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Sean Patrick Joyce

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   18 reviews

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Mr. Joyce has been practicing in California since 2003 and has dedicated his practice to the area of Family Law including Divorce, Child Custody & Visitation, Child Support, Paternity Actions, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, and Premarital Agreements . Prior to 2014, Mr. Joyce owned and operated the Law Office of Sean Patrick Joyce and in 2014 he formed Lurkis, Joyce & Del Bove, LLP with two close friends that are well respected family law practitioners. The firm practices exclusively Family Law and handles all aspects of dissolutions, custody and support matters.

Mr. Joyce is a 1999 graduate of the University of Denver-College of Law and the recipient of the Chief Justice Edward R. Pringle Merit Scholarship and American Jurisprudence awards in Constitutional Law I and Patent Law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Joyce received his B.S. in Economics from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

LURKIS, JOYCE & DEL BOVE has been built largely on referrals from previous and existing clients and we value our client relationships above all else. Hiring an attorney is a highly personal matter and Mr. Joyce believes that establishing a strong relationship with clients is essential to a successful representation. Mr. Joyce works vigorously on behalf of his clients and always ensures that he is never too busy to speak to a client or address their issue.

Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/02/2022

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Lurkis, Joyce & Del Bove, LLP
870 Market St Ste 414
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Lurkis, Joyce & Del Bove, LLP
177 Bovet Road
Suite 600
San Mateo, CA, 94402
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very effective attorney - gets the job done
I am an attorney and am familiar with litigation. I retained an attorney to file a divorce proceeding, and that attorney did nothing but bill me for work that did not move the case forward. Fed up, I was referred to Sean Patrick Joyce. What a breath of fresh air. Mr. Joyce took immediate action, was a great communicator, and effectively utilized his terrific paralegal. In a matter of weeks, Mr. Joyce resolved issues, moved the case forward and obtained a stipulated judgment for me. During the time period that I worked with Mr. Joyce, and his paralegal, all of my questions were quickly resolved with an eye towards resolution and cost effectiveness. Mr. Joyce is direct, honest and a real problem solver. I would highly recommend his firm.
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Posted by Richard | January 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
In my wildest dreams, I would have never imagined being faced with the prospect of a divorce. How ironic is it that I am now writing a review of my attorney? That is because this very positive experience bears noting. Simply put, no one under such circumstances could possibly be in better hands. I confidently state that my representation could not have been any better than it was. Sean Joyce and his assistant Aaron are simple at the top of their games. I assure anyone considering Lurkis, Joyce & Del Bove - particularly Attorney Sean Patrick Joyce - that there is simply no one better to represent you through this difficult time. Sean is truly a master at his craft. I am honored to know such a wonderful attorney, both as a consummate professional… and equally important… as a kind soul. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sean.
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Posted by Gil Vera | January 15, 2022
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Divorce and custody
Sean Joyce is an excellent attorney who is very well experienced in his craft. Sean fought relentlessly for me when my wife filled false sexual allegations against me in order not to share custody with me. Mr. Joyce guided me in all the right corners to successfully expose my wife's false accusations and he secured me full physical and sole custody of my 3 year old son as well as reimbursement for monies spent defending myself. I strongly recommend his services if you want to come out the victor. Excellent attorney.
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Posted by Michelle | October 1, 2021
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A Great Person and Lawyer
Sean is just the absolute best combination of kind human and educated/polished attorney. I sadly only worked with him briefly, but he was extremely honest, knowledgeable, responsive, and supportive, and I couldn't recommend him more highly for a family law case. You can feel confident that you are in amazing hands and are not being taken advantage of financially - he is very conscious of the financial toll that this takes on his clients, and his rates and his billing reflects fairness all around.
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Posted by Meghan | April 13, 2021
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Let me save you from attorney interviews...hire Sean, he is all you need!
