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Paula M. Lawhon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Rafael, CA

Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.
1120 Nye St, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-398-3400
Fax: 415-398-3446
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed in California Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Family Law (50%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%)
Attorney Profile

As founder of Lawhon Law & Mediation P.C., Paula M. Lawhon devotes her practice to helping people find efficient and effective solutions for family law matters. As a full-time neutral mediator, she works with families throughout Northern California in matters includng child custody mediation, divorce mediation, and pre- and postnuptial agreements.

In 1996, Ms. Lawhon graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts in criminology, law and society. She then 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 then practiced in both civil and family litigation before transitioning to full-time family law mediation work. 

Ms. Lawhon understands the importance of preserving clients’ resources while still meeting their goals. She has participated in more than 200 hours of training in mediation skills and serves in a mediator capacity for the Marin County Superior Court’s family law Bench Bar Settlement Conferences as well as the San Francisco Superior Court Mandatory Settlement Conferences. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Ms. Lawhon as a family law specialist.

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.

Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C. has offices in San Rafael, San Francisco and Lafayette where our three attorney-mediators work with clients to help them reach agreements together.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Family Law
  • 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Mediation


9 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

Certificates and Credentials

White Papers

  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California 2013 ed. (2013) - 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. 

About Paula M. Lawhon

First Admitted: 1999, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Family Law Seminar Series" Mediation & Law Office of Paula M. Lawhon, 2008- 2009
  • "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

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

Educational Background

  • University of California, Irvine, B.A.,cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1996

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Community Boards, Board of Directors and Panel Mediator; Volunteer Legal Services Program, San Francisco Bar Association


  • Public Interest Scholar, UC Hastings, 1999
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2014-2015
  • Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2009-2012

Industry Groups

  • Full-time Family Law Mediator And Also Provide Consultations For Cases In Mediation
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Office Location for Paula M. Lawhon

1120 Nye St
Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-398-3400

Fax: 415-398-3446

Last Updated: 1/4/2022

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