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John Simon Yohanan

Divorce and separation Attorney

4.9   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    John S. Yohanan, Attorney at Law is a San Jose, California experienced family law attorney who provides skilled legal services to clients throughout Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. Whether you and your spouse are contemplating filing for divorce or you wish to modify a child support order, John S. Yohanan can help. Contact an attorney at 408-297-0700.

    47 years

  2. Family
    30%
    John S. Yohanan, Attorney at Law is a San Jose, California experienced family law attorney who provides skilled legal services to clients throughout Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. Whether you and your spouse are contemplating filing for divorce or you wish to modify a child support order, John S. Yohanan can help. Contact an attorney at 408-297-0700.

    47 years

  3. Alimony
    10%

    47 years

  4. Child support
    10%

    47 years

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Ted | January 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A consumate legal navigator!
John has been working with me for almost 3 years to get thru a difficult divorce process. I have waited to review him on YELP until the process was complete, so it would not have an undesired effect on the other party, and we finally negotiated a stipulated settlement agreement this month. So I can now post my review. It cost me a ton to settle with the ex-wife, but that is the nature of the divorce laws in California -- the system is broken, and you need an experienced guide to navigate through the mess created by our friends in Sacramento. John has been a wonderful guide, and I strongly recommend him to other men facing this challenge. When he saw how the opposing lawyers were billing the case, he made it his mission to ensure my ex-wife paid her own exorbitant fees, which in many cases are often billed to the Respondent (me). His fees have been very reasonable and amounted to far less than my ex-wife paid her attorneys. He provides good value for the money spent. John is an experienced, no-nonsense lawyer who knows everyone involved in the Santa Clara Family Court system, and his reputation is strongly positive with the other officers of this Court -- a big plus.
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Posted by Jim | October 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
John was an outstanding lawyer during my divorce case. He was very patient with me throughout my case. He was always very prompt when responding to phone calls and emails. His advice was well thought out and backed by years of experience. John took his time to guide me though the process, but never overwhelmed me the details. I told him what I expected, as well as what I hoped for, and he took care of it! John did all he could to make the best of a bad situation. John made me feel a lot more comfortable in an otherwise uncomfortable situation. I have not gone through anything like this before and having John on my side made me feel much better. John has many years of experience and was able to guide me though the process very smoothly. I am very happy to have had John on my side and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Divorce Lawyer
John Yohanan is an impeccable, knowledgeable, and deeply compassionate professional, who guided me through my difficult and emotionally draining divorce. I knew that I could trust this man as soon as I heard his voice on the telephone when I first reached out to him, in my stunned and shattered state of mind. John Yohanan is simply one of the nicest people I have ever met. He seemed to understand my grief, and accepted it as part of the course, without letting it interfere with the process. He used a gentle but firm hand to educate me, inform me of my options, to provide his expert opinion, and to help me make decisions at each step of the divorce, even when I had no strength to make any decisions. I couldn't have done this without John Yohanan on my side, and I could not imagine a better attorney for anyone who is going through the hard process of divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2017
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An excellent Professional
John has been quite thorough since beginning of the case of my Sister's Divorce. I have also been in multiple discussions along with her and he has always been very knowledgeable and would advise the right recommendations. We were always confident with him advising us. I would strongly recommend him for any legal affairs. He is a true professional.
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Posted by Roopa | January 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Finest Attorney
When unexpectedly the dreadful time came in my life and I had to find a divorce attorney for myself, John was the first attorney whom I consulted and hired him next day. Though people advised me to interview at least three- four attorneys before hire one, but I didn't feel the need to meet any other attorney after meeting John. I was clueless and didn't have much info about financial aspect. During my first meeting, John patiently answered my every question and put my mind at ease. Later he gave me his valuable advise and told me what he thinks will be the best approach for me. He was very clear in explaining all of that. I was impressed by his deep knowledge, patience, and pleasantness. Through-out my court case I was well informed of every little thing by John. His approach of handling the case was well formed and precise to the main points. He doesn't waste time and money of his client. Infact, he is very reasonable in his billing. I am very pleased with John's work and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Khaled | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Level headed
John was always the voice of reason during this process. He was fierce enough when the opposing counsel tried to be slimy. Very responsive and understanding. He bills reasonably unlike other attorneys who bill you if you sneeze. You definitely want john on your side.
Posted by Andrew | September 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
I was very fortunate to have John represent me in my case. He is very knowledgeable of family law and court proceedings as reflected from his extensive years of experience. During the entire process, he provided me professional advice, guidance, and emotional support. John represented me in my best interest and avoided court fees whenever possible. His assistant, Liz, is also wonderful. John is a good listener and adheres to a high ethical standard. I like the fact that he handled my case personally rather than dealing with several lawyers and paralegals in a bigger law firm. John provided prompt replies to my questions and kept me posted with timely status updates. He is also very keen in use of latest technology for communication and file transfer to save time and improve efficiency. I would highly recommend John to anyone seeking family law representation.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
John handled my case with utmost care and attention to detail. He explained every step of the process and ensured that I was informed about everything. I never felt like he was just working on a case...he was working to help me regain my life, my safety, and my peace of mind.
Posted by Jim | February 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Review of Mr. Yohanan
