Lauren D. Cirlin

Lauren D. Cirlin joined Viola Law Firm as an Associate Attorney in 2008; she became Partner in 2015. Lauren has practiced Family Law exclusively throughout her legal career, working on highly contested cases including those involving high-conflict custody cases, complex marital property issues and related business litigation.

Lauren believes in treating clients with the respect they deserve. Building solid relationships on every case has garnered Lauren much success on behalf of her clients. She has helped clients resolve their child custody disputes in the courtroom through private judging, mediation, and settlement. Past clients have also sought Lauren’s counsel in child and spousal support issues, domestic violence prevention, and the establishment of paternity as well as grandparent visitation. Lauren also drafts pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements as well as serving as a consulting attorney for parties involved in mediation.

Ms. Cirlin received a Bachelor of Arts in diversified Liberal Arts and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor in 2006 from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she played a key role in forming the school’s Family Law Association. Under Lauren’s leadership as co-president, the organization grew into a successful establishment, informing participants about the latest family law trends in the legal community.

Lauren was selected by “Super Lawyers” magazine as a Northern California Rising Star for the years 2013 through 2017. Each year, fewer than 2.5% of lawyers in Northern California receive the Rising Star recognition. In 2019 through 2022, Lauren was selected as a Super Lawyer, a recognition received by less than 5% of lawyers in Northern California.

Since 2015, Lauren is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

    • California
    • California State Courts and Courts of Appeal
    • Supreme Court of California


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D., 2006
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. Diversified Liberal Arts and Psychology, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Program Graduate, Deposition Skills and Building Trial Skills
  • USF Family Law Association, Co-president

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Rising Star



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