Hal D. Bartholomew

Top rated family law attorney in Sacramento, California

Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP
Hal D. Bartholomew
Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Practice Areas: Family law, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in California since: 1972

Education: University of California Davis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

4740 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95819 Visit website


Hal D. Bartholomew limits his practice ro family law. The co-founder of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, located in Sacramento, he has been certified as a specialist in family law by the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California since the program began.  Mr. Bartholomew represents clients throughout the area who are facing the end of their marriages and who are having to deal with such issues as complex property division, divorce taxation.prenuptial agreements. and  child and spousal support. His major focus is to find resolutions of matters through consensal dispute resolution processes of divorce mediation and collaborative divorce. 

A California native, Mr. Bartholomew attended the University of California, Davis, as an undergraduate, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1968. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Mr. Bartholomew was a partner at a Sacramento firm for many years until co-founding Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP in Feb. 1989. He is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys for his successes on behalf of his clients, Mr. Bartholomew has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. A fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (including Past President of the NorCal chapter), he is a member of several other legal groups, including the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and the Family Law Section of The State Bar of California. He is cetified as a mediator by Mediator.com and the AAML

*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, Alternative dispute resolution

Focus areas

Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial agreements, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Mediation

  • 70% Family law
  • 30% Alternative dispute resolution

First Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.divorcepage.com/Attorneys/Hal-D-Bartholomew.shtm...

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • California, 1972
  • Member of the American Bar Association and its Family Law Section
  • Member, Academy of Professional Family Mediators.
  • President and Co-Founder - Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group
  • Served on the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, 1994-1997
  • Co-Founder & 1st President (2006 - 2008) - Collaborative Practice California
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member of the Northern California Mediation Association
  • Life Member of the Academy of Family Mediators
  • Member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and its Family Law Section
  • Past Chair (1993), Vice Chair (1992), Treasurer (1991), and Secretary (1990) of the Family Law Section of the Sacramento Bar Association
  • Treasurer (2008) Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers, 1995
  • Member of the Conference of Lawyer Mediators
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1972
  • Member of the State Bar of California and its Family Law Section
  • Advisor to the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, 1998
  • Secretary (2007) Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • Director (2006 - 2011) - Collaborative Practice California
  • President (2010) Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chair (1990-1993) of the Sacramento Local Agency Formation committee (LAFCO)
  • Instructor for two courses in Family Law for the U.C. Extension Paralegal Program (1991-1998)
  • Director of Elk Grove Parks & Recreation District (1976-1985)
  • Served as President, Elk Grove Incorporation 2000, leading the effort to make Elk Grove a city, successfully passed in March 2000
  • Past President of the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento #1
  • Fellow, Rotary Club of Sacramento
  • Board of Home Field Advantage of Elk Grove (1991- 1998; President 1992-1994)
  • Director - Sacramento Rotary Foundation
  • Served on a number of community boards, including Bereavement Network Resources of Sacramento, the Golden Empire Health Planning Council, Advisory Council to the U.C. Davis Extension Paralegal Certificate Program, the Visiting Nurses Association, Cal Aggie Alumni Association, Golden West Track and Field Association, and the Citizen Advisory Commission on General Revenue Sharing.
  • Served (from 1987-1994) as commissioner of the Sacramento Local Agency Formation committee (LAFCO)
  • Lectures for the California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Past President and Vice President of the Elk Grove Community Services District
  • Teaches courses on divorce rights for the Center for Fathers and Families
  • Past President of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair of the Elk Grove Recreation and Park District
  • Paul Harris - Rotary International
  • Active in the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce participating as several-time team leader and delegate of the Capitol to Capitol Community Task Force to Washington, D.C., as chair of the Agri-Business Committee, as delegate and team leader for the State Capitol visit, as a member of the Leadership Class of 1990, and in various other Chamber activities
  • In recognition of his service to Parks and Recreation in the Elk Grove area, Mr. Bartholomew received the California Parks and Recreation Society District II Citizen Award in 1994 and was honored by having a 46-acre sports park in his name completed and dedicated in August 2010
  • Taught courses on divorce and divorce mediation at the Sacramento campus of National University
  • Director of the Elk Grove Community Services District from 1985 through 1994
  • Teaches courses on divorce rights and divorce mediation for Family Service Agency, The Effort and Learning Exchange
  • Director of the Sacramento County Special District Association Chapter
  • Past Commissioner of the Elk Grove Softball Association
  • President of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, 1998-1999 (over 500 members)
  • Life Member of the Elk Grove Historical Society
  • Selected as Elk Grove Citizen of the Year, 1997-1998 (an award his father received 40 years previously)
  • Frequent instructor for the continuing education of Certified Public Accountants
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator - American Academ of Matrimonial lawyers (2004-Present)
  • CDFA - Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, 2020
  • Certified Mediator by Mediate.com, 2009
  • Certified Family Law Specialist - The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Life Member - Academy of Family Mediators
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Author and Instructor of Tax Consequences of Divorce course for the California CPA Education Foundation for over 20 Years
  • Co-Presenter, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training - Two-Day Training
  • Co-Author of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants Education Division texts of Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions (1985-1989); Advanced Tax Problems of Marital Dissolution (1990-1998); and Tax Consequences of Divorce (1999-2007)
  • Co-author, Child Custody: A Practical Guide for Parents - Sacramento Region Edition, 1998
  • Chapter Contributor of the book Inside the Mminds-California Family Law Strategies-Leading Lawyers inon Evaluating domestic disputes, Gathering Financial Documentation and utilizing ADR to Resolve Cases - Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2009
  • Co-recipient of 1999 Award for Outstanding Course Materials by the California CPA Education Foundation
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Davis, Davis, California, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1968
  • Eureka Award, Collaborative Practice - California (CPCal), 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" Rating
  • Super Lawyers in Northern California, 2004 - 2012
  • Avvo Rating of 10

Office location for Hal D. Bartholomew

4740 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95819

Phone: 916-455-5200


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