Our Legal Team
Mark has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1987 and has practiced family law in San Jose and Campbell, California since 1979. Mark currently maintains Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV Preeminent” peer review rating*.
Born in Gary, Indiana in 1952, Mark graduated from Indiana University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He then went on to attend the University of Santa Clara’s law school where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1979. Later that year, Mark was admitted to the California Bar and admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. Mark decided to focus his practice on Family Law, and in 1987 he became a Certified Family Law Specialist after being certified by the California Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization.
Outside of his law practice, Mark has been very involved in the legal community. He has been an active member of the Santa Clara County Bar, California Bar, and American Bar Associations. He was a teaching assistant and consultant for Santa Clara University School of Law’s law clinic legal research and writing department (1979-1980). Mark was the chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, chair of the Santa Clara County Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, and a bar association representative on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council. Mark has also been appointed as a fee arbitrator to settle attorney fee disputes and a special master in various family law cases.
Mark has also been a panelist for numerous family law related continuing education programs for the: Santa Clara County Bar Association; State Bar of California, Family Law Section; University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar; Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County; and the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County.
In 2020, Mark, and his son Matt A. Erickson formed a partnership, and are now practicing family law as Erickson Family Law LLP.
Matt A. Erickson was born and raised in the South Bay Area. He briefly left San Jose to attended Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Economics from the Krannert School of Management.
After graduating from Purdue University in 2008, he returned to the Bay Area to attend Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where he was awarded an academic scholarship. During his time at Golden Gate University School of Law, he won multiple awards, was a member of the law review and was inducted as a member of the Justice Jessie W. Carter Society. He graduated from law school in 2011, passed the State Bar examination, and became a member of the State Bar of California later that year. After becoming a member of the Bar, he began practicing family law as an associate attorney for his father’s law practice, the Law Offices of Mark A. Erickson and has practiced family law exclusively ever since. During his years of practice he has represented countless clients in all areas of family law including, but not limited to, the areas of child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, domestic violence restraining orders, and both simple and complex property division issues, including business characterization, valuation, and division. This has included successfully obtaining and defending requests for domestic violence restraining orders, negotiating multiple settlements that involved complex business structures and real estate interests, navigating a client with substance abuse issues from no contact with their child to having primary custody through both contested and uncontested proceedings, and obtaining favorable orders in pre-trial discovery disputes that have helped lead to favorable final resolutions for his clients. He has also been appointed by the Court to assist third parties and their counsel in resolving their cases at Settlement Officer Conferences and Mandatory Settlement Conferences. In addition, he has been approved by and appointed by the Court to represent minor children in connection with their parent’s child custody and visitation disputes. In October of 2019, he was approved by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist. After years of successful practice as an associate attorney, Mark and Matt formed the partnership Erickson Family Law LLP where they will continue to effectively represent clients with family law issues. Matt is an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and San Jose Sharks fan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ice hockey, attending sporting events, seeing live music, and spending time with his wife and best buddy, Kodi, the dog he and his wife rescued in 2017 and can be seen around the office from time to time.
Jean S. Nishimura graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995.
She attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa, then transferred to the International Division at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese language studies. She is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and has practiced family law in Santa Clara County since 1995. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Jaime A. Gonzalez was born and raised in San Jose, California. As a native, he attended San Jose State University where he obtained a B.A. in Psychology in 1995. He then continued his education by receiving his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2001, all while actively working as a San Jose police officer.