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Erik Christian Jenkins

Family Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

4.8   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
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Erik C. Jenkins received his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in January of 1997. He is a certified family law specialist.  For a number of years, Mr. Jenkins worked as a research attorney for the San Diego Superior Court. During his first three years with the court, Mr. Jenkins worked as the primary research attorney for the family law division of the Vista branch of the Superior Court. He also assisted the Probate Court with their legal research needs. This experience with the family court gave Mr. Jenkins an intimate familiarity with the complex and varied practice of family law. 


Jenkins Law Firm A.P.C.
2755 Jefferson Street
Suite 211
Carlsbad, CA, 92008
Jenkins Law Firm A.P.C.
1134 Kline St
La Jolla, CA, 92037
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  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Bob | August 20, 2009
Incredible divorce attorney, very diligent and professional
Erik helped me with a very difficult custody battle as I wanted to get more time with my triplets. The entire case was filled with emotional issues, drama, and was very difficult. Not only is his legal ability incredible, but he helped me to stay focused on the facts, issues and what really mattered the end results. He was more then an attorney, he was a life coach who with his calm demeanor and legal wit was able to guide myself and my case to a positive conclusion. He is very skilled in the court room, has a commanding knowledge of family law. Between his knowledge and ethics my overall expenses were minimized. He is after what is best for his client, and that does not always translate to billable hours. I highly recommend Erik's services as he is more then just an attorney who can recite the law, he knows how to exercise it to its fullest and to the maximum benefit of his client. My case has lasted nearly 3 years, and he and his team have been an asset to my situation. I would hire him again and recommend him to my best friend as he is one of the most ethical individuals I have ever met.
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Posted by Toni | January 8, 2010
Ethical, Professional, Exceptional Attorney
Erik represented me in my divorce which consisted of a move away request involving a child and won it. It was very emotional and Erik's calm demeanor and experience kept me at ease. Erik guided me through the entire process, and even now that the divorce is final is still available for questions. The Fuller Jenkins team is great to work with, being very understanding of how hard a divorce is. I highly recommmend Erik Jenkins in representing anyone needing legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Erik Jenkins and April Hu did an excellent job of representing me in my child custody case. They were aggressive in their litigation with the petitioner and her counsel and made decisions that were in the best interests of my family and my child resulting in a 50/50 custody schedule. Previous judges and our mediator had made my path to extend visitation with my child very difficult and the representation I had had in the past was not the caliber that was necessary to see through the deceit of the petitioner and her attorney. Erik and April were able to navigate through the conflict and the result was increased time with my child. Everyone I interacted with in Erik’s office responded promptly to my questions and my concerns. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a trustworthy practice that is highly knowledgeable of the law and will be committed to your needs.
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Posted by Shane | May 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Led us to dismissal in our first defense as a plaintiff!
We were facing a giant complaint and the Jenkins team helped us with a powerful and cost friendly defense plan that ended the lawsuit with a dismissal VERY early in the process! These things can be very stressful and damaging and Erik had the patience to keep us calm and confident! The entire Jenkins team was focused and professional and sharp and even occasionally light hearted when the moment was appropriate. This balanced constitution was both effective and comforting!
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Posted by Michael B | December 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!!
I wish I had hired Mr. Jenkins since the beginning of my custody case. He is very knowledgeable in family law and will handle your case as a priority. He always calls, emails and text back when needed, has always kept me informed of my case and always prepared and filed documents on time. I can go on and on but the bottom line is he is a awesome attorney and I would highly recommend him to represent you in your family law case.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A great human and amazing attorney!
Working with Erik on my divorce was the best decision I made during the process. He is extremely trustworthy, dependable and cared about my family. Erik guided me through when to give and when to continue forward, what was worth spending the time and money on. I had an extremely long divorce (3 years). My first attorney retired and second I could not continue to pay for as my income had become limited because of covid. Erik came in and worked with me and was able to close things out very quickly. He ended up saving me a lot of time and money. He was a great litigator in the courtroom and also worked great with the opposing counsel. I highly recommend him and so grateful he was recommended to me.
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Posted by Anthony | April 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An attorney with a heart
Erik Jenkins represented me in a TRO against a public official in Carlsbad, CA. This council member tried to say I was surveiling and stalking her when I NEVER KNEW where she lived. It turned out that the council member was trying to shut me up because she didn't like someone voicing opposing positions to hers - which I do because that's my 1st amendment right. Not only did the TRO get dissolved but we put an end to her trying to chill free speech. The first amendment matters and Erik Jenkins can help you too!
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Posted by Misha | November 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend!
I wholeheartedly recommend Erik Jenkins as an attorney. Erik took the time to listen, with his full attention to my issues that I am having with my divorce. After I was done explaining, he asked me some in depth questions, and that reassured me that he had really listened to what I had said. Erik was very knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable with him from the get go. Erik then gave me some of the options that he recommended for my case. I have not decided what my actions are for my case, but when I do need to hire a lawyer, Erik will be the one that I call. I appreciate his time and effort. I also cannot say enough about how wonderful and knowledgeable Jacqueline, the senior paralegal in the office is. Overall this office has it all and I am so happy to have found them.
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Posted by Barbara | October 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Spousal Support case ended in my favor
Erik was very knowledgeable and extremely competent when it came to my spousal support case. It was a pleasure watching him in court, calm, informed, professional and clearly more experienced than my ex's lawyer. We won!!
Posted by Shawn | October 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Mr. Jenkins is a highly competent attorney who I've retained twice now to overcome 2 separate baseless restraining orders issued against me by my daughter's mother and also for a hotly disputed Custody case.. He speaks eloquently and is an absolute wordsmith in court. I highly recommend Mr. Jenkins for any Family Law matters.
Posted by Chris | October 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Third time's the charm!
