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Emily M De Falla

Family Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

4.4   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. We help couples going through separation and divorce to reach agreements without the stress, conflict, and anxiety of going to court. We provide a process for non-adversarial, respectful resolution.

    32 years

  2. Estate planning
    We do estate plans, handle the probate of estates, and help resolve family disputes using mediation and collaboration.

    29 years

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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2014
Collaborative Practice Lawyer
I would highly recommend Emily De Falla for family law matters and collaborative practice divorce. Not only is she strong and outspoken when necessary, but she is also remarkably insightful and perceptive - two qualities which are particularly important during a collaborative practice divorce. Her communication was clear, calm and kind as she guided me through the complexities of the divorce process. You will be well-represented with Emily De Falla as your lawyer.
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Posted by Constance | January 9, 2014
Highly Recommended Experienced & Respectful
Emily De Falla offered me great advice from our very first phone conversation. That advice proved extremely helpful to achieving the desired outcome of my case. Her ability to be flexible with her schedule combined with her capability to work remotely made attending our meetings a bit easier for me and my 2 year old son. The value of her attention to detail became clearly apparent during our court session - of all the attorneys in court that particular day, she seemed a rose among many thorns and I was proud to have her representing me. I found Emily De Falla to be highly intelligent and well spoken, as well as extremely thoughtful and considerate. Bottom line: Emily De Falla is a winner, you should hire her!
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Posted by Terri | December 4, 2013
Emily De Falla: Extraordinary, astute, knowledgeable, tenacious and compassionate.
I find myself extremely fortunate to have Emily De Falla as my attorney. She has been able to resolve very difficult situations and has always notified me of changes taking place. I find her to be an very intelligent and experienced attorney. She is persistent and does not take no as an answer. To say that Emily goes the extra mile for her clients, is an understatement. I have worked with other attorneys and none of them come close to Emily. She cares about what she is doing and treats her clients with concern and respect. Without Emily, I would not be where I am now.
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Posted by Rebecca | November 24, 2013
Emily De Falla is smart, wise, fair and has a Heart!!!
I highly recommend Emily because I completely respect her wisdom and admire her wealth of knowledge. She is extremely generous with her time and beyond fair. What was truly rare and the most important trait to me was her empathetic nature, her HEART and her desire to connect with your heart. She not only hears you, but genuinely listens and so can properly guide. It's a privilege to know and be known by Emily De Falla!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
well then
I called Ms Falla because of an estate issue that, most likely, can be easily addressed with what will, most likely, be a boilerplate solution to what is, very likely, a common problem. But after speaking to Ms Falla I am not sure if the reviews I read on this site were from actual consumers/clients. I'm not even sure if she would help in a way that brings a desired outcome or anything really. Im not sure about anyyhing but the consultation fee. I made it clear I live on a fixed income. If I spend a chunk of it on a consultation it would be nice to know if the attorney would be willing to tell me beforehand if a thing can be attempted or not and not waste my money. Because that is very unkind. I give her 2 stars because it was nice that she answers her own phone.
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Response from Emily De Falla August 28, 2018
I can understand how frustrating it can be when you are reaching out for information in a difficult situation and not receiving what you feel you need as quickly as you want it. However, most attorneys will refrain from providing substantive information in the phone call setting up the first consultation appointment. To give advice the attorney must have a complete picture of each client's situation, and that is not possible in a brief appointment setting call. It does not do the client a service to give advice under those circumstances, and it would violate our ethical responsibilities. But, we know how critical it is for people to get the advice they seek as quickly as possible, so, if we do not have the time to have the initial consultation right when a client first calls in, we will schedule a telephone or in-person appointment very soon after.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Mediator
  • Law Office of Emily M. De Falla
  • 1991 - Present
  • Associate
  • Farella Braun & Martel
  • 1988 - 1991


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of San Francisco
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985


  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapitst
  • Associate Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County
  • President, Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice East Bay
  • Chair, Public Education Commitee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Internationa Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Member, Family Law and Trusts & Estates Sections
  • 2012 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Eureka Award
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • 2020
  • Order of the Coif
  • Hastings College of the Law
  • 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Hastings College of the Law
  • 1988
  • Milton D. Green Award
  • Hastings College of the Law
  • 1986
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  • Today's Retirement
  • Domestic Partnership: Keeping Soc. Sec. Benefits Intact
  • 2013
  • William S. Hein Co. Buffalo, New York
  • CGL Insurance Coverage for Clean Up of Hazardous Waste
  • 1989
  • Hastings Law Journal, Vol 39, No. 2
  • Voir Dire for California’s Civil Trials: Applying the Williams Standard
  • 1988
  • National Jury Project
  • Capital Trials: Juror Attitudes and Selection Strategies
  • 1984
  • Clark Boardman , Company, Ltd, NY NY
  • Jurywork: Systematic Techniques 2nd Ed. (contributor)
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • MCLE Spectacular
  • Using Brain Science for Successful Virtual Mediation
  • 2020
  • Family Law Section
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice
  • 2018
  • Legacy Committee
  • When a Trust Is Not Enough
  • 2017
  • Elder Advocate Club
  • 5 Most Important Things to Include in Your Estate Plan
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive representation and a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A magna cum laude Hastings law school graduate is impressive. 26 years of practicing family law is what we refer to as experienced. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions here. Results are what matter and her client reviews tell the story. READ THEM! Peer endorsements are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. De Falla. You can tell from her thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that she has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. She spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is just the kind of lawyer you want helping in a family matter. Intelligent, compassionate, pragmatic. At Liaise Divorce Solutions we recommend Emily to our Contra Costa clients who need an attorney review of their negotiated Marital Settlement Agreement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Ms. De Falla. She is an insightful, diligent attorney who understands the important responsibility her clients have entrusted to her and works hard for their best interests."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily is awesome! She is a strong advocate for her clients and cares about them. She is very knowledgeable and experienced."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Truly excellent lawyer. Well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Other
"Anyone in the Concord/Walnut Creek area facing family law issues should consult with Ms. Defalla."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Emily is a great listener and problem solver. She is sympathetic to the emotional issues as well as the legal ones, but remains objective and zeroes in on what steps to take in order to resolve the problem. She is very experienced and very practical in her problem solving. She goes for the quickest and most effective way to resolve the problem. If a conference takes place with the other party and counsel, she is quick to take control of the room and the process and to keep everyone on track. I know from personal experience that she goes beyond the call of duty to give excellent service to her clients while doing her best to keep fees and costs affordable. She is very good about returning phone calls and emails. All around excellent attorney."
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