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Kiana Moradi - San Francisco, CA

Two Transamerica Center505 Sansome StreetSuite 1980 San Francisco, CA 94111

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Updated: 03/06/2024

San Francisco Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Known for her expert representation of California’s senior executives and their spouses, Kiana protects her clients in high asset divorces and contested custody cases so that they can transition to a more hopeful chapter in their lives.

Expert Background Tailored for High Stakes Divorce and Custody Matters

  • In her twenty two years of legal practice, Kiana has negotiated and litigated the full spectrum of disputes that occur in financially sophisticated divorces and contested custody cases...

Known for her expert representation of California’s senior executives and their spouses, Kiana protects her clients in high asset divorces and contested custody cases so that they can transition to a more hopeful chapter in their lives.

Expert Background Tailored for High Stakes Divorce and Custody Matters

  • In her twenty two years of legal practice, Kiana has negotiated and litigated the full spectrum of disputes that occur in financially sophisticated divorces and contested custody cases.
  • Kiana graduated Cornell Law School with a concentration in business law.
  • Prior to finding her passion in family law, she was a business litigator at Reed Smith LLP one of the nation’s 20 largest global law firms.
  • She has a B.A in psychology from UC Berkeley and has taken countless negotiation trainings at Harvard Law School and other esteemed schools.
  • As a child of divorce herself, Kiana’s personal mission is to navigate clients towards their post-divorce lives with dignity, respect, and fairness.

Kiana’s unique background enables her to understand complex business issues, the un-spoken emotions behind them, and find productive, creative solutions in the division of marital estates. She has established a professional reputation for discreetness, thoroughness, strategic thinking, loyalty, and dedication to client service. She has been consistently included as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” since 2010.

Experienced and Knowledgeable Family Law Litigator and Negotiator

Kiana handles cases that range from complex financial issues and extensive marital estates to high-conflict custody matters. Adept at negotiating resolutions and aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes, she also handles straightforward family law cases, pre-and post-marital agreements, and mediated settlements as consulting counsel.

Kiana has expertise in working with employees and entrepreneurs of companies of all sizes, from early-stage through IPO. She has ample experience with all types of assets including founders’ shares, restricted stock, stock options, carried interest, general and limited and partnership interests, real estate developments, professional practices, real estate developments, restaurants, bars, and intellectual property such as royalties.

Kiana also specializes in contested custody disputes. She has also obtained several successful results for her clients in move-away/relocation disputes. She also represents clients in pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Additionally, she will act as consulting counsel to divorce mediation.

Choosing the Right Forum and Bringing in the Best Team

With each case, Kiana finds it essential to determine the most advantageous forum for the client, whether it is through out-of-court settlement, consulting counsel in mediation, private judges, or strategic litigation. When appropriate, she strategizes with her tailored network of outside consultants including forensic accountants, wealth managers, estate planners, corporate counsel, custody experts, therapists, and others. Kiana aims not only to help her clients achieve favorable results in their divorce, she is committed to setting them up for their happier lives post-divorce.

While she is not traveling much these days, Kiana has been to about 50 countries, and loves learning about new cultures. These days, when not working, she spends her time with her family, friends, and beloved dog.

About Kiana Moradi

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Partnership Dissolution
  • Legal Separation
  • Asset and Debt Division
  • Post-Divorce Disputes
  • Modification of Ordres
  • Spousal Support (sometimes referred to as alimony)
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation
  • Move-away (sometimes referred to as relocation) Disputes
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements ("pre-nups" and "post-nups")
  • Contempt
  • Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements ("pre-nups and post-nups")
  • Complex family law litigation
  • LGBT divorce
  • Child Support
  • Spousal support (“alimony”)
  • Solutions-oriented representation
  • Trial/litigation
  • Coaching clients going through the mediation process with another mediator
  • Custody, including Move-away Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Paternity/Second parent rights
  • Premarital (prenup) and Postmarital (postnup) Agreements
  • Property division and separate property tracings
  • Settlement
  • Complex Family Law Litigation
  • LGBT Divorce
  • Custody, including move-away disputes
  • Spousal Support (“Alimony”)
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements (“pre-nups and post-nups”)
  • Solutions-Oriented representation
  • Trial/Litigation

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Other Affiliations

  • Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco (Member)
  • Rainbowbetter.org (Advisor)
  • Family Law Research Associate for Dean of Cornell Law School, 2001 - 2002

Classes and Seminars

  • UBS Private Wealth Management, Family Law Basics for Financial Professionals
  • Andersen Tax, Family Law Basics for Financial Professionals
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Solo Practice: Starting And Making It Last
  • Bar Association, Goodwill in the Legal and Medical Profession: How This Asset Can Be Divided And Valued In Your Divorce
  • Google, Family Law Issues in the LGBT Community
  • Harvard Law School, Advanced Negotiation Workshop, 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Full Circle Fund (Education Circle)
  • Spark, provided Legal Apprenticeship for Adolescent Mentee, http://sparkprogram.org/, 2012
  • Full Circle Fund, Education Circle, Leadership Committee, www.fullcirclefund.org, 2007 - 2010
  • Goodwill in the Legal and Medical Profession: How This Asset Can Be Divided And Valued In Your Divorce, Bar Association
  • Wealth Tax Advisory Services, Family Law Basics for Financial Professionals
  • Family Law Solo Practice: Starting and Making It Last, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • UBS Private Wealth Management, Family Law Basics for Financial Professionals

Past Positions

  • Hanson Crawford Family Law Group, LLP, Associate Attorney
  • Reed Smith LLP, Business Litigation Associate
  • Moradi Mediations, Mediator/Facilitator

Education

  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 2002
    J.D.
    Honors: Concentration in Business Law, Research Assistant
  • University of California, Berkeley, California, 1999
    B.A.
    Honors: With Distinction
    Major: Psychology

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

Two Transamerica Center505 Sansome StreetSuite 1980 San Francisco, CA 94111

Fax

  • (415) 373-3813

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Kiana Moradi

Included on the 2024 Northern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Kiana Moradi on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • 2010-2019 Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Top Women Attorneys, Super Lawyers Magazine (December 2016, 2017, and 2018 issues)

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