In Memoriam: ACBA Member LeAnn Bischoff
From her family via Facebook:
Beloved family and friends, this is Dan, Naomi, Eli, Jacob, and Sequoia. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must tell you that we lost our wonderful LeAnn yesterday. LeAnn was in a fatal ski accident. She died doing one of the things she most loved, skiing with loved ones. We don’t believe she felt any pain. LeAnn was the hub of our lives, as we know she was for many of you. We will miss her forever. Funeral arrangements are pending and we will share here and elsewhere when we have more details.
LeAnn was a member of the ACBA and our Family Law Section, and supporter of the ACBA’s pro bono arm Legal Access Alameda. She will be greatly missed.
The funeral service for our dear friend and colleague LeAnn Bischoff will be held this Sunday, February 27, at noon at Gan Shalom Cemetery, 1100 Bear Creek Road, Briones, CA. It will be outdoors and the venue should be able to accommodate all who want to attend. There will be a reception afterward, also outdoors, starting at 2:00 pm at Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland, CA. It will be an opportunity to visit and share memories of LeAnn.
LeAnn’s husband, Dan, along with her 3 children have also endowed a permanent fund in memory of LeAnn. LeAnn had a particularly special place in her heart for children who suffered the loss of a parent, as she did when she was 13. The LeAnn G. Bischoff Memorial Fund at the College Preparatory School in Oakland will provide financial assistance with a focus on a child who has lost a parent or has been in foster care.
LeAnn Bischoff was a University of California School of Law alumna (Boalt Hall ’92) who practiced law in California for over 25 years. She was a Certified Family Law Specialist, and a co-chair of the Alameda County Family Law Association (“ACFLA”). She had extensive experience in all aspects of family law, including divorce (80% of her practice), marital/premarital agreements, child custody, child support, spousal support, business valuation, forensic accounting, asset tracing, property characterization and division, and restraining orders. LeAnn resolved most marital dissolution cases without costly trials, but when it was beneficial or necessary she litigated, and she successfully handled hundreds of hearings and trials within the public and private court systems, primarily in and around Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Having worked as a business lawyer and civil litigator in San Francisco, a child dependency trial and appellate lawyer, and a federal Indian law attorney focusing on child welfare before she founded The Law Office of LeAnn G. Bischoff and Associate in 2005, LeAnn brought a wide variety of skills and sensibilities into the field of family law. LeAnn was licensed to practice law in California and Minnesota (on inactive status). She was active in the legal community. She was a member of the American Bar Association, the Alameda County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the California Bar, and was the current co-chair of ACFLA. She was also a Certified Family Law Specialist.