Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Partner||Hammers & Baltazar, LLP||2004 - Present|
|Principle||Hammers & Baltazar, APLC||2002 - 2004|
|Principle||Kelly & Hammers, APC||1997 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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||Chair, Family Law Section||2006 - 2009|
|Santa Monica Bar Association||Board of Trustees||2006 - 2012|
|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|
|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.|
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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|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||1997|
|California State University, Fullerton||Psychology||Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Citrus Community College||Cosmetology||Associate Science||1991|
|Family Law Essentials Series||Essentials of a Family Law Trial||2014|
|Family Law Section CLE||Family Law Evidence: From the Fundamentals to the Nuanced||2012|
|29th annual National CLE Conference||Playing it Safe, Security Issues for Lawyers||2012|
|49th Annual Family Law Symposium||Streamlining your Case without being Swept Downstream||2011|
|33rd Annual Child Custody Colloquium||The Good, Bad, and Ethical Considerations in Representing Clients in Custody Evaluations||2011|
|The Home Show; KRLA 890 AM Radio||Family Law Mythbusters||2010|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section||The Impact of "Marriage of Feldman"||2010|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Spring Conference Continuing Education||The Date of Separation, When is it Over?||2002|
Posted by Marsha
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.
Posted by Brett
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.
Posted by Q
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.
Posted by anonymous
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Pisarra, Divorce and separation Attorney
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.
Scott France, Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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.
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