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Barbara Kay Hammers

Mediation Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.6   20 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    Focus is on mediation and Collaborative Divorce, including High Net Worth, Complex Asset Division, Child Custody, Spousal and Child Support, Modifications and assisting Self-Representing Litigants and Strategy Consultations.

    26 years, 148 cases

  2. Family
    Focus is on mediation and Collaborative Divorce, including High Net Worth, Complex Asset Division, Child Custody, Spousal and Child Support, Modifications and assisting Self-Representing Litigants and Strategy Consultations.

    26 years, 600 cases

  3. Uncontested divorce
    Collaborative Law, Mediation, Self-Representing Support, Self-Representing Litigants

    26 years, 500 cases


Los Angeles and Orange County family lawyers that solve your problems, not add to them.

Our Attorneys outperform on all family law matters including; divorce, property, child custody and support issues.
Experienced, effective and ready to help… We know that if you need consult a family law attorney it means that something has gone wrong in your life.

You may have been served with divorce papers.
Your former spouse may not be complying with a visitation order.
You may have lost your job, making support payments impossible to meet.
These challenges, and others are stressful enough. Hammers Baltazar will provide legal counsel that will help you solve problems, not add to your difficulties.

From a simple mediation to a complex, high net worth trial– we will work with you in the most effective way possible.
Our Lawyers are committed to solving family problems. We know that divorce is often too expensive, too lengthy and too limited by the constraints of a traditional family law practice. We help you select the most effective solution; a collaborative settlement, a negotiated mediation, or an assertive trial strategy that protects you and your children.

“We mark our success in many ways, one of the most gratifying is that we settle 85% of our cases without going to trial. Another is that over 75% of our new business is referred to us by satisfied clients and former opposing counsel.” -Barbara Hammers, Senior Litigation Partner.


Client's Choice 2012,2011
Client's Choice
2012 2011

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Child Support in California
Collaborative Divorce
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Contact Barbara

