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I have been practicing family law for 42 years. In that time, I have participated as counsel in thousands of cases. I still get a thrill out of helping clients to deal with what seems to be a 'mountain' of problems. This is accomplished by listening to the client and then proposing solutions to each problem. This reduces the 'mountain' to manageable hills. What is very challenging and most rewarding is helping people get through a difficult time in their lives.


1971-date Private practice, Family Law, James A. Hennenhoefer, A.P.C.

1981-date Expert Witness

1990-date Certified Mediator/Arbitrator

1975-date Judge (Pro Tem) Superior Court



American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Fellow

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation Life Member

American Academy of Matrimonial Arbitrators Association

American Academy of Matrimonial Mediators Association

American College of Family Trial Lawyers: Diplomate

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Executive Committee: California State Bar, Family Law Section

American Bar Association, Family Law Section

California Judicial Council: Family Law Advisor

Council of Section Chairs, State Bar of California



California State Bar Certified Specialist: Family Law

Certified Fellow American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Frequent Lecturer Family Law: CEB and AAML Southern California Institute

Frequent Lecturer on ESI, e-Discovery and Electronic Evidence

Certified Matrimonial Law Arbitrator - AAML

Certified Matrimonial Law Mediator - AAML

Graduate of the Georgetown Law Advanced ESI Program; ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ESI Program; and, the e-Discovery and Digital Evidence Conference and Symposium offered by the LawCLE Center


San Diego Magazine "Best Lawyers", (2005-to date)

San Diego Magazine "Super Lawyers", (2008-to date)

Worth Magazine "Top 100 Attorneys", (2005-to date)

Norby Judiciary Award, San Diego County: Attorney of the Year (1999)

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Family Law Person of the Year 1998

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Officer, Secretary (1997-1999), Vice President (1999-2005), 1st Vice-President (2006), President Elect (2007), President (2007-2008)

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chair Marketing/PR Committee (1991-1998)

Diplomate: American College of Family Trial Lawyers

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fdn. (1995-2005), Treasurer (1999-2002), President (2003- 2005)

Governor, USA, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1993-)

President Southern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1993)

Education Chair Family Law-California State Bar (1993)

Chair, Family Law Section, State Bar of California (1994-1995)

Chair, Council of Section Chairs, State Bar of California (1996-1997)

Chair: ABA Family Section: Marketing/PR (1993-1994)

Chair, San Diego County Bar Assoc., Certified Fam. Law Specialists (1977-1998)

Master: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Chptr American Inns of Court Fdn (1997-2002)

Family Law Advisor: Judicial Council

Expert Witness:  Family Law, California Superior Court



Commander, USNR (Retired 2001)


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    42 years
  2. Family: 25%
    42 years
  3. Mediation: 20%
    42 years
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 10%
    42 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Andy Cook

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim is one of the best when it comes to electronic discovery issues, but overall he's certified as a family law specialist and has been around a long time.


    Andy Cook Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James A. Hennenhoefer, A.P.C.

316 S Melrose Dr Ste 200
Vista, CA, 92081


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family Law since 1974State Bar of California2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2015
Best Lawyers in San DiegoSan Diego Magazine2015
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
Top 100 AttorneysWorth Magazine2012
Norby Judiciary Award-Attorney of the YearSan Diego County Bar Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJames A. Hennenhoefer, APC1972 - Present
CommanderUnited State Navy Reserves1960 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
E-Discovery Readiness & ResponsePartner2014 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaCouncil of Section Chairs1985 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember1980 - Present
American College of Family Trial LawyersMember1980 - Present
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember1980 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember1980 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaCertified Family Law Specialist1974 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
North County Lawyer MagazineESI: The Future is Now2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State UniversityN/ALaw1970
University of MissouriN/AUndergraduate1963
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ASU E-Discovery ProgramElectronic Discovery Information2013