Erik was the third lawyer I have hired since my separation in late 2013. Working with Erik gave me a clear demonstration of how this process should have been going the whole time. He took the time to listen to and evaluate my concerns, gave me options regarding what my legal actions could be, and delivered exactly what he promised. With the same judge hearing the motion and my ex-spouse using the same tactics that had worked favorably for them in previous hearings, Erik and his team delivered a MUCH different result and for the first time since this process started I left the hearing without a feeling that my attorney could have done more for me. I should mention that Erik demonstrates a "business like ruthlessness" in court that the judge seemed to respect and I certainly appreciated. Finally, I need to note how incredibly responsive Team Jenkins was during the lead up and the day of the hearing. Multiple times I contacted them to alter my motion and get opinions on what to do or how to proceed. I was always made to feel like a priority. This was not my experience with previous attorneys. If you choose to go with Erik and his team for your divorce, you will get the best result the law allows.
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Posted by Josh | May 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need more stars!
I am a veterinarian who was in a long-term marriage with another veterinarian. During marriage, we owned multiple veterinary businesses, including a national business. My ex-wife and I have two children together. I initially retained Jenkins P.C. to represent me in my divorce back in 2010. I chose Jenkins P.C. because Mr. Jenkins had an extensive understanding of complex business issues and, at the time, had well over a decade of trial experience. When I met with Mr. Jenkins, I knew this would be the right fit. Mr. Jenkins and his staff were wonderful. They were thorough in the work product they prepared, and they tailored their litigation strategy to my goals. They were always available when I needed them and they kept me in the loop with deadlines and strategy tactics. Their conduct in that regard was in stark contrast to some other attorneys I interviewed, who had some pre-conceived notion of how my case should be handled. With hard work and attention to detail, Mr. Jenkins and his staff were able to help me settle my entire complex case without the need of ever stepping into a courtroom. This saved my ex wife and I countless thousands of dollars in attorney fees and helped us avoid the stress and time consumption of litigation. Seven years later, I contacted Mr. Jenkins again to ask for his help with a support modification and move away issue. My ex wife hired an aggressive Orange County law firm to oppose my efforts. Again, Mr. Jenkins and his staff were able to formulate a plan for how to resolve my case without the need to litigate. We resolved both the support issue and the move away issue via stipulation. My ex-wife and I both came out of the process with a fantastic result. I give Mr. Jenkins and his staff my highest recommendation. He is a fantastic lawyer and his staff are top notch.
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Posted by John | November 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Erik and Paula represented me in my divorce. I appreciate how they took the time to understand the details of my case, thoughtful they were in their actions and timely they were when communicating with me. They made this catastrophic life event much smoother than I thought it would be.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2015
Best outcome, long term solutions, wise counsel!
Attorney Erik Jenkins is a pillar of strength, steadfast countenance & wisdom AND this makes him very intimidating... Hearing him talk has literally made the hair on the back of my neck stand up... He is very intelligent, an excellent listener and purposeful; in addition, both he and his staff work efficiently and effectively. In the past, when an attorney wasn't available I was literally left stranded. Not the case with Erik! If he isn't able to meet, he has several options: phone conference, speak with another attorney on his team or speak with his paralegal. You are never left abandoned. Communication between the team is excellent too, btw. He literally squashed a malicious TRO from opposing counsel (within 2 hours) and protected my son from ongoing harm. No other attorney had done so before. If you want the best outcome, long term solutions and wise counsel, Attorney JENKINS is the best! Our family is extremely grateful to him and we all still reap the benefits of his work.
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Posted by Marie | July 29, 2015
Knowledgeable and Professional
I would like to take a moment to share my experience with Erik and his staff . From your initial call you are greated with professionalism and courtesy from the staff . Upon consulting with Erik I was blown away by how incredibly knowledgable he is . He always made sure I was informed and educated about every step of the process we were going through . All the while maintaining a sensitive attitude towards my case . I always felt like a priority . My calls were returned promptly every time without fail . He is dedicated to making sure justice is upheld . He is now not only my legal counsel but someone I am honored to call friend . He posses integrity , which today can be hard to find in some . I highly , highly recommend Erik !
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2014
Commands truth and justice
Erik knows the law. He asks the right questions. Within 30 minutes he wrote down a timeline, reviewed my court orders and developed a plan that included proactivity that no other lawyer had. He is honest and seeks justice.
Posted by Andrea Vaiasuso Ortega | March 19, 2014
I don't have words to express the deep level of respect and admiration I have for Erik Jenkins. He is professional and compassionate. Right from the beginning he told me he would handle everything. He was excellent at keeping me informed as to every step that was happening in my case. I appreciated his honesty and integrity. He still continues to assist me with my current legal affairs. Every staff member that I’ve come in contact with there courteous and professional. I will always go to Erik if the need may ever arise, he makes me feel comfortable with him handling my legal matters. World Class Service all around.
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Posted by Peter | October 10, 2013
Mark of Perfection!
When I was dealt a hand I didn't know how to play, I knew there was only one phone call to make. I called Erik Jenkins, a friend for over 20 years and one of the brightest, ethical and compassionate people I know and the most respected attorney you will find in family law. Erik told me simply, "I am going to take care of everything from here, and you are going to be ok". Candidly I had my doubts given the magnitude of the predicament I was in. Erik care about me as a person, well beyond a typical attorney client relationship. Erik and his staff quickly went to work on my behalf and resolved everything for me and well worth every bit of his fees. I am happy to be a reference and to speak with you if you are considering Erik for representation. Choosing your counsel is clearly one of the most important decisions to make in a difficult situation, you want Fuller Jenkins Clarkson at your side! Thank you Erik!
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Posted by Leighann | September 22, 2013
Excellent Civil Rights Attorney
Erik is professional, tenacious, and passionate about civil rights. His passion for affecting change was evident in the way he represented me in my civil rights case. He handled my case with the utmost level of professionalism; he kept me informed throughout the entire process and made sure that I understood what was going on at every step. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2009
Secured record civil rights settlement
Mr. Jenkins represented me in a civil rights class action against an international business that treated customers unequally based on protected personal characteristics. Mr. Jenkins zealously represented me against this very large company and its sophisticated law firm in a contentious fight that lasted almost five years with Mr. Jenkins obtaining a record settlement for me and my fellow class members.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California
  • 2010 - Present


