San Mateo County, California Family Lawyers

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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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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H. Yvonne Seeley
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(650) 347-9111 411 Borel Avenue
Suite 603
San Mateo, CA 94002
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
San Francisco Law Sch
Ms. Seeley is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Seeley’s practice focuses on dissolution cases involving high asset and complex financial issues such as the division of interests in closely-held businesses, real estate, and equity compensation, including stock options and RSU’s. Ms. Seeley also has extensive experience with high-conflict custody matters and relocation/ move-away cases. Ms. Seeley brings over 30 years of civil litigation experience to the firm and represents clients through all phases of family law litigation before private judges and in public...
Kimberly A. Madigan
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(650) 482-8480 3 Lagoon Drive
Suite 190
Redwood City, CA 94065
Family and Divorce
Univ of Alberta
Kimberly Madigan is a founding partner of Madigan & Lewis, LLP, family law firm representing clients throughout the Bay Area. She is admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of California. Ms. Madigan was named a "Rising Star" in family law by Super Lawyers on the basis of peer recognition and professional achievement for years 2012-2014. In 2014, Ms. Madigan was named as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Northern California by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA). She is serving as the 2015 chair of...
Lisa M Dugoni
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(650) 356-1180 951 Mariners Island Blvd. Ste. 260
San Mateo, CA 94404
Family
New England Law | Boston
Lisa M. Dugoni is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over thirty years of legal experience in all areas of family law. Lisa was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1980 and worked at several prestigious law firms in the Bay Area before beginning her own practice in 1990. The Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC specialize in family law, but Lisa also has a strong background and extensive experience in business law, including Business Litigation, Contract Negotiation, and Drafting Purchase and Sales of Business Exchanges. Lisa is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubble and is...
Michael Edwin Marquez
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(650) 343-2611 1500 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
I was born and raised in San Francisco and have been a San Mateo County resident for the past 34 years. I have been practicing law for over 20 years and understand the difficult time one goes through in a break up. No one can do better than I in achieving your goals and wishes.
Lisa Robertson Murray
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(650) 541-1718 1220 Howard Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family and Divorce
U of San Francisco School of Law
Lisa R. Murray has practiced law since 1987, and family law since 1989, assisting families through the difficult divorce process. Ms. Murray assists her clients in reaching amicable and equitable settlement by offering services as a mediator, Collaborative Practice lawyer, consulting attorney for clients in mediation, and negotiating settlements. Ms. Murray has served her community as a court-appointed child advocate representing children in divorce cases, and Judge Pro Tempore. Ms. Murray's focus on consensual dispute resolution, such as mediation and Collaborative Practice was borne from her experience of the destructive manner in which litigation separates parents' and...
Elaine Ryzak Fraser
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(650) 401-8080 1220 Howard Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
U of San Francisco School of Law
With more than 25 years experience in family and personal injury law, I bring a seasoned expertise to both the conference room and the courtroom. As an experienced trial lawyer in all phases of litigation, I can successfully navigate diverse disputes across a range of legal areas. My expertise as a collaborative practitioner means that I am equally effective in mediating or negotiating a resolution that, when appropriate, does not involve litigation. I also assist clients as a mediator or a mediation-consulting attorney. I understand that every individual circumstance – every dispute – is unique...
Kiana Moradi
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(415) 593-3988 177 Bovet Road
Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
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....
David Magnuson
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(650) 714-9439 345 Lorton Ave.
Suite 201
Burlingame, CA 94010
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
My family law practice is entirely limited to mediation and coaching. After witnessing the financial destruction and emotional distress that accompanies a litigated divorce, I decided to devote my career to helping couples separate constructively, peacefully and with dignity. Not only does a mediated divorce typically cost tens of thousands less than a drawn-out courtroom battle, but it also maximizes the likelihood that the parties will enjoy a civil relationship after the legal work is done. This is critically important when children are involved. I handle the entire divorce process for my clients, from our initial meeting to drafting...
Nancy Ann Lara-Moscardini
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(650) 347-8592 398 Primrose Road, Suite 213
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
San Francisco Law Sch
Clifford Ross Chernick
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(650) 327-5570 770 Menlo Avenue
Suite 101
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Estate Planning
UC Hastings COL
The Best Lawyers in America 2003-present; Best Lawyers 2017 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for San Jose metropolitan area; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys “2016 Nationally Top 10 Attorney Award” for State of California; Best Law Firms – U.S. News and World Report 2014-present; Northern California Super Lawyers 2003-present; Daily News, Readers’ Choice Award “Best Lawyers Office” 2016; Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Strathmore’s Who’s Who; National Registry of Who’s Who (life member); Author “Family Law ADR and Other Techniques” (Aspatore, “Inside the Minds – California Family Law Strategies,” 2009); Adjunct Professor, Business Law, Menlo College, 1995-2009,...
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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Kristine Stewart
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California Family Law Attorney

