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Ms. Holley is a California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist and licensed therapist who serves the San Francisco Bay Area.

With over 35 years helping her clients achieve peaceful and just settlements in family law matters - including separation and divorce - Vivian Holley is one of the most experienced, accomplished and resourceful practitioners in the field of family law, offering the widest array of legal options and solutions to achieve the right balance of outcome, cost, harmony, and justice in divorces and family matters. Her clients come from the San Francisco Bay Area and from across the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

A leader in the field of Mediation in the United States since 1977, Ms. Holley has offered family and divorce mediation solutions in her San Francisco practice well before most practitioners heard of the concept, and she is regarded as an expert practitioner by her colleagues. She has mediated cases involving complex community property i


Established in 1978. State Bar of California State Bar Certified Specialist -Family Law; Admitted to Practice before the United States Supreme Court.; Licensed  Marriage, Family and Child Therapist.  Named by peers as one of the top 5% of Northern California Super Lawyers in 2006 and 2007. Serves as Judge Pro Tempore, S.F. Superior Court.  

Mediator since 1977. Mediated over  1500 family cases involving divorce, custody, property, support, and prenuptial agreements. Family Law Attorney since 1978. Expertise and litigation experience in domestic relations, dissolutions of marriage, custody, visitation and adoptions, property division; child and spousal support; tax aspects of support and property division; premarital and post marital and domestic partner agreements; elder abuse, conservatorships and guardianships; juvenile law; probate; estate planning; will drafting. Serves as an expert witness in family law matters


Languages spoken: German, English

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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 60%
  2. Divorce: 20%
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Probate: 5%
  5. Wills: 5%



Hourly ($400/hour)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Leslie Ellen Shear

    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.


    Leslie Shear Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    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.


    Gordon Yamamoto Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law & Mediation Offices of Vivian L. Holley

2135 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA, 94123


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hall of Fame Award For Lifetime AchievmentAssociation of Family Law Specialists2011
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemporeSan Francisco Superior Court1984 - Present
PrincipalMediation & Law Offices of Vivian L. Holley1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Bar Association (BAS F) Family Law SectionChairperson 1983, Executive Committee1983 - Present
American Arbitration Association (AM)Co-Founder1994 - 1997
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)Board Member, President in 20001989 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of Chanwon
Woods v Superior Court (Jones)won
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Publication nameTitleDate
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Newsletter"Men Are Victims Of Domestic Violence, Too"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of San Francisco School of Law American Inn of CourtEthics In Collaborative Practice and MediationN/A