Richard Helzberg

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA, Economics) and of the University of Michigan Law School (JD).   I hail from Kansas, but after law school and spending 5 years in New York City, moved to San Francisco.  I began practicing law, a practice devoted to Family Law, nearly a quarter of a century ago.  I have four children and presently four grandchildren and one very great grandchild and am married (she doesn't like me describing her as such but I cannot resist) to the woman of my dreams.  That I was twice-before married provides some on the ground experience with divorce and particularly custody issues; life experience has its rewards.  I work out daily, cardio every day, weights six days a week, read magazines, books (mostly fiction, biographies), am passionate about coffee, SF Giants, and Everything Michigan Wolverines- Go Blue! 

For me practicing law is my purpose not simply a career. 


Sheelah W. Giacomini, Certified Paralegal

Sheelah has been a critical part of Richard Helzberg's law practice since 1994. In the more than 20 years that Richard and she have worked together, she has developed a strong understanding of not only the legal processes of dissolution and custody, but also of the emotional toll it takes on everyone involved.
Sheelah is skilled and able at assisting clients in preparing required disclosure forms, responding to discovery demands, and completing legal research. When the law firm prepares documents, Sheelah will initiate the process and she and Richard collaborate to tune the documents and pleadings to get the best results.
Sheelah graduated from the Sonoma State Paralegal Program in 1989 and Cum Laude from Dominican University in 1994.
Her top priority and joy is spending time with her children and grandchildren. In Richard Helzberg's law practice of dissolution and custody, she treasures and appreciates her husband and children all the more.
Her weekends are filled with children's ball games, gardening, and water or snow skiing depending on the season.