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Neil Opdahl-Lopez

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Bernardino, CA

4.9   141 reviews

also known as Neil Opdahl-Lopez, Esq. (Major, USMCR)

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
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About Neil

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AS A FORMER JUDGE ADVOCATE IN THE MARINE CORPS, I HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE AND UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCE.

Neil Opdahl-Lopez (Major, USMCR) is a former Judge Advocate who served active duty aboard Camp Pendleton, California (2011-2018), and stood in various attorney positions including: prosecutor, civil law, and staff judge advocate. Through this comprehensive and foundational experience, then Captain Opdahl-Lopez learned the value of a a multi faceted base of knowledge and experience in order to accomplish the task and mission at hand, no matter the circumstances. Since parting from active duty in 2015, he transitioned into non profit work, where he defended indigent clients against slumlords and being evicted through unlawful detainers for several years. In late 2017, Neil instituted his own private practice and struck out on his own, and put his vast array of experience to work- he now specializes in DUI defense, criminal defense, and divorces (uncontested). As a member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), Neil completed the Summer 2019 intensive course in Boston, MA (graduation pictured). Major Opdahl-Lopez still stands as a current drilling Marine in the reserves, and is the Los Angeles representative for the Marine For Life Program. Neil stands ready to fight for your rights and prides himself on client satisfaction. Contact him for a free consultation today!

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018
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Location

