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Joel Hillson Tranter

Family Attorney at Berkeley, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

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I am a Berkeley native. I moved to New York after high school and spent most of the next 15 years there, first in college, then the workforce, and finally in law school.


In the middle of that period, I returned to Berkeley to get a master's degree in city planning from Cal and work as a city planner in Sonoma.


After moving back to New York and working in city planning for five years there, I decided to try something else. Law school had never been on my radar, but I discovered that it was a perfect fit for me. I didn't want to leave New York, however, and I was fortunate enough to be admitted to the Benjamin N. Cardozo School Law, located at 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan. I enrolled in 2002 and graduated in 2005.


After finishing law school, I moved back to Berkeley. I have been working as a lawyer since 2006. I have had my own practice since 2007.


I practice family law exclusively.


I became a family law attorney because it gives me the chance to help folks on a very personal level, which is important to me. People who come to see me are inevitably going through a difficult time, and I thrive on getting them through it as quickly and effectively as possible.

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Joel H. Tranter, Attorney at Law
2161 Shattuck Ave, Ste. 315
Berkeley, CA, 94704

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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This review is long overdue. I reached out to Joel in 2018 after being self represented for the majority of my divorce proceedings. I needed help with finalizing the remaining steps in my divorce. Although my divorce was initially filed in the Bay Area and had since relocated to Southern California, Joel was not only able to meet with me on short notice while on a trip there, he was also able to represent me from afar. A few months later, my divorce was finalized with no hiccups along the way. He was always pleasant to work with, knowledgeable and extremely responsive given that most of our communication was via email and sometimes even txt. I couldn’t be more thankful to him and his expertise. Joel, thanks again for helping me to close this chapter of my life. Do not hesitate to hire this attorney. If you’ve worked with Joel before, remember to leave a review as it may help someone else in need of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2016
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Child Support
I found Joel through an online search for a family attorney who could help me with a child support case. I hired him after our first consultation and he subsequently helped me through the court process of applying for child support. He always went the extra mile to explain any court procedures and documents to me before and/or after each hearing. The case was successfully resolved and I am very grateful to Joel for his excellent work.
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Posted by Heather | March 11, 2014
Joel has represented me in a case that has required an attorney who is ethical, intelligent and clever. He has been able to break down a difficult situation into a clear-cut case that leaves no room for any "dealing" to settle. He walks the walk...side by side with you, with honesty and integrity as his guideposts. I would not be writing this if I did not believe in him; his word is his bond, and he is a rare gem.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Joel H. Tranter, Attorney at Law
  • 2008 - Present


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • MCP
  • 1994
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

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Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Joel in my first job out of law school. I found him to be energetic, dedicated, and hard-working. I heartily recommend."
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