Mr. Yohanan is a true professional. He not only is an expert on divorce law, he actually did what he said he was going to do. He accurately predicted my costs and time line, and was always available when needed. I highly recommend him.
Posted by dennis | December 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% satisfaction.
Mr Yohanan guided me through a long and arduous process. At all times he expressed a desire to deal responsibly and fairly while keeping my best interests in mind. He offered guidance as to how to minimize legal costs. I am pleased with the outcome and the way he handled all aspects, gave help and offered suggestions to assure closure. He was highly recommended by former clients and I will happily recommend Mr Yohanan to any prospective client.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2015
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Truly Awesome Attorney
My case was one of the simplest but its resolution was getting complex with time. I was having a really tough time with my first lawyer, he actually did more harm than good. I then interviewed a lot of attorneys and finally chose Mr. Yohanan. The day he started handling the case, it was different. Mr. Yohanan is very thorough professional and a kind human being. Mr. Yohanan did quite an intensive research in my case and had been very ethical in dealing with everything. One of the rare lawyers who make this profession respectable to date. I have been very fortunate to have him as my attorney and he really made my case go from a loser to a winner. I would highly recommend him if you are in this situation.
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Posted by Robert | October 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very Happy - Single again!
When I contacted John on the phone, he explained the process, what it would take, what it would cost and approximately how long it would take. He was quite personable and we got along great. I live out of state, but my ex lives there in SJ and on the advice of an attorney here, I was told it would be more advantageous to file there. For me, it was totally hands off. We did all the paperwork remotely and it went without any problems. John handled everything and kept me appraised of progress and even dealt with my ex (a feat in and of itself). Overall, the process took a bit longer than expected, but it had nothing to do with John. It was delays in the court administration, but again, he kept both parties informed. Oh, because things went so well and took less of his time than expected, he is refunding some of my retainer. I won't need a divorce lawyer again, but I can heartily recommend John Yohanan - especially if you are out of state and need someone to represent your interests in SJ.
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Posted by Lisa | May 20, 2015
Highly recommended
After reviewing and consulting several attorneys I chose John. He handled my divorce with professionalism, knowledge and most of all compassion. He was always proactive and responsive to my needs and guided me through the whole process from initial separation, asset division to final dissolution. I would highly recommend John and his staff. On a further note, his billing was aways accurate and reasonable for the area and did nothing to inflate his fee throughout the process. Thank you John.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2015
Thank Goodness for John!
I needed a divorce attorney, and was referred to John by a friend. I was very pleased with his professionalism, knowledge and patience. Especially his patience. He guided me through this difficult process and answered my not-so-smart questions thoroughly. He also kept me sane throughout, a challenging task in the best of circumstances. I am very glad I hired John and would recommend him to anyone who is in need of a divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
Recommended
I worked with John on my divorce case. He is knowledgable and one with morals. He is readiliy available and always kept meinformed. Will recommend him to anyone who needs such sevices.
Posted by Tumber | March 3, 2015
Highly recommended attorney
I would not hesitate to refer anyone to John Simon Yohanan who needs Family Law Service.He takes time to listen to you and care about you and your situation. John helped to bring along, hard-fought case to a conclusion . He care about his client and is timely ,efficient and effective. John was up front with me from the start and provided honest and quality guidance based on my particular circumstances and very difficult long divorce case. I highly recommend John to anyone looking for quality representation.I will never be able to thank him enough. I respect him and all his good work done for me .
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Posted by divorce client | November 12, 2014
Great Attorney
I hired John Yohanan to represent me on a divorce case. My divorce had the added difficulty that I was living abroad. He is a highly knowledgeable attorney , reliable and trustworthy .Besides, he is compassionate to the client's needs. He has made sure I always had all the information and paperwork I needed. I would definitely hire him again!
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Posted by Linden | September 25, 2014
John Yohanan - No Question, if you can get him, hire him.
John has kept me sane through a very difficult and very lengthy divorce (going on 8 years, half of it with John (he had to clean up the mess the first four years made). It is high stakes, including custody, employment efforts, forensic CPAs, real estate, you name it. My divorce is one for the books. John is extremely competent in all areas, I knew what to expect, he kept me totally involved as the decisions are mine, he calmly told me how to navigate and get me through it. He goes by the law, knows it, and it shows. He is very personable and never gives out the BS I have experienced with others. So if you have the situation where you want a clear, clean, well thought out solution where everyone wins, hire John, he is the best at what he does.
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Posted by Very Satisfied Client | August 25, 2014
Excellent Family Law attorney
I first met John in 2007 to seek his professional opinion on my international custody and support case. Since then John was engaged as my attorney of record and through working with him, my faith in family law attorney's has been restored. John has provided professional guidance and leadership through very challenging court litigation. His calm approach and sound advice has assisted me to achieve balanced court orders and time time with my child. He is a thorough professional. He is tenacious, experienced, very knowledgeable, and his costs have been transparent and within agreed expectations. I would highly recommend John to anyone seeking a Family Law attorney.
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Posted by Isiah | August 23, 2014
John is very Knowledgeable Attorney at Law
I hired John to represent me in a very difficult divorce. John had to work on me, as much as he had to work on my case. Divorce is difficult , when your name or reputation is called into question. John in his calming voice,taught me how to be patient. I stay in touch with John often just to seek words of advice ,legal and personal . This man really knows his way around a courtroom. His 37 years of experience exudes from him. Most importantly John negotiated a very amicable divorce settlement on my behalf.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of John S. Yohanan
  • 1977 - Present

