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Shawn R. Bunyard

Attorney at Law

Shawn is a Sonoma County family law attorney and mediator with extensive experience resolving complex family law issues. Shawn is regarded as a creative problem solver who thinks outside the box in order to provide his mediation and litigation clients the best possible options for solutions. He has a keen awareness of the need in family law for compassion and understanding while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Shawn has been named a settlement conference panelist for the Sonoma County Superior Court and mediates cases twice per month for the court.


In addition to his mediation and litigation experience, Shawn has completed advanced training in trial advocacy, mediation, conflict resolution, and collaborative law. He also recently completed training to be appointed as a Parenting Coordinator in Sonoma County and currently sits on several Sonoma County Bar Association committees, including the Family Law Steering Committee, Family Law Rules and Best Practices Committee, and the Family Law Education Committee.


Shawn work closely with some of the most highly regarded custody experts in the state and nation, CPAs, financial experts, mortgage brokers, and anyone else necessary to provide our clients with the information and strategies they deserve. When not practicing law, you can find Shawn with his family, coaching youth sports, running, mountain biking, throwing Frisbee, or playing music with his band, Urban Oasis.

Nicole Umemoto-Snyder


Nicole Umemoto-Snyder joined Redwood Empire Law and Mediation in January of 2021.


Nicole earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and went on to study at Empire College School of Law, where she earned her Masters in Legal Studies and Juris Doctorate with Cum Laude honors. While at Empire she also earned a Witkin Award of Academic Excellence in Community Property.


During law school, she interned at the Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services as a certified law clerk where she assisted families in obtaining and enforcing support orders.


Nicole is certified to practice law in the state of California and is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association.


In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and traveling.

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