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Lydia E. Crandall is an associate in the Family Law Group.  Lydia began work with the Family Law Group in 2004 as a law clerk. She clerked with the firm throughout law school and became an associate of the firm in 2007.

While completing her law degree, Lydia served as senior editor of the Golden Gate University Law Review and was a member of the law school’s Moot Court Board. She was also selected to participate in the intensive Honors Lawyering Program.

Lydia handles a variety of family law matters including dissolution of marriage cases, post-judgment support and custody modifications, as well as premarital and postmarital agreements.  She has been trained as a mediator and in Collaborative Practice.

Lydia has been named a Northern California Rising Star every year since 2009 by Super Lawyers Magazine. She served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 2010 and as Chair in 2011.  She is currently co-chair of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County and the Family Law Section of the Palo Alto Bar Association.  Lydia has also co-authored articles on disclosure obligations and attorney’s fees and sanctions in family law cases.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Crandall studied abroad in Australia and volunteered in Bahia, Brazil.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    9 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    9 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    4 years
  4. Prenuptials: 10%
    6 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    9 years


Payment types:

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  • Lester Mike Paredes

    I have known Lydia for over two decades and can personally vouch for her character, intelligence and commitment to her clients. Not only is she a fantastic person, she is razor sharp and quick-witted - the exact combination of qualities everyone should want in their lawyer.


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  • Nathan S. LaMotte

    I endorse this lawyer. Lydia is an outstanding advocate for her clients. She knows the law inside and out.


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Contact info

Lakin Spears, LLP

2400 Geng Road
Suite 110
Palo Alto, CA, 94303


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Moot Court BoardGolden Gate University2005
Honors Lawyering ProgramGolden Gate University2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Palo Alto Bar Association - Family Law SectionCo-chair2015 - Present
Collaborative Practice San Mateo CountyChair2015 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair2011 - 2011
San Mateo County Bar Association - Family Law SectionCo-chair2010 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
ACFLS Spring 2014Statutory Authority for Attorney’s Fees & Sanctions in Your Family Law Cases2014
ACFLS Spring 2012Disclosure Obligations Roadmap2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - Santa CruzLegal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2002