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Meredith Gilbert Lewis

Family Attorney at Solana Beach, CA

4.5   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
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About Meredith

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Ms. Lewis is a Certified Family Law Specialist, as designated by the State Bar of California.  Ms. Lewis specializes in complex property division, income available for support and other financial issues.   Ms. Lewis has had extensive training in Mediation and Collaborative divorces, and has years of litigation experience. Ms. Lewis is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, which provides her with the background and understanding for complex financial issues. Ms. Lewis is the founding partner of The Law Office of Meredith G Lewis, Advocates in Litigation; Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. 

Location

The Law Office of Meredith G. Lewis, APC
777 S. Highway 101
Suite 123
Solana Beach, CA, 92075

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight forward, no games and delightful to work with
Meredith is professional and caring. She has a deep and accessible knowledge of the law and is sharply accurate with numbers. One of the many things I appreciated about her was her stance on unnecessary drama from opposition. Her sound advice to deal directly with real legal matters and not engage with baseless accusation or matters that a court would not hear was fantastic. She forfeited thousands of dollars in billable hours by guiding me in this way. She is great at sticking to the big picture and fighting for what is legally possible. While my ex was being billed plenty of hours for calls and emails on things he and his representation (Procopio) crafted up to cause strife and stalling (and billable hours), Meredith paved the way forward in a contentious divorce by dealing solely with true legal matters. She was kind in her explanations about what a court would or would not get involved with. Meredith is a sound, respectable, excellent choice for representation. She is money well spent.
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Posted by DJ | March 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and experienced
My ex and I decided to mediate our divorce, but it involved some very complicated financial questions/issues. I sought an attorney who was experienced in the court room, should we end up in litigation, but one who also understood how to mediate to help avoid litigation. Further, I needed an attorney who could quickly comprehend complex finances so as to ensure a fair settlement. I received a few referrals, but Meredith stood out as most qualified and she did an excellent job. She really knows the law and even, on a couple of occasions, had to correct and educate the mediator on the law, but in a kind and professional way. I was very impressed. I highly recommend Meredith.
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Posted by Anita | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
Meredith Lewis is not only an expert in the law, she's a highly skilled negotiator - and when that fails, an excellent litigator. Unfortunately, my ex and I went through three failed mediations, the last one with Meredith. At that last mediation, the commissioner who heard our case acknowledged that Meredith had prepared and presented a very good case. Most of the work was done for trial, and to trial we went. My ex was unhappy with the court's decision, and threatened to appeal. I consulted with the top family law appeals attorney in San Diego, and he affirmed that Meredith did an excellent job. Not only was I confident in her expertise throughout the entire agonising process, I was treated like a person - not just a client or a case. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Estee | March 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
She has your back!
Meredith Lewis is fair, caring, relentless and brilliant. Her knowledge of family law is thorough and she is quick in retrieving the details she needs. I feel fortunate to have met her and made and knoe I've made the right decision to hire her, after interviewing other attorneys.
Posted by Colin | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellant Attorney
Meredith recently represented me in my Divorce. She was very supportive and Realistic thru out the entire process. She definitely knows what she is doing and was very good at keeping things Calm as we worked thru the Divorce process. I feel like she was one of the main reasons for My divorce being settled without going to court. If you are unfortunate enough to be heading into a Divorce I would recommend using Meredith's Services..
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Posted by Christina | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and professional
Ms. Lewis handled my dissolution and the drafting of our MSA. She exercised professionalism at all points while still making me feel at ease with a very stressful situation. When we had to enforce the MSA shortly after signing it, Meredith was realistic, knowledgeable and in the end it was clear just how well the MSA had been drafted when we were successful in court. Her legal assistant, Tim, is just as wonderful and I highly recommend her office.
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Posted by Melissa | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
It was such a pleasure working with Meredith Lewis on my case. Going through a long, drawn out case with your ex is emotionally difficult enough, but Meredith's organization, passion, attention, and dedication to my case helped alleviate the stresses. Her communication was consistent and timely; and she and my litigator, Nathalie Hall, were well-prepared for court. Not only is Meredith passionate and great at what she does, but she is also very approachable to her clients, which made me feel like I really had a great team on my side. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2015
Amazing Collaborative Attorney!
After 22 years of marriage, my wife told me she wanted a divorce. I was devastated, but after my initial shock and hurt, I contacted Meredith and set a time to meet with her. I walked into her office unsure of what I needed to do, and when I left I felt more confident and less apprehensive about what I facing. Meredith explained a few ways my wife and I could go through the divorce process, and after learning about all of them, I decided that collaborative divorce was the best way to proceed. Meredith took the time to educate me on collaborative divorce, and when I spoke with my wife later in the week, I mentioned it to her as well. We both agreed this was best for our case, and then went forward. We recently finished our divorce, and I am surprised that it wasn't more difficult. Meredith was amazing to work with, and helped me understand every step and issue along the way. We had a rather complex estate, but Meredith and the financial expert did a great job of providing us with numerous scenarios for how to divide our assets. I am aware that any divorce case can take a while, but with Meredith representing me, I believe the time was shortened, and I know I saved a lot in attorney fees, especially compared to if we had gone to court. Meredith had a great understanding of our financial estate, as she is a certified divorce financial analyst as well as well, but she also was always supportive and available to talk to me when I needed that extra help. One of my friends recommended Meredith to me, and he used her for mediation and was very happy as well.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2013
