Julie Sandusky, Exclusive Family Law Executive Paralegal
I grew up in Fremont, California and then moved to Paradise, California to be closer to my dad’s family in 1985. I graduated from Paradise High School and then went on to attend California State University, Chico, a family tradition. I graduated in 1996 with a degree in Psychology. I had always wanted to be just like my dad and work for the same company he did. I then went to work as an underwriter for State Farm Insurance in its Bakersfield, California, office. My father had worked 40 years as a claims rep for this company. I eventually transferred to the office in Reno to work as a claims representative to be closer to family. My sister also lives in the Reno area with her husband and three children. They own Black Rock Construction.
I met my husband in Reno and we now have a son and identical twin boys. When I found out we were having twins, I joined the Northern Nevada Mothers of Twins Club and have actively been involved since. My husband works as the Convention Services Manager at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
After working for State Farm for six years, they decided to close their Reno claims office, so I found a job with a local law firm, Laxalt & Nomura, that handled insurance defense. After seven years with the firm as a paralegal, I was ready for a new challenge. After helping attorney Andriea Aden on a pro bono custody case, while working together at Laxalt & Nomura, I became interested in pursuing family law. When she and Ilin Rocovits recruited me to work at Marilyn’s office, it was an easy decision.
My parents were married for over 40 years, before my dad passed away unexpectedly just after my twins were born. I was very close to both my parents growing up and that’s why I believe it is important for both moms and dads to have an active role in their children’s lives. As a parent myself, that means a lot to me.
Working in Marilyn’s law office provides me a great deal of satisfaction because we help fathers secure their right to spend equal time with their children. Father’s should never just give up.