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Tammi L Faulks

Family Attorney at Santa Maria, CA

4.5   35 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
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Tammi has been representing her clients in their family law disputes for nearly twenty years, and has effectively represented hundreds of men and women in a vast variety of matters from the most amicable mediated divorces to the highly contentious and most serious of circumstances including termination of of parental rights. Tammi's passion and greatest strength is in negotiations, mediation and settlement. Tammi is often able to diffuse problems between parties and settle cases where other attorneys have been unsuccessful while still preserving/protecting her client's rights/interests. While she firmly believes that negotiated settlement is almost always the best way to bring lasting resolution to any matter, when litigation becomes necessary to obtain a fair result for her clients, Tammi is prepared to vigorously litigate the matter through trial.


Client's Choice 2019,2016,2015
Client's Choice
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Top Contributor 2015,2012
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Tammi L Faulks
937 E Main St Ste 208
Santa Maria, CA, 93454-5309


4.5 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Shannon | April 1, 2021
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Tammi was appointed to represent my 3 children in our divorce custody case. My X was endangering our kids and wouldn't cooperate with me. She was a "Shero" for my children and myself. I have been trying to help the kids out of this situation and I'm forever grateful that she listened to them and fought for them with me!
Posted by Maria | March 17, 2021
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Amazing Lawyer
Tammi handled my divorce and custody case with amazing sensitivity and professionalism. She is easy to reach directly without a middleman and replied promptly to all my questions. I never felt like I wasn't being heard and she made sure to do what was best for myself and my son in our sensitive situation. I highly recommend Tammi!!
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Posted by Melissa | September 11, 2019
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One of the best
Tammi Faulks was my divorce attorney, and I would not ever hesitate to recommend her to anyone who needs a strong, competent, and caring family attorney. Our relationship throughout an exhausting 2 1/2 year battle was difficult at times, because let’s face it... divorce can be ugly and very difficult!! Especially when the opposing counsel is hell-bent on dragging your case out as long as possible to benefit himself!!! What a disgrace. Through it all, Tammi fought hard for me, and I felt she did an outstanding job when it came to cross examination. If I had to do it all again, I would definitely use her professional services again, without a doubt.
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Posted by Robert | September 6, 2019
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The Complete Package
Ms. Faulks represented me during my divorce and did an excellent job. There were several complicated issues in my case such as multiple properties, including a foreign property; a business; and a variety of unique assets pertaining to my business. Ms. Faulks dealt with the various complexities of my case with obvious expertise. She was very responsive and straightforward in all of our communications. She never made a promise she didn't keep, and she never guaranteed me anything other than her best work. Moreover, Ms. Faulks' staff was professional, skilled, and compassionate. Ms. Faulks and her staff provide the complete package for anyone dealing with a family law issue, and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Julie | September 4, 2019
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Amazing at getting things done
Tammi assisted my niece in obtaining a workable custody situation for her son. She was great and being clear and concise with her options and then made sure everything was handled in a professional manner. I would recommend her anytime
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2019
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Hard working and dedicated attorney
Tammi Faulks has been representing adults children in family court for many years. She is a hardworking and tenacious attorney. She doesn’t stop until she gets a positive outcome for her clients. She truly cares about her clients and places their interest above all.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2019
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Best divorce attorney
Tammi did a stellar job of helping me finish up my divorce after it took forever and cost an arm and a leg with another Santa Barbara attorney. She is very responsive and efficient. I would highly recommend her for anyone needing a divorce attorney.
Posted by Sarah | February 7, 2018
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Outstanding attorney, Highly Recommended!
From the very beginning of my case, Tammi and her team were on top of everything. She, Christian, and Rhonda were very knowledgeable and handled every aspect of my case with the upmost of care. I called Tammi's office in tears, not knowing where to turn during my custody case. I had received an emergency court order from my Ex while out of town..and Tammi was in court, in front of a judge, the very next day on my behalf, trying to rectify the issue at hand. Tammi and the girls walked me through every detail and were very patient with my many questions. They were very honest, knowledgeable, professional, forthright, and prompt. Tammi called me several times (even after hours) to discuss my case, answer any questions I had, or just to give me the reassurance I needed. I couldn't have asked for a better team of professionals to have on my side. I cannot express the amount of hard work, time, and dedication they provided to me. Not only did we come out on top with the very best outcome possible, Tammi and the girls made the entire process as painless as possible. Anyone that is going through the custody process knows how terrifying it can be, and having Tammi, Christian and Rhonda on your side will be the best decision you will make to help guide you through the process, fight for what you want, and come out on top. Anyone in Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo counties looking for an outstanding family law attorney, look no further; Tammi Faulks and her team are the absolute best.
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Posted by Ana | March 24, 2016
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The Best Lawyer ever!
