Family Law Specialization

Social Security for Family Law Practitioners

This program will explore aspects of disability law including Social Security Disability under Title II and Title XVI, Workers’ Compensation benefits and State Disability benefits and how they affect the determination of both child and spousal support. Tax aspects will be discussed as well as the complex issue of offsets of one benefit against the others.

Bayles-Fightmaster, Louise (Hon.)

Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)

Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster served as Sonoma County’s family law facilitator and then the child support commissioner from 1997 until her retirement in 2016. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster is a certified family law specialist and practiced both family law and estate planning attorney for 15 years prior to working at the Court. Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster now has a private judging and mediation practice.
In addition to her outstanding work from the bench, Commissioner Bayles-Fightmaster has been active in numerous family law-related local and state committees and task forces. She was a member of the Elkins Task Force, the Elkins Implementation Task Force, the Family and Juvenile Advisory Task Force.
She received the Sonoma County Family Law Section’s Rex Sater Award in 2009 and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar in 2015.


Kathleen Ferchland Boriolo
Ferchland Law Office

Ms. Ferchland Boriolo has been practicing Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability law since becoming an attorney in 2010. She is a certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation and has worked on both the applicant and defense side. Ms. Ferchland Boriolo has done over 60 Social Security Disability hearings all over Northern California. The majority of her clients have simultaneous Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and State Disability claims. She handles cases involving a range of clients including children, the terminally ill and those injured at work.

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Commissioner Louise Bayles-Fightmaster (Ret.)
Kathleen Ferchland Boriolo, Ferchland Law Office

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Fee: $80–SCBA Members; $95–Public

MCLE: 2.0 Units Participatory Credit in General Law and 2.0 Units Legal Specialization Credit in Family Law

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