Attorney Profiles

The Law Offices of Jane Aceituno includes three stellar attorneys dedicated to providing the best services to their clients.

JANE ACEITUNO

Founding Partner

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Jane Aceituno was born in Francisco and grew up in the Central Valley. She went to the East Coast for her education, graduating cum laude from Harvard College. Her undergraduate thesis was nominated for the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work. Pursuing a desire to do public interest work, Jane attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, receiving a Masters in Public Policy. Her Master’s thesis received the Manny C. Carballo Memorial Prize for best thesis dealing with social policy issues. Jane completed her education on the East Coast at Boston University, where she received a Juris Doctor degree.

After graduating from law school, Jane practiced in general civil litigation for five years in the Bay Area before starting her career in family law.

Jane is passionate about advocacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, serving four years as a committee member of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Committee, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, serving on the Board of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and Freedom from Tobacco, an LGBT anti-smoking group.  She is a member of the LGBTQI Chamber of Commerce – the Golden Gate Business Association.  She currently serves on the Board of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the nation’s oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQI) persons in the field of law. She also served on the Board of the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus, Harvard’s LGBTQI alumni organization from 2018-2020.

Additionally, Jane values helping people have access to the legal system.  She worked as a mentor at the Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal Clinic, providing guidance in family law cases. She has done pro bono family law work through the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco.  Finally, she has volunteered for the Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic.

Professional Associations

  • The State Bar of California
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Board Member 2018-
  • Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus, Board Member 2018-2020
  • Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco, Board Member 2018-
  • La Raza Lawyer’s Association
  • Queen’s Bench
  • Golden Gate Business Association

Jane counsels clients in all types of family law matters.

LARISA MIGACHYOV

Partner

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Larisa Migachyov was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States as a teenager.  She obtained a Master’s Degree in engineering from Stanford University and worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley for a few years before changing careers and going to the University of Pennsylvania for law school.  She worked at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in their litigation department before starting her own solo practice.

While in law school, Larisa was on the Journal of Constitutional Law and spent a semester working in the law school’s Child Advocacy Clinic.

Larisa enjoys playing the piano and is a noted ragtime pianist.

Professional Associations

  • The State Bar of California
  • The Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom

Larisa counsels clients in all types of family law matters.

JAMES C. WARD

Of Counsel

James Ward

James C. Ward is of counsel to the firm and prized by clients for his experience in family law.  In the past decade he has handled a wide variety of divorces, including: cases dealing with high conflict custody disputes, property division, spousal and child support, and a number of other matters related to family law disputes. James is a staunch advocate for his clients.

Prior to focusing on family law James worked in a variety of legal fields, including: large scale consumer class actions, land management, and property law.  In his independent practice he also works in Probate law.
James graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. He attended University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. While a law student James earned a number of academic awards including the Witkin Award for Contract Law and was named a member of the Traynor’s Honor Society. He worked as a research assistant to internationally renowned contracts scholar Claude D. Rohwer and assisted in updating the 6th edition of his book Contracts in a Nutshell. James wrote for the California Initiative Review Law Journal, before becoming one of its editors in 2006. James graduated from McGeorge with distinction in 2006.

 

Professional Associations

  • The State Bar of California
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • LRIS Family Law Referral Panel

James counsels clients in all types of family law matters.