Bley and Bley Attorneys


Steven Bley

Mr. Bley is a principal of the firm. He practiced law with his father prior to his father’s retirement in 1985 and now practices with his daughter and law partner, Samantha Bley DeJean.

Mr. Bley is known for his ardent and aggressive client representation, earning him the reputation of a venerable opponent by his colleagues. Mr. Bley’s legal career began as a deputy district attorney in 1967 for the City of San Francisco where his legendary courtroom experience took hold. While trying numerous complex criminal cases, including multi-defendant murder cases as well as many high stakes business and tort cases, the skilled and theatrical style for which he is well known for today was born.

Mr. Bley’s practice is focused almost exclusively on high-asset, high-conflict dissolutions, although he still practices some general civil litigation as well as limited white collar criminal defense cases.

Mr. Bley’s 40 plus years of experience allow him the ability to see complex dissolutions from all angles. While every case is unique, the breadth of his experience allows for creative solutions to difficult problems.

Mr. Bley received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963 and received a JD from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. Mr. Bley has been named a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine for several years and has earned the top professional rating by his colleagues as AV.


Samantha Bley DeJeanMs. Bley DeJean is a principal of the firm. She is a fourth generation member of the Bley and Bley firm, currently practicing together with her father and law partner, Stephen Bruce Bley.
Ms. Bley DeJean specializes in all aspects of marital dissolutions, particularly complex family law trial work.
Ms. Bley DeJean is a Certified Family Law Specialist with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Bley DeJean has been named Super Lawyer for the past several years by San Francisco Magazine and has participated as a lecturer for family law oriented continuing legal education courses and has sat on several family law panels. Ms. Bley DeJean has earned the top professional rating by her colleagues as AV.

Outside of law, Ms. Bley DeJean has sat as a past Board of Trustee member for San Francisco University High School and Burke's. Ms. Bley DeJean currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Saint Luke’s School in San Francisco.

Ms. Bley DeJean received her BA in History from the University of California at
Los Angeles in 1993 and JD from University of San Francisco in 1996. Ms. Bley DeJean participated as published author and staff member of the USF Law Review as well as a member of the Moot Court program.


Richard Rados Attorney

Mr. Rados is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Note & Comment Associate Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, a member of Order of Coif, an extern for Seventh Circuit Federal Appeals Court Judge John Coffey, and a recipient of a pair of American Jurisprudence “book awards.”

Beginning in 1989, Mr. Rados practiced with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman), first as an associate, and then as a partner in Pillsbury’s San Francisco litigation practice group.

Mr. Rados has more than eighteen years of experience litigating cases in state
and federal courts throughout California and beyond.  While at Pillsbury, representing Chevron, he was a member of the team that successfully tried a San Francisco-based nationwide class action to a complete defense verdict.  It was then the largest jury trial tried in San Francisco Superior Court and was featured by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s best defense verdicts in 1998.

Mr. Rados now focuses exclusively on family law litigation matters and is experienced in all aspects of marital dissolution cases, from pre-filing preparations through trial and post-trial proceedings.

Mr. Rados received a BA, with honors, in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and received his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. Mr. Rados is a member of the State Bar of California and of the State Bar of Wisconsin (Non-resident lawyers division).


Dana SheldonMs. Sheldon received a B.A., with honors, in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002.  Ms. Sheldon received her J.D. from Golden Gate University, School of Law in 2006, where she received the Witkin Award for academic excellence in Evidence and Wills & Trusts and the CALI Award for excellence in Appellate Advocacy.  She was also a member of the Moot Court Board. 

Ms. Sheldon first started her law career as an associate for Saveri & Saveri, Inc. specializing in class action anti-trust lawsuits.  In 2009 Ms. Sheldon began practicing family law and eventually opened her own family law practice in Marin County, CA.  In 2010, Ms. Sheldon joined Bley and Bley where she exclusively practices family law.


Katherine FonesMs. Fones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond in 1991.  She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2000.  Beginning in 2000, Ms. Fones began to practice family law in Maryland.  For the majority of her practice, she worked in Baltimore for Miles & Stockbridge P.C. where she became a partner in 2009.  There, as a member of the Family Law & Private Clients’ group, her practice focused on complex family law litigation.  Katie handled marital dissolution matters and international child abduction matters in Maryland and on an interstate basis.  In addition to a busy family law practice, Katie was very involved with the local bar association and judicial elections.  Katie was name a Rising Star in Family Law in the Maryland Super Lawyers 2010 Edition.

In 2010, Katie moved to San Francisco and joined Bley and Bley, where she is practicing exclusively family law.  Ms. Fones is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Maryland and the United States Supreme Court.


Sasha LankaraniMs. Lankarani graduated from the University of Oregon in 2001, where she received her B.S. in Political Science, with Minors in Business and Spanish. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 2004 from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a Merit Scholarship receipient and received the Best Oral Argument Award in Moot Court.  While in law school, Ms. Lankarani served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Ann Aiken, United States District Court, District of Oregon. 

Ms. Lankarani has litigated cases in state and federal court in California and New York, and has substantial experience representing clients in mediations and at trial in employment matters involving discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.  Ms. Lankarani also practiced family law for almost two years while in New York, where she mediated and tried various family law issues.

In 2012, Ms. Lankarani joined Bley and Bley, where she practices family law exclusively.  Ms. Lankarani is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Iranian American Bar Association and is a volunteer with the UCSF Child Life Services and the Northern California Family Dog Rescue.  She is fluent in both Farsi and Spanish, and is admitted to practice before all courts of the States of California and New York, and the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.

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