Valerie Fenchel

Valerie Fenchel

We empower clients to navigate divorce toward more vibrant futures.
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • California
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Valerie Fenchel is the CEO and founder of Fenchel Family Law. Her legal services empower men and women to navigate marriage and divorce toward more vibrant futures. She advises clients, devises strategies, and works with therapists, actuaries, and forensic accountants to settle or litigate cases. As a witness to the damage caused by divorce over the course of her career as a family law attorney and educator, Valerie has gained extensive experience in helping families in crisis.

Experience & Background
Valerie is actively involved in the legal community. She is the lead attorney of Shalom Bayit’s Pro Bono Legal Panel, Secretary of the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco, and is completing a fellowship on the board of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Valerie previously managed the care and education for children and is passionate about protecting the best interests of children. She excels at crafting parenting plans, negotiating settlements, and litigating custody battles on behalf of parents that are able to put their child’s needs first. She has experience helping parents of newborns, toddlers, special needs children, and defiant teenagers. She understands that every child is different and that each child’s parenting plan and care must be narrowly tailored to meet his/her needs, either by agreement or court order.

Valerie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from UC Santa Barbara and earned her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law, where she served as President of the Negotiations Team. She previously practiced exclusively in family law at premier law firms in the San Francisco Bay area, which focused on the representation of high net worth individuals and families. She lectures college students and addresses professional groups on pertinent family law issues. Valerie was selected to Rising Stars?.

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 282941
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Apple Women's Empowerment
Fearless Female Founders with the SF Bar Association
University of California, Davis, School of Law
J.D. (2011)
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University of California - Santa Barbara
B.A. (2008) | Law and Society
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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Rising Stars
Unity Award
Minority Bar Coalition Unity Awards
Rising Stars
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 282941
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Speaking Engagements
Allyship and the Legal Profession in 2021, Zoom
Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative and Solo and Small Firm Section of the Barristers Club
A roundtable discussion with female law firm owners on how to support diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry.
Websites & Blogs
Fenchel Family Law
Contact & Map
2001 Union Street
2001 Union Street
Suite 480
San Francisco, CA 94123
Telephone: (415) 805-9069
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