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Sherine M Pahlavan

Family Attorney at Davis, CA

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
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About Sherine

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PASSIONATE REPRESENTATION COUPLED WITH STRONG PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR ALL OF YOUR FAMILY LAW NEEDS.

Sherine is a solo practitioner and operates her family law practice in Davis, CA. Sherine represents clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, guardianships, paternity and adoption. She practices in Yolo County, including Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters, and Esparto, as well as in Sacramento and Solano Counties. 

Sherine has always had a passion for solving problems and helping people. She graduated from the Univeristy of California at Davis in 2004, with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis on law and society. While there, she spent two years as a mentor/tutor for Upward Bound, a program that assists first generation college bound students prepare for post-secondary education. She then went on to earn her law degree at McGeorge School of Law. During law school, Sherine continued to serve the community as an Americorps member. 

After passing the California State Bar in 2009, Sherine began her career in the area of criminal law. After several years of practicing, she changed her focus to family law as a result of her desire to direct her skills toward make a more positive impact on the lives of the people she represents. Sherine takes pride in her ability to connect with her clients on a human level in order to break down their individual needs. Sherine approaches every case with compassion, while also providing strong and practical legal solutiions. She is adept in balancing fairness with agrressive and attentive representation during what is often the most difficult time of her client's lives. Sherine is regularly appointed by the Court as Minor's Counsel to represent the best interests of children. She finds representing minors to be one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. 

In addition to running her busy family law practice, Sherine remains active in serving the local community. She serves as a volunteer attorney for Empower Yolo's Divorce Clinic and regularly volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence. Sherine has been honored with the Agent of Change Award by Empower Yolo and the Exceptional Volunteer Award by the Yolo County Foundation. Sherine has also received accolades by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" multiple years in a row. Only 2.5% of California attorneys receive this distinction. 

Outside of work, Sherine enjoys traveling with her family, camping, bike riding, hiking, wine nights and running after her dogs, George and Louise. 

 

