Shane R. Ford

Top rated Family Law attorney in Oakland, California

Ford Family Law, APC
Shane R. Ford
Ford Family Law, APC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1994

Education: Golden Gate University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Ford Family Law, APC

180 Grand Ave
Suite 925
Oakland, CA 94612 Visit website


Attorney Shane R. Ford is a shareholder with Ford Family Law in Oakland, California. Serving clients throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the surrounding areas of Northern California, Mr. Ford is certified as a family law specialist by The State Bar of California, and he devotes his practice to helping families through the difficult and emotional divorce process as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

To this end, he provides effective mediation services to help his clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements without the need for expensive and time-consuming court battles. However, he is also a tenacious and skilled trial attorney who will fight for his clients' rights and best interests in court when necessary.

In all cases, Mr. Ford endeavors to deliver compassionate, personalized counsel to his clients with their matters involving any of the following:

  • Child custody and support
  • Spousal and domestic partner support
  • Complex property division, including pensions and retirement accounts, stock options and other complex financial matters
  • Business valuations
  • Paternity
  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Premarital agreements

A 1990 cum laude graduate of Illinois State University, Mr. Ford attended Golden Gate University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1994. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year, and he regularly serves the Alameda County family courts as a settlement commissioner.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Ford has served on the board of directors of a number of professional legal organizations, including the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Alameda County Family Law Association and the Eastern Alameda County Family Law Association.

A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned recognition as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Northern California every year since 2009.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

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

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1994, California

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Educational Background:
  • Illinois State University, cum laude, 1990
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialists, State Bar of California
  • Recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by San Francisco magazine and Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2006
  • Holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV ranking for legal ability and ethics, representing a “very high to preeminent” reputation in the field of family law
  • One of Northern California’s “Top 100 attorneys”, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Fellow
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California
  • Eastern Alameda County Family Law Association (EACBA)
  • Alameda County Family Law Association
  • State Bar of California, 1994
  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court, Associate Member

Office location for Shane R. Ford

180 Grand Ave
Suite 925
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-835-9000

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