Chris Emley is a Certified Family Law Specialist, and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). For 30 years, Chris has been listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for his work in family law. He's been a panelist for CEB eight times on family law subjects, authored instructional material for CEB three times, and has lectured in family law for the State Bar Family Law Section, California Judicial Education and Research Institutes, The Rutter Group, the University of San Francisco, the University of California at Davis School of Law, Golden Gate University Law School, Hastings College of Advocacy, and many other institutions. Chris was a member for four years of the Judicial Council's Family Law Advisory Committee, and is Past President of the California Chapter of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, of Legal Assistance to the Elderly, Legal Services for Children, and was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Marin Family and Children's Law Center and of The Bar Association of San Francisco. Chris served as a Judge Pro Tem on the San Francisco Superior Court Family Law Motion Calendar several times each year between 1990 and 2014, and still acts as Settlement Master in San Francisco and as Bench/Bar Panelist in Marin about eight times each year.
Don Emley is a Certified Family Law Specialist, and has practiced exclusively in family law since he was admitted to the Bar in 2011. Don has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2018. He earned his JD from UC Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and twice earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, once in California Appellate Process and again in Refugee Law and Policy. Don received his bachelor's degree from UCLA.
In 2014, Don and Chris were co-recipients of the James P. Preovolos Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Services in Family Law. Don has been honored by the San Francisco Bar Association's Justice and Diversity Center in every year of his practice as an Outstanding Volunteer in Family Law.
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