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Jennifer Ani, JD, CWLS* is the principal of the Law Offices of Jennifer Ani, in San Rafael, CA. She has been an attorney in private practice for more than 20 years. Since 2006, she has successfully represented parents in child welfare (CPS) cases throughout the State. Jennifer believes cannabis is significantly safer than CPS, and zealously defends the right of Qualified Patients to also be parents, and to be free from unnecessary State intervention. She is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children and speaks regularly on child welfare and civil rights matters. In 2009, she was honored by the Legal Aid Society of California with the “Outstanding Family Attorney of the Year” award, and in 2010 was awarded the San Francisco Bar Association’s highest honor for Outstanding Family Law services. Ms. Ani received her B.A. from the University of California at Davis in 1989, and her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1992. Jennifer lives with her husband, 10-year-old daughter, and rottweiler “Hero” in Marin County, CA.


* Certified Specialty: Juvenile Law (Child Welfare) (Natl Assn/Counsel for Children)




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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    10 years
  2. Child Abuse: 50%
    10 years



Hourly ($350-360/hour), Retainer (always), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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    Jen is a very fine attorney practicing in the very difficult area of Child Abuse law. Significantly, she has the temerity to fight hard for her clients and withstand the elements of the system which sometimes dwindle lessor attorneys.


    Kevin Thurber Child Abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer Ani knows the law and is an excellent advocate for her client. She puts 110% of her energy, experience and commitment into a client's case. And, she wins.


    Debra Bel Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Jennifer Ani

1401 Los Gamos Road
Suite 103
San Rafael, CA, 94903


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Public Service AwardBar Association of San Francisco2010
2009 LAAC Family Law AwardLegal Aid Association of California2009
James P. Preovolos AwardBar Association of San Francisco2009
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2009
Outstanding Public Service AwardBar Association of San2008
Outstanding Public Service AwardSan Francisco Bar Association VLSP2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Marin County Dependency Panel Attorney (conflicts)AOC2009 - Present
VLSP AttorneyBar Association of San Francisco2007 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Jennifer Ani2007 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jennifer Ani2006 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Jennifer Ani2006 - Present
PADI instructorMarlin Bay1999 - 2000
Assistant General CounselHeadlands Mortgage Company1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Advocates SocietyN/A2009 - Present
California Appellate Defense CounselMember2009 - Present
San Francisco County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember2006 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2006 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesMember2006 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
OSC 1st District Appellate CourtN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
SageChild Abuse and Neglect Practice1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of California DavisN/AundergraduateN/A
McGeorge SOL Univ of the PacificN/AlawN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Shawn McMillan's Nuts and Bolts of Civil Rights ClaimsJuvenile Dependency Basics2014
PodcastElevate the Conversation Episode 20 (Qualified Patients and CPS)2014
PodcastElevate the Conversation Episode 15 (CPS)2014
National Safe Child Show: Jennifer Ani and Michael LevinsohnChild Protective Services - parts 1, 2, and 32014
Empire Mock Trial CompetitionVolunteer Judge2014
California Mock Trial CompetitionPerformance Judge2014