Nicole Aeschleman, Attorney
Nicole Aeschleman is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated near the top of her class. While in law school, Nicole served as an executive board member and senior articles editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, as well as being a member of the executive board of the International Law Students’ Association. She also served as a research assistant, completed a judicial externship, and served as a law clerk. Academic honors include Phi Sigma Iota (Modern Languages Honors), the Hollace Pugh Service Award, and the Leadership Award. Nicole is fluent in Spanish and is the author of an article entitled “Vienna Convention on Consular Relations: Quo Vadis, America?” published in the Santa Clara Law Review in 2005.
Before attending law school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business and worked in the financial field.
Following a five-year mentorship with certified family law specialists, Nicole opened her own client-centered family law practice in June 2008 and has passed the California State Bar Family Law Certification exam.
Nicole’s focus as an attorney is to understand each client’s needs and desires when entering the emotion-charged arena of marriage, divorce, child custody, and related areas of family law. She chose this area of law because she understands that every client and every situation is unique, personal, and challenging in its own way. Each case requires a lawyer with a combination of sensitivity, civility, and aggressiveness, characteristics that come to Nicole naturally, and that she has nurtured throughout her years in practice.
Nicole brings to every case her years of experience in a wide range of family law actions involving divorce, paternity, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support. Her financial background, added to her legal knowledge and experience, has been invaluable in the valuating of property, dividing of assets and debts, and handling of separate property claims and breach of fiduciary duty claims. It has also given her access to forensic accounting experts to provide independent expert testimony in complex financial situations. She is passtionate about the practice of family law and is thoroughly experienced in working with high asset cases and complex litigation.
In addition to her law practice, Nicole enjoys travel and photography.
Tristan Aeschleman, Attorney
Tristan Aeschleman graduated from the University of San Diego in 2007 with a BS in political science. After finishing his undergraduate education, Tristan attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where he earned several honors awards. While in law school, Tristan also worked at the Veteran’s Legal Assistance Clinic, helping veterans with a variety of family law matters, including divorce and child custody.
Tristan graduated law school in 2011 and was admitted to the California Bar in December of 2011. He began his legal career as an associate at the Aeschleman law firm, where he has worked on cases involving child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, complex property distribution, breach of fiduciary duty, domestic violence, and a variety of other issues.
Tristan chose to practice family law because it gives him an opportunity to help clients through difficult situations. He is a “people person” who enjoys working one-on-one with his clients, getting to know their unique needs and helping them to achieve their goals as they face the challenges of demanding family-related legal issues. He also understands the importance of sensitivity when dealing with emotionally charged issues, while helping clients arrive at solutions that meet their needs and allow all parties to move forward with their lives.
Tristan is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCBAA), and the Family Law Division of the SCCBA.
Wendy Andham, Certified Paralegal
Wendy joined Aeschleman Law as a certified paralegal in February 2014. Since joining Aeschleman Law, she has been a valuable member of our team and a great resource for our clients.
Wendy received her undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and her legal assistant/paralegal certificates from UCLA. Having worked in the legal field since 1994, Wendy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Aeschleman Law and our clients.
Wendy, among other responsibilities, is actively involved in case management and discovery. Her knowledge and experience are particularly useful in assisting clients with preparation of their Declarations of Disclosure, the required exchange of financial information between spouses in a divorce proceeding. Wendy also provides valuable analysis during the discovery phase, providing the attorneys at Aeschleman Law with detailed reports of the other party’s compliance and our client’s with hands on assistance for their responses to request for information.
Wendy is a personable and energetic team member that cares about providing the highest quality of work and service to Aeschleman Law’s clients.
Savannah Laffey, Legal Assistant
Savannah joined Aeschleman Law as a Legal Assistant in June 2014. Savannah is a Seattle native that recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Savannah’s seven plus years of administrative and accounting experience will greatly benefit Aeschleman Law and its clients.
Savannah provides critical administrative and office management support to Aeschleman Law, while also being the first point of contact for many of our clients. Savannah also manages Aeschleman Law’s detailed case filing system, assists with court filings, and works with the Aeschleman Law team to timely correspond with attorneys, the court, and clients.
Savannah has a warm and caring personality that makes clients feel comfortable and valued. Furthermore, her skill set and experience will help ensure that our clients receive the first-class service they are seeking.