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David John Holcomb

Family Attorney at Mill Valley, CA

4.9   13 reviews

also known as Mediation and Law Offices of David J. Holcomb

  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Tough, compassionate, effective, caring. 36 years experience. Highly competent. Pre and post-marital agreements, business and house buy-out specialist, support, custody and visitation. Litigation and Cooperative as needed for Men/Women/LGBTQ.

    37 years

  2. Family
    Tough, compassionate, effective, caring. 36 years experience. Highly competent. Pre and post-marital agreements, business and house buy-out specialist, support, custody and visitation. Litigation and Cooperative as needed for Men/Women/LGBTQ.

    37 years

I spent 15 years as a very aggressive civil litigator before finding a calling in family law.    For the first 5 years doing divorce cases, I often fought hard in and out of court for my clients, because we both believed that served them best.    As I've matured in life and in practice (I'm a divorced dad myself), I learned how conflict and aggressive court actions often heighten bad feelings, and block both realistic resolution and healing.

While we do find that judicial input is helpful in some cases, most of my cases are resolved cooperatively, by opening communication and building trust between parties and their attorneys if they have one.  

I have positive relationships with my both my co-parents, and very happy, healthy relationships with grown children, and an 8 year old boy, as well as two young teens who have come to me in my new relationship.  When not parenting, I'm bicycling, motorcycling, engaging in men's circles (ManKind Project, The Men's Circle Berkeley), going to the gym, gardening, hiking, camping and supporting friends and family emotionally and socially.

