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About Cage & Miles

At Cage & Miles, our San Diego family lawyers have represented thousands of satisfied individuals in high-conflict family law and divorce matters.

Our Experienced Team of Attorneys

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Shannon B. Miles

Certified Family Law Specialist

Shannon Miles, a Certified Family Law Specialist* since 2014, is a founding partner of Cage & Miles. Ms. Miles is committed to integrity and civility in the practice of family law and prides herself on her approachability in working with her clients by focusing on each client’s individual and unique needs. Ms. Miles is trusted by judges and attorneys alike serving as a court-appointed Minor’s Counsel throughout San Diego and as President of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association

Ms. Miles is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers ® from 2016-2021 and was named a Superlawyer ® in 2020 and 2021.

Ms. Miles has lectured for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the San Diego Family Law Bar Association. She is committed to mentoring young attorneys and continuing legal education in family law.


University of California San Diego, B.A.

California Western School of Law, J.D.


Best Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report

Southern California Superlawyer, San Diego Union Tribune & Superlawyers Magazine

Best Lawyers, Women in the Law Edition


Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

President, San Diego Family Law Bar Association

Member, San Diego County Bar Association Family Law Section

Member, Family Law Specialists Committed of the North County Bar Association


Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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Jaime N. Cage

Certified Family Law Specialist

Ms. Cage is a founding partner of Cage & Miles. Throughout her career, she has dedicated her study and practice of law exclusively to the area of family law. Her deep passion for helping families is evident to her satisfied clients and peers. Ms. Cage has the honor of being officially certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist.

Education & Background

Ms. Cage is a graduate of California Western School of Law where she served as the Vice President of the Child, Family, and Elder Law Society. In addition to receiving Academic Achievement Awards in Mediation Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ms. Cage graduated at the top of her class on the Dean’s Honor List. Ms. Cage is also a recipient of the State Bar of California Commendation and the Bonnie Reading Scholarship for her work in family law.

Ms. Cage also holds an English degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a minor in Philosophy. While at UCSB, Ms. Cage worked for the college as a tutor for other students in persuasive and analytical writing. In 2012, Ms. Cage became a member of the State Bar of California and began her practice of family law.

Outside of the Law Office

In recognition of her volunteer efforts at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the San Diego Family Justice Center helping to represent victims of domestic violence, Ms. Cage was inducted into the Pro Bono Honor’s Society.

Ms. Cage is a regular contributor to the official blog of Cage & Miles. Visit the blog to read news and articles authored by the family lawyers at the firm about various family law topics.

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Michele Sacks Lowenstein

Certified Family Law Specialist

After nearly 40 years of practice, Michele Sacks Lowenstein has joined Cage & Miles as Of Counsel. She has extensive training in alternate dispute resolution and deep experience as a litigator and is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Ms. Lowenstein limits her practice to meeting with clients and their lawyers for private mediation to assist them in bringing their matters to a resolution without further court intervention. Ms. Lowenstein has a sub-specialty in divorces between retirees which have become known as “grey divorce” or “silver or diamond splitters.”

Background & Education

A native San Diegan, Ms. Lowenstein graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law in 1981. Ms. Lowenstein founded the Law Offices of Michele Sacks Lowenstein which later became Lowenstein Brown, a firm she co-founded with Elizabeth Moody Brown. A Certified Family Law Specialist since 1992, Ms. Lowenstein is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, certified in the practice of Collaborative Divorce. She has been recognized as Super Lawyer for the last eleven years. Ms. Lowenstein has also served in a variety of capacities for the San Diego County Bar Association; acting as chairperson for the Family Law Section on multiple occasions, serving on the fee arbitration panel and serving on the Lawyer Referral and Information Committee. San Diego Magazine includes Michele Sacks Lowenstein as a Top Lawyer in their highly exclusive list of Top Lawyers. She is also recognized as a Super Lawyer and was named as a “top attorney” in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Michele Sacks Lowenstein as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer.

Outside of the Law Office

An avid supporter of the arts, Ms. Lowenstein serves as a board member at large for Vanguard Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing San Diego’s creative industries. Ms. Lowenstein and her husband, David, attend numerous cultural events and performances and travel extensively.