Hammers & Baltazar, LLP
11661 San Vicente Blvd.,
Suite 820
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
Hammers & Baltazar, LLP
276 Victoria Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
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4.6 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Marsha | January 28, 2011
Focused, determined and respected. Gave me results where others failed with hard work and a remarkable knowledge of family law.
I hired Barbara Hammers after wasting months of time and money with a senior attorney of a large law firm. She was referred to me by a good friend who had Barbara as a family lawyer the year before. I met and interviewed her and learned that she is a State Certified Family Law Specialist. I researched and found that less than 20% of family law attorneys are certified. That's because it's very hard to qualify, only the best of the best are certified. After a good interview I put Barbara in charge of my divorce. Two days later we met and she explained my situation in detail with several clear options. With her guidance I decided what I what I wanted to do. Within two weeks Barbara and her staff had accomplished more than my previous "high profile" lawyer had in four months. I was an important client to Hammers Baltazar and they let me know it by communicating, performing and getting results. The previous attorney regarded me as an inconvenience, he was also vague about the overall cost. Barbara was upfront about the probability of accomplishing what I wanted to do, how long it would take and about how much it would cost. A month after hiring her I saw the difference hard work from a determined, committed professional can make. Phone calls always returned, email promptly replied to. My questions anticipated. A wonderful communicator Barbara spoke clearly and concisely, skipped the legal jargon and made sure I was well informed. She knows how to deal with difficult people and with a warm smile can make her point in very few words. I had a challenging high net worth divorce with very complicated property and custody issues. Barbara and her staff organized box after box of data, sorted it, indexed it and made perfect sense of it all. Her ability to recall facts, figures and points of law is just remarkable. As our trial date approached Barbara, Armine and their staff prepared intensively, day and night for several days, to master every element of our case. Their level of commitment and hard work allowed me to be relaxed and confident when the trial began. All that work paid off with a flawless presentation in court. That's not to say there weren't a few surprises, but when they came she was ready. The trial took almost two weeks and after a few days it became obvious our opposing counsel was unprepared and frustrated. Outclassed they reverted to unprofessional and deceptive legal maneuvers that Barbara wouldn't tolerate. She put them in their place and then argued for, and received, substantial financial sanctions against them from the court. I knew then that underneath her well prepared, professional velvet glove presentation she has an iron fist available for use when it was necessary. Barbara explained to me early on that in family law actions there are no "winners". I understand now what she meant, it's is a very stressful life changing experience. My children and I couldn't be happier with the outcome of the trial. We are now safe and secure and have adjusted well to our "new normal" life. I have resumed my professional career and have a fresh perspective on my future. I will be forever grateful I found this wonderful, incredibly competent woman and her staff to represent my children and me during the most challenging and emotional event of our lives. I wholeheartedly recommend Barbara Hammers and her firm Hammers Baltazar for any family law matter.
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Posted by Brett | January 26, 2011
Utmost regard for trustworthiness, hard work and results
Unfortunately, I've had the need for legal council while going through a divorce. I found Barbara to be honest, incredibly hard working and dedicated not only to look out for my own personal best interests, but the best interest of my family too. My divorce was emotionally challenging from both sides. Barbara worked with us to carefully create a solution that all parties agreed to. Looking back, is certainly wasn't easy. It takes a special person to wade such waters, and Barbara did it well. Barbara gives attorney's a good name.
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Posted by Mike | July 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Consummate Professional and Defender
I had fears that my divorce would not go smoothly. Barbara ensured that the each step of the process was executed with precision and professionalism. Her office continued to thrive during the Covid pandemic. She is worth every penny! She listened to all of my questions (especially the silly ones from me!) I ended up with a very amicable, fair, and reassuring divorce. I attribute this to Barbara's excellent counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Responsive, effective, excellent service.
After wasting time and money with others I was referred to Barbara for help. She took over and got great results much sooner than I expected. Barbara and her partner Armine both have many years of experience and really know family law well. She communicates very clearly and really knows how to get others to be reasonable and settle their differences without going to trial. She saved me a truckload of money.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Understanding
I have hired Barber hammers for two different divorces over he 16 year. And I have found it she is very knowledgeable in the law and is also very understanding and listens to the client. Both times I don't want to use the word Victorious but I came out on top of both of my divorces and got what I was looking for in custody of children and in financial parts . Her fees are quite reasonable and she is there the whole time for you. She doesn't put you off on a another lawyer or take too many clients that she doesn't have time for you.
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Posted by Jason | November 25, 2014
Excellent Team
Barbara has represented me for many years and has handled all of my actions with professionism, care and accuracy. Most importantly she has successfully argued and won all of my actions. Barbara has successfully represented me in multiple child support actions. She also has helped me to obtain both temporary and permanent restraining orders (the latter of which was argued brilliantly in trial). Finally, she helped me to obtain full legal and physical custody of my daughter a year earlier than expected. Barbara's partner Armine is also wonderful to work with and an excellent attorney in her own right. They are supported by Rhonda who is kind and responsive during critical times which is exactly what you need as a client. I can't recommend Hammers and Baltazar more. Do yourself a favor, stop your search and hire them!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2014
Highly recommended
I first began working with Barbara Hammers in 2006 in regards to a very volatile custody situation. Barbara guided me through some very tough and emotional situations including numerous false allegations from my child's mother. Barbara handled each situation with complete professionalism and a high level of ethics which resulted in me being awarded joint legal and physical custody of my daughter. My family cannot thank Barbara and her entire firm enough for the effort and ethics they have shown through some of the roughest times in our lives. I would highly recommend Barbara Hammers to anyone going through a custody dispute as she is extremely knowledgeable and dependable.
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Posted by Steve | June 14, 2012
Great job for me at a very reasonable price
Barbara has done a great job for me at a very reasonable price. She is very experienced, reliable and available. Barbara provides solid advice and support that you can count on. I always thought her bills were reasonable and I have looked at a lot of attorney bills in my business. She is efficient and focuses on what is most important. I did not see any unnecessary work or excessive time on her bills. Most important of all Barbara made me feel confident in a very difficult situation. You can't pay enough for that feeling.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2011
Barbara Hammers
I enthusiastically recommend Ms Hammers, as she cooperated with me and assisted her client and me in getting our matter settled amicably. She was well informed as to the legal and process issues, and, just as importantly, she was kind and considerate during a difficult time.
