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H. Nathan James

Family Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   4 reviews
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  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    34 years of practice in divorce and separation law, including child and spousal support, property division, and domestic violence.

    43 years

  2. Family
    In 2003, certified by State Bar of California as a family law specialist. Handle all issues pertaining to family law (i.e. characterization and division of property, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support). First attempt is at a peaceful resolution before instigating litigation.

    43 years

  3. Alimony

    43 years

  4. Child custody

    43 years

  5. Child support

    43 years


I am a native San Franciscan. The San Francisco Bay Area is a beautiful place to live, and I believe whoever wants to live here should.  I practice family law.  I am a certified family law specialist. 


Family law entails child custody/visitation, spousal and child support, property characterization and division, and debt characterization and division.  


I believe it is very important to protect the family--even if spouses are dissolving their marriage.  In protecting the family, I first attempt resolution of disputes before litigation.  That the spouses have respect for each other is very important for the out of court process to succeed.  Negotiation is then key.  It is very important to try and keep conflict down. When there is high conflict between the spouses, the family suffers. No one wins.


As a parent you have certain rights and obligations. I will explain those rights and obligations to you.


If I am unable to resolve the dispute through negotiation, then we go to court and litigate the dispute.


I am a dedicated advocate, and will do everything with the law, to protect your rights.


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7960 Brentwood Blvd
Suite A
Brentwood, CA, 94513
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336 Bon Air Center
Suite 517
Greenbrae, CA, 94904
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Posted by Karen | July 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
H. Nathan James
I hired Nate to negotiate and settle a joint home property in Marin with a former partner. His approach is straight-forward and honest. He sets clear goals and a reasonable timeline to get results. He was respectful and sensitive to my questions and needs at all times. He gave me his best shot at the cost and was mindful that he would do his best to keep my attorney fees to a minimum. He establishes good relationships with the people in his network and has earned the respect of his peers and the judge who we mediated with. I enthusiastically recommend Nate James because he is experienced, smart, and a good guy.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2014
Thanks Nate
Divorce is a very personal matter and I had very little knowledge about the legal process. I needed an attorney who understands what I wanted and be able to deliver. I wanted to keep my share of the assets. I wanted to have sole custody of my child. I wanted the divorce process to settle as quickly as possible. Nate came highly recommended and I was glad he was my attorney. He acted professionally with explanation that I can understand. He made recommendations on matters that I had not thought of such as child support. My divorce was settled in a reasonable time and I got what I had asked for.
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Posted by John | March 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Family Lawyer
Nate represented me on my custody case for our daughter. I called and inquired with 6 other law firms but Nate was the only one who sounded really genuine and was not only after my money. He was very professional and he wanted to know who his customer is and what his customer needed. I was very happy with our settlement and the services from Nate's team. Thank you!
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Posted by Maria | December 3, 2014
Outstanding Legal Services
I was going through an 'amicable' divorce with my husband and we agreed on how to split our assets. Being a paralegal, I was able to complete and file most of my own paperwork with the court. However, I needed the assistance of an attorney to draft a marital settlement agreement that would be acceptable to the courts and be in accordance with the law. I was referred to Nate by an attorney friend of mine. Nate and I met and I laid out the facts of my agreement with my husband. Nate accepted to work with me on the settlement agreement aspect of my divorce without asking to take over my entire divorce matter. Nate quickly grasped the issues at hand, and drafted a marital settlement agreement accordingly. He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of family law, including the laws governing retirement accounts and retirement funds which often become an issue in divorce matters. There were only minor changes to Nate's initial draft of the agreement and we were able to complete the process in a reasonable and timely manner. During the process, Nate was on vacation for some time, but despite being out of state, he would respond to my questions immediately and address any issues that came up during that time. Nate was also very mindful of keeping his legal fees within reason and he never wasted any time in meetings, phone calls or e-mails. I greatly value Nate's legal services, his professionalism, and his knowledge of the law and highly recommend Nate to anyone.
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Work Experience

  • Sole Shareholder/ Lawyer
  • 2023 - Present
  • Shareholder/Lawyer
  • Seifer, Murken, Despina, James & Teichman ALC San Francisco, CA
  • 1990 - 2023
  • Partner/Lawyer
  • Morrison, James & McGill San Francisco, CA
  • 1984 - 1990
  • Lawyer
  • San Francisco District Attorneys' Office Consumer Fraud
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Lawyer
  • San Francisco District Attorney's Office Family Support Bureau
  • 1981 - 1983
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  • Golden Gate University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1987
  • Lincoln University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Nevada
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Jones
  • Obtained joint custody award and significant visitation
  • Coral v Arvedi
  • $728,000 verdict
  • McGee v City of Sacramento
  • Largest non-shooting settlement in Sacramento history
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • San Francisco Lawyers Club Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2022
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2024

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Distinguished
  • Martindale Hubbel
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010
  • Scholar In Constitutional Law
  • Lincoln University
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Child Support Symposium
  • Child Support
  • 2014
  • Canadian Music Round Table
  • Music
  • 1989

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San Francisco Family Lawyer H. Nathan James
H. Nathan James
Family Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 43 years
Virtual consultation available