Fairfax, California Family Lawyers

Sarah Van Voorhis
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Success & Experience Advocating for Family Rights and Interests! Call for Help!

I am a certified specialist in Family Law. I exclusively practice family law and work tirelessly to deliver the best possible results for my clients! Visit my website to see client testimonials. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Sarah Arnott
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Dedicated and Experienced California Family Lawyer! Call for a Consultation!

I am a determined and skilled family attorney. I provide experienced and knowledgeable representation. I will work tirelessly for the results you need and deserve! Visit my website for reviews or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Ariel Sosna
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Dedicated Family Lawyer! Exceptional Service & Results! Call for a Consultation!

I have been exclusively practicing family law in California since 2007. I am committed to protecting the rights and interests of those with family law issues! Visit my website for client reviews, call for a consultation! Read More »
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Wayne Kenneth David McIntosh
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(415) 454-2361 4040 Civic Center Drive
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
San Rafael, CA Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Foreign Law School
Business and International Experience
Wayne started in Auckland New Zealand, graduating after completing a challenging combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws in just 4 years, achieving top marks at his law school at Auckland University made up of 11,000 students where he was elected Student President in a landslide victory in his last year. Then recruited by a leading Merchant Bank, MARAC Corporation, Wayne moved to Citibank before becoming the founding Company Secretary for New Zealand's first publicly listed Investment Bank, founding Company Secretary for NZ’s first publicly listed Venture Capital company and a Director of a...
Paul Henry Nathan
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
1000 Fourth Street
Suite 800
San Rafael, CA 94901
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Golden Gate University School of Law
Paul Nathan has built a practice based on giving women the representation they deserve in matters of divorce and custody cases and representing the injured. After graduating cum laude from the University of San Francisco then attended and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law. Paul honed his skills a a trial lawyer at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College. A fifth generation San Franciscan, Paul was named "Top Attorneys in California by San Francisco magazine and also named "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers in 2013-2017.
Catherine Eranthe
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(415) 504-2006 4040 Civic Center Drive
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
New Coll of CA School of Law
Cate Eranthe is a California-licensed attorney admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District with over 20 years of complex discovery and litigation experience. Ms. Eranthe has handled chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies from initial filing through discharge. A San Francisco native she provides practical strategies and advises on different approaches to achieve your best outcomes. We are a full service civil litigation firm and handle family law, small business matters and consumer law. We also counsel and represent consumer debtors in bankruptcy. Our goal is to assist our...
Kelly Y. Reiter
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(415) 457-0700 1401 Los Gamos Drive, Ste 210
San Rafael, CA 94903
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Juvenile
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Jennifer Ani
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(415) 454-0455 802 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Family
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
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Gerard Alan Falzone
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(415) 482-7800 747 B Street
Suite 7
San Rafael, CA 94901
Family and Divorce
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
I will do my best to resolve your case as quickly, easily, inexpensively, and amicably as possible. Through competent, caring and empathetic representation, as aggressive as necessary, I will keep you fully informed and in control of every step of the process. I invite you to read the many excellent reviews contained on the Client Testimonials page of my website. I treat my clients the way I would want to be treated if I needed a family law attorney. My service to you includes providing the most cost effective alternatives to resolving your case or situation. I provide full legal representation,...
Charlotte Hideko Huggins
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(415) 457-4497 950 Northgate Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903
Family and Divorce
U of San Francisco School of Law
Louis Anthony Napoli
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 453-5000 810 E Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Family, Estate Planning and Real Estate
New York Law School
Donald E Glass
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Corte Madera, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(415) 223-1230 300 Tamal Plaza Suite 100
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
So Calif College of Law
After graduating from High School, Don attended his initial college year at ASU, AR, on a full music scholarship. Thereafter, he transferred to Whittier College, CA, where he received his BA in Business Administration. In subsequent years, he attended Southern California College of Law, CA, where he received his Juris Doctor (JD) and admission to the California State Bar in 1990. Don is also a licensed California real estate broker. He began practicing law as a sole practitioner but soon joined the law firm of Berger Kahn and then Gray & Prouty as an associate attorney...
Robert Joseph Cleek
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Novato, CA Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(415) 897-4450 1701 Novato Boulevard, Suite 302
Novato, CA 94945
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Robert J. Cleek, a San Francisco native, attended St. Joseph's College Seminary and the University of San Francisco, graduating in 1970. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for nearly a decade in law enforcement as a correctional officer and counselor at San Quentin State Prison. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Golden Gate University School of Law 1978 and was admitted to practice immediately thereafter. He is admitted to practice before all the courts of California, the local federal District Courts, the Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of...
H. Nathan James
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California Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience

