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Andrea Debra Schneider

Child custody Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andrea

Learn Andrea’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    60%
    Legal proceedings involving children can be emotionally and physically draining. As a child custody attorney who has been working in this field since 1992, I understand the complexities and sensitive nature of these cases. Get help when you need it.

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    People marry with high hopes for the future and the thought of divorce nowhere in their minds, the reality is that half of all marriages end in divorce. No matter the circumstances, I am prepared to use my experience as a divorce lawyer to help you.

  3. Family
    10%
    Few matters are as complex or emotionally-charged as those involving family law. I make every effort to ease your burden and provide you with legal counsel that is unique to your needs and those of your children.

  4. Child support
    5%
    Negotiating can often be difficult, however, with both parents arguing over the amount of money that must be paid in child support. Due to the complicated nature of these cases, you need have a seasoned attorney by your side through the process.

  5. DUI and DWI
    5%
    All DUI & DWI matters. Trying to get the justice that you deserve can be difficult and complicated, which is why I make myself available to you every day of the week.

COMPASSIONATE LEGAL ADVICE  - HELPING YOU DO WHAT'S BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY

Support and guidance without judgment.

We will strategize with you and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals, to ensure you get through this difficult time as smoothly, compassionately and cost efficiently as possible. We can protect your rights through collaborative advocacy to ensure you get through this difficult time as smoothly, compassionately and cost efficiently as possible.

ABOUT ANDREA SCHNEIDER

Why Choose Me to Handle Your Case?

I have more than 29 years of insight and experience to offer in the area of family and criminal law. Taking stress, time, and unnecessary expenses off of your plate becomes my priority when you put me on your side. Whether it be a child custody, property division, child support, or any other matter, the outcome of any case that I handle matters to me. For that reason, my relationships with clients are very hands-on. I maintain open lines of communication with them from day one. Whether you prefer to reach me via phone, text, email, or meet with me in-person, I am here to accommodate your individual needs.

Having been an attorney since 1992, I have devoted 100% of my time, efforts, and energy toward representing the good people of San Diego & La Mesa. Judgment has no place at my firm. I believe that anyone accused of committing a crime deserves a second chance. I also believe that your family's future is riding on the outcome of the matters that you are facing. That's why I work so diligently to obtain favorable resolutions for every case that I handle as a La Mesa family law attorney. When you turn to me, I will go to bat for what you're fighting for, whether it be your constitutional rights, your freedom, or your loved ones. Trust that I am here for you.

As a mom of 2 children, I understand that what is BEST for the CHILDREN is always a priority. I will help you get through your divorce, child support, child custody, spousal support, modification of existing orders and other family law matters as painlessly as possible while protecting your rights and treating you with respect.  I will make you and your case a priority.  

I understand that when clients come to me, they are going through a very difficult and emotional time. They are trusting me with their children, their finances, and their most important personal issues. I'm a great listener and with compassion, do my best to ensure that each client's unique needs and circumstances are considered. Family law is definitely not a one size fits all approach.

Andrea Schneider graduated from California Western School of Law in 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois in 1986 where she graduated with honors. She was admitted to practice in the California and Federal Courts in 1992 and has been an attorney in San Diego since 1992. She just finished 2 years of being the President of the East County San Diego Bar Association (formerly Fotthills Bar Association) and is still an active member of that Board. She was recently a member and co-chair of Lawyer’s Club East County section.

You can also learn more about her at her website 

 

 

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Location

The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider
PO Box 191232
San Diego, CA, 92159

