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 150 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 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.
Marcy is an empty nester who enjoys her time on the tennis court and the many beautiful hiking trails in Northern California.
- University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, J.D. 1992
- University of California at Los Angeles, B.A. in Economics, 1989
Admitted to Practice
- All California state courts
- Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
- Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Collaborative Practice East Bay
- Collaborative Practice California
- International Association of Collaborative Practitioners
- California Bar Association, Family Law Section
- American Bar Association, Family Law Section