Barbara Hammers is a native Southern Californian born in Glendale, California. After several years of running successful businesses, she earned her degree in Psychology, graduating with highest honors from California State University, Fullerton.
Ms. Hammers went on to earn her law degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and started her own practice shortly thereafter. Although she has some civil litigation experience, she has concentrated her law practice in the area of domestic relations/Family Law since 1997.
She is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
Ms. Hammers is currently the Senior Litigation Partner and Mediator at Hammers & Baltazar, LLP, with offices located in Santa Monica and Newport Beach, California.
Family Law Sections of the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Santa Monica Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, American Bar Association and is currently an advisor to, and former member of, the Family Law Executive Committee for the State Bar of California (FLEXCOM).
Former Chair for the State Bar of California’s Children’s Issues Committee from 2005 to 2009, was the Committee’s Secretary from 1998 to 2003, and the Vice Chair from 2003 to 2004. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. She is currently a core group member of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialist.
Past Chair of the Santa Monica Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a past president of the Santa Monica Bar Association.
Past member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Family Law Section Executive Committee.
Graduate of the American Bar Association, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.
Ms. Hammers has a wealth of experience in program presentations for the Family Law Section of the Santa Monica Bar Association and coordinated and hosted monthly MCLE programs approximately 10 times per year from 2006 to 2009.
Barbara has developed and presented programs for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, American Bar Association’s Family Law Section and has assisted in the development of programs for the State Bar of California, Family Law Section. She has also authored articles on fathers paternity rights, division of stock options, law practice management, domestic violence prevention, and various other topic of interest to the family law community.
Her volunteer efforts in the community have included assisting victims of Domestic Violence through volunteering at local Domestic Violence Clinics in Los Angeles County, and she has been assisting the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Family Law, Traffic, Civil Harassment, and Small Claims in courthouses throughout Los Angeles County since 2007.
Early training as a litigator allows her to move comfortably in the family court system but her natural talents as a problem solver make her an excellent mediator.
In her desire to offer the full range of legal services to the family law client, she has expanded her practice to include Collaborative Divorce and Family Law Mediation which allows the family law client an alternative to the traditional legal model of litigation to resolve disputes. Collaborative Divorce allows the clients and their counsel to fashion remedies that make the process of divorcing one with the potential of growth for both parties while preserving the resources of the couple and lessening the damage to children often experienced in the adversarial process. The outcome is usually better than can be obtained in the traditional litigation setting.
Ms. Hammers can be contacted at her office in Los Angeles County at Hammers & Baltazar, 2800 28th Street, Suite 305, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 458-0796, or at her Orange County office located at 901 Dover Drive, Suite 211, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 631-2805.
Areas of Practice:
100% Family Law Litigation. Percentage: 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation.
Family Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal
Bar Admissions: California,
1997 U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1997 U.S. Supreme Court, 1997 Education: University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 1997 J.D. California State University, Fullerton, California, 1994 B.S. Honors: Summa Cum Laude Honors: Dean’s List & Consecutive Semesters Major: Psychology Citrus Community College, Glendora, California, 1991 Associate Science Honors: With Honors Major: Cosmetology Professional Associations and Memberships: State Bar of California, Family Law Section, 2008 – 2011 Executive Committee Los Angeles County Bar Association Member Santa Monica Bar Association, 2009 – 2010 President Elect Beverly Hills Bar Association Member Orange County Bar Association Member American Bar Association Member State Bar of California, 2005 – 2008 Chair, Children’s Issues Committee State Bar of California, 1998 – 2003 Children’s Issues, Committee Secretary State Bar of California, 2003 – 2004 Children’s Issues, Vice Chair Santa Monica Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006 – 2009 Chair The Santa Monica Bar Association Board of Trustees Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2007 – 2012 Past Member, Executive Committee