Jill Hersh

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Hersh FamilyLaw Practice, P.C.
 | 456 Montgomery Street, Seventeenth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-788-2200
Fax: 415-394-0222
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jill Hersh is the founder of Hersh FamilyLaw Practice, P.C., in San Francisco, California. Ms. Hersh devotes her practice exclusively to family law, particularly cases involving high-asset divorce. She serves a wide client base throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the North Bay area in towns including Napa, Santa Rosa and Sonoma.

Ms. Hersh has been a licensed attorney since 1978 and has earned a reputation as a seasoned negotiator and litigator who provides personalized service to each client. She has experience with cooperative divorce resolution, mediation and private adjudication. Over the course of her career, she has tried cases at the California superior, appellate and Supreme Court levels.

Recognized for her contributions to the legal profession, Ms. Hersh is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She is the recipient of the Clara Foltz Feminist Association Distinguished Career Recognition Award and California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year award.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Hersh provides pro bono services in the Marin County and San Francisco superior courts. She has published numerous articles and has spoken at many conferences and seminars during her time in practice and is a member of professional organizations, including The Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, The Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco Inn of Court and the American Bar Association.

Ms. Hersh received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is a certified family law specialist by The State Bar of California.

 
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About Jill Hersh

Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.hflp.com/attorneys/jill-hersh.html

Honors/Awards:

  • California Lawyer's 2006 Attorney of the Year Award (CLAY), Family Law, 2006
  • Recipient of the Clara Foltz Feminist Association Distinguished Career Recognition, UC Hastings College of the Law, April 2004
  • Super Lawyer, Northern California
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 1980-1985
  • Lawyers Club of San Francisco, Delegate to the State Bar
  • Inns of Court, San Francisco Lawyers Club, Mentoring Program, Counselor, 1995, 1996, and 1997
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, Organize and sponsor Brown Bag educational lunches  
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair of Education Committee, 1999, 2000
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, Chair, 1998
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, Secretary, 1997
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Southern Poverty Law Center, philanthropic membership    
  • Queens Bench
  • American Bar Association
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers of Northern California, Chair of Community Relations Committee, 2005 and 2006
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers    

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • San Francisco County Superior Court, Volunteer Legal Services Panel, Minor's Counsel
  • Marin County Superior Court, Family Law Department, Bench/Bar Settlement Panelist
  • San Francisco County Superior Court, Family Law Department, Settlement Panelist

