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Family Solutions.

Steven R. Burlingham
  • Managing Partner






Steven R. Burlingham has had the pleasure of serving the greater Sacramento area for the last 35 years as an attorney and advocate.  Mr. Burlingham has worked for Gary, Till & Burlingham since 1982 and became a managing partner soon after.  Mr. Burlingham received his undergraduate degree in History from Biola College and graduated summa cum laude.  Mr. Burlingham also received his juris doctor from McGeorge School of Law in 1979 and a masters degree in taxation in 1982. He has lived and practiced in the greater Sacramento area since 1979.

Mr. Burlingham practices primarily in divorce and adoption law and is certified by the California State Bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist. He also works extensively in trusts, probate, trust administration, conservatorship and guardianship law.  Mr. Burlingham seeks to assist his clients in finding comprehensive and effective solutions for their family law, divorce, adoption and trust and estate planning matters for an affordable fee.  Mr. Burlingham prioritizes understanding his clients' personal situations and tailoring solutions to fit their best interest.  Mr. Burlingham is uniquely qualified to help you negotiate, mediate or litigate your family law or estate planning matter in a manner that best fits your needs and goals.

When Mr. Burlingham is not actively working on his cases or managing the firm, he is spending time with his wife and adult children and his granddaughter.  Mr. Burlingham is an elder and teacher at his church, President of the Christian Legal Society, and a past board member on the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group (specializing in divorce collaborative law and peaceful resolution short of litigation). He also enjoys reading a good book, hiking, running and bird-watching

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law and Divorce 55%
  • Adoptions 20%
  • Wills, Trusts, Probate and Estate Planning 15%
  • Trust Accounting 5%
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships 5%

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • LL.M., Master of Law(s) - 00/1983
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1979
  • Biola University, La Mirada, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1976
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, November, 2013

Representative Cases

  • Cole v. Oroville Union High School District, 228 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 2000) cert. denied, 532 U.S. 905, 2000, 9th Circuit
  • Silo v. CHW Medical Foundation, 27 Cal.4th 1097 (2002), 2002, California Supreme Court
  • In re Marriage of Woolsey, 220 Cal App 4th 881, 2013, 3rd CA App Dist

Honors and Awards

  • Pacific Justice Institute: Faith and Justice Award
  • Alliance Defending Freedom: Honor Corps Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, 1979 to Present
  • Placer County Bar Association, Member
  • Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group, Board Member, 2008 to Present
  • Birth Connection, a non-profit organization assisting mothers in crisis pregnancies, Board Member and Chair, 1997 to Present
  • Christian Legal Society, President and Board Member- Sacramento Chapter, 1979 to Present
  • Visions in Education, a San Juan Unified School District charter school, Past Board Member, 2000 to 2002

Past Employment Positions

  • Wohl, Cinnamon, Hagedorn & Dunbar, Associate Attorney, 1979 to 1980
  • Corporate Counsel New West Dialysis Clinics, Legal Counsel, 1980 to 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Pacific Legal Foundation


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