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Michael Allen Fischer

Family Attorney at Oceanside, CA

4.8   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%

    20 years, 365 cases

  2. Child support
    20%

    20 years, 187 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%

    20 years, 320 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    20%

    20 years, 162 cases

  5. Family
    20%

    20 years, 572 cases

Michael Fischer is a licensed California attorney licensed to practice in both state and federal court. Mr. Fischer has handled hundreds of contested and uncontested family law matters. He is known for his ability to guide his clients through the tumultuous processes of family court in an aggressive yet compassionate manner.

 

Mr. Fischer graduated Cum Laude from Saint Joseph's College in Rensellaer Indiana with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing and a minor in Political Science. For twenty-two years he oversaw the growth of his photography studio and photo processing laboratory in Soldotna, Alaska as well as owning and operating commercial salmon fishing permit and beach site in Alaska's Cook Inlet. Mr. Fischer's experience as a business owner uniquely qualifies him to assist his clients through the financial turmoil a separation or dissolution may present.

 

After experiencing his own very contested divorce, he chose to go back to get his law degree in order to help others who have to go through the unwelcomed experiences of divorce. Mr. Fischer graduated with a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California. McGeorge is an American Bar Association accredited school and has been recognized as one of the top 100 law schools in the United States.

 

Mr. Fischer has raised a daughter who is a successful business person, a son who is a corporal in the Marine Corp as well as currently raising a two year old daughter with special needs and a one year old foster child with his wife of seven years. With his extensive business and financial background and his inimitable life experiences, Mr. Fischer's uniquely qualified to assist his clients with their family law matters with intelligence empathy and compassion.

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Michael gives his pledge of excellence to provide the best legal representation in family law matters.
Michael answers the legal question: What are the non-custodial parent's rights when a custodial parent wants to move out of state with the kids?
Michael addresses the question: How do the courts decide the amount of alimony to be paid and who is supposed to pay it.

