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Maria Elena Crabtree

Divorce and separation Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

4.3   6 reviews

also known as Mia Crabtree, Maria Crabtree

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Maria Elena

Learn Maria Elena’s areas of practice.

Crabtree Law, P.C. is a full service, bi-lingual (Spanish), family law firm dedicated to delivering personal, practical, and effective representation at an affordable cost.


Attorney Maria Crabtree received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Communications from the University of California at Davis. She later returned to the University of California, Davis and earned her J.D. degree.


As a sole practitioner, Ms. Crabtree is dedicated to helping families navigate through the complexities of the laws and policies that rule family law issues. Dissolution of marriage, child custody and visitation, and domestic violence issues are a focus of her practice. The goal of the firm is to effectively address the client’s needs and concerns during a very difficult time in one’s life. Ms. Crabtree will always keep you informed on the status of your case while she advocates for those needs in an effort to maximize long-term family stability.

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Law Offices of Maria E. Crabtree
1801 Oakland Blvd.
Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I had a consultation with Ms. Crabtree and she was an absolute pleasure to speak with. She is honest, empathetic, and knowledgeable about the law. I felt comfort a speaking with her in regards to the facts around my face. She also is highly intuitive and that was impressive to me. I would definitely hire her to take on my case. She strikes me as an assertive woman that knows her stuff!
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Posted by Bruce | May 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Straight Forward honest attorney!!!
My wife and I spoke to Mrs. Crabtree on the phone for a 30 minute consultation that turned into and almost 1 hour phone call. At no time did she ask for a fee or try to convince us to hire her. I think she may be 1 of very few attorney's in the state of California that cares more about her clients than she does profit. Mrs. Crabtree explained exactly what we could accomplish on our own without the need for an attorney, and at what point we may need to think about one. As someone who specializes and teaches best business practices I can personally tell you Maria Crabtree is a very impressive attorney with a phenomenal moral compass who will stay in business for as long as she so chooses. I would hire her in a heartbeat, and if it comes down to it, she will be the attorney we hire for our case.
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Posted by Fred | January 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stating Maria is an amazing Lawyer is a blatant understatement!
There were a few specific attributes I was looking for in an attorney whom I was going to hire to work on my case. 1. Expertise – A proficient attorney experienced enough to have seen it all and ready to change course as needed. My case was highly intricate, facing obstacles at every turn. Maria was experienced and skilled enough to surmount the impediments and remained solid, and her confidence was a strong anchor for me. 2. Attorney-Client relationship – An attorney who represents me and not just another divorce case, because every case is different, every partnership is unique, and a general rule is often not applicable. What impressed me the most about Maria was she dedicated her time and effort at the beginning of the case and attentively listened, studied, learned, and understood who her client was and the specific circumstances of the case in order to tailor the representation. Maria’s most impressive traits are her continual attention, and prompt responses to always be available to protect her client, even if it meant protecting me from myself, which built confidence, trust, and professional courtesy. 3. Comforting/reassuring – An attorney who is able to calm my emotions in an enormously stressful time. While I was panicking on the other end of the line, Maria helped put my mind at ease with her very thoughtful sound advice and her genuine warmth and care. I left her office feeling empowered and ready for my next steps every single time. Although the entire process was not fun, I think Maria and her staff made this as painless as could possibly be for me. 4. Ethical – Although, it is natural to want to “win at any cost”, but what was important to me, to hire an attorney who follows the rules of professional conduct, and obtain the best results with intelligence, skill, proficiency, and ability to practice the law rather than through unethical means. Although, Maria is aggressive with a purpose and fights hard when facing challenges, but she never lost the sight of the big picture – obtain the best results for her client through gaining the confidence of everyone involved – opposing counsel, the judge, and of course her client with her intelligence and skills. 5. Attorney’s budget – an attorney that knows when to lavish and when to be frugal about the budget. Maria not only never attempted to make my case about the money, but also she protected me from taking unreasonable risks and/or spending more money on the conflicts that had no merits. What moved me was her commitment to her client - she comforted me at times when I was concerned about sustaining my attorney’s budget, by ensuring that my representation will not be interrupted because of her fees. Many thanks to Maria and her staff!
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Posted by Cheryl | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Regrets on my Settlement
Maria was my second attorney for my divorce. She's a young attorney, she's smart and doesn't back down at the appropriate times. She helped keep me to remain focused at settlement time. I always felt she was on my side and I trustee her. She won't fight dirty or engage foolishly with the other side... if you want a strong person to represent you with professionalism and class, call Maria... She also has a sense of humor which is vital when going through this process! Even when you're the wife and ypu have pay him!
