Marilyn's Personal Story - Why everything?
Marilyn D. York is a Family Law Attorney, a Nevada Certified Family Law Specialist and owner of the Area's Largest Exclusive Family Law Office.
This includes Marilyn’s roots and early history as written by Ray York, proud father and ‘stage mother’ to Marilyn, and the one who probably knows her the best:
In 1913 Great Grandfather, Joe York, somewhat of a pioneer, moved his family from draught stricken Oklahoma to Fallon, Nevada. This was well before Lahontan Reservoir was built in 1915 and before Fallon became the "Oasis of Nevada" from irrigation. Joe and his wife, Mary, raised eight children in Fallon during hard times. He farmed and hunted to feed the family. Joe was reportedly a stern and mean father. Son, James, had become tired of beatings and went out into the world on his own at the young age of 15.
James, who many years later would become Marilyn's grandfather, milked cows for a dairy farmer to put himself through high school in Fallon. After graduating from high school he moved to San Francisco for seven years where he became a butcher. He also married and his first son Jimmy Joe was born there. In 1936 mean old Joe died at 72 and James moved his new family back to Fallon and bought the old farm from his mother during the Great Depression. After farming and milking cows for others for a few years, he started York's Dairy, the first Grade "A" dairy in the area. James sold the Dairy and started York's Meat in 1945. York's Meat is still operating at the original York Lane location. York Lane was named after Joe York. After James sold York Meat's he began buying and fixing rental properties and eventually owned 32 rentals known as York Rentals. Unlike Joe, James was a kind and gentle man who was active in the Fallon Elks and popular with everyone.
Ray, James's second son, who many years later would become Marilyn's father, was born in Fallon in 1941, a month before Pearl Harbor was attacked. At that time, James was still running his dairy and sold most of the milk to the local Naval Air Station during World War II. As Ray learned farming, slaughtering and meat cutting, he became fascinated by machinery. After Ray graduated from Churchill County High School in Fallon, he went to the University of Nevada Reno for a short time and then followed his older brother, Jimmy Joe, to West Point.
After three years at West Point, however, Ray decided to leave Army life and became a Mechanical Engineer by graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. Ray was a restless engineer and determined to find another destiny. After moving from Fallon to New York to Pennsylvania to Virginia to California to Ohio to Florida to California and finally back to Reno, he settled into multiple businesses. After becoming a West Point Cadet, an engineer for G.E. and other companies, a full time flight instructor, a flight school owner, a real estate salesman, an owner of a craft paint business and statuary retail, wholesale and manufacturing business, his main business became wood plaque manufacturing for the Trophy and Award Industry. Meanwhile he had acquired a Sparks warehouse and a Reno office building where Marilyn grew her family law practice the first several years.
In 1966, Ray married Elaine while in Cincinnati, Ohio and as part of the marriage contract, they soon moved west (to San Jose, California). Ray worked as an engineer for several years and began flight instructing in small Cessna airplanes. After arriving in San Jose, Elaine earned her Master's Degree from San Jose State and taught business education at a Mountain View high school for a few years. Elaine stopped working to become a full time Mom and their first child, Steven, was born in 1973 after Ray had become a full time Flight School owner and instructor at the San Jose International Airport.
Elaine wanted a girl next and studied up on improving the odds such as charting body temperature and picking the best side of ovulation. One afternoon she called Ray at the airport and said to stay out of the air and come home - it was time to make a baby girl. Marilyn must have been conceived from a wild seed that day because she would soon cause notice by kicking. While Elaine was in labor, Marilyn kicked herself part way off the placenta and was born blue because of so much blood loss. The panicky doctors soon transfused her with some more blood that must have also been "Wild". This tiny baby girl's destiny was to not go unnoticed.
Elaine and Ray couldn't decide on a girl's name and finally Elaine gave the job to Ray. Ray picked "Marilyn" as a special name but now jokes that he should have named her Jane, Matilda or something calmer. At six months old Ray said to Elaine "she sure doesn't have much character" (while comparing her to 2 year old Steven). Ray soon ate those words and has been eating them ever since....
