Vivian Holley

Collaborative Practice San Francisco

2135 Lombard Street
San Francisco, California 94123
United States
Office Phone: 415-474-1011
Member since 2005
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

Ms. Holley is a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist and a Certified Family Law Specialist who serves the San Francisco Bay Area.
She is the 2011 recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for her outstanding contributions to Family Law. With over 34 years helping her clients achieve peaceful and just settlements in family law matters - including separation and divorce - Vivian Holley is one of the most experienced, accomplished and resourceful practitioners in the field of family law, offering the widest array of legal options and solutions to achieve the right balance of outcome, cost, harmony, and justice in divorces and family matters in San Francisco and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

A leader in the field of mediation in the United States since 1977, Ms. Holley has offered family and divorce mediation solutions in her San Francisco practice well before most practitioners heard of the concept, and she is regarded as an expert practitioner by her colleagues. Ms. Holley also offers collaborative law, another more structured, and in almost all cases a far more satisfying and lower-cost alternative to traditional litigation. The firm also offers consulting services as well as legal support for clients who wish to represent themselves.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Estate Law, Family Law, Mediation, Probate Law
License(s): Certified Family Law Specialist ~Licensed Marriage Family Therapist ~Cert. Practitioner Chinese Energetics

Professional Activities

Assoc. of Certified Family Law Specialists, Director 1990-2010, ~President, 2001; ~SF Collaborative Practice Group; ~Assoc. Alt. Dispute Resolution ~Northern California; ~SF Bar Association, Family Law Section Ex Comm, Chair 1983; ~State Bar Association, Family Law ~San Fran. Pyschological Assoc. ~San Fran Sup Ct. Judge Pro Tem and Family Court Settlement Conf. Judge since 1980's; ~Facilitator Center for Attitudinal Healing.

Undergraduate Education

Stanford University, BA with Honors

Postgraduate Education

Stanford Univeristy, MA Counseling, 1969;
Univ. Of San Francisco JD, Am Jur Community Property, 1978

Professional Education

University of San Francisco, Juris Doctorate, 1978;
State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist, 1983;
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1975


I have been active in the San Francisco Practice Group since its inception more than 12 years ago, and have been actively involved in planning the group's training, retreats, and monthly programs. I am an advocate for collaborative practice in fields beyond family law, and an innovator in creating opportunities for collaborative practice outside the customary models of practice so long as the clients request and will benefit from the service. I believe my extensive skills in mediating with over 1500 families contributes greatly to my listening,caring, and problem solving skills which I bring into the collaborative process.