If someone needs a family lawyer, he or she should definitely hire John Tannenberg. I hired him as a referral from the family law department at USD law school. They said he was one of the best attorneys in San Diego. They were right. John Tannenberg is the ideal lawyer because of his intelligence, dedication, knowledge of the law, ability to argue effectively, and his basic understanding of human nature. When discussing my case, John was always very quick to get to the heart of the matter. His mind works very fast. This helps me as a client because it means less billable hours due to his efficient use of time. This helped in the courtroom too because he could respond quickly with an effective counterargument against the opposing lawyer. He really knows people well -- including what a judge will likely think of a given argument or scenario. A good lawyer needs to do this in order to best make an argument that will work effectively in the courtroom. He is great at this. During our trial, he read the judge very well and knew when to press an issue and when to back off or leave something off the table. His arguments were well thought out and organized. It was easy for the judge to follow what he was doing because his points were laid out in an orderly and logical fashion. Throughout my trial, I could tell he was personally invested. He seemed to care about my well being and the outcome of the case. I was an emotional mess at times throughout the long drawn out case, yet he never judged and consistently offered support. He helped me get custody back with my 8 year old son and even helped me get 10,000 dollars in legal fees!
Posted by a Divorce client
John talks a good game but when it actually comes time to delivering, defending or representing you, he will let you down. His knowledge of the law is OK but when it comes to applying it to represent you, he falls short. He represented me 3 different times. Most recently over a year ago. He was supposed to defend against accusations by my ex dealing with a stipulation that John himself wrote several years ago. The stipulation was so poorly written that my ex was able to use the "holes" to try and get paid for something I had already paid her for. John was ill prepared for the hearing and did a poor job of representing me. He seemed much more interested in preserving his relationship with the opposing attorney and the judge thatn winning my case. I could have saved $20K and reprsented myself and had much better results. He is very expensive and overcharges. I can not recommend him for family law at all. He needs to retire and move on.
Posted by a Divorce client
I used him 20 years ago, but in retrospect, whatever calculation he used for child support, I really got the short end of the stick from my ex-husband. He also billed me for the extra time it took to correct his [paralegal's] errors and typos, then billed me for the cost of printing and mailing the corrections. I wrote a letter to him and his partners, explaining I was deducting my own time and expense from the final bill. I never heard back from any of them.