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Vivian L. Holley | Watch her video.

Mediation and Law Offices of Vivian L. Holley

Areas of Experience: Family Law, Divorce, Collaborative Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Partnerships, Adoption Law, Premarital and Post Marital Agreements, Partnership Dissolution, Wills, Probate, Trust and Estate Administration.

Vivian L. Holley is a California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist and Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist. In 2011 she was awarded the ACFLS Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding contributions to Family Law and Mediation in the State of California.

With over 34 years mediation experience helping her clients achieve peaceful and just settlements in mediated Family Law and Partnership matters, including separations and divorces, Holley is one of the most experienced, accomplished and resourceful practitioners in the field of

Family Law, offering an array of legal options and solutions to achieve the right balance of outcome, cost, harmony, and justice in divorces and other family matters. Her clients come from San Francisco and across the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

A leader in the field of mediation in the United States since 1977, Holley has offered family and divorce mediation solutions in her practice well before most practitioners heard of the concept, and she is regarded as an expert practitioner by her colleagues. She has mediated cases involving complex community property issues as well as contentious custody cases in which she has utilized her background as a Marriage and Family Therapist to help couples resolve these issues. Holley also practices collaborative law, another more satisfying and lower-cost alternative to traditional litigation. Her firm also offers consulting services and legal support for clients who wish to represent themselves.

Holley has had her own private mediation and law practice since 1978 and has mediated over 2000 cases as well as trained other mediators. She earned a BA in History and an MA in Counseling from Stanford University, and her JD from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists since 1990 (President, 2000), was Chair of The Bar Association of San Francisco's Family Law Section, and has served as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem for 25 years where she has settled cases involving custody, support, domestic violence, and community property matters. She has been an active member of the San Francisco Collaborative Law and Practice Group since its inception, and guest lectures at the USF School of Law in Community Property, Ethics, and Mediation classes.

Hourly Rate: $400