The Law Offices of

B J Fadem & Associates, APC

Certified Family Law Specialist

International Mediator

BJ Fadem, Senior Attorney & President of
Law Offices BJ Fadem & Associates, APC.

BJ Fadem is the Senior and founding Attorney of The Law Offices of BJ Fadem & Associates, APC located in San Jose, California. He is licensed and represents Clients in all the Courts of the State of California as well as Federal Courts throughout the United States.

The Law Offices of B J Fadem & Associates, APC specializes in Family Law matters. BJ Fadem has been practicing law since 1985 and has been focusing on International Domestic Matters for over fifteen (19) years, including Hague, UCCJEA, and International Jurisdiction. He has been Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California since 2000. He has been International Mediator by UC Hastings Law School in 2019.

BJ Fadem has taught numerous MCLE courses to Attorneys in various areas of Family and Domestic Law; including, but not limited to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, The Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, UCCJEA, Domestic Partnerships, Custody, Community Property, Transmutation, Paternity, and basic Family Law.

With decades of experience, and being a noted published Author in various issues of Family Law, BJ Fadem is often requested to teach Paralegals and Attorneys; has written and passed Legislation in California; serves as a Mediator, and Private Judge; is appointed by the Court to represent Minor Children, volunteers for multiple community service programs; has appeared numerous times on the radio show “Your Legal Rights” KAWL an NPR radio station, to clarify the law for many in need; and is known for his personal very caring service to his Clients.
BJ Fadem is very dedicated as a Family Law Attorney.

Family is very important to BJ Fadem. He started his Legal Law career in the large firms and found that they were not personal with their clients, over charged their clients and were not as concerned about client service. As a result, he ventured out on his own and started his own Practice in 1991. Ever since he has stood by his legal ethics and integrity and provides his clients the utmost in client service; is always current on the Legal Issues and never over charges his clients. Family Law is a very personal Law. BJ Fadem understands all the complications his clients are going through personally, psychologically, financially and with their family. He understands this is one of the most difficult times in their lives. With this compassion and his decades of experience BJ Fadem has had an outstanding success record in Mediation, Private Judging, Settlements, Trials and Litigation.

The Law in Family Law is always changing and BJ Fadem is always changing with it in effort to give all his Clients the best Legal Service possible ethically.

NBI [National Business Institute]. As Contributing Author:

  • Divorce Law Guide From A to Z 2015
  • Divorce Cases From Start to Finish for Paralegals 2014
  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish 2013
  • Family Law From A to Z 2012


  • Member of the San Jose Independent Police Auditor Advisory Commission-Appointed by Retired Judge LaDoris Cordel
  • Vice President of the Santa Clara County Family Law Attorney Emeritus Committee
  • Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Teen Orientation Team
  • Member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section Strategic Planning Committee
  • Delegate of the Santa Clara County Conference of Delegates
  • Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Family Law Section Legislation Committee
  • Member of the Santa Clara County Bar Family Law Executive Board
  • Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section Education Committee
  • Member of National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC)
  • Member of the Santa Clara County Minors Counsel Committee
  • Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member of the Santa Clara County Judiciary Nominating Committee
  • United States Hague Attorney Network
  • IMentor Program – “Mentor”
  • BAYMEC – Board Member
  • Chair-Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section LGBTQI+ Committee
  • Chair-Diversity Committee for the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member of Executive Committee of Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Frequent Guest on “Your Legal Rights”, on KALW 91.5 NPR for the Bay Area, California
  • Guest Professor at Santa Clara Law School, California
  • Liaison to FLEXCOM 2017 to Present


  • Former San Jose Police Officer
  • FLEXCOM 2014-2017
  • Former Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Former member of the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California
  • Former Member of the Family Law Executive Commission of the State Bar of California
  • Former Santa Clara County Bar Association Social Committee-Family Law Section


  • The Henry Collada Award 2014 – Santa Clara County
  • American Society of International Law
  • Santa Clara County Pro Bono Project
  • Santa Clara County Award of Appreciation

presentation: Better Together: Using the UCCJEA and the Abduction Convention in Concert

Patricia M. Zerbini, Esq


Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA
Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2009
Admitted to the California State Bar, December 2009University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Arts – Politics, June 2005
Bachelor of Arts – Legal Studies, June 2005


Cali Award for Excellence in Immigration Law, December 2008

Patricia M. Zerbini is an enthusiastic attorney who graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a double major in Politics and Legal Studies. With her commitment to her community, Patricia decided to enroll in law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in order to gain the legal knowledge and know how to help those around her.

Patricia Zerbini is an enthusiastic attorney who worked as a contract attorney for the San Mateo County Family Law Facilitators Office, where she had interned during law school. Patricia enjoyed working with the public on a daily basis, helping those in need of a divorce or with other family law related orders, such as domestic violence restraining orders, custody/visitation, support, and even helping individuals who needed to respond to such requests or demands.

Patricia was later hired as an attorney with the Law Office of William R. Parks practicing bankruptcy law. There, Patricia worked with clients everyday helping them to master their finances and start fresh wherever possible. Bankruptcy law has now become one of Patricia’s career passions as it allows Patricia to see immediate results in the quality of life her clients lead. Unfortunately Mr. William R. Parks passed away and Patricia was asked by many of the clients to continue working on their cases.  Seeing Patricia’s dedication to excellence, BJ Fadem hired Patricia to join his firm.

