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Scott Howard Finkbeiner

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Diego, CA

3.5   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Alimony

    20 years, 500 cases

  2. Child custody

    20 years, 500 cases

  3. Child support

    20 years, 500 cases

  4. Divorce and separation

    20 years, 500 cases

  5. Domestic violence

    20 years, 100 cases

  6. Family

    20 years, 500 cases

Partner, Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP.  Scott Finkbeiner is a certified family law specialist with the State Bar Of California and a Fellow of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Scott's practice encompasses all aspects of Family Law including dissolution of marriage, child custody, visitation and support, post-judgment enforcement actions as well as drafting premarital and postmarital agreements.  Scott is the recipient of the prestigious Mike Shea award in 2013 for his work in educating his peers as well as commitment to civility in the legal community.  Scott is a frequent lecturer on all issues related to family law.  Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the AAML Southern California Chapter (2017).  He has previously held numerous leadership positions with the San Diego County Bar Association, including: Co-chair of the Family Law Division (2013); Chairperson of the Lawyer Referral Service (2008-2011); Board of Director (2006-2007), and Chair-Person of the Young New Lawyer Division (2006-2007).

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Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP
7676 Hazard Center Drive, Ste. 625
San Diego, CA, 92108
Wilkinson & Finkbeiner LLP
18592 MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 305
Invine, CA, 92612
Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP
255 E. Rincon St #211a
Corona, CA, 92879
Wilkinson Finkbeiner, LLP
27555 Ynez Rd. Ste. 214
Temecula, CA, 92591
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Posted by Barbie | September 2, 2010
Do yourself a favor and hire Scott and save time and money. Make sure both parties agree on everything and just hire one attorney not two. Scott can handle the whole divorce and be done. Don't make it complicated. Take it from me been there done it....
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2010
Good family law attorney
Mr. Finkbeiner did a great job on my divorce/custody case. He was very good in court, knew the law and was able to get me through a very complicated custody battle with my ex. Mr. Finkbener kept me informed on my case and was responsive to my questions. I definitely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2011
not what I thought I was getting
Pressured to agree to joint custody and shouldn't have done it. Didn't know once I did it would be almost impossible to change.
Posted by covey | February 5, 2010
Not what I expected
In my year and 3 months of time with him as my lawyer Scott has been reactive and not proactive, on several occasions he waited until hours before the hearing to ask me for pertinent information, not only did he charge me 3 times what he initially said he caused more problems between me and my ex-wife then he did good. To this day I have paid him between 7-9 thousand dollars and I am still not divorced (1 year 3 months later). He has allowed continuance after continuance which has allowed this case to be drawn out.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP
  • 2005 - Present


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Arizona
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Assocaition
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Executive Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Young & New Lawyers Division
  • Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Barrister's Club
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mike Shea Award
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2013


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Speaking Engagements

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Southern California chapter)
  • Hot Topics In Law Practice Management
  • 2017
  • Spring Seminar
  • Family Law Pitfalls When Working With Therapists & Privilege Issues
  • 2016
  • Summer Family Law Seminar
  • Hot Ethics Topics Related To Family Law
  • 2013
  • Winter Seminar 2012
  • Using Jointly Appointed Mental Health & FInancial Experts
  • 2012
  • San Diego County Bar Foundation
  • Stock Options In Income Determinations
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
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Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for and along side Scott for many years. Scott has great compassion for his clients and is excellent at helping clients negotiate or litigate their family law case to conclusion. Scott's knowledge of California family law is second to none."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for many years. Scott is an excellent lawyer, a wonderful person, and has the highest ethical standards. I highly recommend Scott."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is truly passionate about law, is self-motivating and vey hard working. He sees every new challenge as an opportunity for professional growth. Scott has been a leader in our community and is admired by his peers. I frequently refer clients to him and endorse him as an attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Finkbeiner is an intelligent, confident, and resourceful attorney. I first met Scott at a Family Law Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course, where he was the one of the main instructors. I was immediately impressed with his wealth of subject matter knowledge and his superb public speaking skills. Furthermore, Scott is unique among California Family Law attorneys, as he holds the distinguished credential of being a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar. He is truly one of the best family law attorneys in the county; he works extremely hard to achieve equitable and just results for his clients. I also appreciate Scott’s calm and friendly demeanor; I highly recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is an exceptional attorney with a great personality. He is extremely knowledgeable and his professionalism candor are truly admirable. I highly recommend Scott!"
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Divorce and separation Lawyer Scott Howard Finkbeiner
Scott Howard Finkbeiner
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 20 years