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Location

Law Office of Sherine Pahlavan
260 Russell Blvd, Suite A
Davis, CA, 95616

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Posted by Danielle | January 18, 2023
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She is PHENOMENAL.
Sherine has been an enormous help to me during a high conflict and difficult time. She is both professional and incredibly thoughtful and I am so grateful to her for her understanding and patience with her clients like myself. She makes me feel safe and taken care of. She has invested personal time in reaching out to me to ensure things are going smoothly with my case and problem-solve whatever comes my way. I can't say enough good things about her. She's got you covered on the legal side of things, but also just makes you feel like you're being genuinely cared for by a friend. She is strong-mannered, detail oriented, and I've heard her be compared to a shark (in the best way) while in court. I also appreciate how strongly she advocates for those having trouble fighting for themselves. I can only hope that more people who are struggling find her because she is such an incredible resource.
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Posted by Adam | March 17, 2021
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Defense beats Offense
How do you beat the best offense? By paying attention! Having a keen eye with a quick response. In my case, I got lucky to have an attorney who actually cares about me and the best interest for My family. Best part about Sherine is that she will quickly find the hidden secrets Lingering in the dark. Don’t be shy or scared to tell her everything. That’s why she’s there. To protect you. To help you. To be your shining light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t go to war with this attorney. YOU’LL LOSE.
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Posted by Tamilla | February 20, 2019
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Compassionate and Knowledgeable in Child Custody and DV cases
I called Sherine's office completely out of hope and at a loss for what step to take next. I was immediately comforted by her wonderful and compassionate office staff who have been always been extremely helpful and supportive. Sherine passionately cares about her clients and uses her extensive legal experience to do everything she can to put you at ease. Despite every curveball that was thrown in my Child Custody/ DV case, Sherine and her staff have always been persistent, knowledgable and handled my case with a sense of urgency. I am forever grateful for the help, support and feeling a safety that I felt after choosing Sherine's office to represent me.
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Posted by Kenneth | July 10, 2018
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Hands Down the Best Family Attorney in Yolo County
I couldn't have made it through this tough time without Sherine. I hired her as soon as I met her. I am a father of two who had joint custody of my children. At the end of 2017 some issues arose that led me to believe there was extreme physical abuse going on at the other household. In going through the proper channels, CPS etc nothing was done. I was scared for my children and I felt like the system was letting me down. During the beginning of 2018 the children expressed that the abuse had escalated after making contact with CPS. I felt that I had to do something to protect my children from this horrible environment. I had expressed concerns in the past about the living conditions, treatment of the children and neglect that was taking place at the other parents house, only to be told that it wasn't enough to remove the children from the other parents home. Initially, I hired another attorney, the first one I met with, because I was filing an Ex-Parte and needed to be seen in court before the children left my care. This was a mistake. My lawyer was awful, did not represent me, I did not feel like they took the case seriously and most importantly I had to do all the speaking in court. My lawyer was late, they did not remember anything we discussed, tried to blame something on me in open court, plain and simple they did not fight for me. I was a wreck, knowing that if we didn't win that case and the children had to go back to the other parent's house after coming forward with all this information, the repercussions were unthinkable, and more importantly they would lose all trust in me and the system that is supposed to protect them. I ended up winning sole custody by the skin of my teeth and no thanks to my original attorney. We were scheduled for another court appearance after the children could be seen by a court mediator. I immediately started doing research about other Yolo County based lawyers, because my current attorney was incompetent. I stumbled across this website and started reading the reviews about Sherine and some of them resonated with me. In reading these reviews I felt like Sherine would understand my situation, get to know me and my family and truly fight for us. I immediately called to make an appointment and she squeezed us in for the end of the day. Half way through the initial meeting I was already feeling more at ease and hired Sherine immediately. Sherine asked the right questions, took time to understand the situation, was empathetic about the issue and understood how important it was to me, my wife (not the children's' mother) and the kids. I wasn't just a dollar sign, or another job, but she saw us as actual people who needed help in a time of chaos with no idea how to protect the children. Prior to the next court appearance I was in constant contact with Sherine's office. Everyone in her office is friendly, and familiar with the case, they don't make me feel like I'm bugging them when I call or email with questions. Sherine always makes a point to get back to me even if it's at the end of her day, and having that contact helped me be less stressed through the whole situation. Sherine relieved a lot of my worry about the upcoming court appearance because she is so knowledgeable and patient. She explained everything to me, along with the reasoning behind each decision, and I felt like there was full transparency between us. At our next court appearance, I was granted full custody. Sherine was on time, prepared and did a great job advocating for me and my children. Although I was still nervous about the court appearance, Sherine being with me definitely put me more at ease. Most importantly, she knew what I wanted and fought for it. I couldn't have done it without Sherine, she has done an outstanding job thus far.
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Posted by Hannah | January 4, 2018
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Lifesaver!
Sherine was honestly the best thing that could've happened to us, this was all such new territory for me & I felt so lost and overwhelmed. She helped guide me through it, provided support when I felt weak and needed a confidence boost, and has been so wonderful to my entire family! I really don't know what we would've done without her! Would recommend her 100% to anyone who needs a lawyer, she goes above and beyond for her clients.
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Posted by David | December 19, 2017