The best at settlement!!
I consulted with Meredith Lewis when my ex took me back to court to change child support and alimony. Ms. Lewis came with me to mediation to assist in settling the case and she was great. I got what I wanted in our settlement, didn't have to go to my "bottom line," and did not have to go back into court. Meredith is smart, knows what she is talking about, and took the lead in the mediation. I am very happy she was able to assist me in (hopefully) finishing my divorce. I would highly recommend her, and all the attorneys at Lewis, Warren & Setzer to anyone who needs a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2013
Very Professional
Granted, I only met with her for an initial consultation. However, I was very comfortable with her. She was supportive and very informative. She also was very balanced. When I expressed my concerns about my husband's reactions she said, "Well it may be difficult for him but we will just have to let him work through it and do what needs to be done."
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2011
Outstanding Attorney
Ms. Lewis represented me in my divorce case. She was very understanding and really knew what she was doing! She kept in constant contact with me, and because of her my case settled and I did not have to go to court. I would recommend her to anyone getting a divorce in San Diego!
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expensive Divorce, Poor Settlement
Meredith was my attorney during a long and expensive case with a high conflict spouse. I had never been involved in a legal case before my divorce. I interviewed eight attorneys, and Meredith was one of the most expensive. However, I liked her, and in the beginning I was hopeful for an amicable divorce. That hope quickly evaporated and I found myself engulfed in a case where my spouse and his attorney would manipulate the legal system and outright lie to intimidate me. They didn't cooperate with turning over documents. It was a case that cost well over six figures, just my portion alone. Meredith is responsive and far from lazy. She kept me aware of what was going on and responded quickly to email. I was constantly threatened by my spouse and living in an intensely emotionally abusive environment for both me and my child, and receiving a quick response meant a great deal to me and kept me sane. I still appreciate her for this. I wanted to file for temporary support immediately, when it became obvious mediation wouldn't work. She delayed filing temporary support, and it opened the door to me being financially cut off. This turned my case in a very bad direction that resulted in litigation. High conflict people hire attorneys who are sharks because they look at the case black and white and want the other party, no matter who it is or the circumstances, to have nothing. The last attorney my ex-spouse hired came to mediation prepared. She effectively used leverage to get a better deal for her client and to intimidate me. She threatened and was sharp tongued. I wanted to be defended the same way. I was in constant angst and knew, at one point, I wasn't represented that way. I couldn't get another attorney because of funds. I did not feel prepared for mediation or the abrasiveness of the private judge Meredith recommended, who although effective in settling the case, was unnecessarily rude. I was in a long marriage to a high earner. I did not get a good settlement. This has been confirmed by another attorney who was surprised at how stacked the deal was in my spouses favor for the length of marriage and our income, and how little my support was overall. I thought I should always take my attorneys advice. They're the expert, right? That's what I'm paying them for, right? I've also had a women who works in finance specifically with divorced women, tell me I should have done better. As she said, "I would have at least wanted my attorney fees paid." No one should pay nearly $1,000 an hour to have their attorney and forensic accountant attend mediation and be led by them to believe, "Hey, this is good enough." I found myself defending my position with the private judge throughout the very long mediation. It seemed it was a matter of taking what was on offer. Period. I am sharing my personal experience if it can help someone else, but others may have a different experience with her office. In the end, I was disillusioned and felt my fear had been exploited to some extent. It's been a long time since my mediation, and I can say, it's hard to live with the consequences. Don't abdicate your decision making and don't throw in the towel, no matter how exhausted. You may also benefit from a larger firm to handle a high conflict case. This is a small office.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Disappointed.
I would not recommend Meredith. I felt she let me down in many areas. I felt she was not thorough and did not do what was in my best interests. I feel she let me down in many areas that are too lengthy to go into here. If you have a difficult soon to be ex-spouse or a lot of assets then I would not use her. My divorce took over 3 years and I would have saved money, time and energy if I had gone to court rather than mediate as she persuaded me.
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Response from Meredith Lewis March 14, 2021
I always strive to ensure I represent my clients to the very best of my abilities, and as such, this is the first negative review I have received in my 17 years of practice. I encourage this former client to reach out to me to discuss her concerns. I always suggest a client attempt Mediation before litigation, as when a case goes to Court, it is extremely expensive, and you are placing life impacting decisions into the hands of a third party, who does not personally know you or your children. The decision to agree to a settlement is 100% with the client; I cannot force anyone to agree during Mediation. For a case that is 3 years in length, if it went to Trial, it would have taken at least another year, and would have cost tens of thousands of dollars in fees, with no guarantee of the outcome. When an agreement is reached in Mediation, it is by way of a negotiation, where one gives up some issues in order to obtain an outcome on a more important one. Sometimes a person may look back several years later and wonder if litigating the case could have resulted in a better outcome. However, as I stress with every client, you can never fully anticipate what a Court will order, and often finally being done with a lengthy divorce is worth more, both emotionally and financially, than even winning on every issue at Trial a year later.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Law Office of Meredith G Lewis, APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lewis, Warren & Setzer, LLP
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Professor
  • University of San Diego
  • 2006 - 2012

