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Erin Ann Levine

Family Attorney at Emeryville, CA

4.4   11 reviews

About Erin

Learn Erin’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    60%
    Divorce, Domestic Partnership Dissolution, Adult Child Support, Child & Spousal Support, Post & Pre Nups, Modification of Orders, Child Custody, Non-Marital Cohabitation, Attorney Fees, Judgment Set-Aside Step (& Second Parent) Adoption, Paternity

    17 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Contested, Uncontested and Mediation, High Asset Divorces, Separation Agreements, Annulment, Child Custody Disputes, Domestic Violence

    17 years

  3. Marriage and prenuptials
    15%
    Assisted Reproduction Technology Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Transmutation Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements, Domestic Partnership Agreements, GLBT, Military, Premarital Agreements

    17 years

I practice law because I want your legal experience to be better than mine was. When I was a child, I was the victim of sexual violence. As a teen, I was a plaintiff in a civil action and a witness in a criminal case. It was scary, disempowering, lengthy and confusing.

 

I don’t want you to feel that way, ever. It’s stressful and unproductive. It leaves you exhausted instead of ready to embark on a fresh start. I understand how intimidating the legal process can be, especially when there are real and significant changes going on your life. It is my practice to listen to what you need – your priorities, intentions, goals and concerns. Working with you, I  use my expertise, passion and outside-the-box problem solving thinking to craft a legal strategy that will get you where you need to go. Whether you want full representation or a little help along the way, I vow to truly hear you and give you the no-nonsense legal advise and aggressive advocacy that you deserve.

 

I specialize in all areas of family law, with special attention to complicated divorces and post-judgment modification or enforcement actions, LGBT legal matters and pre/post marital agreements.

 

When I am not wrestling with the law, I am a mom, yoga and hiking enthusiast, avid Etsy and vintage shopper and I love music and foreign films. In my ‘former’ life, I was an elite gymnast and Waldorf student in Southern California. 

 

 

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Entry
Conference Room
Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 09/10/2022

