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Abby O’Flaherty

Managing Attorney
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Abby O’Flaherty was born and raised in Santa Barbara. She has practiced family law exclusively since 2011. Since then, she has dedicated her practice to a wide range of family law matters, such as property characterization and division, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, pre-marital and post-marital agreements, and post-judgment issues. Well versed in complex property issues and high-asset cases, Abby can handle any case involving venture capital, charitable entities, equity compensation, LLCs, LPs, and other sophisticated business interests.

Abby works with clients through all phases of the dissolution process, including mediation and alternative dispute resolution, negotiated settlements, and litigation. The diversity of her work has allowed her to develop an interdisciplinary practice and wide network of experts and consultants in various fields such as tax law, forensic accounting, financial planning, estate planning, nonprofits, and corporate law.

Abby’s compassionate and thoughtful approach to each case allows her to address the unique needs of the client and guide them through what can be a very difficult time. The range and depth of her experience allow her to determine the most effective and expeditious way to resolve each case while maintaining the utmost professionalism.

Her Approach

Abby stresses the importance of finding a lawyer that will serve as a true advocate for her clients. She understands that clients are looking to build a strong connection with their lawyer and strives to deliver legal counsel that her clients can trust.

As managing attorney, Abby is both knowledgeable and experienced, but it is her compassion that really sets her apart. She works with clients who are often going through the toughest transitions of their lives. As such, she makes it a priority to ensure she is offering both compassionate legal counsel as well as strong advocacy for her clients. She works tirelessly to ensure that her clients are heard and treated with professionalism and respect.


Abby is a full-time mother and enjoys cooking, going to the beach, and enjoying the many benefits silence provides before starting her day in the mornings.


  • Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2021

This list represents the top 2.5% of up-and-coming lawyers in California.


  • BA, University of California, Irvine (2006)
  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law (2011)

Professional Associations

  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California State Bar, Family Law Section
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mentee

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Attorney for the San Mateo Family Court Status Conference Calendar

Client Testimonials

  • “BEST firm in the Bay Area. More than legal representation, there is care and concern. The firm is very money conscious and tells it straight. They are representing me on custody and visitation issues ...”

    - Sheila B.
  • “Abby and her team helped me during an extremely difficult time. She provided expert advise catered to my needs - both professionally and personally. She was empathetic and always gave me guidance with ...”

    - Jamie E.
  • “I worked with Abby primarily along with her team at Fenchel. Everyone was professional and responsive whenever I have any questions. Abby in particular did an amazing job as she always gave suggestions with my best interest in mind.”

    - Yuki H.
  • “Abby and the team at Fenchel Family Law PC were fantastic. They were able to handle a contentious divorce and allow me to move on with my life. I will be forever grateful for the help they provided me and my children.”

    - P.P.
  • “I have dealt with a few law firms but I found that Valerie and Abby at Fenchel Law PC were a great fit for me. Their approach was calm and straightforward. They sensed my anxiety and strived to make me feel more comfortable about the process.”

    - Marty

Reasons to Choose

Fenchel Family Law
  • We Help You Take Your Life Back

    We empower our clients to take their lives back as they navigate parenthood marriage, & divorce toward more vibrant futures.

  • Personalized Attention

    No case is the same. We take the time to listen to our clients and really understand their goals and the future they are trying build.

  • Holistic Approach

    Divorce can impact many areas of your life; therefore, we help our clients identify potential snares and give them the tools they need.

  • Honest & Straightforward

    We pride ourselves on being a trusted advisor. If we feel pursuing something could negatively impact your case, it's our job to let you know.

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