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Mediation and Law Offices of Vivian L. Holley

Our experienced Mediators produce Quicker, Fairer, and More Affordable Property Settlements and Child Custody Agreements than Traditional Divorces!

Experience Matters When It Comes To Your Family And Future! Work with a Mediator who is a Family Lawyer and Family Therapist.

A leader in the field of mediation in the United States, Ms. Holley has offered mediation solutions in her practice since 1977, well before most practitioners heard of the concept. She is regarded as an expert practitioner by her colleagues.   Ms. Holley also offers Collaborative Law, another cooperative alternative to traditional litigation where each party is represented and everyone is working for the benefit of the whole family.  She also provides consulting services as well as legal support for clients who wish to represent themselves.  Her office also represents some clients in court through traditional legal representation.

Ms. Holley is a specialist in child custody mediation and in creating parenting plans good for children to help them adjust to the separation and divorce of their parents.

Over 36 Years Mediation Experience + Certified Family Law Specialist + Family Therapist

  1. Admitted to Practice before The U.S Supreme Court in 1986
  2. U.S. pioneer in mediation starting in 1977
  3. Licensed Marriage Family & Child Therapist since 1975
  4. California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist since 1984
  5. Pro tempore and Settlement Judge for San Francisco Superior Court
  6. Northern California SuperLawyer
  7. Admitted to Practice in California and Federal Courts in 1978.


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I had a very good opinion of the attorney, Ms. Holley, who acted as Mediator in my divorce from my ex wife. Ms. Holley explained the process of divorce through mediation, what rights each of us had; and gave us information about the community property laws of California. She was very thorough even though our divorce was very emotional and difficult.  Throughout the process I found Ms. Holley to be knowledgeable, competent, understanding and fair to each of us.”

– Yury K. Bay Area

“When my domestic partnership needed to be dissolved, I hired the Holley Law Firm. Jim Blackman was the attorney who went to court for me and finished the case with the best possible resolution. I found both Jim and Vivian caring and committed to a fair resolution.  Vivian and Jim are experienced and tough, exactly what I needed for my difficult legal matters. A divorce is a difficult experience for anyone, gay or straight.  Having a lawyer who was experienced in the nuances of family law was critical to reaching the best outcome possible.”

– Denise L.  San Mateo

“My experience of the Vivian Holley Law Firm has been nothing short of excellent. I first contacted her for a consultation in 2001. I called her eight years later, and to my amazement she not only remembered me but had retained the original notes.

I have had the opportunity to work with other attorneys over the years and have a strong basis for comparison- there just isn’t one. Clear, direct no nonsense consul delivered thoughtfully and with empathy. The service I received extended beyond just document preparation, but included contacts with other professionals whose service contributed to the superior service.”

– Liz T., East Bay, CA.

“Although I wanted to pursue a collaborative settlement, my former spouse moved our case into litigation with a very expensive litigious law firm. Because Ms. Holley knew the law of our case better, she coached me and helped me thoroughly prepare my evidence… When faced with our detailed and extensive preparation supporting my legal claim, my spouse had no choice but to back down from the litigation and return to the collaborative approach we all wanted and needed.  Vivian Holley shepherded me and my family with dexterity, flexibility, knowledge, instincts and determination to a harmonious and fair outcome.”

– Roger S., S.F., CA

“Vivian Holley and Jim Blackman provided legal counsel for me as I went through a difficult and drawn-out divorce process.   They were top-notch… They were assertive about protecting my rights, but well-balanced..they listened…and respected my opinions while offering good advice and a range of options…”

– Steve H., Albany, CA

“Super Mediator: Vivian Holley is perfect for anyone who needs guidance, representation, or mediation regarding any steps in a divorce process. Divorces can be very painful and difficult. Vivian Holley is the perfect lawyer to assist you and help you. She is very professional, offers perfect information, looks after her client’s best interest. As a mediator she is absolutely stellar! I give her 100% positive rating, and she is worth every dollar she charges for her services. She helped me bring my divorce to an end in just 3 mediation sessions, which all other lawyers failed to accomplish. What I like the most about her is that she does exactly what her client wants her to do for them. In a divorce case that’s crucial.”

-Yana, a San Francisco Divorce Mediation client,

“Vivian Holley is about as good as it gets; clear, direct, and accurate advice delivered with thoughtful and empathetic care – truly a rarity in the field.”

– Eliza T., Oakland, CA

“When I first came in to see Vivian for mediation, I was convinced I would receive no marital property settlement because there was no way to fund it.  A year later I had a check  for close to a million dollars…Vivian was able to get us to focus on what was important and set aside petty grievances to get to the heart of the matter.  I highly recommend Vivian as a mediator.  She is very skilled and effective.”

– Suzanne E.  San Francisco, CA

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