Marcy Sharafian

Marcy Sharafian

Walnut Creek, California

Marcy Sharafian brings warmth and caring to her family law practice. Having gone through a divorce with young children, she understands many of the issues her clients face when children are involved and is dedicated to finding the best path for her clients and their families.

Marcy has a strong background in conflict resolution, having trained for years with the Bay Area Non-Violent Communication Center and the Center for Understanding in Conflict. Marcy draws on that experience to determine the approach most appropriate to her clients' circumstances. As a mediator, she has worked with over 125 couples to keep them out of court and create lasting agreements. As a collaborative law professional, she takes an interdisciplinary approach, working as part of a team with financial and mental health professionals. As a consulting attorney, she advises one of the parties in mediation. When representing clients in a cooperative negotiation, she works toward settlement with the other party or the other party's attorney.

Despite the many legal options that allow clients to avoid family law court, Marcy understands that litigation is sometimes necessary. In such cases, she advocates with integrity and an eye toward minimizing the potential negative effects of the adversarial process on families. Rather than engage in power struggles with other attorneys, she remains focused on the issues to provide the most effective advocacy for her clients.

Marcy earned her bachelor's degree in Economics from UCLA and her JD from the King Hall School of Law at University of California, Davis. She is a member of the Family Law section of the State Bar of California, the Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Alameda County Bar Association Family Law section, the Alameda Family Law Association, the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association, Collaborative Practice East Bay, Collaborative Practice California, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

She has guest lectured on family law mediation at UC Davis Law School and has enjoyed teaching communication techniques to other attorneys as a presenter for Continuing Education of the Bar.