Traci Hoppes


Ms. Hoppes is an award winning family law attorney that has been actively and passionately advocating for families since 1992. She is respected by judges and received the “Norby” award in 2020, which is the highest honor given to a family law attorney in San Diego each year by the family law judiciary for dedicated and meritorious service to the family law bench and bar. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2021 and was voted as a Top Family Law Attorney by readers in a San Diego Union Tribune poll in 2020. Traci has also served on the board of the East County San Diego Bar Association (formerly the Foothills Bar Association) for the past 6 years, and was the organization’s president in 2017.

Ms. Hoppes is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 1992, Cum Laude. She is certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist. She has had extensive training and experience in both mediation and collaborative law, and thus she is often able to help her clients avoid lengthy courtroom battles when they are having to deal with divorce-related legal issues such as child and spousal support, parenting time, and the division of complex marital assets and financial obligations However, when litigation proves to be necessary, she is a forceful advocate on their behalf.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hoppes has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience while working on a variety of Family Law matters. From complex situations to single issues cases with limited budgets. Ms. Hoppes believes that communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship, which especially holds true between an attorney and their client. She understands the hardship that clients are going through and is committed to walk with them through these difficult situations.

Outside the Law Office:

Ms. Hoppes enjoys spending time with her four children and actively stays fit by playing golf, yoga and hiking. She is an active member at her church and continues to expand her reputation for honesty and integrity while serving in her community.

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Elizabeth M. Brown

Certified Family Law Specialist

Attorney Elizabeth Brown brings a unique approach to dispute resolution in even the most complex cases. Ms. Brown completed her legal education at California Western School of Law in 1999, where she had the honor of receiving the Alec. L. Cory Scholarship Award, and is currently Director of the Alumni Association Board for the California Western School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ms. Brown was also the recipient of the Foundation of the State Bar of California Scholarship, in recognition for her work in developing grants and tirelessly fighting for underprivileged people throughout her law school career.

Following law school, Ms. Brown served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. During her three years of living overseas and advocating for youth through grassroots projects and grant writing, she found a deeper appreciation for families and further developed her cultural awareness.

Law Practice

In 2015, Ms. Brown was certified as a Family law Legal Specialist by The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to her work as lead counsel with Cage & Miles, LLP Ms. Brown spent nine years as partner and owner of Lowenstein Brown, APLC. Ms. Brown centers her practice on high-net worth cases and those that involve complex areas of law and litigation.

Throughout San Diego County, Ms. Brown serves as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Judge by volunteering her time to help attorneys and parties settle even the most difficult cases. Ms. Brown is often personally called upon by the court to serve in this capacity. Throughout the family law community, Ms. Brown is well known for her creative thinking and problem solving. She is well respected by both the bench and the bar.

Ms. Brown’s unique work serving the court as a Settlement Conference Judge along with her 17 years of experience exclusively in family law assists her in expertly litigating complex cases and guiding clients through dispute resolution outside of the courtroom. Ms. Brown appreciates that every case is unique, and she has mastered the skill set to craft case plans tailored to individual needs.

For families looking to resolve their matters outside of the courthouse, Ms. Brown is a trained mediator and collaborative attorney. If informal dispute resolution is not successful, Ms. Brown is a strong and skilled advocate for her clients inside the courtroom.

Outside the Law Office

Ms. Brown enjoys spending her time outside the office with her husband and two children. Their family celebrates throughout the year by either planning haunted corn mazes for Halloween or hosting a traditional Tongan Umu, complete with roasted pigs. Ms. Brown and her family enjoy traveling throughout the world and to our national parks.


James Dooley

Certified Family Law Specialist

James Dooley is a family law attorney with special expertise in the civil litigation aspects of family law.  James has practiced almost exclusively in family law since 2003. James’s disposition is toward no-nonsense resolution of family law disputes, but he has the skills for litigation. He earned his chops at the premier family law litigation firm in Beverly Hills for nearly a decade, before relocating to San Diego in late 2015.

James is a thought leader in family law, regularly contributing pieces for publication and presenting at seminars on trending topics, including through the San Diego Family Law Bar Association.

Outside the Law Office

Nearly all of James's free time is spent tending to the activities of his two very active adolescent children, Atticus and Kaya, together with his San Diego-native wife, Rachel.

