Robert J. Rothman

Robert J. Rothman

Founder and Managing Partner

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Professional Experience

Robert J. Rothman has had a long and distinguished career serving family law clients in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Mr. Rothman is committed to providing legal representation that resolves rather than exacerbates conflicts. He believes in determining the most efficient way to bring conflicts to a conclusion, whether through mediation, four way meetings, or use of court proceedings. He brings over 30 years of experience, problem solving skills, and a belief in non-confrontational resolution when possible. He is an experienced negotiator, trial lawyer, and also serves as a Settlement Master on Family Law cases for the San Francisco and Marin Superior Courts. Mr. Rothman was formerly Chairman of the Tax Section of the San Francisco Bar Association and Tax Committee of the San Francisco Barrister's Club and has a special expertise on complex business, property and related issues. He is named as of one the Best Lawyers of San Francisco and has the highest rating for ability and ethics in Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Rothman provides hands-on service by limiting the number of clients he takes and diligently responds to emails and phone messages. Clients are provided with copies of all documents filed, all correspondence and documents sent by the opposing side (scanned and emailed), and he makes himself available for meetings and conferences to suit a client’s schedule whenever possible.

Mr. Rothman believes that communication between client and attorney is essential and encourages emails, calls, and meetings to ensure complete transparency. He encourages clients, prior to retaining his office, to bring a family member or trusted friend as a second set of ears and eyes.

Mr. Rothman's expertise includes all aspects of family law and proceedings, including property divisions, valuation of professional practices and businesses, child custody and visitation and relocation cases, child support and spousal support, premarital agreements, and issues of domestic violence. He also deals with post-Judgment issues including enforcement of agreements and judgments and contempt trials.

Mr. Rothman is aware that a client may need resources beyond an attorney in a Family Law action. He can recommend therapists for children, accountants or appraisers for examination of financial issues, vocational counselors for assessing a spouse’s ability to work, and investigators when necessary.

By limiting his practice, Mr. Rothman has the resources to guide you through the legal maze to ensure you are protected. His experience, sensitivity, and knowledge of the law will ensure the best possible outcome. Known for his expertise in high conflict cases, often involving large and significant assets, and custody matters and relocation cases, Mr. Rothman provides the wealth of experience necessary in a time of crisis.


  • Law School:
    Boalt Hall
    University of California at Berkeley

  • Undergraduate:
    University of California at Berkeley
    B.A. in History


  • California Bar
  • US Tax Court, Federal District Court

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Family Law Section of BASF

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