Raquel L. Sefton

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Francisco, California

Apex Family Law, P.C.
Raquel L. Sefton
Apex Family Law, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in California since: 1992

Education: Harvard Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

Apex Family Law, P.C.

100 Pine St
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111 Phone: 415-523-3050 Email: Raquel L. Sefton Visit website


Raquel Sefton is taking family law to the next level. In 2020, she created Apex Family Law to bring her leadership, management, organizational skills and passion for family law to a California-wide family law practice including matters under the Probate Code. Not just an excellent practitioner, Ms. Sefton has proven herself as a business leader and manager of teams for complex family law issues. 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. As part of a California-wide family law practice, she joins family lawyers in key locations as the Bay Area, Sacramento, mid-Coast and Los Angeles. 

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.

First Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage: https://apexfamilylaw.com/raquel-l-sefton/

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.  
  • I am a member of various Bay Area County Bar Associations as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association. I have held positions of leadership and volunteered through these organizations. I am also a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialist through which I speak and participate in educational activities., 2020
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., 1989
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, 2007
  • 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.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Article on co-habitation agreements and considerations for same., Writer, Co-habitation Agreement, Daily Journal, Public, 2013
  • I spoke on issues relating to complex family law custody litigation., Speaker, Navagating Custody Litigation, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Annual Symposim, Family Lawyers, 2018
  • Recognized for her innovation and leadership in family law matters including in organization, team building, and client representation., National Trailblazer's Award Family Law, National Law Journal, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ms. Sefton is a current member of the Board and past President of the Harvard Law Alumni Association, Northern California Chapter, 2020
  • 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.

Office location for Raquel L. Sefton

100 Pine St
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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