Posted by Robert | May 18, 2011
Istwan Divorce
I thought Barbara did a very professional job of advising my ex wife thoughout the divorce process.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2011
Barbara Hammers
Dissolution is always a difficult process, especially when you represent yourself. In my case, Ms Hammers helped me navigate the process so that I could feel comfortable representing myself against her client. I found her helpful and ethical and would recommend her to anyone who wants both a practitioner who is knowledgeable about the law, but empathetic too. Wonderful to work with!
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2011
I would highly recommend Barbara K. Hammers!
Filing for a divorce can be overwhelming, time consuming and scary. I contacted Ms. Hammers through a referral from a friend. I am so thankful to have had her in my corner. She helped me along and communicated with me in a “language” that I could understand. I would highly recommend her to take care of your legal needs.
Posted by Nancy | December 17, 2010
Highly Recomened
I found Barbara to be very knowledgeable, highly professional, and patient. My e-mails and phone calls were always returned promptly the same day or within the next twenty four hours. Through the entire process of my divorce she explained every step and made sure I understood the law and how it related to me and my case. Understanding a few of the laws about divorce helped reduce the stress for me during a very difficult time. I was completely satisfied and I highly recommend Barbara Hammers ... and if the need ever arises I will retain her again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2010
Knowledgeable and good
Unlike the first "family law specialist" I hired, Barbara knows the law and how to use it to get her client results. She is worth her fee.
Posted by Q | November 20, 2009
Barbara is an outstandign attorney. I had been trying to get a divorce for 5 years and was getting nowhere despite expending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. I was in bad shape. Sometimes it felt like my previous attorneys were colluding with the oppsing counsel to string my case along to maximize fees. After I hired Barbara and her team my case moved forward. Barbara won half of the entire summer( six weeks) for me which was up from two weeks previously. She also moved my case forward in other areas as well. Through it all Barbara was also sensitive to fees. Barbara is smart, works hard and does not take advantage of you on fees.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2008
Client Review
I was referred to Barbara after my previous child support order (from another attorney) was overturned on appeal. Barbara and her team analyzed several boxes of documents, produced voluminous documentation full of facts and case law that had been overlooked, argued against an angry, hostile, and determined ex, and succeeded in getting the correct order despite the odds stacked against her. Barbara's team was supportive and invaluable through the whole process.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2008
Mediated Divorce
My ex-wife and I had agreed to a mediated divorce. To represent me, I sought an attorney who understood and supported mediated divorces, but also would be qualified and experienced to litigate if the mediation were to fail. I researched and interviewed six attorneys. I chose Barbara because she seemed knowledgeable, communicated well, and had collaborative law, mediation as well as extensive litigation experience. I have been very pleased with my choice. Barbara is professional, knowledgeable and thorough. I have been reading and researching to understand and stay on top of my case. She has consistently provided me clarifications, insights and valuable guidance. I would recommend Barbara to others seeking a well-qualified, experienced litigator who is supportive of mediation and collaborative law. Anybody wishing additional information can contact me: [email protected]
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Posted by Mimi | June 12, 2008
Restraining Order case
I was referred to Barbara by a close friend who was the attorney on a case where Barbara represented the opposing client. That alone should be kudos enough. Barbara was extremely knowledgeable, willing to take a matter as small as mine on (on very short notice) and responsive. I felt very reassured knowing Barbara was handling the case and she did not fail us. would recommend her for any family law matter.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2011
Not Recommended
I was a client of this attorney and they overbilled and did not prepare for trial. Be very careful hiring an attorney because they can ruin your life.
Response from Barbara Hammers March 15, 2011
I request that the person who posted this comment contact my office immediately to discuss any issues they have regarding billing done by any attorney in my office. Hammers & Baltazar prides itself on our customer service, integrity, and honesty and this is particularly true in our billing practices. If you feel you were billed for services that were not performed, I would like to discuss it with you and am happy to make any adjustments necessary. You satisfaction with our services is much more important to us than money and we strive to make all of our clients feel that they received good value for the fees they paid. While it is impossible to ever predict the outcome in litigation, the one thing an attorney can do for a client is be prepared for court, whether it is for an initial hearing or a trial. I work very hard preparing for any court appearance. Trials are particularly important as they are usually the time when the culmination of all of the evidence gathered becomes important and it is the point in which a case will finally be resolved. Because I know that trials will usually be the ultimate determination affecting a person's life, the preparation for them is done with painstaking care. Hence, I have never found myself unprepared for trial. Any client who has actually had me as their trial attorney knows this about me because I normally have the client working with me collecting information, gathering exhibits being used for evidence, strategizing, and preparing them for their testimony so they feel confident in court. By working with a client to prepare for trial, the client feels more comfortable about how things will go during trial and they can save some money by doing things themselves that would otherwise have to be done by our staff for a fee. If the person writing this review really had me as there trial attorney, they would know that not being prepared for trial is not a weakness in working with my office. This makes me suspicious as to whether this is a legitimate review or was posted by someone who had to face me and my legitimate client in the courtroom and lost. It should be noted that Avvo does not confirm any of the information posted in a review, nor do they confirm that the person posting it has ever done business with the lawyer being reviewed. Although, I am sorry the person who posted this review has a ruined life. Divorce or child custody issues can be devastating and our courts cannot always do justice to families in need of healing. I would encourage this person to seek professional assistance in working through those issues. Barbara K. Hammers, C.F.L.S.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2010
Does not protect you
I do not recommend this attorney because she fails to do her legal job and then over charges for everything.
Response from Barbara Hammers September 2, 2010
I would like the former client who posted this review to call me to discuss their dissatisfaction with my services. I pride myself on my service and integrity in assisting all of my clients with their cases. In addition, my billing rate is agreed to when I am retained and all of my charges are explained in detail each month in an itemized statement. In the event of an error, corrections are made immediately and a new statement is sent. I have not had a complaint from any of my clients, either currently or in the past, regarding my trustworthiness, responsiveness, the level of my knowledge of Family Law, or of failing to keep them informed about their cases. I can only assume that this review was posted by an opposing party who lost in litigation against me or another Family Law attorney trying to harm my rating with Avvo as a competition strategy.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-475 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hammers & Baltazar, LLP
  • 2004 - Present
  • Principle
  • Hammers & Baltazar, APLC
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Principle
  • Kelly & Hammers, APC
  • 1997 - 2002


