Providing Compassionate and Results-Oriented Legal Representation in All Aspects of Family Law.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Northern California Super Lawyers||2017|
|Rising Star||Northern California Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||Northern California Super Lawyers||2015|
|10 Best - Northern California||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Client's Choice - Family Law||Avvo||2014|
|CALI Award - Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center||CALI||2009|
|Pro Bono Recognition||Santa Clara University - School of Law||2008|
|Dean's List||University of California, Davis||2005|
|Founder and Attorney||SEO FAMILY LAW||2015 - Present|
|Of Counsel||PADANIA LAW FIRM||2013 - 2015|
|Associate||Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.||2012 - 2013|
|Contract Attorney - Office of the Family Law Facilitator||Superior Court Of California, County Of San Mateo||2011 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center||2009 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach||2008 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alameda County Family Law Association||Board Member||2017 - Present|
|Earl Warren American Inn of Court||Associate Member||2016 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|Contra Costa Barristers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Tri-Valley Haven for Women||Volunteer Attorney||2014 - Present|
|Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB)||Volunteer Attorney||2013 - Present|
|Alameda County Barristers Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|Alameda County Family Law Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2010 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Volunteer Attorney||2010 - Present|
|Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court||Associate Member||2014 - 2016|
|Asian American Bar Association||Member||2013 - 2017|
|Lincoln High School Mock Trial||Attorney Coach||2012 - 2013|
|Korean American Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2017|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Volunteer Attorney||2010 - 2014|
|Northern California Mediation Center||Essentials of Mediation & Divorce Mediation (40-hour)||Mediation Certificate||2016|
|National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)||ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy||Certificate||2016|
|Santa Clara Univ SOL||Law||Juris Doctor||2010|
|Univ of California Davis||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)||2006|
|Inns of Court MCLE Presentation||Prop. 64 and Bail Bonds||2017|
|MCLE Presentation||When Free Speech is No Longer Free||2016|
|MCLE Presentation||Initializing the Lawyer-Client Relationship||2015|
|Brown Bag Presentation||Same Sex Issues in Family Law||2013|
Posted by anonymous
I consulted with a few other attorneys before hiring April, but knew she was the perfect fit for me. She was honest with what to expect, but also gave me confidence that I could possibly have a chance at getting some things I wanted accomplished. She prepared me well for mediation twice and both times I was able to get both mediators on my side. She put every effort in making our visitation schedule, holidays and vacation time as detailed as possible. I felt that April truly cared about the best interest of my son, and that she would defend my efforts to prove that my son who has special needs should have consistency in both homes and that I have consistently been the more responsible parent. With her guidance, I was able to prove that. I am pleased with the outcome of our final judgement and would definitely recommend her. My case was high conflict and complicated, but I was in good hands.
Posted by Alex Prazma
I retained attorney April Seo for a divorce with minor children. My former spouse and I were in complete disagreement about the amount and duration of spousal support. We both vowed to hire attorneys, and my first thought was I wanted the better attorney.
Called April Seo on a late Friday evening. Didn't expect a response until Monday, but she was in contact with me the same evening, and gave me confidence in her initial assessment.
April had the right reviews and credentials (and Super Lawyer "Rising Star", etc etc.), but it was most clear to me at our consultation that she has great competence.
Our marriage was greater than ten years (a so called 'Long Term marriage'), and I was the higher earner. Lots of risk here for me, but April was able to define and minimize my support exposure.
I also wanted a 50/50 custody split. April understood the custody issues, and I felt instant relief that she'd back up my position.
April was organized and prepared for either settlement or litigation (and more prepared than opposing counsel, which gave me an advantage).
Good social skills with both client and opposing counsel. The process of working with this attorney was pleasant because she is engaged in what she does, and strongly advocates her client's interests. She moved things forward.
Attorney told me what records to keep to help the case. Record keeping was tedious, but then these same records became a key tool in encouraging former wife's acceptance of a settlement.
Client gets access to a case management portal. I liked logging on to see my case docs and status, to upload docs back to the attorney, and then also to see monthly invoices and my current trust account balance.
Monthly billing is itemized, and understandable. This attorney works efficiently so that I always saw the value of the work done.
Speaking of money, this attorney handles numbers and knows the Dissomaster support software; she sends for her client's review a Dissomaster report, which breaks down the monthly support amount.
In less than three months, we had a favorable marital settlement agreement in place, signed by both the parties and the attorneys. This is about as fast and smooth as it gets for this type of divorce.
Alameda County courts are busy, but after a delay by the court on the paperwork, the agreement was signed off neatly, as is, by the judge. The agreement contains a well-written 37 pages, she included specific provisions I wanted, and it covers all important areas in good detail.
What a success. Thank you.
Yu Tong, Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working on various projects throughout the past 6 years with Ms. Seo. She is an extremely bright and intelligent individual. Ms. Seo is not afraid to meet any challenge head up. Moreover, she is very patient and compassionate. I am proud to have her as a colleague, friend and ally.