Linda D. States

Linda D. States

Sacramento, California

Highest Caliber Experience. After a decade working for a large firm on the most sophisticated family law cases throughout Northern California and additional years with the court and private practice, I have the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to expertly handle any family law issue that may arise for my clients. Now I am able to complement my expertise in complex matters with the flexibility to provide more efficient and accessible services in my solo practice.

A Unique Solo Practice. My style of family law practice is unique, as I am...

Efficient - I focus on solutions that save time and money.

Effective - I am equally adept at negotiation and litigation.

Communicative - I listen carefully and stay in close touch.

Flexible - I am budget-conscious, and offer full, limited or consultation services.

Collaborative - I work to reduce conflict and enhance the environment for settlement.

Compassionate - I have real life experience as a divorced single parent of minor children.

Savvy - I know business and finance, and how to solve crises relating to them during divorce.

Accessible - I am usually reachable 24/7/365 by mobile phone, and offer evening appointments.


Financial Issue Focus. For over 17 years, 100% of my practice has been devoted to solving personal and business issues arising in divorce, legal separation and custody/parentage matters, as well as prenuptial, cohabitation and joint asset separation planning. Skilled at solving the most complex financial issues, I bring essential expertise to substantial asset matters, that can be instrumental in efficiently resolving smaller scale matters as well. Frequently arising issues in my practice include:

Complex community property division

Establishing or modifying child and/or spousal support (or arrears)

Business valuation and income-available determination

Underemployment, vocational evaluation and income imputation

Community and separate property characterization and separate property tracing

Marital retirement benefits and domestic relations orders/QDROs

Family business management disputes relating to divorce

Establishing and modifying child custody and parenting time/visitation

Custody mediation and/or evaluation with county or private CCRCs

Move-away and other custody litigation

Custom prenuptial/premarital, postnuptial/postmarital and cohabitation agreements


Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1994


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1994
  • UCLA
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Philosophy/Business

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers (Family Law), Sacramento Magazine - 2015, 2016 & 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2005-Present
  • Placer County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento, 2016
  • Rotary Club of Sacramento, 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Family Law Attorney - Downey Brand LLP, 2005-2015
  • Assistant Family Law Facilitator/Research Attorney - Sacramento Co. Superior Court, 1998-2000
  • Principal/Owner - Law Office of Linda D. States, 1995-1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • WEAVE pro bono attorney, 2016
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer, 2016
  • VLSP Lawyers in the Library legal clinic volunteer, 2015
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates Board member and officer, 2014-2016
  • McClatchy High School Law & Public Policy Academy mentor, 2014-2015