Lincoln Univ9th Circuit, Central and Northern District Federal Courts of California, United States Tax Court and California
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Esther R. Lerner
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California Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, U.S. Federal Court, Florida and U.S. Court...
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Helene L Taylor Esq
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Mill Valley, CA Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(415) 968-3028 131 Camino Alto, Suite E2
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
My personal and professional three-part mission is to: Make your complex California divorce kinder, easier and efficient Make pre and postnuptial conversations and agreements a positive and integral part of happily married life Contribute to the well being of this world and make life happier for everyone. So what does this mean for you and your divorce? It means, in-part, that my services are: Very progressive - I am a strategic divorce mediator and attorney using my 20 years of experience to help men and women negotiate kinder, smarter divorce...
Paul Davis
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Novato, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(415) 884-2555 448 Ignacio Blvd. #201
Novato, CA 94949
Family, Divorce and Municipal
San Francisco Law Sch
Tommie Wayne Whitener
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Novato, CA Family Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(415) 892-1601 88 Rowland Way, Suite 165
Novato, CA 94945
Family
UC Hastings COL
Ms. Renee Marcelle
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San Rafael, CA Family Law Lawyer
(415) 456-4444 930 Irwin Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Family
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 510-3916 One Embarcadero Center
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
"The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point. ... He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him."
- Client Testimonial

Attorney Shahrestani offers intense,...
Ariel Sosna
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Sarah Van Voorhis
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Stanford Law School
Ashley Talbot Dean
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San Francsico, CA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(415) 328-2797 720 Bay St
San Francsico, CA 94109
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of San Francisco School of Law
Ashley is founder of Talbot Law Firm. As an attorney in the firm’s emerging business practice, Ashley counsels startups with incorporation, early stage financing, employment issues, intellectual property protection, technology licensing, commercial partnerships and various other corporate transactions. Ashley believes that understanding a company’s vision and priorities is important to devising strategies to solve legal problems so companies can focus on their goals. Ashley has nearly 3 years in-house experience representing entrepreneurs in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. Ashley received a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in...
Christine Ann Pham
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(415) 273-9220 388 Market Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Southwestern University School of Law
Christine Pham is a San Francisco, Bay Area native with over 10 years of litigation experience. She now focuses her practice on helping families and couples in a range of matters, including child custody and support, spousal support (alimony, guardianship, dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, and division of property.

Christine is also dedicated to helping individuals throughout the Bay Area gain their financial freedom through filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In the past, she was the managing attorney of the San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fairfield and Stockton offices of the nation’s largest consumer bankruptcy...
Debra Schoenberg
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney
(415) 834-1120 575 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Family and Divorce
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Skilled Legal Representation for All California Families At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., we recognize that divorce and other family law matters are complex, sensitive issues that can have a lasting impact on individuals, families, finances and futures. To achieve the very best outcomes for our San Francisco family law clients we apply a comprehensive approach to family law cases. By working closely with psychologists, appraisers, accountants, economists and other professionals, we ensure that legal strategies developed for each case reflect our own skills and valuable additional perspectives. Whether a case is best resolved by vigorous negotiation or powerful litigation, we have...
Stacey Poole
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California Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience

Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Kristine Stewart
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California Family Law Attorney