At 1 to 2 years old, it was apparent Marilyn wasn't a follower - she wouldn't participate well in groups like "diaper gym" and swimming lessons. At a young 5, she started kindergarten still trying to be a non-participant. She preferred to lie down on the floor and go to sleep. Her kindergarten teacher and Elaine thought it might be better to hold her back a year. Ray decided Marilyn deserved a chance. Oddly enough, this was a defining moment for Marilyn who would go on to graduate from Reno High School at 16, graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in English with a Writing Option and a minor in Speech Communications at 20, celebrate her 21st birthday in law school and graduate as a lawyer while still 22.
Marilyn and brother Steven literally grew up in the family businesses. The family work ethic training began with piecework for money at 4 years old earning virtually all their own spending money from then on. Half of their first money was saved for a used piano so they could take lessons. While young friends and peers were bored at home or roaming the streets, Marilyn was at the statuary shop working and playing on weekends and during summer vacations. However, many swimming lessons, piano lessons, sports and classes were arranged by Elaine to break up the routines. So Marilyn grew up very busy and stimulated, rarely encountering boredom and never having nothing to do. Being around Dad so much helped develop her argumentative skills and by sixth grade, she had shifted some of her argumentative talent to her poor teacher. He tried very hard to mold and control Marilyn with little effect.
Marilyn was a strong willed child and it soon became apparent that others needed to accept and allow her ways or let the contests begin. Ray and Elaine were disciplining parents but generally received equal punishment for any given to Marilyn. On the other hand she was overly sensitive as a child and years of insensitivity training and teasing with light to moderate ridicule by her father and brother toughened her up. Perhaps it was merely destiny and not environment that allows Marilyn as an adult to be extremely sensitive or extremely tough depending on circumstances.
Discipline and self-discipline were strong York family traits passed on to Marilyn. Born into a house without sugar snacks, she was 5 years old and in kindergarten before discovering such things. Although the York house always had some open alcohol in the cupboard - the levels never seemed to change. At 21 years old, she discovered that she was very allergic to it. While Marilyn was 11, she announced to the family that she was going to become an attorney when she grew up. Her Dad watched a lot of L.A. Law and asked her if it was because she saw it on TV. She said she never watched it and couldn't explain why she had made her decision. About 30 years before this, her cousin, Gerald York, also about the age of 11 had announced to older first cousin Ray (Marilyn's father) that he was going to become a Dentist and a $1 bet was waged. Years later Ray had to pay $1 to Gerald and he began practicing dentistry in Reno in 1968.
When Marilyn’s family moved from San Jose, CA to Reno, she was 13 and was told if she tried drugs she would be moved to Fallon until she was out of High School. Either the harmful effects of drugs or visions of living in Fallon kept her drug free. She even ran with some "colorful" friends but had enough self worth and intelligence to never smoke, drink or do drugs. One of her avocations that came from it all has been "designated driver."
Marilyn has always had a fascination with argumentation and human relationships. At 1 to 2 years old she began talking and arguing with her family. At 5 years old her argumentation skills were taken on the road to kindergarten. Her 6th grade teacher was a pretty good adversary and her skills were honed more. Her first year of Reno High School debate at 16 was a resounding success. Her wonderful debate teacher, Mrs. V. told her dad that Marilyn was amazingly good for a beginner. Her dad told Mrs. V. that Marilyn had been debating for about 14 years and was quite experienced. At 16, debate seemed to be a great turning point for Marilyn - a coming out of sorts or a rite of passage. Marilyn exuded aggressiveness and assertiveness in debate and one of her male opponents said "she is vicious." These overt changes in Marilyn ratified her earlier decision to be a lawyer. It had become obvious her career choice fit her personality, interests and intelligence.
On her 16th birthday, Marilyn became a licensed driver and drove her first car that she bought with earnings from her work at the family businesses. Some of the money also came from the used piano that was sold. Soon thereafter she got personalized license plates:
While a senior in high school, She left the family job for a real law job - "runner" or "gofer" for a Reno attorney. She soon advanced to secretarial and receptionist tasks. At 17 years old and while a full time student at University of Nevada, Reno, she took a University special weekend series of classes to become a Paralegal. She received a certificate of completion and was soon working part time as the youngest paralegal in Reno. She loved her work and was certain that becoming an attorney was right for her.