Sean is an EXCELLENT attorney. I interviewed several family law attorneys and he was by far the best. I was so relieved that I was able to retain him, he has never steered me wrong. He knows several approaches on how to go about winning your case. It depends on your style and what you want. He is able to be the lawyer you need. LAW: Sean is an expert in family law. There are so many times when my ex's counsel didn't know the law or was trying to do something shady, and Sean was spot on. He makes sure that the judge and other attorneys do the right thing. He fights for you and knows exactly what he is doing. If there is something he doesn't know or remember or a law changed, he pauses and does his research. He never makes anything up. He is humble and really great at his job. JUDGEMENT: Sean always guides me in the right direction. He knows and pays attention to whatever judge is ruling. Knows how they think and weighs the options for what has been done historically. He offers a few options, walks you through the risks and gains, and then off you go. He is clear-headed and sharp. WISDOM: Sean has seen so much and can offer advice on many fronts. He knows exactly what he is doing. He knows when to push and when to back off. CHARACTER: Sean has outstanding ethics. He will always guide you in the right direction. And he is always supportive, much like a therapist. PARALEGAL: Aaron is an absolute pleasure to work with. He always helps me and guides me. If I make a mistake in a form, he is always so kind and makes sure I do it right. They are a strong team. I couldn't have done this without Sean and Aaron. After being in court for so many years, I get to see a lot of attorneys at work and I know that I am lucky to have Sean Joyce in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
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Amazing Lawyer
I originally worked with a high end firm in SF and was assigned a lawyer with less then 2 year experience. Long story short the lawyer over charged me and gave me very bad advice. I was able to find Sean and he has been my lawyer for last 7 years. Long story short Sean was able to help me win my case and I now have 100% custody of both my kids. I can not say kind things about Sean and it's been very emotional for me to see my kids everyday. Sean's rates are more then reasonable, he has many years of experience and is there for his clients. I will always recommend anyone I know who needs a divorce lawyer to Sean.
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Posted by Jenny | February 26, 2020
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If you ever find yourself in need of a family lawyer, please call Sean. In 2019, my husband and I went through a bizarre crisis with his daughter's mother that, under the circumstances, ended as positively as possible -- with a win. (In an attempt to win legal custody of their daughter, the mother accused my husband of rape, manslaughter, domestic violence, and threats.) Over the course of six months and a total of 11 hearings, during which we both testified, Sean kept the smallest details of an incredibly convoluted case, including 30 witnesses, straight in his head to the point that he could write briefs on the fly and argue off the cuff. He is an excellent litigator, a strategic thinker, and an excellent and responsive communicator. Best of all, he is compassionate, personable, well-liked, and well-respected by everyone in SF Family Court from the bike messengers to the judges. We loved him and will be forever grateful for our great good fortune in finding him to help us through an incredibly trying time.
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Posted by Shane | January 21, 2020
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Best family lawyer ever!
When I came to Sean I knew nothing about family law and as a result had been through hell for years. Unbeknownst to me I was about to face the greatest challenge of my adult life. Extremely long story short, Sean saved my life. Sean's deep knowledge of family law and human nature, boundless energy, meticulous attention to every detail in a huge complex case, universal respect in the family law community, and incredibly ethical and values driven approach all made him the perfect choice to partner with in this grand, unpleasant, and ultimately triumphant ordeal. I cannot say enough about how good he is at his job or how much I respect him. No one wants to end up in family court, but with Sean in your corner you will know you are going to get the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones. Every day I am grateful for the peace and stability he has brought to our family.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2020
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Understands the details
Sean has been an excellent resource and representative. He is able to quickly distill complicated issues and present a reasonable approach for resolution. He has a very level-headed approach, which is exceptionally beneficial in heated family issues that can run very deep.
Posted by Stephanie | December 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough, fair, ethical, reliable, pragmatic
I found Sean through a referral. Someone overheard me talking about my situation with a counselor at the courthouse. He said "Hire this guy. He's really good, fair, and will be upfront with costs". After speaking with a half dozen attorneys I felt most confident with Sean's approach and his willingness to guide me through the legal paperwork. My ex and I chose the mediation route for our divorce. A few months into the process I realized that mediation is not for everyone. My situation turned into a nightmare. My ex filed several motions just weeks after my divorce was settled. I felt exhausted & defeated but I was not hopeless. I had been working with Sean for and we had built a good rapport. He knew my situation and I felt confident I would land on my feet. I felt supported. Choosing your attorney is a VERY personal choice. You need to be transparent. Its also an expensive choice regardless of who you work with. Sean is very upfront with all his costs. He always returns emails and calls in a time manner. I am grateful for this down to earth, family forward, well seasoned professional who I can trust.
