Melinda A. Sammis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Blacker, Sammis & Blacker, PC
 | 435 Pacific Ave., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-397-3222
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Melinda A. Sammis is a shareholder of the family law firm of Blacker Sammis & Blacker, PC. She handles divorces, premarital and postmarital agreements, child custody and paternity issues, and support modification cases—including those that involve same-sex issues. Ms. Sammis represents high-asset individuals through the financial details and emotional aspects of agreements, including the division of real estate and business assets, and spousal and child support. Although based in San Francisco, California, her representation extends to clients throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Sammis as a specialist in family law. She is an advisor to the executive committee of the Family Law Section of The State Bar of California, which provides high quality continuing education to family lawyers and expertise to the California State Legislature regarding pending family law legislation. Ms. Sammis maintains memberships in the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Ms. Sammis serves as a volunteer attorney and settlement master for the Family Law Department of the San Francisco. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, she has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Ms. Sammis is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Sammis attended Smith College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1996. She then went on to attend the University of California Hastings College of the Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1999. While in law school, she served a clerkship with the Family Law Department of the San Francisco Superior Court under Judge Thomas Mellon and Judge Charlotte Woolard.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2017

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Melinda Sammis

Admitted: 1999, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.blackersammis.com/Attorneys/Melinda-A-Sammis.shtm...

Honors and Awards:

  • California Governor's Award, Excellence in Drama and Public Speaking, 1991
  • National Emmy for Best Public Service Announcement for Television, 1989

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1999
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Member
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Member
  • State Bar of California, Executive Committee on Family Law (FLEXCOM), Advisor
  • State Bar of California, Family Law section
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law section
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Expert Witness Testimony: What’s all the Hype over People v. Sanchez?, Family Law News, The State Bar Of California, 2017
  • Presenter, Comprehensive Family Law Practice Seminar, Sonoma County, July 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, Hastings College of the Law

Educational Background:

  • Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, B.A., Honors: With Honors, Major: English Literature and Spanish, 1996

Industry Groups

  • ACFLS
  • AFCC
  • FLEXCOM
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    Office Location for Melinda A. Sammis

    435 Pacific Ave.
    Suite 200
    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Phone: 415-397-3222

     

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