Debra Vaniman Crawford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Monterey, CA

Crawford & Crawford
 | 380 Alvarado Street, Suite 202, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-264-8718
Fax: 831-372-4900
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Legal Aid/Pro Bono (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Debra Vaniman Crawford is a founding partner of Crawford & Crawford in Monterey, California. Certified as a family law specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and possessing more than 33 years of legal experience, Ms. Crawford devotes her practice primarily to family law and divorce, and she also handles estate planning and probate cases.

An experienced and highly effective mediator, Ms. Crawford strives to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements for their issues involving child custody and support, property division, alimony and other issues without the need for expensive and time-consuming court battles. However, she is also a tenacious litigator who will not hesitate to advocate strongly on behalf of her clients' rights and best interests in court when necessary.

In all cases, she is fully committed to helping her clients make the best-informed decisions about the matters that affect their cases and empowering them to take an active role in the proceedings. In addition, she has extensive experience assisting domestic abuse victims with obtaining the protections they need against their abusers as well as facilitating open communications between parties in cases where one party is being difficult and resistant to negotiations.

A 1980 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Crawford obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983. While in law school, she was active in a number of activities and organizations.

Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Crawford has written extensively about various family law topics, and she is the author of "Cal Divorce 123, Your Guide to California Divorce." She has also published articles for the Carmel Valley Newsletter, and she has conducted lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics.

Recognized for her impeccable professionalism and service, Ms. Crawford holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she has received top ratings on Avvo and other client and peer review sources.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Family Law
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Legal Aid/Pro Bono
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Estate Planning, Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2005

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About Debra Crawford

Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Twentieth Anniversary State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 20th Anniversary, Board Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 2013
  • Super Lawyer's Award
  • Top Contributor by Avvo for 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo's Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo's Superb rating of 10 out of 10
  • Rated as a Top Contributor by Avvo for 2014 for her on-line contributions
  •  Super Lawyer's Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Women's Legal Clinic

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1983

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Women's Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney and President of the Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Columnist, Carmel Valley Newsletter
  • Lectured, 'Move Away' custody cases and independent adoptions
  • Author of the newly revised Cal Divorce 123, Your Guide to California Divorce
  • Mediator panel of the innovative Mosten Mediation Centers

Educational Background:

  • UCLA, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1980
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Office Location for Debra Vaniman Crawford

380 Alvarado Street, Suite 202
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831-264-8718

Fax: 831-372-4900

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Last Updated: 11/2/2018

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