation regardless of your case. As we practice exclusively in family law, we are able to devote all our resources to ongoing education and training. There is no one size fits all approach to litigation especially in family law. You will always be presented with options depending on how you want your case to proceed.

Minella Law Group is conveniently located in the Bankers Hill neighborhood right off the 5 Freeway. We offer no-cost consultations to determine if we are the right fit for each other as this is a relationship just like any other. Let’s meet to discuss your case, your rights, and your options.

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Our Attorneys & Staff

Meet Minella Law Group

Kathy Minella

Founding Attorney

Minella Law Group was established in January 2014 by our founding attorney Kathy Minella. Kathy started practicing family law immediately after law school at one of the largest family law firms in Northern San Diego County. She then transitioned to a smaller boutique law firm where she was brought in to run the family law department. Finally, Kathy decided to open the doors of Minella Law Group.

Kathy Minella moved to San Diego from Chicago in 2007, to begin her career as an attorney. She entered California Western School of Law where she finished her accelerated program in 2.5 years and immediately took the California bar exam, passing on the first try. While in law school Kathy volunteered at the Madge Bradley domestic violence clinic where she discovered her passion for helping people through the divorce process. She immediately knew that she wanted to practice family law and made that her goal. Kathy has practiced family law exclusively since graduating law school in 2009.

Kathy is originally from Chicago where she was born and raised. Kathy went to Columbia College graduating with a degree in interactive multimedia. This degree allowed to her to run a business creating multimedia arts and graphical design, she has always had a passion for being a business owner. Kathy also spent a lot of time in the service industry working at many of the amazing bar and restaurants in the city, where she developed her passion for cooking.

Kathy became a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist in 2016, passing the rigorous exam and application process due to her dedication to family law. Kathy is committed to bringing the most up to date information to her clients by taking hundreds of hours in courses including Minor's Counsel, mediation, domestic violence and other applicable topics. Kathy has handled hundreds of contested and uncontested family law matters all over San Diego County.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her animals and her husband. Kathy is very passionate about rescuing dogs and has been the proud mom to several rescue dogs over the years. She enjoys cooking and visiting the local farmers markets as well as the local craft beer scene. Kathy is a huge fan of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs and loves attending local sporting events.

Elizabeth Lefiti

Associate Attorney

Elizabeth has been an associate attorney with Minella Law Group since March 2017. She has a passion for advocating for clients and asserting their rights in the family court setting. Elizabeth is never afraid of a difficult case or challenging issues, she has a knack for discovering the truth in complex financial custody cases. As a young attorney, Elizabeth has litigated several full day trials and passionately continues to grow her experience as a family law attorney. Elizabeth practices all aspects of family law from divorce to custody and support issues to domestic violence restraining orders. Elizabeth is a fierce advocate but also understands the benefit of mediation and working through differences collaboratively.

Elizabeth is a San Diego native. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Law and Society before attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In law school, Elizabeth was certified legal intern with the San Diego Public Defender’s office and earned a coveted spot with their graduate law clerk program and trained in their Trial Skills Boot Camp. Prior to joining Minella Law Group, she practiced with one of San Diego’s most experienced domestic violence restraining order attorneys. Additionally, in 2017 she attended the American Association of Matrimonial Attorney’s Trial Skills Seminar.

Amanda Sobel

Certified Senior Paralegal

Amanda is a Certified Paralegal hailing originally from the East Coast. She joined Minella Law Group, APC., at the beginning of 2018. She has been an invaluable addition to the firm with over 6 years of paralegal experience. Although her background is in No-Fault and Elder Law, she has hit the ground running by absorbing family law very quickly. Amanda has rapidly become an asset that all our clients can rely on. Amanda works one on one with clients to ensure their needs are met and questions are answered. Amanda brings her East Coast pragmatic approach to this emotional process, helping our clients stay focused on the end goal.

Amanda was born and raised in New York, she arrived in San Diego in 2017, bringing her paralegal experience with her. Her father is a Securities Attorney who practiced in New York and is now in San Diego. She learned at a young age her love for the legal system and grew a desire to help people. Amanda graduated from Stony Brook University's Paralegal Certification Program, with honors, in 2011 and received her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies in 2017. Amanda spends her free time enjoying the weather and the local wineries, she also spends a lot of time at Balboa Park with her Italian Greyhound Benny.

Anna Bustos

Legal Assistant/Office Manager

Anna Bustos has been with Minella Law Group since 2016. Anna was born and raised right here in San Diego. Anna is the legal assistant, the office manager, the file clerk, the client concierge, and all-around master of the phones. Anna is the glue that keeps Minella Law Group together!

Anna brings a friendly personality to anyone she speaks to, some of her responsibilities include assisting new clients, setting up consultations, billing and processing payments, and preparing client files for court. She works closely with all of the attorneys and staff here at Minella Law Group. She is taking steps to further her education by attending both Southwestern and Miramar College where she is furthering her education track. Anna is bilingual speaking fluent Spanish, she is able to assist all our bilingual clients. Anna enjoys spending time with her loved ones, friends, and her cat Toulouse. Anna can often be found tasting beer at one of the many local craft breweries or cooking with her mother.