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Garrison Klueck

Family Attorney at La Mesa, CA

4.6   28 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Garrison

Learn Garrison’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family

    38 years, 1,400 cases

  2. Divorce and separation

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Mediation

    38 years, 500 cases


Although our whole firm prides itself on being "warriors in court," I believe that I have a calling to spread the word to folks that there are alternatives to going to court.  There are alternatives like mediation, collaborative law and cooperative law.  People in our firm, and myself, had to take extra training, often at substantial expense and in other states, to be able to offer those alternative dispute methods for our clients.


Now I have hobbies of "speading the word" about those alternatives.  I appear on TV, often with other members of our firm.  I appear on radio. I write and blog.  All of these spare time activities are intended to let folks know there are lots of alternatives to settle legal disputes.


Besides writing and other media activities, I like to travel, often with official or religious delegations.  For example, most recently I was part of a delegation of family law and juvenile law lawyers and judges traveling to South Africa to compare legal systems. 

I was part of a similar delegation to China earlier.  The delegation was led by the President of the State Bar.  I visited Israel, as part of a religious delegation.


I love to go to the movies and used to be movie critic on the radio.   





Client's Choice 2014,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2014 2012 2010

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Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC


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  28 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Michael | February 14, 2010
Mr. Klueck saved my family from disaster!
Over the course of a complicated family law custody case that lasted several years, and had a number of turnabouts, Mr Klueck was my compass that kept me on track. Despite a judge and a system which favors the mother in these cases, Mr. Klueck prevailed. Without his wisdom and guidance my daughter would be living a chaotic life with a self serving, irresponsible mom.
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Posted by Bill and Diane | February 23, 2010
Great Outcome!
We certainly want to thank Mr. Klueck and his entire office staff for the professionalism and expertise they offered us through our legal ordeal. I am fairly certain our outcome would have been different without their guidance and direction. For us, it has been a pleasure working with Mr. Klueck's office. A special recognition and thanks to Kimberly kirkpatrick for being there for us, day in and day out and offering her prompt assistance to our numerous questions. While we certainly hope we never have to use legal services again, if we do, we hope your office will be available to us to again guide us through the maze.
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Posted by E Veritas | March 11, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
‘Second Saturday’ - A brilliant initiative...
I recently attended a three hour divorce and separation workshop run by this firm called ‘Second Saturday’ - and it was extremely helpful and informative. Experienced family law specialists in several fields walk you through the whole process of dissolution, and it is not only empowering, but it will save you a lot of time, money and effort as you navigate your way through unknown territory. The speakers were focused on the attendees needs, and they even provided handouts on easy and effective ways to reduce your attorney bills... (yes... you heard that right!) This family law firm is a rare find, experienced, professional - but with integrity and genuine compassion for your circumstances. I was very impressed, you will be too. I would highly recommend attending a ‘Second Saturday’ and applaud ( and thank) Klueck and Hoppes for developing such an amazing initiative. I will be back for the next one!
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Posted by Tim | October 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strategic thinker with great grasp of the law
I hired Garrison Klueck to represent me in a spousal support modification case. During the initial consultation he not only listened to understand my case but immediately began to strategize about different ways to present my case. I felt like his grasp of the law along with his strategic view and years of experience were exactly what I was looking for in an attorney to represent me. While Garrison comes across as soft-spoken he has a determined look, as well, that shows me that he will fight for justice on my behalf. His team has been excellent to work with and keeps me up to date on where we stand with the case. I highly recommend Garrison Klueck and his team if you are looking for a group of lawyers who model integrity and are committed to working hard on your behalf. They truly are warriors with integrity.
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Posted by Ramona | October 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity and Strength
Our experience in working with Garrison Klueck and his team has been outstanding! From our very first appointment, Garrison took time to understand the details of our story. He introduced us to several of his office staff who would also be working with us along the way. It was very apparent from the outset that he genuinely cares about his clients and is determined to provide the best legal counsel. From the moment we first walked in the door we immediately sensed an atmosphere of professionalism combined with kindness for his clients. We also greatly appreciate how he offers a payment plan and shared with us ways we can actually save money while we go through this process without compromising quality legal representation. We were greatly impressed that in our second meeting with him he had reviewed all the notes and knew our case as well as we do. We have confidence that in the courtroom Garrison will be tough and represent us in an integrious manner. If you need solid family law representation from a team who truly cares about your case look no further. Call them today!
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Posted by Christine | August 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You Must See This Man!
Garrison just spent two hours with me to prepare for a custody hearing. He throughly prepared me. I feel so confident and his highly detailed approach will give you all the techniques you need. Even if you don't hire an attorney (God forbid!) Please go see him and let him prep you for your child custody hearing.
Posted by Nicholas | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you are looking for an attorney with Determination, Intelligence and Integrity you have found it in Garrison Klueck.
Mr. Klueck and his team were determined to win my family case. He fought long and hard for my rights and the rights of my family. Mr. Klueck and his team went above and beyond the calling of the initial flat rate contract to get the job done. And he did it because he has integrity and i believe here cares about his clients rights and the outcomes of the case.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our family had an extremely difficult time getting a judge to sign off on a legal document. Garrison and his team worked with us for several months putting a case together that final won the judge over. Extremely grateful for his help.
Posted by Sharon | November 1, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and shows great care
Upon being greeted, I felt comfortable. Garrison Klueck is a man who, I felt, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and showed great care in the facts, while acknowledging my thoughts and feelings. Answered all my questions and more. He made a trying experience, much better.
Posted by SHARIM | February 25, 2015
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2014
the best lawyer you can have
I met with Garrison for a consultation he was great very friendly and gave me more information than I expected. in my opinion his law firm watches out for those going threw tuff decisions. His law firm is the best you could ask for
Posted by Annie | August 26, 2014
Feeling calm and empowered with Garrison
