Certified Family Law Specialist
To be certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California, an attorney must:
- Be an active member in good standing of the State Bar of California;
- Pass a written examination covering California Family Law;
- Have substantial experience in the field of Family Law;
- Complete specified approved legal education requirements applicable to the Family Law field; and
- Be favorably evaluated by judges and other attorneys concerning his or her knowledge, ability and experience in the practice of Family Law.
Certification by the Board of Legal Specialization is for a five year period. Recertification for additional five year periods does not require further examination but does require continuing compliance with other listed standards.
Certification gives lawyers the opportunity to make their experience and practice specialty known to the public and other attorney attorneys. By continued compliance with the listed requirements, a Certified Family Law Specialist maintains and improves his or her knowledge and competence in the Family Law field.
Only attorneys certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California may represent themselves as Family Law Specialists certified by the State Bar of California.
My experience with Shawn Bunyard of Tavis and Bunyard was completely positive. He returned my e-mails and phone calls promptly. He was professional in court, while being thoughtful and respectful of my needs. He is a man of integrity and I would recommend him to anyone.
Linda Tavis & her firm guided me through a difficult divorce. It was one of the most challenging times of my life. Throughout the process, Linda reminded me to breathe. She reminded me to focus on my young daughter who had just turned three. Linda was very clear about what I was facing. She offered me options and encouraged me to ask questions. Her staff was always there to respond to my needs and explain the process. I can’t say enough how much it meant to me to have Linda there for me when I needed her. I am eternally grateful.
During volatile times with intense emotion, the firm generally provided the sanctuary and guidance needed for me to stay the course and remain positive, which was appreciated.
Tavis and Bunyard’s goal is to assist the client in resolving their family law matter in the most efficient manner possible.
I was recently involved in a difficult lawsuit with multiple layers of complexity and emotional distress. Linda Tavis was methodical in her approach, thorough in her research and incredibly well-organzied throughout the discovery and trial process. For the entirety of the litigation, I was kept informed and always made to feel confident in the outcome of my case, while remaining completely realistic about my options. Linda did an excellent job representing me in all aspects. I would recommend her to anyone who requires an attorney who is tenacious and provides a high level of service.
Shawn was totally energetic about my case. He is a complete lawyer and now a friend. Can’t say that too often in these situations. His accounting knowledge was incredible. He did everything he said he could do. When I was depressed, down in the dumps, he was able to pick me up and get me to start all over again. He stuck to my case to the end and produced great results. I recommend no one else. Need a friend who’s a lawyer? Call Shawn, PERIOD!
Tavis and Bunyard guided me through the steps needed. From answering all of my questions, preparing me for court, reminding me to breathe when I was anxious, Linda was there for guidance! When I didn’t think things were fair, Linda pointed out that they really were and the value of moving forward. I appreciated Linda listening to my concerns and fears and having someone I could lean on and trust! Her staff was caring and helpful.
My case went to trial. When you are an emotional wreck it is really nice to have someone you can trust to handle all the things you know nothing about. I put things in the hands of Tavis and Bunyard, and it got done! Some things were handled without me knowing about it. Other things needed my attention. There was not a rock that wasn’t turned over and investigated!
Linda represented me in an extremely difficult post judgment alimony negotiation. She was always professional and clear in what we could hope to achieve. I appreciate that she did not tell me what I wanted to hear, but what my best and worst case scenarios were. I am thankful that she did not lead me down a costly and destructive path of fighting. Instead she focused on how to get the case settled as quickly as possible under the circumstances. I cannot compliment Linda and her staff enough on the professional manner in which they handled my case.
I hired the Tavis firm in the fall of 2010 to handle my divorce and was assigned Shawn Bunyard as my attorney. The firm did help me retain partial custody of my daughter when my ex petitioned for full custody. I would surely continue having Shawn and the Tavis firm represent me.