Michelle Hahn


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Practice Areas

Family Law

Michelle Hahn focuses exclusively on family law matters, especially those 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 of 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.. With a 14-year professional foundation in high-tech engineering and management, Michelle brings an exceptional level of maturity, empathy and practicality to her practice.

Michelle is keenly 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 several local county family law sections as well as Women Lawyers of Sacramento. Michelle is also active in developing and reviewing proposed family law legislation and has served as a Delegate to the Conference of California Bar Associations 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 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
  • Yolo CASA for foster youth, 2020 – 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
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society


  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 2004
  • MBA., University of Phoenix, 1998
  • B.S., Physics, University of Colorado, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004

Court Admissions

  • California Superior Court
  • United States District Court Eastern District Division

Speaking Engagements/Events 

Three part series – Children’s voices in family law proceedings
Placer County Bar Association