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Caroline Diane Ham

Family Attorney at Pleasanton, CA

5.0   24 reviews

also known as Cari Ham


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Ms. Ham has practiced exclusively in the field of family law since she was admitted to practice in 2009.  She specializes in complex divorce, custody, support, guardianship, paternity and domestic violence matters. Ms. Ham understands the complex emotional feelings a family law matter may cause someone, and handles an individuals case with compassion and direction. A tough advocate, she fights vigorously for her clients in and out of court so that their interests are best represented. 

Ms. Ham’s interest in family law began when she was a rape crisis counselor for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center while completing her bachelor’s degree. During law school, she served as a legal intern for Women Empowered Against a Violent Environment aiding low income litigants in completing divorce and restraining order paperwork.

Ms. Ham has not only practiced for established law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she has also been an active member of Family Law Sections of the local bar associations, serving as the Alameda County Bar Family Law Section’s Vice Chair from 2010 – 2012.  She also served on the Bay Area Regional Standing Committee, Family Law Sub-Committee of Delegates, and the Sacramento County Bar Association Delegation to the Conference of Delegates, all committees which researched, reviewed, and made recommendations on family law legislation. Currently Ms. Ham is a Board Member of the California Young Lawyers Association. 

Ms. Ham graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Women & Gender Studies, and a minor in Sociology, with an emphasis in Law & Society.  She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with Distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2009 with a specialization in trial advocacy.  A member of the California Bar, Ms. Ham is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She practices in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo County.

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Licensed for 13 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Caroline Diane Ham
5776 Stoneridge Mall Road
Suite 360
Pleasanton, CA, 94588

