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Tristan Tegroen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Thousand Oaks, CA

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Tristan

Learn Tristan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Alimony
    20%

    27 years, 500 cases

  3. Child custody
    20%

    27 years, 500 cases

  4. Mediation
    15%
    Mediation of all family law disputes.

    27 years, 50 cases

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

Our practice takes family law cases, including surrogacy, dissolutions, parentage, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, domestic violence, and guardianship cases in Ventura County and Chatsworth.

Admitted to the California Bar in December 1996, I started as a solo practitioner in Westlake Village. Later, I began enjoying work on key areas of dissolution, custody, parentage plus cohabitation issues, prenuptial contracts, surrogacy, adoptions and division of retirement plans. I moved to the office I have now in Thousand Oaks (Newbury Park) in 2005.

I was raised by divorced parents and have been my own client in a divorce case. I realize why clients become depressed and arrive at the court with devotional books and best friends. I share my children with my former wife on a weekly rotational basis.

Fighting in court (litigation) is not necessary, although I do litigation (this is often unavoidable, especially in custody cases). Lawyers are also able to provide 'limited scope' services.  In recent years I have built a considerable practice doing mediation and keeping clients out of the courthouse.

New clients are entitled to a free initial consultation. We accept credit cards. Virtually every family lawyer asks for an advance payment, commonly (and incorrectly) called a 'retainer.' I like, virtually all family lawyers charge hourly, although, on rare occasions, I have charged a flat rate for a case. My hourly rate is $300.

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TRISTAN TEGROEN LAW
1000 Newbury Road, Suite 295
Thousand Oaks, CA, 91320-6446