Golden Gate University School of LawCalifornia
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Amy Anne Laughlin
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(650) 343-3486 15 N. ELLSWORTH, SUITE 201
San Mateo, CA 94401
Family, Business, Divorce and Entertainment & Sports
Univ of Michigan Law Sch
Amy Laughlin has been achieving exceptional results for clients since 1992. After graduating with honors from The University of Michigan Law School, Amy joined the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. While there, she counseled individuals and corporations in a wide range of complex financial matters. In 2013, Amy opened her own practice where she focuses primarily on divorce, business and entertainment law.
Robert John Bruening
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(650) 343-6400 441 First Avenue
PO Box 1290
San Mateo, CA 94401
Family
Creighton Univ School of Law
Richard Bragg Golden
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(650) 326-6009 750 Menlo Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Dawn Michelle Ward
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(650) 473-0227 825 Oak Grove Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Family, Divorce and Social Security Disability
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Craig Harris Collins
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(650) 348-1974 1290 Howard Av., Suite 303
Burlingame, CA 94010
Family
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
William Henry Holsinger
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(650) 340-7500 247 No. San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
UC Hastings COL
Mu-En Chen Steeg
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(650) 638-2338 177 Bovet Rd, Suite 600
San Mateo, CA 94402
Family and Divorce
UC Hastings COL
Valerie Lynn Patten
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(650) 365-3508 1690 Woodside Road
Suite 114
Redwood City, CA 94061
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Juvenile
Georgetown University Law Center
Paul Davis
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(650) 345-7700 Post Office Box 5230
San Mateo, CA 94402
Family, Divorce and Municipal
San Francisco Law Sch
Lisa Veizades
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San Mateo County, CA Family Law Lawyer
(650) 477-2466 1900 S. Norfolk St.
Suite 350
San Mateo, CA 94403
Family
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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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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Debra Schoenberg
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San Francisco County, 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...
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 510-3916 505 14th Street
Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612
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."
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Lorna M. Jaynes
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Santa Clara County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(510) 795-6304 Palo Alto, CA 94303
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Divorce
Santa Clara University School of Law
Because divorce is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won, I focus on alternatives to the court system, through Collaborative Law and Mediation. I believe that most families and children are best served by being supported to work together in resolving their family matters. The fundamental goal in both Collaborative Divorce and Mediation is client empowerment.

With either mediation or the Collaborative process you will have control of the decisions that are made and will be firmly supported, legally and emotionally, in achieving a successful dissolution of your relationship. This not only allows but also encourages you...
Robert Chang
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(510) 388-4866 2016 Lewelling Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94579
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
I started my practice with the premise I would always attempt to facilitate a collaborative divorce. Before going to law school, I worked for several years at a family law firm, and saw firsthand the potential of increasing acrimony between spouses when the court system is used haphazardly. Growing up with separated parents, I think I understand the stress and frustration of a long drawn out family divorce. The courts should be a place of last resort - who wants a Judge who barely knows you to make decisions for you? That being...
Ariel Sosna
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San Francisco County, 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
Christine Ann Pham
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San Francisco County, 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...
Lauren Pruett
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(916) 273-7777 75 Broadway Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Lauren Pruett is a Partner and shareholder of Gale, Angelo, Johnson & Pruett P.C.. Laurennoversees our Family Law Department. She focuses exclusively on family law issues including: divorce, custody, spousal support, child support, domestic violence, guardianships, adoptions, grandparent visitation.

