Erin McGaughey

Top rated Family Law attorney in Redondo Beach, California

McGaughey & Spirito
Erin McGaughey
McGaughey & Spirito

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2003

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

McGaughey & Spirito

116 Avenue I
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Visit website


Attorney Erin McGaughey is a native of Los Angeles, California, and a partner at the law firm McGaughey & Spirito, located in Redondo Beach, California. She is a board-certified specialist in family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization – The State Bar of California. She represents the people of Los Angeles County, California, on family law cases involving matters from a spectrum of aspects/issues such as:

  • Child support
  • Divorce
  • Spousal support
  • Custody and visitation
  • Domestic violence

Apart from litigating complicated cases in court, Ms. McGaughey is also trained and experienced in collaborative law right from 2006. The combined conversance in both trial litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods gives her an added advantage in helping provide her clients with an array of options, in collaboration or through dissolution.

A 1997 graduate of Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara, Ms. McGaughey completed her Juris Doctor at the Loyola Law School – Loyola Marymount University in 2003. She obtained her license to practice in California in the same year, and is admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Ms. McGaughey has been able to showcase her skills in representing her clients and standing by them throughout their litigation journey and has also received several positive peer reviews through Martindale-Hubbell.

Apart from having served as a former president of the South Bay Bar Association, Ms. McGaughey has active affiliations with several reputed associations in the field of law. She is a member of the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She also has active memberships in the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association and the organization – A Better Divorce.

Furthermore, Ms. McGaughey actively participates in speaking engagements across the state, where she takes the opportunity to impart her knowledge on relevant topics related to her field of practice. Her articles have also been featured in prestigious dailies and law journals such as the Daily Journal.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2003, California

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Featured in Palos Verdes Peninsula News article, “Attorneys to honor mediator“, February 3, 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section’s Executive Committee, Member
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
  • South Bay Bar Association, Past President
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • President, South Bay Bar Association, 2016
  • California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2003
  • South Bay Bar Association, Vice President
  • Included in Super Lawyers' annual List of Top 50 Women Southern California attorneys, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 - Present
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2017 to Present
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011 - 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker at continuing legal education lecture, "No Fault Divorce in California," September 12, 2022
  • Featured in Palos Verdes Peninsula News article, “Attorneys to honor mediator“, February 3, 2016
  • Featured Speaker at St. John Fisher Career Day Event, May 17, 2018
  • Presenter of Collaborative divorce principles to Financial Planning Association of Los Angeles, June 2018
  • Quoted in Daily Journal regarding family law judicial officer, July 16, 2018
  • Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s event, “Bridging the Gap,” an all day seminar to assist young lawyers transition from law student to legal professional, March 30, 2019 and April 7, 2018
  • Panelist at Collaborative Practice California Celebration XIV “It’s Been 50 Years of No-Fault Divorce in California. No Fault? Really? Managing Client Expectations When They are Not Acknowledged by California Law” April 27, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • A Better Divorce
Educational Background:
  • University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. in Psychology, 1997
  • Education Abroad Program at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 1995

Office location for Erin McGaughey

116 Avenue I
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Phone: 310-905-6506


8 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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Top 50: Women Southern California Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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