Marianne Barth
Of Counsel

Marianne Barth is Of Counsel at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek.  She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Ms. Barth’s legal career began as a civil healthcare and business litigator.  Ms. Barth successfully litigated numerous jury trials and administrative law matters during her early career.  Ms. Barth’s experience as a civil and business litigator has provided her with the necessary expertise to understand and successfully resolve complex financial and emotional issues present in family law cases.  Ms. Barth’s family law practice includes all aspects of family law including custody and visitation; move‑away orders; child and spousal support; characterization and division of assets; drafting and enforcement of premarital and cohabitation agreements; and representing clients in domestic violence matters.  Ms. Barth is able to thoughtfully balance her knowledge and experience with understanding and compassion to help clients bring their cases to a satisfactory resolution. 


Ms. Barth received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Villa Maria College.  She attended California Western School of Law and earned her Juris Doctor. 

Employment Background

Ms. Barth began her career as an associate and later a partner of the former firm McInnis Fitzgerald Rees & Sharkey.  When that firm merged with Higgs Fletcher & Mack, Ms. Barth became a partner at the Higgs firm where she practiced until August 2011.  She then founded Marianne Barth, APC until joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek in 2014.  

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of the State of California (June 6, 1989)
  • United States District Court, Central District of California (October 11, 1989)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California (June 19, 1990)
  • American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • Association of Business and Trial Lawyers
  • Lawyers Club
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Legal Ethics Committee
  • San Diego Inn of Court
  • State Bar of California
  • Superior Court of California, Judge Pro Tem

Community Affiliations

  • Lieutenant, U.S. Public Health Service
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Rating of AV Preeminent since 2005
  • Named since 2014 by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego’s Top Lawyers (Family Law)
  • Recipient of the 2017 YWCA of San Diego County TWIN Award