Today was one of the best days I have ever had in court when battling my ex husband. The mere thought of going to court again just because my ex refuses to leave me alone brings on a visceral response, but today was different. I remained calm and felt empowered by Mr. Klueck's knowledge and expertise with matters of family court. He saved me over $4000.00 in what my ex thought he could get from me from back child support, proved that the county audit was incorrect by over charging me by three months, suggested that I counter sue for support for my daughter that I have custody of, and at the end of the morning, my ex was owing me money instead. Mr. Klueck is backed by an extremely helpful, responsive and trustworthy office staff, working together to create a formidable force of protection in the face of the storms of court. Today, my case has been resolved, and I walked out feeling victorious. If I ever need an attorney again with his specialty, I would not hesitate to call Mr. Klueck and I would recommend him any day to any person in need. Thank you so much Mr. Klueck!
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Posted by garciap | August 22, 2014
Interning at the Law and Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck
I interned at Mr. Klueck's Law Firm summer of 2014. It was a great learning experience and I was impressed by not just the professionalism that was demonstrated to clients but also the understanding and compassion that was shown by Mr. Klueck and his entire staff. Family law matters are complex and of a sensitive nature but I would recommend this firm to anyone going through this difficult period in their lives and who need an experienced family attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2014
Best Attorneys by FAR!
Best Attorney Office by far: Law Office of Garrison. They were extremely professional, caring, and highly intelligent. They are an honest and professional practice who were always there to answer any and all of my questions right then and there. Garrison was the first person I met at the firm and he was amazingly genuine and kind and handled my case with care. A special thanks to my attorney Vivianne Shands who did an extravagant job representing me in the court room. I HIGHLY recommend the firm for any Family Law issues!
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Posted by Jessica | June 13, 2014
I had been slapped with a few unfounded temporary restraining orders. I had been representing myself against my ex-boyfriend and seemed to find it hard to find my voice in the court room! I knew something had to be done swiftly as I had a court case a week before I entered Mr. Klueck's office. I came to Garrison's office on a Thursday and had to fight a TRO on The following Monday, his office staff including himself are extremely knowledgeable and respectful as he put it I was in a hole and they need to dig me out..... Mr. Klueck came to court organized had all papers in order and had seemed to have done all his homework in my case. The judge dismissed all TROs!! For this I am truly grateful.
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Posted by Michael | December 13, 2013
Garrison Klueck Law Firm
I simply dont know where I would be without the professional help Mr.Klueck provided for me during my Family Court issues I have been going through..His firm is professional, understanding as well as compassionate..I consider Mr Klueck to be the finest lawyer in San Diego....
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Divorce Mediation
My husband and I hired Mr. Klueck to mediate our divorce. Because of various contributing circumstances, it was an extremely painful and touchy set of negotiations that dragged on for months. The two main areas of strength that Mr. Klueck brought to the job were his extensive knowledge and experience with divorce law and what the courts might say about our case, and also his interpersonal "counseling" skills. There was plenty of sadness, bitterness, and anger, and yet he was able to listen to each person and articulate what they thought and cared about. These skills allowed him to navigate the case through some rough spots where one or the other of us did not want to capitulate. At times I felt hopeless about coming to an agreement that would work out OK for both of us, and yet he managed to help us get to that agreement. He also is very thorough in his explanations. The only area I was disappointed in at first was that the office was not very responsive to my calls or emails. It's true that they moved into a new office early on during our case, which must have been disorienting. But finally I asked for a prompter response to my calls or emails, and got it. It seemed that they were just monitoring emails since during a mediation, everything has to be shared with both parties. So be aware that you can ask for what you might want or need and Mr. Klueck will listen and help if it's in his power. Eventually all my questions got answered. After many months, our case is finally settled and approved by the courts, and my husband and I are both able to move on. I would recommend that if facing a divorce, that you get as much education as you can on your own before and during the case. As knowledgeable as Mr. Klueck is, he cannot possibly tell you every detail of how marriage and divorce law will affect your case. I learned a lot on my own that helped me.
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Posted by Michael | March 31, 2013
Move-Away Case
Mr. Klueck is a very knowledgeable and competent attorney. He is experienced and clearly has a thorough understanding of existing case law. After meeting to discuss my situation, he gave me a realistic assessment of the chances of my case prevailing in court (which was that I was definitely the underdog). He then navigated me through FCS, the legal filings, and all the way through to a courtroom victory! Throughout the process I had many questions and Mr. Klueck was always available and helpful to explain how things work legally and address all of my concerns.
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Posted by Ron | May 22, 2012
Mr. Klueck is a conscientious, devoted and committed lawyer
Mr. Garrison Klueck is a very caring, considerate and thoughtful human being, in addition to being a conscientious, devoted and committed lawyer. He appears to be very well informed and very well organized, enabling him to very effectively serve his clients. In my consultations with him I was very impressed by how committed he was to doing his very best to protect and serve my legal needs and interests. He was able to develop excellent strategies for dealing with my situation and then he clearly explained them to me as to how they would affect my situation. I cannot state it well enough or often enough that this man really cares about his clients and really wants to do his best to assist and serve them. In my life I have contracted with and worked with numerous lawyers, and I have never met one who was a better gentleman and professional. I still haven't decided to contract his services because of the unusual nature of my situation, but I am confident of the excellence of his service if I do contract his service.
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Posted by Mark | July 14, 2011
Very supportive, dedicated staff
Mr Klueck did a very good job representing the case in court and Mrs Swain worked with me throughout a holiday weekend to prepare for our OSC hearing after additional issues were added ex-parte one day before the long weekend. They have both been supportive and provided good guidance throughout the process and I would highly recommend them.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 185-385 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Mediator
  • Law & Mediation Firm of KLUECK & HOPPES, APC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney/Mediator
  • Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck
  • 1990 - 2015
  • Legal Advisor/Planning Commission-Prosecutor
  • City of Lemon Grove
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Contract Attorney Prosecutor
  • City of Santee
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Contract Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Joseph Fox
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Attorney (Large Law Firm Associate)
  • Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
  • 1987 - 1989
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  • University of San Diego School of Law ("USD")
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • San Diego State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1981
  • Wayne State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mother v. Father (Changed Circumstance When Deployment Forces Child To Be Left With Sex Offender Step-mother)
  • In favor of client.