  • California Western SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • San Diego State University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1994


  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • Officer
  • 2002 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2010
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • The Challenge of Dimishing Resources in Family Law: A Clear and Present Danger to Our Children
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (10)
Endorse Erik
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Erik is an aggressive advocate and not one to back away from a fight. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and always prepared with creative arguments. I learned so much working for Erik and highly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Erik Jenkins is a top notch San Diego family law attorney. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and a zealous advocate for his clients. He is skilled and proficient at advising his clients on how to handle complex legal issues. I confidently and strongly endorse Mr. Jenkins."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working along side Erik and witnessed him in action. He is a very competent attorney and always focused on his practice."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I myself am a lawyer. Eric became my lawyer after I tried to handle my divorce myself but gave up when the outrageous demands from my ex-wife and her attorney for everything I have finally drove me over the edge. Erik was smooth, calm, professional and he cared about me and what happened in my case. Many lawyers would be hesitant to represent another lawyer, especially in an emotionally charged setting like a divorce. But Erik was great, and thank God that part of my life is behind me."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Erik. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Class action Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Jenkins on a number of family law cases and find his work to be ethical and his representation superb. I have also known him as a fellow board member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego and have found his contribution essential. This attorney is knowledgeable, experienced, ethical and extremely professional."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Erik is a very competent and effective litigator. His firm has the resources to confront challenging firms on equal ground. He is passionate yet practical and my impression is that the Judges know Erik as a trusted messenger of the Court - which is just the type of lawyer You should be looking for!"
Family Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Erik approaches his work with intelligence, determination and is a zealous advocate of his client's interests ."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I work with Mr. Jenkins on the Collaborative Group of San Diego's Board. It is a pleasure to work with an attorney like Erik, who is committed to professionalism and excellence in his field. Erik portrays the kind of lawyer I am comfortable recommending to potential clients. As a trained collaborative attorney, I believe Erik will do his best for his clients, while encouraging them to see the big picture and put their energy on the things that really matter."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Erik Jenkins for more than a decade, and have referred him several clients, including members of my family. The reports I get back are all the same: Mr. Jenkins fights hard for this rights and benefits of his clients. Any person with a family law matter should seriously consider consulting Mr. Jenkins before taking any action."
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Carlsbad Family Lawyer Erik Christian Jenkins
Erik Christian Jenkins
Family Attorney
Carlsbad, CA
Licensed for 26 years