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Hanson Crawford Crum Family Law Group LLP Opens San Francisco Office: Joseph Crawford

Nov. 02, 2017
Category: Career

San Francisco, CA – Hanson Crawford Crum Family Law Group, LLP, a premier Silicon Valley family law firm headquartered in San Mateo, has opened a second office in San Francisco.

The firm, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, noticed a trend that many of its clients – tech executives, company owners, venture capitalists, private equity and hedge fund managers – either live in San Francisco or their companies are based in San Francisco.

The new office places Hanson Crawford Crum squarely in the heart of both Silicon Valley and the tech boom in San Francisco. The firm not only handles divorces that involve the typical issues of support, custody and asset division, but also has specialized knowledge in issues relevant to Bay Area families, such as equity compensation, division of illiquid investments, venture, private equity, hedge funds and valuation issues related to privately held companies. The firm has represented many high-profile individuals in Silicon Valley and throughout California.

“Adding a second office in San Francisco is a natural extension of the firm and gives us a competitive edge,” said Partner Joseph Crawford, who has worked at the firm for more than 19 years, and is spearheading the opening of the office along with attorneys Gianna Assereto, Randy F. Rabidoux and Juliana Williamson.

Crawford continued, “We have been representing clients in San Francisco and Marin for years, so the geographic convenience of having a San Francisco base makes practical sense for our existing clients.”

“Adding a second office in San Francisco will allow us to continue to grow our firm at a steady pace, and also allow us to tap into attorney talent from the San Francisco and Marin areas,” said Belinda Hanson, the founding partner of Hanson Crawford Crum.

Founding of the Firm

Hanson, who was named the 2018 San Francisco Family Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, and her father, Harry A. Hanson Jr. (who retired in 2007), founded the firm on the principles of providing clients with a hands-on approach and highly personalized service. The firm started in 1997 with just two attorneys, and has grown steadily and deliberately to its current size of 13 attorneys – five partners and seven highly experienced associates.

Hanson Crawford Crum is unique in that many of its divorce cases require interdisciplinary expertise. The firm’s cases involve cross-over issues related to estate planning, tax, business and corporate transactions, and legal issues related to philanthropy and reproductive rights issues. Hanson explains that this high level of cross-over expertise is essential because “for most clients, their divorce is the largest financial transaction they will conduct in their lifetime so it is essential for them to have the highest level of specialized advice.”

Additional Firm Background

Unlike many family law practices that handle a high volume of small divorce cases, Hanson Crawford Crum is selective about the cases it takes to be sure that each client is provided personalized, excellent service. Whether the client’s divorce matter is small and straightforward, or large and complex, each client gets the attention required to obtain an excellent outcome.

The firm strives to deliver legal services in a “concierge” manner consistent with each client’s preferences and will meet in person, by phone, by Skype, at its office, or at their home or office.”

The firm and its individual attorneys have been recognized as leaders in the family law field. The firm itself has been designated by U.S. News as a “Tier 1 Law Firm.” The five partners are each Certified Family Law Specialists, recognized for their expertise in the field of family law.

Hanson Crawford Crum is known for contributing to the legal community in important ways with many of the attorneys publishing articles on timely topics and lecturing on cutting edge cross-over legal issues. Partner Thomas Kenney published “Unanswered Questions: The Disposition of Frozen Embryos in California,” which focused on a high-profile trial he and Partner Joe Crawford had involving the disposition of embryos in a San Francisco divorce case. Cecilia Chung published “Dividing Philanthropy on Dissolution of Marriage.” In many high net worth cases, the families have established a charitable foundation and the parties may have differing views on what organizations they want to support.

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