Valerie L. Patten

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Redwood City, CA

Law Office of Valerie L. Patten
1690 Woodside Rd, Suite 114
Redwood City, CA 94061
Phone: 650-365-3508
Fax: 650-362-2107
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Family Law (70%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%)
Attorney Profile

Founder of the Law Office of Valerie L. Patten, Valerie L. Patten handles matters of family law and represents clients in San Francisco, San Mateo County and the rest of the Bay Area and peninsula. With almost three decades of experience, she has her mediation certification from the Northern California Mediation Center and handles the following family law matters: child custody, property rights, support, marital settlement agreements, marital agreements and premarital agreements.

In 1972, Ms. Patten earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. She then attended San Jose State University, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1981 before moving on to law school at Georgetown University. In 1992 she earned her Juris Doctor, and she is now admitted to practice in the state of California.

Ms. Patten is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the Supreme Court of California and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. A member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the San Mateo County Bar Association and the State Bar of California, she is also an active member of the family law sections within these organizations.

To give time back to her community, Ms. Patten has worked on a guardianship panel for Legal Advocates for Children and Youth within the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Law Foundation, and she has volunteered within the Santa Clara County Superior Court and the San Mateo County Superior Court. She also volunteered at the North County Jail with Prisoners’ Information Services and was a board member for DanceVisions, Young Audiences of San Jose/Silicon Valley and Friends of San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Family Law
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

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


1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021

About Valerie L. Patten

Admitted: 1992, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • California State Bar
  • Admitted to State Bar of California, Federal District Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
  • Supreme Court of California
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, 2003
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1995
  • American Bar Association, 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Making Your Way Through Small Claims Court,” Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, D.C.; model “Artist-Gallery Contract” used by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (1991)
  • Designed and taught a Continuing Education course at San Jose State entitled, “Legal Aspects of Career Development for Artists,” 1993
  • Presented lectures on Copyright and Contracts for Artists by invitation at San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, and California Lawyers for the Arts (at the Fort Mason Center and in Oakland), 1993-1995
  • Chapters and research for the Guardianship Manual for Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, 1993

Educational Background

  • A.B., Stanford University, 1972
  • MFA, San Jose State University, California, 1981


  • , American Jurisprudence Award, Family Law, 1991

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • NBI Presenter, "Child Custody and Visitation in California", 2007
  • NBI Presenter, "Child Custody and Visitation in California", 2006
  • NBI presenter, "Child Custody and Visitation in California", 2003

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediation Certification, Northern California Mediation Center, San Rafael, California, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Judicial Clerk, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court, Lame Deer, Montana (Pilot Project), 2009
  • Panel Member and Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, California
  • Volunteer service as Pro Tem Judge, Family Division, Santa Clara County, California
  • Volunteer, Facilitator's Office, Community Law Night, San Mateo County Superior Court
  • Panel Member, Graphic Artists Guild, San Francisco, California
  • Guardianship Panel Member, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth
  • Head Registrar/MC, Center for Talented Youth, John Hopkins University, Annual Awards Ceremony
  • Board Member and President (2007), Friends of San Pedro Valley Park, Pacifica, California Assisted in obtaining non-profit status
  • Board Member, Young Audiences San Jose, California
  • Board Member, Dancevisions, Palo Alto, California
  • Volunteer Attorney, Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation, Advocates for Children and Youth
  • Prisoners' Information Services, North County Jail, Palo Alto, California, volunteer
  • Pro Bono Project, San Jose, California, Volunteer Attorney, 2002
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Office Location for Valerie L. Patten

1690 Woodside Rd
Suite 114
Redwood City, CA 94061

Phone: 650-365-3508

Fax: 650-362-2107

Last Updated: 3/18/2021

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