Ian Van Leer, Esq. Of Counsel

2011Licensed to Practice Law in California and Federal Courts
2011Thomas Jefferson School of Law, JD – magna cum laude; Thomas Jefferson Law Review, Lead Notes Editor
2010Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (Certified Law Student; family
law and bankruptcy)
2008University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona), BA Creative Writing, Minor Psychology
About Me

Law has always been my calling. Being a third-generation attorney, with a proclivity for writing and literature, I was drawn to listening to people’s stories and wanted to help. During law school, I worked with the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic, representing homeless military veterans at the Department of Child Support Services. After a brief time working with a general civil law firm in San Diego, I knew that helping families was what I wanted to do and have practiced family law exclusively since 2012.

I value each client I work with and treat each case as unique to its specific circumstances. Focusing on my clients’ goals, families, and needs, I provide every client with personalized, strategic, results-driven legal representation. All client cases are handled with careful calculation and the implementation of amicable negotiation and aggressive litigation, and I never hesitate to take the steps necessary to protect my clients’ interests.

Originally from Croton-on-Hudson, New York, I moved to California in 2008 for law school. After working for a small family law firm for a couple of years in Contra Costa County, I started my own law firm in Oakland in 2014. While still running my own firm, I am also proud to be a part of the Levine Family Law team.

When I am not zealously representing clients in court or working for them at the office, I can be found reading at a park, writing at a café, exercising at the gym or a yoga class, or enjoying various concerts at the many great music venues throughout the Bay Area.


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Experience
2019 to presentAttorney at Levine Family Law Group
2014 – 2019 The Law Office of Ian Van Leer
2012 – 2014Law Offices of Cristin M. Lowe
2011Stone Law Group (civil litigation)
2010Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (Certified Law Student; family
law and bankruptcy)