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Posted by Kathy | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fabulous
When my ex tried to reduce spousal support after less than a year, I felt distraught. Cari was wonderful. Very professional and kind toward me. I have recommended her to friends. She knows her stuff. I’m eternally grateful.
Posted by Martin | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and personable...the perfect lawyer!
I hired Caroline Ham to navigate a custody battle. The situation was very heavy, depressing, overwhelming, and lasted several months. The port in the storm was our lawyer, Caroline. She was fantastic and very prepared in the courtroom and in front of the judge. Outside of the courtroom she was constantly updating us and quickly responding to our calls. She is clearly well-versed in family law, and was an immeasurable asset to our case. If we ever need a family lawyer again, she will be our number one choice without a doubt.
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Posted by Renee | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Having someone on your side, makes all the difference in the world!
We did it!! Thank you doesn’t express my gratitude nearly enough! Not only did Caroline Ham represent me, she sat there right next to me. I can’t even count how many times I have gone to court over the years, and each time I sat there alone at that desk. To have someone sitting next to you, on your side, helping to maximize the volume of my voice, my daughters voice. I have never felt so powerful. Having someone validate the issues I keep repeating in the courtroom year after year and finally being heard is profound! I feel like I can breathe now, I can take a moment to rest and let someone fight for us. I am reassured and re-inspired. I have peace knowing that my daughters voice was finally heard. Our fight may not be over, but I know who I’m going to reach out to when I need support. Thank you Cari, not just as a life ling friend, but as a Mom wanting the best for her little girl.
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Posted by BC | December 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your must have family law attorney
If you are looking for a family law attorney, Ham Family Law should be your first choice. Ms. Ham is not only knowledgeable in every aspect of the legal system, but she also has an incredible passion for what she does. Divorce is a scary and stressful event for most people, but Ms. Ham will guide you through with ease! She was extremely personable the first time I spoke with her on the phone, and I immediately trusted her with my future during my divorce. Ms. Ham also shines in the courtroom and advocates fiercely for her clients! If I had to go back and hire a family law attorney again, I would absolutely choose Ham Family Law.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you care about your case, choose Ham Family Law.
When I hired Ms. Ham, I had one request. I asked for her to fight for my child's safety as hard as I do. I could tell from her response that there was no other attorney who had the tenacity, knowledge, and passion that I could entrust the safety of my child to. Ms. Ham had her work cut out for her. She was not the first attorney on this case. So not only was she stepping into a volatile, ugly custody battle, she had to fix the mishandlings of the attorney before her. She gave up weekends and vacations, putting my child's safety above her own personal life. She filed motion after motion, cited case law, decided what evidence was strong and what looked petty/weak. She was prompt and professional in all her communication. I trusted her judgement, and she never steered me wrong. As long as you are open and honest and hold up your end, you will not be disappointed. Ms. Ham was a blessing. I used to cry every day because I was so broken-hearted that I could not protect my child. I wanted to give up. Since she has taken my case, I know he is safe. We have made memories with smiles not tears. But most importantly, I crawl into bed every night without overwhelming fear or sadness or anxiety that I felt previously. I know we are in incredible hands with Ms. Ham. As corny as it may sound, this past Thanksgiving I gave thanks for her and her work.
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Posted by Jacki | May 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing!
Ms. Ham has been a blessing during a difficult time. She was able to professionally, yet kindly, answer my various questions regarding the many forms and paper work associated with a divorce. She was very knowledgeable and the inside and out of each form. She spoke with utter confidence yet was never prideful. I felt very confident with any and all suggestions she had for me. Thank you!!
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Posted by Jennifer | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I was so incredibly fortunate to have Ms. Ham represent me with my custody case. From the very beginning, I felt listened to. I felt assured. I felt a guidance that I needed at that time-for filing paperwork, what to expect in court, the whole process, etc. I’ve never been to court besides jury duty. So the whole thing was extremely overwhelming-at first. Caroline was reassuring, professional, well-spoken, and (WOW) a force to be reckoned with in court. Her confidence and knowledge is just what I needed. And guess what? The outcome was just what she predicted and just what I wanted.
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Posted by Sonia | April 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great and friendly service
Ms. Ham helped my through a name change in the state of California while I was out of state obtaining my doctorate. She was easy to communicate and explained every step of the process. The whole process was short and easy. Thank Ms. Ham.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exception lawyer!!
After being connected with Cari through my sister, it was clear that I would love for her to represent me. Cari was smart, very responsive, and explained the process every step of the way. During a hard time in my life, it was so nice to have someone who I could trust. I would highly recommend Cari if you are looking for a strong, confident lawyer to represent you!! She is AMAZING!!!
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Posted by Audrey | May 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, professional, and confident.
Cari is a gem! After being connected to Cari through a friend, I could not be happier with the results. Cari helped me through a very tough part of my life and always helped me to stay calm, positive and productive. She incredibly genuine, warm, and funny! If you're looking for a lawyer, you will be happy to have Cari by your side. I know I was! Thank you for everything, Cari.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend
Caroline Ham has gone above and beyond for me. During my first consultation with her, she made me feel totally at ease. I felt very confident in her abilities as a lawyer and I knew I picked the right attorney to handle my case. I highly recommend Caroline Ham. The legal jargon was very overwhelming to me but Caroline took the time to explain everything which allowed me to feel more empowered. I really appreciated this about her. She is a true advocate for clients.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
I went through a very heated divorce and Caroline was 100% there for me. Not only did I find her to be compassionate and empathetic, but she is a tough advocate in court! The Judge and even opposing counsel noted how prepared she was. I felt confident in her abilities as she is extremely knowledgeable about family law. My divorce is over and I survived in large part to Caroline. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Rachel | April 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family law attorney.
Cari is a very knowledgeable attorney. She is personable and professional. She has helped me in divorce, child custody and child support matters. She is understanding to the sensitivity to these types of personal situations and did such a great job in making an awful time less stressful.
Posted by Jennifer | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional and Compassionate Lawyer
Caroline is an amazing lawyer. She was well prepared for our case and was even complimented by the Judge on her preperation. Her professionalism and and compassionate demeanor helped my family through a very emotional child surname change case. She talked us through all of our options and her follow through was above and beyond. Her knowledge, honesty and integrity is refreshing. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a family attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caroline Hamm
Caroline Hamm is incredibly knowledgeable and intelligent in Family Law Matters. She explains everything in detail, and is very understanding. If you are looking for a great divorce and/or family law attorney, I would highly recommend Ms. Hamm.
Posted by Jennifer | July 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Ham explains it all
Caroline was extremely helpful with my divorce case. She explained very clearly what steps I needed to take to complete the process successfully. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Sabrina | July 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strong and thorough!
Caroline Ham did an amazing job representing me in my child custody case. She is very strong, speaks well, and is very thorough in her research and knowledge of child custody laws. Court can be a stressful thing and she made me feel much more assured and confident that everything was going to be ok.
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2015
Wow!
Caroline is the best attorney you could ask for. She constantly kept me up to speed on my case, answered all of questions, and was very responsive. But because of her, what was once an overwhelming situation, seemed not so dreadful anymore. She really helped me get through it. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer.
Posted by Vanessa | May 18, 2015
Tough and Overall Excellent Attorney
You never want an attorney until you need one. I needed Caroline. She was tough, knowledgable, and extremely responsive to every little concern I had. I was so relieved to have Caroline on my side. She offered me comfort, told me the law, and most importantly listened to what I needed to say. I couldn't imagine going through my divorce without Caroline by my side.
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Posted by Karen | May 14, 2015
Touch and Knowledgeable
Caroline is the best lawyer you could ask for. I was a mess during my divorce and Caroline spoke to me with compassion and had an extreme knowledge of the law. I felt completely at ease every time we spoke. She kept me abreast of my case and got me a fair settlement. I recommend Caroline to anyone looking for a tough yet compassionate attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Contract Attorney
  • Various Firms
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Offices Of Jonathon D. Larose APC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bartholomew & Wasznicky, LLP
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Cindy Frazier Bilsborough
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Tucker Family Law Practice, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Alameda County Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2009 - 2010
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Juris Doctor (JD) with Distinction
  • 2009
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • California Young Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Alameda County Family Law Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association Delegation to Conference of Delegates
  • Legislature Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Family Law Sub-Committee of Delegates
  • Legislature Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Mentee
  • 2012 - 2014
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Bay Area Regional Standing Committee
  • Legislature Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • The Order of the Barristers
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 2009
  • Runner Up, Best Advocate
  • National Civil Trial Competition
  • 2009
  • Trial Advocacy, Top Honors
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Senior Award
  • University of California, Davis
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Caroline is an exceptional lawyer and a pleasure to know. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Caroline Ham is a highly experienced family law attorney who has worked for some of the premiere family law firms in the Bay Area. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found Caroline to be extremely competent, knowledgable and client focussed. Caroline delivers!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Government Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Pleasanton Family Lawyer Caroline Diane Ham
Caroline Diane Ham
Family Attorney
Pleasanton, CA
Licensed for 13 years