Owner, Attorney at Law

Hannah Sims is a Certified Family Law Specialist, and 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. She excels in high asset property division, support, reimbursement issues and business valuations.

Hannah's clients appreciate the compassion that she brings to each case as well as her tenaciousness and passionate advocacy in the courtroom. Hannah has been selected as a Super Lawyer since 2018, an award earned only by those who have attained a high-level of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

  • High Asset Property Division

  • Support

  • Reimbursement Issues

  • Business Valuations

  • Gender and Name Changes

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

    • LL.M. in Taxation - 1998

  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law

    • Juris Doctor - 1994

  • University of California, Berkeley

    • B.A. - 1990

    • Honors: With Honors

    • Major: Political Science


Honors and Awards

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

  • Super Lawyer, 2018 - present


Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer, Family Law Boot Camp Training for New Attorneys, Alameda County Bar Association, 2020

  • 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Board of Specialization, Certified Family Law Specialist

  • 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

  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court, Magistrate, 2014 - Present

  • Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition, Judge

  • Alameda County, Judge Pro Tem


Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney for Narika, 2000 - Present

  • Volunteer Attorney for Maitri, 2002 - 2006

  • Judge Pro Tem, Alameda County

  • Family Violence Law Center, Former Legal Director, Volunteer Lawyer, Domestic Violence Advocate

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Volunteer Attorney in the Courtroom



1939 Harrison Street, Suite 210

Oakland, CA 94612




Email: admin@simsfamilylawgroup.com

Tel: 510-628-0250

Fax: 510-832-3310

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