Michelle Hahn focuses exclusively on family law matters, especially matters including complex child custody and visitation issues.
Michelle has extensive experience in high-conflict custody matters as well as the legal aspects of marital dissolutions, legal separations, annulments, registered domestic partnership dissolutions, Uniform Parentage Actions (paternity), custody (pre and post judgment), high-conflict custody, third party custody rights (grandparents and other non-parents), move-away cases, step-parent adoptions, adult adoptions, and domestic violence.
Michelle is also formally trained in litigation, mediation, and collaborative methods.
Michelle helps guide clients through their many available options, and she understands that each family’s situation is unique when providing a strategy to best meet their goals.
Family law is Michelle’s second chosen career. She holds a B.S. in physics as well as an M.B.A. After 14 years as a high-tech engineering and management professional, Michelle brings maturity, empathy, and practicality to bear in her practice.
Michelle is very involved in the local family law legal community and has served on the Sacramento County Bar Association Board of Directors and Sacramento County Family Law Executive Committee. She is a member of the several local county family law sections as well as Women Lawyers of Sacramento. Michelle is active in the developing and reviewing proposed family law legislation and has served as a Conference of California Bar Associations Delegate since 2006.
Although Michelle is well versed in all areas of family law, she is especially passionate about children’s issues and most of her practice involves child custody. Michelle serves on the Yolo CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Advisors, advocating for Yolo County’s foster youth.
The practice of family law can be very emotional. The majority of our family law clients are experiencing extreme turmoil while at the same time they are trying to keep their lives moving forward. Michelle approaches her clients with empathy and practicality during these stressful times. Assessing realistic outcomes and managing expectations are key aspects of her practice. It is often said that there are no true “winners” in family law. This can be especially true with respect to children. This is the primary reason a significant portion of Michelle’s practice is devoted to resolving custody matters.
Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement
- Advisory Council, Yolo CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) (2016 – present)
- Board Member, Sacramento County Bar Association (2006-2008)
- Executive Committee, Sacramento County Family Law Executive Committee (2015-2016)
- Delegate, Conference of California Bar Associations Delegate (2006 – present)
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association (2005 – present)
- Member, Yolo County Bar Association (2005 – present)
- Member, Placer County Bar Association (2018 – present)
- Member, Women Lawyers of Sacramento (2005 – present)
- Member, SacLegal (2005 – present)
- Member, Inns of Court (2003 – 2004)
Honors and Rankings
Sacramento Business Journal – Best of the Bar – Family Law (2019)
Roger J. Traynor Honor Society (2001 – 2004)
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2004
MBA, University of Phoenix, 1998
B.S., Physics, University of Colorado, 1987
California Superior Court
United States District Court Eastern District of California