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Arlene Kock | San Ramon Divorce and Family Law Lawyer

Arlene Kock Lawyer

Arlene Kock

Divorce & Family Law

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Accomplished attorney Arlene D. Kock has focused her professional experience on family and civil litigation, leading her practice since 1984 to become one of the highest rated offices in San Ramon. For over the past 30 years, Arlene Kock has handled cases ranging from divorce and domestic partnership terminations, including same-sex marriage dissolutions, to child custody and child and spousal support. She has appeared on behalf of clients throughout the state of California, as well as all ten Bay Area counties. Arlene Kock's general practice is also equipped to assist clients with personal injury, juvenile laws, and criminal law matters. Arlene Kock attended the University of San Francisco Law School. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 1978 and was admitted to the California State Bar and the Federal District Court later that same year. Arlene Kock served as an Attorney with the Law Offices of Alfred A. Affinito until 1980, when she became Managing Attorney for the Law Offices of Yanello & Flippen. Kock directed the main office and the five branches throughout the Bay Area for the general practice firm for two years. In 1983, Arlene Kock established her own practice, becoming CEO of the Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock. She has since served as the sole attorney for the firm. Kock's success has granted her a Certificate of Recognition from the Municipal Court of the San Leandro and Hayward Judicial District for her service as Judge Pro Tem. Arlene Kock is also listed in the second edition of Marquis Who's Who in American Law, as well as the 14th edition of the Who's Who of American Women. Since 1984, Arlene Kock has been a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, where she also serves on the Board of Directors and the Chair Lawyer Referral Services Committee. She regularly appears in courts in the 10 Bay area counties and has represented clients on legal matters located in jurisdictions as far north as Cresent City and as far south as San Diego. Her general practice also handles plaintiff personal injury, general civil litigation, juvenile law and felony and misdemeanor criminal law. She is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association and serves on a number of the association's volunteer committees. Ms. Kock is also listed in Who's Who of American Law and Who's Who of Outstanding Women. In the course of her career, Arlene has appeared in jurisdictions throughout California. She is an experienced litigator and has jury and nonjury trial experience. Her offices are located in San Ramon California. Member Questionnaire

Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I was engaged in a highly complicated community property tracing trial involving the assistance of experts and investigators enlisted to locate property concealed by a spouse. The results of my strategy and persistence on tracing gave rise to a fair division of property between the parties after recapturing these hidden assets. I was involved in a child custody dispute concerning same-sex parents where one parent was claiming that the other parent was not a legitimate parent of the child because the child had not been officially adopted by the other parent. After careful review of the case law and vigorous argument, the result of my work and effort lead to a settlement allowing the child to enjoy the experience of parenting by both people that cared for this child.

How did you build a successful practice?
You have to really feel passionate about what field of law you are in. If the fit for the area of practice does not feel comfortable, you're not going to enjoy the practice and it's going to be very difficult for you to build your career.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Experience in the realities of handling both simple and complex family law cases would be the first thing to look for. I've been practicing for over 39 years in this field of law and have seen dramatic changes in family law policy since the beginning of my practice. Understanding that history and recognizing the state of the art as the law now stands would be very important on the selection of an attorney in this particular field.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Knowing this special needs of the courts, local rules and the peculiarities of each department is an absolute asset for any family law attorney.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
Our office provides free a initial consultation in an office meeting.. It's important for the attorney and potential client to meet and review any pleadings and participate in an in-depth evaluation of the case. This kind of case attention can't really happen in a phone call. At the end of the office consultation, the attorney will provide a written estimate for representation.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I recognize the important role an attorney has assisting the parties in redefining the family and transitioning to a better arrangement through the family law and divorce process. The goal is to achieve a dignified resolution and assist the parties in a way that empowers them to reach decisions that will aid in developing this new family relationship.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I have a client appreciate the results of their hard work and the work of their attorney in accomplishing their goals on moving forward with their lives.

Position Organization Location Duration
CEO Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock, A Professional Law Corporation San Ramon, California 1987-2013
Attorney Arlene Kock Law Offices N/A 1984-1987
Managing Attorney Yanello and Flippin N/A 1980-1984
School Degree Major Graduation
San Francisco State University B.A N/A 1975
State / Court Date
California 1978
  • Member | Alameda County Bar Association        
    Member | Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Maximum BV High Rating | Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review Certificate | 2007
    Lawyer Referral Chair 2005 Certificate of Appreciation | Alameda County Bar Association | 2005
    Certificate of Appreciation Temporary Judge | Municipal Court , County of Alameda | 1996-1997
    Certificate of Recognition Judicial Referee | Municipal Court San Leandro ,Hayward Judicial District | 1994
  • Four Principles Leading to a Successful Divorce | 07-18-2015
    Five Divorce Myths | 07-08-2015
    New Article: 5 Things You Need to Know About Child Visitation | 07-08-2015
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(1978) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association. January 12, 2017

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2500 Old Crow Canyon Road Suite 214
San Ramon, CA 94583

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