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

Contact Erin

Levine Family Law Group
5801 Christie Avenue
Ste. 387
Emeryville, CA, 94608

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Posted by Mary | February 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm a happy client.
Levine Family Law represented me beautifully. They listened to me...they truly helped me...they earned my trust through their knowledge of the law, their obvious respect for me as a client, and their quick action. I was able to help with some of the research which not only saved me a bit of money, but made me feel involved, empowered, and engaged in the process. I got great advice on how to do a search for a great attorney and the result of that search was Erin Levine. My previous attorneys had completely flaked out on me. I needed a really good attorney to fix what they had blundered. I needed help in getting my ex-husband to give me what he had owed me for years and had refused to hand over. I needed someone to keep him from attempting to bully me anymore. I got all of these from Levine Family Law. I went to Levine Family Law feeling scared and nearly powerless, but after I hired them I felt represented and hopeful. Now that my divorce is final and I am getting back on my feet, I feel free and very happy with the results they achieved on my behalf. I would recommended them in a heartbeat. I thank Erin Levine, Stan Sarkisov and the team at Levine Family Law for making what can be a terribly painful process a lot less stressful.
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Posted by Wendy | June 9, 2014
So thankful!
So thankful to have been referred to the Levine Law Group. My adult disabled son's father suddenly stopped paying support . I contacted other lawyers that either had no experience in dealing with this type of support modification , or felt it would be too cumbersome . Erin and her team , without reservation took on the challenge! Erin and her team kept me informed and thoroughly went over my options. I always felt that we were a team. Erin and Shelley often answered my emails and calls after hours and the weekends. Often times it was to ease my anxiety. Erin was conscious of my financial constraints, she set up an affordable payment plan as well as advised me on how to keep my legal costs down. Erin took the time to get to know me and my family. Thanks again to Erin and everyone at Levine Law Group!
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Posted by JenNMikeHart | August 22, 2013
Top Notch Attorney To Have On Your Side!
I retained Erin after battling 15 years with an ex, best decision I could have ever made. Her professionalism, experience and outstanding courtroom demeanor makes her second to none. Coupled with a her staff that follows up with every detail of your case, you can't go wrong. I urge you to call her, you definitely will not be disappointed. Thank you Erin!
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Posted by Maysa | June 23, 2013
I Highly Recommend Levine Law Group
I highly recommend Levine Law Group for child custody cases. I first came to Levine Law Group because I want to file for custody of my then 5 year-old son. His father hadn't seen him in two years, and apart from knowing the father's place of employment, I knew nothing of his whereabouts. My son had been abused by his paternal grand-father, after the incident came to light, his father decided to cut off all communication with us. Ms Levine was very attentive to me. In order to save me money ms. Levine had her paralegal colleague, Shelley, prepare the paperwork for me. All was going well until January, 3 months after I filed for custody. Ms. Levine and her office tried in vain to serve the father. In January I received threatening phone calls and was served court papers. I tried going to the father's wife, only to be given the message, "He said he will see you in court." My case ended up going to trial. I was desperate because I intended to move out of state in May. The father of my son tried to make me out to be a horrible person who kept him away from his son, made threats, and false accusations. It was heart-breaking. Ms. Levine and her staff kept me grounded, she took my case although she had very short notice and time to work on it. She stayed up late many nights reviewing CPS reports, e-mails, and clarifying my questions. Her office staff made me feel like a human being. All my calls were promptly returned (in less than 24 hours). E-mails were answered the same day, most of the time. Our case was handled in Contra Costa County. The court staff seemed to be very friendly with ms. Levine, and ms. Levine was very comfortable and confident in the court environment. She worked her magic, and somehow got the judge to schedule a custody, move away, and child support hearing within two months. We had been told that the next available date was in October. Ms. Levine very kindly spoke to the judge and explained my situation. The judge scheduled the hearing for April. The waiting period was torture for me. No matter how unintelligent my questions or behaviors were at times, ms. Levine and her colleagues always took their time to talk to me. Then, I ran out of money. Ms. Levine told me not to worry about it, she would do everything she could to save me money, and we could work out a payment plan. She gave me a $1,000.00 discount just to help me. She amazed me with her intelligence, she could be so kind, caring and giving, but in court she owned it. She was assertive, straight to the point and professional. She was always prepared, and so organized that often she typed up documents for the court. All the other attorney could do was sit there with his mouth open. She knows all the forms, all the procedures, all the ins and outs. I trust her with my son's future. We won our case. I now have sole physical custody and shared legal custody (If parents disagree, the final decision is the mother's) of my son. I was granted my move away petition. Child-support orders were put in place. Additionally, ms. Levine's influence helped the judge to decide to send father to therapy in the hopes that it will mend his and my son's relationship. It was a good for all decision. Ms. Levine in no moment advised me to make father look bad or play dirty. I could sense from her that she truly wanted to help us to be well. She is a good person and amazing attorney. I am still on the payment plan, but was able to move out of state to pursue my nursing career. My son, my husband and I couldn't be happier with our attorney and her wonderful staff: Michelle, Shelley, and Andrew Levine. I highly, highly recommend Levine Law Group.
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Posted by Gregg | June 21, 2013
Knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Erin obtained exactly the terms I wanted in my divorce.
Erin's kind and stable demeanor helped guide me through the otherwise stressful process of divorce. Even when I was irrational with anger and frustration she and her staff calmed me down and got me through the process quickly and professionally.
Posted by Mary | April 3, 2012
Call Erin if you are looking for a divorce lawyer!!!!
Nobody wants to go to trial for a divorce action. It’s expensive, emotional, time-consuming and frustrating. However, in my matter it was necessary in order to save my house and rental property. Thankfully, Erin was there to prepare my testimony/case and advocate on my behalf. She explained the pros and cons of taking a case to trial and gave me confidence that I had made a well informed decision. At trial she was articulate, confident and most importantly.. successful. I highly recommend Erin and her paralegal, Shelley
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Posted by Dorine | August 26, 2009
Highly recommended
I found Erin to be very competent yet sensitive to issues surrounding my divorce. I was totally confident in Erin's ability to focus on my legal well being, while I focused on healing.
Posted by CGG | August 25, 2009
Greatly appreciated
Ms. Levine is an outstanding young attorney. Ready and willing to fully serve her client(s). Fearless. Has great attention to detail, never forgets the small details that result in winnings for her clients. Her legal work is consistently superior. Ms. Levine is great at client communication and fully committed to high ethical standards and professionalism. I thank her for the years of assistance. I consider her "my attorney" for life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2009
Fantastic attorney
Unfortunately, I've faced the need to hire attorneys over the past decade. Erin Levine has been the BEST attorney with whom I have worked. She earned my trust and handled my child custody issues in an efficient & effective manner. Of all the attorneys I've hired, Erin is truly worth every penny. I found Erin to be a fantastic listener who understood my case goals and made a concerted effort to achieve them as fast as possible. Erin is very smart and extremely articulate in conversation and in the courtroom. She also remains focused under pressure and never backs away from a challenge. I highly recommend her without any hesitation.
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Posted by Anatole | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed
Erin provides legal assistance when my former spouse sued for additional child support. Overall, I found her level of engagement & help ver disappointing. It seemed as if she was minimally engaged. Perhaps she was distracted by more important cases. Her biller was very engaged and was happy to send quite large bills.
Posted by Lee | May 1, 2014
Buyer Beware!
Watch out if you hire Erin Levine as your attorney. She charged me over $8000 for a simple divorce, and I hired another attorney who discovered that Erin had over billed me by $4000. A letter of demand was sent to her, and she offered me $500. We decided to pursue arbitration, and Erin countered with an offer of $2250, along with the requirement that I sign a contract agreeing to remove my negative reviews and desist from writing any future reviews concerning her. We believed that the evidence of double billing would speak for itself, and decided to move forward. To make a long story short, it turns out that Erin knew the arbitrator (a conflict of interest), and continually stated that "I stand behind my billing." Really? Then why offer the 2250? The issue in arbitrating is not to get more money...it's to press for honesty and integrity in dealing with clients. Erin Levine has neither of these qualities.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO/ Owner
  • Hello Divorce
  • 2017 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Alameda County Superior Court, Department 302
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner / Managing Attorney
  • Levine Law Group, LLP
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Coyle and Levine
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Law Clerk - Estate Planning
  • Beck Law Group
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • San Francisco Public Defender (Juvenile)
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Summer Law Clerk
  • Youth Law Center
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk - Housing Preservation
  • Bay Area Legal Aid, San Francisco
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • California Family Law Report
  • Advanced Family Law Course
  • 2013
  • CFLR
  • Family Law Refresher Course
  • 2013
  • Attorney's Briefcase
  • EP issues for FL attorney's
  • 2012
  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
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Legal Cases

