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Ariel Brownell Lee

Divorce and separation Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Ariel Ione Brownell

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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Law Office of Ariel Brownell
1990 N California Blvd
8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Jessica | August 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
5 Stars are not enough!
Ariel and her team are the best of the best! I couldn’t be happier with the service I received and the resolution of my case. I was fortunate to have a very collaborative divorce, but that doesn’t make the process less daunting. Ariel and her team were responsive and thorough, making the process as painless as possible. I interviewed a few lawyers before partnering with Ariel, and I believe I made the best decision by choosing her. During my case, her team expanded, and everyone I interacted with was as professional and courteous as she was. She also helped me find other support services, and in the end, my new home loan advisor and estate attorney were her recommendations, and they were fantastic. Ariel’s extensive network is a huge bonus and is just another example of why I will recommend her firm without hesitation. I never thought I’d be the type of person who could brag about how great their lawyer is, but here we are.
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Posted by Allison | September 13, 2021
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Ariel is literally the best!
Ariel was an absolute pleasure to work with! She's very knowledgeable, responsive, and patient. I have never had to hire legal services before (it's intimidating!) but Ariel made the whole process very easy and she was great at explaining everything to me. She definitely had my best interests in mind and was honest with me while we were drafting/reviewing my document. 10/10 would hire again!
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Posted by Linda | May 19, 2021
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Ariel is THE BEST
Let's be honest, there are hundreds of divorce lawyers in your local area to choose from, and I will be forever grateful for selecting Ariel to represent me in my divorce. She was incredibly thorough, precise, accurate, knowledgeable, sincere and always responsive. I felt that Ariel was always working one step ahead, which is exactly where I wanted to be operating. My divorce stayed out of the courts and was completed in less than 7 months (in my favor). I have since referred a few friends to Ariel who are all equally impressed and wishing they had selected Ariel to begin with. I will continue to refer friends to Ariel and be forever thankful she took my case.
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Posted by Angeles | January 31, 2021
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The best support and guidence
Ariel is the best attorney in the area! I had a great experience and support with Ariel! Ariel is intelligent, responsible, ethical and well-knowledge when it comes to any family legal matter. She always makes herself available when I need her the most. Ariel is the support any family needs when facing difficult situation. Thank you Ariel for everything you had done to help my family.
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Posted by Michelle | December 2, 2020
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I will try to keep this short and to the point. I divorced a few years ago and until Ariel, still having issues with my ex taking me to court for anything and everything. It was a way of bullying me and I knew this time I needed help. I started looking for lawyers , reading reviews and praying for the perfect fit, and I found the perfect lawyer. I will say this, Ariel is fair, realistic and will guide you with care. Ariel will try to settle things outside of court best she can and I never felt she was " stalling " to get a bigger pay day. Not going to lie, I have come across of few lawyers like that. Let's be honest, getting divorced is a vulnerable journey and I am grateful I had/ have a lawyer who understood and understands that. Thank you Ariel for working hard for and with me. Thank you for making me feel safe and cared for.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2020
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A pleasure to work with
Ariel was fast, responsive and did a fantastic job of explaining the process. She was easy to work with and made everything painless.
Posted by Traci | February 26, 2019
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Highly Recommended
My experience with Ariel Brownell was a very positive one. She was straight forward with me in letting me know the different scenarios of how my case could potentially end up. I was on a tight timeline, and she worked diligently to get things completed within that timeline. She paid very close attention to detail, and stayed in close contact with me every step of the way. I never had to question what was happening "behind the scenes" because communication with either her or someone in her office was very quick. I would highly recommend Ariel to anyone seeking an attorney in the Contra Costa area! It was a great working relationship, and if I ever need an attorney in the future she will be the first one that I call!!
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Posted by Kirsten | October 19, 2018
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I would recommend Ariel 10x over again. She was great with making sure I understood what was going on at all times and was always timely with responding to any questions I have. 10/10 amazing work Ariel!
Posted by Lise | May 17, 2017
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Ariel Brownel Lee
Ariel really helped me get what I needed after a 29 year marriage. Because of her, I am living a good life with plenty of money for my future. She also helped me with the emotional part of being left at this point in my life. She became my friend and my confidant. What more could you ask for?
Posted by Christina | July 19, 2016
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I hired Ms. Brownell for a matter that had been started ten years previously. While savvy is most other aspects of life, I am utterly hopeless at navigating the judicial system. Ms. Brownell was able to work with the virtually zero information I had about my case and break everything thing down into manageable bits of information. When it was discovered that my matter was not in her jurisdiction, Ms. Brownell referred me to an outside attorney for completion of my case. She was also able to facilitate an alternative goal with the other party involved. Ms. Brownell and her staff are very professional. I would recommend her without hesitation.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Ariel Brownell
  • 2014 - Present


  • University of California - Davis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • California St Univ Sacramento
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008


  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Women's Section
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - 2017
  • California Women Lawyers
  • Board of Governors
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English


Speaking Engagements

  • MCLE Presentation
  • What About Saul?
  • 2016
  • MCLE Presentation
  • When Free Speech is No Longer Free
  • 2016
  • MCLE Presentation
  • Friend or Foe: Modern Elder Abuse
  • 2015
  • MCLE Presentation
  • Mental Health Rights
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Lee is a professional and effective attorney who genuinely cares about her client. She is knowledgeable and highly competent in the area of Family Law. I would hire Ms. Lee to represent me personally. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ariel Brownel Lee is a great attorney who has experience handling all matters of complex family law matters. I recommend and endorse her."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ariel is a compassionate and zealous advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ariel is the perfect combination of compassion and ferocity that any person facing divorce or other family law issues would be lucky to have. Her distinct courtroom skill is only matched by her out-of-court negotiation strength. Ariel has a bright future as a leader and an innovator in the family law community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ariel is a dedicated and passionate attorney. She fights for and with her clients through thick and thin."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ariel is a very hard working, smart and dedicated attorney. She is trustworthy, honest and compassionate which should be required traits for all attorneys."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ariel is committed to her clients and to helping them through difficult family law issues. I highly recommend her services."
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Walnut Creek Divorce and separation Lawyer Ariel Brownell Lee
Ariel Brownell Lee
Divorce and separation Attorney
Walnut Creek, CA
Licensed for 11 years