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Vera Ann Livingstone

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   66 reviews

also known as LIVINGSTONE LAW, APC, Livingstone & Associates

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Vera

Learn Vera’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%
    Representing men and women through their divorce case by understanding the client's values and accomplishing their goals in an efficient and practical manner. My skills include acting as a Special Master for the Court and Referee for discovery.

    26 years, 611 cases

  2. Child custody
    40%
    Representing parents and grandparents in their custody and visitation cases. Move Away Litigation. Restraining Orders.

    26 years, 467 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    15%
    Prosecuted and Defended Restraining Orders, including violence under the revised Domestic Violence Prevention Act which includes stalking, electronic harassment, and coercive control. Enforced and Defended Family Code 3044 and Prevailing Party Fees

    26 years, 221 cases

Attorney Vera A. Livingstone is a settlement attorney and appointed minor's counsel for the San Diego Superior court. She acts as Special Master for the Courts, private attorneys, and litigants and is listed with the California State Bar as a Special Master.

For the past 25 years, Vera has focused primarily on Family Law matters, where she has successfully litigated difficult custody issues, move-away trials, post-judgment issues, enforcement of judgment, evidentiary hearings, and financial issues. Her strengths include good, close client relationships, cross-examination, and depositions. She handles many high-conflict cases and cases of first impression. At all times, she works toward case resolution with an eye on efficiency and client satisfaction.

Attorney Vera A. Livingstone graduated from SDSU in 1982 with a degree in Public Administration by working during the day and attending night school. She completed 3 years of law school in 2 years and passed the California Bar Exam on the first attempt.  As of 2023, she is a settlement attorney for the San Diego Superior Court.

From 2002 through 2008, Vera worked at the YWCA Legal Clinic where she was mentored by a well-known family law specialist. She represented more than 100 male and female domestic violence victims in restraining order, family law, custody and visitation, and divorce cases. While at the YWCA, Vera tackled difficult and unusual cases such as refugee and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases and gained a significant amount of experience doing trial work and evidentiary hearings at the YWCA.

Vera continued her pursuit of unusual cases by winning cases for spousal support under the Immigration and Nationality Act in Civil Court. She also brought a tree-cutting case to a jury trial and mediated several other cases where an individual trespassed and cut down a neighbor’s trees.

Vera enjoys Formula 1 Racing, making jam, dog training, suffering through bootcamp, going to the Del Mar Races, performance art, happy hour, cheering on the Padres, and generally being active with her husband and teenage children.

