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Lindsay Renee Torgerson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.9   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
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About Lindsay

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I am a family law, divorce, custody, child support, and alimony lawyer in Santa Rosa, Napa, and Ukiah. Wine Country Family Law was founded in Sonoma County in 2008 during the worst period of my life—my divorce.

A newly single mom fresh out of law school with two young boys and starting a new business in the midst of the great recession, times were tough, to say the least!

It was during this challenging period that I came to appreciate how physically, emotionally, and financially draining the divorce process can be, even for an attorney!

Through my own difficult journey, I was able to hone in on the benefits my firm could bring to clients going through difficulties such as separation, divorce, custody and child support issues.

We offer discounted initial family law consultations by phone, video, or in person for up to 1 hour.

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Wine Country Family Law, P.C.
613 College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404
Ukiah location:
390 W Standley St
Ste 9
Ukiah, CA, 95482
Napa location:
3166 Jefferson St
Napa, CA, 94558
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4.9 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by A. R. | March 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lindsay Is Outstanding!
We hired Lindsay based on the high marks and reviews on her website . She was all and even more than was described and above and beyond what we expected. She was professional, confident, patient and clearly comprehends the laws- inside and out. She put me at ease with her prompt and clear responses, her kind and gentle manner and her unwavering accountability and consistency. She made me feel secure and safe and I slowly began to realize that she was setting me and us up for success at every turn by her calm demeanor and steady and meticulous work. She made a difficult process run as smooth and seamless as possible. I am forever grateful for Lindsay's finesse, skill and brilliance in law and the process and also in making me feel like I was a smart and significant person. A person and situation that was important and mattered. I feel more than fortunate to have found Lindsay and to have had her on my team. I now can definitively say- Lindsay is an outstanding attorney and person!
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Posted by Tara | September 19, 2014
Knowledgeable, Dependable and Caring
After interviewing with 6 other bankruptcy lawyers, I immediately hired Lindsay Smith after an initial consultation. Lindsay's expert guidance, accuracy and supportive approach was exactly what I needed. Lindsay let me know that I was misinformed about bankruptcy guidance provided by other attorneys. As a self-employed business owner, I was very anxious that I would not meet the criteria for filing. When I gave Lindsay the facts, she told me that she expected it would be easy for me to be granted a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge. She was right and everything went seamlessly. Additionally, Lindsay was able to discharge my student loan bankruptcy on a private student educational loan in an adversarial proceeding. I didn't expect to win this one, nor did anyone else (including attorneys) think that I would win. Private student loans are extremely difficult to discharge. The fact that the judge ruled in my favor shows that Lindsay is an outstanding attorney. While no one ever wants to declare bankruptcy, sometimes a "fresh start" is what is needed and Lindsay is the best lawyer you can find.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2012
Very professional
Lindsay was very patient and personable through our entire backruptcy and after discharge, still there with our questions. We definetly recommend her for anyone looking for a fresh start.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2012
Thank you Lindsay!
I hired Lindsay based soley on these reviews and I could not be happier with her services. She made the difficult process very understandable and easy to navigate. It was a great convenience to complete most of the work via email or phone. Her fees were reasonable and straight surprises. I highly recommend Lindsay!
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2012
Lindsay R. very professional!!!
LIndsay was very professional and supportive to us during such a difficult time. She always replied/called us on a timely bases whenever we had questions or needed help. I would highly recommend her services!!!
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2012
Only time - never again
My wife and felt mmore comfortable with Lindsay than any other person /attorney we talked to about our situation and know that we will not/should not get into this situation again. She is very easy to work with and we would both highly reccomend her without hesation.
Posted by Jann | December 16, 2011
Lindsay R Smith is an Exceptional Lawyer
I was so fortunate to find Lindsay R Smith to help me through Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I wasn't sure I even qualified and was fearful of spending more money on a hopeless cause. A credit card summons pushed me to try and Lindsay provided a thorough free consultation with my options. Serious illness in the family for several years resulted in a home short sell, depleted savings and huge credit card debt. I felt so beaten down and actually felt intimidated to talk to a lawyer. With Lindsay I immediate felt relief and that I was doing something right. She is so competent and approachable. Her fees are very reasonable and her delivery of service excellent. Now I can sleep at night, pay my bills and rebuild a future. I can never thank her enough for her professional hard work. As a person I respect and like her very much. As a lawyer she is the best. Even now I its hard for me to believe how lucky I was to find Lindsay R Smith, Esq!
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Posted by Jeremiah Rowe | October 26, 2011
Starting over
I found that working with Lindsay was very professional and fairly easy, a lot easer than I thought it would have been. I am very thankful for all her help, in helping me to start over again.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2011
Professional & Informative - you couldn't ask for more!
Lindsay was extremely professional, understanding, patience and was so helpful in the entire process of our case. Her expertise in this area is phenomenal and made us feel extremely comfortable in our decision.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2011
A joy to work with!!!
Lindsay was an absolute joy to work with! She was always very quick to respond if I had any questions throughout the whole process. There was never a time we spoke that she wasn't extremely pleasant! I would strongly reccomend her to anyone who needs her services!!
