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Lauren Desiree Cirlin

Family Attorney at San Mateo, CA

4.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
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Lauren D. Cirlin is certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Family Law. She joined Viola Law Firm P.C. as an Associate Attorney in 2008.  Ms. Cirlin has practiced family law exclusively throughout her legal career.  Ms. Cirlin has also worked on highly contested dissolution cases including those matters involving complex marital property issues and related business litigation.  She has experience handling all aspects of family law litigation, including child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, property division, and domestic violence.

While attending law school at the University of San Francisco, Ms. Cirlin was instrumental in founding the USF Family Law Association.  The Association's primary focus is informing its members in current issues facing local family law attorneys and parties, including recent developments in the law and legal community. She served as co-president of the foundation and was actively involved in organizing programs and sustaining membership.  Under her leadership, the Family Law Association developed into an established campus organization and has continued to grow. 

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Posted by Dharmendra | January 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best in California
My case was a little bit odd to some extend. I have been divorced for over 10 years. Me and my ex wife agreed by signing a contract that she won't collect spousal support since she took everything from the house, and from the sale of the house. But, she came back demanding spousal support. I'm so blessed that I found Lauren and her wonderful team. She is an awesome human being apart from an excellent lawyer who is always prepared. The judge denied my ex wife's request. I would recommend Lauren to anyone and everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Fast, efficient, knowledgeable, friendly.
I hired Lauren over a year into my divorce settlement. Things were getting out of control, and my (ex-)wife's lawyers were pulling all kinds of tricks to try and extort me for assets and spousal support. Progress had halted, and was starting to go backwards. A friend of mine recommended Lauren and Viola Law. After just a couple of conversations with Lauren, including some clever strategy and wise guidance, she quickly gave me some tools I needed to navigate the bullshit that I was facing from the other side. Within three weeks, we reached a fair settlement that I was overwhelmingly happy with. Thank you Lauren for your help.
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Posted by David | November 17, 2011
Client's Best Interest Always First Priority
Lauren took over a very involved, complicated and ugly divorce. She hit the ground running!! She's thorough, competent, imaginative, reliable, and down right fantastic! I definitely came out on top thanks to Lauren.
Posted by Ganka H. | October 25, 2011
Solid, knowledgeable, a fighter for her clients
Lauren is extremely knowledgeable in her area of the law and is an indomitable advocate for her client's best interest. Her in-depth preparation of cases and prudent approach to issues calls for the respect of the opponents and carries the day in highly disputed court procedures. Lauren has the unique talent of seeing through the strategy of the opposing party and spotting the weaknesses in arguments. I have observed Lauren obtain beneficial results for her client in situations where the other party initially had the upper hand. She is not intimidated easily by experience or aggressive argument and always rises to the occasion. With Lauren by your side, a client is sure to get the best advice and the staunchest advocacy.
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Posted by Laurie | October 4, 2011
She's Not Messing Around!
"You get what you pay for"...After more than 6 months, 2 continuances, and a lot of false statements from the opposing party, Lauren clearly did her homework! The day of my alimony hearing, undaunted by her opponent, Ms. Cirlin respectfully put on her 'boxing gloves' and professionally 'knocked them out'. I couldn't be more greatful for her diligence and hard work on my behalf.
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Posted by Sandy | March 16, 2011
Complicated and Contentious Situation-Special Needs Child
Ms. Cirlin is providing excellent counsel. My situation involves a complicated community property business, and a special needs child (autistic). I recently graduated law school, and Ms. Cirlin and her firm came highly recommended. Her reputation for integrity, professionalism, and diligence has served me well. I am very pleased, and also note the managing partner, Lawrence Viola, provides excellent supervision. I feel confident with my choice of counsel, and highly endorse Ms. Cirlin. Any new areas of law she is quick and diligent to research-utilizing her professional resources and contacts.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2011
A unique divorce situation
Ms. Cirlin worked diligently to get caught up on a difficult situation after my divorce trial where I was unrepresented and one major issue was found to be out of the court's jurisdiction. She and her firm, Viola Law, successfully petitioned for a re-trial, then successfully negotiated an out-of-court settlement that was fair for both parties. Ms. Cirlin always empathetically listened to my point of view while at the same time provided sound, grounded advice that eventually led to closure on this chapter of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Do not recommend
Ms. Cirlin seemed competent at first. My case was not difficult but she neglected to review the details and performed horribly. My (ex) wife hired a savvy attorney and Ms. Cirlin was not in the same league. She failed to anticipate issues and therefore failed in the negotiations. I don't recommend hiring her. I read the reviews and thought she was a good attorney, but after I paid her a lot of money she did nothing for me. If I represented myself I could have done a better job.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Violaw Law Firm P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of Travis Whitfield
  • 2007 - 2008


  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • undergraduate
  • N/A


  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Norther California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010
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Family Attorney | Feb 01
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"Lauren is an expert family attorney who is diligent, reasonable, ethical, detail oriented, and a zealous advocate for her clients. She is a distinguished attorney and well respected in the community. I never hesitate to refer my family, friends, and clients any time they are looking for a family law specialist."
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San Mateo Family Lawyer Lauren Desiree Cirlin
Lauren Desiree Cirlin
Family Attorney
San Mateo, CA
Licensed for 16 years