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Location

LIVINGSTONE LAW, APC
2635 Camino del Rio South, Suite 208
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  66 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jerome T.
Vera Livingstone is the complete package in an attorney. You are guaranteed to get empathy, honesty and professionalism. She provides highly effective services and is passionate for her clients all throughout the duration of the process - as I can personally attest to. She made my life peaceful, stress free and made sure I had no worries about my situation and her quality of services. I totally trust her and highly highly recommend her to future clients. In my humble and honest opinion and experience with her, she’s the best in this business. Totally love, Jerome T.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2023
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Single Mom without an attorney
I had a custody case I needed help with, I had been going to court for years and representing myself. I decided to hire an attorney since I thought I was being bullied by the other parent attorney. I hired Vera and she immediately got familiar with my case, she knew the judge and made herself familiar with the other parent's attorney. Vera was fair and honest! She prepared me for my court date and her assistant and her met me before my court date. I even received a call from her on the weekend to make sure I was ready to go and answer any questions I had before my court date. The price was reasonable, but its priceless for the amount of work she did for me.
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Response from Vera Livingstone October 16, 2023
It was a pleasure representing this client. My goal is to ensure my clients are confident in my services and have an understanding of the court process.
Posted by Edmar | September 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best across all categories! Hands Down!
I was referred to Ms. Livingstone by a friend of mine who had used her services for a child custody case. She came highly recommended and I reached out in hopes that Ms. Livingstone could help me with my child custody case. Not only did she help my friend who recommended her; get her child, but in my case too, Ms. Livingstone, who had mentioned to me the slim probability of receiving full custody as a single father, also was able to help me in getting full custody of my baby girl. She’s not a miracle worker, it truly is her remarkable work ethic and attention to detail that separates her service from the rest of them. I was in court with her all day and I have to admit some of the performances by other attorneys, (including some who have much higher rates than Ms. Livingstone) we’re so pathetic that I honestly felt bad for their clients having made a financial investment in faith with them all to receive such poor performance when it mattered most. In all honesty I was very concerned about the financial aspect of my case since it was decently pricey… but every single penny paid was soooo absolutely worth it the moment Ms. Livingstone opened her mouth in the court room. Her delivery came with such precise statements of fact and a clear understanding of the law I even saw the judge almost look relieved to hear from her, instead of the frustration that the judge was showing to the attorneys before her. Her demeanor was very professional and presentation was more so. She absolutely did her job but also went above and beyond for me as a client. I will never be grateful enough or be able to express fully the amount of gratitude I have that I was referred to her. She is the best option in my opinion for a custody lawyer. If she tells you to shut up, shut up, if she tells to not do something don’t do it… listen to her counsel and trust her expertise and I’m sure you will find yourself having the same results as I mentioned above… after seeing Ms Livingstone work first hand there is no where else I will go for any family law related case. Choosing Ms. Livingstone for representation IS choosing your child. I can’t recommend enough
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Posted by Jennifer | September 18, 2023
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Really excellent advocate and attorney
Vera Livingstone did an excellent job representing me for a very difficult divorce case. She provided clear guidance and expert advice through this very difficult time. Our case was successful and this was all due to Vera's experience and expert advice through the entire process. She is knowledgeable and very experienced--I highly recommend Vera.
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Posted by Alexa | February 17, 2023
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You Will Not Find A More Competent and Compassionate Lawyer
I am a licensed attorney who hired Vera to handle my own custody move-away case based on a referral from a friend. By the time Vera became involved, I had already received rulings that made my chances of prevailing at trial pretty slim. This did not deter Vera. She took my case, gave me hope, and showed me so much compassion. Vera spent the time to get up to speed, she made sense of all the evidence, and took her time getting to know me and the issues in the case. She was a fierce advocate in court, not only for me, but also for what was in the best interest of my son. She made sure my voice was heard. I ultimately prevailed at trial because of Vera's knowledge, skill, and experience in family law. I highly recommend Vera and owe her a great debt for what she was able to achieve for me and my son. As a lawyer myself and having met many lawyers, I feel confident in saying: you simply will not find a more competent and compassionate lawyer than Vera.
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Posted by Kristabel | November 18, 2022
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Great Divorce Attorney!
She handled my dissolution case with class. She allowed me to be free of worries and stress by dealing with all the paperwork. She is truly worth her weight in gold. She is an excellent lawyer, and pushes for what is best for you and family. Amazing work and amazing legal team. Thank-you!
Posted by Arturo | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
Extremely happy with Vera's work. She has helped so much and has always been nice and polite throughout my cases.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-of-the-line family law attorney
I hired Vera to deal with a very difficult situation that arose in my private life. From the beginning, I could tell that she had the necessary experience and toughness to deal with my case. At the same time, she was compassionate about what I was going through which really helped me to recover from a traumatic personal situation. I intend to hire her again next year to take care of another family law issue. Can’t recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Siu | October 4, 2022
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Trustworthy and Professional
Vera is very experienced. It's hard to find a lawyer like her! I love her court presentations! She's pleasant and direct to the point. I provided her with lots of information, but she carefully selects her talking points. I can tell that the judge has a lot of respect for her and for her words. I can't speak highly enough for Vera. She is also very hardworking, professional, caring and honest! She has a professional team: Mr. Barnes is professional and helpful!
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Posted by John | August 5, 2022
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Great person and great Lawyer
Great person and lawyer to use. Vera took over my case from another lawyer, fixed everything that wasn't right, and did everything needed to win my case. I would recommended her to anyone that needed a great lawyer.
Posted by SY | July 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Consultation
I did an initial consultation with Vera, and she was extremely helpful! She was very well organized and gave me a great overview of some things I can expect with my separation. She allowed me to ask questions and was very knowledgable in her answers and provided helpful feedback. Her personality is a great fit, and she is definitely someone I will want to work with if needed through this situation. I feel way more informed and at ease after only talking to her once.
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Posted by Fred | April 11, 2022
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Divorce attorney that I recommend highly.
Vera Livingstone handled my divorce situation with great care. She represented me well and managed the negotiations with great skill. I highly recommend her and her firm.
Posted by Christy | February 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Woman with true heart for what is right.
This woman went above and beyond in my time of need she provided me with my rights to help calm me down. When dealing with crazy people trying to grasp on to your child by taking you to court is heartbreaking. She took time out of her 10 hour day work schedule to help. For free.
Posted by Tamara | February 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Goes above and beyond!
Vera is awesome! Even though we are located out of the area, she was still able to provide us with crucial information and took the time out of her hectic schedule to review our concerns. Her vast knowledge of family situations in the courtroom really gave us a clear perspective on what could happen and what to be prepared for! We highly recommend her service.
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Posted by Miranda | January 24, 2022
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Best Family Lawyer in San Diego!
Vera Livingstone is hands down, the BEST family court lawyer out there. Words can't even express how overjoyed I am with her work. Going to court is a stressful process, especially if it's something you've never been through before. Vera, however, made everything so easy! I had just left a domestically abusive relationship and needed protection for both my newborn and I. Vera sprung into action an assisted me in retaining a restraining order. From here, she continued to impress me with her litigation skills and work ethic. Filing all paperwork and evidence to support my case right away. I was never left in the dark, she kept me updated on everything relating to court. When it came to presenting my case, I was left in complete shock. Vera is a BEAST in the courtroom. Not only does she have a good rapport with the court but her professionalism and ability to think quick on her feet was impressive. In addition to this, the way she fought for my son and I. Truly, I was left in complete amazement. Never in my life, have I've witnessed anyone defend and protect me as well as Vera did. She put my mind at ease and gave me a sense of confidence throughout this whole process. I got everything I wanted! I couldn't have done any of this without the help of Vera Livingstone. I highly recommend that everyone hire her to be their lawyer. I promise, she will not disappoint.
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Posted by KN | December 3, 2021
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Consult
On November 30, 2012 I contacted Vera for a consultation. She was very friendly and professional. She made me feel comfortable and at ease as though I had known her for years. She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions and welcomed me to give her a call back if needed. I would definitely recommend her as a lawyer.
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Posted by Daniel | October 27, 2021
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Outstanding Lawyer
Vera did an outstanding job handling my child support case by being well prepared, professional, honest, and providing amazing litigation skills during my hearing. From the moment I hired Vera she always was very responsive, understanding, and professional. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and will always have her represent me when needed. I would also recommend her to anyone that needs child visitation or child custody representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2021
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Vera Livingstone
Vera is always available and knowledgeable. She is kind and caring through a most difficult situation. She really does have your best interest at heart and is ready and willing to fight for you. Even though I decided not to go through with a divorce at this time. She didn’t make me feel bad about my decision not to continue. I felt like she really had my back. If and when the time comes she will be the person I will want to handle my case. I would definitely refer her to anyone in need.
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Posted by soosan | October 6, 2021
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Caring, Personable and Responsive
Vera did an excellent job handling my spousal support case. She worked very hard and was always available whenever I had any questions, was consistently on top of my case, and informed me of any new developments along the way. I have had other attorneys before and I truly believe that she is the most caring, understanding, and honest attorney I have worked with. If I ever need an attorney in the future, I would call Vera without any hesitation.
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Posted by Ann | August 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent consultation
I consulted with Ms. Livingstone in regards to updating my will- the one that she prepared for me 11 years ago. She gave me clear and concise information on what steps were involved in updating it. .I called her for the update because she did a fine job for me in 2010 and I like to stay with people who take excellent care of me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-425 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Minor's counsel
  • Livingstone Law, APC
  • 2024 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Livingstone Law, APC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Special Master
  • San Diego County Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Livingstone Law, APC
  • 1996 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Godkin & Brengle, LLP
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • YWCA Legal Center
  • 2002 - 2008
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Education