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awesome attoney
Sherine is an amazing attorney. She knows the law, and she is extremely familiar with Solano and yolo county, which is where my case was. I hired Sherine for a custody battle with my Ex, I started the case on my own, when I needed help, I spoke with several attorneys, I hired Sherine because I felt that she was the best fit for my situation. I hired her in the middle of a wintry storm. She took the case on in full stride, each and every play was timed perfectly. Sherine is extremely ethical, honest,and hard working. Sherine remains, cool,calm, collective, and knows when to be aggressive. She stands up for her clients, she looks at the situation, and gives you the best options and routes to go. If you look at the courts, as a football game, she is a head coach who knows how to win a championship. Her law office is a very busy one, sometimes you may feel left out at times, but with Sherine, your in good hands, she knows whats going, and when it comes to your turn, shes on her game, just as a head coach should be. In the end, the case ended perfectly. Fair and Balanced Thank you Sherine and Tiffany for working so hard and diligently Would I hire Sherine again? Faster than a New York Min.
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Posted by MIke | June 8, 2017
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Simply the best
Sherine has been instrumental in my child custody case. She worked with me to ensure that I got what I deserved with my son. She also kept my son and my interests in mind while handling the case. Two court room appearances and numerous meetings with Sherine and every encounter was always pleasant as well as a feeling of getting things moving in the right direction. I would defiantly recommend Sherine to any one who finds themselves in the unfortunate position of needing an attorney. Don't hire the rest when you have the best right here.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2017
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Simply the BEST
I was in a very messy divorce that included child custody of a little one less than a year old and my ex resided out of the area. The divorce included domestic violence, accusations of mental wellness, and money issues. I hired another attorney at first under the recommendation of a family friend and in the urgency, I hired him. That was a huge mistake in terms of professionalism, cost and knowledge of the law. I trusted that attorney to protect me from my abusive ex and his accusations - while this helped for the initial court hearing, you could tell the judge brushed it off as "he said, she said" since I never called the cops on any of the abuse. Also, I was never able to reach that attorney and was even told he was working on a more important case. In desperation to securing my child in the Sacramento area and knowing I needed to not work with that other attorney, I reached out to Empower Yolo that helps DV victims and they recommend me to Sherine. This by far was the best decision I could have ever made. For the first time in this whole messy process, I felt heard, believed, supported and protected by Sherine and her staff. We had to go back to mediation and court to establish final custody and my ex was still pushing for my little one to fly between homes. Sherine was there for me EVERY step of the way. She called me prior to meetings and met with me prior to going in to the court. She worked with my ex and the judge to agree on difficult matters which causes us to not have to go back to court in the near future and the best part..... my kid is with me and we are safe. I would and will recommend Sherine to anyone. She is simply the best.
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Posted by Michael | December 22, 2016
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She is awesome
She helped me get visits amidst so really messed up accusations thankyou so much me and my children will be spending Christmas together she usually does yolocounty but is representing me in solano
Posted by Joni Irvin | September 13, 2016
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She will be there for you and get you through anything that comes up!
Sherine is the most dedicated and caring attorney I've ever encountered. She has a natural ability to calm me down and has lead me in the direction that is best at all times. Sometimes she is a sounding board and sometimes she has to be the realist and give you the best advice even when you do not want to hear it. She will never leave you feeling alone or neglected throughout the divorce or custody issues. I've cried, laughed, screamed and had every emotion possible throughout this ordeal. I value her as my attorney, and I value what having her in my life has done for all aspects of daily living and sanity. She has made recommendations outside of the law that have helped our family in more ways than I can count. She will never let you down and knows family law well. She will always give you every option. I am proud to highly recommended her. Sherine will be the one to get you through this time in your life when things are scary and challenging. Sherine will be the one that helps you to close a chapter and open your next one and you will be happier because of how strong she will advocate and stand up for you. Her caring personality, professionalism and knowledge will give you confidence throughout the family court process each step of the way. She will guide you and answer as many questions as you have.
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Posted by Falon | September 8, 2016
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Surviving divorce with an amazing attorney
Through out the process of a toxic and stressful divorce and custody battle my lawyer Sherine had proven herself to be not only an experienced advocate on my behalf, but empathetic to my situation. She treated me like a human being and not just a another client, helping me navigate the legal process. She answered my questions and constantly reassured me when I was I was lost in the complexities of the court system, and stood up for my rights when my ex-husband and his attorney tried to take advantage of me. If it was not for her guidance I do not think I would have made it through and accomplished coming out of this horrific disillusion of marriage in the positive way we were able to settle. There is nothing worse than feeling alone and grieving and trying to comprehend the legal system and stipulations forced upon you when going through a divorce in general, but it was made bearable by having someone represent you and build up your confidence and show you how to stand up for yourself and educate you while having to deal with such a harsh experience. I highly recommend Sherine for anyone going through a similar situation. I don't know what I would have done without her advising me.
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Posted by Kevin | January 5, 2016
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A caring attorney who redefined the word "lawyer" for my family!
