R. Ann Fallon

CA Family Law Attorneys Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
California Board of Legal Specialization
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
R. Ann Fallon is a named partner in the law firm of Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP. Ann’s practice is in the area of employee benefit law governed by the intersection of California Family Law statutes and cases with federal statutes and cases regarding the rights of parties in the division of employee benefits at divorce. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a Certified Family Law Specialist. She received the Fellow of the Year Award in 2015 and the Honored Fellow Award of 2008 from The Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ann has been selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers® every year since 2004. She also received the 2009 Hall of Fame Award from the California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and the Spirit of CEB writer’s award for Family Law in 2007. Ann is a regular contributor to three CEB publications – Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces; Marital Settlement and Other Family Law Agreements; and Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law. Ann is co-founder and Chair of the QDRONES, a national consortium of ERISA tax and family law specialists who focus on employee benefit issues at divorce. She is a frequent speaker on attorney tips for handling employee benefit issues at divorce and continues to be involved in creating and promulgating state legislation relevant to this area of law. Ann was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Education

Fordham University, B.A., magna cum laude (1970)
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, J.D. (1983)

Admission

State Bar of California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1984)

Certifications

Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Memberships

Association of California Family Law Specialists
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)
Contra Costa County Bar Association (Board of Directors, Family Law Section, 1988-1991)
State Bar of California (Property Committee North, Family Law Section, 1993-2001) Legislative Liaison, 1995-2001
Federal Advisory Committee, Medical Child Support Working Group, 1999-2000
QDRONES, a professional association of QDRO specialists

Reported Cases

In Re Marriage of Lehman (1998) 18 Cal.App.4th 169

Author/Contributor

• The Burwell Burden – New Criteria for Valuing Term Life Insurance, R. Ann Fallon: Interview with Matt Taddei, Life Insurance Expert, February 28, 2014.
• Individual Retirement Accounts – Where Do IRA’s Fit in the Judgment Protocol under Family Code §2337? The Family Law News, Volume 36, Issue 1, 2014.
• Contributor to “Estate Planning and Family Law: A Guide to the Crossover Issues,” CEB, 2011-2015
• Contributor to “Dividing Pensions & Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces,” CEB, 2006-2015
• Contributor to “California Marital Settlement and Other Family Law Agreements,” CEB, 1997-2015
• Co-author of numerous articles on Family Code Section 2337 in the Family Law News and Association of Certified Family Law Specialist Newsletter
• Primary Contributor to Judicial Counsel Form QDRO for Support
• Primary Contributor to Legislative revisions to FC §2337 (“AB 861,” January 2008 chaptered) and Judicial Council Forms FL-347 and 348 (released 2009)
• “California Solves National Heartbreak over Loss of Retirement on Divorce,” Series regarding Amendments to Family Code Section 2337(d) in The Family Law News, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2008 and ACFLS Newsletters, Spring, Summer and Fall 2008
• “QDROs and Other Retirement Benefit Orders, The Rubic’s Cube of Marital Property Rights in an IRA,” Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Newsletter, Winter 2005, No. 1.
• Contributor to “California Family Law Practice and Procedure (Second Edition) Chapter 213 treatise,” Lexis Publishing, 1999-2005 including “California Marital Settlement Agreements on Hot Docs” (electronic document assembly program)
• “QDRO for Child Support,” Family Law News, Summer 1998
• “The Three Stepsisters: QDRO, QMCSO & COBRA,” California State Bar Presentation Monterey, California, 1996
• “Qualified Medical Child Support Orders,” Family Law News, Summer 1995
• “COBRA at Divorce,” Family Law News, Fall 1994

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The law firm of Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP, located in Walnut Creek, CA possesses the knowledge and experience necessary to represent clients in matters of divorce and family law. Our office is located in Walnut Creek, but we serve residents all across California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, the Counties of Solano, Alameda, and Contra Costa.