  • California Western SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Behrou
  • Husband Divorced. No Spousal Support in Long Term Marriage.
  • White v. Himmbelberger
  • Child allowed to move with client.
  • J.B v. M.B.
  • Support was increased and sanctions imposed.
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Associations

  • San Diego Mission de Alcala
  • Festival Finds Committee
  • 2023 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Obedience Club of San Diego County Dog Club
  • Secretary
  • 2023 - 2024
  • St. Josephs' Cathedral
  • Social Committee and Welcome Committee
  • 2013 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Special Master
  • California State Bar
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (28)
Endorse Vera
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Vera is an amazing lawyer. You will not be let down by her."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"A wonderful and caring Child Custody attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vera is an exceptional attorney with matters of Divorce and Separation. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"An excellent Child Custody attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vera is an experienced attorney with Divorce matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer for Divorce and Separation matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vera expresses a remarkable prowess with all Family Law matters, including Divorce and Separation. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"An experienced attorney with Divorce, and various Family Law matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"A wonderful attorney with Child Custody matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Livingstone is a brilliant attorney with a good heart. I would trust her on any family law matter!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am pleased to endorse this lawyer. Ms. Livingstone does not lose sight of her client’s long term goals. She remembers that each case is not a series of her personal battles to be won, but, effects the lives of these families forever. You are in very good hands."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Child custody is one of the most high stakes areas in the law and Vera is the most knowledgeable and caring child custody attorney I know; I would trust no one more. I am just glad she practices other areas of law with as much tenacity and care."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Vera on a case, and can without hesitation recommend her. She is very detailed orientated, knowledgeable, and cares about her clients."
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San Diego Divorce and separation Lawyer Vera Ann Livingstone
Vera Ann Livingstone
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 27 years
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