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Heather M. Allan is a certified family law specialist and a peer-endorsed attorney representing families all across Santa Clara County with aptitude and experience in the numerous aspects of family law, allowing her to successfully resolve cases for her clients and reach amicable solutions.

Ms. Allan's diligent and successful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including Top 100 Lawyers by The National Advocates, 10 Best by American Institute of Legal Counsel, and Henry B. Collada Memorial Award by Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. Find a detailed list of Ms. Allan's awards and recognition below.

Ms. Allan maintains an extensive network in family law with associations ranging from Certified Family Law Specialists to the United States Supreme Court. She leverages her vast network to assist each client efficiently and effectively, helping clients avoid extensive legal fees.

Ms. Allan attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Ms. Allan was a member of the National Honor Society (Psy Chi Omega) and recognized on the Dean's list.

Ms. Allan obtained her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. While in attendance, Ms. Allan was a member of Honors Moot Court from which she received recognition as Best Oral Advocate.

Ms. Allan interned for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in the Juvenile Dependency and Law and Motions Units. Ms. Allan argued several cases at the trial court level, a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and had an appellate brief published on Termination of Parental Rights.

Since establishing Allan & Martelle, Ms. Allan has handled hundreds of cases within the family law context. She has assisted numerous individuals with resolving complex and highly emotional matters. With a passion and drive for advocacy, Ms. Allan listens to understand her clients needs' and works assiduously to protect their rights.



Education:
  • California Polytechnic State University, B.S. in Psychology, Graduated Cum Laude, Member of National Honor Society (Psy Chi Omega), Recognized on the Dean's list.
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Honors Moot Best Oral Advocate Award Recipient

    Work Experience:
  • 2004-Present, Allan & Martelle, Managing Partner: Since establishing Allan & Martelle, Ms. Allan has handled hundreds of cases within the family law context. She has assisted numerous individuals with resolving difficult and highly emotional matters.
  • 2004-2005, Law Offices of Martha J. Olson, Law Clerk/Associate
  • 2002-2003, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office: Juvenile Dependency and Law and Motions Units. Ms. Allan argued several cases at the trial court level, a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and had an appellate brief published on Termination of Parental Rights.

    Career Highlights
  • Successfully defended a client against false abuse allegations
  • Represented numerous Domestic Violence victims
  • Negotiated custody, visitation, and child support in high-profile cases

    Associations:
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • American Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association

    Awards:
  • Client's Choice, Avvo
  • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Advocates
  • 10 Best, American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Family Law Certified Specialist, State Bar of California
  • 2014 Henry B. Collada Memorial Award, Superior Court of California Santa Clara County

    Publications/Speaking Engagements:
  • 2015: Talking With Your Teen About Divorce, Los Gatos Teen Therapy 2015 Blog Series
  • 2013: Young Practitioners Panel, Law Practice Management
  • 2012: Opening Your Own Law Office, Law Career Services
  • 2011: Starting Your Own Law Practice, Law Career Services
  • 2006: Opening A Law Practice, Small Firm Career Panel

    Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish (limited working proficiency)
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    Eva M. Martelle is a peer-endorsed attorney through Martindale-Hubbell with an AV rating representing families and individuals throughout Santa Clara County with prowess and over 15 years of experience within the realm of family law that serve as tools for her to successfully resolve cases and help clients find amicable solutions.

    Ms. Martelle's assiduous and successful style in legal matters has been distinguished by many notable awards including Best Lawyers in America 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, Client's Choice by Avvo (5-time winner), Platinum Client Champion Award by Martindale-Hubbell, 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers, and Henry B. Collada Memorial Award by Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. Find a detailed list of Ms. Martelle's awards and recognition below.

    Ms. Martelle maintains a vast network through associations ranging from the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts to the United States Supreme Court. She leverages this extensive network in order to represent each client efficiently and effectively. Find a detailed list of Ms. Martelle's associations below.

    Ms. Martelle attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Ms. Martelle was a member of the National Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha) and a scholarship recipient of the Sam J. Lucas Jr. Foundation.

    Ms. Martelle obtained her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. While in attendance, Ms. Martelle was a Technical Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and participated in the quarterly publication of Volume 44.

    Ms. Martelle has enjoyed donating her time to various non-profit organizations located in the Bay Area. Ms. Martelle's donation of time to the community has been recognized and awarded with a Pro Bono Award and Public Interest Certificate which was administered and recognized by the Santa Clara University School of Law.

    Since founding Allan & Martelle in 2005, Ms. Martelle has assisted over one thousand clients during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Ms. Martelle has represented husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other individuals in family law matters. Ms. Martelle has been appointed by the court to represent many children of divorced or separated families, giving her a unique perspective when assisting other parties. Above all else, Ms. Martelle strives to truly understand her clients' needs and works tirelessly to protect their rights.



    Education:
  • California Polytechnic State University, B.S. in Political Science, Member of National Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha), Scholarship Recipient of the Sam J. Lucas Jr. Foundation.
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Technical Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.

    Work Experience:
  • 2005-Present, Allan & Martelle, Managing Partner: Since establishing Allan & Martelle, Ms. Martelle has handled hundreds of cases within the family law context. She has assisted clients during some of the most difficult times in their lives.
  • 2004-2006, Mitchell, Gingerich & Loquaci: Law Clerk/Associate
  • 2002-2004, Law Offices of Rebekah A. Frye, Esq.: Law Clerk
  • 2002-2002, General Assistance Advocacy Project: Law Clerk
  • 2000-2001, Hall & Hieatt: File Clerk

    Associations:
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • American Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Clara County Lawyer Referral Service
  • Phi Delta Phi

    Awards: (Award Name, Grantor)
  • The Best Law Firms in America 2020, U.S. News & World Report
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2020, U.S. News & World Report
  • Platinum Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV Preeminent Rated 2019, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Client's Choice 2019 - Family Law, Avvo
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Client's Choice 2018 - Family Law, Avvo
  • Gold Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Silver Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2019, U.S. News & World Report
  • AV Preeminent Rated 2018, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 40 Under 40 2018, The National Advocates
  • Top 100 Lawyers 2018, The National Advocates
  • 10 best 2018, American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 10 best 2017, American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • AV Preeminent Rated 2017, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 40 Under 40 2017, The National Advocates
  • Top 100 Lawyers 2017, The National Advocates
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Client's Choice 2017 - Family Law, Avvo
  • Family Law Certified Specialist, State Bar of California
  • Top 100 Lawyers 2016, The National Advocates
  • Client's Choice 2016 - Family Law, Avvo
  • Client's Choice 2015 - Family Law, Avvo
  • 2014 Henry B. Collada Memorial Award, Superior Court of California Santa Clara County
  • Pro Bono Award, Santa Clara University, School of Law
  • Public Interest Certificate, Santa Clara University, School of Law

    Publications/Speaking Engagements:
  • 2015: Talking With Your Teen About Divorce, Los Gatos Teen Therapy 2015 Blog Series
  • 2013: Young Practitioners Panel, Law Practice Management
  • 2012: Opening Your Own Law Office, Law Career Services
  • 2011: Starting Your Own Law Practice, Law Career Services
  • 2006: Opening A Law Practice, Small Firm Career Panel
  • 2004: Santa Clara Law Review, Volume 44, Number 2
  • 2003: Santa Clara Law Review, Volume 44, Number 1

    Languages:
  • English

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