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Paul W. Thorndal
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(415) 648-3097 88 Kearny Suite 1475
San Francisco, CA 94108
Family, Appeals and Divorce
UC Hastings COL
Paul W. Thorndal is a partner at Wald & Thorndal. He specializes in divorces of all kinds with an emphasis on gay divorce. Mr. Thorndal is a Certified Family Law Specialist (The State Bar of California Legal Specialization). Wald & Thorndal's practice areas include: Divorce, Dissolution & Contested Parentage Actions for all families; Custody Disputes; Mediation; Marvin Actions. Legal services provided at both the TRIAL and APPELLATE level. Assisted Reproduction; Adoptions of All Kinds; Family Contracts; Parenting Law including Surrogacy; Donor Contracts for Egg and/or Sperm Donations; Pre-Nupital Agreements; Co-Parenting Agreements; Domestic Partnership Agreements; Name Changes.
David Douglas Stein
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(415) 969-9936 1 Sansome Street
Suite 720
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Estate Planning
U of San Francisco School of Law
David D. Stein is a San Francisco divorce attorney backed by 18+ years of experience, and is the founder of Liaise Divorce Solutions. Recognizing that there was a significant need for smarter, quicker, friendly, and all around better ways to dissolve marriages, he founded his firm with the intent of making mediation mainstream. In addition to frequently helping clients through divorce using mediation, he acts as a guest speaker for a variety of legal functions. Carol Gee has more than 20 years of legal experience and received Liaise divorce mediation training. Her fluency in Mandarin Chinese has proven incredibly...
Lucy Stearns McAllister
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(877) 280-9944 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Santa Clara University
The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister is a California-based criminal, family and administrative law (licensing law) practice providing legal services for clients in California. McAllister has successfully won over 250 Superior Court trials as a Defense Attorney.With over 25+ years experience as a civil and criminal attorney I specialize in the following areas of Law: Licensing Law • Pre-hearing resolution of licensing issues • Administrative Hearings • Administrative Appeals • License Application Legal Advice • Handling License Disclosures (Applications, Renewals, Reinstatements) Family Law • Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements • Negotiation/Mediation/Litigation • Divorce/Separation • Custody • Domestic Violence • Restraining Orders • Paternity • Visitation Rights Criminal Law: • DUI • Domestic...
Dana Louise Curtis Esq.
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Sausalito, CA Family Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(415) 331-5158 4000 Bridgeway
Suite 401
Sausalito, CA 94965
Family, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
For 22 years, I have devoted my career as a lawyer to helping parties resolve their conflicts efficiently, effectively and respectfully. I believe the quality of a mediated resolution, and of the mediation process, to be as important to the parties as the fact of resolution.
Daniel Beck
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Petaluma, CA Family Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(707) 992-5404 755 Baywood Drive
Second Floor
Petaluma, CA 94954
Free ConsultationFamily, DUI, Divorce and Employment
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Attorney Daniel Beck is a lawyer with more than 35 years of family law, employment law, labor law, criminal law, medical marijuana law, personal injury, civil litigation, real estate, and business law experience. Mr. Beck has practiced before the Superior and Appellate courts of California and the Federal Courts of Nevada, Idaho and Washington D.C. He is a member in good standing with the California Bar Association. Beck Law P.C., headquartered in Santa Rosa California provides legal services to Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Lake County California including Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Kenwood, Glen Ellen,...
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(415) 624-7602 582 Market, Suite 1007
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Jacob Harker is a San Francisco Bay Area attorney. Mr. Harker has set up and run his law practice in a cost-effective and practical manner. He has done so in an effort to pass on the savings to his clients. As an attorney, Mr. Harker sees his practice as taking the lead in a new era of legal services.
Lisa J. Auer
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(415) 772-5686 12 Funston Avenue
Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94129
Family and Divorce
University of California - Berkeley
Attorney and mediator Lisa J. Auer works with clients in the San Francisco Bay Area in a full range of family law matters, including divorce, dissolution of domestic partnership, parenting issues, child and spousal support, and premarital and postmarital agreements. Lisa’s services include traditional family law representation, mediation, consulting for clients who are in mediation or pursuing self-directed settlement, limited scope representation, and collaborative divorce. Lisa is committed to resolving family law issues outside of court whenever possible. However, Lisa understands that litigation is necessary to resolve some cases, and she will represent your interests skillfully and cost-effectively. Regardless of...
Esther R. Lerner
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
Shelley M. Kennedy
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San Rafael, 94901
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Shelley M. Kennedy is a family law attorney and private mediator with Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.

