John Harding

John E. Harding, JD, CFLS is a divorce lawyer and mediator. Certified as a specialist in the practice of family law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, he has the distinction of being a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Harding & Associates Family Law is a discreet law firm that provides professionals, executives and high net worth clients with exemplary customer service and legal representation. Chairman of the Board, CEO, CFO, COO, CTO, Company President, Business Owner, Professional Athlete, Investor, Real Estate Developer, Doctor, Lawyer, Pilot, Politician, Accountant, Actor, Musician, Homemaker, we’ve been there and done that. We have a proven history of achieving outstanding results for our clients. Ours is an established law firm comprised of experienced professionals who are particularly skilled at resolving complex property and financial issues, significant spousal and child support matters, and delicate child custody cases.


We are a US News & World Report Tier 1 law firm, identifying us as one of the best law firms in California. We carry an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, and we are listed in Best Lawyers. These are the most prestigious peer-reviews and ratings that a law firm can earn.

Exclusively Focused on California Family Law

The family law system in California is among the most sophisticated and complicated in the country. We have the experience it takes to steer you through the legal maze, and usher you safely into your new life ahead — while protecting your assets, the integrity of your relationships, your childrens’ interests, and your personal well being.

Settlement Minded, but Ready to Litigate

We work hard on your behalf to achieve equitable settlements through negotiation, mediation, and collaborative divorce. However, if your case requires litigation, then rest assured that few family law firms can match our trial readiness, experience or worthiness. We are widely respected by judges for our competence and trial skills, and we are known within the legal community as lawyers who will take a case to trial when opposing counsel unwisely takes an unreasonable position at the negotiation table.

Serving a Select Client Base with our Unmatched Experience

Ours is a select practice. We deliberately work with a small number of high net worth clients, and limit our geographic practice area to Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We focus our efforts and resources to serve these select clients, so we can give them the advice and representation they need.

Unmatched Technology

We use cutting edge technology, such as case management software, digital imaging technology, computer based research tools, and mobile computing platforms to ensure that your case is analyzed and handled efficiently, so that we can more fully demonstrate facts, and so that we can more effectively and persuasively present evidence in court.

Exemplary Customer Service

Beyond providing outstanding legal representation, we also understand that we are service providers. We serve a sophisticated clientele with high expectations. No family law firm can match our commitment to outstanding customer service. You will be informed of every detail and development in your case, receive copies of all documents and correspondence, and have your calls and emails responded to promptly. You can also count on us to always be more prepared than the opposing counsel.

Sensitive to Family Dynamics

We understand the complex emotions that emerge during divorce, and the importance of protecting children during this vulnerable time. We empower you to make wise, reflective decisions that enable you to transition from family to single life, and from parent to co-parent.