|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Hall of Fame Award For Lifetime Achievment||Association of Family Law Specialists||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Northern California Super Lawyers||2006|
|Judge Pro Tempore||San Francisco Superior Court||1984 - Present|
|Principal||Mediation & Law Offices of Vivian L. Holley||1978 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Francisco Bar Association (BAS F) Family Law Section||Chairperson 1983, Executive Committee||1983 - Present|
|American Arbitration Association (AM)||Co-Founder||1994 - 1997|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)||Board Member, President in 2000||1989 - 2011|
|Marriage of Chan||won|
|Woods v Superior Court (Jones)||won|
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|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Newsletter||"Men Are Victims Of Domestic Violence, Too"||2009|
|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Stanford University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1969|
|University of San Francisco School of Law American Inn of Court||Ethics In Collaborative Practice and Mediation||N/A|
Posted by Yana
Vivian Holley is perfect for anyone who needs guidance, representation, or mediation regarding any steps in a divorce process. Divorces can be very painful and difficult. Vivian Holley is the perfect lawyer to assist you and help you. She is very professional, offers perfect information, looks after her client's best interest. As a mediator she is absolutely stellar! I give her 100% positive rating, and she is worth every dollar she charges for her services.She helped me bring myy divorce to an end in just 3 mediation sessions, which all other lawyers failed to accomplish. What I like the most about her is that she does exactly what her client wants her to do for them. In a divorce case that's crucial.
Posted by Alex Lyuber
If you or your friends are in search for highly qualified family law attorney with 34 years of experiences in divorce and mediation, I feel I got a perfect match for you. Vivian Holley has great professional experience in doing the job as a divorce attorney with the major tasks and responsibilities focusing on solving any problems related to a very complicated divorce issues and problems with high level of success. Vivian is a very motivated person and works in a team with another talented attorney James Blackman. Vivian and Jim were very attentive to MY needs during my complex divorce and they saw me through the tough times I had during my divorce. I would say that Vivian is the very best family law attorney in San Francisco, California!
Posted by Roger Solin
After separating, I entered into mediation with my ex-spouse to settle our marriage in what I hoped would be an amicable and fair ending. When the mediator suggested we also consider what the law in the matter was, and that it didn't serve my ex's interests, it became clear that mediation was not going to work. I realized I needed a lawyer and a friend recommended Vivian Holley.
I liked that Vivian specialized in mediation and also "Collaborative Law", rather than litigation, so that we could end our marriage as painlessly, harmoniously and inexpensively as possible. I wanted to make sure she was not just "ok" but "really good", so I interviewed many of SF's top divorce attorneys and an internationally known mediator who said Vivian is very good. It was a good thing, because my ex hired a high powered SF divorce attorney (from a firm that the SF attorneys told me, "You go to this lawyer if you want to give your ex a hard time... They just wear you down and don't care about how they get the result..").
As it turned out, Vivian's interpretation of the law was accurate and my ex's was not (surrounding "Separate Property" claims). My ex's lawyer feigned to cooperate but did not with the intent to wear me down. Vivian had me pull together all my records documenting the facts and when I filed a motion with the court, my ex backed down and she fired her lawyer and agreed to hire a collaborative lawyer (that Vivian identified) to represent her and Vivian representing me - out of court. While the process was painful, we ultimately resolved the situation and did so without expensive litigation. My ex's attorney made the incorrect assumption that just because Vivian prefers to collaborate, that she would buckle. Vivian did not buckle and, I believe me and my family were better off because of her knowledge of the law and how she advised and handled me and, indirectly, my ex.
Leslie Shear, Appeals Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Vivian as a colleague and fellow officer of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists since the early 1990's. I am impressed with her insight, skills, and dedication to helping people find wise solutions to family law disputes. I'm pleased to endorse her as a mediator and as a family lawyer.
Gordon Yamamoto, Business Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I have had the good fortune to work with Ms. Holley on several legal cases. And there is nothing more reassuring than to know you are in the hands of top-flight professional. I have had a chance to observe her professional demeanor, her skill, her articulateness, and the depth of her legal knowledge. I have further benefited from her creativity and proficiency in attacking a legal issue and help preparing for a case. I, as one professional to another, can wholeheartedly endorse her without hesitation.
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