Jillian Duggan-Herd

Certified Family Law Specialist

For over a decade, Jillian has been representing clients throughout Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties. Jillian has been exclusively practicing family law for her entire career as well as 2 additional years as a practicing intern in Washington State while in law school. Jillian has been certified by the State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist and she will continue to represent clients in San Diego and southern Riverside county.

Jillian has developed a client-focused litigation style to resolve cases efficiently and effectively with the family, future and finances in mind. Jillian utilizes her extensive knowledge of family law, vast experience appearing in front of local judicial officers on an almost daily basis, serving as a Temporary Judge, and strong understanding of California’s Family Code, Civil Code of Procedure and Evidence Code. Jillian is most comfortable standing up to advocate for her client in court, but she will work to resolve cases without court intervention, if in the client’s best interest. Jillian has been recognized for her litigation skills and client satisfaction by Inland Empire Magazine, National Advocates Top 40 Under 40!, Martindale-Hubbell, American Institute of Legal Counsel as well as others.

Jillian attended Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington where she participated on the National Moot Court team and was on the administrative board of several organizations. Prior to law school, Jillian attended the University of California, San Diego where she graduated with honors in Sociology. During and after college, Jillian played rugby and throughout 10 years of playing she represented the USA Under-23 national team and was a part of two national club championship teams. Although, Jillian can no longer sustain the tackles, she loves staying active and playing any sport she can with her family.

Jillian is a seasoned and reputable trial attorney that joins Cage & Miles, LLP with much excitement and enthusiasm.

John Sylvester

John Sylvester

Certified Family Law Specialist

John Sylvester is a San Diego attorney practicing primarily in family law, including appeals and writs, trial litigation, and neutral mediation. He is Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California.

John received his B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University. He received his juris doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. John was an editor for the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. He was instrumental in co-founding the school's first Family Law Self-Help Clinic. He served as President of the School's Family Law Society. John volunteers his time with the Family Violence Appellate Project, bringing appeals on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.

In the practice of family law, John wears many hats. In his appellate practice, he has acted as lead attorney on several family law and civil appeals, including several published full or partial reversals of erroneous trial court decisions. In his trial practice, he has handled hundreds of cases of varying complexity in the areas of dissolution, legal separation, nullity, domestic violence restraining orders, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and community and separate property issues. In his neutral mediation practice he offers family law litigants an amicable and affordable alternative to litigation.

John is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice law before the Superior Court of California, the California Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of California. He is also licensed to practice in the Ninth Circuit's Central and Southern Federal District Courts of California. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego Family Law Bar Association, and the San Diego Appellate Inns of Court.

Outside the Law Office

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and lab/pit rescue mix, Roger. His hobbies and interests include road running, trail running, cycling, music, and movies. He has recently completed several ultramarathons, marathons, and half-marathons, and hopes to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon.




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Steven K. Brumer


Steven’s practice focuses on family law and the crossover issues presented between family law and his other areas of expertise. Now in his third decade of practice, Steven’s legal experience includes family law, civil litigation, trusts and estates, conservatorships and guardianships, bankruptcy, real estate, and alternative dispute resolution. The overwhelming majority of his cases, however, involve child custody and visitation, support, property and debt division in divorce, and post-judgment litigation of these issues.

Experience & Education

A native of New York City, Steven earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and his law degree from the University of Miami. He is admitted to practice in California and before various federal courts in California and Florida.

In 2001, Steven obtained a post-graduate Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of San Diego, focusing on the law of taxation. This course of study focuses on tax planning, analysis, and litigation, and has proven invaluable to his family law clients and as a resource to other attorneys at Cage and Miles.

In the Community

Steven is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s family law section and the San Diego Family Law Bar Association. An endurance road cyclist, mountain biker, and motorcyclist, Steven spends most weekends on two wheels enjoying San Diego’s roads and trails, often cycling with the Challenged Athletes Foundation Cycling Club - an organization that provides opportunities and support for athletes with physical challenges. When off the bikes, Steven enjoys time with his wife (a pediatric nurse), their children, and the family’s rescued Labrador/Coonhound mix, in search of a decent bagel or slice of pizza.

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Bethany Ward


Bethany Ward became a licensed attorney in December 2003 after graduating in the top third of her class from the University of San Diego School of Law. While at USD, Bethany studied Family Law and Child Rights and Remedies. She participated in the dependency clinic through USD’s Child Advocacy Institute.

