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Cathy Marilyn Hersch

Family Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
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Cathy M. Hersch - Attorney at Law
2173 Salk Avenue
Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA, 92008

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4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Cathy Hersch came into my life at a time I really needed some help. She was amazing! She embodies a rare combination of vast knowledge from her years of experience along with authentic compassionate and caring. She speaks in language I can understand and always makes the time to answer all my questions or concerns. She has brought my family back together again after a difficult and painful time. Thank you Ms. Hersch today and always!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2014
Great Attorney and a great person to work with. She resolves difficult issues with her exceptional approach.
Ms. Hersch drafted the Marital Settlement Agreement exactly the way we had hoped for and continued her advice until the judgment. I think our unique case could not have been handled any better than the way she handled. She also did not charge for extra services that were not considered as part of our case.
Posted by Kathryn | August 20, 2014
Helped set up prenup before July Wedding
Cathy was very easy to work with and educated me through the entire process. She made me feel comfortable in what I would consider an uncomfortable situation. I would recommend her to anyone and will definitely use her services in the future.
Posted by Janie | June 30, 2014
Great attorney and absolutely wonderful person!
When I found myself facing divorce, I was referred to Cathy by the attorney who handles my business affairs.. From the first time I met with Cathy I knew she was like no other. Not only is she very professional and knowledgeable, she is kind and compassionate. My husband (ex) liked Cathy so much that even though she strongly recommended he hire an attorney to review the agreement on his behalf, he trusted her so much he didn't feel the need to do so. It had to have been the smoothest divorce of all time. When the papers were signed I had her update my will and trust. She was extremely thorough and her prices couldn't have been more reasonable. Shortly thereafter when my mother died and my dad needed an update on his will and trust, she came to our home to meet with him since it was so difficult for him to get around. I have since referred many of my friends to Cathy and don't know of a single one of them who didn't adore her. I highly recommend this wonderful woman. Janie P.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2013
Fantastic Attorney!
Had a great experience with Cathy and would refer her services to anyone looking for a trustworthy and very responsive attorney! Will work with Cathy for any and all needs I have going forward!
Posted by Teresa | November 13, 2013
REAL help!
My situation was overwhelming not only did I face child custody issues but also had deep financial problems to wade through. After one consultation with Mrs. Hersch I had a plan that I understood and she provided action steps to take that would ultimately get me through the mess called "family law". If you need REAL help, Cathy Hersch is the lawyer that untangles the mess and clears a path to the other side.
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Posted by Michael | March 28, 2013
Trustworthy, Helpful and Responsive
Cathy is caring, responsive and very helpful. She gave me the information I required to move forward. I will be hiring Cathy when I am ready to proceed with my legal matters. I recommend her to everyone.
Posted by Trish | March 10, 2013
Cathy brought our settlement to a peaceful close, after years of battling in court with other attorneys.
I am so glad we came upon Cathy Hersch! She successfully managed a settlement agreement between my ex husband and I after YEARS of unhappy court battles. She is reasonable, trustworthy, smart, a good communicator and outcome focused. She went way above and beyond and I am truly impressed with her patience and skill. I highly recommend her, especially (as in our case) she kept us out of court for the umpteeth time. The war may finally be over and everyone can now focus on moving forward peacefully. Thank you Cathy!
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Posted by April | February 12, 2012
Above & Beyond
Cathy not only saved me a ton of money through my divorce, she saved me a ton of stress. She went above and beyond what she needed to do, and negotiated with my ex husband and got me a divorce that was fair and reasonable. (he didn't have an attorney so she mediated between us). I would recommend Cathy to anyone going through this difficult time.
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Posted by Patrick | July 4, 2011
Saved me a TON!
I was skeptical going in because I had been burned by a previous attorney. But Cathy came highly recommended by a trusted friend. Cathy immediately set my fears at ease, and more than exceeded my expectations. She did, in fact, exceed my HOPES for a good outcome. Her knowledge was comforting, she kept me aware of the progress, she made things happen, she was a minimal pain at her worst and a god-send at her best. I have already, and will continue to have, recommended her to anyone looking for a great lawyer with integrity.
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Posted by LYNNE ZIMET | June 20, 2011
This lawyer knew exactly what the problem was and dealt with it without charging me unnecessary fees that would benefit her, and not resolve the problem. She always got right back to me - did not charge me for every phone call. I would definitely use her again and I will be recommending her to my friends.
Posted by SAMUEL NEUMAN | February 2, 2011
I interviewed several attorneys prior to retaining Cathy Hersch. I am so glad I decided to hire her. She is not only well-educated about legal matters, she is also devoted to her clients, always showing genuine concern about my legal problems and getting things done. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by CAROL | January 28, 2010
When I retained Cathy Hersch, I had already spent $12,000 on another attorney who did not do much for me. I hired Cathy Hersch and she completed my case for under $2,000 and did a fantastic job. She gets the job done right! She does not incur unnecessary fees and she is easy to work with, Carol Meyer, Del Mar, California
Posted by AC | November 17, 2009
Thank you isn't enough
I can't thank Cathy enough for helping me with a divorce where we were trying to avoid going to court. Cathy is so detailed and caught all the errors from the opposing attorney. It is sad to know there are attorney's charging huge fees and are not doing the work promised and continue to charge to fix their own mistakes. Cathy was fair, didn't over charge, very communicative, detailed and always thought about how to help me. Words can not express how grateful I am for all her help. She is a wonderful person and attorney too!
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2009
Honest, Intelligent Attorney
I heard about Cathy Hersch through several referrals and I kept her name and number. When I needed her, she was right there. She listened to me and focused on the issues. She resolved the matter without charging me for unnecessary legal fees. Her professional manner is excellent, she is a good listener and excels in solving your problem. .
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Posted by carrie bradshaw | June 19, 2011
do not recommend
Very scattered not knowledgeable and gave me wrong information, would not recommend.
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • 2003 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • 1993 - 2001


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993


  • American Academy of Attorney Mediators
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • New Alternatives Formerly Hillscrest Receiving
  • Founder
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Avvo Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Representation of Military Members
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2004
  • 1st place winner
  • USD Moot Court Competition
  • 1992
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  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • La Jolla Women's Club
  • How to Prepare for Divorce
  • 2010
  • Heritage Museum - Distinguished Speaker
  • Family Law
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cathy Hersch is an excellent and highly experienced family law attorney. Ms. Hersch is very knowledgeable in the field and is highly respected by colleagues and peers. I recommend and endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cathy works very hard for her clients. Any time I have a family law question, I can depend on Cathy to give me a the right answer."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cathy Hersch is an excellent family law attorney. She is professional and knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cathy is a family law attorney that you can trust to do the best job for you and not waste your money needlessly. She cares about her clients and treats them the way she would treat a friend in need."
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