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Deborah Hannah Wald

Deborah Hannah Wald

also known as Deborah H. Wald

About me

Deborah H. Wald is the founder and managing partner at The Wald Law Group.  A Certified Family Law Specialist*, her work has evolved over the past 27 years from a part-time home-based family formation law practice to a multi-disciplinary full service family law firm.  Ms. Wald's goal is to ensure that all individuals, families and children coming to The Wald Law Group receive the highest quality legal protections available. (*Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.)

In addition to a strong general knowledge of family law, Ms. Wald has three specific areas of expertise: assisted reproduction law, parentage law and the law as it impacts lesbian, gay and transgender families. She has been involved in shaping California's legislative approach to to all three of these areas, and also has three published parentage appeals to her name.  Most recently (and in addition to her retained appellate work), she has been accepting court appointment parentage appeals for children in the dependency system.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%



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  • Amanda Beth Naples

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wald provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Wald provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers.


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  • Emily Swain Ossmann

    Deborah is passionate about family-building through assisted reproductive technology law. She is an excellent advocate for her clients and great to work with. I wholeheartedly endorse her.


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Contact info

The Wald Law Group, P.C.

88 Kearny Street
Suite 1475
San Francisco, CA, 94108-5511


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Legal answers
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2012 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee2012 - Present
American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA)Fellow2010 - Present
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Family Law Advisory Council (NCLR NFLAC)Chair2008 - Present
Academy of Adoption Lawyers and Academy of Family Formation Lawyers (ACAL/ACFFL)Fellow2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
V.S. v. M.L. (2013) 222 Cal.App.4th 730Appellate court found a possible biological father has standing to bring an action to establish the existence of the father-child relationship even if mother’s husband is unquestionably the presumed father.
In re D.S. (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 1238Appellate court confirmed that when a man is unable to take responsibility for his baby due to his incarceration, he generally will not qualify as a Kelsey S. father.
S.Y. v. S.B (2011) 201 Cal.App.4th 1023Long term intimate partner of an adoptive mother was a presumed parent, even though she had not participated in the adoptions, based on her longstanding parental commitment to the children.
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Publication nameTitleDate
WLGWho is a Parent? A Quick Guide to California Parentage Law2014
GLADTransgender Family Law2012
Conflict Resolution QuarterlyIntegrated approaches to resolving same-sex dissolutions2010
American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the LawThe Parentage Puzzle2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Massachusetts, AmherstN/AUndergraduateN/A