In conjunction with her course work, Bethany authored a case note on a U.S. Supreme decision relating to compliance with state child support services under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act that was published in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. She was also a featured author in a symposium on Rights of Parents. Bethany interned at the Family Law Facilitator’s office while in law school and volunteered her time at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program in their domestic violence clinic. She studied abroad for a semester at the Institute on International and Comparative Law in Florence, Italy.

Experience with Cage & Miles

Bethany joined Cage & Miles in 2022. She brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in all aspects of family law. Although she continues to practice all areas of family law, Bethany’s primary focus is on guardianships and adoptions. Bethany added guardianships and adoptions to her family law practice after comprehensive self-study, mentorship, and formal coursework on these additional practice areas. Bethany regularly obtains guardianships for her clients, whether they be emergency, temporary or general guardianships, as well as visitation orders within guardianships, and terminations of guardianships when appropriate. She has successfully completed independent adoptions, step-parent adoptions, step-parent adoptions to confirm parentage, and adult adoptions, as well as contested terminations of parental rights in order to proceed with adoption. She was recently interviewed by Teen Vogue for an article on open adoptions. Bethany finds there is true joy in securing a child’s place in their forever home, or with a guardian who can ensure their care, when circumstances necessitate.      

Bethany was named to San Diego Business Journal’s Best of the Bar as a local attorney chosen by her peers as being outstanding in her field. Bethany’s Best Phrase as noted in that publication is “always consider cost versus benefit”. This is key to remember because in many family law cases, the potential issues can be infinite, but there are rarely infinite resources. Often times it makes sense to let the little things go and focus on the big picture goal of bringing the case to resolution on acceptable terms.

Bethany is trained in mediation by the National Conflict Resolution Center. She also holds a degree in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Outside the Law Office

Bethany moved to California from Portland, Oregon to attend college. She quickly decided that the Golden state would forever be home. Outside of the office, Bethany enjoys being with her family and enjoying all that San Diego has to offer.


Jeffrey Miller


Jeff has been practicing law since 1996 with most of his legal experience exclusively in Family Law. He has experience with all types of family law issues including custody, visitation, move-aways, child support, spousal support, support arrearages, paternity, property division, validity of premarital agreements and enforcement of prior orders. Jeff has worked on all types of family law cases, from multi-million-dollar estates to cases where there are very few assets but substantial debt, and everything in between. He has extensive experience not only researching and writing, but also in the courtroom. His calm demeanor resonates through his writing and when he is in court. Jeff believes that preparation of strong yet reasonable pleadings often leads to settlements prior to court or, if the case does not settle, to a good result in court.

Education - Jeff earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude, was a staff writer and staff editor on Law Review and earned five American Jurisprudence awards, including in Family Law and Trial Practice courses. He also studied International Law at Oxford University through a program with the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to law school Jeff attended California State University, Northridge and earned a degree in Finance.

Outside the Law Office:

Jeff is married with one child. Jeff enjoys running - a lot! He qualified for and ran in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Since then, he has focused his running mostly on trail and ultra-marathons and has run in over 30 ultra-marathons, including six 100-mile races. Jeff also enjoys hiking and traveling with his family.


LaTosha Hall


Attorney LaTosha Hall is a member of the California, Illinois, and Michigan State Bars. She received her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School after graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Since receiving her Juris Doctor, Ms. Hall has devoted her years of practice primarily to family law. Attorney Hall has been so passionate about helping people with their family law issues that she even furthered her education and received a Master of Laws in Family Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

For over thirteen years, Ms. Hall has helped clients through a variety of difficult family law matters, including, but not limited to, prenuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, visitation, support, removal and child relocation, domestic violence, grandparent’s rights, and sibling’s rights. With her astute knowledge of the law, she has been able to negotiate and settle intense cases that clients never believed could be resolved without the headache and expense of enduring a long drawn out trial. Although Ms. Hall has been successful in settling cases, she does not shy away from the courtroom and has even argued in front of the Appellate Court regarding a termination of parental rights matter.

Ms. Hall joined Cage and Miles, LLP, in June 2021. Understanding that each person’s situation is unique, Ms. Hall is dedicated to helping her clients feel comfortable as she helps them work toward a resolution that best suits their family’s needs. She is compassionate, committed to her clients, and truly enjoys assisting clients with all of their family law needs.

