Helping good people get out of bad relationships.
John E. Harding, JD, CFLS, is a certified family law specialist who has maintained an active family law practice in Northern California since 1989. A Fellow in both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, he is an experienced divorce lawyer and mediator with expertise in pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, post-divorce, parenting, paternity, property division, support, and all other family law matters. In addition to being a family law litigator, he practices collaborative divorce and provides mediation services for couples with and without attorneys, case evaluation mediation, and parenting coordinator services.
John is particularly sensitive to the emotional nature of this type of work and welcomes the opportunity to empower his clients as they experience family transitions. He is also particularly skilled at resolving delicate child custody cases and complex financial issues that arise as his clients divide accumulated assets and debt and look ahead to develop a plan for their financial futures.
John is committed to helping clients find creative solutions to problems within the family context. Whether the issue is child-related, financial, or interpersonal, you will explore different possibilities for settlement. As a trial lawyer with substantial courtroom experience John has no hesitation taking a case to trial when necessary.
As mentioned earlier, John has been certified as a specialist in the practice of family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to an active family law litigation practice, he has also received extensive divorce mediation training, and holds a certificate in divorce mediation from the prestigious Northern California Mediation Center.
John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He fully appreciates the complexity and stress of Bay Area living. In his family law practice he pays attention to extended family dynamics, and the importance of shielding children from their parents' struggles during separation and afterward. John explains: “I am fascinated by the interpersonal issues that arise in my family law practice. I am honored to witness the profound changes that my clients experience as they transition from family to single life.”
“Our clients are our partners,” says John. “We go out of our way to involve our clients in every phase of their case. We are constantly communicating with our clients, working with them. If our client wins, then we win. If our client loses, then we lose. I don’t want my clients to lose!”
Hourly ($495/hour), Retainer (always)
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I endorse this lawyer. John is aggressive but cost conscious, and really knows his area of law. I have referred him clients for many years now and have worked with him as the business counsel on certain matters. It has always been a terrific experience. I have the utmost professional respect for him. He is a terrific attorney!
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Alameda County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore Recogntion Award||Alameda County Superior Court||2006|
|Lawyer||Harding & Harding||1989 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Eastern Alameda County Bar Association||Board Member||N/A|
|Alameda County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||N/A||N/A|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||N/A|
|International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||N/A|
|Eastern Alameda County Bar Association||President||2006 - 2007|
|Family Law From A to Z, National Business Institute||Marriage Dissolution - Process and Procedure||2010|
|State Bar of California||The Next Generation In Family Law Practice||2007|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||Family Law Offers of Proof: A Procedural Enigma||2006|
|Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To Finish (Ethics Section)||Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To Finish (Ethics Section)||2005|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Saint Mary's College||Communications||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|AAML Webinar||Negotiation Strategies||2014|
|AAML Webinar||Show Me The Money||2013|
|AAML 37th Annual Northern California Symposium||Prenuptial Agreement||2013|
|Pasadena||Introduction To Divorce||2012|
|Oakland||Introduction to Divorce||2012|
|Anaheim||Introduction To Divorce||2012|
|AAML Webinar||Trends In Child Custody Research||2012|
|36th Annual Family Law Symposium||Modus Operandi - Chairman||2012|
|35th Annual Family Law Symposium||Legal Technology In Family Law Practice||2011|
|Family Law From A to Z||California Family Law||2010|
|Essentials of Family Law||Family Law||2009|
|Legal Technology in Family Law Practice||Legal Technology in Family Law Practice||2008|
|Eastern Alameda County Bar Association||Legal technology overview||2008|
|Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To Finish||California Family Law||2005|