Paula M. Lawhon

Top rated alternative dispute resolution attorney in San Rafael, California

Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.
Paula M. Lawhon
Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.

Practice Areas: Alternative dispute resolution, Family law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: University of California Hastings College of the Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.

4040 Civic Center Dr
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903 Visit website


As founder of Lawhon Law & Mediation P.C., Paula M. Lawhon works as a full-time neutral mediator with families throughout Northern California in matters including child custody mediation, divorce mediation, and pre- and postnuptial agreements. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Lawhon as a Family Law Specialist.

In 1996, Ms. Lawhon graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts in criminology, law and society. She attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law, receiving a Juris Doctor in 1999. Before she entered private practice, Ms. Lawhon served as an investigator in criminal and civil issues and practiced in both civil and family litigation. 

Ms. Lawhon is a frequent presenter on family law mediation issues and has served as a mediator for the Marin County Superior Court’s family law Bench Bar Settlement Conferences and the San Francisco Superior Court Mandatory Settlement Conferences. 

A published author, Ms. Lawhon is a member of The State Bar of California, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections, The Association for Conflict Resolution, the Collaborative Attorneys and Mediators of Marin, the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California and the Marin County Bar Association.

The attorney-mediators at Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C. work with clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to help them reach agreements together.

Practice areas

Alternative dispute resolution, Family law

Focus areas

Mediation, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law

First Admitted: 1999, California

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Community Boards, Board of Directors and Panel Mediator; Volunteer Legal Services Program, San Francisco Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Bench Bar Settlement Conference panelist Marin County Superior Court
  • California, 1999
  • California State Bar, Fee Arbitrator
  • Settlement Conference Master San Francisco Unified Family Court
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Family Law and ADR Section Member, VLSP Volunteer and Fee Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Attorneys & Mediators of Marin (“CAMM”)
  • Member, Sections on: Mediation; Family Law, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California & Association for Conflict Resolution, Member
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2001
  • Marin County Bar Association, Family Law member
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Family Law Seminar Series" Mediation & Law Office of Paula M. Lawhon, 2008- 2009
  • Presenter at annual AFCC conference , Presenter, Co-Mediation with Interdisciplinary Neutrals, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Family Law Attorneys, Mental Health Professionals, Financial Professionals, 2019
  • Presenter at multidisciplinary family law conference, Presenter, Neutrals in Family Law Cases, Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Attorneys, Mediators, Mental Health Professionals, 2022
  • "Marital Property Law and Mediation" Lorman Seminars, 2008
  • "Marital Property Law" National Constitution Center Conferences, 2008
  • "Small Firm Marketing" San Francisco Bar Association & Barristers, 2006
  • Mediating Same Sex Dissolutions, California State Bar, Family Law News, 2012
  • "Family Law Mediation" San Francisco Bar Association & Barristers, 2008
  • "Advanced Mediation Training" Community Boards, 2008
  • Presenter, Mechanics of Co-Mediation, Bar Association Of San Francisco, 2017
  • Presenter, Variations In Divorce Co-Mediation, AFCC, 2016
  • Author, Crafting an Enforceable Settlement Agreement, Plaintiff Magazine, Alternative Dispute Resolution Issue, 2007
  • Presenter, Cross-over issues in Immigration and Family Law, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2016
  • Author, Retraining Family Lawyers to Support Mediating Clients, Family Law News, 2016
  • "Introduction to Family Mediation", 2010
  • "Navigating the Minefields of Family Law Mediations", 2010
  • Mediation Section ongoing seminars, San Francisco Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A.,cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1996
  • Public Interest Scholar, UC Hastings, 1999
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2014-2015
  • Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Bay Area Family Favorite Winner San Francisco/Marin, Best of the Best: Bay Area Parent Family Favorite, Bay Area Parent
White Papers:
  • Authored chapter titled "The Role of Mediation in Today's Family Law Cases" in Aspatore Inside the Minds book to be published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw in 2013. Chapters are comparable to white papers or thought-leadership essays, addressing the most important issues that lawyers face and offering strategies for managing those issues and effectively working with clients. , Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California 2013 ed., Family Law, 2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2009-2012
Industry Groups:
  • Full-time neutral Family Law Mediator

Office location for Paula M. Lawhon

4040 Civic Center Dr
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone: 415-398-3400


11 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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