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After a decade working for a large firm on the most sophisticated family law cases throughout Northern California and additional years with the court and private practice, I have the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to expertly handle any family law issue that may arise for my clients. Now I am able to complement my expertise in complex matters with the flexibility to provide more efficient and accessible services in my solo practice.

A Unique Solo Practice.  My style of family law practice is unique, as I am…

  • Efficient – I focus on solutions that save time and money.
  • Effective – I am equally adept at negotiation and litigation.
  • Communicative – I listen carefully and stay in close touch.
  • Flexible – I am budget-concious, and offer full, limited or consultation services.
  • Collaborative – I work to reduce conflict and enhance the environment for settlement.
  • Compassionate – I have real life experience as a divorced single parent of minor children.  
  • Savvy – I know business and finance, and how to solve crises relating to them during divorce.
  • Accessible – I am usually reachable 24/7/365 by mobile phone, and offer evening appointments.

Contact the Law Office of Linda D. States today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Financial Issue Focus. For over 17 years, 100% of my practice has been devoted to solving personal and business issues arising in divorce, legal separation and custody/parentage matters, as well as prenuptial, cohabitation and joint asset separation planning.  Skilled at solving the most complex financial issues, I bring essential expertise to substantial asset matters, that can be instrumental in efficiently resolving smaller scale matters as well.  Frequently arising issues in my practice include:

  • Complex community property division
  • Establishing or modifying child and/or spousal support (or arrears)
  • Business valuation and income-available determination
  • Underemployment, vocational evaluation and income imputation
  • Community and separate property characterization and separate property tracing
  • Marital retirement benefits and domestic relations orders/QDROs
  • Family business management disputes relating to divorce
  • Establishing and modifying child custody and parenting time/visitation
  • Custody mediation and/or evaluation with county or private CCRCs
  • Move-away and other custody litigation
  • Custom prenuptial/premarital, postnuptial/postmarital and cohabitation agreements

Call 916-633-2157 today to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Linda Diane States


  • California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.,1989

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Placer County Bar Association
    • Placer County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Rotary Club
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Recent Honors:

  • Top Lawyers (Family Law), Sacramento Magazine, 2015 & 2016

Professional Work:

  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Principal/Owner - Law Office of Linda D. States, 2015-Present
  • Family Law Attorney - Downey Brand LLP, 2005-2015
  • Assistant Family Law Facilitator/Research Attorney - Sacramento Co. Superior Court, 1998-2000
  • Principal/Owner - Law Office of Linda D. States, 1995-1998

Volunteer Work:

  • WEAVE pro bono attorney, 2016
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer, 2016
  • VLSP Lawyers in the Library legal clinic volunteer, 2015
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates Board member and officer, 2014-2016
  • McClatchy High School Law & Public Policy Academy mentor, 2014-2015

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