Terry McNiff

Terry McNiff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Oceanside, CA

Law Office of Terry McNiff
 | 3112 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057
Phone: 760-805-8081
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Because too many make bad divorce decisions -- decisions they learn to regret, painfully -- Mr. McNiff created the unique decision-making guide "Picture Your Divorce to See the Right Decisions". 

"Picture Your Divorce" has been honored by many:

     2013 Global Ebook® Awards Bronze Medal Winner

Featured on FOX LA Midday Sunday with Emmy Winner Tony Valdez July 13, 2014

Noted in 1994 visual law wave by 400,000 member American Bar Association Journal

International Conference on Multisensory Law 2014, January 27 & 28, University of Zurich, Switzerland

     2011 National Indie Excellence® Book Award Finalist for Divorce

     USA Book News® Best Books of 2011 Award Finalist for Parenting/Family: Divorce

"Picture Your Divorce", Attorney Selector Scorecard, Spreadsheets, other Divorce aids, & free downloads explaining the need for picturing your divorce to make better decisions are available @ http//pictureyourdivorce.com. 

To show divorcing people why and how to get the help they need, Mr. McNiff produces free instructional, informational videos. 

Free Videos available at the Picture Your Divorce channel on YouTube® [http://www.youtube.com/PictureYourDivorce/videos] include:

"Why Picture Your Divorce?"

plus

  1. "How Parents See Not to Fight"
  2. "Friends See How to Avoid a Bad Divorce"
  3. "Family Sees How to Avoid a Bad Divorce"
  4. "Attorneys See How to Avoid a Bad Divorce"
  5. "Why Many Can’t Decide Right"
  6. "How to See The Right Decisions"

White Papers

  • From 1996 to 2017, Mr. McNiff authored or co-authored the following reference books articles, chapters, or educational materials for Bar educational programs: "Analysis of Financial Considerations", "Custody Trial Preparation & Presentation", "Ethics in Family Law", "Recent Developments in Family Law", "Support and the Self-Employed Individual", "Maximizing Support Results", "Marvin Claims", "New Challenges and Options for Family Lawyers and their Clients", "Family Law Techniques and Trial Tips".

  • About Terry McNiff

    Admitted: 1983, California

    Professional Webpage: http://mcnifflaw.com/about_us

    Honors and Awards:

    • Sole U.S. Lawyer Speaker at International Conference on Multisensory Law 2014, January 27 & 28, University of Zurich, Switzerland.  Dr. Colette R. Brunschwig of the University of Zurich Legal Visualization Unit, pioneer in Visual Law and Multisensory Law, invited Mr. McNiff to present to international lawyers and designers his award-winning visual guide, "Picture Your Divorce".
    • Appointed by Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Chair to Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Family Law Policy.
    • Chair, North San Diego County Bar Association Certified Family Law Specialists, 2011-2012 Chair-Elect 2009-2010
    • Author of "Family Law Techniques & Trial Tips" for "Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section Reference Book" annually since 1996
    • Certified as Family Law Specialist by California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1994
    • "USA Book News Best Books of 2011 Award Finalist for Parenting/Family: Divorce"
    • "National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Divorce, 2011"
    • "2013 Global Ebook Awards Bronze Medal Winner for Relationships/Sexuality."

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Mr. McNiff as a Specialist in Family Law since 1994.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • To show lawyers how best to serve divorcing people, Mr. McNiff has donated countless hours to write and update the Los Angeles County Bar Reference Book chapter "Family Law Tips & Techniques" every year since 1996.  Mr. McNiff presented educational programs throughout California for many years for various organizations, including the California State Bar each year from 1995 to 2005, local bar associations, AAML and NBI.  Mr. McNiff also served as a Judge Pro Tem and as an Arbitrator for 10 years ending in 2004.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • To show lawyers how best to serve divorcing people, Mr. McNiff has donated countless hours to write and update the Los Angeles County Bar Reference Book chapter "Family Law Tips & Techniques" every year since 1996.  He previously presented educational programs throughout California for many years for various  Bar Associations, including the California State Bar each year from 1995 to 2005, and in 2007, local bar associations, AAML and NBI.  Mr. McNiff served as Chair of the State Bar of California Family Law Section Support South Committee, 1995-1997.  Mr. McNiff also served as a Judge Pro Tem and as an Arbitrator for 10 years ending in 2004.

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • "Family Law Techniques and Trial Tips", Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Symposium Reference Book, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • Mr. McNiff authored or co-authored the following articles, chapters, or educational materials for Bar educational programs: "Analysis of Financial Considerations", "Custody Trial Preparation & Presentation", "Ethics in Family Law",  "Recent Developments in Family Law", "Support and the Self-Employed Individual", "Maximizing Support Results", and "Marvin Claims".
    • "New Challenges and Options for Family Lawyers and their Clients", Inside the Minds:  Strategies for Family Law in California, 2013 ed. (Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business)

    Representative Clients:

    • Mr. McNiff's clients include accomplished people in the entertainment industry, successful business owners and professionals, and other people with the financial means to afford the best legal representation in divorce, cohabitation, Marvin claims.  Mr. McNiff is not at liberty to disclose client's names because the professional rules in California require attorneys to preserve the secrets of the client at every peril to the lawyer.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Mr. McNiff recently created the Triple National Award finalist decison-making guide "Picture Your Divorce" to help people make better decisions before, during and after divorce.

    Video:

    Educational Background:

    • UCLA Law School, J.D., 1983.

    Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association (1984-)
  • Certified Family Law Specialist California State Bar Board Of Legal Specialization (1994-)
  • Los Angeles And San Diego County Bar Associations
  • North County Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Office Location for Terry McNiff

    3112 Guajome Lake Road
    Oceanside, CA 92057

     

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    Last Updated: 6/7/2017

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