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Diane J.N. Morin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Palo Alto, CA

Law and Mediation Offices of Diane J.N. Morin
467 Hamilton Ave, Suite 7
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 877-813-4095
Fax: 650-473-0812
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2016 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Family Law (80%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%), International (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian
Attorney Profile

Attorney Diane J.N. Morin of the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin in Palo Alto, California devotes her practice to family law, with a focus on alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation. She has a particular interest in international family law matters. She represents clients in Palo Alto, San Mateo County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

A graduate of Pomona College, where she earned a degree in English and international relations, Ms. Morin also holds a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She later attended and graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Before turning to family law and opening her own practice, Ms. Morin worked with appellate, criminal law and insurance law. She served as a research attorney in the Superior Court of California, Alameda County, a district attorney for the County of Santa Clara and also as an attorney in a private firm. She has been licensed to practice law in the state of California since 1983.

Ms. Morin handles all areas of family law including divorce, adoption, annulment, custody, international abduction issues, paternity, property division, restraining orders and more. She is certified as a family law specialist by The State Bar of California Department of Legal Specialization and also serves as a mediator. Raised in Italy, she is fluent in English, Italian and French, and also speaks some Spanish, Portuguese and German.

Active in professional organizations, Ms. Morin is a member of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, the Association for International Arbitration and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She also participates in the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Family Law
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%International
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2016 - 2021

About Diane J.N. Morin

First Admitted: 1983, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.dianemorinfamilylaw.com/About/Diane-J-Morin.shtm...

Honors/Awards

  • Annual award, Northern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2018
  • Annual award based on Super Lawyer criteria., Northern California Super Lawyer, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Palo Alto -the commissioners work to enhance communication between citizen’s and their government; to address critical human service needs through City-sponsored grant funding; and oversee the appointment of mediators for the Palo Alto Mediation Program. The Commission serves as an advocate to address human relations issues, including promotion of awareness, understanding and resolution of actual or potential conflicts, discrimination, or injustice while encouraging community building and civic engagement.  , 2016
  • Santa Clara Minor Counsel Committee . Appointed by Judges as Minors' Counsel in both Santa Clara and San Mateo County., 2021
  • Santa Clara Family Law Education Committee., 2021
  • Santa Clara County Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution "ADR" Committee.  , 2021
  • Judge Pro Tem, 2021
  • Judge Pro Tem, 2020
  • Colaborative Practice San Mateo County  , 2019
  • Collaborative Practice DIvorce Options - teach classes regarding a collaborative divorce option to people who are looking for an alternative to a messy divorce., 2019
  • Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, 2019
  • Palo Alto Forward Board Member - We are a group of residents interested in crafting a vision for the future of Palo Alto that expands choice, opportunity and quality of life. We believe in approaching challenges like traffic and parking with a "can-do" attitude and believe there are positive outcomes and opportunities when we plan for future growth holistically and in strategic locations. We are a coalition of all ages: some who are younger energetic, and optimistic that creative thinking can solve challenges many find impossible; others who are older, experienced, and keen to pass on a legacy of innovation, opportunity, great schools and amenities to future generations. We live in South Palo Alto, North Palo Alto, and the midtown neighborhoods. We own and rent. We have young children and children who have left the nest. We walk and bike and drive but we all wish we had better options., 2019
  • Federal District Court of Northern District of California, 1983
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2019
  • Board Member, Legal Referral Service, Palo Alto Bar Association
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), 2019
  • Supreme Court of California since 1983., 2019
  • California Bar Association, 2019
  • Palo Alto Bar Association, 2018
  • Collaborative Law Practitioners of San Mateo County, 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, 2019
  • Collaborative Law Practice Silicon Valley (CPSV), 2019
  • Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Minors Counsel - Counsel for minors in divorce cases. Appointed by the court., 2018
  • Pro Bono work for Legal Aid
  • Pro Bono work for the Superior Court of the County of San Mateo and the County of Santa Clara

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Family Law Certified Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization of the State of California, since 2002., 2019
  • Mediator (principally Family Law issues) and Certified in Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings and as Attorney in Collaborative Law, 2019

Educational Background

  • The New Frontier: Consented Hearings and Trials via Zoom, 2020
  • AFCC Child Conference; Fixing the Fractured Family; Latest Science of Child Custody., 2021
  • Family Law and Consequences and Financial Issues; Avoid Hidden Traps , Investment Accounts., 2021
  • When bad behavior becomes criminal prevention response; Domestic Violence Coercive Control; Contempt; Domestic Violence., 2021
  • Understanding Race and Social Dominance: White Supremacy, Structural Racism, and the American Legal System, 2020
  • Attorney's Briefcase 2 day seminar., 2020
  • Nuts and Bolts of Depositions, 2020
  • The Privileges In Family Law, 2021
  • Attorney's Briefcase, Inc. Dissolution of Marriage, contempt and/or enforcement, mediation and/or negotiation; Custody of Children; Child support, spousal support, modification of support; Division of Community property, confirmation of separate property tax issues; Psychological and counseling aspects; paternity litigation;Adoption litigation;Problems of non-marital family; Writs and appeals from dissolutions; Proceedings to free minor from parent; Problems of domestic violence; Guardianships of the person or children;Law office management of family practice., 2021
  • COVID, Zoom, and the New Frontier: Preparing Your Clients for Remote-Child Custody Evaluations Understanding., 2020
  • Family Law Practice in the COVID Era: A Panel Discussion with the San Mateo CountyFamily Law Bench Officers., 2020
  • Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Palo Alto -the commissioners work to enhance communication between citizen’s and their government; to address critical human service needs through City-sponsored grant funding; and oversee the appointment of mediators for the Palo Alto Mediation Program. The Commission serves as an advocate to address human relations issues, including promotion of awareness, understanding and resolution of actual or potential conflicts, discrimination, or injustice while encouraging community building and civic engagement.  , 2015
  • Minor's Counsel Training "Who's your Daddy", 2019
  • Year in Review, Family Law Update, 2018
  • Year in Review, Family Law Update, 2017
  • Contempt (County Bar Association), 2019
  • Trauma Informed Child Custody Practice., 2019
  • Addiction in Family Law, 2019
  • SCCPA Child Custody and Domestic Violence Training, 2019
  • SBCBA Dissomaster Update, 2018
  • Collabrative Practice California Conference XIII, 2019
  • Divorce Taxation Trump 2018 /Bartholmew & Wasnicky, LLP, 2018
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Office Location for Diane J.N. Morin

467 Hamilton Ave
Suite 7
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Phone: 877-813-4095

Fax: 650-473-0812

Last Updated: 9/27/2021

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