I met Tammy while looking for a lawyer to help me with my annulment Nov 2015. My husband of 3 years whom I petitioned from the Philippines suddenly changed as soon as he got in the US. We were friends for over 30 yrs. Who would have known that I'll be duped. Anyway, this guy didn't want a quick divorce but also want me to support him financially after all I've done for him. They hired a family lawyer instead of just going to the divorce proceeding amicably. So I was left with no choice but to protect myself. Thank God, I came across Tammy Faulks! Her team was heaven-sent. She together with Rebecca, the Immigration lawyer helped me get through with the process. I settled for divorce and he ended with nothing and the process took less than the time expected. Tammy and her team started the divorce in December and I was a free woman 2 months after in February 2016. Tammy made it so easy and pain-free for me to get through with everything. She promised that's all I will spend for her fees and that's all I was charged. After all the negotiation and appearances she did for me, she made sure I was really taken cared of. And that loser will never ever get any from me and will walk away from this process with my dignity intact. I highly recommend Tammy Faulks and her team for any legal process. She's not only good at what she does, she has a big heart too! God bless her and her team! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for giving me my life back!!! Ana Loberg
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Posted by Aurora | March 7, 2016
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Tammi's Great!
I've been a client of Tammi's for the last year, and my case has been very complicated. She has been very helpful and cares greatly about her clients. I couldn't have hired a better person for my situation. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Daniel | February 29, 2016
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Tammi is an outstanding attorney. She and her staff helped undo a travesty done by another attorney. She is very professional and a no nonsense approach. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Cynthia | February 29, 2016
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Tammi Faulks
She's an awesome attorney and all around person who gets things done! She's fair and from experience doesn't let her clients get taken advantage of. She has a heart of gold and not only loyal to her staff, her staff are loyal to her and it shows the minute you walk into her office! I am so glad she's had my back and kept me thinking positive. Thank you all for your hard work!
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Posted by Rob | February 27, 2016
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Review of Tammi Faulks
Phenomenal attorney who represents her clients with exceptional professionalism and expertise! She is my "go to" attorney who handles her cases with passion...I won't go to any other attorney. With that said, I used her once, and she did so well, I hired her AGAIN because she gets results!! Great job Tammi!!
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2015
Tammi is one the most kind and honest women in the professional world and our community. She is not only extremely well versed in her law practice but her legal advice to us over a family dispute on ranch inheritance and interpreting words written in a family will was very helpful. She is very knowledgeable and I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
All in the Family
Tammy was my brothers lawyer in his lengthy and ugly custody fight several years ago. She was amazing for him and our family. That's why it was a no brainer for my fiancé and I to also use Tammy in our upcoming family law issues. What I like about Tammy is she is a no holds barred kind of lawyer. she is straight up and honest to her clients even if the truth hurts. I appreciate her experience but I also greatly value her for her tenacity and dedication to her clients. She has a way of making you feel at ease....without blowing smoke!! I hope to not need her again in the future but if I ever need a family law lawyer Tammy is the first choice for my whole family if the need arises!!
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Posted by Ian | January 30, 2015
You can't get better than Tammi
You want some advice. Hire Tammi. Because if you don't, your spouse will. And you don't want Tammi on the other side of the table. She's that good. She is unbelievably knowledgeable, friendly ( but fights hard for you ), and an all around great lawyer. President of the bar association doesn't hurt either!
Posted by Trent | January 29, 2015
Tammi L Faulks, Attorney at Law
I have known Tammi L Faulks in a professional relationship as the accountant for her firm for over 10 years. She is the consummate professional in her dealings with my firm. In addition, I have had close family members use her professional services. I have also referred clients to Ms. Faulks for her professional services. In all cases the outcome and results were beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Ms. Faulks and her law firm.
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Posted by Kris | January 24, 2015
Professional and Compassionate
I highly recommend Ms. Faulks. She is an expert in her field and knows how to navigate through a complicated judicial system. She keeps you informed and listens. She has a professional relationship with the other local attorneys and works to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved. Her professionalism and compassion makes Ms. Faulks my choice for family law. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
Tammi and her staff are excellent!
This was my first time seeking a lawyer. I searched to find a trustworthy and attentive lawyer who wouldn't just treat me as 'just another client'. With Tammi and her staff I felt like they really listened and knew their stuff. If anyone ever asks me who I'd recommend as a lawyer I'd definitely recommend Tammi Faulks!
Posted by Steven | January 22, 2015
Thanks Tammi!
Ms. Faulks successfully represented me and my three children during our long and contentious custody battle. Throughout the process I found her to be both professional and pragmatic, and was particularly impressed with the genuine care that she displayed in pursuing the best interests of my kids. I must also mention that Tammi's composure and credibility in the courtroom was highly effective in bringing about the desired outcomes. If you are looking for an outstanding Family Law attorney, I highly recommend that you give Ms. Faulks your full consideration.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Professor
  • Allan Hancock College
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Tammi L Faulks, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 1994 - Present
  • Professor
  • Santa Barbara Business College
  • 2006 - 2008