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1997
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1994
  • Citrus Community College
  • Associate Science
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Christina Adams v. Jack A. 209 Cal.App.4th 1543
  • Reversed and remanded to trial court to appoint special master and set reasonable fee, if any, for evaluation.


  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Advisor
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • State Bar of California
  • Family Law Section Executive Committee Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Executive Committee Member
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Chair, Family Law Section
  • 2006 - 2009
  • State Bar of California
  • Family Law Section Standing Committee Chair
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Member
  • 1997 - 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Member
  • 1997 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney in Family Law
  • OC Register Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • Southern California Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • SuperLawyer Magazine
  • 2014
  • Southern Californa Superlawyer, Famlily Law
  • Superlawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney in Family Law
  • OC Register Metro Magazine
  • 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Attorney in Family Law
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 5 Attorneys in Orange County for Family Law
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top 5 Lawyers in Orange County for Family Law
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2010
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  • California Family Law Strategies
  • Trends in Divorce and Custody in California
  • 2009
  • Divorce Proceeding in California-Prep Your Client
  • Guiding your Client Through Divorce
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • The Home Show; KRLA 890 AM Radio
  • Family Law Mythbusters
  • 2010
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Spring Conference Continuing Education
  • The Date of Separation, When is it Over?
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Barbara
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Barbara on multiple matters and always found her to be an excellent attorney with a great knowledge of the law and the case. She was professional at all times and a great representative of her client."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse Attorney Hammers. She is well respected both in her own legal community and here on the AVVO community. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of excellent family law representation."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara Hammers is a highly skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney. I strongly endorse Barbara Hammers."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. She is VERY knowledgeable and will fight harder than any other professional in the area to achieve justice for her clients. Even when navigating rough litigious terrain, she will stay the course when many of her colleagues would consider giving up. She truly is a pleasure to work with and an asset to the field."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara Hammers is an extremely bright, highly competent family law attorney. She has a calm, unflappable personality, well-suited for dealing with the emotional nature of her client's disputes. She is also very ethical; our local judges know that, and it gives her a lot of credibility with them. Her rates and litigation approach are reasonable. Mrs. Hammers is my "Go To" attorney for family law referrals."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barbara Hammers is an excellent family law attorney, and is a pleasure to work with. She has an excellent reputation and is a trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association. I have referred clients to her. "
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