Outside the Law Office:

When Ms. Hall is not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and playing the piano. She has lived in several states, but is delighted to be able to call California her permanent home.


Peter Murray


Mr. Murray has recently joined Cage & Miles as the firm's Chief Trial Counsel. Mr. Murray has been a California trial attorney for 31 years. He started out in San Diego as a litigator with a major international law firm and was a Criminal Trial Prosecutor for 22+ years, serving as a San Diego Deputy District Attorney for 12 years and as a California Deputy Attorney General for over 10-and-a-half-years. In between his two positions as a public prosecutor, Mr. Murray started and ran his own private law practice where, amongst a broad array of work, he handled probate, juvenile, civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Murray's extensive trial experience includes over 100 cases tried to verdict with over 75 of those to a jury. As such, Mr. Murray is available to all the firm's attorneys to assist with courtroom presentation, evidentiary issues, case and trial strategy.

Education & Background

Mr. Murray is a graduate of Duke University where he attended under a full Naval ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy, attended flight school, and was subsequently "winged" as a U.S. Naval Aviator. In his eight years as a Navy Pilot, Mr. Murray was stationed around the country (Florida, Hawaii, San Diego, Norfolk, and Newport, R.I.), and was deployed to various parts of the world including the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. Mr. Murray left the Navy to attend Duke University School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 1990 and then passed the California Bar exam later that same year.

Outside the Office

Mr. Murray has been heavily involved as a Community Volunteer over the years, both in civic positions and as a coach of youth sports. When time allows, Mr. Murray pursues his passion for flying, sails, tries to play golf, and hikes with his lab "Jenny". Mr. Murray is currently a candidate for Judge of the San Diego Superior Court.

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Mehry Mohseni


A native San Diegan, Mehry Mohseni holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.

Before joining our team at Cage & Miles, Mehry was a Program Assistant for the National Family Justice Center Alliance. In this role, she assisted communities and multi-disciplinary service providers throughout the nation, providing coordinated services for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and elder abuse.

She has clerked for the San Diego Superior Court, Juvenile Division and the San Diego County Counsel, Juvenile Dependency Division, where she represented Child Welfare Services on numerous dependency matters.

Outside of the Office

Mehry currently serves on the Board of Directors for Run Women Run. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Free to Thrive. She is an active member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego and was a 2016 Fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance.

In 2018, Mehry received the C. Hugh Friedman New Attorney award from Lawyers Club of San Diego.

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Jamie Learakos


Jamie Learakos learned at a young age that a good work ethic makes a successful person. She understands the importance of quality service and teamwork for her clients, each of whom gets customized representation at Cage & Miles. She has an innate ability to explain complex legal issues in a clear and authoritative way, which empowers her clients in and out of court.

Background and Education

Jamie grew up in the heart of Orange County, California, just minutes from Disneyland and Anaheim Angels’ Stadium. She spent her childhood playing sports in her community, such as basketball, softball and even Taekwondo. Jamie spent her childhood summers working at her family’s restaurant, Katella Grill, which was established by her grandfather, and is still owned and operated by her family to this day.

Immediately upon graduating from high school, she attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she completed her undergraduate curriculum in just three and a half years. She subsequently moved to San Diego to attend law school, and is establishing a career in both the San Diego and Orange County communities.

Law Practice

Jamie is in her eighth year working in family law, first as an intern while in law school, then as a law clerk upon graduation, and since passing the bar in 2013 has worked exclusively in Family Law for clients all throughout Southern California. She has represented clients in almost all types of Family Law cases including, divorce, child custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, asset division, step-parent adoptions, and domestic violence restraining orders.

Outside the office

Jamie is recently married to a wonderful and successful personal injury attorney in San Diego County. Outside of the office, Jamie enjoys cooking and traveling whenever she gets the chance. She enjoys spending time with her family and visiting with her grandmother, who is 93 years young. She also enjoys the labor-intensive hobby of gardening, although she will admit that she does not possess the greenest of thumbs.

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Maria Spear


Maria is a caring yet zealous advocate for her clients. She understands the serious and sensitive nature of practicing as a licensed family law attorney in Riverside County. Being fully bilingual, Maria successfully advocates for and represents the Spanish-speaking communities in her area.

