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An Innovative Leader in Family Law, Mediation and Collaborative Law in the San Francisco Bay Area for 33 Years

Helping California families resolve their problems out of the courtroom

For 33 years, Arlene Kostant has dedicated her legal practice to helping individuals, couples and families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area resolve their legal problems out of court. She is a big believer in and strong practitioner of the alternative dispute resolution techniques of mediation and collaborative law.

Arlene Kostant understands that every family law situation is different, presenting its own individual set of challenges. She listens to your concerns and tailors her services to meet your specific needs. From the initial consultation onward, Arlene gives you a full understanding of the applicable law and the possible outcomes of your case and guides you through the creative dispute resolution process ― to help you make the best and most informed decisions.

Arlene Kostant is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law. She has earned the respect of both clients and peers in California’s legal community, achieving an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® — a distinction signifying particularly outstanding legal work, professionalism and ethical standards. She was also named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2005, to the Top 50 Northern California Women Attorneys in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and as one of the Top 25 Family Law Mediators in California by Daily Journal Legal Newspaper in 2003.

Dedicated to finding legal solutions that provide a respectful, fair, affordable and collaborative experience for her clients, Arlene Kostant assists you in the following areas:

  • Family law ― Arlene helps clients reaching out-of-court solutions in the following areas: dissolution of a marriage, dissolution of a domestic partnership, premarital agreements, domestic partnership agreements, parenting agreements, financial agreements, support modifications and other family law matters.
  • Mediation ― This is an informal, voluntary and non-binding process. Arlene acts as mediator, facilitating negotiations between the disputing parties and attempting to help them find a mutually acceptable solution to family law problems or other dispute.
  • Collaborative practice ― When parties decide to use collaborative practice, they pledge to not go to court, agree to an honest exchange of information, strive for a solution to their family law matter that takes into account their highest priorities, and acknowledge that their collaborative attorneys cannot represent them in any adversarial proceedings. If you can resolve your matter in this way, you avoid the emotional angst and the court costs associated with litigation.

Negotiation training for clients in Northern California

In addition to guiding families through the collaborative law process, Arlene Kostant does private negotiation training for law firms, collaborative practices and industry groups. She welcomes inquiries to set up training for your organization. You can also benefit from her extensive knowledge and experience by taking one of Arlene Kostant’s classes in negotiations. She is an adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley School of Law and Hastings College of the Law.

Creative solutions for your family law matters in San Francisco, California

When you need experienced, innovative and respectful representation, call Arlene Kostant at 415-433-2863 or contact her online to schedule an appointment.