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Anne Rebecca Fokstuen

Family Attorney at SAN FRANCISCO, CA

4.2   14 reviews
Licensed for 19 years Virtual consultation available
Licensed for 19 years Virtual consultation available

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Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 04/18/2023

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

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Anne Fokstuen
345 Franklin street
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 94102

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Ms Fokstuen is an excellent attorney; in addition to a very strong knowledge base she is also fair and supportive. Anne’s competence, direct approach, and consistent reminder of what was fair enabled my divorce to be as amicable as was possible given the circumstances. Her calm demeanor was invaluable during what was a highly emotional time. I can’t thank her enough!
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Posted by Michael | May 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, caring, and professional.
I don't write many reviews but I felt compelled to put in a few good words for Anne. I recently completed a very contentious divorce that lasted over 2 years with Anne's help. What I thought would be an amicable divorce quickly turned into hell, and an act of revenge. Through it all Anne kept a level head and guided me through more crap than you could imagine. In the end, Anne was able to negotiate a very fair settlement am thankful I hired her. If you are reading this I would highly recommend Anne, and I am sorry for what you must be going through ...MR
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful family attorney
I hired Anne as my divorce attorney after 2 years with a previous attorney unable to deal with my contentious divorce. She was able to stand firm despite the respondent’s unreasonable demands and obstructions. She was able to be a strong advocate for me while maintaining her professionalism. She was like velvet armor, and will not bow to distractions. I found her warm and compassionate, balanced with her unyielding determination to bring closure to my divorce. I would recommend Anne without reservation.
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Posted by tao | May 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your go-to lawyer in divorce case
1. Don't worry about distance if you are locked in South Bay. This was my concern in the beginning, and it turned out communication is not impacted in my experience, as Anne is very responsive and articulate, no matter you choose to communicate by emails or phone. 2. Anne is extremely experienced in divorce cases. Her extensive experience turns into a more direct and effective method when it comes to solving your problem. Her approach is to the point. And this key piece of difference from her compared to other typical family lawyers will make the big difference. 3. Anne has extensive experience in dealing with Chinese family cases, and she really understands the culture aspect of it. 4. Anne is compassionate, she truly cares her clients. You will feel this when you meet and work with her, examples are just too pale. It is not about how lawyers remembers your case, rather you need a truly compassionate lawyer who can feel your pain and thus work towards resolving it. 5. DONT worry about commute cost if you are locked in South Bay, she is very fair on that.
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Posted by Muengnoi | April 30, 2021
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Review
I hired Anne to be my attorney when I lost custody of my son. As a domestic violence victim I was devasted when the court ruled against me. But my friends wanted me to fight to get my son back and I hired Anne to help get my son back. She fought for me and one year later I got joint legal custody and primary physical custody because of Anne. She is a wonderful lawyer who really cares about me and my son. After I hired her I can sleep at night.
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Posted by Gennel C. | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Anne was referred to me by an attorney spouse of a very close friend. I also saw her name pop up on a community app called "NEXT-DOOR" and she was highly recommended by a fellow attorney. Having her peers speak so highly of Anne speaks volume on her character and integrity. I spoke to 3 other attorneys and Anne was the most I felt comfortable and someone I felt would be a good fit to what I needed. I chose Anne bc i felt her sincerity and she never gave me the "Shark Lawyer" feeling on out to get your ex. but, at the same time I needed someone like her to protect my rights and what is due to me. Throughout the whole process, Anne made it more tolerable for me by being responsive with any questions I have, thoughtfully giving me options and also considering my ex reactions and feelings but most of all Anne cautiously crafted a plan that allowed me to keep my home and provide stability for my children. Anne's expertise and knowledge was also amazing. I also appreciated the fact that I work with Anne directly rather than a legal assistant. Thank you Anne for making a difficult time in my life more tolerable and giving me hope throughout the process. I am so happy with the outcome. I truly am blessed to have you as my attorney and would not have been able to achieve my goals without you. I am truly grateful to have work with you.
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Posted by Christopher | October 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoroughly recommended
Without hesitation I would recommend Anne Fokstuen. I engaged Anne on a complex scenario regarding international divorce and domicile. This was a potentially life changing event and something that filled me with fear and dread. Anne was supportive and reassuring from the outset. Her knowledge of US law and international considerations is without doubt. Anne always made herself available to speak with me and kept me updated throughout the process. Her calm demeanor and her attention to detail helped immensely. I would be very happy to work with Anne again, and I would recommend her to all.
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Posted by Joan | November 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Lawyer Anne R. Fokstuen was wonderful, she was helping a friend of mine with a pre-nupt, and was very patient, genuinely caring, extremely thorough, and just a pleasure to deal with. I would definitely recommend Anne R. Fokstuen.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2015
