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Hannah E. Sims

Hannah E. Sims

Oakland, California

Hannah Sims has been practicing family law since her entry to the bar in 1994. Hannah augmented her legal education in 2000 by obtaining a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation. Hannah treats each case individually and recognizes that divorcing parties have particular needs that may not lend themselves to a generalized approach. In every case, Hannah's first objective is to find a creative way to settle the parties' differences in lieu of litigation. If court intervention is required, Hannah's reputation as an aggressive and highly competent litigator precedes her.

Hannah has been through her own divorce and dealt with the hardship of raising two very young children as a single mother. This insight has contributed to her keen understanding of the issues that parties face as they move through the dissolution process and beyond.

Hannah's practice encompasses all aspects of family law. Her LL.M. in Taxation allows her to identify and address complex tax issues that many family law attorneys may miss. While skilled in high asset property division, support, reimbursement issues and business valuations, Hannah enjoys and excels in high conflict custodial disputes. As the former director of a non-profit domestic violence legal clinic, Hannah also brings her talents and specialized training to the domestic violence arena.

Hannah's clients appreciate the compassion that she brings to each case as well as her tenaciousness and passionate advocacy in the courtroom.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • High Asset Property Division
  • Support
  • Reimbursement Issues
  • Business Valuations

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • LL.M. in Taxation - 1998
  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • Juris Doctor - 1994
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science


  • Speaker, Tax Issues in Spousal Support Awards, Alameda County Bar Association Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program, 2014 - Present
  • Moderator, Judicial Forum: What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2012 - Present
  • Lecturer, Dissolution in the South Asian Community, Alameda County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Violence and the South Asian Community, Alameda County Bar Association and Narika, 2005 - Present
  • Lecturer, The Ins and Outs of Restraining Orders, Lorman Education Series, 2004 - Present
  • Lecturer: ACFLA Continuing Education Program - Issues specific to South Asian Divorces
  • Lecturer: Domestic Violence and the Law, Lorman Continuing Legal Education

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Marin County Family Law Project

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alameda County Family Law Association, Board of Directors, 2001 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1998 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Member, Member, 2005 - Present
  • California State Bar Family Law Section, Member
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Volunteer Attorney in the Courtroom
  • Maitri, Volunteer Attorney
  • Narika, Volunteer Attorney
  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court, Member
  • Family Violence Law Center, Former Legal Director, Volunteer Lawyer, Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition, Judge
  • Alameda County, Judge Pro Tem

Past Employment Positions

  • Preville Frey, LLP, Junior Partner, 1997 - 2000
  • Family Violence Law Center, Legal Director, 1996 - 1998
  • Law Offices of R. Bruce Laing, San Rafael, California, Associate, 1995 - 1996
  • Musser & Ryan, San Francisco, California, Associate, 1994 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney for Narika, 2000 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney for Maitri, 2002 - 2006
  • Judge Pro Tem, Alameda County
  • Former director of a non-profit domestic violence legal clinic


  • Phi Delta Phi

Law Offices of Hannah E. Sims, LL.M.
1939 Harrison Street, Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
Toll Free: 888-702-5859
Phone: 510-250-7834
Fax: 510-832-3310
Oakland Law Office