Melinda A. Sammis

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Blacker Sammis & Blacker LLP
 | 435 Pacific Ave., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-397-3222
Fax: 415-394-0375
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Melinda A. Sammis is a partner of the family law firm of Blacker Sammis & Blacker LLP. 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 is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and serves on the board of Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. She is a volunteer attorney and a 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
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

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


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    Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    California Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Melinda Sammis

    Admitted: 1999, California

    Professional Webpage:


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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

    Educational Background:

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

    Industry Groups

    • ACFLS
    • AFCC
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    Office Location for Melinda A. Sammis

    435 Pacific Ave.
    Suite 200
    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Phone: 415-397-3222

    Fax: 415-394-0375

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    Last Updated: 1/19/2021

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