Patricia has shown her aptitude for understanding complex international law and jurisdiction issues such as applications and trials under The Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, The Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, disputes under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, etc.  With her background in bankruptcy, Patricia is also able to easily wade through financial documents in high asset divorce cases and find discrepancies in breach of fiduciary duty disputes finding hidden assets and accounts.

Coming from a divorced middle-to-low-class family herself, Patricia understands that life is not always easy, and that sometimes, struggling families just need a helping hand to get back on track.

Patricia was born and raised in the Bay Area. Patricia’s father is from Uruguay, a small South American country, and her mother is from a small island in Honduras, Central America. Growing up, Patricia was able to mesh these two very different cultures with growing up in the United States and has come away a mate drinker (a traditional South American caffeine-rich tea), avid soccer and San Francisco Giants baseball fan, and a Disney geek fanatic. In her spare time, when the San Francisco Giants are not playing, you can find Patricia with her four children either exploring a museum or out in nature hiking, fishing, or camping.


Scott A. Reno, a proud East Bay Area native-born and raised in Livermore, California. In 2013, Scottgraduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology.

Scott received his Juris Doctorateat Santa Clara University School of Law. While in school, Scott was highly active in both the Santa Clara Family Law and Social Justice programs,where he served as President of the Santa Clara University Family Law Society anddedicating his time to assisting low-income litigants obtain legal guidance and representation for their family law matters.

During his first summer of law school, Scott worked full time at the San Mateo County Family Law Facilitators Office in the Redwood City Courthouse where he assisted with an average of 10-12 individualcases each day and assisted in the preparation of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders for Pro Per litigants at trial. Inspired by his work, Scott worked full time at Bay Area Legal Aid in Redwood City for his second summer of law school.

During his time there, Scott conducted several weekly Domestic Violence Restraining Order clinics helping domestic violence survivors prepare and file restrainingorders. Scottalso providedlegal representation in court forDomestic Violence Survivors as a certified law student.

In his final year in law school, Scott worked as a law clerk for a prominent local family law firm, where he gained valuable private practice experienceinvolving formal discovery and complex financial issues in addition to continuing his work on custody and domestic violence.

Scott joined the Law Office of BJ Fadem & Associates in the summerof 2016 where he served as a law clerk before being promoted to Associate Attorneyupon his passage of the California State Bar Examination.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and playing guitar and singing with friends. Scott is an avid bay area sports fan, notably the Oakland Athletics, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors

Client Testimonials
  • BJ Fadem was my lawyer in a child custody case. He was incredible. He knew my fears and took the time to ease everyone of them. BJ was helpful with everything. He is about fair and what is best. I would not have made it through the process without him. BJ is a compassionate, knowledgeable, and straight forward. I would recommend him for anyone that is in need of a Family Law lawyer. Hated going through it, but he made it incredibly painless!Posted by Scot
  • I hired BJ Fadem and Associates to enforced my divorce settlement. BJ Fadem and Associates read through the entire divorce settlement and wrote a letter to my ex-husband pointing out what was not being enforced. BJ is very kind and makes you feel comfortable talking about the situation. BJ and his staff followed through on getting the tasks done and my ex husband complied with his responsiblities. The best possible outcome I could have expected and I couldn't have reached that result without BJ Fadem and his team!Anonymous
  • I have had several opportunities to consult with this law firm over the past few years. I have always received timely and courteous responses to my inquiries. The reason I return time and time again is knowledgeable employees and the respect I am treated with. I also think that the noncondensending matter in which I was treated was a prime factor. It was hard enough to go through what I did, I appreciated not being talked down to by some old stuffy lawyer. Though I have only consulted with Fadem Law, I have referred a few family members who were totally happy with the outcome of their cases.Posted by Claude
  • Mr Fadem is extremely knowledgeable of the laws. Felt he was very in tuned to my needs and fought those. Would definitely would use again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDPosted by Sharon
  • I endorse Mr FADEM Loved The Way He Went To Bat For Me Very Skilled!!! Mostly He Listened When I Thought I Had No Hope!!! Thanks For CaringPosted by Darrell Fears
  • I had a previous attorney who so screwed up my divorce that I almost lost my home, custody and my business!!! When I did my initial consultation with Mr. Fadem, him and and his staff immediately started working on my case to get things saved! The professionalism, customer service and legal knowledge this firm has is incredible!! I can't say enough!! My case is still going on. However, I am so grateful for all they have done and are doing on my behalf!Posted by anonymous
  • I have worked with Mr. Fadem on many occasions and he is as intelligent, professional, and dedicated as they come. His knowledge of family law is outstanding and I refer him to anyone who needs a specialized and highly skilled family law attorney.Posted by Emily
  • As a father with an extremely challenging custody situation, I went through several attorneys before retaining BJ Fadem. Without a doubt BJ has helped my case and my family reach favorable results more quickly and effectively than the collective effort of my first three attorneys combined. Based on years of favorable results and such a positive experience there is no way I would use any other law firm for custody or family law matters. BJ Fadem is absolutely one of the finest custody attorneys in the bay area.Posted by Gary
  • Professional and Skilled. Great Law Office! Mr. BJ Fadem is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney with great experience. Thank you!Larry
    California Jan 27, 2014