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Posted by Kevin | November 28, 2019
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Integrity, service, and cost effective
I cannot recommend Sean enough as divorce counsel. He has been an ally and a protector for me, without sacrificing his or my integerity, and without tearing down my ex. Sean has Integrity. He tells the truth, and expects you to tell the truth. This matters a LOT when you are going through a tough divorce; keeping your integrity will mean a lot to you a few years down the road. Sean is wise with cost. Because of his integrity, Sean will not run up your bills or the bills of your ex. He will do a rigorous, thorough job in representing you, but will keep you informed of costs and options every step of the way. Sean saved me and my family. I realize this sounds dramatic, but it is not hyperbole. I was in the middle of a difficult divorce, representing myself against my ex’s notoriously aggressive counsel in a failed attempt to save money for the kids, and was, as a consequence, depressed and not caring for my kids well. Against all odds, Sean took my case (where others would not) after listening carefully to my situation, and after carefully questioning me to ensure I was a man of my word, and was not misleading him in any way. Over the past 2 years, Sean has successfully represented me, and brought an equitable settlement to my divorce, correcting the imbalance that was created when I represented myself. As a result of this partnership, my stress level is so much lower and my confidence has increased. It might sound like an exaggeration, but this has improved my performance at work, and has improved my ability to be a dad to my kids. Sean faced a very aggressive opposing counsel, and did not sink to their level, or allow me to sink to their level. Not only did he maintain his integrity and mine, but he also prevailed. To those of you facing the emotional pain of a divorce, I am sorry - I’ve been there, and it is so hard. But, having come out on the other side, I can safely and sincerely say that preserving your integrity (or finding it, in my case) is the single most important thing you can take our of a challenging divorce. And Sean can and will help with that.
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Posted by chris | November 26, 2019
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Amazing Attorney to represent you
Sean P Joyce is the best choice if you need a family lawyer. He is professional and takes time to learn your case and give you your best options at this stressful time. He is extremely talented and passionate about family law. I was dealing with previous attorneys that did nothing but take my money and make things worse. I can't say enough good things about Sean and his staff and how great full I am. I would not of been able to win my custody case without him. Sean worked really hard to know the details of my custody case and let me know by best options for my family. Thank you Sean. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Charlotte | November 26, 2019
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Best Attorney Ever
I worked with Sean on a child custody issue in which I wanted to move out of state. It was complicated, frightening, and among the most emotionally taxing experiences of my life. Sean was an oasis of calm, managed my expectations about the process, allowed me to do as much of my own work as possible to manage expenses, and most important: He did not fill my head with unattainable fantasies of what I could accomplish. He kept my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds. He was kind, compassionate, realistic, and when it came to be in front of the judge he was respectful, courteous, and professional. He also did not use a bunch of incendiary language to work up opposing counsel. He was just as polite and professional in working with my opposition. He did not pour gas on an already large fire. Calls and emails were returned promptly and all of my questions were answered thoroughly and in ways I could understand. I whole heartedly recommend Sean for any legal needs. He is simply superb and I am grateful that I found him.
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Posted by Dan | November 25, 2019
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A truly honest, genuine, savvy lawyer who will give you exceptional advice and work hard to achieve your best outcome.
I feel so lucky to have been able to work with Sean on my divorce. He is an incredible partner during a difficult process. He took my case so seriously, always looking out for me and doing everything possible to achieve your best outcome with as little pain (and expense) as possible. Sean listens to what matters to you and works tirelessly to get what you deserve. He was always super prepared for every court appearance and has earned the respect of his peers. Sean is a man or extremely high integrity and you can always be certain he is only looking out for your best interest - never racking up fees. I couldn’t possibly recommend him more strongly.
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Posted by Raymond | November 25, 2019
