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Virginia M. Lively

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Jose, CA

Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, PC
1871 The Alameda, Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-553-0801
Fax: 408-553-0807
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 2012
Practice Areas: Family Law
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Attorney Profile

Virginia M. Lively is an attorney at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri in San Jose, California, where she focuses her practice exclusively on family law. Ms. Lively represents clients throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, as well as in the Santa Cruz and Watsonville areas.

Ms. Lively is a certified family law specialist through the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has a successful track record of achieving positive results for her clients through negotiation or litigation, adeptly handling cases involving divorce, child support, domestic violence, spousal support and tax litigation.

Highly involved in the family law community, Ms. Lively belongs to several professional organizations, including the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and the Women’s Networking Alliance.

Ms. Lively graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in history and comparative literature. She went on to earn her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2011. The following year, she received a master’s of law in taxation from the University of Florida Levin School of Law, with a focus on the taxation of trusts, estates and corporate structures.

During law school, Ms. Lively gained valuable experience in the legal field through serving as a clerk for a judge at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California and at the Superior Court of California County of Santa Cruz. Upon law school graduation, she passed the California bar examination and acquired her license to practice law before all California state courts.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Virginia M. Lively

First Admitted: 2012, California

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Educational Background

  • University of Arizona, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Comparative Literature, History, 2007
  • Graduated University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, LL.M., Legal Masters Focus: Taxation of trusts and estates and corporate structures, 2012


  • Awarded the CALI Award for Future Excellence in Tax Policy at Santa Clara University, CALI Award for Future Excellence in Tax Policy, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admission to the Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2012
  • Women’s Networking Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Member
  • California, 2012

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Family Law Specialist - Granted by The California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member and Chair for Women's Networking Alliance - Chapter 113, 2018
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Office Location for Virginia M. Lively

1871 The Alameda
Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: 408-553-0801

Fax: 408-553-0807

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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