Melissa D. Cianci
Managing partner Melissa D. Cianci, Certified Family Law Specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, focuses her practice exclusively on adoption, surrogacy, and family law matters. Melissa truly enjoys building families through the adoption and surrogacy process. She is also highly skilled in helping individuals navigate through the emotional and financial upheaval that can occur during a dissolution of marriage. Melissa graduated cum laude from California State University, Sacramento, and from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where she received awards for academic excellence. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in 2006, the State Bar of Nevada in 2017, the State Bar of Hawaii in 2018, the U.S. District Court for Hawaii in 2018, and the State Bar of Colorado in 2019.
Kevin M. Cecil
Senior litigation counsel Kevin M. Cecil is a descendant of numerous judges and attorneys, and he is a true natural in the courtroom. He has successfully tried many family law cases and knows when to fight to win, as well as when to compromise to mitigate loss. Kevin has experience in a variety of legal arenas, including criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation, but he chose to dedicate his career to family law litigants. Primarily due to his exposure to our juvenile population while serving as a juvenile delinquency attorney for the Placer County Public Defender's Office, he has a unique acumen and passion for child custody and visitation cases. Armed with a diverse foundation of legal experience, Kevin is a tireless advocate and provides powerful and effective representation to his clients.
Maida V. Farrar
Associate attorney Maida V. Farrar focuses on complex family law matters and has a record of success in the family law courts, frequently achieving favorable results for her clients. Maida has a passion for children's rights, and their well-being centers her focus and drive in the practice of law. She was licensed to practice law in California in 2005 and Florida in 2006. She has dedicated her legal career to assisting others through difficult matters.
Salina L. Sierra
Associate attorney Salina L. Sierra approaches her clients' issues with a focus on results and understanding the complexities that come with family law litigation. She leverages her unique skills to serve her clients' goals, steadfastly reaching settlement when possible and diligently preparing for trial when necessary. Salina graduated from California State University, Sonoma, and John F. Kennedy University School of Law. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010 and has dedicated her entire career to focus on family law.
Chief business officer Holly Cuthbert graduated from William Jessup University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She comes to Cecil Cianci Law, PC with a background in human resources and business management, which includes strategic planning, policy and procedure development, and cost-benefit analysis. She has proven abilities in organizational effectiveness as well as accomplishments in employee training and people development. Holly has recently become an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution, and she spends her free time giving back to the community by volunteering at local non-profit organizations.