Raquel L. Sefton

Raquel L. Sefton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Apex Family Law, P.C.
 | One Sansome Street, Suite 2850
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-539-3336
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1992
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

After years of practicing with well-established general practice firms, Raquel Sefton founded Apex Family Law, P.C. to carry forward her passion for providing excellent and comprehensive legal services to family law clients.  For years, Ms. Sefton has focused her practice exclusively on complex family law matters and counsels clients through transitions from beginning to end (from cohabitation agreements to family law disputes after death). She negotiates and drafts co-habitation, premarital (“prenups”), post-nuptial, and legal separation and dissolution agreements for marriages as well as for domestic partners and same-sex partners.

Ms. Sefton specializes in complex financial and personal matters.  A Certified Family Law Specialist, as certified by the California State Bar’s Board of Specialization, Ms. Sefton guides clients through high asset dissolutions involving questions of complex valuation, income determination and asset division. With her “big firm” background and ease with multifaceted financial matters, she comprehensively addresses complex valuation issues, private equity and hedge funds, stock options, limited partnerships, privately held businesses, and residential and commercial real estate. She knows how to work well with business owners as well as those with legacy wealth or careers focused on raising children or supporting a family at home.  With a keen focus on the nuanced issues relating to child custody, Ms. Sefton assists parents, children and families through difficult transitions.  She negotiates and litigates spousal and child support and child custody issues.  In addition, Ms. Sefton handles domestic violence proceedings, and paternity counseling, mediation and litigation. Ms. Sefton also acts in mediation and other neutral work as a consulting attorney, mediator, special master or private judge.

About Raquel Sefton

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.apexfamilylaw.com/our-team/raquel-l-sefton/

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Ms. Sefton is a certified Family Law Specialist and a graduate of the NITA trial advocacy program.  Ms. Sefton has completed the necessary training to serve as a Judge Pro Tem in San Francisco Superior Court.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ms. Sefton served a two year term as the head of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  She previously acted as the vice chair of that same section. Ms. Sefton actively educates herself regarding the ongoing changing law and related disciplines involved in Family Law including as a member and participant of various "list-servs."  She is also a member of various Family Law related organizations including the Family Law Sections of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Mateo Bar Association, the Alameda County Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar, the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists in California.  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ms. Sefton volunteers her time including as as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Francisco Superior Court to settle dissolution and other contested Family Law matters. She also acts as the Family Law Volunteer in the San Francisco Court assisting pro se litigants mediate and, if necessary, present their petitions to the Court.  She has volunteered for the San Francisco Mock Jury Competition.  During law school she was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau representing indigent family law clients in Middlesex Probate Court and helping to run the organizations pro set litigant program.  During law school, she worked with high school students as a trainer in their mock jury program.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Ms. Sefton has written and spoken on family law and litigation matters to various audiences of professionals as well as attorneys.

Educational Background:

  • Ms. Sefton graduated magna cum laude with a Bachlor's of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and highest honors as a member of the Honors Collegium at the University of California at Los Angeles.  She obtained her juris doctorate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Office Location for Raquel L. Sefton

One Sansome Street
Suite 2850
San Francisco, CA 94104


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Last Updated: 4/24/2018

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