Eileen M. Coughlan Avila

Eileen M. Coughlan Avila

Certified Family Law Specialist

Firm Overview

Compassionate, professional help through life's difficult transitions

One of life's few constants is change. The emotional devastation that often occurs with the breakup of a relationship is an unfortunate reality for many people, but it is possible to limit the trauma involved in a transition to a new life. The realities of divorce, child custody and complex issues of property can be very difficult, but if navigated with intelligence and care, ideally these processes can help the parties come to a respectful, just resolution of their issues and to the promise of a better future of all.

Eileen Avila Family Law and Mediation is exclusively focused on caring for and representing people who find themselves facing such an important transition. As an experienced litigator and mediator who is also trained in collaborative law, I will meet the specific needs of your case with skill and understanding. No two family law cases are the same. At our initial consultation, I learn about you and your family, in particular, what you value and wish to preserve post-divorce and what you want changed. Based on that discussion, we set reasonable goals for us to work towards together. No one can promise you specific results, but I can promise that I will work to resolve problems in the best way possible for you and your family.

-Child Custody & Child Visitation
-Child and Spousal Support
-Children's Special Needs
-Domestic Partnership
-Complex Property Issues
-Mediation/Collaborative Law
-Trial Practice
-Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders & Trials
-Domestic and International Child Abduction

Main Office

Main Office
840 Hinckley Road, Suite 151
Burlingame, CA 94010




The Law Offices of Eileen M. Coughlan Avila will represent your Family legal matters.

The Law Offices of Eileen M. Coughlan Avila will represent your Family legal matters.

Eileen M. Coughlan Avila

Eileen M. Coughlan Avila

Eileen M. Coughlan Avila's practice of law began in 1982. At first, she conducted general litigation and later managed case litigation for the federal government. After the birth of her son in 1993, Eileen decided to devote her practice solely to family law. She became a certified family law practitioner through the California Board of Legal Specialization in 2001. Her practice is now 100% devoted to family law and mediation.

Over time, Eileen has dedicated more of her practice to mediation and negotiation. She is a certified mediator through University of California Berkeley. In recent years, she has also extensively trained in collaborative law and makes use of this training whenever possible in her cases.

Eileen strives first and foremost to fully understand her client's perspective. She provides rational advice based on the law. And she prides herself on being readily accessible to her clients. When a client is in crisis, she will be there. Eileen works well helping clients to form support networks, including interacting with other family members when appropriate and needed, helping to retain psychotherapists, CPAs, financial experts, vocational and custody evaluators, and other professionals as needed.

As a first generation American and having married into an Hispanic family, Eileen embraces cultural diversity and always works to be sensitive to a family's culture. She is also sensitive to clients' and their families' psychological issues and disabilities when they arise.

Professional Qualifications

Admitted to the State Bar of California, 1982
-U.S. District Court, Northern California
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
-Certified Specialist in Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization

University of San Francisco School of Law
-J.D., 1982
-Member, Law Review, School of Law

Pomona College, B.A., with distinction, 1977

Memberships and Affiliations

-California State Bar, Family Law Section
-San Mateo County Bar Association
-International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
-Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County
-Parents Helping Parents
-Member, CalParents

Community Work

-Voluntary Attorney Mediator for the San Mateo County Superior Court
-American Heart Association, fundraising volunteer
-CORA (domestic violence center), fundraising volunteer
-Family Law ADR Program
-San Mateo County Fee Arbitration Panel

Specialized Training

-Mediation Certificate, UC Berkeley
-Trial Practice, Hastings College Of Law
-Attorney for Children Training
-Collaborative Law Training


University of San Francisco School of Law