Skilled in Silicon Valley’s unique economic ecosystem, Belinda Hanson protects her clients in high-asset dissolutions during divorce and separations so they can move forward positively with their lives.
Belinda has resolved some of the most complex and financially sophisticated matters during more than 20 years of family law practice. She works discreetly and assertively on divorce and marital issues for clients who are leaders and innovators in technology, venture capital, hedge funds, private equity, privately held companies and real estate. Intellectual property rights, including music royalties, are significant assets for many of her clients across California.
As a Certified Family Law Specialist, Belinda is among an elite group of recognized experts in California. She is a trained and proven advocate in all divorce forums, including in negotiated settlements, before private judges and when pursuing litigation in court. Belinda tailors clients’ legal strategies to their goals, priorities and individual values—because divorce is more than legal, it is highly personal.
Expert Counsel in High-Stakes Divorces
High-stakes divorce, custody and marital agreements require a nuanced, focused and integrated approach. Belinda strengthens clients’ positions by collaborating with experts and specialists in business, tax, estate planning, corporate and intellectual property.
She supports clients with a network of resources that include forensic accountants, investment advisors, corporate counsel, equity compensation experts and psychologists who specialize in the financial foundations and practices fueling Silicon Valley. From interim and post-divorce estate planning to negotiating settlements to maximize tax protections, Belinda offers a holistic and future-facing approach when navigating clients through divorce.
Top Negotiator and Family Lawyer of the Year
Belinda honed her negotiating skills at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and has written about business litigation in divorce cases. She is a Fellow and past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Belinda was recognized twice by U.S. News Best Lawyers as “San Francisco Area Family Lawyer of the Year” and has been named among Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” since 2004.
A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and mother to two children, Belinda currently serves on the board of directors of Caminar, a nonprofit, community agency focused on mental health wellness and resilience.
Certified Family Law Specialist
San Francisco Area Family Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyer, 2010 and 2018)
JD, Santa Clara University School of Law (1990)
BA, Wesleyan University (with Honors, 1986)
Harvard University (Visiting Scholar, 1984-1985)
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (President, 2007)
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
San Mateo County Bar Association (Family Law Section Chair, 1995-1996)
Caminar for Mental Health (2016- )
Peninsula Family Service (2009-2012)
The Thacher School, Ojai, CA (1994-2003)
CalCPA 2014: Characterization Issues Arising in Business Transactions Beyond the Sales Price
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter Symposium 2011: Whose Side Are You On? A Road Map for Litigating Business Issues in a Divorce Case
The Family Lawyer/Civil Litigator Team: A New Style of Dissolution Trial Practice
Yours Mine and Ours: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reimbursement Claims in Real Estate