Location

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
2424 Vista Way, Suite 200
Oceanside, CA, 92054
Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
100 E. San Marcos Blvd., #400
San Marcos, CA, 92069
Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
701 Palomar Airport Rd., #214-1
Carlsbad, CA, 92011
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Crista | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable, Trustworthy, and Professional Attorney!
I simply couldn't be more satisfied with my experience at this law firm. Michael Fischer handled my divorce with the utmost professionalism, competence, integrity, and timeliness. The entire process was far easier and less stressful thanks to his superb work. If you find yourself in the generally challenging position of requiring the assistance of a divorce lawyer, I recommend Michael unreservedly and with the utmost confidence.
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Posted by Kays Burridge | November 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer!
Its a pleasure working with Atty. Fischer and with the help of Atty. Craig VanThiel for my divorce case. They is morally upstanding and professionally impeccable. The firmness and confidence put me at ease much. Make sure that I'm prepared and considered all of my worries and always sought my approval before taking any action. The work they did to get us a very positive outcome was intelligent and exceptional and I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT LEGAL FIRM
If you want an ethical and honest attorney that knows what they are doing, then you will go to Michael Fischer. He fought and won a very difficult case for us. We know if we had used anyone else we would not have won this case. I would put money down this guy, that is how good he is.
Posted by Grace Lewis | February 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You !!!
Going through a very stressful time Michael Fischer really helped me through it all. He helped me fight my case and took a lot of weight off my shoulders in order to get full custody of my son. He reported back to me all the updates with my case, and ended up winning my case! Thank you Michael Fischer, you really are great at what you do.
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Posted by Julie Smith | February 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Service
Michael Fischer helped me get custody of my child. He was informative and very responsive throughout the entire legal process. I felt very supported by him and in the end I got my daughter!
Posted by Thornton Lancaster | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
I can not say enough about how wonderful our experience was with Fischer and Van Thiel, everyone was kind, knowledgeable and understanding to everyone involved in the adoption case. We brought our child home one month after hiring this attorney. We had been through "the system" and were so scared to take this journey but we had such amazing help every step of the way, this can be a truly scary time. Thank you for being there for the support Fischer and Van Thiel !
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Posted by Ricca Danila | November 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP handled my divorce. My ex and I are on good terms so he helped us with the paperwork. Attorney Craig made everything very easy. He explained everything to us in detail to make sure we understand the process. Going through a divorce is hard but Craig helped ease us through the transition. If you are going through this process, we both recommend Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP and its excellent service.
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Posted by Desiree | October 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful Lawyer
I would highly recommend Fisher & Van Thiel, LLP if you're thinking of divorce. Michael Fisher was so patient with me. I had so many questions, and sometimes I didn't know what my next step was and he never left my side throughout the whole process. They helped me get through a very difficult time in my life. It was a wonderful experience having them.
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Posted by Angelene | October 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience with Michael, Professional and Knowledgeable Lawyer I've ever had
I highly recommend Fischer as a Divorce Lawyer. He is an exceptional and true professional. He successfully defended my rights and helped me obtain a favorable outcome. Throughout the whole process, I found him very knowledgeable in the law, effectively negotiate with the opposition and kept me informed to all stages of the case. 5-star from beginning to end of the case.
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Posted by Chanelle Jones | September 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer that I've ever encountered
I can't say enough good things about Fischer and his staff. They were honest, reliable, professional, they went above and beyond and did everything they could to ensure a great outcome. We beat up my ex-husband so bad he settled out of court practically losing everything. Thank you, Fischer, and especially to your team to get my case done successfully!
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Posted by Jeremy | May 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
Mike had my back from the start of what would be a long process. He and his team handled my case with efficiency and constant professionalism, all while keeping my interests in mind. Highly recommend.
Posted by Alice | March 27, 2014
Great Lawyer!
I was very happy with Mr. Fischer and his team! They helped me in a time of crisis and made sure the outcome was in my favor. Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2013
AWESOME LAWYER
Thank you Mr. Fischer!!! I would and have recommended this Michael Fischer to friends. I had a very difficult divorce/child custody. He and his office were very thorough and I always new where the case was and what I needed to do. Mr. Fischer was always available to speak with me even with some of the roughest times of my life. He took care of my son and I very well and was always professional but also compassionate as well.
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Posted by Dale | September 9, 2011
Great Attorney
My wife and I started our divorce over two years ago, and I was at a stand still with my wife and my attorney at the time had no plan. I had to make a decision to hire a new attorney and decided on Mike Fischer he came highly recommended and he was able to expedite things farther than my first attorney in less than 2 months.
Posted by Kaylee | September 8, 2011
Thank you for Everything
I wanted to take a moment and thank Mike Fischer my divorce attorney for all that he did for me. He made a very difficult time much easier. We ended up using divorce mediation instead of going at each other in court and we are happy we did! It was much more civil and our focus was on our children. Thank you for everything you have done and I would highly recommend you to anyone who is considering divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2011
Never loses sight of the goal
Going through my custody battle was very emotionally trying. I was lucky to have choosen Fischer & Van Thiel to help me protect the moast valuable assset of my life...my children. At the initial interview I was informed that the children and their safety were a primary concern of the firm. While I like this, I was concerned when they said you had to trust your attorney because there wee time whn they may have to give you advice that is not what you want to hear. As we progressed through the process I came to understand what they were referring to as there were many times when it bacame apparent that they knew the law and how the judge would respond. They were very good at telling me, even before the hearing, how the ruling was going to go and what to expect. I am thankful for the help I received and would encourage otheres in need of help to talk to these attorney's.
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Posted by Morgan | December 22, 2009
Divorce from the man from *&@!
I was dealt with a man for over 2 years who was only concerned with breaking me and reducinghis support payments fo rhis children, Mr. Fischer helped me to stop his constant harrassment and to find income that he had attempted to hide which acually increased the support due to me each month.
Posted by Ashley | December 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The worst attorney experience I’ve ever had
2 yrs with this firm, lots of money & stress, a child with cancer during the process which Mike Fischer called after hours to harass me about, save yourself the headache and look elsewhere. All the good reviews are more than 2 years old because they have been cleaned up. I was just dropped 2 months before trial, after being asked to clean out my accounts knowing they were not going to take me to trial. Mike Fischer is crooked as they come, he promised to continue my case through trial if I would leave a bad review for his brother Thomas Fischer. This firm has doctored my financial information, sat on useful information pertaining to my case, withheld information from me, among many other lowly actions….the state bar is getting involved from here. Save yourself a lifetime of grief and look elsewhere!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 210-310 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
  • 2007 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Michael A Fischer
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Certified Law student
  • Yolo County Public Defener
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Catherine Michaels Insurance Services
  • 2000 - 2015
  • Owner
  • Foto Quick
  • 1981 - 2002
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • St Joseph's College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dissolution
  • Judgment of Disso with negotiatioon of all terms of MSA
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order
  • 5 year restraining order w opposing party having profesionally supervised visits.
  • Elder Abuse/Annulment/Dissolution
  • TRO against client, no annulment and equitable disso terms.
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Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Certified Business
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego North County Bar Association Family Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • 100 Percent Club
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Alexion World Town Hall Conference
  • Living with Hypophosphatasia
  • 2015
  • Trust Factor
  • Family Law Question Forum
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Fischer is incredibly dedicated to his clients and tireless in his efforts for an ideal outcome."
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred many of my clients needing family law advice and representation to Mike and all have been very pleased with his services. Mike is smart, hard-working and ethical - a true professional in every sense."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a well known and experienced attorney in our North County San Diego legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an experienced, talented and vigorous advocate for his clients. He devotes his practice to obtaining fair and just results for all of his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Fischer on multiple cases and found him to a compassionate and hard working attorney. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and has a heart in his work. Mr. Fischer is always prepared and knowledgeable about his cases, and up to date on the latest legal doctrines. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Fischer and his firm are genuinely dedicated to their clients. I am so confident in his expertise and integrity that I referred a family member to his firm."
Litigation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Other
"Michael handled a civil restraining order for my fiancé. We both thought he did a wonderful job. He was knowledgeable about the law and court rules and did an excellent job of helping us understand all options and implications in the case. His performance in court was excellent and we were very happy with the outcome. Michael is a conscientious attorney and caring advisor, and I would highly recommend him to others."
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Oceanside Family Lawyer Michael Allen Fischer
Michael Allen Fischer
Family Attorney
Oceanside, CA
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation