The Law Offices of Arthur R. Abelson

The Law Offices of Arthur R. Abelson

High Quality Legal Representation and Personal Service in Family Law and Estate/Trust Matters for Alameda County

Firm Overview

I started this law firm in 1988 when two attorneys I knew both received judicial appointments. Both were experienced attorneys in the above practice areas and I was honored to be asked to assume the representation of their clients. Although it was demanding taking over two existing practices, the clients were quite pleased with the representation, and many of these people or their children remain my clients today.

The focus of our firm is to provide clients with top quality legal representation in Family Law and Estate/Trust matters. Clients always receive my personal attention and do not have their work handed off to inexperienced associates or paralegals. Solving the client's legal problems as quickly and as cost efficiently as possible is our ultimate goal.Example casesAlthough I handle every sort of family law matter, one of the most rewarding scenarios is the common situation in a divorce case where the party who managed the couple's assets during the marriage is failing to report financial assets. Through the use of subpoenas issued to financial institutions and other asset tracing techniques, we have recovered many thousands of dollars for clients.

Main Office

The Law Offices of Arthur R. Abelson
249 Estudillo Ave.
San Leandro CA 94577


(510) 351-8300


(510) 351-8334


Free Initial Consultation?

I offer free initial consultations of 30 minutes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I will represent a client for a fixed fee providing the scope of services can be clearly defined in our agreement. It is not uncommon for me to represent a client on a complicated issue while the client handles the routine matters.

Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekend and evening appointments available.

Emergency After Hours


How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I took over an established practice with an emphasis on family law and estate planning. I soon learned that I enjoyed these areas of practice and have a strong aptitude for them.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage clients to educate themselves regarding legal issues pertinent to their case. I often provide interested clients with reading material so that they can fully understand the law and court procedure as well as make intelligent decisions in our case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I frequently review client prepared documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

As a member of the Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Panel, I have assisted clients who represent themselves.

Arthur R. Abelson

The Law Offices of Arthur R. Abelson

I have a diverse legal background including serving as an instructor at the University of San Francisco School of Law for eight years, the University of California School of Law at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) for one year and the John F. Kennedy School of Law for one year. Additionally, I served as a Contra Costa Public Defender trying scores of jury trials including murder cases. Finally, prior to opening my own law office, I worked for two respected civil litigation firms in Oakland.

Most of my life experiences make me a better lawyer. From teaching in low-income schools in Chicago, to working in a corporate law firm, I have worked with people from all walks of life. Clients who seek my representation are often facing challenging and stressful situations in their lives. My life experiences help me to better understand and empathize with the issues they face.

I think my greatest strength is my ability to easily and effectively communicate with people, whether it be my client, the judge or another attorney. I have earned a reputation in the legal community as a respected and trusted attorney. This reputation serves my clients well when it comes to presenting arguments before a judge or negotiating a case with opposing counsel. In addition, my years of experience and practice as a trial attorney have made me a strong and effective litigator. I am not afraid to take a case to trial, and, in fact, enjoy the challenge.

Personal interests:

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf and tennis, bicycling, traveling and reading. I have an interest in history, nature and local and world affairs.


Bar Number: 60382
California, 1974


Northwestern University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1974

University of Illinois
B.A., 1968

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