H. Yvonne Seeley

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Mateo, California

Seeley Family Law Practice, APC
H. Yvonne Seeley
Seeley Family Law Practice, APC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1982

Education: San Francisco Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

Seeley Family Law Practice, APC

411 Borel Ave
Suite 510
San Mateo, CA 94402 Visit website


H. Yvonne Seeley is the founder of the Seeley Family Law Practice, APC, and she is a certified family law specialist by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization.  She provides legal services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in family law matters such as marital dissolutions, non-married relationships, post judgment issues, child custody, child support, spousal support, asset divisision, domestic violence and marital agreements. 

Throughout her career of more than 35 years, Ms. Seeley has acted as lead attorney in jury and bench trials. She has co-authored a book chaper concerning family law and property division. She has been a seminar speaker on the topic of domestic violence for the CA Chapter of the Association of Family and Concilliation Courts and has presented on the topic of child custody for the Barristers of San Mateo County Bar Association.  Ms. Seeley received her Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University in 1976, and then attended San Francisco Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1980. In 2001, Ms. Seeley completed her formal education with a Master of Science in Business from Notre Dame de Namur University.

Dividing marital property can be a complex process, especially if the couple has stock options / RSU or other equity compensation, retirement plans, real estate and businesses. Ms. Seeley uses her knowledge and experience to help clients make sound decisions that will give them the ability to move forward with their lives. She also assists clients in determining what falls under separate and marital property status, and she engages the help of financial professionals to determine whether the current and future valuations of property are accurate and that the division is as equal as possible.

Involvement in the local and the legal community is important to Ms. Seeley. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Bar Association.  Additionall, she is the President and a Board Member of the San Mateo County Women Lawyers Educational Fund which raises money for law students.  In past years  she has served as president and board member of the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association and a board member for CORA which helps victims of domestic violence in San Mateo County.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.seeleyfamilylaw.com/h-yvonne-seeley.html

Educational Background:
  • Notre Dame de Namur University, Master of Science degree in Business, 2002
  • San Jose State University, B.A., 1976
  • California Women Leader, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2007
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Interviewed by ABC 7 News (KGO TV San Francisco) in 2012 regarding the impact of the Facebook IPO in the divorce setting., 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), 2013-2014, 2014
  • Volunteer in the County Law Library several times a year to provide free legal advice as part of the Bar's Community Law Night., 2021
  • Law Center For Families in Oakland, CA, 2004
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Author of Book Chapter, Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California, 14th ed., 2014
  • This was a presentation on the history and development of attitudes and legal approaches to resolving domestic violence issues nationally but also with a focus on recent California case and statutory laws. , Speaker, Domestic Violence Legal Update , Santa Clara County Psychological Association, Annual Conference for Child Custody Evaluations and Domestic Violence Training, Psychologists And Therapists, 2020
  • The purpose of the seminar was to inform the attorney attendees of the California State Bar's Rules of Professional Conduct, including the new proposed Rules, on what attorney must do to be loyal to clients per the State Bar requirements., Co- Speaker at Seminar, The Attorney's Duty of Loyalty to Clients, San Mateo County Bar Association, Legal Profession, 2020
  • My presentation focused on how the family law attorney can best assist his/her clients when they are involved with Family Court Services and or Child Custody Evaluators.  The attorney can maximize outcomes by retaining consulting therapists to assist the attorney and the client.  , Co- Speaker at Seminar, Working with Consultants for Mediation and Child Custody Evaluations, San Mateo County Bar Association, Barrister's Section, 2020
  • This was a question and answer program on divorce issues in California., Speaker, Makin-It-Through Divorce, Stanford University, Makin-it- Radio, 2019
  • "Division of Stock Options and Restricted Stock Units Education," 2012
  • Speaker, Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Assoc. of Family & Concilliation Courts, Annual Calforia Chapter Conference, 2017
  • Moderator, Hot Topics in Family Law, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Speaker, Bias in the Courtroom, San Mateo County Bar Asssociation, 2003
  • Speaker, Judges Night, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Speaker, Experts & Trial Strategies, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • "The Impact of the Budget Cutbacks on California Family Law Courts" in Strategies for Family Law in California, 2014 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law, published by Thompson Reuters
  • Co-authored a paper on Stock Options and Restricted Stock Units, 2012
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, 2021
Representative Clients:
  • My clients are typically CEOs of public or private tech companies and/or employees in high level positions in these companies.   The largest asset in the marital estate is often stock or RSUs.   My typical client has an annual income of $2-3M.   Approximately a third of my cases are resolved in private rather than in public court.  , 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Bar Association;  Officer of the Board, 2021
  • President, San Mateo County Women Lawyers' Section Educational Foundation, 2021
  • President, San Mateo County Trial Lawyer's Association, 2002
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), 2021
  • Member, San Mateo Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2019
  • Member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, 2021
  • Member, the Association of Family Law Specialists, 2021
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association, 2019
  • Board of Directors, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association 1996-2002, 2002
  • Co-chair, Palo Alto Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2014
  • Member of the State Bar of California, 1982
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2021

Office location for H. Yvonne Seeley

411 Borel Ave
Suite 510
San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 650-347-9111


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