Jenny E. Bain


Lawyer, Sacramento Native, Social Services Volunteer, Psych Major, Craft Cocktailer, Gaucho, Concert Goer, Cat Lady, Tennis Anyone?


Family law is personal. You really get a chance to know a person, and impact the aspects of their lives that are most important to them. I sincerely enjoy working with people, and love the humanistic nature of this field.


I find that the best attorney-client relationships are the ones where we both feel free to be ourselves around each other. This requires being open and honest about our expectations and who we are. In this area of law, when I am helping people through some of the most difficult times of their lives, I have to be someone that my clients see comfort and trust in. Building that relationship is very important to me.

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Attorney Jenny E. Bain has an extensive background working with the emotional and psychological aspects of family law cases. Her legal practice is exclusively focused on divorce and domestic relations issues – a niche she cemented in law school as research clerk for local family law judges and contributor to the One Day Divorce Clinic in Sacramento County, among other activities. In 2016, Jenny was selected to the “Rising Stars” list by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.

Jenny is adept at navigating both the family law court system and the juvenile dependency court system, including appellate-level matters. Her sensitivity to families experiencing significant life change is a characteristic her clients appreciate. Jenny approaches her cases with an eye on settlement, as contentious litigation can often be counter-productive and stressful on a family. When a court trial becomes the best option, Jenny brings to bear significant trial experience, including an 8-day intensive trial advocacy program at the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas.

Whether in court or in negotiations, Jenny demonstrates a unique ability among divorce lawyers to build functional and collaborative relationships with opposing counsel. Her clients can also benefit from her penchant for mediation and desire to foster transparency as a driver of resolution. Jenny is highly responsive and prefers to be “hands on” with her clients.

Jenny’s general family law experience includes:

  • Marriage dissolution/divorce, legal separation, and nullity proceedings
  • Local, interstate and international child custody disputes
  • Establishment and modification of guideline child support and spousal support orders
  • Complex business valuation issues
  • Property characterization and valuation, including reimbursement issues
  • Obtaining and defending against Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Adoptions, guardianships, and termination of parental rights

Prior to joining Forester Purcell Stowell, Jenny served as Family Law Associate, Law Office of Cecil & Cianci; Legal Intern, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Legal Intern, Dependency Associates of Sacramento; Legal Intern, California Attorney General’s Office; and Legal Intern, William Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse, Sacramento County.

A Sacramento native, Jenny enjoys living and playing in midtown. In addition to her work in the family law field, Jenny serves on the Board of Directors for Strategies for Change, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization providing substance abuse treatment and mental health, co-occurring and support services for adults, youth and families. She also volunteers as a committee member for WEAVE’s Legal Services Department. She is an avid tennis player and frequents weekend music venues throughout the region.

  • Successfully helped Mother relocate to Finland with her two children to escape abusive relationship/environment.
  • Helped client secure custody of his daughter after discovering she was the victim of sexual abuse in Mother’s household.
  • Use of advanced discovery techniques and forensic accountants to uncover significant hidden community assets by client’s spouse.
  • Represented indigent parents in dependency court who have had their children removed by Child Protective Services; aided in the process of reunification.
  • Experience in cross-jurisdictional cases under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (jurisdictional fights between states)
  • Successfully terminated the parental rights of several parents to free the children for adoption to create permanency within families
  • Successfully gained full custody for grandparents of their grandchildren on ex parte bases and also at the trial level.
  • Successfully represented Mother in preventing her child-molesting ex-husband from gaining visitation rights in federal prison in Minnesota
  • Converted a Colorado guardianship into an adoption in California after successfully terminating parental rights of parents in Colorado jails.
  • Represent clients in post-judgment modification and/or termination of spousal support.
  • Successfully brought and defended Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders.
  • Worked with criminal defense co-counsel in order to successfully defend against a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in Family Court when DVRO involved possible criminal implications for client.
  • Successfully represented father after mother absconded to another state with their daughter, resulting in the return of his daughter and an order that he receive full custody.
  • Handled numerous complex separate property tracings, working with forensic experts to prepare for settlement and trial.
  • Succeeded in representing numerous clients in their request to relocate with their children.
  • Handled all aspects of several dissolutions of Registered Domestic Partnerships.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, with Distinction, 2012
  • Capital Certificate in Public Law and Policy, with emphasis in Patent Law and Juvenile Law
  • Recipient of the Prestigious Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Patent Law
  • Recipient of the McGeorge Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
  • Dean’s Honors List
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • Executive Director of the Public Legal Services Society
  • Certified law student, McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Clinic

University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2009

Strategies for Change

  • Board of Directors (2013 – Present)
  • Developed Family Law Education Curriculum, a course statutorily required for all employees at the non-profit working in the family court system.


  • Committee Member, Legal Services Department (2013 – Present)
  • Assist in representing several WEAVE clients on pro bono basis in Domestic Violence Restraining Order cases

McGeorge School of Law

  • Executive Director, Public Legal Services Society (2011 – 2012)
  • Pacific McGeorge Alumni Mentor Network

  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2016 (eligible candidates are 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less)

  • State Bar of California – Family Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Placer County Bar Association; Member of Family Law Section Subcommittee on Local Rules

  • State Bar of California