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2015
Absolutely Recommend for Domestic Violence Restraining Order Protection and Divorce for Women
I am finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, following 4 year emotionally and physically abusive marriage with a drug addict. I had initially planned on retaining Ms. Crabtree so that she could provide legal support for my permanent restraining order hearing. My husband ended up trying to fighting me every step of the way during the restraining order hearings. I also own real estate that I could absolutely not afford to loose. Needless to say, I ended up retaining her for much more of the limited scope than I had originally intended. I am an extremely independent woman with a DIY attitude. Unfortunately, I was completely out of my depth with this case. I had a consultation with another lawyer before I found Ms. Crabtree. The first time I walked out of her office, following my initial consultation, I knew things were going to be okay. I am also appreciative of the fact that she does her best to keep my overall costs low. Ms. Crabtree has a deep understanding of domestic violence cases. She pointed out some of my flawed thinking that I was able to see, fresh out of my abusive marriage. I could not have gotten through this alone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you're looking for a competent, responsive and responsible lawyer, look elsewhere. I hired Maria to handle my divorce case and things seemed to be moving along fine. However, one day out of the blue, my ex decided to agree to a settlement. As a result, I immediately reached out to Maria to inform her of the good news only to receive an out of office email response informing me that she would be out for two months due to maternity leave. Prior to the automated response, she had not informed me of this leave of absence which ultimately caused a 3 month delay in my settlement being handled. Worst of all, she had no backup plan or attorneys ready to jump in and fill in for her during her leave. She had an incompetent paralegal, Renee Soto-Johnson, working my case. Renee was rude on every phone call speaking over me, cutting me off and worst of all, had no idea what the status of my case was and wasted time and money filling out unnecessary paperwork. Because of Maria's lack of communication, poor planning, managerial skills and incompetent staff, a matter that could have been resolved in 1-2 weeks after agreeing to a settlement ended up taking 3 months; ultimately costing me tens of thousands of dollars as a result. Save yourself the trouble, headache and money by working finding and working with a competent attorney who respects you and your time. Unfortunately AVVO does not allow 0 star ratings. Notice that she only has a handful of good reviews here dating a few years back. Look her up on other sites and you'll soon see a pattern of her incompetence and lack of responsiveness in reviews from others. Avoid Maria and her law firm at all costs.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Offices of Maria E. Crabtree
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Whatley Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices Of Fredrick S. Cohen
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Certified Law Student
  • Uc Davis School Of Law Family Protection & Legal Services Clinic
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Honors Extern
  • Office Of The Attorney General
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Office of Harry D. Roth
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Yolo County CASA
  • 2006 - 2008
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  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Witkin Award in Mediation
  • UC Davis King Hall School of Law
  • 2011
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude--Highest Honors
  • UC Davis
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Maria Elena
Family Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Maria is a fierce advocate for her clients and comes up with out-of-the-box strategies to bring cases to resolution, both amicably or in court. Maria represents her clients with compassion, and integrity."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admired Maria's dedication to family law when she started her own firm right out of law school, and I'm even more happy to see that she has grown into a top notch family law practitioner. Maria's dedication is evident in how she advocates with great care for all her clients. I recommend her without any reservations."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Crabtree is a professional and highly intelligent attorney. She is a skilled and effective trial attorney. Ms. Crabtree genuinely cares about her clients and works hard to reach effective resolutions in her cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria is an excellent attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in family law. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria is a very knowledgeable family law attorney, who truly cares about her clients, and is always willing to take the time to share her knowledge with the community!"
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Maria is a sharp, aggressive and skilled attorney. I recommend her services for your family law needs."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Maria is a very knowledgeable family law attorney. She fights hard for her clients but is also very fair. I would not hesitate to recommend any family law cases to her."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Crabtree is a dedicated and passionate professional. Her knowledge of the law and ability to navigate complicated and nuanced cases makes her a formidable attorney. I have referred cases to her in the past, and I will continue to do so because I always know the client will be in good hands."
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