2135 Lombard Street, Second Floor
San Francisco CA 94123
Here's what our clients are saying:
"Vivian Holley is perfect for anyone who needs guidance, representation, or mediation regarding any steps in a divorce process. Divorces can be very painful and difficult. Vivian Holley is the perfect lawyer to assist you and help you. She is very professional, offers perfect information, looks after her client's best interest. As a mediator she is absolutely stellar! I give her 100% positive rating, and she is worth every dollar she charges for her services. She helped me bring my divorce to an end in just 3 mediation sessions, which all other lawyers failed to accomplish. What I like the most about her is that she does exactly what her client wants her to do for them. In a divorce case that's crucial."
"If you or your friends are in search for highly qualified family law attorney with 34 years of experiences in divorce and mediation, I feel I got a perfect match for you. Vivian Holley has great professional experience in doing the job as a divorce attorney with the major tasks and responsibilities focusing on solving any problems related to a very complicated divorce issues and problems with high level of success. Vivian is a very motivated person and works in a team with another talented attorney James Blackman. Vivian and Jim were very attentive to MY needs during my complex divorce and they saw me through the tough times I had during my divorce. I would say that Vivian is the very best family law attorney in San Francisco, California!"
"After separating, I entered into mediation with my ex-spouse to settle our marriage in what I hoped would be an amicable and fair ending. When the mediator suggested we also consider what the law in the matter was, and that it didn't serve my ex's interests, it became clear that mediation was not going to work. I realized I needed a lawyer and a friend recommended Vivian Holley. I liked that Vivian specialized in mediation and also 'Collaborative Law,' rather than litigation, so that we could end our marriage as painlessly, harmoniously and inexpensively as possible. I wanted to make sure she was not just 'ok' but 'really good,' so I interviewed many of SF's top divorce attorneys and an internationally known mediator who said Vivian is very good. It was a good thing, because my ex hired a high powered SF divorce attorney (from a firm that the SF attorneys told me, 'You go to this lawyer if you want to give your ex a hard time...They just wear you down and don't care about how they get the result.'). As it turned out, Vivian's interpretation of the law was accurate and my ex's was not (surrounding 'Separate Property' claims). My ex's lawyer feigned to cooperate but did not with the intent to wear me down. Vivian had me pull together all my records documenting the facts and when I filed a motion with the court, my ex backed down and she fired her lawyer and agreed to hire a collaborative lawyer (that Vivian identified) to represent her and Vivian representing me - out of court. While the process was painful, we ultimately resolved the situation and did so without expensive litigation. My ex's attorney made the incorrect assumption that just because Vivian prefers to collaborate, that she would buckle. Vivian did not buckle and, I believe me and my family were better off because of her knowledge of the law and how she advised and handled me and, indirectly, my ex."
Prior to opening my own firm, I worked in the mid 70's for Rudolph G. Kraft and our case, "In re Marriage of Cadematori", was a published community property rights case.
My work as a family and youth therapist. My clients appreciate that I take the time with them to listen and understand their real concerns on a human level and to balance their concerns with the financial and legal issues at hand.
I have the ability to listen to and really understand our clients' concerns, and then to formulate a plan to bring about the best resolution to their problems, be it through thorough, well-thought-out declarations filed with the court in matters where we do traditional representation, or facilitating an amicable resolution through mediation or collaborative law with both parties together.
Legal representation calls for a different style and skills than mediation and collaborative law. When I represent a client, I go all out to give them the best protection under the law that is available. Our court papers are thorough and usually request multiple forms of relief to ensure success. In mediation I try to listen and find a resolution that takes care of both parties' needs to the highest extent possible. I take pride in the fact that no client will leave my office with an agreement that will leave them financially insecure.
I love gardening and skiing, traveling, energy healing and spending time with my family, children, elderly parents and friends.
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