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Ms. Barr is a Certified Family Law Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California and has practiced family law for twenty-five years.  Ms. Barr handles all types of family law matters, including marital and domestic partnership dissolution, property division, child custody, support matters, pre-nuptial agreements, and modification or post-judgment proceedings.  Ms. Barr is trained as a Collaborative Attorney and is also on the Special Master panel for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Ms. Barr has donated her time and is active in various family law organizations on a local and state –wide level.  In addition to leading and serving on the boards of several organizations associated with family law, she also volunteers as a settlement conference pro tem judge and accepts appointments to represent children for the Sacramento County Superior Court.



Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%

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  • Beth Marie Appelsmith

    Jill Barr has been a family law colleague and friend for over 20 years. Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by California Lawyer magazine, Ms. Barr is a supremely skilled litigator and negotiator who works tirelessly on behalf of her clients. An experienced and effective trial attorney, she is well respected by judges and other attorneys for her courtroom skills, high ethical standards, and thorough preparation. Although her practice focuses on litigation, Ms. Barr is also a calm and tenacious negotiator who appreciates the value of a good settlement to her clients. She doesn’t drive a case to litigation if it is capable of being resolved outside of court, and she never puts her own ego before the interests of her clients. Ms. Barr sees her clients as people, not as cases, and she treats them with compassion and respect. She is particularly sensitive with respect to children’s needs in family law matters, which makes her very effective in cases with custody issues.


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Contact info

Hemmer & Barr

555 University Avenue
Ste. 125
Sacramento, CA, 95825


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Northern California SuperLawyerSuperLawyers2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsVice President2013 - Present
Family Law SectionExecutive Committee-2005 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, Childrens' Counsel SectionMember2000 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsLegislative Director2011 - 2012
Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee2002 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Chair's Message2009
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Chair's Message2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Santa Clara UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mediator TrainingCustody Issues2012
Minor's Counsel TrainingRepresenting Minors2011