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Grandsons on their uncle.
Finally a new 29" mtn bike this year!
Must take your kid to Stafford Lake Mtn. Bike Park in Novato.
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Law Office of David J. Holcomb
100 Shoreline Highway
Suite 100B
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
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Posted by Connie | August 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
David was my rock
David was my rock during a very nerve wracking and scary time in my life. He worked extremely hard on my behalf during a complicated, contested divorce. I came to David at my lowest point, as a mother of two young kids who needed a way out of a bad marriage that was quickly getting out of control. I interviewed several lawyers before deciding to go with David. What sets him apart from the pack is his high EQ. Right away, he could sense my fear and anxiety about the divorce process (and the prospective cost) and helped calm my nerves by communicating with empathy, understanding, patience, and clarity. In our initial consultation, he jotted down the divorce process in very simple steps which really helped me with my fears about the complex legal system. His willingness to spend the extra few minutes to educate me on legal terms and processes in simple, easy to understand terms was worth the price of the divorce. He helped me save my house, me and my kids safety, and my sanity. David did not sugar coat or lead me to believe any of this would easy, but he made me feel that I would have a partner so I was not as afraid of the unknown. David always spoke in a calm and reassuring tone (not condescending) that helped me see clearly through the dark clouds. I'll always remember the words he said at the end of our initial consultation "let's get you your divorce," and he did, but he got me so much more--my freedom. I will be forever thankful to him for that.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Sharp attorney dedicated to your needs
I worked with David on my lengthy and difficult divorce. Needless to say how emotional and confusing it can be. This was my first need for an attorney, and a good friend highly recommended him. I immediately felt heard in a personal way and confident with the no nonsense communications to my ex. He appears in court as an elegant and completely prepared man, who is in charge. We achieved our desired goals and he supported me in all ways. I highly recommend David as an attorney that you can rely on.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
There when you need him.
David is a great person and an even better attorney. He has helped me with several legal matters over the years and has gone above and beyond my expectations each time. I am very grateful to have David on my side and would recommend him to anyone seeking legal services.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2014
Divorce Attorney
Mr. Holcomb is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Even since out first consultative phone interview, he was and continued to be able to quickly identify ways to enhance the success of my divorce-on my behalf. Divorce is very difficult for the entire family, Mom, and the kids-no matter how old they are-and Mr. Holcomb was very sensitive to the emotions and needs of the persons he represented-me as the mom and my children. He has up-to-date knowledge of the California Divorce Codes and Family Law, and uses this knowledge to really fight for his client. He is very quick to reply to emails and phone calls and ensures that the client is well informed as to each phase of the Divorce. He doesn't hide a thing and is trustworthy in all his actions. If there is a deadline, Mr. Holcomb manages to stay abreast of these and takes action in a timely manner. In relation to costs, there are regular invoices to avoid any last minute surprises. When you think that your world is falling apart, he is emotionally supportive. At times I thought he was more of a friend than an attorney. I highly recommend David Holcomb as your Divorce Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2014
My divorce a few years ago
Thanks to David, the divorce was done in a very short time. All to my satisfaction. Thanks to David my ex and I are on good speaking terms now.
Posted by Mark | March 20, 2014
Excellent mediator, handled our divorce with ease
David helped us with our divorce mediation, and saved us a lot of money and headache. By mediating rather than using separate attorneys we made a much better deal and avoided a lot of fighting. David is very fair, calm, and grounded. I have recommended him to a few people in my social circles already.
Posted by David | March 20, 2014
Respected Attorney
I have known David for almost 20 years, both professionally and personally. We have referred clients to each other and I have found that he is responsive and gives a great level of personal attention to clients. He has built a niche in family law with his emphasis on a collaborative approach to resolving the dispute.
Posted by Ken | March 17, 2014
A most capable attorney.
David helped me achieve very ambitious and perhaps unorthodox goals in what can only be called a very high conflict divorce. In more colorful terms, he saved the divorce from being a complete washout not only for me, but for my family. Before I met David, my wife had successfully outmaneuvered me on nearly every front, originally leading me to believe she shared my vision of our divorce as a process of finding win-win solutions, avoiding court and dissolving our marriage thanks to independent, collaborative mediation. By the time I realized her duplicity, I was homeless, stripped of custody of our kids, on the verge of having to quit my graduate training program due to fraudulent charges of domestic violence, and facing the likelihood of having to pay child support. I was reeling, and my initial reflex was to seek a ruthless attorney with a thirst for annihilation who would help me strike back harder than anything my wife could imagine. I knew that would come at a huge cost, primarily in terms of immense suffering for our kids, but I reasoned that their suffering was guaranteed in the zero-sum game my wife was clearly intending to win in a quick rout. When I spoke with a couple of attorneys who seemed to fit the bill, I realized I might not have the belly for it. I was torn and had almost no prior experience to draw from. David was clearly a different breed. He strongly applauded my original collaborative goals and insisted they were noble and worth fighting for. More importantly, he had a well argued plan of action that promised to negate my wife's aggression before matching it. As we began our work, David patiently helped me stay focused on our human decency, on our children's best interest, and on the all important financial bottom line, though he rarely hesitated to suggest ways of striking back with a vengeance if I felt such tactics might be necessary. They almost never were, regardless of how inflamed the issues became, no matter how wrathful my wife became, no matter how deeply my anxiety ran. The outcome? In less than a year David and I got all terms resolved favorably, with everything, including legal AND physical custody, being split 50/50 and zero support due either party. Getting the final settlement and divorce in less than 12 months was pretty remarkable. It was the most difficult fight I've ever known, and it took nearly a complete overhaul of what I thought I knew of courage, but David's sense of my family's ability to surmount obstacles, with deft application of legal skills, was inspiring. I wish more divorcing families had the benefit of counsel such as his.
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Posted by Lyn | March 16, 2014
a competent sensitive lawyer
David has helped me with a couple of real estate issues over the past few years. He is easy to work with and seems to quickly understand the issues and what needs to be done. He was great at discussing the issues with me and delineating the pros and cons of different options. He was very responsive to the time constraints and had a sensitivity to the whole process that made everything much easier. I would definitely recommend him is you are looking for a competent sensitive lawyer.
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Posted by Dan | March 14, 2014
David Holcomb recommendation
David handled my divorce about 6 years ago. He was extremely knowlegeable and sensitive to my needs. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by Leonard | March 13, 2014
Trusted Advocate for Civil Issues
David Holcomb is highly effective and completely trustworthy. He is the rare attorney whose results exceed his fees. He's helped me on a couple of civil matters, one involving personal injury and one involving a business dispute, and gotten excellent results for me. He's also a nice guy and a pleasure to work with. I will not hesitate to engage him again for any legal issue, large or small.
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Posted by Shawn | March 9, 2014
Hard Money Lender document review
I needed a review of legal documents from a hard money lender. I needed a quick turn around, Mr. Holcomb worked through the weekend so I could respond to the lender with changes by Monday. I would expect any attorney to make recommend changes that benefit their client. The challenge is knowing how to word the changes so they are accepted by the other party. The lender had some issues with the proposed changes and David helped get those changes accepted during a conference call. This was the portion of his work that was really valuable. He also did a great explaining his reasons for his changes that helped me understand the potential risks and pitfalls of the documents as they were originally presented by the lender. Thanks again!
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Posted by Harmony | March 4, 2014
Helpful advice regarding a small claims issue
I phoned David for advice as a Small Claims defendant. Even though he was very busy with other work at the time, he took time to help me understand the charges and my options. He did this for me without charging me for his time. He seemed knowledgable about the issues and was helpful and reassuring.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 475-575 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial and Litigation Attorney
  • Law Office of David J. Holcomb
  • 1989 - Present
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Mediation and Law Office of David J. Holcomb
  • 2011 - 2017


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • State Bar of California
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (7)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David Holcomb's practical, effective representation makes for very satisfied clients. He pays close personal attention to each and every matter and cares deeply about his clients. He leads with compassion, a rare yet vital trait in the fields of family, personal injury and elder law."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Holcomb is one of the most compassionate family law attorneys I know. He is a zealous advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David graciously mentored me in a number of family law matters. He know this stuff inside and out. Although he is compassionate, he is a straight shooter and doesn't candy coat the issues. I refer family law matters to David with revocation."
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