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Caroline D. Ham

Caroline D. Ham

Ms. Ham has practiced exclusively in the field of family law since she was admitted to practice in 2009. She specializes in complex divorce, custody, support, paternity, domestic violence matters and mediation. Ms. Ham understands the complex emotional feelings a family law matter may cause someone and handles an individual's case with compassion and direction. A tough advocate, she fights vigorously for her clients in and out of court so that their interests are best represented.

Ms. Ham's interest in family law began when she was a rape crisis counselor for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center while completing her bachelor's degree. During law school, she served as a legal intern for Women Empowered Against a Violent Environment aiding low income litigants in completing divorce paperwork and bringing and defending against domestic violence restraining orders. She believes there is a way to get through a complicated family law matter with grace and dignity.

Ms. Ham has not only practiced for established law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she has also been an active member of Family Law Sections of the Contra Costa and Alameda County Bar Associations, serving as the Alameda County Family Law Section's Vice Chair from 2010 – 2012. She also served on the California State Bar – Family Law Section - Bay Area Regional Standing Committee, Family Law Sub-Committee of Delegates, and the Sacramento County Bar Association Delegation to the Conference of Delegates, all committees which researched, reviewed, and made recommendations on family law legislation. She has completed several courses including the California Family Law Report Advanced Family Law Course and a collaborative training seminar sponsored by the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group. Ms. Ham previously served on the Board Member for the California Young Lawyers Association as Treasurer and currently serves on the Civics Engagement and Outreach Committee for the California Lawyers Association. 

Ms. Ham graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Women & Gender Studies (Psychology & Sociology focus), and a minor in Sociology, with an emphasis in Law & Society. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with Distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2009 with a specialization in trial advocacy. A member of the California Bar, Ms. Ham is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She practices in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo County.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar, 2009

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, California Bar Association (Family Law Section), 2009 - Present
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association (Family Law Section), 2009 - Present
  • Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association (Family Law Section), 2009 - Present
  • Member, Alameda County Family Law Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Civics Engagement and Outreach Committee, California Lawyers Association, 2020 - Present
  • Board Member, California Young Lawyers Association, 2017 - 2020
  • Treasurer, California Young Lawyers Association, 2018 - 2020
  • Legislature Committee Member, Family Law Sub-Committee of Delegates, 2013 - 2014
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association Delegation to Conference of Delegates, 2013-2014
  • Vice Chair, Alameda County Bar Association (Family Law Section), 2010 - 2012
  • Legislature Committee Member, State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Bay Area Regional Standing Committee, 2011 - 2012

AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2020
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2021
  • Order of the Barristers, 2009
    University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (National Organization)
  • Runner-up, Best Advocate, 2008
    National Civil Trial Competition
  • Trial Advocacy, Top Honors, 2008
    University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, 2009
    University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Dean's Honors List, 2007 – 2009
    University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Outstanding Senior Award, 2006
    University of California, Davis
  • Human Corps Community Service Award, 2005
    University of California, Davis

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Panelist, Cultural and Social Considerations in the Practice of Law, 2020 California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

EDUCATION

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, May 2009
J.D. with Distinction, and Advocacy Certificate

University of California, Davis, June 2006
B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Women & Gender Studies
Minor in Sociology: Law & Society

London School of Economics, Summer 2004

 

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    I was referred to Ms. Ham by a family friend who went through a divorce recently. I was really stressed out when I went in for the consultation but after talking to Ms. Ham about my situation and discussing all of my options, I felt relieved. She is obviously a very skilled lawyer who cares a gre...
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    Ms. Ham has been a blessing during a difficult time. She was able to professionally, yet kindly, answer my various questions regarding the many forms and paperwork associated with a divorce. She was very knowledgeable about the inside and out of each form. She spoke with utter confidence yet was ...
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    Caroline is an amazing lawyer. She was well prepared for my case and was even complimented by the Judge on her preparation. Her professionalism and compassionate demeanor helped my family through a very emotional child surname change case. She talked us through all of our options and her follow t...

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