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Belinda Hanson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Mateo, CA

Hanson Crawford Crum Family Law Group
411 Borel Avenue, Suite 440
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: 650-524-2144
Fax: 650-524-2141
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile


Skilled in Silicon Valley's unique economic ecosystem, Belinda Hanson protects her clients in high-asset dissolutions during divorce and separations so they can move forward positively with their lives.

Belinda has resolved some of the most complex and financially sophisticated matters during more than 20 years of family law practice. She works discreetly and assertively on divorce and marital issues for clients who are (or are the spouses of) leaders and innovators in technology, venture capital, hedge funds, private equity, privately held companies and real estate.

As a Certified Family Law Specialist, Belinda is among an elite group of recognized experts in California. She is a trained and proven advocate in all divorce forums, including in negotiated settlements, before private judges and when pursuing litigation in court. Belinda tailors clients' legal strategies to their goals, priorities and individual values—because divorce is more than legal, it is highly personal.

Expert Counsel in High-Stakes Divorces

High-stakes divorce, custody and marital agreements require a nuanced, focused and integrated approach. Belinda strengthens clients' positions by collaborating with experts and specialists in business, tax and estate planning.

She supports clients with a network of resources that include forensic accountants, investment advisors, corporate counsel, estate planners, equity compensation experts and tax advisors, who specialize in the financial foundations and practices fueling Silicon Valley. Belinda offers a holistic and future-facing approach when navigating clients through divorce with a “hands on” approach. 

Top Negotiator and Family Lawyer of the Year

Belinda honed her negotiating skills at Harvard's Program on Negotiation. She is a Fellow and past president of the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Belinda was recognized twice by U.S. News Best Lawyers as "San Francisco Area Family Lawyer of the Year" and has been named among Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” since 2004.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Santa Clara University School of Law and mother to two children, Belinda currently serves on the board of directors of Caminar, a nonprofit, community agency focused on mental health wellness and resilience.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas



19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

About Belinda Hanson

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage:


  • “San Francisco Area Family Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, 2010
  • “Super Lawyers” by the Northern California Super Lawyers publication each year since 2004
  • “Top 100 Northern California Lawyers.”
  • Super Lawyers
  • “Top 50 Northern California Female Super Lawyers”
  • Best Lawyers in America yearly since 2002
  • San Francisco Area Family Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyer, 2010 and 2018) 
  • “Top Rated Lawyers in San Francisco’s Legal Leaders”

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The Family Lawyer/Civil Litigator Team: A New Style of Dissolution Trial Practice
  • Yours Mine and Ours: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reimbursement Claims in Real Estate 
  • CalCPA 2014: Characterization Issues Arising in Business Transactions Beyond the Sales Price
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter Symposium 2011: Whose Side Are You On? A Road Map for Litigating Business Issues in a Divorce Case

Pro bono/Community Service

  • The Thacher School, Ojai, CA (1994-2003) 
  • Peninsula Family Service (2009-2012)
  • Caminar for Mental Health

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (President, 2007)
  • San Mateo County Bar Association (Family Law Section Chair, 1995-1996) 

Educational Background

  • BA, Wesleyan University (with Honors, 1986)
  • Harvard University (Visiting Scholar 1984-1985)

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
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Office Location for Belinda Hanson

411 Borel Avenue
Suite 440
San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 650-524-2144

Fax: 650-524-2141

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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