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Craig Van Thiel is a licensed California attorney specializing in family law matters for over eight years. Specializing in complex family law matters, Mr. Van Thiel has built a reputation for bringing even the most complex family law matters to a just and cost efficient resolution.


Mr. Van Thiel Graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a bachelor's degree in political science. He continued his legal education at the University of San Diego School of Law and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1998. He has also received a degree in Comparative Criminal Law and International Human Rights from the University of San Diego, Dublin Institute on International and Comparative Law.


Before entering private practice Mr. Van Thiel worked for the State Child Support Enforcement Unit and is uniquely aware of the inner workings of the enforcement unit as well as the complexities of child support establishment and enforcement. In private practice Mr. Van Thiel has asserted himself in the North County legal community as an expert in complex family law litigation. Mr. Van Thiel however, prides himself with his ability to bring even the most complex cases to an amicable agreement without the cost of litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    15 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    15 years



Hourly ($235-285/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Michael Thomas McColloch

    Craig is a colleague practicing in the North County of San Diego where I am located. I know him and his firm quite well, as I regularly refer clients needing family law representation to them. Craig is knowledgeable, hard-working and ethical. i am pleased to endorse him.


    Michael McColloch Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elizabeth Jean Kuchta

    I endorse this lawyer. He has lots of experience and is a talented and vigorous advocate. More importantly, he cares deeply about getting the best results possible for you and your family.


    Elizabeth Kuchta Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP

10620 Treena St., Ste. 230
San Diego, CA, 92131

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP

2424 Vista Way, #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., #300
Carlsbad, CA, 92011



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFischer & Van Thiel, LLP2008 - Present
AttorneyFischer & Van Thiel, LLP2007 - 2008