Tanya Prioste

Lakin Spears, LLP
Palo Alto, California 94303
United States
Office Phone: (650) 328-7000
Member since 2005
Membership Type: IACP



After over 25 years of practicing family law in Silicon Valley, I now have a fully out-of-court practice helping individuals and couples with their family law needs throughout the State of California. I work with couples and individuals when they are embarking on a new relationship with a premarital agreement or living together agreement; during the marriage with a marital agreement; or if the marriage ends in divorce. I support individuals and couples in their family transitions through mediation and collaborative processes, including process and strategy coaching.

Having been in Silicon Valley throughout my legal career, I have deep experience in sophisticated and complex financial matters and have helped countless individuals and couples navigate this complexity with success and pragmatism.

For divorces, my approach is interest-based, compassion-centered and forward-looking. I recognize how destabilizing and disorientating this family transition can be and strive to guide people on this journey into a new life chapter filled with growth and meaning.

I routinely meet with individuals and couples to educate them about their process options and to help them determine what process option is likely most appropriate for them.

To create a premarital or marital agreement, couples can also use a mediation or collaborative approach. This allows couples to discuss what their goals and objectives are before any formal agreement is drafted, so that when the agreement is finally drafted, it reflects what the couple has already discussed and reflects their expressed aligned or individual objectives.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, Family Law, Premarital, Postmarital, RDP and living-together agreements
License(s): Admitted to the California State Bar, 1994 ~Certified Family Law Specialist as of 2002

Professional Activities

~Past President of Collaborative Practice California ~Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ~Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers ~Member Collaborative Practice of Silicon Valley ~Member of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County ~Member of the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Bar Associations ~Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Undergraduate Education

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and English, 1991

Professional Education

Golden Gate University, School of Law, 1994