Background and Education

Growing up in a family of eight, Maria quickly learned the value of teamwork and the importance of achieving success via education. Maria was the first in her family to attend college, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from San Diego State University. She discovered her passion for the law while working as a legal assistant at a boutique bankruptcy firm where she observed that the profession was in need of strong, dependable, and charismatic women. Maria began her pursuit of a juris doctorate degree at Cal Western State University College of Law, ultimately graduating Magna Cum Laude and commencing her practice of law.

Law Practice

Since being licensed, Maria has dedicated herself solely to the practice of family law. In addition to her litigation experience, Maria is a trained mediator, assisting parties in resolving their matters outside of the courtroom through mediation. Maria has represented clients in and out of court in all family law related matters throughout Riverside County including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, property division, domestic violence restraining orders (DVTRO) as well as juvenile law, including adoption and guardianship petitions. Maria has a deep understanding of custody/visitation issues from the working parent and stay-at-home parent’s perspective. She has experience working with court appointed minor’s counsel, marriage and family therapists, and custody evaluators hired by the parties to help the court make orders in the best interest of children. Maria has experience working with these professionals on reunification therapies as well as navigating the mandatory Child Custody Recommended Counseling (CCRC) process that judges use as a guide when making temporary custody and visitation orders. She has advocated for clients before most, if not all, Riverside County judges, affording her clients additional insight throughout the process. Overall, Maria thrives at providing not only effective and zealous advocacy for her clients but doing so in a sympathetic and compassionate manner. In addition to being a member of the California State Bar Association, she is also a member of Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, Riverside County Bar Association, and San Diego Family Law Bar Association.

Outside the office

When she is not working, Maria spends all her time going on adventures with her two boys and her husband. They enjoy everything from hiking, playing, and attending sporting events, and traveling in and out of the country. Maria and her husband are involved in the Menifee Valley Sports and Valley Wide Sports organizations.


Christina Alkire


Christina is a veteran of the U.S. Army.  She joined the United States Army, while still in high school, after September 11, 2001.  Christina worked as an Intelligence Analyst and deployed for a year to Iraq in 2004.  After her honorable discharge, Christina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Justice Studies and Master’s Degree in Homeland Security. She graduated with honors from both programs.

During graduate school, Christina discovered her interest in the law and subsequently attended California Western School of Law, where she graduated with honors.  While at CWSL, Christina tutored fellow law students for two different law professors.  She also served as the Executive Lead Articles Editor on the CWSL International Law Journal and was published in the CWSL Law Review. 

Before joining Cage & Miles, Christina spent most of her legal career in family law.  Christina has experience with various family law issues, including dissolution, child custody, spousal and child support, domestic violence restraining order defense and prosecution, and property division.  She works hard to provide clients with an understanding of the law, as written and as practiced, and presents them with realistic expectations so they can make the best and most informed decisions for their situations.

Outside the Law Office

Christina likes watching true crime and court programs and listening to true crime podcasts.  She also enjoys watching the San Diego Padres and spending time with her rescue Pitbull mixes, Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  She uses working out and running as a form of self-care and participates in trail runs and Spartan and Tough Mudder races. 

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Ryan Goulet


Mr. Goulet attended the University of San Diego School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate in May of 2018. While at USD Law, Mr. Goulet earned a Certified Mediator Certificate in January of 2018.

Prior to graduating from USD Law, Mr. Goulet received his Bachelor's degree in English-Literature from Arizona State University in 2013, where he graduated in three and a half years. During his time at Arizona State University, Mr. Goulet interned as a writer/editor at an online sports journalism website and worked as a server at a restaurant.

Before beginning work at Cage & Miles, Mr. Goulet clerked for a family law firm in San Diego, where he gained valuable experience in legal research and drafting Points & Authorities. He also interned with the Family Law Facilitator's Office in San Diego's Central Courthouse, where he spent a significant amount of time interacting with self-represented litigants and drafting Judicial Council Forms.

Experience with Cage & Miles

In September of 2018—just two months after completing the July 2018 California Bar Exam--Mr. Goulet began his tenure at Cage & Miles as a post-bar law clerk. After passing the California Bar Exam and being sworn in by the Honorable Harry Powazek, Mr. Goulet has become a valuable member of the Cage & Miles team. He has gained a great deal of experience in discovery, trial preparation, mandatory settlement conference preparation, domestic violence restraining orders, child custody disputes, community property division, child support and spousal support. Additionally, Mr. Goulet has continued to develop his skills in attorney-client relations, establishing himself as a go-to attorney within the firm for clients who require devoted, personal attention to get through the rigors of a family law case.

