Alice A. Purdy

Alice A. Purdy

Senior Associate
Menlo Park, California

Alice A. Purdy is an associate in the firm's Family Law Department. The enthusiasm Ms. Purdy brings to family law is based on a strong sense of justice and commitment to make a measurable difference and improvement in the lives of her clients. Ms. Purdy transitioned from environmental law and civil litigation practice to exclusively family law in 2013. Her practice includes all aspects of family law matters, including high-asset property division, child and spousal support, complex custody issues, paternity matters, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, and post-judgment matters.

Ms. Purdy received her J.D. and Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in Environmental Law from Golden Gate University School of Law where she earned the CALI Award for promising student in Water Law and served on the Moot Court Board. She has a B.A. in English as well as a B.S. with honors in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley where she completed her thesis in the Environmental Science Honors Research Program.

Ms. Purdy currently serves as an Officer and Director on the board of Queen's Bench where she provides continuing legal education on behalf of the oldest women's bar association in the country and volunteers her time to mentor young women in Juvenile Hall.

Ms. Purdy is a volunteer attorney for Bay Area Legal Aid and the San Francisco Bar Association's Justice and Diversity Center, where she represents low-income victims of domestic violence in restraining order and child custody matters. She serves on the Color of Justice Committee, organized by the National Association of Women Judges and California Women Lawyers, that encourages young minority and women students to consider a career in law or the judiciary. Ms. Purdy is a member of the State Bar of California, as well as the San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, San Francisco County, Contra Costa County and Alameda County Bar Associations. Her hobbies include yoga, dance, and Italian cooking.

Areas of Practice

  • Family law


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in Environmental Law
    • Honors: CALI Award, Water Law
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, Member
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • B.S.
    • Honors: Environmental Science Honors Research Program Thesis
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Conservation and Resource Studies
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A.
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • San Francisco County Bar Association, Member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bay Area Legal Aid, Volunteer Attorney
  • San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • National Association of Women Judges and California Women Lawyers, Color of Justice Committee, Member
  • Queen’s Bench Board, Officer and Director