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Tisha Lene Harman

Family Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
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About Tisha

Learn Tisha’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Adoption, Independent Adoption, Step-Parent Adoption/Domestic Partner, Adult Adoption, Adoption Litigation, Termination of Parental Rights, Foster Adoption and International Re-Adoption

  2. Child custody
    Minors Representation, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation, Move Away and Child Abuse.

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Parents through Surrogacy, Parents through Egg Donation, Surrogate/Egg Donor Representation and Judgments of Parentage

  4. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, Legal Separation, Alimony, Spousal Support, Mediated Dissolution and Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships.

  5. Family
    Our Firm handles all aspects of Family Law Matters from divorce, legal separation, mediated divorce, child custody and support, spousal support, guardianship, grandparents rights, independent adoption, step parent adoption, establishing parental relationships, parentage/surrogacy as well as infertility law.

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.


A Center For Children & Family Law
1111 West Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA, 92868
A Center For Children & Family Law
13006 Philadelphia Street
Suite 303
Whittier, CA, 90601
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Posted by Ty | August 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Communication and Counsel
I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. Ms. Harman was very kind and understanding of the situation I was in. Not only did she look out for my best interest, but also my child's as well. If I wasn't able to speak directly to her at times, her office staff listened and got back to me in a timely manner with appropriate advice. Never did I feel like my questions were disregarded or overlooked, everything was always considered and open for discussion. While going to court is nerve racking her calm professional demeanor and years of experience always helped guide me in the right direction. They have always been more than fair with me and I will continue to use them and refer them going forward. Thank you for all your help!
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Posted by Meav | June 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Center for children and family services.
Tisha is very knowledgeable. But what I adore most about her is that she is unbiased and I am not her client. My son is. She is a dedicated an impartial advocate of the child's best interest. Her responses are timely and empathetic but fair and she dashes in the harsh reality in a gentle manner. Sometimes she is the bearer of bad news but at least you know she's acting from sincerity and years of dedicated service to parents and children in distress. I can not put into words how grateful I am to have Tisha represent and advocate for me.
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Posted by Frank | September 17, 2013
Fair and Impartial
Mrs. Harman was used as minor's counsel for my two daughters in a child custody case. She was excellent with my daughters, but most important, she was fair and impartial. She has a lot of experience and it shows in her professionalism. I would definitely recommend Ms. Harman.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2010
Awesome Minor's counsel
Tisha was minors counsel for my children, I always heard that minors counsel are biased, generally toward mom. Tisha fought for the best interest of my children, I truely felt that my kids voice got to be heard. My kids thought she was great, and always ask when they get to go and see Ms. Tisha, Thanks Again!


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • California St Univ Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Sara S.
  • In Re Michael H.
  • In Re Ariel H.
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  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • N/A
  • National Infertility Association
  • N/A
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • N/A
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • 2000 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • America's Most Honored
  • Americas' Most Honored Professionals
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Minors Counsel Training- It Must be Monday- Strategies for Dealing with Complex Issues
  • Conducting the Investigation- Recognizing Special Issues
  • 2018
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (22)
Endorse Tisha
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tisha. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tisha is a consummate professional, extremely knowledgable and is well respected by her peers and the court. She is a true advocate of children and an asset to the legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Orange Family Lawyer Tisha Lene Harman
Tisha Lene Harman
Family Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 29 years