I was saved by Anne!
Anne served as my attorney for my divorce. Whenever I interacted with her, I always felt that she was a close, warm, and familiar presence. She was focused and devoted to my case, and I am certain she provides the same excellent representation to all her clients. I felt that her work was always accurate and fast and that her decisions were always well thought out. Prior to Anne taking on my case, it moved slowly and there were many delays, but once Anne stepped in as my attorney, the resolution of my case was fast and efficient. She was able to quickly get in contact with opposing counsel and there were no unnecessary delays in my case. If I ever have any future concerns, I am certain that I will go to her. For me to have this day is all due to Anne and my translator Eric. I am very grateful to have been saved by them. I am now independent and I feel that my life has meaning. Most importantly, my two children are happy. Thank you Anne!
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2015
Excellent attorney
I worked with Anne as a translator for a divorce. She was always professional and courteous. She was also punctual and respectful of our time. Anne was careful to ensure not only the client was informed, but understood everything she conveyed. Anne took on the case after it had drew on for quite a while but her persuasiveness and advocacy brought the case to a swift and positive end. I look forward to working with her again soon.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2014
very highly recommended
Ms. Fokstuen came in on the tail-end of my divorce and custody case: she helped me with move-away proceedings (although my ex ended up agreeing to the move early in the process so we didn't end up going to trial), and helped me draft a stipulation, as well as helped me through some difficult situations that came up. She was very thorough, professional, responsive (always got back to me the same day), and easy to talk to. She is very meticulous and careful about everything. I found her to be very professional and ethical in her dealings with the opposing side--she is not a "shark," rather, she is good at helping you achieve your goals in a grown-up fashion. I found this to be very important in my divorce and custody case as things can already be very difficult and adversarial and having an attorney who dials that back rather than ratcheting it up really helped it move along more smoothly. I really enjoyed working with her and felt very supported and very trusting in her abilities. She is also very caring and showed interest in me and my son as people and focused on what I wanted rather than on "winning." I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Ed | October 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beware
She is personable and kind, and can make you feel supported in a traumatic time of your life. But that is not the same as being a good lawyer. In my case, she was not well prepared before or in court, and did not write my legal documents professionally. My case suffered and I had to scramble to find someone better.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inattentive Prevaricator that is Incompetent
We hired her to process a simple, amicable, no stress divorce to be filed by the end of 2022. She charged $3000. We submitted paperwork in April 2022. She did not submit the second round of paperwork we had signed in October until November. I asked a friend of mine to check and see the Court record about where we were at. The record showed the document for the judge to sign had been rejected on Dec 2. She did not tell us this; rather, in response to our inquiry said “these things can take from 4 weeks to 3 or 4 months”. My lawyer friend told me that these rejections are due to not filling out forms correctly or missing boxes to check!, which when confronted Fokstuen then admitted. My lawyer friend also told me to ask her to backdate the document through a process called “nunc pro dunc”, which she did not respond to. Instead, after our nth reminder, and insistence that this must be completed by Dec 30, 2022, she offered that we could pay a Private Judge” to sign off before the deadline- for more money. We agreed, what else could we do? As I said, a simple process that someone with 19 years of experience should be able to do. But no. Is this her scam? I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt: she’s inattentive, a prevaricator, and incompetent.
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Posted by Nazar | June 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible attorney. Doesn’t care about clients. She knows she gonna get paid anyways
She is terrible on communication. It’s very hard to talk with her. She never answer my important questions, she wasn’t ready on our court day. She didn’t even ask any questions on my court. $450 per hours and do nothing…
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Anne Fokstuen
  • 2012 - 2013

Education

  • UC Hastings COL
  • law
  • 2003
  • Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • N/A
  • Vassar Coll
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Queen's Bench
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • German
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Speaking Engagements

  • Swedish Women's Association
  • The Law and Women
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Anne
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anne is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, kind, and easy to work with. I would highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Not only is Anne extremely knowledgeable about family law, she is a wonderful advocate for her clients, and above all, an absolute pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Friend
"Anne is an amazing lawyer. I have, on many occasions, seen her in action and admire his commitment to her client's interest, her mastery of legal issues and tenacious attitude. She is very well respected in the legal community and highly spoken of by judges and opposing council. My go to attorney for any issues related to family law and child custody and the only family lawyer I would trust to handle my client's family cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Anne at a BASF Barristers Club event and was impressed by her knowledge of family law. Anne is a dedicated lawyer who fights for her clients' rights. I recommend her to anyone facing family law issue."
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SAN FRANCISCO Family Lawyer Anne Rebecca Fokstuen
Anne Rebecca Fokstuen
Family Attorney
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available