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Celeste A Johansson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Celeste

Learn Celeste’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce and separation makes up the vast majority of my practice. I work with clients on a full or limited scope basis to ensure that they move through the process as informed about their rights and options as possible.

    15 years, 150 cases

  2. Child custody
    Many divorces and separations involve children's issues. I work with the parties to negotiate and prepare parenting plans, and to represent parties in Court to secure their rights to custody and visitation.

    15 years, 150 cases

  3. Child support
    Child support is a major issue in most divorce cases. I represent clients to secure the appropriate amount of support so that their children can thrive.

    15 years, 75 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    I strongly encourage parties to draft pre- and post-nuptial agreements, or transmutation agreements to protect their property rights and to define their responsibilities throughout a marriage. I do not take the view that a pre- or post-nuptial agreement means that parties anticipate divorce.

    15 years, 10 cases

  5. Family
    Family law encompasses all of the other categories I have named.

    15 years, 200 cases

I went to UC Hastings College of Law with the intention of practicing Family Law.   I was drawn to the emotional nature of the work, and to the great positive impact that my work could have on families. 

To that end, I worked for the San Francisco Family Law self-help center all through law school, and was selected to be a judicial extern for the San Francisco Unified Family Court.  I also worked as a research assistant for both Kelly Weisberg and Lois Weithorn, the two Family Law professors at Hastings.  I engaged in in-depth research projects and wrote substantive contributions to their casebooks.

Theory is all well and good, but the practice of Family Law is really what inspires me.  I worked in private practice as an associate at the Law Offices of Susan L. Jeffries for four years before opening my own law office.  I practice solely Family Law.  I assist my clients with a wide range of services, from the preparation of pre- or post-nuptial agreements to negotiating settlements on property and support, to representing clients at contested hearings.

Throughout it all, I endeavor to make a difficult time more bearable for each client, whether that be through easing their minds by giving them information on their legal rights, or by working on a limited scope basis to provide legal services at a lower cost.




Law Offices of Celeste A. Johansson
1946 Embarcadero.
Suite. 110
Oakland, CA, 94606

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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Incredible Family Law Attorney!
Celeste Johansson is an exceptional Family Law attorney! We all know that divorce, custody and child support matters are difficult and can take an emotional toll whether a case is fairly simple or more complex. Celeste helped me navigate through the end of an extremely long and complex case. She is smart, savvy and is extremely knowledgeable in the intricacies of family law. She helped me to evaluate my situation, gave me her recommendations, and helped me to disentangle from what had been an ugly case and to reach a settlement when this had previously seemed impossible. My children and I are finally able to move on after a hard road. Celeste is compassionate on top of being a great attorney. She is incredibly responsive and professional and gets results. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • N/A
  • Barnard College
  • N/A


  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Academic Excellance, Top Student in Class
  • Witkin
  • 2008
  • Academic Excellance, Top Student in Class
  • Cali
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (8)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Celeste Johansson has dedicated her practice to providing her clients with practical and experienced advice, enabling them to make their own fully informed decisions about their cases. She is a tireless advocate for her clients, and I recommend Celeste without qualification."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found Celeste to be a highly compassionate, competent, and reliable attorney, to whom I happily refer clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked alongside Celeste for over a year now, and would happily refer clients to her. She is hardworking, ethical and kind. She takes excellent care of her clients and you should not hesitate to call her for help in your case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, Celeste is knowledgeable, hard working and accessible.."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with great pleasure that I endorse Celeste. I have had the pleasure of working with Celeste and have witnessed her dedication towards her clients. She is hardworking and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Celeste and I were associate attorneys in a family law firm for around four years. Celeste is an exceptional attorney. She understands family law and is a strong advocate for her clients. Celeste has very good rapport with her clients and they respect and appreciate her representation. She has a very good reputation with other family law attorneys and is respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Johannson is an outstanding attorney with an excellent reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Friend
"Celeste and I went to law school together and she was one of a small handful of people who always exuded confidence without arrogance, as well as a strong sense of being grounded and firm in her principles. She is highly competent and possesses a rare combination of professionalism and empathy. I highly recommend her as a lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer whole heartedly. Ms. Johansson's passion for helping families is palapable in her dedication and approach to tackling family law issues."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Most attorneys have brains but few have the personal touch necessary to understand one's clients and excel as an advocate; Celeste is one of those few attorneys."
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Oakland Divorce and separation Lawyer Celeste A Johansson
Celeste A Johansson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 14 years