  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Western State Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of James and Claudine W., 114 Cal. App. 4th 68;7 Cal. Rptr. 3d 461 (2003)
  • Case remanded back to trial court for reconsideration based on application of the correct constitutional standard.


  • The Rotary Club of Nipomo
  • New Generations Director
  • 2011 - Present
  • Rodney S. Melville American Inn of Court
  • Treasurer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1997 - Present
  • Rodney S. Melville American Inn of Court
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary International
  • 2012
  • Family Law Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2011
  • Business Woman of the Year
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • 2005
  • Boss of the Year
  • Santa Maria Legal Professionals Association
  • 2001
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  • none
  • none
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Membership Meeting
  • Family Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
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Trusts Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. Tammi was appointed by the court to represent an elderly woman in a trust contest and we worked together on the case. She was dedicated, caring, professional and worked hard to reach a resolution that was in her client's best interest. I will refer family law law and guardianship clients to her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Faulks. She is highly skilled in her area of law and well respected within the legal community."
Guardianship Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tammi is a highly skilled attorney that is always prepared and shows genuine concern for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Faulks without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her advice on Avvo is thoughtful and practical."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have read every single one of Attorney Faulk's contributions here on Avvo and I find them to be clear, useful and to-the-point. Attorney Faulk shows herself to be a fine lawyer and advocate. I am honored to be working together with her and all the other attorneys here on Avvo to improve access to legal information. It is with pleasure that I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Faulks has made a subtantial number of contributions on I have read several of her contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work"
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Faulks is an outstanding Family Law Attorney. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Family Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tammi is one of those rare people who really goes to bat for her clients. She represents everyone zealously, both in and out of the courtroom. Tammi is my recommendation for a family law attorney on the central coast!"
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Tammi Faulks in action in court on many occasions and I give her the strongest, highest endorsement. She is very knowledgeable and from what I have seen, she is an extremely effective advocate. If you are going through family law troubles and think you might need an attorney, I would recommend that you hire Ms. Faulks right away -- before the other party does."
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