Terry McNiff

Terry McNiff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Diego, CA

Law Office of Terry McNiff
 | 701 Kettner Blvd, #10
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 760-805-8081
Fax: None
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2021
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,award-winning decision-making guide "Picture Your Divorce to See the Right Decisions". 

    "Picture Your Divorce" has been honored by many:

         2020 The Power of Visuals to Open Minds for Difficult Conversations Materials and Visual Diagrams Screen-show for Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-California AFCC-CA Annual Conference

         2013 Global Ebook® Awards Bronze Medal Winner

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

    Noted in 2014 "Visual law services are worth a thousand words—and big money", by 400,000 member American Bar Association Journal

    International Conference on Multi-sensory 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

  • "Family Law Techniques & Trial Tips" for "Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section Reference Book" annually 1996-2019 (2019) - From 1996 to 2019, 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".

  • Certificates and Credentials

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

    About Terry McNiff

    Admitted: 1983, California

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

    Honors/Awards:

    • Certified as Family Law Specialist by California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1994, Certified as Family Law Specialist by California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1994, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, 2020
    • Author of "Family Law Techniques & Trial Tips" for "Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section Reference Book" annually 1996-2019, Author of "Family Law Techniques & Trial Tips" for "Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section Reference Book" annually 1996-2019, "Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section Reference Book" annually 1996-2019, 2019
    • 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"., International Conference on Multisensory Law, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2014
    • "2013 Global Ebook Awards Bronze Medal Winner for Relationships/Sexuality", "2013 Global Ebook Awards Bronze Medal Winner for Relationships/Sexuality", "2013 Global Ebook Awards", 2013
    • "USA Book News Best Books of 2011 Award Finalist for Parenting/Family: Divorce", "USA Book News Best Books of 2011 Award Finalist for Parenting/Family: Divorce", "USA Book News Best Books of 2011", 2011
    • "National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Divorce, 2011", "National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Divorce, 2011", "National Indie Excellence Award", 2011
    • Chair, North San Diego County Bar Association Certified Family Law Specialists, 2011-2012 Chair-Elect 2009-2010
    • Appointed by Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Chair to Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Family Law Policy.

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Mr. McNiff as a Specialist in Family Law since 1994., 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • To show lawyers how best to serve divorcing people, Mr. McNiff has donated countless hours to research, write and update the Los Angeles County Bar Reference Book chapter "Family Law Tips & Techniques" every year 1996-2020.  The Los Angeles County Bar is one of the largest local voluntary Bars, with over 15,000 members.  Mr. McNiff presented educational programs throughout California for many years for various organizations, including the California State Bar each year in 2020, The Power of Visuals to Open Minds for Difficult Conversations Materials and Visual Diagrams Screenshow for Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-California AFCC-CA Annual Conference, and from 1995 to 2007, 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., 2020

    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 1996-2019.  The Los Angeles County Bar is one of the largest local voluntary Bars, with over 15,000 members.  He previously presented educational programs throughout California for many years for various  Bar Associations, including The Power of Visuals to Open Minds for Difficult Conversations Materials and Visual Diagrams Screenshow presentation for Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-California AFCC-CA Annual Conference, 2020, 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., 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The Power of Visuals to Open Minds for Difficult Conversations Materials and Visual Diagrams Screenshow for Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-California AFCC-CA Annual Conference, The Power Of Difficult Conversations: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creating Connection, Compassion and Calm in Family Law , San Francisco, CA, February 7-9, 2020., Co-Author, The Power of Visuals to Open Minds for Difficult Conversations Materials and Visual Diagrams Screenshow, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-California AFCC-CA Annual Conference, 2020
    • Picture Your Divorce Decisions A to Z shows every key decision every divorcing person needs to understand and make to succeed., Author, Picture Your Divorce Decisions A to Z, Amazon.com, 2012
    • "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, 2018, 2019, Author, "Family Law Techniques and Trial Tips", Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Symposium Reference Book, 2019
    • "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), Author, "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), 2013
    • 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"., Co-Author, Ethics in Family Law, California State Bar Family Law Section, 2007

    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 created the Triple National Award finalist decison-making guide "Picture Your Divorce" to help people make better decisions before, during and after divorce., 2010

    Videos:

    • Why Picture Your Divorce?  To see how to choose wisely.  To avoid a bad divorce., Why Picture Your Divorce, 2014
    • Too many parents fight over their children, treating their kids as the ammunition and the prize. Fighting over children creates pain, usually with no realistic chance of gain.  A lose-lose-lose proposition., How Parents See Not to Fight Over Children, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • UCLA Law School, J.D., 1983., 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
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    Office Location for Terry McNiff

    701 Kettner Blvd
    #10
    San Diego, CA 92101

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    Last Updated: 10/20/2020

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