Lilah Sutphen

Lilah joined Hersh Family Law Practice in 2015. She began her legal career with the San Diego District Attorney's office, where she worked in the gangs, juvenile, and family protection divisions. She gained considerable experience, including trial experience, while representing victims of gang violence, murder, domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children, and elder abuse. Lilah transitioned her practice to family law and San Francisco in 2012, and continues to practice exclusively in the area of family law. Lilah has extensive experience working with same-sex clients in cases involving alternative family formation, including adoption, surrogacy, the use of sperm and egg donors, and other matters falling under the cusp of assisted reproduction technology. Lilah also assists same-sex and opposite sex clients with complex property division, child and spousal support, and child custody and visitation matters in dissolution, parentage, and post-judgment matters. Regardless of the nature of a case, Lilah curtails her strategy to the unique needs of each particular client, and tries to resolve any matter without litigation, if possible.

Lilah has attended the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys conference on several occasions and annually attends and has spoken on panels at the National LGBT Law Organization Lavender Law Conference. Lilah is an elected Board member of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) law organization, the nation's oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the field of law.

Lilah obtained her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2010. As a law student, Lilah served as a Certified Legal Extern at the San Diego District Attorney's Office and the San Diego Public Defender's Office. Prior to law school, Lilah obtained her bachelor's degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Law & Society from the University of California, Davis.

Lilah is admitted to practice in California. She is member of the San Francisco Bar Association, as well as the BALIF and Queen's Bench law organizations.

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