Richard M. Renkin

Top rated Family Law attorney in Encinitas, California

Renkin + Yip
Richard M. Renkin
Renkin + Yip

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1987

Education: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2023

Renkin + Yip

320 Encinitas Blvd
Ste B
Encinitas, CA 92024 Visit website


Richard M. Renkin, Esq., CFLS, the founder of the Law Office of Renkin & Associates, focuses his practice exclusively on family law matters. With offices in Encinitas and San Diego, he is a specialist in family law certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California. Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys and judges, Mr. Renkin has received an AV Preeminent* Judicial Edition rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

A large part of Mr. Renkin's practice involves the representation of business owners, professionals, and other high net worth clients throughout San Diego County whose marriages are coming to an end and who are grappling with such divorce-related issues as the division of complex assets and debts, child custody and visitation, and spousal and child support. While he is a forceful courtroom advocate, he often helps his clients seek resolutions to some of these matters through mediation and negotiations. Another sensitive family law issue includes assisting victims of domestic violence who are petitioning the court for protective orders. He also handles cases involving fathers' and grandparents' rights, domestic partnerships, international child abductions, and annulments.  He regularly prepares and reviews pre-marital and post-marital agreements.

Majoring in political science, Mr. Renkin attended the State University of New York at Oswego and received a Bachelor of Science in 1981. His legal education came at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, which awarded him his Juris Doctor in 1987. Mr. Renkin formed his firm in 1991.  He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California. He is a member and past president of the San Diego County Family Law Bar Association.

*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

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1987, California

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Educational Background:
  • State University of New York, B.A., 1982
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Umpire, San Carlos Little League, 2001 - 2005
  • Member, ProVisors, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, San Diego Downtown Host Lions Club, Present
  • Fundraising for Hannah's House and Kids' Turn
  • Past President, San Diego Referral Exchange, 1994 - 2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, Congregation Beth Israel, 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Board of Directors, San Diego Referral Exchange, 1994-2005
  • President, San Diego Downtown Host Lions Club, 2010 - 2011
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kid's Turn, 2010 - 2013
  • Umpire in Chief, San Carlos Little League, 2004-2005
  • President, Congregation Beth Israel Men's Club, 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Nice Guys, San Diego, 2011 - 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, Community Property, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2011
  • Richard M. Renkin, Esq., CFLS, and Michael Del Vecchio of UBS discuss financial ways to survive your divorce., Tips for Surviving a Divorce , 2021
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Since 2005, Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Specialization, 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Family Law Section, State Bar of California, December, 1987-present, 2022
  • Since 1996, Volunteer Settlement Conference Judge for San Diego County Superior Court, Family Law Division, , 2022
  • President, Family Law, San Diego Bar Association, 2014, 2014
  • Member, Family Law Section, Executive Committee, FLEXCOM, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, December 1987
  • Member, San Diego Subcommittee, FLEXCOM, 2015
  • Member, Executive Board, Certified Family Law Specialists Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Past President, San Diego Family Law Bar Association, 2015
  • Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area., Best Lawyers USA, Best Lawyers USA, 2023
  • Since 2016, AV Preeminent Judicial Award, Martindale Hubbell, Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Judicial Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2023
  • Man of the Year, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2014
Industry Groups:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order
  • Family Law
  • Marvin Action
  • Restraining Order
  • Spousal Support

Office location for Richard M. Renkin

320 Encinitas Blvd
Ste B
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 619-272-6423


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2023

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