Posted by Mari | August 27, 2011
I am so glad that I found Lindsay
When I found Lindsay I had already met with three other bankruptcy attorneysy, Lindsay made me comfortable from the first time I spoke to her and made me feel like everything was going to be ok... I was going through a divorce and was in the process of losing my home, She was so helpful and understanding and made the process as painless as possible... I would highly recommend her ! ... Thank you so much for giving me a new lease on life...
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Posted by Jennifer | August 25, 2011
Very Helpful and informative lawyer!!!
Lindsay is such an excellent and informative lawyer!! I was having difficulty deciding what to do in regards to my enormous mortgage payments, a terrible loan modification, along with my credit card debts. She eased my worry and panic by compassionately and clearly stating all my options. She was very quick and responsive to all my questions and stayed in touch. She is very flexible to an individuals needs unlike a lot of other lawyers out there, making her a pleasure to work with! She always keeps her word and is a great communicator!! Lindsay is definitely the lawyer I will use if I decide to file bankruptcy!! Thank You So Much Linsay!!!
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Posted by Carey | August 6, 2011
Extremely competent and knowledgable.
I had a Chapter 7 bankruptcy that I had to file in less than a month because of a lawsuit was pending from a credit card bank. Ms. Smith was very professional, compassionate, and immediately got my filing on time, thus precluding a negative judgment against me. While in bankruptcy court I noticed half of the other attorneys were ill prepared and did not have all their paperwork properly completed. When it was my turn in front of the bankruptcy trustee, my paperwork was in perfect order, and I breezed through the process. Thank you so much Lindsay for a job well done.
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Posted by mark | July 31, 2011
on top of her game
just finished a contested divorce, my chapter 7 was complicated. Lindsay was through and complete. Her guidance and attention to completing every detail was apparent at the debtor's (341) meeting. Other debtors represented by other attorney's many of them had incomplete files and had to be rescheduled, one attorney was cautioned he could be sanctioned. I saw Lindsay with another client go up and come out in five minutes, all paper work in order and done. She was professional came prepared did it right the first time. I had to go to a second meeting but at no fault of Lindsay's. She guided me in what I had to do, and together we got it done.
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Posted by Shelley | June 23, 2011
Great Attorney!
Lindsay really saved me! She was able to do a "cram down" on my truck loan with my Chapter 13 BK. My intrest rate was at 19% she managed to get it down to about 4% and my payment was cut in half! She was very professional, kind and unintimidating. I have recommended her several times.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2011
Chapter 13 client
Lindsay was extremely professional and knowledgeable, and helped us immensely during this very difficult time. She advised us on the various options for bankruptcy so we could choose the best direction, and kept us informed as we moved through the process. We would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2011
Thanks Lindsay
Lindsay was very helpful in our case and provided us with constant updates throughout the entire BK process. She provided answers to all of our questions regarding the bankruptcy case. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Jane | February 22, 2011
Thank you Lindsay!
Lindsay came highly recommended and I was immediately impressed with her professionalism. She was also very kind, and helped me to feel comfortable in spite of the seriousness of my situation. I was grateful to have a trusted ally guide me through every step, and it was obvious she was well respected in the legal world.
Posted by Arlene | February 15, 2011
Thank you Lindsay!
I entered into bankruptcy with much trepidation. Lindsay was all business! She kept me focused when I felt overwhelmed with all the paperwork and kept me on track. I am not an "all business" kind of gal and am a little intimidated by that kind of attitude. However, when I met Lindsay at court, she was very comforting and I found her knowledge and all business attitude just what was needed! Her strength helped me be strong through this procedure. Thank you Lindsay.
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Posted by Pat & Myriam | February 13, 2011
Great Lawyer
Lindsay was very easy to work with and understand . She made the whole bankruptcy process easy and painless, she was always in touch every step of the way. We really appreciated all of her hard work on our behalf. We certainly would recommend her services.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Child Support Officer & Law Clerk
  • Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services
  • 1996 - 2003


  • William Howard Taft Univ
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Institute of Imaginal Studies v. Christoff (In re Christoff), 527 B.R. 624, 632 (9th Cir. BAP 2015)
  • Affirmed


  • Napa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Napa County Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Mendocino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Mendocino County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2020
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2024
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Satisfaction Top 10 Women Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Earl Warren Award (Highest GPA for Fourth-Year Law Student)
  • William Howard Taft University
  • 2007
  • Earl Warren Award (Highest GPA for Second-Year Law Student)
  • William Howard Taft University
  • 2005


  • Sonoma County Bar Association Journal
  • Private Non-Qualified Student Loans Are Not Protected from Bankruptcy Discharge Unless Funds Are Received
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Emerging Issues in Child Custody
  • Emerging Issues in Child Custody
  • 2017
  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in a Nutshell
  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
Endorse Lindsay
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Lindsay R. Smith's work. Lindsay brings competence and compassion to her work as a Bankruptcy attorney. I frequently refer clients to her and I highly recommend her services."
Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt

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Santa Rosa Divorce and separation Lawyer Lindsay Renee Torgerson
Lindsay Renee Torgerson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Santa Rosa, CA
Licensed for 15 years