  • Thomas More Society
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - Present
  • University of San Diego
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2015 - Present
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Western Sierra Law School
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2002 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2007
  • East County-Foothills Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2003
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1997 - 1997
  • USD Law Review
  • Executive Editor
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney (Family Law)
  • San Diego Daily Transcript newspaper
  • 2012
  • "Super Lawyer"
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer Award
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Recognized Lawyer (Top 10 Family Law)
  • San Diego--Our City Magazine
  • 2010
  • "Super Lawyer" Award
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2009
  • "Super Lawyer" Award
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2008
  • "Top Attorney" Award
  • San Diego Daily Transcript (newspaper)
  • 2008
  • "Super Lawyer" Award
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2007
  • "Top Attorney" Award
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2007
  • 50th Anniversary Award-Top Panel Attorney
  • LRIS-SD County Bar
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • CAMFT Workshop
  • "Working with Parents as They Divorce"
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialists Summer Seminar
  • "History of Divorce Law & Collaborative Law"
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
Endorse Garrison
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Garrison to you. I have known him for about 20 years and have sat on a board with him for many years. He is extremely dedicated and cares about his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bud believes strongly in helping his clients through all aspects of divorce; legal, financial, and emotional. He is well respected in the community."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am so fortunate to get to work for such a great attorney and person. Our firm is full of happy lawyers which means happy clients. Bud is a great leader and boss. He puts his client's happiness and success first in his cases. His firm is build around his dedication to access to justice. He is also a leader in the legal community. I also worked with Bud as opposing counsel on a difficult case. He was firm but fair. He worked to get his client a good result while being professional and settlement minded. I have a great deal of respect for him personally and professionally. It's my pleasure to be a member of his team."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Garrison "Bud" Klueck during an internship in law school. He helped provide the foundation of my legal knowledge in the area of family law, and inspired me to pursue mediation and alternative dispute resolution training to provide a better all-around service to my clients. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Garrison. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Klueck was my Community Property professor when I was in law school. As students, my classmates and I were impressed by Mr. Klueck's extensive knowledge of the family law subjects he taught. Mr. Klueck was one of a few professors at my school who also practiced law, and I knew from interactions in the classroom, that he is one of the tops in his specialty. I have referred a number of people to Mr. Klueck without any reservation. I continue to do so."
Family Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Klueck as opposing counsel on two matters. In both instances, Mr. Klueck was professional and settlement minded. He came up with ideas that helped both cases settle in a manner that was beneficial to both parties and their children. I give him my highest endorsement."
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Klueck is an extremely experienced attorney. He tailors his strategy to each client's particular needs and goals, whether that means zealous representation in court, or mediating the case to avoid court appearances."
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