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and Informative
Andrea was able to connect me with an experienced attorney that understands my situation. I explained to Andrea that money is tight right now and my attorney is working with me.
Posted by Adam | November 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and considerate
Andrea was not able to be involved in my legal matter but she thoughtfully heard out my situation and went to the trouble of contacting a fellow attorney to reach out and follow up with me. Highly professional and helpful.
Posted by Terri | July 20, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I live in Kentucky but my mother lives in San Diego and I was needing help for my mother regarding some financial issues. Ms. Schneider steered me in the the direction with contacts to get the ball rolling on assessing my mothers situation. I am truly grateful! Thank you so much!
Posted by Mark M. | July 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience working with Andrea.
Andrea is professional, caring, and responsive. She kept me informed of my case every step of the way. I was extremely happy with the positive outcome. This was the second time Andrea has helped me with my case. This time I have a final agreement, which is a huge relief. From the time I contacted Andre to the time I had all my documents signed was just uber two weeks. Andrea is great to work with, always ready to provide excellent advice and service. Thanks Andrea.
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Posted by Angela | December 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Battle
Andrea Schneider was very patient, always answered my questions and gave me objective counsel I knew I could trust. Her hard work and diligence resulted in a favorable outcome in my case, TWICE! Andrea explained everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. She kept me updated throughout the process until everything was taken care of.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond helpful and professional
Andrea work with me from January 2021 to November 2021 for a custody case. Andrea has been great throughout my whole case. She went above and beyond to make sure I was preparing for my meditation and coming to an agreement. She constantly was checking in and touching bases with me about the case. She was very knowledgeable about custody laws. Toward the end recently, we ended up having some issue with the other party with not summitting document as they promise. Andrea took the time contacting the other party and professionally handle the matter quickly. She made sure everything was taken care and sent to the courthouse. She communicated frequently during the whole process. I never felt left in the dark about anything. If I had any question about my case, she always got back to me very quickly. If you want someone who going make sure your case is taken care and done right, I would use Andrea. She professional, quick, straight to the point and thorough. I appreciate her support during my whole case.
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Posted by Christopher Toscano | February 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Andrea was extremely helpful through out my entire court process. I didn't fully understand my rights as a father until Andrea guided and helped me. Court can be a frustrating and long process, but I got lucky finding her. She eased all of my fears and I felt as though she always made my daughter was the most important factor.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond helpful and professional
It was a great pleasure to work with Andrea. I had to find a lawyer last minute for a meditation. She went above and beyond to make sure I was prepare for my meditation. She even took a non work day to help me. She know her stuff and if looking for someone to help you out in a stressful time. She the person to go with.
Posted by Janell | January 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication and representation
Andrea worked with me prior to my birth and then right after I had my son to come up with a custody agreement/parenting plan with the other parent. She was timely and processional and brainstormed ways in which to approach the agreement. She was great to work with and I felt like my ideas and concerns were addressed. I'm happy we got a chance to work together. The outcome was favorable for me.
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Posted by Randy | July 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She took the time to help at no gain to herself. Greatly appreciated!
Last night I needed attorney advice for a future case. I went ahead and left a short message. Andrea Schneider at the end of her day took the time to call me back and patiently and freely spent time with me discussing my case with great advice and clarity. It was greatly appreciated. I have a much better understanding of what needs to be done, time lines, alternative methods, where to file official complaints and how, plus much more. Also where to hire an attorney if I need one because of her professionalism an more. I just want to extend a thank you here, a shout out for taking time with me. Again thank you for the guidance.
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Posted by Barbara | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tremendously helpful!
“I had an uncontentious divorce so thought I could do the paperwork myself, not the case. Andrea was willing to work with us in a way that worked well for both of us. She and her amazing assistant had to undo and redo much of what I thought I did right. They got our paperwork through the court system and took all the stress off of me. Andrea was kind, attentive, transparent, of high integrity and extremely effective. I would highly recommend her!” B
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Posted by Marcel | July 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney in a difficult time
I utilized Andrea's legal services to help me resolve a difficult and bitter child visitation dispute. Andrea was able to successfully make in-roads on a new visitation agreement that both parties could support. I am extremely pleased that Andrea was able to resolve my legal matter within the 45-day deadline I put forth. Although I hope not to have to return to court for another family related matter, however if I did, I would strongly consider retaining Andrea services in the future. Andrea is a true professional and will get the "job" done.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Would recommend
I submitted a general inquiry to speak with a lawyer, and was lucky to receive a call from Andrea. We spoke for 15 min about dissolving a marriage and child custody, and I got valuable information from that short conversation. She listened, cared, and provided constructive feedback. I would recommend her, as well as consult with her in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great consultation!
Thank you Andrea for your amazing advice regarding my child support situation. I would give you 10 stars if I could!
Posted by Brian Hansen | November 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very warm and knowledgeable
I consulted with Andrea on my difficult child custody case, and she listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.
Posted by Simone | October 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service
Andrea called me back in beneath ten minutes. She was very focused on what i told her, asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question. I can highly recommend her.
Posted by Ashley Oliver | August 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Andrea Schnieder is a god send. If you need legal help call her, she replies fast and I couldn't be more grateful for her help.
First off I have to say Andrea is amazing. I am currently going through a custody case with my ex-husband for our son and even though I live out of state Andrea is willing to FaceTime me and give me great legal advice. She has consulted with me about legal paperwork needed for court and mediation. She has gone step by step with the paperwork and forms to make sure I am comfortable and confident in what I am saying and filling out so i don't feel stressed or overwhelmed when it comes time to go into court. She is very thurough and just genuinely cares about me and my case and is even willing to help my while on vacation. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to help me.
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Posted by R | May 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Andrea was very knowledgable
I used Andrea's services for a divorce case. She was very knowledgable and helpful. She patiently heard my questions and gave detailed answers. She went above and beyond to help me prepare how to communicate with my spouse.
Posted by Paulina | April 7, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My hour consult with Andrea was pricless
I found Andrea on avvo. I received a summons to appear in 6 days. I needed to meet with her and she saw me within a day of calling her. She actually answered the phone and some of my questions while at Disneyland with her kids. Andrea met with me for an hour and gave me the exact paperwork I needed for mediation. While everyone in the courthouse was frantically filling out three pages of paperwork, I was able to gather my thoughts. She also prepared me for the mediation. Andrea is a very skilled and knowledgeable attorney. The hours consult was priceless. The court sided in my favor and I owe this to Andrea. Thank you
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Posted by Britney | March 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and Helpful
I hired Andrea to consult me on a child custody case. She talked me through the whole process thoroughly and explained what you expect as well as how I can best present myself. I will be walking into mediation with my sons father feeling as prepared as possible. I am grateful for her assistance.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Andrea Schneider
  • 1992 - Present
  • Teacher
  • Argosy University
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Teacher
  • Kelsey Jenney Business College
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Attorney on Death Penalty case
  • Alternate Public Defenders Office, San Diego County, California
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Law clerk
  • Law Offices of Eugene Iredale
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • National Conflict Resolution Center
  • 32 hour mediation course
  • 2011
  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Lake Forest College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Associations

