About the Firm
“All things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28). This is the principle upon which Family Law Matters was founded. This means that no matter what you are going through, no matter what your current circumstances are, God will take your situation and make it beautiful. We believe the following:
- Our clients need love and support
- We must encourage our clients to allow their hardships to strengthen their faith
- It is our duty to touch our client’s lives through patience and kindness
- We must pray for our clients
- We must pray for ourselves to remain humble and faithful
- God brought each and every client into our office through the Holy Spirit
As a result of our strong foundation, we are truly unique. Our legal staff is the best in Southern California, however, we are also nice people. We screen our staff to ensure they share our faith in the Lord and our belief that we are called to serve Him through the ministry of our law firm. While others say they care, we pray for the Lord to soften our hearts and shine the light of Christ through our good works.
Our Mission Statement
At Family Law Matters, our mission is to protect our clients and their loved ones using Christian principles by:
- Providing exceptional legal service
- Competently and zealously representing our clients
- Maintaining the highest ethical standards at all times
- Providing client access to legal counsel at affordable prices
- Prosecuting cases quickly and efficiently
- Shining the light of Christ using patience and kindness
About the Partners
Gina Famularo and Beshoy Shehata are the partners of Family Law Matters. Gina was licensed to practice law in 1997, and has limited her practice to family law throughout her career. Beshoy, who has a business background, was licensed to practice law in 2017, and is responsible for the inner workings of the firm.
Gina lives in Murrieta, California with her husband and has been happily married since 2002, but that was not always the case. In 1990, she experienced a traumatic divorce and custody battle that dragged on for years. It was this event which inspired her to become an attorney and to help others going through divorce. Gina believes that the legal process surrounding family law cases is frequently more traumatizing that the initial breakup of the relationship. It is her goal to educate clients so they are able to be actively involved in important decisions, such as custody, support, and property.
Beshoy was originally born in Egypt, and, as a Coptic Christian, experienced discrimination and persecution in his native land. Beshoy and his family immigrated to the United States when he was ten years old. He arrived in America shortly before 9/11 and unable to speak English. After Muslim terrorists attacked the Twin Towers, he once again became the victim of prejudice. Classmates routinely called him a “terrorist” and told him to go back to his country. Overcoming great hardship, Beshoy became the first person to graduate from college in his family and received a full scholarship to law school. Beshoy is motivated by making sure his clients are treated with respect and have their voices heard.
About Kristie Bergamo
Kristie Bergamo is the senior associate at Family Law Matters. Her office is located in Corona, California and she regularly appears in Riverside, San Bernardino and Hemet courts. Kristie has an extensive litigation background before joining our firm and has participated in hundreds of trials. She ran her own practice for 12 years and has appeared in multiple courthouses throughout Southern California.
Kristie has spent her career representing family law clients, and is capable in all aspects of family law, including cases as divorce, domestic violence, custody, support, and modifications. Kristie is certified as minor’s counsel and has frequently represented children in contentious custody cases. Kristie has also served as a temporary judge in Orange County and Los Angeles County.
Kristie is well-known throughout Corona, Riverside, and San Bernardino for her extensive knowledge of family law, as well as her exceptional legal skill in the courtroom. Kristie is motivated by fairness and enjoys the challenge of difficult cases. Kristie lives in Corona, California, with her family and her dog, Buddy.
About Colleen Robinson
Colleen Robinson joined Family Law Matters in 2019 after a successful career in San Diego county. Colleen has worked on high asset divorces and contentious custody cases. Colleen has also mediated divorces in order to reach a fair, discreet settlement for the parties.
Colleen is know as being a big picture person, and actively seeks out creative solutions to her client’s problems. Although she is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with opposing counsel, she frequently finds her clients obtain a better result when she is able to reach a resolution outside of court.
Colleen is well-liked by judges, her peers, and her clients. Her cheerful attitude and empathy makes it easy to relate to the hardships of her clients. Colleen is tougher than she looks. She even played on all men’s hockey teams and was the captain of her hockey team in college. Colleen lives in San Diego county and is happily married with two small children. She also has a step-son, helping her to appreciate the dynamics of divorce. When she is not working, Colleen can be seen chasing her little ones around the park or through the mall.
About James Brenner
James Brenner joined Family Law Matters in 2019, and comes with an impressive background. James was first licensed to practice law in 2016, and is licensed as an attorney in four states. He also spent many years in Germany, studied law there, and taught economics at a German university in the German language. After marrying in Europe, James and his wife relocated to Southern California.
James has an extensive background in taxes, finance and accounting. His financial expertise led him to family law, where he has worked on many high asset and complex cases. James is comfortable reading financial reports, examining and cross-examining expert witnesses, and finding weaknesses in his opponent’s cases.
For the past several years, James has concentrated on family law, especially matters involving divorce and support. After his stint in Germany, James worked for several prominent family law firms in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. He has handled complex divorces involving hundreds of millions of dollars. James has attended multiple trials and depositions and enjoys appearing in court. James is particularly skilled at helping clients protect and divide their assets.
About Rebecca Rainwater
Rebecca Rainwater is a super star at Family Law Matters, who was licensed to practice law in 2011. She graduated law school from Trinity School of Law, where she had the honor of serving as a law clerk for one of the local judges. She then she focused on the area of family law and mediation. Rebecca attended the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in 2008, where she received a certificate in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Rebecca enjoys collaborative divorce, mediation, and uncontested matters because she thinks it is in her client’s best interest to resolve matters outside of court whenever possible. Rebecca is a member of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association and the association of the Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County. While Rebecca always thinks it is best to settle a case, she is not shy about going to bat for a client when she must. Rebecca is not afraid to aggressively argue her client’s position to the judge.
Upon passing the state bar of California, Rebecca first practiced law in Orange County, California, before moving to the Inland Empire. Besides having her own practice for a number of years, Rebecca worked for the San Bernardino Department of Child Support Services, and several prominent family law offices in Orange County and Riverside County before joining Family Law Matters.