Ten years ago, two lawyers separated by 22 years of legal experience but related by blood, departed their own established practices to work together. Housed in a 1900s Victorian in the Napa Valley, the father-son practice of Blevans & Blevans, LLP began. Today they continually strengthen their reputation for fashioning creative settlements for their clients and, when litigation is necessary, their courtroom successes. This has garnered both Robert and Brandon Blevans recognition by The Best Lawyers of America© for their work in the field of family law since 2006 and 2019 respectively.
Blevans & Blevans, LLP is comprised of family law attorneys known for successfully resolving the most complex family matters in and out of the courtroom. These skills, coupled with their experience with the Family Law issues involved in equity compensation, business valuation, and the range of other details related to high net-worth divorces has served the Firm well in 2020 – a year that has challenged law firms to innovate.
Partner Brandon R. Blevans noted that the Firm had contingencies in place which enabled a seamless transition to remote capabilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. The quick pivot proved vital, as the Firm received a surge of new matters even as the pandemic impacted law firms nationally. “Whether clients were considering prenuptial agreements or dissolving marriages, the pandemic had created an opportunity to consider the long-term,” he said.
Brandon was recognized as a Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in Santa Rosa in 2021, an honor his father, Robert received in 2019. This marked one of the few times in Best Lawyers history when a father and son received the same award in the same practice area.
“Being named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ is one of the most humbling achievements of my career,” said Brandon, who practiced as a labor and employment litigator prior to teaming up with his father. “I have a deep respect for previous recipients, many of whom I have known and looked up to for years. To share that same achievement with them, as well as my father, is extremely gratifying.”
A seasoned practitioner who has tried hundreds of family law cases to favorable resolutions, Robert Blevans began practicing law in Southern California and moved his practice to the Napa Valley in 1995. Among his many accolades, he is one of only two California attorneys to have been a Fellow in both the Northern and Southern California Chapters of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Robert was quick to point out that joining forces with Brandon has been a rewarding experience that provided him with a renewed enthusiasm for practicing family law.
“Our combined expertise and leadership attract referrals from other family lawyers, particularly in complex circumstances or where the case cannot be settled and must be tried,” Robert noted. “Those clients now benefit from our team’s exceptional trial experience.”
Looking to the future, Brandon and Robert have enjoyed mentoring their younger associates and the resulting team spirit that has developed. Despite the uncertain times the world faces, this family-run firm of family law practitioners looks forward with continued optimism.
“The familial atmosphere is not limited to our lawyers and staff,” Robert said. “Every client’s trust is sacred, and they are treated like family as soon as we meet them – virtually or in-person.”