When negotiation fails, Tessa is polished, professional, and assertive in the courtroom. She advocates aggressively for her clients and believes the best outcomes are possible when clients are well-informed of the potential benefits and risks of every litigation decision.  If you have a child support or spousal support issue, you can count on her to have the knowledge and experience to represent you best.

Attorney Tessa Mayer has been mentored her entire career by other expert divorce and family law attorneys and Certified Family Law Specialists, is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, and is on their Outreach Committee. 


Prior to fulfilling a lifelong dream to relocate to Monterey County, Tessa was the Committee Chair of the Shasta-Trinity Bar Association Family Law Committee and spent several years as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children).  

A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, where Tessa repeatedly appeared on the Dean's honor roll, she went on to earn her law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she was awarded Top Honors in Trial Advocacy.  Before coming to Monterey she practiced in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Shasta, and Tehama Counties. Tessa has handled all aspects of family law cases since 2011.  

Certified Expertise

Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. 


A Certified Family Law Specialist has:


  • Taken and passed a SECOND bar examination - this time in Family Law, after having practiced family law for a  number of years .

  • Demonstrated a high level of experience in Family Law; 

  • Fulfilled extensive and ongoing continuing legal education requirements;      

  • Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with her or his work BEFORE being Certified.  

When not practicing law...

When not working in the legal field, Tessa enjoys chasing after her blended family of 5 children under age 10.

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