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Ariel R Sosna

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
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CERTIFIED SPECIALIST, FAMILY LAW, STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP
601 Montgomery Street
Suite 540
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ariel is Awesome
I spent 5 years separated after 10 years of marriage. My ex took over the house in SF for 4 of those years, changed the locks and did not allow me to even live in the unoccupied basement room. He told me that if I tried to take the house away from him and the kids that I would hurt them terribly. He told me not to go 'behind his back' to seek child support and gave me $100 now and then for groceries. Meanwhile I lived in a moldy basement studio and kept up our 50-50 on a salary of $35,000. I was so poor that I ate meat only when the kids were around and lived as frugally as possible. I was not able to afford any enrichments for my kids. I am very educated but had succumbed to deep guilt and paralysis over my divorce. When I finally could not make it anymore emotionally and financially, I borrowed from every person I knew so that I could hire Ariel. It was a process, an education, mostly for me. Ariel set me straight with such frank and clear talk--I realized that I'd been had. I filed for child support immediately. The house, in which was every penny of my life savings, was the big item in the divorce. Ariel made sure that the house went on the market immediately. While we were in court, she observed the judge, my exes lawyer and the court situation very keenly, chuckling at the hidden agendas and maneuvers that I only vaguely understood. Though my ex retained a very nasty lawyer who tried to intimidate and soil my reputation, Ariel sliced through her motivations easily and circumvented her moves. She knew exactly how to time paperwork, when to file motions and was so knowledgeable that she could cite obscure precedent at the trial. I would look over at her when we were in court and realize that she was totally into the process (which was very hard for me to understand...). But that's exactly what you want in a lawyer: someone who completely understands how things work, knows how to play the game--and enjoys it! Ariel is an awesome lawyer and I was very, very lucky to have had her represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2015
The Best Advice Ever!
As anyone who has done it knows, going through a Divorce is an emotional experience. Ariel Sosna represented me for my divorce. I knew nothing about California Family Law or what my obligations and rights were. Ariel answered all of my questions promptly and clearly. While I did not always like the answers because of how they affected me, I trusted Ariel's expertise and trusted that her answers were the right ones. As I said, Divorce is an emotional experience. And, Ariel talked me off the figurative "ledge" many times when my emotions were getting the better of me. Ariel looked out for me and made sure that my interests were protected and that I did not sell myself short during the negotiation process. I am not a risk taker by nature. And, Ariel was able to explain why certain decisions I was hesitant to make were not as risky as I thought they were based on the law. Her advice was the best ever and I am happy with the outcome we achieved. I would recommend Ariel Sosna in a heartbeat to anyone considering divorce. And, if I decide to marry again, you can be sure I will contact Ariel for help with my pre-nup. She is the best!
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Posted by Madeline | January 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, honest, and thorough
Had an exceptionally wonderful experience working with Ariel Sosna for my prenuptial agreement and could not recommend this firm more. We had a tight deadline to meet, and she helped me understand the process so thoroughly and I feel grateful to have her on my legal team. I felt this firm worked so professionally and honestly with me, I am overall impressed and appreciative with their work.
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Posted by Gregory | April 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Knowlegeable, honest, and conscientious
I was being run down by my ex's legal hound. I was no longer able to pay for my own attorney, but kept being sued for the ex's legal fees and the insatiable demands. I was extremely desparate when I was referred to Ariel. She told me that she couldn't come to Court in Santa Clara county, but could act as my paid legal consultant. She gave me advice on strategy, proof read and corrected my legal filings, and broke down the critical facts about the other side's filing. With her help and acting as my own attorney, I was able to negotiate a far more reasonable settlment than I could have imagined.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2013
professional, friendly, prompt, brilliant
Ariel and her team are wonderful. Ariel was able to explain the legal process to me and was available to answer my questions, which sounds as though it should be typical but I don't believe it always is the case. And she won, every time. I had the opportunity to read her motions and she is brilliant, I am not a lawyer but I appreciate her intelligence, experience, and savvy and those qualities were apparent in her writing. Her assistants are also friendly, available, fast and reliable. I had a relatively complex case that required immediate action initially and then ongoing strategy and she excelled at both. In addition to being a great lawyer, Ariel is also a mother and was sympathetic and funny yet very straightforward which was incredibly helpful. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2012
Ariel r-o-c-k-s !
Getting divorced is terrifying. Attorney Ariel Sosna took the burden of fear and legal worry off my shoulders. She gave me sound advice, allowing me to make the final decision, all within a manageable budget, utilizing mediation, and avoiding the expense of going to court. She explained the pros and cons of issues, asked me questions about what I wanted out of the process, was patient, and promptly answered my emails. She was my true ally and I felt protected. She is warm, compassionate, and easy to work with. She will get down to the nitty gritty and work at whatever pace is comfortable for you. In the end, she reviewed the divorce contract to make sure there were no loop holes that would put me at a disadvantage. She's smart, tough, tenacious and gets the job done. I would highly recommend Ariel Sosna to anyone who needs legal representation in a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2012
Truly Worthy of Excellent Rating
Ariel Sosna handled every aspect of my difficult, lengthy divorce with the utmost expertise and professionalism. She endeavored to inform and involve me in the entire process. Throughout, I was confident she was representing me how I would want. Ariel Sosna’s approach to my case was carefully considered, consistently executed and highly effective. Although my divorce ended in trial, I am confident she did everything possible to facilitate a settlement. I have already recommended her services to close friends.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2011
Excellent and Highly Recommended!
Ariel is very responsive, professional, knowledgeable and ethical. She was easy to work with and a good communicator. Throughout the process I was consistently updated and never left wondering what was happening. My questions were answered unambiguously. Her contribution was invaluable and I truly appreciate the work she did on my case. I highly recommend Ariel Sosna.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2011
Highly Recommended
I worked with the firm of VanVoorhis & Sosna about one year ago. Ariel was constantly accessible, super responsive and very knowledgeable. Ariel was full of integrity and overall great to work with during a very difficult time.
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Cost

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  • Hourly Rates $ 595-595 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Ruben Law Firm
  • 2006 - 2009

Education

  • UC Hastings COL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Associations

  • Collaborative Family Lawyers
  • 2019 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Barristers Club
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
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Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Public Interest Law Certificate
  • Public Interest Clearinghouse
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Public Interest Clearinghouse
  • 2006
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Publications

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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
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Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had a case against Ms. Sosna and her partner years ago and will never forget the poise, professionalism, and knowledge that Ariel displayed in the Courtroom. She clearly had a deep knowledge of both the law and local procedure. She knew the Judges and they clearly respected her. I greatly admire Ms. Sosna and would absolutely endorse her for any family law needs."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recommends Ariel and her partner for honest and accurate family law advice. This is my go to firm for my referrals in San Francisco county."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."

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San Francisco Divorce and separation Lawyer Ariel R Sosna
Ariel R Sosna
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 16 years