  • Foothills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Foothills Bar Association/East County San Diego Bar Association
  • President
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Foothills Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Foothills Bar Association
  • Officer, Secretary, Attorney/Court liaison
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Lawyers Club
  • Member, East County co-chair
  • 2016 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition for outstanding service as a Director in 2017
  • Foothills Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (24)
Endorse Andrea
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrea Schneider for family law matters. Andrea has been a very active member of the San Diego legal community for years and has a reputation for being a great advocate for her clients. She is able to balance between being a compassionate and understanding attorney, all while being a straight shooter. She is very responsive to her clients' needs and I will continue to refer my family law prospects to Andrea as I know they will be in good hands."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Schneider. She is an experienced litigator who goes above and beyond for her clients and has great attention to detail. I also had the pleasure of working with Attorney Schneider while she was President of the Foothills Bar Association (now East County San Diego Bar Association) for the past two years and she was an absolute pleasure to work with."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I regularly refer people to Andrea for family law and criminal defense cases because she has a deep knowledge of legal issues and still understanding the complicated nature of people going through these difficult cases. She seems to have a balance between tough love and empathy, a rare quality in lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is a colleague whom I have highly admired for over 25 years. Her vast experience, combined with her passion for the law and for her clients, is second to none. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Andrea for years; she is very competent and empathetic with her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is thoughtful, incisive, and creative. I recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrea assisted me with a family law case I have where my client also had a potential criminal case. She worked with my client and solved the problem with ultimately no criminal charges being made. She is very caring and has continued to follow up on the status of my client. I would highly recommend Andrea and endorse her as an attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrea for a number of years. She is honest, professional, and works extremely hard for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am well familiar with Ms. Schneider's reputation in the community and I would highly recommend her to any of my friends. Andrea is passionate and experienced in her field of practice."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is very passionate and sincere. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney to handle their family law or criminal defense matters. Andrea is extremely knowledgeable and cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrea for over 20 years, hold her in very high regard and would not hesitate to refer Criminal Defense and/or Family Law matters to her. She is bright, capable and highly regarded in the community. Jedd Bogage (Personal Injury)"
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrea Schneider as an attorney for over 20 years, first when I was her intern and now as a colleague. She is diligent, efficient, and a very caring counselor. One of the best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is driven, bright and always on top of things. She is an energetic and genuine advocate with abundant experience. I would recommend her without reservation."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Andrea for several years and have had the chance to observe her dedication to her clients and achieving the very best possible result. I feel anyone would be in good hands if Andrea is their lawyer in her fields of expertise."
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San Diego Child custody Lawyer Andrea Debra Schneider
Andrea Debra Schneider
Child custody Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 31 years
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