Tanya E. Prioste is a partner in the Family Law Group at Lakin Spears, LLP in Palo Alto, California and a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice is devoted exclusively to family law. In addition to being a litigator, Ms. Prioste also mediates and acts as collaborative counsel in Collaborative Practice cases and as a consulting counsel to mediations. She also prepares and negotiates premarital and postmarital agreements. Ms. Prioste is rated AV preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. She has been selected by her peers as among the top family lawyers in Northern California every year since 2004 and was named one of Northern California’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers” across all practice areas in 2009, 2010, 2012-2016 (as surveyed by San Francisco Magazine and published in the Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine). In addition, Ms. Prioste was named one of the top 100 lawyers across all practice areas in 2010 and 2013-2015. Ms. Prioste has co-authored several articles on topics including international custody move-aways, child support, reimbursements, imputation of income in support cases, and disclosure obligations. Ms. Prioste has presented on numerous family law topics, including employment benefits, reimbursement rights, transmutation and separate property contribution issues, fiduciary duties, the fundamentals of family law, and custody move-aways.
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San Mateo, Santa Clara
Lakin Spears, LLP
2400 Geng Road, Suite 110
Arizona State University, 1991, BA in Psychology and BA in English
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Golden Gate University School of Law, class of 1994
Named as one of Northern California’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers” across all practice areas in 2009, 2010 and 2012 – 2015, surveyed by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters.
Named as one of Northern California’s “Top 100 Lawyers” across all practice areas in 2010 and 2013-2015, surveyed by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters.
Certified Family Law Specialist as of 2002
Admitted to the California State Bar in 1994
Board member of Collaborative Practice California
Statutory Authority for Attorney’s Fees and Sanctions in Your Family Law Cases (co-authored with Lydia Crandall), ACFLS Newsletter, Spring 2014, No. 2
Disclosure Obligations Roadmap (co-authored with Lydia Crandall), ACFLS Newsletter, Spring 2012, No. 1
Updated — Charting Income and Imputation Territory (co-authored with Terry Baynes), ACFLS Newsletter, Summer 2009, No. 2
Charting Reimbursement Territory (co-authored with Terry Baynes), ACFLS Newsletter, Summer 2007, No. 7
Using Laches to Defend Against Child Support Collection (co-authored with Shane Ford), Family Law News, Spring 2001, Volume 24, No.1
The Condon Conundrum: New Legal Hurdles and Practical Considerations in International Move-Away Cases (co-authored with Belinda Hanson), Family Law News, Spring 2000, Volume 23, No.
Volunteer for San Mateo County Superior Court status conferences