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Duncan

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Committee Member for 2021 Forum
  • 2021 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice San Diego
  • Co-Chair of Divorce Options
  • 2021 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • Board of Directors-Member at Large
  • 2018 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • 2013 - Present
  • Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
  • 2013 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice San Diego
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Certified Family Law Specialist-State Bar of Caliornia
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • Chair of 2019 Annual Statewide Conference
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Collaborative Practice San Diego
  • President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Miramar College
  • Board Member Paralegal Program
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • Delegate
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Collaborative Practice San Diego
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2018
  • Eureka Award-Dedicated Collaborative Professional
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • 2018
  • Women of Influence Award-Finalist
  • Connected Women of Influence
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Family Law Attorney- Finalist
  • Fine Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top San Diego Attorneys-Finalist
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • California Western School of Law
  • N/A
  • Wiley W Manuel Award
  • State Bar of California
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Aspen Publishers
  • California Family Law Supplement
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce 101
  • Understanding the Dissolution Process
  • 2016
  • CPCal Annual Conference
  • Collaborating From Afar-Long Distance Collaborative Cases
  • 2016
  • Second Saturday
  • Dissolution in California
  • 2015
  • Third Saturday
  • Dissolution and Mediation in California
  • 2013
  • Politically Speaking
  • Mediation in Family Law
  • 2013
  • Monthly Seminar
  • Top Nine Financial Considerations in a Dissolution
  • 2013
  • MCLE Webcast
  • Financial Aspects of Divorce
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Endorse Meredith
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Meredith is a great attorney who not only advocates and looks out for her clients interests, but also understands the benefit of working collaboratively and settling cases out of court. She knows how to support her clients and explain everything to them in a concise and easy to understand manner."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Meredith and I have worked well together to effectively settle a difficult case. She is knowledgeable about the law and able to work creatively to find solutions for unusual situations. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Lewis is an exceptional attorney. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and driven to achieve her clients' objectives whether by way of mediation or litigation. She is one of the best in her field and I strongly and confidently endorse Ms. Lewis."
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."
Family 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!"
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I would not hesitate to refer clients to her. Ms. Lewis is knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective for her clients."
Mediation Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Meredith Lewis is very competent and a strong advocate for her clients' needs. She is particularly effective during difficult divorce negotiations at finding solutions to difficult problems. Most of all, she is extraordinarily ethical. I am very pleased to endorse this fine attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of consulting with Meredith Lewis on complex family law matters. She is a very knowledgeable specialist with an excellent reputation in the family law community. While she is an aggressive advocate when the situation requires, Ms. Lewis is also creative in determining better paths to reach the best result for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consulted with Meredith Lewis repeatedly on Family Law and Mediation matters, and will continue to do so. She is extremely capable and professional, but what I cherish most about her work is her ability to minimize conflict in a highly charged arena."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Meredith Lewis on many cases. She is honest and hardworking. Meredith goes above and beyond to represent her client's interests with integrity and diligency. Meredith is an amazing attorney and I would recommend her to everyone."
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Solana Beach Family Lawyer Meredith Gilbert Lewis
Meredith Gilbert Lewis
Family Attorney
Solana Beach, CA
Licensed for 20 years