Trusted Top California Family Lawyers

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At long last we are starting to build out this listing of the Top California Family Law and Divorce Attorneys whom we know and/or have worked with or against, as our recommendations of those individuals and firms that can best help you in your home jurisdiction.

While we cannot guarantee you the results you may hope for in any given case, our goal is to give you a leg up in finding the most qualified legal and family law related help that best fits your needs. If you called us for a referral, these are the names we'd give you depending upon where your case is or may soon be pending. Likewise, I'd make the same recommendations to my own family members. This is not a paid for advertisement; nor can our opinions be bought. We will be adding more potential referrals throughout California regularly.

If you do contact any of these outstanding lawyers, please mention that we sent you!

Thurman W. Arnold III CFLS

January 31, 2015

Riverside County Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

Robert McCarty, Jr., CFLS, AAML
4046 Chestnut Street
Riverside, CA 92501



I have opposed Rob in an extremely high conflict custody case involving allegations of parental alienation filed in the Indio Family Court. He was honest, thorough, and tough.

Orange County Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

Justine A. Dell, CFLS, APC
30 Corporate Park, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92606



I have opposed Justine in a high conflict divorce involving spousal and child support issues, as well as tracings and 2640 reimbursements. The case was filed in the Santa Ana Family Court. She was polite, thorough, and professionally stubborn in all our interactions.


Lisa Dawn Sterling
2700 N. Main Street, Ste. 335
Santa Ana, CA 92705



I know Lisa as a dedicated reader of our Blog, who shares a similar philosophy as we strive to achieve, by attempting to de-escalate conflict in divorce and family law cases rather than pursuing insane aggression!

Los Angeles County Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

Marshall S. Zolla, CFLS, AAML and Deborah Elizabeth Zolla
2029 Century Park East, Suite 1020
Los Angeles, CA 90067



I have worked with both Marshall and Deborah on a complex paternity and child custody case originally filed in Indio, in which venue was successfully changed to Los Angeles County (the mother resides in Riverside County). They are terrific legal writers, and extremely articulate advocates in Family Court!


Leslie Ellen Shear, CFLS, IAML, and Julia Shear Kushner
16133 Ventura Blvd 7th Floor
Encino, CA 91436



While I've not worked with Leslie or Julia yet, Leslie is a family law scholar who is a major force in complex California divorce and family law, with a practice emphasis on high-conflict custody litigation. Julia joined Leslie in the practice in 2010 and is following in her mother's footsteps!

San Mateo County Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

H. Yvonne Seeley, CFLS

Seeley Family Law Practice
A Professional Corporation



Address: 411 Borel Ave., Suite 603
San Mateo, CA 94402


Kimberly A. Madigan, Esq.

Madigan & Lewis, LLP



Address: 3 Lagoon Drive, Suite 190
Redwood Shores, CA 94065

Testimonials & Endorsements

  • “When I first called this law office and set up my initial consultation with Michael Peterson for my pending divorce, I was impressed with how professional and straight-to-the-point he was. He asked ...”

    - Seth C.
  • “Michael Peterson has been helping me successfully get through a particularly high conflict divorce and custody battle for the past 5 years. I highly recommend his services especially through ...”

    - Nicole G.
  • “Michael Peterson handled this case professionally from mediation to the final orders. Over the 15 month process he helped me view things from a non-emotional stand point which made everything less ...”

    - Demetria R.
  • “Found Mr Arnold to be very level headed and very brave to take on my divorce. He acted very professionally all the way through. Worked very well for us. We used the collaborative process."”

    - Lee M.
  • “When my divorce went to trial, it became imperative for me to hire an attorney. I live in Georgia, so I had to do over the phone consultations. When I spoke with Mr. Arnold, it just "felt right" and I ...”

    - Michelle H.

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