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Caroline D. Ham

Caroline D. Ham

Caroline has practiced exclusively in the field of family law since she was admitted to practice in California in 2009. She specializes in complex divorce, custody, support, paternity and domestic violence issues. Caroline handles each client's matter with not only compassion, but direction as well. An experienced litigator, Caroline fights vigorously for her clients in and out of court so that their interests are best represented and protected.

Caroline's interest in family law began during college when she served as a rape crisis counselor for a local county organization, counseling survivors and assisting them in obtaining domestic violence restraining orders. She later continued this work during law school where she interned for WEAVE, Inc., aiding clients in custody disputes and preparing divorce paperwork on their behalf. 

Though she is an aggressive litigator, Caroline does not believe every situation warrants the same approach. Caroline believes some situations, in which the parties may be able to reach agreements, are best suited for mediation. An experienced mediator, Caroline has completed several courses that address collaborative and mediation approaches to dissolving a marriage. 

Caroline is also heavily involved with family law issues on a community level, having served two years as the Vice Chair of the Family Law Section of the Alameda County Bar Association. On the state level, Caroline later served as the treasurer for the California Young Lawyers Association for three years. Caroline has 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. Caroline currently serves on the Civics Engagement and Outreach Committee for the California Lawyers Association. 

Caroline graduated from the University of California, Davis with a double major in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies (Psychology and Sociology focus) and a minor in Sociology, with an emphasis in Law and Society. Caroline went on the obtain her juris doctorate, with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Caroline also graduated law school with a specialization in trial advocacy. She received the Order of the Barristers award while in law school, a national organization recognizing individuals who excel in trial advocacy.

Caroline has been a guest lecturer for such organizations as the California Lawyers Association and George Washington University, discussing not only social considerations within the practice of law but also the effects different social movements have had on the practice of law.

Caroline practices in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo County. Caroline has been chosen as a Rising Star in both 2020 and 2021 by Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon no more than 2.5% of attorneys in the state of California.

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
  • Mentee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Diversity Equity & Inclusion Group, 2021–Present
  • Member, Civics Engagement and Outreach Committee, California Lawyers Association, 2020 - Present
  • Advisor, California Young Lawyers Association, 2020
  • 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
  • Mentee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 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, 2021
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2020
  • 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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  • Tough and Overall Excellent Attorney

    You never want an attorney until you need one. I needed Caroline. She was tough, knowledgable, and extremely responsive to every little concern I had. I was so relieved to have Caroline on my side. She offered me comfort, told me the law, and most importantly listened to what I needed to say. I c...
  • Smart, professional, and confident.

    Caroline is a gem! After being connected to Caroline through a friend, I could not be happier with the results. Caroline helped me through a very tough part of my life and always helped me to stay calm, positive and productive. She is incredibly genuine, warm, and funny! If you're looking for a l...
  • Knowledgeable family law attorney

    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...
  • Amazing!

    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 ...
  • Exceptional and Compassionate Lawyer

    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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