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Debra Nessa Caligiuri

About me

I have been a lawyer for twenty-five years, and have devoted my time as a family lawyer to serving the families of North San Diego County. If you are going through a family transition such as separation or divorce, you are facing some of the most challenging times in your life. I am privileged to work with my clients on issues that impact every aspect of their lives --- their relationships, emotions, finances, and children.  The decisions clients face at this time impact their future for years to come. I pride myself on being a problem-solving attorney, and have equipped myself to offer you alternatives to the traditional litigation model.  As a trained mediator and collaborative attorney, I can provide you solutions and processes tailored to your individual and family needs. You can benefit by using the least invasive and most cost-effective process to obtain optimal results.   


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
    22 years
  2. Alimony: 20%
    22 years
  3. Child Custody: 15%
    22 years
  4. Mediation: 15%
    24 years
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Hourly ($195-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Shawn Eric Weber

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Debra for years. She is competent, ethical and compassionate. Top notch!


    Shawn Weber Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Hildy Lois Fentin

    I endorse this lawyer. Debra is an excellent attorney and mediator. She is reasonable, responsive, conscientious, creative and understands the law. I highly endorse Debra.


    Hildy Fentin Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law & Mediation Offices Of Debra N. Caligiuri

2131 Palomar Airport Road
Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA, 92011


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceSan Diego Superior Court2015
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceSan Diego Superior Court2014
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceSan Diego Superior Court2013
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceSan Diego Superior Court2012
Certificate of AppreciationSan Diego Superior Court2011
Certificate of AppreciationSan Diego Superior Court2010
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceSan Diego Superior Court2008
Certificate of Appreciation for ServiceSan Diego Superior Court2007
Outstanding Legal ScholarCorpus Juris Secondum1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Family Law Attorney and MediatorLaw & Mediation Offices of Debra N. Caligiuri1995 - Present
Judge Pro TempSuperior Court Of California, County Of San Diego2006 - 2015
Attorneys at LawMonaghan & Strauss1990 - 1995
ClerkUnited States Federal Courts1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Family Law Group of San DiegoOfficer2012 - Present
San Diego Collaborative Family Law GroupMember2006 - Present
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2004 - Present
North San Diego County Bar AssociationBoard Member2000 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
North County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCo-chair1998 - 2000
Lawyers Club of San Diego (North County chapter)Treasurer1996 - 2001
Bar Association of North San Diego CountySecretary1994 - 1997
Lawyers Club of San DiegoBoard Member1988 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Marriage of DoeI was able to get her the protection she needed, after successfully representing her interests in Court and negotiating visitation between their child and father, so that her rights would not be compromised.
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Publication nameTitleDate
CFLGSD Website BlogEmpower Yourself During Divorce2015
North County Voice NewspaperCollaborative Solutions Will Keep You Out of Court, Offers Mediation Divorce2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
San Diego State UniversityPsychologyOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Second SaturdayLegal Aspects of Divorce Process2015
Second SaturdayOngoing Featured Speaker2014
Second SaturdayOngoing Featured Speaker2013
NSDCPA Continuing EducationMediation Office Practices2013
Second SaturdayOngoing Featured Speaker2012
Second SaturdayOngoing Featured Speaker2011
Second SaturdayOngoing Featured Speaker2010
People's Law SchoolFamily Law2007
Kids Day At CourtIntroduction to the Court System2007
Lawyers On the LineLegal Update/Issues in Family Law2006