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Posted by Terry | June 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fearless and Does an Excellent Job - Highly Recommend
This review is highly overdue. In 2011, Tristan agreed to represent me in my divorce, when other Ventura County attorneys shied away because of who my husband was. Tristan didn’t charge me an arm and a leg. He got me an excellent order for spousal support which enabled me to pay for attorney fees, and he represented me for around 19 months until my divorce was finalized. Tristan is known and respected in the Ventura County Superior Courthouse. It is now 2023. Because Tristan secured my portion of pensions (and I am now collecting Social Security) I can actually pay for my living expenses. Not everyone can say that at retirement age. Thank you, Tristan! Thank you for looking after matters and getting me through my divorce, so that I can be where I am today. I would highly recommend you to anyone in their search for an attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Lawyer
Tristan teGroen is a fabulous, extraordinarily experienced, ethical, well-respected, meticulous, quick, wicked-smart, Mensa-type, 100% on-top-of-it lawyer and as a bonus, a wonderfully clever, creative, compassionate and honestly most caring individual I have ever met. He goes over and beyond to take care of your case - frequently working the weekend/late nights to keep a hot issue at bay. If you are FORTUNATE enough to have Tristan in your corner - which is most likely a truly difficult time in your life - you are VERY lucky. An unexpected divorce or legal matter can be an emotional and financial train-wreck, and could change/will change your life. Having Tristan in my corner gave me the ability and strength to forge my way though this dark forest - truly territory uncharted. My case was very simple, and a matter of writing a settlement - until - it was not, when my X hired a "Ready for Trial" go-for-broke aggressive lawyer. Tristan approached this aggressive adversarial attitude with a smart, meticulous, professional, monk-like calmness and a "We-got-this-don't-worry" strength with his ever cool head. To someone like myself, who is not familiar with the legal system/processes, these things are unbelieveably frightening, shocking, scary and soul-devastating. This is a time to hire someone you fully trust - your future life counts on it. Tristan will have your back and keep the emotions and interactions calm and cool despite the heat he is dealt (extraordinarily rude and unnecessary aggressive assaults/demands from opposing counsel) - which ultimately creates a better outcome. A real gem, a diamond under pressure, I cannot recommend Tristan enough.
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Response from Tristan Tegroen March 19, 2020
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Posted by ToNya | September 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY
Well what can I say, Tristan has been my attorney for over 10 years and he has NEVER let me down!!! He is an OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY and I will continue to be faithful to Tristan if I ever needed his help in another court case. I have always had 100% faith in Tristan as he represented me in my court case!!! Tristan continues to grow as an Attorney more and more and always seems to AMAZE me!!! Tristan is not only a GREAT Attorney but he is also VERY RESPECTED by other fellow attorneys for his very positive attitude, outstanding work and for being such a very humble and trusted person. YOU will never find another Attorney like Tristan he is like NO OTHER, he truly treats you as a person and cares about your well-being throughout the entire case and always makes sure that you are comfortable and your questions are all answered. I TRULY BELIEVE IN and RESPECT Tristan Tegroen, he is truly the most Unique and good-hearted person I have ever met!!!! Please don't even waste your time nor money on any other attorney, Tristan is the One for anyone going through a Family Law Case!!! I want to take this time now to personally THANK Tristan for all his hard work and dedication on both my cases over the years!!! I could of never did this or had the strength to get through this recent case that you had my back on 1000%!!! God bless you Tristan and Keep up your OUTSTANDING Work!!! You are TRULY THE BEST !!!!
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Posted by Rebecca | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tristan
Tristan teGroen has been my attorney for over ten years. In my experience he has been professional, thorough, thoughtful, methodical and kind. He is unlike other attorneys in that he has taken time to listen to me. He has never ‘gouged’ me for money as other attorneys have. He has never spoken down to me as other attorneys have. He has never expected him to do his work for him as other attorneys have. I have referred more than one client to him over the years and have only heard good things about their interactions with him and his staff. His staff, which also consists of his adorable mother, is a pleasure to work with when Tristan is not around. I will continue to refer other clients to him whenever the opportunity arises. Sincerely, Rebecca
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
I have spoken to many lawyers throughout my custody case, and even hired/fired several for incompetency. I had a consultation with Tristan and would hire him should I need to in the future, as I am now in the tail end of my case after the judgement has already been ruled on. He was very patient, knowledgeable of the questions I posed and didn't play games dodging answers just because he's not hired as some lawyers I've experienced do. I feel confident recommending him for custody issues which is what my questions were about during the Avvo paid consultation I had with him and would select him to ask a question to if you also choose to do the paid calls or are looking for a lawyer to hire.
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Posted by Kim | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Love him
Tristan is an amazing lawyer! He always responds immediately and is very professional. I couldn't have gone through this ugly process without him. He's been practicing family law for 21 years and I HIGHLY recommend him.
Posted by Kelli | April 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer, Great Person
I was referred to Tristan 8 years ago and I've never been sorry. He's handled a long distance divorce, and an ex-spouse who threatened different actions over the years. Throughout, he's been calm and thorough. The best part is that my X likes him every bit as much as I do, trusting him to give the right responses and to settle any issues!
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Posted by Marty | April 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effeciency with morals
Unfortunately Tristan was not my first family law attorney. I wished he was. He is knowledgeable, fair and reasonably priced. His primary focus is doing the right thing. One of the few attorneys I have met that has morals and standards.
Posted by Kristie | September 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate & Excellent Attorney
Tristan Tegroen is a truly wonderful human as well as an excellent attorney. He was very compassionate during a difficult time in my life, through a very complicated and very bitter custody battle. Over the years, I have referred several clients to Tristan, all of whom were very, very pleased with his services. I would, without any hesitation, recommend Tristan. He will listen to you with his whole heart, and fight for you. I am forever thankful to Tristan.
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Posted by Andrea | July 10, 2015
Excellent Family Lawyer
I was referred to Tristan by a friend. He went above and beyond for me. He was always quick to respond and looked out for the best interests of myself and my daughters. I will always be grateful to Tristan for his professional and knowledgeable approach to my case during a very difficult time in my life. I would happily refer him to anyone!
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Posted by Terry | July 3, 2015
Excellent Attorney!
As a retired attorney myself, I think I know a good lawyer when I work with one. Tristan is an outstanding lawyer. He not only knows the law and the court system, but he also understands people and takes his clients' best interests to heart. He is trustworthy, honest, hard working, and insightful. He did an excellent job representing my daughter in her divorce/custody case, which became very complicated and unpleasant. Tristan is a good lawyer and a good person. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2013
Review for Tristan Tegroen
I would highly recommend Tristan Tegroen and his law firm for any legal matters you may have. Tristan is one of the finest human being's and attorney's I have ever met. He has an incredible work ethic and will be your biggest advocate for your cause. Thank you for all you have done for so many people who needed excellent representation and much appreciation also for all your help with my case.
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Posted by Stefanie | March 29, 2011
devoted client
I just found this website after referring Tristan Tegroen to a friend. I initially went online to look up Tegroen's address and phone number, but would like to leave a review here on behalf of a great attorney as a way to thank him for everything he's done so far. Before I hired Tristan Tegroen, I had gone to another attorney for consultation with about 30 years of experience but was put off by the visit. Something just didn't feel right there. The attorney I intitially contacted seemed too cut-throat, with priorities that were not quite humane to the nature of the case. I was then referred to Tristan Tegroen eight years ago by a neighbor, and Tegroen has handled my custody and support case ever since. I've come to understand that his approach to custody matters is realistic and trustworthy. In the recent past I have referred him to several friends. One of them, Tammy, however actually found Tristan Tegroen through the court system for pro bono representation, yet at the time I didn't know we had the same attorney. Tammy told me one day that she was going to try to fight for more custody of her two daughters. She's had various issues of her own but they were not doing so well with the arrangement at the time. When I asked Tammy if she had an attorney, and what she was told, she said 'yes', and that he had told her 'Ok, let's try it..Let's shoot for the moon.' She went in to court with a really complicated case and came out with more than anticipated. My case was not a divorce case, however as I had said, Tristan Tegroen is trustworthy as well as thourough. He has been my attorney for the duration of my case and I am hoping to keep it that way.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Pro bono 1 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • TRISTAN TEGROEN LAW
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • University of South Africa
  • LLM
  • 1989
  • University of Pretoria
  • LLB
  • 1986
  • University of Pretoria
  • BLC
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Marriage of C
  • Very high sum of spousal support won at trial; other issues settled.

Associations

  • Ventura County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Dutch

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Attorney Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Central District of California
  • United States District Court
  • 2009
  • Volunteer to the Family Law-Self-Help Legal Access Center
  • Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • 2007
  • The National Dean's List
  • The National Dean's List
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Vantage
  • Restlessness and Devotion
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (3)
Endorse Tristan
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tegroen provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lawyers who donate time on sites like this have a passion for the law and a compassion for the people they serve. Kudos. We'd refer a case without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Tegroen is an outstanding attorney whom I highly recommend."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tristan is a compassionate, diligent advocate for his client's interests. He truly cares about his cases and any client who chooses him for legal representation is in very competent, capable hands."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working opposite Mr. Tegroen on a number of cases and have always found him to be hardworking, diligent, receptive to his client's needs, and a vigorous advocate, while never being anything less than the consummate professional. I strongly endorse Mr. Tegroen."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tristan Tegroen is a fine divorce lawyer who works very hard for his clients and attempts with frequent success to resolve matters with as little acrimony as possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tristan is an intelligent, reasonable lawyer who does the best for his client without attempting to take advantage of them."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Tegroen is an outstanding family law attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and true credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
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