LAW OFFICES OF MARLA A. PLEYTE

805.770.7080     1035 Santa Barbara St., Ste. 7, Santa Barbara

831.331.8864     535 Monterey St., Hollister



Ms. Pleyte opened her solo law practice in 2007 and today maintains offices in Santa Barbara, where she lives, and Hollister, her hometown.  Ms. Pleyte’s practice includes comprehensive estate planning services and a family law practice focusing on mediation, settlement, and litigation of financial issues.  


Prior to beginning her solo practice, Ms. Pleyte was a partner at Polaris Law Group LLP, a summer associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Palo Alto, and a legal extern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. While employed by these entities, she worked on complex projects involving employment litigation, securities litigation, contracts, intellectual property, unfair competition, antitrust, and Indian law.

Ms. Pleyte obtained her Juris Doctor degree from UC Davis School of Law in 2006, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Business Law Journal and graduated Order of the Coif.  She earned the Witkin Award in Civil Procedure and Property and graduated in the top five of her law school class.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Pleyte gained experience handling family law, civil, and criminal cases while working full-time with her father, James R. Pleyte, in his Hollister law practice. For the three years prior to that, she worked as a Consultant for Accenture, LLP, a global management consulting firm. In that role, she worked on project teams redesigning complex processes and organizational structures for Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Pleyte obtained her B.A. degree in Economics from Tulane University, earning a membership in Phi Beta Kappa and was a regional finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.  She also graduated with an M.B.A. in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in 1999, earning a Morton A. Aldrich Scholarship and membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

Ms. Pleyte is a member of the California Bar Association, the Santa Barbara Bar Association, and The William L. Gordon American Inn of Court.  She currently serves on the Finance Committee of the San Benito County Community Foundation.  She is a former board member of the Hollister Downtown Association and San Benito County Art Council and was president of the San Benito Bar Association from 2010-2013.