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Calfornia State University, San Jose
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Noghrey (1985) 169 Cal. App. 3d. 326 [215 Cal.Rptr. 153]

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 1983 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 1983 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 1977 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2017
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2016
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2014
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2013
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2012
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2011
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2010
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2009
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2008
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2007
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2006
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2005
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2004
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2003
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2002
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2001
  • BV Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 2000
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviw Ratings
  • 1999
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 1998
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 1997
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • 1996
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • BV-Distinguished Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with John many times over the years. He is always a strong advocate for his clients, and also professional and easy to work with as an opposing counsel."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse John Yohannon because he is principled and effective in Court. Well respected by both counsel and Judges."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse John Yohanan as a highly skilled and compassionate attorney. I have worked with and against John on several cases for over a decade. John is pragmatic and insightful. He is very good in court and has a great relationship with counsel and the judges, which translates in good results for his clients. I'm proud to call him a colleague."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Working with John as opposing counsel makes things effective for clients which translates to saved time and money. John is able to work professionally to resolve issues that matter, rather than drag our client's dirty laundry out in public!"
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John works hard on behalf of his clients while remaining professional and cordial with his opposing attorney. He is honest and hardworking and will work to resolve issues rather than waste his client's time and money in unnecessary litigation."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Yohanan. I have known him for 30 years and referred many cases to him. He is a completely ethical family law attorney who will fight hard to obtain your needed results. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding family law issues and his honesty and integrity is without peer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for some time now. Getting to a result in a divorce, without letting it linger is a prime goal that John strives to attain. John is a diligent advocate, but balances that against the impact on all persons in a family, while trying to get the best results for his client."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with John Yohanan as opposing counsel. He is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who is a good advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Yohannan was an opposing counsel on few of my cases during the last 10 years. He is very professional, and regardless of the outcome I have enjoyed working with him on cases. He is a fine attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been involved as opposing counsel on two cases with John. He has always been a pleasure to work with and very responsive. John advocates his client's position but also recognizes when cases should be informally resolved without the parties spending unnecessary attorney's fees litigating the matter. The cases are done quickly and cost-effective, which makes both parties happy."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse John. He is an outstanding family lawyer who is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is also very responsive. I have referred clients to John over the years."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known John Yohanan for more than 30 years, and worked with him during the early years. John is a true professional, knows the law well, is a skilled negotiator and works well with clients who are going through a very difficult time in their lives. I would certainly recommend him to anyone needing help with a family law or business problem."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John is one of the finest lawyers you will ever come across. He is sharp, professional and courteous in that rare "old school" way. I first met him as opposing counsel in a very high-conflict custody case, yet he never let the fury and acrimony of the personalities involved color his advocacy. He is a very strong, very reasonable advocate. We've opposed each other since and he has consistently been a wonderful lawyer: a zealous advocate who can settle the case. I endorse him without reservation."
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John Simon Yohanan
Divorce and separation Attorney