Outside the Law Office

Mr. Goulet was born and raised in San Diego before spending time in Las Vegas, Nevada and Scottsdale, Arizona. In his free time, Mr. Goulet enjoys attending concerts and sporting events.

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Jasey Mahon


Ms. Mahon attended the University of San Diego School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Children’s Rights. During her time at USD Law, Ms. Mahon was a member of the International Law Journal and worked as a certified legal intern for USD’s Education and Disability Clinic.

Although Ms. Mahon was born and raised in San Diego, the Navy relocated her family to Maryland in 2005. Immediately upon graduating from high school, Ms. Mahon attended Stevenson University in Maryland and received her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies in May of 2016, where she graduated summa cum laude. While at Stevenson University, Ms. Mahon was a member of the University’s tennis team and studied abroad in Italy.

Ms. Mahon’s exclusive work in family law began when she was a legal intern for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s family law unit, where she gained valuable experience in case management, legal research and writing, and ultimately developed a passion for family law. Ms. Mahon then went on to clerk for the Department of Child Support Services - County of San Diego, where she not only performed extensive legal research and writing and assisted with hearing preparation, but also analyzed ground-breaking legislation that impacted family law.

Experience with Cage & Miles

Ms. Mahon began her time at Cage & Miles, as a post-bar law clerk and has gained significant experience in discovery, trial preparation and trials, mediation preparation, child custody disputes, child support and spousal support, community property division, domestic violence restraining orders, and the drafting of unique and complex marital settlement agreements.

Ms. Mahon enjoys working closely with clients to get their cases settled in an amicable and timely manner. Ms. Mahon is a caring, enthusiastic, and valuable member of the Cage & Miles team, who enjoys advocating for clients who desire dedicated, personal attention throughout their case.

Outside the Law Office

When Ms. Mahon is not working, she takes full advantage of the beautiful weather San Diego has to offer. Ms. Mahon enjoys hiking, CrossFit, playing tennis, playing piano, and supporting dog rescues.

Allison Kuska

Allison Kuska


Ms. Kuska is a passionate and dedicated advocate for clients at Cage & Miles. Ms. Kuska obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2018 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she immersed herself exclusively in family law and fell in love with the practice. Committed to expanding her family law knowledge, Ms. Kuska served as the Vice President of the Family Law Society. During law school, Ms. Kuska began clerking for a boutique family law firm in San Diego, where she continued to hone her family law skills.  Ms. Kuska has valuable experience in discovery litigation, litigation involving business valuations, division of high asset community estates, support litigation, child custody, as well as move-away and parentage actions.

Ms. Kuska obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Her experience working in a laboratory and interfacing with large energy companies has proved invaluable in her work as a family law attorney.  Ms. Kuska is uniquely positioned to understand complex scientific issues as they pertain to the business interests of her clients, patents, and employment in science-related fields. With precise attention to detail resulting from her math and science background, Ms. Kuska communicates particularly well with clients who have engineering backgrounds or complex compensation structures.

In addition to private practice, Ms. Kuska has devoted time to volunteer work.  Ms. Kuska interned with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program where she assisted victims of domestic violence by drafting domestic violence restraining orders.  Fueled by her passion for assisting veterans, Ms. Kuska also volunteered at the Veterans Self-Help Clinic as a Co-Coordinator. Ms. Kuska is a bubbly, compassionate, and empathetic individual who believes in connecting with clients to better assist them through the stressors and difficulties that can often arise in family law matters.

Outside the Law Office

Ms. Kuska is a devoted fan of true crime documentaries and loves to watch CSI re-runs. In her spare time, Ms. Kuska enjoys being outdoors and often spends her time attempting to surf at the beach or off-roading in the desert. Regardless of where she goes, it is likely that Ms. Kuska’s dog, a corgi, is always with her.

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David Crosgrove


Mr. Crosgrove obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2019 from California Western School of Law, receiving an award for academic excellence in Professional Responsibility and Ethics. Prior to this, he received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he enjoyed studying social work, mental health issues, and the impact these issues have on families. His thirst for knowledge drives his motivation to achieve expertise in the area of Family Law.