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The Rutter Group, September 22, 2005. Prosecuting and Defending Contempt in Family Law
  • "Counseling the Counselor." Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses: A Guide for the Matrimonial Practitioner, publication by Aspen Publishers, 2012, updated in 2014. Discussing the issues that are particular to representing an attorney in a marital dissolution action
  • American Bar Association, August 2010. "Representing the Lawyer in a Divorce."
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco and The Mediation Society, June 2007. Meeting Mediation Challenges: How Advocates and Mediators Overcome Obstacles to Settlement
  • Trial Advocacy for Women. 1984. Teaching courtroom skills for effective trial advocacy in marital dissolutions
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association. Discussing child custody cases in the early 1980's before the maturation of the mediation process in custody disputes
  • California Trial Lawyers Association. 1994. Discussing the use of judicial case management in marital dissolutions
  • National Business Institute: Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions. 1995, 1994, and 1993. Discussing the tax aspects of support provisions, ethical conduct, property divisions, and current legal decisions in the area of marital dissolutions
  • Continuing Education of the Bar. 1995. Discussing the characterization, valuation, and division of community property
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of Certified Public Accountants, Joint Meeting of the ADRC of San Francisco and the East Bay. 1996. Discussing the use of mediation and case management in dissolution actions
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Northeast Regional Conference, Fall, 1996: Cultural Aspects of Domestic Violence. Discussing the inter-relation of culture and the stressors associated with the immigrant experience of Asian families and the interplay of these factors as they relate to domestic violence
  • San Francisco Lawyers Club Inns of Court. 1997, 1996 and 1995. Trial practice instructional programs
  • Association of Certified Public Accountants. November, 1997. Discussing the characterization, division, and tax consequences of stock options as a marital asset in a dissolution proceeding
  • Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. November, 1997. Child custody and timeshare in same-gender parental disputes or separations
  • Statewide Offices of the Department of Family Court Services. Plenary Session of the Bay Area Regional Conference. 1997. Discussing the use of power in Family Court Services and in the legal and psychological environment of co-parenting disputes
  • Adjunct Professor of Community Property Law. Hastings College of the Law. 1996-1999
  • Legal InCite Talk Show, Radio 1220 AM KBZS. June 3, 2000. Interview by Peter Keane. Discussing the evolution of the law and same gender parenting issues
  • Marin County Family Law Bar. February 7, 2001. Discussing the characterization of stock options in dissolution proceedings
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. April 18, 2002. Seven Trial Preparation Strategies
  • Unified Courts for Families Symposium. September 23-25, 2002. Family Law Case Management
  • Golden Gate University. October 2, 2002. Pre-trial Motions
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, February 13, 2003. Stock Options
  • The Rutter Group, April 1, 2004. Attorney Fees in Family Law Cases
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, November 2004. 2004 Family Law Symposium -Family Law Dispute Resolution
  • Young Family Lawyers Group, April 27, 2005. Practicum Series - Pendente Lite Hearings
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, November 18, 2005. Appellate Frontiers in Parentage Cases in the California Supreme Court
  • The Rutter Group, November 28, 2005. 2006 Family Law Update
  • AAML Trial Practicum, October 2006. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Northern California Chapter. Teaching Evidence, Opening Statements
  • Guest Lecturer, Boalt Hall School of Law, October 2006. Family Law Seminar
  • Guest Lecturer; Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, November, 2006. Democracy Project; Guest lecturer in the class, “Democracy and the Rule of the Law: Hard Cases” And “America and the World Art of Negotiation and Mediation”
  • The Rutter Group, November, 2006. 2007 Family Law Update
  • Continuing Education of The Bar, January 2007. Analyzing Transmutation and Separate Property Contribution Issues
  • The State Bar of California, 80th Annual Meeting, “Case Management in Family Law”, September 28, 2007
  • Continuing Education of The Bar, November, 2007. Parental Alienation Syndrome
  • The Rutter Group, November, 2007. 2008 Family Law Update
  • Hastings Women’s Law Journal, 19th Annual Symposium, “Family Frontiers: Emerging Legal Issues in the Post Nuclear Era”, February 7, 2008
  • The Rutter Group, December, 2008. 2009 Family Law Update
  • AAML 2009 Symposium, “How I Pulled a Rabbit Out of a Hat … Tips from Trial Lawyers and a Mediator”, April 26, 2009
  • The Rutter Group, November, 2009. 2010 Family Law Update
  • The Rutter Group, September 2010. "Family Law Fees & Sanction Requests."
  • The Rutter Group, November, 2010. 2011 Family Law Update
  • The Rutter Group, November 2011. 2012 Family Law Update
  • The Rutter Group, November 2012. 2013 Family Law Update
  • The Rutter Group, August 2013. CFLR 2013 Advanced Family Law Course for practitioners preparing for the Certification Exam
  • The Rutter Group, December 2013. 2014 Family Law Update
  • The Rutter Group, December 2014. 2015 Family Law Update
  • The Rutter Group, March 2015. "Case Management: A New Era in Family Law."
  • The Rutter Group, June 2015. CFLR 2015 19th Biennial Advanced Family Law Course. Discovery and Evidence
  • The Rutter Group, November 2015. 2016 Family Law Update
  • AAML 2016 Symposium, "The Intersection of Extraordinary High Earner and the Vesting of Stock Options in Determining Child Support", May 15, 2016
  • The Rutter Group, November 2016. 2017 Family Law Update  
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Annual European Chapter Meeting - Lisbon, Portugal, March 2017. "Children's Residence Arrangements - What Can and Should the Courts be Doing?"
  • "Ethics as it Relates to Tax Consequences in Divorce", Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions, publication by the National Business Institute, Inc., 1993, 1994, and 1995. Discussing the ethical considerations entering into the attorney/client relationship as it relates to taxes in a dissolution
  • "Tax Treatment of Maintenance and Separate Maintenance Payments", Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions, publication by the National Business Institute, Inc., 1993, 1994, and 1995. Discussing the Internal Revenue requirements and disallowances relating to child support, spousal support, and family support
  • "Recent Developments and Legislative Changes in Family Law", Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions, publication by the National Business Institute, Inc., 1993, 1994, and 1995. Discussing annual updates of recent changes in the field of dissolution and taxation
  • Family Law Module, "Marital Settlement Agreements", California Transaction Forms. Bancroft Whitney, 1998. Substantive text on the provisions of Marital Settlement Agreements, model language for Marital Settlement Agreements, and practice pointers in the drafting of Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Breach of the Physician/Patient Privilege" California Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 17, No.1, 1978. Discussing the civil liability of a treating physician who provides evidence contrary to the interests of his/her patient
  • "Judicial Case Management" in Family Law Litigation, California Trial Lawyers Association, 33rd Annual Convention. Discussing the innovation of judicial case management with proposed stipulated language placing a case in judicial management and defining the perimeters of the process
  • "Analysis of Time Rule and Characterization of Stock Options" Family Law News, Official Publication of the State Bar of California Family Law Section. Vol. 18, No. 4. Discussing the legal history of time-deferred benefits and the characterization and allocation of stock options
  • "Stock Options: The Sequel" Family Law News, Official Publication of the State Bar of California Family Law Section, Vol. 20, No. 2. Discussing the tax consequences of stock options and proposing model language for the division of options in a Marital Settlement Agreement
  • "Sure and Swift Relief: The TRO" Family Advocate, Official Publication of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vol. 20, No. 3. Discussing the process of obtaining appropriate restraining orders in family law proceedings, including personal and property restraints, from initial assessment of client needs to submission to court
  • "Ethical Considerations in Appointing our Colleagues as Private Judges": Family Law News, Official Publication of the State Bar of California Family Law Section, Vol. 31, No.4. Discussing the ethical obligations of appointing colleagues as private judges in family law proceedings
  • "Integration of the Family Code, Evidence Code, and Code of Civil Procedure for Effective Discovery Pursuant to the Fiduciary Duties" Family Law News, Official Publication of the State Bar of California Family Law Section, Issue 2, Vol. 37, No. 2. Discussing the integrated use of the Civil Discovery Act and Evidence Code in order to effectively use the Family Code fiduciary duties to create admissible evidence

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Estate of MacDonald. (1990) 51 C3d 262
  • In re Guardianship of Olivia J.(2000) 84 Cal.App. 4th 1146
  • In re Marriage of Christian De Guigne and Vaughn De Guigne. (2002) 97 Cal.App. 4th 1353, LEXIS 4034
  • K.M. vs. E.G. (2005) 37 Cal.4th 130
  • In Re Marriage of Priem. (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 505

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Honors: Cum Laude, Major: Religious Studies, 1974
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Office Location for Jill Hersh

456 Montgomery Street
Seventeenth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-788-2200

Fax: 415-394-0222

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Last Updated: 4/2/2019

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