Tisha Lene Harman, a senior partner at A Center for Children & Family Law, is a licensed attorney in California and before the United States Supreme Court. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Long Beach and her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University, graduating with honors. Tisha dedicates her practice to minor representation, adoption litigation, step-parent adoption, foster child adoption, adoption, guardianship, dependency (child abuse), Infertility/Reproductive law, and child custody.
Tisha's professional child and family law experience predates her becoming an attorney. While attending law school, Tisha began an active career as a law clerk, later a child advocate and attorney while working for the Orange County law firm of Van Deusen, Youmans and Walmsley, a firm solely practicing in the area of adoption and family law issues. Tisha fine-tuned her already excellent writing skills, from writing Law Review articles, while she served as an extern for presiding Justice Edward Wallin of the Fourth Appellate District.
In December of 1995, Tisha, along with her law partner, Sheryl Edgar, left Van Deusen, Youmans and Walmsley to start their own law firm, A Center for Children & Family Law, with the goal of helping families through the practice of "children's law". Although many law firms in Southern California practiced in family law, primarily as divorce attorneys, there existed no law firm that focused on the families, representing the "voice of the children". Tisha and Sheryl knew that with this forum, they could practice what they loved the most about law, advocating for children and families.
Tisha's memberships include American Bar Association, California State Bar, Orange County Bar, Los Angeles County Bar, National Association of Counsel for Children, The National Infertility Association ("RESOLVE") and American Society for Reproductive Medicine ("ASRM"). In 2000, Tisha became a member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers ("ACAL") which requires very high standards of ethical conduct and practical experience. ACAL accepts very few attorneys into their distinguished organization.
Tisha's dedication, experience and ability to work with children has fostered recognition from many Superior Court Judges and Commissioners. For nearly ten years, the Courts have relied on her knowledge and expertise, appointing her to represent minor children in highly contentious matters. To date, Tisha has represented over seven hundred children in Court appointed cases in regard to parental conflict contested adoptions, adoption set-asides, domestic violence, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, ritual abuse, paternity, foster child adoptions, contested abandonments, contested guardianships, restraining orders and contempt cases.
Tisha is an experienced trial attorney not only at the Superior Court level but also at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal levels. Some of her high profile Appellate cases include In re Michael H., In re Sarah S. and In re Ariel H. As a law clerk with Van Deusen, Youmans and Walmsley, Tisha worked directly on the drafting and preparation of the appellate brief for Johnson v. Calvert, a high profile surrogacy case.
While representing children in Court appointed cases is a major focus in Tisha's practice, she also represents many families in private matters seeking her assistance related to their children and grandchildren. In addition to helping create families through adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology, she is one of the very few attorneys in California devoted to Infertility and Reproductive Law, representing many infertile couples with achieving the dream of having a baby through ovum donation or surrogacy. This field is very close to Tisha's heart, as she herself, has suffered with infertility.
Tisha resides in North Orange County with her husband, Judge Nick Thompson also JAG (Judge Advocate General Corps) for the US Army. She enjoys family outings, dancing, and traveling with husband, two children and her dog. Tisha grew up in Southern California with her parents and three sisters. She attributes her desire of helping others to her close family upbringing and her parents instilling the value and importance of family.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Attorneys||OC Metro Magazine||2014|
|Top Attorneys||OC Metro Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2004|
|Senior Partner||A Center For Children & Family Law||1995 - Present|
|Associate||Van Deusen, Youmans & Walmsley||1994 - 1995|
|Legal Research Assistant||California Court Of Appeal 4th District||1992 - 1992|
|Law Clerk||Van Deusen, Youmans & Walmsley||1991 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Academy of California Adoption Lawyers||N/A||2000 - 2012|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of California||N/A||N/A|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|North Orange County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Counsel for Children||N/A||N/A|
|National Infertility Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Society for Reproductive Medicine||N/A||N/A|
|Western State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|California State University, Long Beach||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|2012 Minor's Counsel Training||MC and The Ability to Recognize Substance Abuse||2012|
|2010 Minor's Counsel Training||Minor's Interviews 101 & Beyond||2010|
|Dispute Resolution for Change||Everything You Wanted to Know About Minor's Counsel||2009|
|Advanced Adoption Law||Birth Parents Rights in Adoption- How to Litigate A Contested Adoption||2009|
|National Children's Law Conference||Running a Successful Family Law Practice||2008|