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Gregory Herring

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Santa Barbara, CA

Herring Law Group
559 San Ysidro Rd, Suite G
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone: 805-983-6452
Fax: 805-278-1679
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023
Licensed in California Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Through Herring Law Group, Greg serves clients in "the 805" and beyond as one of the State's pre-eminent family law attorneys. The State Bar of California certified Greg as a Family Law Specialist in 2004, after which he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2005 and of the International Academy of Family Lawyers in 2010. In 2018, he was awarded the Family Law Person of the Year honor by the Southern California Chapter of the AAML. He is the founder and Dean of the Chapter's annual Trial Basics Seminar. For his high ethical standards and list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible -- AV Preeminent* -- from Martindale-Hubbell.

Greg attended the University of California, Davis, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He gained his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating in 1989. He represents clients in all family law matters. Herring Law Group also promotes the novel concept of in-house divorce coaching.

With a unique (for family law lawyers) background of practicing in federal courts, Greg is admitted to the US District Court for the Central District of California, the US District Court for the Eastern District of California, and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Of course, he practices in all state courts of California -- and sometimes (on select cases) in other states, too.

Greg routinely speaks throughout the state on family law topics and publishes advanced family law articles. His articles and blogs are accessible through theherringlawgroup.com.

He is an active member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, and the bar associations of Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles Counties.

* 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
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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

Selections

17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

About Gregory Herring

First Admitted: 1989, California

Professional Webpage: https://theherringlawgroup.com/gregory-w-herring/

Representative Clients

  • Many recognizable representative clients from the worlds of sports, entertainment and business

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Dean of the AAML Southern California Chapter's 2023 Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Dean of the AAML Southern California Chapter's 2010 Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2010
  • Dean of the AAML Southern California Chapter's annual Trial Basics Seminar (2014-present)
  • Admitted: Fellow of the International Association of Family Lawyers, 2010
  • Admitted to practice by the State Bar of California, 1989
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, 1990
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1990
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court, for the Eastern District of California, 1997
  • Admitted to practice in the Second Judicial Circuit Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia (pro hac vice) , 2014
  • Admitted: Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (aaml.org): Dean of the Southern California Chapter's Trial Basics Seminar (2014-present); Chapter President (2013-2014); Dean of the Chapter's 2010 and 2023 Annual Institutes of Trial Advocacy; Member of the Chapter's Board of Directors (2009-2016) (2020-present), 2005

Educational Background

  • BA, Political Science, minor in History:  UC Davis (1986), 1986

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer, Los Angeles County Bar Association’s “Volunteers in Parole” program for troubled youth, 1992
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1997
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Ventura Family YMCA, 1997
  • Founder and Former Chair of the Ojai Valley Library Foundation (now "Friends and Foundation"), 1995
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Monica Ros School, 2016
  • Inductee, Paradise High School “Den of Fame's” inaugural class, 2017
  • Member of the Santa Barbara Club

