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Samuel S Godkin

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.8   13 reviews

also known as Godkin & Brengle, LLP

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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
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Founding attorney Samuel S. Godkin has been practicing divorce law in San Diego since 1996. His over 27 years of experience as a certified mediator creates avenues for his clients to purse a collaborative divorce or avoid the headaches of litigation while saving both time and money.  Hi approach is based more on psychology rather than law and it has been an effective approach in divorce mediation cases, child custody cases, and military divorces.

Many divorce lawyers say proudly that they start preparing for trial from day one. Our approach is different. Once we understand the issues, we immediately start looking for ways to settle your divorce, not litigate it, unless litigation becomes absolutely necessary. While the goal is always to win for you on key issues, we know from experience that no one ultimately wins a drawn-out, needlessly expensive battle.

Mr. Godkin believes in finding rational, practical solutions to tough problems without resorting to costly litigation. He has been a certified mediator throughout his legal career, and his track record in complex divorce disputes involving child custody and financial issues speaks volumes. The other attorneys and professionals we work with share our consciousness of the big picture, and we all work to find cost-effective ways for our clients to reach the most beneficial outcomes.

If you need divorce representation, in the San Diego area — and you want straight talk and cost-effective action — contact us today to speak with Samuel S. Godkin or one of his associates that practices in your area of need.


San Diego, CA, 92128


4.8 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Nathan | October 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Sam Godkin is an incredibly experienced and intelligent Family attorney. He helped me through a very difficult time and am very grateful for what he was able to achieve for my family. He knows what he is doing! Sam's experience and sharp mental acuity have proven to be both economical and efficient.
Posted by Sean | October 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
I am a 50+ single father with a four year old daughter and issues enforcing the MSA. Sam was diligent and creative in representing me and was successful in getting nearly everything we requested. I will confidently continue to work with Sam in the future if needed.
Posted by Jacob | November 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Turned the tides
I sought out an attorney during my divorce after all seemed lost. I moved out of the area and was unable to close out my divorce on my own. Prior to retaining Sam and his partner Shane I lost hope. They were able to turn my case around and stop a seemingly horrific outcome for me during trial. They were complete professionals and kept me in the loop for the entirety of my case. They were able to close my case and turn the tides to my favor. If you are in need of great legal representation then look no further. I will be recommending Sam and Shane to all friends/family in need of legal services pertaining to family law. Thank you again.
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Posted by Lisa | April 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speedy Divorce
Sam settled my divorce in a timely manner. We didn’t have very many assets to divide, but Sam is very knowledgeable about California laws being that we live in a community property state. Sam will get you what should be rightfully yours and will give you great advice from start to finish. I highly recommend Sam Godkin as your divorce attorney.
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Posted by Warren | November 9, 2021
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Godkin and Brengle review
Me.Godkin’s associate Shane Brengle, handled my case. Responses to my issues were responded to very fast. Very happy with their services.
Posted by Theresa Scher | January 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Investment Ever
I came to Sam scared and desperate to protect my family. As soon as I retained him, I felt protected and safe. And it has remained that way ever since. He fought for my children and I, didn’t drag things out, and I got the best possible outcome. You cannot put a price on safety, security and peace of mind. This lawyer is the best of the best and I am grateful to have found him. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Olivia | December 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in SD
Sam represented me in my divorce and I couldn’t be more grateful for his services. I initially came to him feeling timid, scared, and hopeless. I let him know that my ex and I had a prenup and that he was trying to bully me out of “his house.” Sam immediately applied his expertise and educated me on my rights. Despite my nervousness and fears, he encouraged me to file proper paperwork and protect myself before my ex could do anything against me. What’s great about Sam is that he always thinks not 2, but 3 steps ahead. I felt like he looked after me as if I was a family member that he passionately wanted to protect. He is tough and aggressive in the best way possible which is exactly what I needed in guiding me out of a bad situation. I actually felt sorry for my ex’s attorney because Sam pretty much ate her alive and we ultimately got a settlement that exceeded my expectations. He is worth every penny. Thank you Sam!
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Posted by susan | November 12, 2015
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excellent family lawyer
My ex tried to sue me for full custody of my children by filing court documents full of lies. Not only did Sam expose my ex's lies during deposition, but he forced my ex into telling the truth. He exposed that my ex had not only broken the law but violated our legal and custody agreements. Sam has a brilliant mind. He was able to squash this in deposition as well as force my ex to pay for my attorney fees and agree to additional requests I wanted to include in our custody agreement. What could have been a long drawn out and expensive process was minimized due to Sam's skills as a family lawyer and true concern to protect my children and my family.
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Posted by eric | September 27, 2014
move away order case
Sam handled a difficult move away order/custody case for us. He explained to us how he would handle it and what we could expect without making any promises. He got it done quickly and for less money than we expected, always answered emails and phone calls, and got the result we wanted. He was always extremely professional and courteous. I would highly recommend Sam Godkin.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2014
Highly Recommended
Mr. Godkin has worked with me for the last year and a half during a hostile and difficult divorce. The service I have received from Mr. Godkin and his staff have been exceptional! I'm surprised by the one negative review, because every encounter I have had with Mr. Godkin, whether in person, on the phone, via email, or in court was highly professional. He was very concerned with my financial status, and often times counseled me on how to minimize my cost, and his fees. Both Mr. Godkin, and opposing council worked together professionally to resolve my case. He has patiently answered all of my questions, and discussed all of my options through the separation, divorce, and child custody issues. He has listened to my concerns, and has given me practical and useful advice every step of the way. I would recommend, (and have already) Mr. Godkin for all Family Law matters.
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Posted by Travis Likert | May 5, 2014
Knowledgeable, patient and trustworthy.
I have hired Mr. Godkin on multiple occasions and have found his work to be fantastic. I recommend him to my clients, family and friends.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2009
A new outlook on the stigma of divorce attorneys.
I was impressed and pleased with Mr. Godkin's efforts to effectively and cost efficiently settle my case. I take back everything I once said and felt about divorce attorneys. This guy is an exception.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
$300 for Consultation
Expensive consultation and he was demeaning. His specialty is confusion. He didn't listen he criticized and didn't offer me any advice. He's obviously had a lot of cases where opposing side has lied and weaves stories in order to get their way, but that wasn't me or my situation. Because he was so critical and rude, it helped me define an attorney I absolutely did not want which is why I rated him 2 stars instead of 1 star. He must only give great results to those who can afford it.
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  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • San Diego State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award For Family Law
  • California Western School of Law
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Samuel
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Godkin is a skilled litigator and passionate representative for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Godkin is a top notch family law attorney. He's smart, aggressive, respected and caring. You can't do better."
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 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Godkin is a hard working family law attorney you can count on. He is knowledgable in the law, and always does his best for his clients. I endorse this lawyer's work!"
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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San Diego Divorce and separation Lawyer Samuel S Godkin
Samuel S Godkin
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 27 years
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