Rita A. Patterson

Rita A. Patterson

  • Family Law Litigation
  • Child Custody
  • Consulting Attorney to Mediation
  • Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Same Sex Couple and Domestic Partnership Cases

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Practice Areas:

Family Law


B.A., University of Notre Dame,
J.D., Indiana University School
of Law, 1994

Professional & Community Affiliations:

Association of Certified Family
Law Specialists;
Santa Clara County Bar
San Mateo County Bar
State of California Bar

Rita A. Patterson is a partner of the Family Law Group and is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice is devoted to handling complex financial and custody issues including spousal and child support, property division, business valuation, allocation of stock interests, premarital agreements and parenting plans.

Rita moved to the Bay Area in 1999 and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2000. She became a Family Law Specialist in 2005, and practiced with the law firm of Hammer & Jacobs, LLP from 2000-2007, where she was made a partner in 2005. Rita joined Lakin Spears, LLP as a partner in 2008.

Rita is an active member of the Santa Clara Bar Association and the San Mateo County Bar Association. She was Co-Chair of the Family Law Executive Committee in 2005, and she was the Legislation Subcommittee Chair in 2004. She has been a presenter at family law continuing education seminars and serves as a Pro Tem Settlement Officer for the Family Law Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.