Tulin D. Acikalin

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Mateo, California

Tulin D. Acikalin

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation

Licensed in California since: 2000

Education: Tulane University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024


2000 Alameda de las Pulgas
Suite 161
San Mateo, CA 94403 Phone: 650-268-5309 Email: Tulin D. Acikalin Visit website


Attorney Tulin D. Acikalin is a partner with ADZ Law, LLP, in San Mateo, California. A top-rated lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Acikalin focuses her practice primarily on family law. She provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater San Francisco Bay region and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Divorce, including high-conflict child custody disputes, complex asset division, child and spousal support, mediation counseling, pre and post-marital agreements, and more

· Domestic violence victim representation, such as obtaining and enforcing restraining orders, handling related torts and criminal advocacy

· Crime victim tort litigation, including sexual assault, human trafficking and gender-based violence

With a strong background in business management, civil litigation, poverty law and domestic violence advocacy, Ms. Acikalin has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon to help her clients make the best-informed decisions and achieve the positive outcomes they seek for their emotional and complex legal challenges as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. 

To that end, she offers unmatched mediation services to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements without the need for expensive and time-consuming court battles; however, she will not hesitate to take her clients' matters to court when necessary. She also holds her certification in family law from the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization.

At all turns, Ms. Acikalin provides highly personalized counsel to all she serves, and she has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity as well as her unwavering commitment to those she serves. Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, she has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers along with Superb client ratings on Avvo.

A 1994 graduate of Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, Ms. Acikalin obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2000. She is also a 2011 graduate of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco, and she is an active member of the San Francisco and San Mateo County Bar Associations.

First Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.adzlaw.com/attorneys/tulin-d-acikalin/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council and its Legal Process Committee from 2006 to 2015
  • Member, ACFLS is the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. ACFLS is an independent non-profit organization, composed of Certified Family Law Specialists, dedicated to promoting and preserving the practice of Family Law.ACFLS was formed in 1980, after the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization certified its first group of Family Law Specialists. Since then, ACFLS has grown to more than 650 members., 2021
  • Member, San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member, San Mateo County Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and its Information Sharing Committee from 2011 to 2015
  • Ms. Acikalin presented to the San Mateo County Bar Association Family Law Section, Intimate Partner Abuse, Co-presenter: Charles Cavallino, Esq. from Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • October 2019, La Casa de Las Madres Employee Training, Domestic Violence Restraining Order remedies and enforcement, co-presenter Emberly Cross, Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
  • June 2017, National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA) National Conference “Civil Actions for Criminal Acts,” Civil Remedies for Victims of Domestic Violence SA and Stalking, Co-presenters Jessica Dayton and Lauren Zorfas.
  • June 2018, San Mateo County Psychological Association Domestic Violence Update Training for Child Custody Evaluators Per California Rules of Court 5.225 and 5.230, Domestic Violence Legal Update
  • June 2019, San Mateo County Bar Association Family Law Section, Intimate Partner Abuse, Co-presenter: Charles Cavallino, Esq. from Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
  • Ms. Acikalin served as faculty for three segments of the two-day introduction to family law practice.  Ms. Acikalin's taught the following: overview of Family Law, working with low-income clients, and basic terminology; custody and visitation procedures; and settlement and trial preparation., Faculty, California Family Law Basics: Pro Bono Representation in Low-Income Family Law Cases 2020, Practising Law Institute, Family Law, Pro Bono, 2020
  • October 2019, Golden Gate University School of Law Domestic Violence Law course, Representing Survivors in Family Law Matters
  • November 2019, Berkley Law School Domestic Violence Practicum, Representing Survivors in Tort Suits
  • 2015 to Present, La Casa de las Madres, Quarterly 40-hour domestic violence training, Domestic Violence and the Law
  • May 2020, Lawyers for Family Justice, Once per Month training for the Legal Incubator Program, Family Law
  • August 2020, Practising Law Institute, Family Law 101/ Overview in Low-Income Family Law Cases, co-presenter Erin Everett, Child Custody and Visitation Procedure, co-presenter Stephanie E. Ball and Fawn Jade Korr, How to Finish a Dissolution Case: Case Settlement and Trials, co-presenter Antonia More
  • Comment, Debunking the Dichotomy of Nonintervention: The Role of the State in Regulating Domestic Violence, 74 Tul. L. Rev. 1045 (2000)
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Science in Management, concentration Finance, from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, 1994
  • ADZ Law is proud to announce that we are the recipient of the 2021 Elinor Falvey Award given by the Women Lawyers Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. This honor recognizes a person or organization that excels in maintaining a commitment to advancing the interests of women. Our partners, Tulin Acikalin and Jessica Dayton, accepted the award with the following remarks: “It is such an honor to be recognized among this list of exceptional women and organizations who have been recipients for the last 35 years. Elinor Falvey was a trailblazer and this award in her name is incredibly meaningful. As we look back to remind ourselves of the prior award recipients, we were struck by the thought that we have personally been present for almost half of them. We also note that we are the first private law firm to be recognized. The prior recipients included bench officers, attorneys, and non-profit organizations. To be recognized as a private law firm confirmed to us that we really did achieve the goal we set for ourselves when we had this crazy idea in 2015."To learn more about the award, click here. , Elinor Falvey Award, Women Lawyer's Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Beginning in May 2020, Ms. Acikalin is providing monthly training and technical assistance to Lawyers for Family Justice Legal Incubator Program with the Contra Costa Family Justice Center.  http://www.cocofamilyjustice.org/services-before-import/safety/lawyers/, 2020
  • Community Law Night: Since April 2020, ADZ has continued to partner with CORA, Bay Area Legal Aid, San Mateo County Bar Association, and San Mateo County Law Library Foundation, to provide FREE 20-minute legal information/ advice for survivors of domestic violence. Call (650) 363-4913 for information about the next Community Law Night., 2020
  • Ms. Acikalin taught domestic violence and the law for La Casa de las Madres as a part of their 40 hour domestic violence community training. Ms. Acikalin teaches this course quarterly commencing in 2016 and most recently in June 2021.  , 2021
  • Guest Lecturer for Berkley Law School Domestic Violence Practicum, Representing Survivors in Tort Suits, 2019
  • October 2019, Guest lecturer at Golden Gate University School of Law Domestic Violence Law course, Representing Survivors in Family Law Matters, 2019
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • As of August 1, 2021, I was certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 2021
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • My firm filed a domestic violence tort lawsuit against an out-of-state defendant in Napa.  The trial court dismissed the case for lack of personal jurisdiction.  We appealed, pro bono, and we won.  My law partner, Jessica Dayton, two associates, Laura Alvarez and Paula Vielman-Reeves, and I handled the appeal.  We now have the first published case on this issue in California.  , 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Victims Of Crime

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2000 Alameda de las Pulgas
Suite 161
San Mateo, CA 94403


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