Principal Attorney and Mediator:
Mae Adkins, the principal and founder of Family First Legal, has been a practicing attorney in California since 2003, with a focus on working with individuals of all backgrounds who are engaged in family law and general civil litigation matters.
In early 2009, Ms. Adkins completed her mediator training in accordance with the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act and has since been mediating disputes of all types, including divorces and separations, child custody and visitation, business partnership dissolutions and disputes, child guardianship petitions and terminations, contractual breaches, unpaid debts, landlord-tenant matters, neighbors’ disputes, conflicts among roommates, employment disputes, and complaints against police officers by citizens.
Ms. Adkins has extensively argued matters throughout various California Courts and administrative boards, both in trial and pre-trial hearings, and through appeals. She graduated cum laude and in the top 10% of her class from Hastings College of the Law in 2003, and has a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.F.A in Fine Art from the Ohio State University, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Ms. Adkins stands out from other attorneys in her approachability, in her caring, nonjudgmental attitude towards each client, and in the comfort and trust she instills. Ms. Adkins helps clients focus on the solutions, and in that way, the problems seem to resolve themselves.
She is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco’s Community Boards (the nation’s first and longest running neighborhood mediation program), a volunteer with Contra Costa County’s Conflict Resolution Program, and a member of the Business Builders chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) in San Francisco. She also serves on the Community Outreach & Education Committee of Community Boards.
Alice Anne Purdy
Ms. Purdy has been a family law attorney practicing in California since 2011. Her practice includes all aspects of family law including dissolution matters, all custody and support issues, and general civil litigation matters. The enthusiasm Ms. Purdy brings to family law is based on a strong sense of justice and commitment to make a measurable difference and improvement in the lives of her clients. Ms. Purdy treats each client as a unique individual who deserves personal attention and a clear and effective voice in the legal system.
After working at the Center on Race Poverty and Environment, Ms. Purdy began volunteering with the Bar Association of San Francisco’s family law Volunteer Legal Services Program. Ms. Purdy excelled in giving her client’s a voice in the courtroom and obtaining favorable custody decisions. Ms. Purdy continues to do pro bono family law work on her own and with volunteer legal services providers in the Bay Area. Ms. Purdy has always had a passion for social justice and working closely with clients to empower them with knowledge. She currently serves as the co-chair for the Queen’s Bench Business Development Committee where she provides networking opportunities and continuing legal education on behalf of the oldest women’s bar association in the country.
Ms. Purdy earned her J.D. and Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in Environmental Law from Golden Gate University School of Law. She has a B.A. in English as well as a B.S. with honors in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Please enjoy Ms. Adkins’ on-air video, speaking on her work and the practice of family law with the gracious host, Maryam Turab, of “Conversations with Maryam” – a weekly program that airs on WBT-TV in Silicon Valley. WBT-TV is a wonderful community channel that brings local and South Asian (Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan) news, events, political discussions and current hot topics to the Silicon Valley community.