Lauren dedicated her focus to family law from the start of her legal studies, taking courses dedicated to the field such as family law, community property, family law trial skills and juvenile law. Additionally, she clerked for the Honorable Thadd Blizzard for one year at the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse and worked as a certified law student for a local...
Jacob Harker
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San Francisco County, 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.
Nancy Martinez
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Santa Clara County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(650) 242-5280 2211 Park Blvd, Suite 9
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of San Francisco School of Law
Nancy M. Martinez is a California native. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend college. Nancy is a native Spanish speaker. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys photography, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Martinez attended the University of California-Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. History. After Cal, Ms. Martinez worked as a paralegal for several years in the areas of business litigation, antitrust, class-actions, and intellectual property.

Ms. Martinez attended the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she earned a Certificate of Concentration...
Stacey Poole
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San Francisco County, 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
David Douglas Stein
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San Francisco County, 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 35+ 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.
Paul Henry Nathan
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(866) 414-4091 540 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
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.
Nathaniel Dowds Esq.
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San Francisco County, CA Family Law Attorney
(415) 312-5495 404 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Family and Divorce
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
We are a small law office offering family law and divorce related services to the people of the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide individuals and families with the help they need to resolve family law issues surrounding dissolution of marriages or domestic partnerships (divorce), adoption and surrogacy, prenuptial agreements, child custody, spousal support (alimony), and offer counsel and legal services to couples contemplating marriage or domestic partnership. We pride ourselves in being able to offer resposive and personalized service at affordable rates. By eliminating the crippling overhead and high management salaries that are common among larger Bay Area law firms,...
Esther R. Lerner
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San Francisco County, 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
Sabi Mand
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(925) 984-3365 39510 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Suite 190
Fremont, CA 94538
Alameda County, CA Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
Family and Divorce
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Sabi Mand is a zealous advocate for his clients. He works vigorously to provide effective representation and results for his clients. Sabi has worked for several Bay Area law firms handling all aspects of Family Law before starting his own practice. He has also worked as a mediator for over 10 years and helps clients resolve their disputes amicably.
Sabi has volunteered as an attorney for the Alameda County Superior Court, Family Law Division. He has very refined negotiation and interpersonal communication skills. He has been a coach and judge for the UC Hastings negotiation team. In addition, Sabi has had the...
Paul W. Thorndal
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San Francisco County, 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.
Lisa J. Auer
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San Francisco County, 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...
Howard Elliot Kane
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(510) 292-0193 2425 Webb Avenue, Second Floor
Alameda, CA 94501
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
UC Hastings COL
1983-1987 UCLA, B.A. History
1987-1990 UC Hastings College of the Law, Juris Doctor

Law Offices of Howard E. Kane 1990-present
Offices in Alameda & Walnut Creek

Liat Sadler
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San Francisco County, 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.
Steven Edward Springer
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Alameda County, CA Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(888) 490-9852 39275 State Street
Fremont, CA 94538
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Employment and Estate Planning
Santa Clara University
Help small to medium size companies navigate through a wide variety of legal challenges: formation, funding, governmental impediments, operational legal planning, merger and acquisition, employee relations, and labor compliance. All with the goal of litigation avoidance. Litigation in all California state courts and the Northern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of California.
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San Mateo County Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
(650) 652-0800
San Mateo, CA


San Mateo County Family Law Facilitator
(650) 261-5010
Redwood City, CA

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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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