Family Law Attorney
NaKesha started a successful family law practice in Riverside in 2011, and following a brief break after having her 4th child, she joined Holstrom, Block & Parke. NaKesha manages the Riverside office and serves clients throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only from her 10 years of practice in family law, but also her extensive involvement with the Riverside County Bar Association.
NaKesha works closely with her clients to ensure they are presenting their best possible case in a manner the court will listen to and understand. After spending thousands of hours in court, NaKesha recognizes that the court does not want to be presented with problems. The court wants solutions—and that is what NaKesha effectively provides on behalf of her clients.
As the child of divorced parents, empathy has always been at the heart of NaKesha’s legal practice. Making the process as easy and painless as possible for clients and their children is always the primary goal. NaKesha’s firsthand knowledge of how this process can affect parties and their children makes her an invaluable resource for her clients and a respected and effective advocate in court. A 2018 article profiling NaKesha and her husband called them “one of the dynamic duos of family law”.
Growing up in Riverside as the daughter of prominent family law attorney Mary Swanson and a Riverside County Judicial officer, NaKesha has always been immersed in family law. NaKesha received her BA from Marquette University then earned her Juris Doctor from Chapman Law School in 2008, with highest honors in the areas of Family Law and Trial Practice. NaKesha immediately passed the bar exam and began practicing in February 2009. Throughout law school and after, NaKesha worked for family law firms in Orange and Riverside counties before starting her own practice in January 2011. NaKesha has also published articles, most recently on Marital Settlement Agreements and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.
NaKesha has been trained as both a minor’s counsel, allowing her to advocate for children in the most contentious of cases; as well as a Judge Pro Tem. NaKesha is a proud member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates) and has volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children and worked with PSLC (Public Service Law Corporation) assisting needy parties in preparing family law documents.
For the past 5 years NaKesha has also served as a Judge for mock trial competitions. She participated with select judicial officers and attorneys on the committee designed to implement findings of the Elkins Task Force, a statewide legislative mandate to improve the efficiency and goals of the family court system. NaKesha also spearheaded the effort to form the Inland Empire legislative committee so that the Inland Empire would have a voice in the drafting of the actual laws that make up the California Family Code.
Working in conjunction with Riverside County judicial officials, she has conducted ethics training for attorneys practicing in the area. She is also a volunteer with the Veteran’s Legal Institute, and has taught law school courses about Community Property. She is licensed to practice in the United States Central District Court.
Currently, NaKesha serves as the co-chair of the family law section of the Riverside County Bar Association as well as the nominating committee for the RCBA’s board of directors.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Alimony / Spousal Support
- Postnuptial Agreements
- Domestic Violence
- Guardianships and Adoptions
- Post Decree Modifications
- Post Decree Enforcement
- Defending Rights of Unmarried Parents
- Visitation Rights
- Grandparent Rights
- Legal Separation
Professional Positions, Associations, and Memberships
- State Bar of California, Member
- Riverside County Bar Association, Co-Chair / Family Law section
- RCBA Board of Directors, Nominating Committee Member
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children, Volunteer
- PSLC (Public Service Law Corporation) assisting needy parties in preparing family law documents, Volunteer
- Mock trial competitions, Judge
- Inland Empire legislative committee, Founding Member
- Juris Doctorate, Chapman Law School – with highest honors in the areas of Family Law and Trial Practice
- BA, Marquette University
Honors and Awards
- Rated Superb 10/10 with Avvo
- California, 2009
- All California Trial Courts
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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