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Noting but great things to say about Sean and his staff (Aaron.) Going through a divorce is never easy especially when you are dealing with greedy people and bad attorneys. My first attorney was useless but then retained Sean. Sean and Aaron were on point and directed me in the right way. Never felt out of the loop or unaware. they gave me all my options and explained them thoroughly so we can make the right decision to settle ts divorce. They weren't about just making money, they truly cared and were looking out for me. It was a long and process but without Sean I couldn't have got through it as I did. If you are in need of an attorney you actually cares and is a grade A professional in every aspect of family law, you need to use Sean and his staff.
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Posted by Josh Cole | March 23, 2012
Great, Concise, Trustworthy Civil Harassment Defense Lawyer
Sean was my defense lawyer in the case of a frivolous civil restraining order. He was one of many lawyers that I contacted for this case but because of his quick response time during the initial contact period, I decided to go with Sean. Our first call and in-person meeting were both great experiences for my first dealings with a lawyer. He was quick to pick up on the basics of the case and, when we met face-to-face, his confidence and calm demeanor quickly put me at ease. He was familiar with cases of this nature and knew all policies and procedures that were necessary. Sean was always a quick email response away for me while we were going over Declarations and Responses. We were able to hammer everything out in about a day and had all the papers filed/served by the next. The day of the trial, he was both professional and knowledgeable. He worked with the opposing council before the actual proceedings to see if we could resolve things without going before the judge. He was very fair in these dealing and even saw through some of the deception that the plaintiff tried. The opposing council was not agreeable and we went to trial. In the courtroom, Sean was concise and able to perceive some of the inaccuracies of the plaintiff. His closing statement was straight to the point and convincing. It was clear that both the judge and Sean respected each other. All in all, I would recommend Sean for anyone looking for a respected lawyer, especially for those seeking experience in civil restraining order cases.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2012
Good Attorney to Have on Your Side
Sean is the attorney you hope to find in a divorce. I interviewed many other attorneys and worked with a few, and I was never satisfied with their services. When Sean was helping me he was working against the kind of lawyer who gives lawyers a bad name. Sean was able to diffuse many potentially explosive situations with his calm demeanor and rational approach. It was very refreshing to work with a lawyer who presents the options, explains the implications and lets the client make the decision. Sean was highly responsive and always met his estimates for completing tasks. I've worked with Sean on several occasions and he will definitely be my go-to attorney for any issue in his area of expertise.
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Posted by Robert | February 5, 2012
a True Attorney that can represent you.
After I dealt with two different attorneys on my issues in court, and I was finding out how deliverate they were taking their time on my case to ensure that I was milked the most.. then I opted to change them and hired Sean P. Joyce to represent me. At first I did not buy into what he was advicing me, of course I had already been burned from the other two attornys so I had not trust, but after he went and represented me in court, I then found out he was a very dedicated and down to earth,, and he was also handling just the right ammount of cases so he would not be overwhelmed and I would not affect my case, he very careful understood and went above and beyond my case, Sean is not just your average attorney I can tell you, once he start handling any case, you will see how profesional he is and proactive, for me he is just what attorneys were meant to be, anybody can find any attorneys and believe me if you get the wrong one you'd pay throught the nose, why take a risk,
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lurkis, Joyce & Del Bove, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Sean Patrick Joyce
  • 2003 - Present


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Babson College
  • BS-Economics
  • 1995


  • Presido Hill School
  • Member Board of Trustees
  • 2018 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Former Chair of Solo and Small Firms Section of Barristers
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Family Law Attorney of The Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 2011

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Child custody Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean Joyce is an empathetic, knowledgeable attorney who will fight hard for you. I would choose him in a heartbeat."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.He is tough but fair and works to settle problems rather than building the case into a "grudge match" that benefits no one except the lawyers."

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San Francisco Divorce and separation Lawyer Sean Patrick Joyce
Sean Patrick Joyce
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 19 years