STEPHEN BRUCE BLEY
Mr. Bley is a principal of the firm. He practiced law with his father prior to his father’s retirement in 1985 and now practices with his daughter and law partner, Samantha Bley DeJean.
Mr. Bley is known for his ardent and aggressive client representation, earning him the reputation as a venerable opponent by his colleagues. Mr. Bley’s legal career began as a deputy district attorney in 1967 for the City of San Francisco where his legendary courtroom experience took hold. While trying numerous complex criminal cases, including multi-defendant murder cases as well as many high stakes business and tort cases, the skilled and theatrical style for which he is well known today was born.
Mr. Bley’s practice is focused almost exclusively on high-asset, high-conflict dissolutions, although he still practices some general civil litigation as well as limited white collar criminal defense.
Mr. Bley’s nearly 50 years of experience allows him the ability to see complex dissolutions from all angles. While every case is unique, the breadth of his experience allows for creative solutions to difficult problems.
Mr. Bley received a Bachelor of Law degree (now known as a Juris Doctor degree) from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). Mr. Bley has been named a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine and has earned the top professional rating by his colleagues as AV.
SAMANTHA BLEY DEJEAN
Ms. Bley DeJean is a principal of the firm. She is a fourth generation member of the Bley and Bley firm, currently practicing together with her father and law partner, Stephen Bruce Bley.
Ms. Bley DeJean specializes in all aspects of marital dissolutions, particularly complex family law trial work. Ms. Bley DeJean is a Certified Family Law Specialist with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys.
Ms. Bley DeJean has been named Super Lawyer for the past several years by San Francisco Magazine, has participated as a lecturer for family law oriented continuing legal education courses and has sat on several family law panels. Ms. Bley DeJean has earned the top professional rating by her colleagues as AV.
Outside of law, Ms. Bley DeJean has sat as a past Board of Trustee member for San Francisco University High School, Katherine Delmar Burke School and Saint Luke’s School (now known as SLS).
Ms. Bley DeJean received her B.A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993 and Juris Doctor from University of San Francisco in 1996. Ms. Bley DeJean participated as a published author and staff member of the USF Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court program.
Mr. Rados is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Note & Comment Associate Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, a member of Order of Coif, an extern for Seventh Circuit Federal Appeals Court Judge John Coffey, and a recipient of a pair of American Jurisprudence “book awards.”
Beginning in 1989, Mr. Rados practiced with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman), first as an associate, and then as a partner in Pillsbury’s San Francisco litigation practice group.
Mr. Rados has more than eighteen years of experience litigating cases in state and federal courts throughout California and beyond. While at Pillsbury, representing Chevron, he was a member of the team that successfully tried a San Francisco-based nationwide class action to a complete defense verdict. It was then the largest jury trial tried in San Francisco Superior Court and was featured by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s best defense verdicts in 1998.
Mr. Rados now focuses exclusively on family law litigation matters and is experienced in all aspects of marital dissolution cases, from pre-filing preparations through trial and post-trial proceedings.
Mr. Rados received a B.A., with honors, in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. Mr. Rados is a member of the State Bar of California and of the State Bar of Wisconsin (Non-resident lawyers division).
Ms. Sheldon received a B.A., with honors, in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002. Ms. Sheldon received her Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University, School of Law in 2006, where she received the Witkin Award for academic excellence in Evidence and Wills & Trusts and the CALI Award for excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She was also a member of the Moot Court Board.
Ms. Sheldon first started her law career as an associate for Saveri & Saveri, Inc. specializing in class action anti-trust lawsuits. In 2009 Ms. Sheldon began practicing family law and eventually opened her own family law practice in Marin County, CA. In 2010, Ms. Sheldon joined Bley and Bley where she exclusively practices family law and provides litigation and consulting services to individuals regarding complex custody and financial matters. She is admitted to practice in all courts in California.
Ms. Fones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond in 1991. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2000. Beginning in 2000, Ms. Fones began to practice family law in Maryland. For the majority of her practice, she worked in Baltimore for Miles & Stockbridge P.C. where she became a partner in 2009. There, as a member of the Family Law & Private Clients’ group, her practice focused on complex family law litigation. Ms. Fones handled marital dissolution matters and international child abduction matters in Maryland and on an interstate basis. In addition to a busy family law practice, Ms. Fones was very involved with the local bar association and judicial elections. Ms. Fones was named a Rising Star in Family Law in the Maryland Super Lawyers 2010 Edition.
In 2010, Ms. Fones moved to San Francisco and joined Bley and Bley, where she is practicing exclusively family law. Ms. Fones is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Maryland and the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Kreitzer graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 2001. She received her Juris Doctor from the Honors Lawyering Program at Golden Gate University School of Law in 2007 with a certificate of specialization in litigation. Ms. Kreitzer served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte at the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of California and to the Honorable Judge Donald Sullivan at the San Francisco Unified Family Court. She was a member of the Mock Trial Competition Team and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. She received the Academic Excellence Award for Civil Litigation, a Witkin award for Lawyering Skills, and CALI awards for Contracts, Legal Research & Writing, and Business of Law Practice.
Ms. Kreitzer practices family law exclusively. She began her career in 2007 as an associate at Robin, Ferguson & Kempton in Menlo Park, and opened her own law practice in 2012. She served as a volunteer mediator at the San Mateo County Family Court and has been participating as a mentee in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers mentorship program since 2011. In 2015, Ms. Kreitzer joined Bley and Bley, where she provides litigation and consulting services to individuals regarding complex custody and financial matters. She is admitted to practice in all courts in California.