Tülin D. Açıkalın is one of three founding partners of ADZ Law, LLP. Ms. Açıkalın uses her keen legal acumen and complex litigation experience to help families in crisis achieve safety, economic stability, dissolve their intimate relationships, and to seek justice for victims of crime. Ms. Açıkalın is skilled in negotiation, pre-trial discovery, motion practice, trials, and appeals.
Prior to launching ADZ Law, LLP, Ms. Açıkalın was a managing attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, the largest poverty law firm in the Bay Area. Ms. Açıkalın used her Spanish language skills to represent low-income immigrant survivors of domestic violence in their complex high-risk legal cases in family law, international child custody law, immigration law, housing law, and public benefits law matters. Prior to her nonprofit legal work, Ms. Açıkalın was an associate attorney at Latham & Watkins and Gordon & Reese, where she gained experience in the areas of business litigation, securities fraud litigation, health care fraud litigation, and international child custody litigation.
Ms. Açıkalın is a member of the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council and its Legal Process Committee, San Mateo County Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and its Information Sharing Committee, and San Mateo County Bar Association. She was also on the Judicial Council of California's Elkins Family Law Task Force. She is also a graduate of Leadership San Francisco.
Ms. Açıkalın has volunteered with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Exhale, political campaigns, and the San Francisco animal shelter. Ms. Açıkalın has served as faculty for Practising Law Institute, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Legal Aid Association of California and other organizations educating lawyers, courts, county agencies, and nonprofits on a variety of issues including, LGBT cultural competency, immigration issues for family law practitioners, domestic violence restraining orders for same-sex couples, and navigating international child custody cases. She has also testified before state legislative committee hearings on a range of topics.
Ms. Açıkalın graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2000. During law school, Ms. Açıkalın was a member of the Tulane Law Review and served as Associate Editor. Ms. Açıkalın received her Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 1994.
Ms. Açıkalın grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana where, prior to her legal career, she worked for New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial as part of the Gumbo Coalition in the City of New Orleans’ Office of Economic Development.