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Heather Murray Allan

Family Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.2   34 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
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About Heather

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  1. Family
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    19 years, 750 cases

*COVID-19 Update: Our firm will remain fully operational and we are working remotely to ensure that the same quality of service is available for our clients.
 
Heather M. Allan is a certified family law specialist and a peer-endorsed attorney representing families all across Santa Clara County with aptitude and experience in the numerous aspects of family law, allowing her to successfully resolve cases for her clients and reach amicable solutions.

Ms. Allan’s diligent and successful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including Top 100 Lawyers by The National Advocates, 10 Best by American Institute of Legal Counsel, and Henry B. Collada Memorial Award by Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. Find a detailed list of Ms. Allan’s awards and recognition in the Resume section below.

Ms. Allan maintains an extensive network in family law with associations ranging from Certified Family Law Specialists to the United States Supreme Court. She leverages her vast network to assist each client efficiently and effectively, helping clients avoid extensive legal fees.

Ms. Allan attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Ms. Allan was a member of the National Honor Society (Psy Chi Omega) and recognized on the Dean's list.

Ms. Allan obtained her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. While in attendance, Ms. Allan was a member of Honors Moot Court from which she received recognition as Best Oral Advocate.

Ms. Allan interned for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in the Juvenile Dependency and Law and Motions Units. Ms. Allan argued several cases at the trial court level, a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and had an appellate brief published on Termination of Parental Rights.

Since establishing Allan & Martelle, Ms. Allan has handled hundreds of cases within the family law context. She has assisted numerous individuals with resolving complex and highly emotional matters. With a passion and drive for advocacy, Ms. Allan listens to understand her client’s needs and works assiduously to protect their rights.

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4.2 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law
I originally hired Heather for the final stages of a dissolution I had already started but things took a sudden and ugly turn and I needed her for full representation. She’s the best decision I’ve ever made and not because this journey has been easy. Divorce in itself is a nasty and very expensive thing but adding custody/visitation into the mix pulls out the absolute worst in people, myself included. Over the last 4 1/2 years, she has been able to navigate all of my emotional outbursts, break downs and at times, completely insane behavior with a sense of calm and professionalism that I am ever so grateful for. She knows the law and understands what’s valid and relevant to present before the courts. She’s taught me that at the end of the day, you will have to give concessions and ignore your own personal frustration for sake of peace and the bigger picture and there are things you have no control over, no matter how it makes you feel. Actual family law isn’t what I thought it was. Outside of God, Heather’s support, ability to keep me grounded with her spot on legal counsel in my ongoing battle have been the only thing that I have been able to count on throughout all of my trials and tribulations. I have yet to lose any of my major requests and I attribute that to her expertise and logic. There are things that I felt strongly about but in the eyes of the law, my emotions sometimes had to take a back seat and Heather has always been empathetic with me and in the handling of my case. She won’t cut corners, sacrifice her integrity or violate her oath of ethics, these facts may not make her a match for people seeking to undermine the law. Heather has been absolutely amazing and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Michael | October 24, 2018
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You want her on your side
Heather has been an amazing attorney for me. From the get go she made it clear to me that her approach is to work towards a fair and appropriate dissolution of my marriage. No games and no nonsense. While my Ex-wives attorney prefers to use emotion, make fraudulent accusations about my character, and accuse me of doing things I have never done Heather has stayed with the facts and the evidence and has continued to point out that the information being provided by the other party is simply not true and without evidence. Her and her entire team have been extremely compassionate and understanding with me. They understand that my budget is limited and have worked with me diligently to keep costs down as low as possible. Their communication with me has been consistent and precise (via e-mail). On the days when I start to freak out and panic about how things are going her entire staff has always taken the extra time to help put things into perspective for me to help me through. And on those days in court when I am as nervous as can be Heather has always shown me the kindness of taking the time to help put me at ease. As for Heathers approach in the court room. She is polite, courteous, and precise. She is not about having the biggest voice or over talking others. She patiently waits until it is her opportunity to speak, renders respect to both the other party and the judge, and what she says she says with confidence and a presence that commands it be heard. If you have done your job and given her the information and facts she requests she will properly utilize it and ensure the truth is heard and proven with out question. Outside of the court room during S.O.C. hearings she strongly advocates for your best interest and when a decision needs to be made by you she gives you the information clean and straight. Heather and her teams document writing is also of an extremely high caliber. They find a way every time to eloquently put things into perspective and make it clear that they are seeking an appropriate dissolution, will not be pushed around, and will not except nonsense at all. I am continually impressed every time I review one of these documents. I suspect Heather is not the least expensive attorney out there but, to be honest, for services I have received I feel as though I have received one heck of a deal over all. If you are looking for an attorney that will work hard, advocate for your best interest, and seek an appropriate dissolution between you and your Ex then there is no better attorney to retain in my opinion. Heather and her entire team are simply amazing people who are extremely good at what they do.
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Posted by Alex | October 23, 2018
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The lawyer you were looking for
I've interviewed 5 family lawyers to help me with my case, with a specific set of criteria: someone with a significant hands-on court-room experience, highly professional, confident and assertive, yet not overly aggressive. To a large extent you look for a lawyer that will match your personality. Heather has been amazing. Very experienced, works with you ahead of time to get ready, comes prepared, knows the details of the case better than the other guys, commands the court room while being very courteous. You can see the judge has a lot of respect to her. A true example of how an honest professional can help you stand tall in court. And, she does not waste your time and money: delegates to associates where possible, spends and bills reasonable amounts of time. Definitely a 5-star, and would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Yoko | October 23, 2018
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Thank you!
I’m so lucky to find her! She did a great job. She and her stuff responded me so quickly and they processed so smoothly. I really recommend to people. Thank you!
Posted by Jesse | October 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever
Heather has represented me in a very messy divorce. Most lawyers will do what ever you want because they get paid no matter what happens. She has advised me many times that I was right but would spend lots of money trying to prove it and it would cost more to prove a point. I have followed her advise throughout this case and have come out on top almost the whole way. I am a male and usually the court is very gender bias. She new what the judges where looking for , and how to present my case in a way that was straightforward with out all the emotion in it. I have recommended her to several of my co workers and they were extremely happy with her. She was s recommendation from a friend as well. I would highly recommended her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2018
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Very compassionate, intelligent, and hardworking
Heather got me full custody of my son! She was compassionate, loyal, hard working, and very intelligent. She was always available when I needed her, and went above and beyond the call of duty. She was amazing in court, and I felt fully supported. She took care of everything!! I would highly recommend Heather to any single moms out there! Thank you Heather!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2018
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Very happy andpleased
Heather is very professional, clear, knowledgable and has integrity. She has displayed and demonstrated to me that I am valued as a person and as a client. I respect and trust her experience to keep me informed and guide me. She has always been very hands on and available.
Posted by Rezielle | May 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Accomodating!
From the beginning to the end, Atty. Allan and her staff was very accommodating and helped me from beginning to the end. I highly recommend her office to anyone needing an attorney for family law.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Heather Alan has been amazing in handling my divorce. She is professional yet compassionate. She’s taken care of details and helped guide me through a very difficult process by providing information and standing between me and my ex when necessary. I highly recommend her
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2017
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Highly recommend
My sister was an addict and alcoholic without any criminal record. Our nephew was put in danger daily and we felt hopeless, not knowing if he or she would make it through another day. We consulted with Heather and was provided great information. We began to work with us and was able to get us permanent guardianship of him and keep him safe. Heather is extremely understanding, informative, and provides great feedback. Our family highly recommends using Heather Allen's services to work with the courts.
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Posted by Susan | November 18, 2017
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Extremely competent and on point in court
Last year I went through the most stressful time of my life - a custody fight for my 5-year old son. I was assigned a judge that was reputed to side with the party who had the deepest pockets. This really freaked me out as I had a special request to move out of area to a town I could afford to live in, my son's father makes 4x the salary that I do, and his family is worth millions. Oh, and he had said he planned to run me out of money. So I did what any scared mom would do... my research. I came across Allan's name a few times, and also in conjunction with my (now retired) judge's name. So I hired her. Yes, she was more expensive than other options but, imo, well worth her weight in gold. She demolished my son's fathers in court. That sounds (and maybe) a little dramatic but the truth is, she was so careful and had so much experience with the process and judge, she seemed to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and when to keep her mouth shut. My son's father went through two lawyers in only a few months to try and compete. The judge never had to scold or lost patience with Allan as she did with the others. There were a couple of things I didn't expect and you need to be aware of. First, he Allan office didn't contact me before the court date to go over details. I now realize that's probably because some people don't want to pay their hourly rate, just to talk. Well, I did, so I had to contact them about it. I was too nervous not too. I didn't know what I should or could be doing to help. I had dug into tons of files and past documents that I thought would help and printed them all out blindly. During that pre-trial time, some extra guidance and communication from her office woukd have been nice. Again, however, I assume they don't because every email and phone call costs $$$ and some clients likely don't want it. Allan ended up using some of the files I'd printed but most were useless, other than the fact that they helped soothe me in the months before the court dates. Another two things to note is, try not to distract Allan during the actual court time. She is trying to listen for things she will need to respond to. And watch her while you're on the stand. She will give you subtle clues and let you know if you're getting too emotional. So, would I recommend Allan for family law? Absolutely... and I wouldn't hesitate to call her again if I need her in the future.
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Posted by Ed | November 18, 2017
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Excellent and Professional
The law office of Heather Allen, was wonderful in my time of need. When my previous Attorney retired. I had no place to turn. She personally Spoke to me and made me feel comfortable. She familiarized herself with my case and communicated with me the entire time. I’m glad that I’m able to help someone find an attorney in there time of need.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2017
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Excellent
Excellent at what she does, very professional.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2017
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Consulted Allan for name change
Allan helped us to file in Santa Clara court for name change. The whole process went through smoothly without any issues. We are very happy with the service Allan has provided. We have received quick clarification for any questions that we had. I highly recommend Allan.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
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Overall great services and support
Heather and her office made the process of going through TWO restraining orders for me very smooth. She is very attentive to her emails, and was able to explain every step of the way for me. I appreciate that her and her office was able to take care of the extra leg work, (Sheriff's office visits), for me when I was unable to due to work constraints to get my name cleared. Thank you!
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Posted by Celia | February 6, 2017
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Worth It!!
I came to Heather Allan with an need for an emergency change to my custody order. First with a free consult i walked away knowing I wanted to hire her. I did and i was pleased. I didnt have to stress or worry or wonder. her team was in contact with me answered all my questions and the day of my hearing she was there on time and I walked into court feeling confidant and knowledgeable of my request order. i highly recommend heather and hands down would hire her if i ever need to go back to court again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2017
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Highly recommend Heather and her firm
I found Heather on Yelp and from day one I felt reassured she would guide me through my messy divorce. Heather is knowledgeable, not a push-over with opposing counsel, empathetic, and definitely not just "in it for the money" as some reviews stated. Her attention to detail, quick response times, willingness to go above and beyond, and extremely reasonable billing made my divorce much more manageable. I would highly recommend Heather and her firm without hesitation.
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Posted by Aubree | February 5, 2017
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Received exactly what was expected
Divorce is never an easy decision or an easy process to go through. After meeting with Heather it was clear that she was experienced and knew exactly what to do. I appreciated her candidness and straightforward approach. Working with her and her team is extremely easy and everyone was supportive of me. All my questions were answered thoroughly and timely. It made this whole ordeal less stressful and was over quickly. I would highly recommend Heather to anyone needed family law services.
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Posted by Lucy | January 31, 2016
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Heather Allan - my best decision for my divorce
I would not hesitate to recommend anyone who needs a divorce lawyer to seek Heather to represent them. Heather came highly recommended by someone who worked in Family Court. Heather spend time understanding my case and answered many of my questions regarding alimony, assets prior to my marriage and she worked to understand what the opposing counsel was seeking for in the divorce. With good records and some strategizing she got me the best settlement I could hoped for. Her rates are very reasonable and she and her office staff are very efficient. My case was wrapped up in 11 months from being served with the divorce papers to divorce settlement, saving me money, time and stress. Do I recommend her? Yes, very highly.
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Posted by Luis | January 27, 2016
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Lucky To Have Her As My Attorney
As painful of a process divorce can be, Heather has made it as smooth as humanly possible. In our first JCC hearing I was a nervous wreck and she was able to calm my nerves and put my mind at ease. Heather has been very responsive to all matters. There has been times after hours, Late Friday evenings, holiday weekends, where court orders were not being followed and Heather does everything in her power to see that orders were followed. She has fought tooth and nail for me. If it wasn’t for Heather I would be paying an outrageous amount of money to child support, only have my children every other weekend and more than likely walked away from a house I owned with nothing. I now have a 45/55 split with my children and half of the equity in my house. Heather and her team are very efficient, thorough, and knowledgeable. Words do not do Heather and her team any justice. She has made this difficult process a lot easier to deal with. I would not hesitate in recommending Heather one bit.
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  • Retainer Always
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Allan & Martelle, LLP
  • 2004 - Present
  • Law Clerk/Associate
  • Law Offices of Martha J. Olson
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2003

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • N/A
  • California State University, California Polytechnic State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Att
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Lawyer Referral Service
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2004 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Attorney Member
  • 2003 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2024
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2023
  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Platinum Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • The Best Law Firms in America 2024
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2023
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Family Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2016
  • 2014 Henry B. Collada Memorial Award
  • Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County
  • 2014
  • Honors Moot Court
  • Santa Clara University
  • 2003
  • Best Oral Advocate
  • Santa Clara University
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Talking With Your Teen About Divorce
  • Los Gatos Teen Therapy 2015 Blog Series
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Young Practitioners Panel
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2013
  • Opening Your Own Law Office
  • Law Career Services
  • 2012
  • Starting Your Own Law Practice
  • Law Career Services
  • 2011
  • Opening A Law Practice
  • Small Firm Career Panel
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Heather
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Heather is focused, detail-oriented, and a true problem solver. She does so much for the minor children she represents, and she works incredibly hard for every one of her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Heather Allan. She and I are on the opposite sides of a contested family law matter. I find her ethical, honest, fair, aggressive, insightful, pragmatic, and cost-effective."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"As a former associate at Allan & Martelle, I am personally aware of the time, commitment, and dedication the attorneys bring to their client's cases. Both Heather and Eva work to ensure that client needs are promptly met, and that each individual case is handled with efficiency and a strategy to bring the case to a meaningful resolution."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather and her partner, Eva, are incredibly dedicated, intelligent and effective family law attorneys. I highly recommend getting in touch with Heather if you have any family law-related need. Their rates are reasonable, and they are very honest in dealing with their clients, staff and colleagues."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Jose Family Lawyer Heather Murray Allan
Heather Murray Allan
Family Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 19 years
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