Yvonne Seeley

Phone: 650-347-9111

H. Yvonne Seeley

Founding Principal

Current Practice and Background

Ms. Seeley is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Seeley’s practice focuses on dissolution cases involving high asset and complex financial issues such as the division of interests in closely-held businesses, real estate, and equity compensation, including stock options and RSU’s. Ms. Seeley also has extensive experience with high-conflict custody matters and relocation/move-away cases.

Ms. Seeley brings over 30 years of civil litigation experience to the firm and represents clients through all phases of family law litigation before private judges and in public courthouses. She is also certified in and practices collaborative law. For clients who elect mediation to resolve their issues, Ms. Seeley acts both as a mediator and as a consulting attorney in the mediation setting.

Ms. Seeley’s style of advocacy and personal approach to her cases enables her to achieve favorable outcomes for her clients. When necessary, she engages the expertise of professionals such as forensic accountants, appraisers and psychologists to assist in the resolution of case issues.

Ms. Seeley is an active member of the family law legal community. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Educational Foundation. She co-authored a chapter in a family law publication, Strategies for Family Law in California.

Prior to founding Seeley Family Law Practice, Ms. Seeley worked at Hersh Family Law in San Francisco and the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie in Pleasanton and the Seeley Law Firm in San Mateo. In her previous association with civil and family law firms she was lead attorney in bench and jury trials. Ms. Seeley has also appeared and argued before the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.


MS, Business, Notre Dame De Namur University, 2001

JD, San Francisco Law School, 1980

BA, San Jose State University, 1976

Publications, Writings, Media

“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.

“Division of Stock Options and Restricted Stock Units Education,” 2012

Interviewed by ABC 7 News (KGO TV San Francisco) in 2012 regarding the implications of the Facebook IPO in the dissolution setting


Board of Directors, CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), 2013-2014

Board of Directors, San Mateo County Women Lawyers Educational Foundation, 2014

Palo Alto Bar Association, Co-Chair Family Law Section, 2014

Honored as California Women Leader by California Consumer Attorneys of California, 2007

President, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002

Board of Directors, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2018-2019, 1996-2002

Professional Memberships

State Bar of California

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

San Mateo County Bar Association

Santa Clara County Bar Association

Palo Alto Area Bar Association

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association

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AIOFLA 10 Best 2016 Award
Top Lawyer 2015 Award
Avvo Client's Choice Award 2014 for Family
Avvo Client's Choice Award 2014 for Divorce