Shelley's mediation practice includes high-asset dissolution of marriage matters including division of property, preparation of complex financial models, calculations for various settlement options, as well as determination of support. In addition to Shelley’s experience in financially complex matters, her practice also includes mediation for couples with smaller estates.

Shelley serves as a Settlement Conference Master for the San Francisco Unified Family Law Courts and as a volunteer attorney for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Pro Bono Family Law Project.

Shelley has participated in over 200...
Stacey Poole
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law
Miho Takarada
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Family and Divorce
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Michael John Apicella
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Petaluma, CA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(415) 377-1580 10 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
I've always had a passion for law and justice. As such, I gave up a business career in my mid thirties to obtain a law degree. I graduated from law school in 2001. While in school, I received multiple awards and honors, including top 5% of my class in the first year, as well as a merit scholarship. I received special training in trial work, earning certificates in litigation, public interest law, and mediation. My law practice began in commercial litigation, where I had certain aptitudes and strengths due to my business background....
Sarah Arnott
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(415) 274-2530 601 Montgomery St
#525
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Deborah H. Wald Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(415) 648-3097 88 Kearny Suite 1475
San Francisco, CA 94108
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Northeastern Univ School of Law
Deborah H. Wald is the founder and managing partner at The Wald Law Group. A Certified Family Law Specialist*, her work has evolved over the past 27 years from a part-time home-based family formation law practice to a multi-disciplinary full service family law firm. Ms. Wald's goal is to ensure that all individuals, families and children coming to The Wald Law Group receive the highest quality legal protections available. (*Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.) In addition to a strong general knowledge of family law, Ms. Wald has three specific areas of...
H. Nathan James
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(415) 749-5900 2135 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Lincoln Univ
Ms. Lucy Zheng
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(408) 638-7006 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Lucy Zheng is a California licensed attorney, experienced in individual tax debt relief, DUI law, family law, personal bankruptcy filings, and tenant evictions. Prior to forming her own practice, Lucy worked at a law firm handling multiple client cases all throughout Northern California. She witnessed the strengths and weaknesses of a larger law firm, and thus determined she could best provide her clients with the personalized attention and service that they deserve by starting her own practice. Lucy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Law in only 3 years, from the University of...
Kiana Moradi
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(415) 593-3988 Two Transamerica Center
505 Sansome Street, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94111
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Cornell University
Ms. Moradi's practice focuses on complex dissolution matters and contested custody issues. She has represented clients in issues involving valuation of businesses, stock options, and division of limited partnerships. She has also represented parents in contested custody cases, including move-aways. She has effectively helped clients at all stages of the process, from mediation to settlement conferences to trial. Ms. Moradi's combination of business acumen, litigation experience, and negotiation skills enable her to generate tailored, effective solutions unique to each client. After graduating from Cornell Law School, Ms. Moradi was a litigator at one of the nation's top law firms, Reed Smith....
Kristine Stewart
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(415) 391-6000 535 Pacific Ave
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
Stacey Schliffer
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(415) 857-0776 100 Pine Street, Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Family and Divorce
City University of New York - City College
Stacey Schliffer has practiced exclusively family law since graduating from the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY) with a J.D. in 2007. While in law school Stacey was an associate editor of the New York City Law Review, received the Paul O'Dwyer Fellowship for work dedicated to children's rights, and participated in a family law clinic where she received training regarding domestic violence at CUNY from 2006 to 2007 providing free legal services to indigent clients on a variety of family law issues. From 2007 to 2008 Stacey served as a law clerk in the Family...
Liat Sadler
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San Francisco, CA Family Law Attorney
(415) 362-0220 44 Montgomery St
#3780
San Francisco, CA 94104
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
I am an experienced and caring family law and divorce lawyer who represents clients in high net worth and asset marital and domestic partnership dissolution. My practice includes asset and property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal and domestic partner support. I have successfully litigated characterization and division of equity compensation, business and art valuations, and move-away child custody cases. I represent clients throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Francisco, Alameda County, Marin County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Sonoma County.
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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