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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!”


Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 20%
  2. Alimony: 20%
  3. Divorce: 20%
  4. Family: 20%
  5. Child Support: 20%



Hourly ($495/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Melinda Garcia

    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!


    Melinda Garcia Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Harding & Associates Family Law

78 Mission Drive, Suite B
Pleasanton, CA, 94566-7683

Harding & Associates Family Law

1990 N. California Blvd
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596-3742



DCInactive 199107/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore Recogntion AwardAlameda County Superior Court2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerHarding & Harding1989 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eastern Alameda County Bar AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Alameda County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsN/AN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellowN/A
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellowN/A
Eastern Alameda County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law From A to Z, National Business InstituteMarriage Dissolution - Process and Procedure2010
State Bar of CaliforniaThe Next Generation In Family Law Practice2007
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Family Law Offers of Proof: A Procedural Enigma2006
Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To Finish (Ethics Section)Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To Finish (Ethics Section)2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Saint Mary's CollegeCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AAML WebinarNegotiation Strategies2014
AAML WebinarShow Me The Money2013
AAML 37th Annual Northern California SymposiumPrenuptial Agreement2013
WebinarEvidence Bootcamp2012
PasadenaIntroduction To Divorce2012
OaklandIntroduction to Divorce2012
AnaheimIntroduction To Divorce2012
AAML WebinarTrends In Child Custody Research2012
36th Annual Family Law SymposiumModus Operandi - Chairman2012
35th Annual Family Law SymposiumLegal Technology In Family Law Practice2011
Family Law From A to ZCalifornia Family Law2010
Essentials of Family LawFamily Law2009
Legal Technology in Family Law PracticeLegal Technology in Family Law Practice2008
Eastern Alameda County Bar AssociationLegal technology overview2008
Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To FinishCalifornia Family Law2005