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Sharmeela Kawos


Ms. Kawos is a seasoned attorney specializing exclusively in Family Law and Domestic Relations. Originating from Afghanistan, she has been a respected Californian resident for over two decades. Ms. Kawos earned her Doctorate in Jurisprudence with a notable emphasis on Family Law and Intellectual Property Law from Golden Gate University, School of Law. Complementing her extensive legal education, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Communications from San Francisco State University.

Ms. Kawos brings a wealth of experience to her practice, including her tenure at Uber Technologies, Inc. In her role, she performed employment and HR legal compliance for Uber Technologies, Inc., where she managed Uber’s legal employment and business contracts and policies globally. Ms. Kawos collaborated and worked directly with Uber's in-house counsels, directors, and various management heads across multiple departments, including but not limited to Engineering, Facilities, Security, Privacy, Trust and Safety, Compliance, FinOps, HR, and Operations, ensuring company and corporate compliance, global alignment, and the seamless execution of various systems and programs.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Kawos has actively contributed to the legal community. She served as the immediate past chair of the New Lawyers Section of the California Lawyers Association and currently holds the role of advisor on the New Lawyers Section, showcasing her commitment to fostering professional development within the legal community.

Before entering the legal field, Ms. Kawos contributed significantly to the legal community. She worked at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office in San Francisco County, aiding over 400 self-represented litigants. Additionally, she served as a judicial extern for Family Law and dependency matters. Ms. Kawos also dedicated her efforts to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, providing essential legal assistance to inmates incarcerated in San Francisco jails.

Family Law & Domestic Relations 100%

Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
  • J.D. – 2015
  • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Honors: Witkin Legal Institute Award for Academic Excellence, Civil Procedure
  • Honors: Legal Analysis Teaching Assistant
  • Honors: Graduate Mentor for California Bar Exam

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • B.A. – 2011
  • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Honors: Pittsburg Rotary Club’s Merit Scholarship
  • Honors: California Scholarship Foundation Achievement

California, 2015

  • Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in Family Law, Golden Gate University, May 2015
  • Certification of Specialization in Intellectual Property, Golden Gate University, May 2015

  • California Bar Association, Member
  • California Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Section, Immediate Past Chair
  • California Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Section, Advisor
  • California Lawyers Association, California Young Lawyers Association, Past Chair of Marketing and Communications
  • California Lawyers Association, California Young Lawyers Association, Executive Committee Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Strategic and Long-Range Planning Committee, Member
  • California Lawyers Association, Member Engagement Committee, Member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Member of the Board of Directors and Legislation Director

  • English
  • Dari
  • Farsi/Persian
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Congratulations to Sharmeela Kawos, on becoming new Partner at the firm, April 2024.

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