H. Yvonne Seeley

Current Practice and Background

Ms. Seeley is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. 

Ms. Seeley’s practice focuses on dissolution cases involving high asset and complex financial issues such as the division of interests in closely-held businesses, real estate, and equity compensation, including stock options and RSU’s.  Ms. Seeley also has extensive experience with high-conflict custody matters and relocation/ move-away cases. 

Ms. Seeley brings over 30 years of civil litigation experience to the firm and represents clients through all phases of family law litigation before private judges and in public courthouses.   She is also certified in and practices collaborative law.  For clients who elect mediation to resolve their issues, Ms. Seeley acts both as a mediator and as a consulting attorney in the mediation setting.

Ms. Seeley’s style of advocacy and personal approach to her cases enables her to achieve favorable outcomes for her clients.   When necessary, she engages the expertise of professionals such as forensic accountants, appraisers and psychologists to assist in the resolution of case issues.   

Ms. Seeley is an active member of the family law legal community.  She recently co-authored a chapter in a family law publication, Strategies for Family Law in California.  She is on the CORA and the San Mateo County Women Lawyer’s Educational Foundation Board of Directors.  In addition, in 2014-2015, she will serve as co-chair of the Palo Alto Bar Association, Family Law Section.    

Prior to founding Seeley & Madigan, LLP, Ms. Seeley worked at Hersh Family Law in San Francisco and the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie in Pleasanton and the Seeley Law Firm in San Mateo.  In her previous association with civil and family law firms she was lead attorney in bench and jury trials.  Ms.  Seeley has also appeared and argued before the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.


MS, Business, Notre Dame De Namur University, 2001

JD, San Francisco Law School, 1980

BA, San Jose State University, 1976  

Publications, Writings, Media

2014, “Insides the Mind Series”; Strategies For Family Law In California, co-authored book chapter on family law issues.  Published by Thompson Reuters – West.

2012,  ABC TV, KGO Channel 7, interviewed Ms. Seeley to discuss the implications of the Facebook IPO in the dissolution setting. (film clip is below)

2012  Co-authored an article on Division of Stock Options and Restricted Stock Units Education


2014 - 2013 Board of Directors, CORA, (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse)

2014, Board of Directors, San Mateo County Women Lawyers Educational Foundation

2014, Palo Alto Bar Association, Co-Chair Family Law Section

2007, Honored as California Women Leader by California Consumer Attorneys of California

2002,   President, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association

2002 – 1996, Board of Directors, San Mateo County Bar Association

Professional Memberships

State Bar of California

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

San Mateo County Bar Association

Palo Alto Area Bar Association

San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association

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