Always the one in a hurry to grow up, she selected the only two year program in the country to become an attorney from an accredited school of law - Southwestern University School's SCALE Program. The Program was very selective with only about 45 students starting each year. Marilyn was selected for admission by six law schools including the SCALE Program and started the SCALE Program at 20 years old. The program was nearly straight through with little time off and was very accelerated, yet practical. Her last two months at school was an internship with a well-known highly respected high profile family law attorney, Norm Dolin. This law firm specialized in high-end family law clients, particularly those in the movie industry. She was hired full time after her internship. While working full time she studied for the California Bar exam and took extra classes on weekends to help her. She passed the exam the first time, which occurs about half of the time.
A year later she took the Nevada Bar exam but was working so much she had little time to study. Even so she also passed that bar on her first attempt and became licensed in Nevada as well as in California at the age of 23. Her Mom and Dad always thought she was smart but got through Law School mostly from hard work. After passing the Nevada Bar on her first try from memory from 12 months before, it was obvious that daughter Marilyn was extremely intelligent.
Marilyn liked a lot of things that L.A. had to offer such as the fast pace and the excitement of being around the movie industry. However, after working there for a couple of years, the Reno lifestyle and her family in Reno lured her back.
Just as Marilyn was a natural for becoming a lawyer and her fascination for relationships made it natural that she became a family law specialist, she was also a natural for running her own practice. Grandpa James and her Dad were fiercely independent and were in their own businesses virtually all of their lives. Marilyn seems to have inherited the hard work ethic, the need for independence and motivation to please people at any cost to herself.
Marilyn loves her specialty, family law, and is fascinated by it. She has had quite a variety of interesting and unusual cases with many hearings in courtrooms, which she also loves. She takes only family law clients and even then she further specializes in Men's Rights. The reason she likes to help men is that even though most Nevada laws as written do not discriminate against men, in practice the courts often seem to favor women in their decisions. Many times it takes great effort and much courtroom debate at hearings to insure men are treated fairly in Child Custody, Visitation and Support issues. Marilyn enjoys these challenges and feels especially good after helping fathers and children restore relationships. She thinks fathers are extremely important to child development and notices that fathers can be very creative and effective in sharing indoor and outdoor experiences with their children. Most people will agree that generally children are better off with a mom and a dad. In the modern era of a high percentage of split marriages and complicated post relationships, it is still important that each child continues to enjoy a relationship with his or her father. It is very rewarding to Marilyn when her efforts and ability can create a better circumstance for children by helping their fathers.
Marilyn has been happily married, happily divorced and happily re-married. She loves children and has a daughter and two sons of her own. Many children of clients are brought by for a visit, which Marilyn finds very enjoyable.
Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment (or in the field of law maybe from "a bad judgment"). When seeking counsel, an old adage is to find someone youthful with lots of experience. In a father's humble opinion, Marilyn will always be: Youthful with lots of experience.
Marilyn is Ms. Personality with so much material and charisma that she could be a stand up comedian;
A quick study, easily seeing through people's masks and bravado;
Quick witted as in funny as well as in intelligence (she is very effective in court because of such quick thinking and immediately being able to say just the right things);
Tough as steel under adversity;
Capable of beating the devil in a debate;
Tenderly compassionate and one who encourages people;
Dedicated to a fault - often going the last mile without food or rest, and then going another mile.
Marilyn has been taught "THE MASTER FORMULA FOR GETTING WHAT YOU WANT" which follows in case you would like a little more success in your life:
YOU MAY HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT, PROVIDED THAT YOU:
(1) KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT,
(2) WANT IT HARD ENOUGH,
(3) CONFIDENTLY EXPECT TO ATTAIN IT,
(4) PERSISTENTLY DETERMINE TO OBTAIN IT, AND
(5) ARE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE OF ITS ATTAINMENT.
IMPORTANT OBSERVATION: STEP (5) SAYS "ARE WILLING TO PAY" NOT "MUST PAY". OFTEN ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE, MERELY BE WILLING TO PAY IF REQUIRED. THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS FOR STEPS 1-4.
If you ask any man if he understands a woman, you will probably hear the word “no”. Marilyn's dad says he does not understand Marilyn or other women but that he seems to understand what makes them happy like when they get presents or have extra money for trips to the mall. Part of Marilyn's mystique is that she is so complicated and so full of surprises in good ways. Although it appears impossible to understand or predict Marilyn, it is definitely a fun and rewarding experience to know her. People who meet Marilyn seldom forget her.