Paul A. Roberts has been in practice in Santa Barbara since 1977 and has acted as Chief Executive Officer of Hollister & Brace since October 2012. He has tried cases in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo including more than twenty jury trials and represented litigants in mediation and arbitration in that time. He has established a practice in Santa Barbara County at Hollister & Brace that includes handling complex marital dissolution proceedings which consist of litigating all issues including business valuations, support and custody. Mr. Roberts has been lead counsel in defending an international businessman against the allegation that he operated a multinational enterprise designed to avoid legal obligations regarding custody, support and property management and many other similar cases involving international issues. Mr. Roberts has been appointed by the Court to serve as a Judge Pro Tem and has been appointed by the Court to serve as a Special Master to manage and decide complex business and real property issues. He is also hired to serve as a private judge to resolve complex matters in dissolutions. Within his practice there is an emphasis to resolve contested cases by settlement or mediation wherever possible. Mr. Roberts has attended and completed the Family Law and Mediation programs at the Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and is employed by local attorneys to serve as a private mediator to assist in bringing their cases to a mediated conclusion. Mr. Roberts has been certified to act as Minor’s Counsel pursuant to California Family Code.
Outside of the practice, Mr. Roberts has been involved in many community activities principally involving non-profit organizations. Those include the following: