Skip to main content

Erica Michelle Bansmer

Family Attorney at Lodi, CA

3.6   16 reviews

also known as Erica Bansmer, Bansmer Law

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Erica

Learn Erica’s areas of practice.

For over 10 years, Mrs. Bansmer has been practicing law and providing legal services in the areas of Divorce and Family Law. She has a degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of California-Davis.

She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She strives towards excellence and continuously works toward expanding her knowledge and experience in the legal field.

Photos and videos

Erica ~ Your legal mind 

She will always provide you with an honest answer and the best possible solution. 

Call today for a professional case evaluation.
Amanda ~ Office Manager 

If you should have any questions or concerns, regarding the services we have and will provide you, she is your go to person. Amanda will always provide you with the most positive result available.

Location

Bansmer Law
1812 W Kettleman Ln #1
Lodi, CA, 95242
Bansmer Law
672 W 11th St #104
Tracy, CA, 95376
Hide locations

Family lawyers nearby

Reviews

3.6 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Jana | July 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended Highly
I have been with Bansmer Law Firm for the past 5 years and to be honest I dont know why I havent posted how great her and her team are so long ago. I guess it wasnt until recently our last journey together that I realized how important and extremely greatful I was for Erica and Katie. I needed to emphasize and point out there quality and greatness! They put in so much hard work, determination, dedication, and were treating this above and beyond like this was there situation they were in. They had every district and agency involved. Everyone was working overtime, after hours, and even out of the office. All the stops were being pulled to help me get my kids. As sad as it was my kids were kidnapped from there own biological father and we werent stopping for nothing to retrieve and find the whereabouts of my children. You see this has been a crazy battle for 5 years and it had gotten to a point where this was/ is the last straw. I dont know what i would have done if I didnt have Bansmer law firm on my side. They have been through the ups and downs and know everything about my situation. I am very greatful and honored to have worked with them and continue to work with them. Words dont do justice and I recommend them highly to anyone seeking help. They are very attentive and worth every dime. They not only work Hard but show they are sincere and care about you and what happens. Thank you guys for all you do and continue to do. I got my family back and my kids are safe at home with there mother. Sincerely, Jana.O
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
intelligent, aggressive, insightful and thorough
Ms.Bansmer and her colleagues are detail oriented and work hard to find every way in which you may benefit from the laws regarding your case. They will fight for you to get the justice you deserve when the other party lies and refuses to comply with what the court orders. They stick with you every step of the way even when the other party purposely drags their feet. I am so thankful to have them on my side through this difficult time.
Read less
Posted by Julian | January 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Two successful outcomes...
I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Bansmer and her team on two occasions. Mrs. Bansmer successfully handled my initial divorce proceedings and exceeded my expectations with the result she was able to achieve. Most recently, several years after my divorce was finalized, I retained Mrs. Bansmer for spousal support reduction. We agreed on a flat rate for the trial and there were no additional costs outside of our signed agreement. Mrs. Bansmer and her team were extremely prepared and successfully achieved a significant reduction in my spousal support obligation for a long-term marriage where the halfway point had not been reached yet. I highly recommend Mrs. Banmser and her team if you want a professions, thoughtful, and prepared partner in achieving your desired outcome.
Read less
Posted by Kyle | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Representation
Erica and her staff are consistently exceptional. I have had nothing but amazing experiences (even through difficult life events) with this team. I have hired Erica and her team twice over the past 5 years and would recommend them to others confidently.
Posted by John | November 27, 2014
Helpful, Professional,
My situation was very unique, and Mrs.Bansmer had a great way of presenting all the things that needed to be addressed. I have spoken with her a couple of times over the past 4 or 5 years, and both times she was very professional and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone dealing with family court.
Posted by Lonny | April 23, 2013
Trustworty, Up-Front and Timely
A close family member utilized the legal services of Ms. Bansmer and her capable staff in a family law situation that involved child custody and was an extremely emotional issue for all of us. To make a very long story condensed, the outcome for us was favorable with the expert assistance of this legal firm. Unusual, perhaps, we are at a significant distance from Ms. Bansmer's practice and had to handle much of the work over the phone. All of our calls and court documents were handled in a timely and capable manner. All court visits were attended by Ms. Bansmer and her assistant Amanda who drove long distance to Redwood City, and they were present and on-time for each of 3 appearances. Personally, I couldn't say enough about the professionalism and yet the ease of communicating with everyone from this office. I spent years working in the judicial system and feel that the helpfulness of Erica and her staff is superior to others in the same profession. As a family, we are both grateful and pleased to have the full support of this excellent legal team. Would I/we recommend them to others? YES!!!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2010
very professional. a fighter
Great attorney! She offered a free 30 min consult and gave me a pay plan when it became hard to pay. She is a bit distant. Did not want to get to know me at all, which is fine but felt kinda cold. Her assistant, Amanda, was also very helpful and attentive. They fought for my case beautifully. Could've gone better but my ex is an a**h**e!
Read less
Posted by Judy | September 6, 2009
good attorney in Stockton
Bankruptcy and family law attorney did a commendable job. Helped me through a rough time. Very good support of paralegals.
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2009
fair & honest
young attorney but also competent. quite fair and will return your calls when she gets a chance. Yes, I have already recommended her to a friend.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2010
good result
Got me through my legal problems. I first saw her advertisment in the newspaper and went in for free consult. It went okay and I was pleased with outcome.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2010
family law atty.
did a good job handling family law issues. Bottom line ..I was satisfied. She is busy atty. who gets back to you when she is able to. Yes, I will recommend to others.
Posted by Joyce | January 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very unpredictable and unethical
This lawyer lacked substance, character and respect. Always unprepared and plays blaming game on clients. She helped me with my restraining order hearing as well as custody, however opposing party is now claiming he was not properly served and was unaware of the custody hearing and he is now requesting changes. Her office turned around to charge me even much more to represent me for the same case that they messed up by leaving loop holes. I also retained her for divorce however all my retention fees ran out in her office without her office moving the case to court. From their invoice, they claimed phone calls and emails claimed all my retention fee. At a time they told me they were in negotiation process , turns out they never moved it beyond my documents sitting in their office. They hardly find time to do anything. After two ro three months I called them for an update, that's when they told me that some bank statements did not carry the dates they wanted and that was never communited to me until I have called multiple times seeking to know the status of my divorce. She was very unapologetic instead she blamed it all on me, I felt victimized . My divorce was unnecessarily delayed such that I am now looking for another lawyer to move it forward but her and her office are refusing to pay back my retention fees for the divorce. Beware of their so called "flat fee" because that's a trap, its not really a flat fee, you may go bankrupt. My experience with other lawyers is by far much better and I could tell the big difference. I noticed that they are not transparent and honest about a lot of things. She shifts her position on things and she just keep changing. I could never reach her over the phone and my email responses takes an average of a week or more to get response. They will try everything to get you to retain them but once you retain them its another game. I think they are too busy to handle their cases, I am convinced that she did not represent my best interest. She is very unpredictable and can easily run out of patience. One time I took my friend to her office to witness how she conducts herself but my friend came out very disappointed and upset about her conduct and her mishandling my case and he advised me to get another lawyer. There were so many things I cannot wrote here. I felt victimized in their lack of sensitivity and conduct. You can still retain her but learn from my mistakes.
Read less
Response from Erica Bansmer January 18, 2019
Dear Joyce, I understand that this process is overwhelming and uncertain. I appreciate you reaching out to me once again. We have been through a lot during your matter and have been very successful. We have obtained a restraining order protecting you and your children, and we have obtained sole custody in our attempt to keep your family safe. When we met a couple weeks ago, I know that there was a previous misunderstanding regarding which documents were necessary to move forward with the process. I offered to subpoena the information on your behalf, in order to relieve some of the pressure and stress that you are dealing with. If you would like me to move forward with that, I am more than happy to do so upon your request. Also, I want to remind you that you have always had my personal cell phone number, as well as my paralegal’s personal contact. We have all communicated through this avenue and it has been a quick and efficient way to do so. You are welcome to continue to contact us in this manner. The flat fee representation has overall been a wonderful way to offer single services to clients that may not have the funds to hire an attorney otherwise. I know that you were very thankful for that option and this kept your costs down significantly. In order to keep the fees affordable, I purposely exclude additional services that each client may not need at the time. The fact that your husband filed a new motion is upsetting and worrisome, considering the circumstances of your situation. I appreciate that, and the fear associated with the upcoming hearing. Because of this, I quoted you the lowest possible fee in order to be present with you. I am also happy to provide you with all the evidence needed to dispute the current claims made in his motion. These documents are in your client portal, which gives you 24-hour access to all your documents. We will always be here for you. I encourage you to reach out to me personally so that I can address your concerns and hopefully find a positive resolution for you. If you choose to retain other representation, I wholeheartedly respect your decision. I want the best for you and your children, so I strongly encourage you to ensure you have an attorney to fight for you at this upcoming hearing, regardless of who that may be.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Move on, there's better lawyers out there!!
My fiance and I hired Bansmer to be our lawyer for my divorce. She was never "available" when you needed to get information about your case or where it was at. Then she made it almost impossible for the case to move forward even though my ex and I had come together and came up with an agreement on our own. She was never in a hurry to submit paperwork. She almost NEVER did any of the paperwork, 95% of the time it was left up to the legal assistant. The legal assistant would submit paperwork without proper signatures from either myself or from the lawyer herself. I was consistently getting calls from the ex's lawyer telling me that something was done wrong or not enough paperwork was submitted. I would call and the assistant would tell me that Bansmer would contact me after being in court or doing other things. I wouldn't hear back from her for a week or two. I would then have to call her back again; to find out that she was out of the office again. I heard more,feedback from my exs lawyer then her, seems that know one knows what their doing no communication going on she submitted forms that we didn't agree too...please buyer beware..
Read less
Response from Erica Bansmer May 22, 2018
Jamie has been a client with my office since March of 2017. She came to me from another attorney’s office, as she was dissatisfied with the service. From that moment, we spent countless hours attempting to please her. Myself and my staff communicated with her after hours and on weekends, as we do with all our clients, to help her achieve the most positive and successful outcome. She would complain about the one thing we had not yet done, instead of being thankful for the hundreds of things we had already done for her. We were always met with threats of negative reviews online, no matter how hard we tried. As of yesterday, we put up our hands and waived our white flags, knowing full well that the lashing out and false accusations would occur. We realized that it was not what we did or did not do, it was not her divorce, or her ex-husband, or the custody or the Court. It was the lack of peace within. I hope you find true happiness Jamie. Best of luck.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
just aweful
I saw Erica Bansmer ad on the internet ,I'm currently going through a divorce so I thought I would hire her for the rest of the process,during the first meeting she was nice and cordial i felt at ease with hiring her,at the end of the meeting she said she's going to take as long as possible on this divorce I'm new at this so i said ok but still alittle weird why would i want this to take a long time? ok a year passes I'm getting no communication or anything at this point from her so I call and ask what's going on with the divorce,this is with her paralegal they write up a few papers I say I might like his wages garnished I still wasnt sure so her paralegal gives me papers for the tracking of the income hes been giving me,I didnt do it I didnt want his wages garnished after all,we went to court she was never prepared I told the paralegal on different occasions it's like she working more for them then me,I dont know the law she wasnt guiding me or letting me know what's the best route to take,before court I was expressing my feelings about my son how I told him no he cant stay late for a party he was disrespectful so I told him your not coming over until you apologize to me I didnt deserve what he said..Erica says to me I shouldn't have said that to my son about him being disrespectful so I was upset during the court proceedings...a couple months passed I never heard the outcome of the hearing I call they tell me..there is absolutely no communication whatsoever in this office,I was getting upset at this point nothing is being done about my divorce it's like pulling teeth for them to do anything,the paralegal hangs up on me because I never get to talk to the lawyer and there's no communication..they submitted paperwork for the garnishment without my approval or concent I found this out through my ex not my lawyer I get upset she tells me I signed paperwork which I clearly did not ,she said she submitted paperwork with the court I called nothing was filed the only thing I signed was the payment history in the middle of may which her office submitted the garnishment at the end of april..I tried to make it work with this office for what she did I could have saved thousands of dollars she did absolutely nothing I couldn't have done myself which I know now..I believe she's not the right fit she will lie to you unprofessional staff and NO communication,its been 2 years and I'm still not divorced..this has been a horrible experience with this firm ...just do your homework if you ever decide to hire her.Its bad enough to go through a divorce you dont need a bad lawyer too.
Read less
Response from Erica Bansmer May 22, 2018
Jamie has been a client with my office since March of 2017. She came to me from another attorney’s office, as she was dissatisfied with the service. From that moment, we spent countless hours attempting to please her. Myself and my staff communicated with her after hours and on weekends, as we do with all our clients, to help her achieve the most positive and successful outcome. She would complain about the one thing we had not yet done, instead of being thankful for the hundreds of things we had already done for her. We were always met with threats of negative reviews online, no matter how hard we tried. As of yesterday, we put up our hands and waived our white flags, knowing full well that the lashing out and false accusations would occur. We realized that it was not what we did or did not do, it was not her divorce, or her ex-husband, or the custody or the Court. It was the lack of peace within. I hope you find true happiness Jamie. Best of luck.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
suprised
After reading other reviews I thought I was going to get good advice and service. I was told to bring cash, and was not helped at all. They never let me know if the other party was served. I had to fill out the court docs myself and have never received a promised invoice.
Response from Erica Bansmer September 2, 2015
Requiring a client to fill out portions of the court forms serves two very important purposes. The first is to have confidence that all facts have been shared with the office. The second is that the client can have the assurance that all information provided to my office will be disclosed. I personally review every document submitted by a client, revise and prepare it formally prior to being submitted to court. Both myself and my staff have reviewed every email and written request for an invoice over the last few months. I do apologize, however, we are unable to locate any request that was not fulfilled. If you are truly a retained client, you have been provided with my direct email and I would appreciate if you can contact me directly to discuss any request, questions or concerns that you may have. I always respond to my client’s concerns, whether it be personally or through my staff. If you were possibly a flat fee client, then no invoice would be sent unless specifically requested. Once again, I encourage you to contact us directly. My staff and I have been highly praised for our professionalism, and I am confident that given the opportunity, we can resolve any issue that you may have. Thank you for your time and I wish you the best.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2012
WARNING
Ms. Bansmer gave poor advice, delayed our case over and over again, and charged us three times for a service that was never performed. Should you hire this attorney, be prepared to know the law yourself, do not depend on this office to be knowledgeable about your issue. Ms. Bansmer will give you false information, does not know the law, and is an unethical attorney. Save your money, your time, and your sanity. Go elsewhere. Trust me.
Read less
Response from Erica Bansmer January 17, 2013
My staff and I strive to go above and beyond for our clients, which we feel confident we did for you. We understand your bankruptcy was delayed due to your Father’s probate proceedings. Moving forward with your matter would have been detrimental and lead to many further issues, including a possible dismissal of your bankruptcy. As you are aware, finalizing a probate matter can take a long period of time, sometimes years. In your particular case, it took approximately one year before the probate matter was finalized and closed. You must understand that the change of circumstances and proceedings are out of our control and we do not have the ability or right to expedite these kinds of ordeals. Furthermore, President Obama’s latest change in the laws regarding debt forgiveness for consumer homes typically benefits the homeowner. In your case however, it affected your bankruptcy qualification. We strongly believe we did everything possible to assist you considering your personal circumstances. You have our condolences for your Father’s death and we strive to do our best for all of our clients. Our office spent over 72 hours on your case and provided you with a discount of 53% in legal services. This discount was given in an attempt to make this process go as smoothly and painlessly as possible for you due to the loss of your father. We are sorry you believe we did not provide satisfactory service, but we feel strongly that we have done everything accordingly. We wish you the best of luck.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Owner
  • Law Office of Erica M. Bansmer
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Family Law Service Center
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law clerk
  • San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2004

Education

  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Undergraduate
  • 1997
  • St. Mary's High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1995
View all education

Associations

  • San Joaquin County, Women's Lawyers Section
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Joaquin County, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Joaquin County, Women's Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Erica
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Erica is an excellent attorney. She cares for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erica is a diligent, hardworking, aggressive advocate! I endorse her wholeheartedly."
General practice Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with Erica Michelle Bansmer and her credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Erica is a bold and experienced family law attorney. I worked with her in my office and as opposing counsel on a few cases. She does good work."
General practice Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erica is very knowledgeable and assertive but also honest with her clients about realistic expectations. An attorney that will will fight for their client but and give theman honest assessment of their case can be hard to find."
View more endorsements