Law & Mediation Offices of Vivian L. Holley

Mediation, Divorce & Collaborative Law

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Firm Overview

Since 1978, I have provided mediation and representation services for clients in divorce and custody disputes and mediated and prepared property settlement, pre-marital, post-marital and domestic partnership agreements.

I have also mediated estate, partnership, and other civil disputes. I opened the law firm in 1979, although my mediation practice began earlier than that, at a time when mediation was unknown to the field of family law.

Example cases

I have represented clients in the traditional advocacy and litigation process as well as been a pioneer the field of family law mediation back in the mid 1970's.

I have mediated over 1000 couples, families, neighborhood, and partnership disputes. In mediation, the parties work out their best solutions with the help of the neutral mediator.

Similarly, in the new field of collaborative practice, the parties with the help of their attorneys, and other neutral professionals as needed, work out the best solution for the couple or family outside of court.

In traditional representation, I have represented both husbands and wives in divorces, and fathers and mothers in custody disputes, and also children in juvenile dependency cases and relatives petitioning to be guardians. Five of my cases went to the Appeals court, and one involving a military pension went to the California Supreme Court and then to the United States Supreme Court. One of my cases involving the division of joint tenancy property was published in 1980.

Main Office

2135 Lombard Street
San Francisco  CA  94123

  • (415) 474-1011
  • (415) 441-8102

Vivian L. Holley, J.D., M.F.T.

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.

Personal interests:

I love gardening and skiing, traveling, energy healing and spending time with my family, children, elderly parents and friends.

  • Bar Number: 83636
    California , 1978
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1978
    San Francisco, CA
    Family Law practice; State Finalist in Client Counseling Competition; Marin County Public Defender's Office Criminal Law Clinic; Faculty Hiring Committee.
  • Stanford University
    Masters - Counseling , 1969
    Palo Alto, CA
    Teaching Assistant; Counseling and College Administration
  • Stanford University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1968
    Palo Alto, CA

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