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Specialist in Family Law, Certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California , 2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Deviation from Guideline Support: Extraordinary High Earners and the "Dick Wolf Exception", Pasadena Bar Association, 2010
  • Striving for Full Accountings: The Productive Use of Forensic Accountants in Family Law Cases, Presenter, Ventura County Bar Association, 2002
  • The Fundamentals of Family Law Practice, Co-presenter, with Peter A. Walzer, Esq., State Bar of California/Continuing Education of the Bar, 2006
  • Gift Giving/Transmutations, Co-presenter, AAML Southern California Chapter annual Retreat, 2007
  • Protecting the Appellate Record at Hearings and Trial, Moderator, with Justice Arthur Gilbert, AAML Southern California Chapter's annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2008
  • Child Custody Move-aways, Presenter, Ventura County Bar Association, 2010
  • How to Try a Family Law Case to Win the Appeal, Co-presenter, with Wendy C. Lascher, Esq., Pasadena Bar Association, 2012
  • Ditching the Dissomaster in High Earner Cases, Co-presenter, with the Hon. Thomas T. Lewis and Jack Zuckerman, CPA, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2010
  • Get Back to Work: A Guide to Effectively Using and Opposing Vocational Evaluations, Co-presenter, with The Hon. William Q. Liebmann and Ann Wallace, Ph.D., Ventura County Bar Association, 2011
  • AAML Southern California annual Chapter's Trial Basics Seminar, Dean and Presenter, 2019
  • Trust, but Securitize, Presenter, AAML Northern California's annual Symposium of Family Law, 2012
  • Deconstructing Real Property Appraisals, Presenter, AAML Southern California's annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2014
  • The Practical and Productive Use of Forensic Accountants, Co-presenter, with Jack Zuckerman, CPA, State Bar of California Family Law Section webinar, 2014
  • From the Eyes of Judges, Moderator, with the Hon. Lawrence Riff, the Hon. Margo Lewis Hoy and the Hon. Theresa Traber, AAML Southern California Chapter's annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2020
  • AAML Southern California annual Chapter's Trial Basics Seminar, Dean and Presenter, 2018
  • AAML Southern California annual Chapter's Trial Basics Seminar, Dean and Presenter, 2017
  • AAML Southern California annual Chapter's Trial Basics Seminar, Dean and Presenter, 2015
  • How to Present Statistics to Explain Your Case, Co-presenter, with Ronald S. Granberg, Esq. and Andrew L. Hunt, CPA, AAML Southern California Chapter's annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2019
  • Advise Your Clients Now About New Family Law Considerations under the 2018 Tax Law, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Various, 2018
  • What Every Attorney should Know about Newly Amended Family Code Section 721, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2002
  • Trust, but Securitize, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, 2020
  • The Forum Non Conveniens Defense in Family Law Litigation, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, ACFLS Family Law Specialist; various others, 2019
  • Through AB 2044, The Legislature Enhances Child Custody Protections in Cases Involving Domestic Violence, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Various, 2018
  • The State Bar Issues Welcome ESI/E-Discovery Guidelines, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Various, 2015
  • Ethical and other Issues Concerning Technology and Your Law Practice, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Various, 2018
  • Mediation Twenty Years Later: A Cautionary Story and Proposed Reforms, Co-author with Cassandra Glanville, Esq., www.theherringlawgroup.com, ACFLS Family Law Specialist; various others, 2017
  • "Disruptive Change" Needed Toward E-Discovery Competence, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Various, 2016
  • Personal Information, Privacy and Related Concerns, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2013
  • Marriage of Winternitz Reminds that Experts Require Active Handling, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2015
  • The Fair Treatment of "Out Spouses" in “Family Business" Buy-outs, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2014
  • Separated Under the Same Roof? Marriage of Davis Eases the Transition, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2014
  • When "Guideline" Child Support is Too Much: Extraordinary High Earners And "The Dick Wolf Exception", Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Family Law News, 2010
  • Can a California FLARPL be avoided by a Debtor in Bankruptcy?, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2011
  • In Elkins v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court Demands Due Process And Justice, Not Just Expediency, In The Family Law Courts, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2007
  • Who Gets the Baby? (The Family Business that is!), Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2010
  • The Perils of Serving as Mediation Counsel following Porter v. Wyner, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2010
  • Jamie McCourt, Meet Jill Friedman: Post-marital Agreements and the Dodger Divorce, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2009
  • Extortion - Free Attorneys’ Liens in Family Law Cases, Author (assisted by Bret G. Anderson, Esq.), www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2009
  • There Ought to be a Law… or Not (the legislative process and AB612 re: “Parental Alienation Syndrome”), Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2009
  • Elkins Redux, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Citations, 2009
  • AAML Southern California annual Chapter's Trial Basics Seminar, Dean and Presenter, 2016
  • Working with Expert Witnesses, Presenter, Santa Barbara County Paralegal Association MCLE Conference, 2015
  • What Words don't You Understand -- Fiduciary or Duty? In Amending Family Code Section 721, the Legislature Gives Unhappy Couples One More Thing to Fight About, Co-author with Peter Walzer, Esq., www.theherringlawgroup.com, Family Law News, 2002
  • Family Law Discovery Strategies, Co-presenter, with The Hon. Judge Reva Goetz (ret.), Southwestern Law School’s “Signing on the Dotted Line” MCLE seminar
  • Discovery including ESI/E-Discovery in Family Law, Presenter, Santa Barbara County Bench & Bar Conference, 2017
  • Confidential Information and the Ethics of Technology in the Law Office, Presenter, with Gordon Cruse, Esq. and Kenneth Raggio, Esq., AAML national webinar, 2014
  • Ethical and other Issues Concerning Technology and Your Law Practice, Presenter, Santa Barbara Paralegal Association, Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Transmutation Landmine: Marriage of Starkman's Questionable Application of the McDonald Test and Failure to Acknowledge the Possibility of "Estate Planning Transmutations" under Federal Tax Law, Author, www.theherringlawgroup.com, Family Law News, 2007

Honors/Awards

  • Leadership in Excellence Award, Casa Serena of Santa Barbara , 2019
  • Female Friendly Law Firm Award, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, 2019
  • Family Law Person of the Year, Southern California Chapter of the AAML, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Appeal: Marriage of Steed (2019-2020) (with Garrett C. Dailey, Esq.) Defense of post-trial Ruling/Counter-appeal concerning post-marital agreement (pending), 2020
  • Appeal: Griffin v. Griffin (with Vanessa Kirker Wright, Esq.) Successful defense of pendente lite custody ruling, 2016
  • Appeal: Wolf v. Wolf (with Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.) Financial information production issue re: “extraordinarily high earner” (Dick Wolf) for child support purposes, 2009
  • Appeal: Marriage of Richards (with Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.) Challenged interim support ruling, and related discovery and sanctions rulings, 2014
  • Appeal: Marriage of Baron (with Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.) Challenged post-trial spousal support and life insurance awards, 2013
  • Published appeal: Marriage of Hofer (2012) 208 Cal App.4th 454 (rev. den.)) (with Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.) Challenged the propriety of making discovery orders against third party entities through client and resulting fees award, 2012
  • Published appeal: Marriage of Starkman (2005) 129 Cal.App.4th 659, (rev. den.)) Post-trial transmutation issues, 2005
  • Appeal: Marriage of James re: Multiple post-trial issues, 2008
  • Appeal: Lisman v. Lisman re: Multiple pendente lite issues, 2008
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Office Location for Gregory Herring

559 San Ysidro Rd
Suite G
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Phone: 805-983-6452

Fax: 805-278-1679

Last Updated: 7/17/2022

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