Vanessa Candelaria

Throughout her legal career, Vanessa has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. With her legal training and knowledge, she provides compassion and advocacy for her clients. Vanessa’s experience working on a broad spectrum of family law matters include divorce, pre-divorce counseling and planning, premarital agreements, complex marital property issues, high conflict child custody disputes, child and spousal support issues and domestic violence prevention and defense. Vanessa protects her clients’ assets and the best interests of her clients and their children. She represents clients in public court and before private judicial officers. In addition, she serves as a consulting attorney for clients who are preparing for divorce, going through the divorce process, are in mediation and who are seeking a second opinion on his or her family law matter.

Prior to earning her Juris Doctorate degree from Golden Gate University School of Law, Vanessa earned dual degrees in English and Psychology and Social Behavior and a minor in Political Science from the University of California – Irvine. While at the University of California – Irvine, Vanessa was the first recipient of the “Most Inspirational Student” Scholarship Award. At Golden Gate University School of Law, Vanessa was accepted into the Honors Lawyering Program and she was a judicial extern the San Francisco Unified Family Court.

Vanessa received excellent training and experience from the well-known and highly respected Bay Area law firms, Fox & Bank LLP and Viola Law Firm, P.C. In 2012, Vanessa completed an intense, weeklong trial training course through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). She participated in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Mentoring Group from 2010 to 2012 and completed the AAML Trial Practicum in 2016.

Vanessa is also an active member of the legal community. She is a Board Member of the Contra Costa County Family Law Section, Past President of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), a former District Representative for the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division and former Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. Vanessa also holds the position of Regional Governor for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) for Northern California and Advisory Board Member for FBANC. She is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and the Alameda County Bar Association. Since becoming an attorney, Vanessa has regularly volunteered at local legal clinics throughout the Bay Area and has mentored many law students.

 To learn more about Vanessa, please see her Curriculum Vitae.