David L. Blacker

David L. Blacker

San Francisco, California

David Blacker is a California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. He handles high asset cases and complex issues of paternity, custody, business valuation and same-sex relationships. Prior to becoming a lawyer, David was a professional trombonist playing in local salsa, funk and jazz groups. 

David serves on the board of the California Chapter of the Association of the Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), working with a team of legal, financial and mental health professionals to reform family law. David is also the President and Co-Founder of the Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (anticipated opening Fall 2017), which will provide a process to handle, under one roof, the legal, emotional and financial needs of families in transition with the goal of minimizing the fallout from family law disputes of all kinds.

David also serves as a Settlement Master in San Francisco Superior Court, teaches family law courses, and coaches high school mock trial students. David is the parent of two middle-schoolers, both proud native San Franciscans.  He continues to nurture his artistic spirit by playing trombone in a band of other parent-musicians.  He brings both his parenting experience and his creative outlook to his law practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Columbia University - 1991
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: European History


  • Marjorie A. Slabach, San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner (Ret) and Private Judge, Fremont, CA
  • Madeleine Simborg, Attorney, Mediator and Private Judge, Corte Madera, CA


  • University of San Francisco Law School
  • Institute for Paralegal Education, Divorce Cases From Start to Finish

Honors and Awards

  • U.S. News and World Report, Tier 1 law firm

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Settlement Master, San Francisco Superior Court, 2014 - Present
  • Attorney for the Day, San Francisco Superior Court, 2012 - Present
  • Coach, Thurgood Marshall High School Mock Trial Program, San Francisco, CA, 2012 - Present