  • Child Custody (Wife)
  • Mom gets primary custody on a 4/3 schedule. Parties begin co-parenting therapy.
  • Nullity of Marriage
  • Husband is granted Annulment
  • Wife's House v. Husband's Interest
  • Husband was entitled to substantial reimbursement and equity apportionment even though house was Wife's separate property.
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Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Worldwide Who's Who
  • Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, CA Chapter
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Emeryville Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Alameda County Lawyers Referral Service
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Solano County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Contra Costa Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Family Law Specialist Exam
  • California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2014
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2014
  • Practitioner of the Month
  • MyCase
  • 2013
  • Best Moot Court Brief
  • University of San Francisco
  • 2005
  • Public Interest Law Certificate
  • University of San Francisco
  • 2005
  • CALI Excellence for the Future
  • University of San Francisco
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Unbundling Legal Services
  • Hello Divorce, Legal Design & Unbundling
  • 2018
  • Dr Wendy Walsh Show
  • Divorce
  • 2017
  • CALDA, Northern CA Chapter
  • Home is Where the Heart Was
  • 2013
  • BLSA Legal Panel
  • Family Law and Business Ownership
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (23)
Mediation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Erin Levine. She is an outstanding attorney who not only works tirelessly, but also truly cares for her clients and shares an sense of empathy for what they are experiencing. If you are looking for unrivaled representation, then I recommend you contact Erin immediately."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Erin represents the best in our legal community: knowledge and professionalism to clients and colleagues. It a pleasure to know and work with her on complex family law matters, see her in court and at legal functions."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've had several cases in which Erin represented the opposing party and found her to be highly knowledgeable, courteous and professional. They weren't easy cases, yet we were able to work together to move them forward in an efficient manner without further inflaming the matters."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As opposing counsel in my matter, Erin was a highly effective advocate for her client while being entirely civil and welcoming to me. I refer family law matters to Erin Levine without reservation or hesitation."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Levine is very professional and knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer, as I worked with Erin when I first started practicing family law and I found her to be someone who would fight for her clients' rights and kind hearted. She is dedicated to her profession and always seeks to stay abreast of upcoming changes within her area of practice."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We were opposing counsel on a family law matter. She represented her client firmly and excelled in bringing a quick resolution to the matter."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have watched Erin handle very delicate family law matters with grace and competence. She is well respected by both judges and fellow lawyers. I highly recommend Erin."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Erin is a thoughtful and attentive attorney who focuses on strategic solutions to family law issues. She is both excellent at reaching resolution out of court and a vigorous advocate if litigation is necessary."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the distinct pleasure of working on numerous family law cases for Erin Levine. Her thorough, caring and diligent approach shows that Erin has a deep personal concern for each client. Erin's professional delivery is both creative and tough. The success of Levine Law Group is a direct result of Erin's strong moral base and dedication to the legal craft. I highly recommend Erin for family legal service you can count on."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is an excellent and responsive attorney. She's helped our office with a whole host of family law issues, including transmutation, pre and post-nuptial agreements, and divorce/custody issues."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Erin for several years now as a colleague and friend and find her to be an exceptionally bright, knowledgeable and caring attorney. On that rare occasion when family law matters have seeped into my practice, Erin has been more than willing to take the time to sit down with me and explain everything I need to know to help my client on some very small matters. I have recommended Erin to clients knowing they will get top-notch representation, as her knowledge of family law and its intricacies are unmatched."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Erin is lawyer I genuinely respect for both her abilities and compassion. She is extremely knowledgeable, respectful of the unique needs of her clients, and appriopriately aggressive when necessary. I woudl refer Erin to a family member, as I have to others. She is an good lawyer and a great person. I endorse her without reservation."
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