MORE ABOUT THE ATTORNEY
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 the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law where she was awarded Top Honors in Trial Advocacy. She has practiced in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Shasta, and Tehama Counties. Tessa has handled all aspects of family law cases since 2011. Tessa divides her time between her offices in Monterey County and El Dorado County. She is happy to assist clients in Monterey, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, and Santa Cruz counties.
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. She has a good working relationship with the courts and will work with your ex or their attorney to reach agreements wherever possible because she also understands that many clients, particularly in custody and visitation cases, are able to get at least most of the way to an agreement on their own. When that is not possible, Tessa understands the complex family court system that California has established and can help you navigate your custody battle to the end.
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).
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.