Experience with Cage & Miles

Mr. Crosgrove began his career at Cage & Miles in February of 2016 as a file clerk, using his organizational skills to pioneer our current filing system. While attending school, he worked in almost every position at Cage & Miles, from working with clients, performing legal research and writing, training new employees, to finally becoming a licensed attorney with the firm. Mr. Crosgrove is a leader in the firm and spearheaded many advances in technology which streamlined the process for our clients.

As an attorney, Mr. Crosgrove eagerly takes on new assignments and cases with the drive to fiercely pursue a fair result. He loves learning new things and is happy to take on the challenges of difficult and complex cases. Mr. Crosgrove’s priorities include providing careful guidance and educating his clients on the law so that they can make fully-informed decisions. Mr. Crosgrove's personal touch allows him to assess the unique needs of each client and develop a strategy for case resolution based on their interests.

Outside the Law Office

Mr. Crosgrove is native to Los Angeles, but adopted San Diego after moving here in 2016 and falling in love with the city, the beaches, and the food. When he is not working, Mr. Crosgrove spends time with his family, his cats, and enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and gaming.


Chelcee Eads


Chelcee Eads obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2021 from California Western School of Law, receiving academic excellence awards in Advanced Legal Writing/Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and an academic merit scholarship. Prior to this, she received her undergraduate degree from California State University – Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. During her time at CSUN, she interned at the Los Angeles Superior Court and worked at a family law firm in Santa Barbara as a legal assistant.

Experience with Cage & Miles

Chelcee began her career at Cage & Miles during her second year of law school as a law clerk. She has gained significant experience in legal research, discovery, child custody disputes, spousal support, child support, domestic violence restraining orders, and child relocation cases. Chelcee is incredibly detail oriented and likes to work closely with clients, so they understand every aspect of their case.

Outside the Law Office

As the daughter of a United States Marine, Chelcee grew up all over the United States but has called San Diego home since 2018. Chelcee is recently married to a California wildland firefighter, and in her spare time enjoys reading, taking her two German Shepherds for walks, and going to baseball games.


Attentive and Caring While Protecting Your Interests

Having served thousands of clients, you can rest assured that the experienced team at Cage & Miles will strive to find the best results for you and your family.

The attorneys at Cage & Miles have been honored to receive a number of accolades, including SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers distinction in 2020 and 2021, Avvo Client Choice in Family Law, and a Lead Counsel Rating.

We pride ourselves in selecting only the absolute best individuals to join our team. We select Certified Family Law Specialists who bring experience across a wide range of complex cases, from military divorce to same-sex dissolutions, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, and estate planning.

We’ll Take Care of the Story and Business of Your Family Law Matter So You Can Focus Forward

We understand the sensitive nature of family law and, as our clients will attest, we treat every case with the utmost discretion, care, and attention.

From handling the complexities of a high net worth divorce or separation, to assisting our clients with mediated agreements and much more, our determined team of California family lawyers is ready and prepared to offer honest and professional counsel.


Meet the Founding Partners of Cage & Miles

Meet our founding partners and California Board Certified Family Law Specialists, Jaime Cage and Shannon Miles. Learn more about our history as a firm and our fierce commitment to delivering a high standard of professional service for all of our clients.

What Our Clients Have to Say

"The staff was so incredibly gracious, professional, knowledgeable, and very caring as they assisted me through the painful and unexpectant process of Divorce. "

Former clients share their experience

"They have explained everything every step of the way, made me feel comfortable asking even the most ridiculous questions, and happily answered them; giving me peace of mind."

former clients share their experience

"Jaime & Shannon made me feel very comfortable and confident retaining them as my council. They continually make me feel comfortable and safe on a personal level."

former clients share their experience

Why Choose Cage & Miles

Board Certified Family Law Specialists

Shannon Miles and Jaime Cage are among the select few trial lawyers to have pursued and obtained legal specialization in the area of family law.

Work Directly With Your Attorney

Your case will be handled personally by your lead attorney. You will always have someone to talk to to discuss your unique needs.

Proven Results for High-Conflict Cases

We are ready to take on and find resolutions to high-conflict cases. The safety, security, and happiness of your family is of the utmost importance.

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