I interviewed a dozen attorneys on the phone and five attorneys face to face for a consultation before hiring Sherine. She was the last attorney I met with and instantly I knew I wanted her on my side. She is truly dedicated to helping families during one of the most challenging and emotional time in your life. Sherine cares about her clients and tries to reduce the stress and anxiety during custody proceedings. My case is a high conflict custody battle. She listens and asks important questions. She is ethical, meticulous, courteous, well-organized, sincere, wise and successful. My case is still active. She has represented me through three custody hearings and what looks to be headed to a trial (not because we haven't tried to settle multiple times). Sherine has prepared me, guided me and represented me against an extremely hostile and intimidating opposing counsel who has refused to work out a compromise. Sherine doesn't play games and takes the high road when faced with unethical tactics of opposing counsel. If I had to describe Sherine in one word it would be trustworthy. Sherine has a natural ability to remain calm and professional at all times. She looks at all aspects of each situation with the hearings and develops a strategy. Sherine is not afraid to tell me the truth or to make recommendations. The last year has been hard for my family. We are starting 2016 with the custody battle continuing. With Sherine as my attorney, I know I am in good hands and even more so, I know my children are in good hands with her fighting for us in court. Having Sherine as my attorney provides me with a legal adviser who always makes me feel as if I am her only client. She works with me to always put my children's best interest above everything else.
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Posted by Jessica | February 23, 2015
Classy and Effective
Finding Sherine felt like we won the lottery. My husband was going through a rough and bitter custody battle with his ex wife. One day we were served with emergency court summons and the attorney we had been working with up until then was out of town and unavailable. I was recommended to her office and lucky me she was there! She took the time to sit down and hear our story even though it looked like she was on her way out the door. We had already been going through a long and emotionally draining few years in the family law courts. We had put our life on hold, an indefinite engagement, and plans for growing our family together. Sherine instilled a confidence in us and encouraged us to move forward and to live our lives. We then felt at ease enough to take the first step, and planned a small intimate wedding in Tahoe this last August with the boys as the "best kids". Sherine then went to work for us! The court ordered a 3111 evaluation of our 2 boys. The report had come back consistent with multiple evaluations and therapist reports stating the boys wanted equal time with both parents, yet we found ourselves in a trial anyways. This is where we really got to see Sherine shine. She was so focused and on point with her directs and redirects, a lot of thought and planning went into play with her questions. Sherine has a very calm presence in the courtroom, something I feel the judges and other court room staff must appreciate due to the high conflicts of the proceedings. Don't be fooled by the calm demeanor though, she is listening, planning, and will get her word in. I really appreciated her approach in the court room, classy and effective! Sherine really took the time to hear us and understood our situation, and educated us on what our rights are and fought along side us to uphold those rights. By the end of the trial we walked out of the court room with EVERYTHING we asked for as well as a few extra we didn't think about that the judge threw in there as well. Has things calmed down now with my husbands ex wife since the judgement? No not really, but I do see the hint of light at the end of the tunnel and a wealth of tools to use to help the kids, my husband and myself to transition into our life together. Without Sherine I'm confident the results would not have been what they are. I never felt like we were a "job" for her that she had to clock in for, she was and is always there to help and listen and teach. We were not an easy case, such a high conflict and the boys, sadly, really are affected by so much of it. We are just so happy with what Sherine has accomplished for us and Thank you is such an understatement!
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Posted by Priscilla | December 29, 2014
Highly recommended
I am a current client of Ms. Pahlavan, and could not even imagine working with another attorney. I am currently going through a divorce, and was referred to Ms. Pahlavan. I had no idea where to even begin and was pretty much lost. Divorce isn't easy, but Ms. Pahlavan has made this process easier and less scary for me. She gives me 110% of her time and effort and I can't tell you how great that is to me. I have 100% confidence in her and her work.
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Posted by ZenobiaConsulting | December 11, 2014
Revision to Child Support
I met Ms. Pahlavan after searching for attorneys to help me respond to a notice and court date with a short lead time due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I contacted over 10 attorneys in Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom with no luck due to this short time fuse. Ms. Pahlavan spent time with me on the phone and found a convenient meeting time within two days of our brief teleconference. After our initial consult I immediately felt comfortable with her and invited my ex-spouse along so we could all meet together. Ms. Pahlavan acted as my attorney, helped my ex-spouse feel comfortable at this meeting, and skillfully outlined our options. She is very trustworthy, engaging and knowledgeable. My ex-spouse agreed with the options presented and we reached a mutual settlement within an hour. Ms. Pahlavan prepared our stipulation after hours so I could present it to the Judge in pro per. The Sacramento Family Court Judge reviewed our papers and complimented my ex-spouse and me on our agreement which was then filed. I highly recommend Ms. Pahlavan. Thanks
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Sherine Pahlavan
  • 2014 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Solano County Public Defender
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Panel Attorney
  • California Parole Advocacy Program
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • California Parole Advocacy Program
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • California Department of Corrections
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Sacramento County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Yolo County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Norther California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Agent of Change
  • Empower Yolo
  • 2017
  • Exceptional Volunteer
  • Yolo County Foundation
  • 2016
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Family Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sherine fights hard for her clients and she does so with passion. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Pahlavan is knowledgeable and highly competent in the area of family law. I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Pahlavan is well versed in DV and really knows her stuff. She is an asset to Avvo and the legal community at large."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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