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Gordon Dale Cruse

About me

I am in my 32nd year of practice. I work in Family Law, divorce matters, and electronic discovery matters. I serve as litigation counsel (traditional lawyers role), as a mediator of Family Law and divorce matters for couples in a Family Law and divorce case and as a privately compensated temporary judge where I am the judicial officer making the decisions in the case. I am an expert in e-discovery and serve as a consultant in cases involving electronic discovery.


I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. I am listed in Best Lawyers in America in both Family Law and Family Law Mediation. I am the 2015 Family Law Lawyer of the Year for San Diego County as named by Best Lawyers in America. I have a Super Lawyers designation. I am a Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law. My certification comes from the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. I am listed in the Register of Preeminent Lawyers and my Martindale Hubbell rating is AV, their highest rating.


My office staff consists of one associate attorney, a paralegal and a file clerk.




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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 100%
    32 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Hourly ($525/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Allan Hennenhoefer

    This is the best family lawyer in San Diego. Superb litigator if needed. His focus is settlement and minimizing needless cost. Completely trustworthy in every aspect of his practice.


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Contact info

Gordon D. Cruse, APLC

402 W. Broadway
Suite 1210
San Diego, CA, 92101-8508


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Norby AwardSan Diego Family Court Judges1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Gordon D. Cruse1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersN/A2006 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersN/A2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of BurtzloffEstate divided child custody to my client.
Marriage of ZlotnickChild Custody order for my client
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Publication nameTitleDate
California State Bar Family Law NewsTechnology in the Law Office, the Battleground of Efficiency vs Ethics2014
San Diego MagazineThe Landscape of Family Law2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of California - San DiegoPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ASU Arkfeld E-discovery ConferenceE-discovery on a Budget2016
CLE Firm UpdateE-discovery, The Basics2015
Baltimore Chapter of the AAMLE-Discovery & Ethics2015
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersTechnology Tips for Lawyers2015
UCSD Extension ProgramTechnology & Ethics in the Law Office2014
Oregon Family Law ConferenceE-Discovery in Family Law2014
For Your Eyes OnlyTechnology and Ethics2014
ASU/Arkfeld Advanced E-Discovery InstituteE-Discovery In the Small Law Firm2014
Kansas Annual Family Law InstituteESI & E-Discovery In Family Law2013
ASU/Arkfeld E-Discovery InstituteE-Discovery in Family Law2013
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersE-Discovery & Ethics2013
Advanced Family Law InstituteE-Discovery In Family Law2013
Family Law College of Trial AdvocacyESI at Trial2012
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsElectronic Discovery in Family Law2012
AICPA 2010 Educational InstituteElectronic Discovery2010
2009 Family Law ConferenceGetting the Goods, Feldman Motions, E-Discovery, Disclosure Requirements2009
AICPA 2007 Educational InstituteFamily Law Workshop for Accountants2007