Law Offices of Neil Opdahl-Lopez
473 E. Carnegie Drive
Suite 200
San Bernardino, CA, 92408
Law Offices of Neil Opdahl-Lopez
1050 West Lakes Drive
Suites 225 & 250
West Covina, CA, 91790
Law Offices of Neil Opdahl-Lopez
3281 E. Guasti Road
7th Floor
Ontario, CA, 91761
Law Offices of Neil Opdahl-Lopez
440 E Huntington Drive
Suite 300
Arcadia, CA, 91006
Law Offices of Neil Opdahl-Lopez
515 South Flower Street
18th & 19th Floors
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Donald | April 21, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top attorney, affordable pricing, Had the best results!
Attorney Neil Opdahl has been the consummate professional, and a top rate attorney! He worked me a great fixed price estimate and payment plan, over years and the different stages of the case. This turned out to be awesome, easy terms and totally affordable! Amazingly, he was willing to take it all the way to trial for a low fixed price! This gave me the latitude not to settle for big money or spend excessively on unpredictably billed hours. Consequently, he really took my worry away, and was always 100% honest and dedicated to the case. He always made arrangements to personally come my way to San Diego for court or prep sessions, and we even met at the Lawyers lounge at the LA courthouse, which was totally cool! Neil is a very experienced lawyer, active duty reservist, and respected war veteran! He’s cool under pressure, and very innovative in unique situations. He figures out the best way to solve the problems, counter them, to advance your side and win! His time management skills are impeccable and he will not waste your time or his on unnecessary, talk, preparation or hypotheticals. Niels always to the point, doing what needs to done, yet not wasting any time or money! During all of the legal interactions and status hearings etc. Neil was always ready and prepared, even though, I might not even have known about it! He handled everything, without me even having to remember or deal with paperwork or hearings, so very relieving! His communication skills are great!, whenever I needed to do something or know something, he was always there by phone or text. The other side eventually dismissed their ”gold digging” case, because they saw Neil’s serious defense, and our unwillingness to settle for anything! Had they taken it to court, we had prepared a cross complaint that was well documented with ample evidence, and worth a lot more, than the money they were trying to get from us! We were “two steps ahead” with our compelling cross complaint, but good thing we never had to use it! In short, I’m so happy with our team’s efforts and outcome! And luckily it didn’t cost me too much money! Expertly, Neil spared me the preparation and hassel of trial, or worse, a potentially horrible verdict! Thanks so much, Neil! I’ll always employ Attorney Neil’s awesome legal services whenever I can or need them!, And, I emphatically want to recommend “Top” Attorney Neil Opdahl to represent other homeowners, plantiffs or defendants, who need his expert and number one skillset! Hire Neil, you’ll be so glad you did! He’ll take the worry and load right off of you! And, In the end, with Attorney Neil Opdahl’s superior skills and dedication, you will definitely win your case! Sincerely, Donald Way 4/20/2024
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Posted by Juan | April 6, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done
Great services... Niel has helped me with multiple cases all with great outcome from criminal family and civil this man takes his clients cases personally and makes you feel very comfortable through the whole process I have recommended him to multiple people and always great feed back ..when in need call Niel
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer !
Very professional work Neil brought to the table that resulted in a dismissal on my case. Will definitely work with him again if necessary.
Posted by keith | March 9, 2024
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Exemplary service, knowledge, guidance and reassurance. Professional, timely and courteous. Highly recommended. 10 Stars!
Posted by Bettzy | February 15, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Neil is fantastic !!! I can’t thank him enough for the exceptional service he provided with my divorce case. Neil is very knowledgeable ,super professional, and extremely efficient.He really took the time to explain and break down any and all details of my case.He’s bilingual so that was a plus!. His perseverance was unmatched ,leading us to a successful outcome in my favor. I highly recommend Neil and his team .they all did a wonderful job.
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Posted by Kirk | February 12, 2024
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Great Lawyer
Unfortunately, things happen to innocent people in 2022. I was served with a lawsuit which I had no involvement at all with the situation .My friend recommended me Neil Criminal he was able to handle my situation quickly honestly and fairly and charges were dropped . I highly recommend Neil
Posted by Desiree | February 6, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Strongly Recommend
Mr.Opdahl has been my lawyer for the last 5-6 years and I have I had the pleasure of putting all my trust in their hands on more than one occasion. They go above and beyond at every step of the way and have always been available in times of great need. They have a strong ethical code and a need for justice that has exceeded my expectations time and time again. I’m lucky to have them as my lawyer.
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Posted by Melinda | December 17, 2023
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US Bank administrator
Neil met and exceeded all my Expectations on my family trust questions. I will Definitely will be using Neil for any more of my future Legal needs
Posted by Brett | December 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
outstanding results
Neil took my case from a clustered mess to a successful dismissal and no time wasted in courts. He was upfront, open, honest and more than fair. He took on a lot of my problems while dealing with life as it comes. I'd recommend him over and over!
Posted by Shyvonne | December 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant lawyer
While I was already incasserated in San Bernardino Neil did his best to help me fight and nigocated mi case out during the 6 months for the 8 months I was locked up made it so worth the hire mi favorite lawyer I thank him so much!!!!
Posted by Alexx | December 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
DVRO
Neil helped me out with a DVRO and my experience with him was amazing. He is very professional, helpful, and explains things very well. He was able to help me scan my documents and provide a substantial defense. The defense was so substantial that things worked out in my favor. I highly recommend his law office and would definitely go to him if needed in the future.
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Posted by Noah | October 22, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Thank you for changing my life
Neil is amazing!!! Through his expertise and experience, he was about to get me, a father, primary custody of my daughter. As a father, I knew it was an uphill battle, but Neil was able to build an incredible case. Even though he has plenty of other cases, he alway made time to answer questions and to check in. Thank you Neil. I can't express what this means to me.
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Posted by Tommy | October 9, 2023
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Personal injury case
Great thorough work. Mr Opdahl was able to get me a great settlement on my personal injury case. Thank you
Posted by Natalie | September 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Person and Excellent Attorney
Neil is not only an excellent attorney he is also a great person and an awesome human being. He helped us to resolve our case in a timely manner and always kept good communication with us. He genuinely cares for his clients. You rarely experience this type of integrity and commitment. I highly recommend Neil to anyone who needs any legal help.
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Posted by Adam | September 13, 2023
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Great Attorney Services!
Neil was professional, attentive, knowledgeable and was sympathetic to my specific needs. I’ve referred him to my friends and to my family for their legal needs, and will do so again! Thanks Neil!
Posted by Alfredo Barajas | August 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Work
Neil helped me with my case. He explained throughly what the steps to my case were and he provided the exact amount of how much everything would be and how long the process would take. He also kept me up to date on my whole case. Overall, Neil is an excellent lawyer and I highly recommend. You won’t regret it.
Posted by Bill | July 14, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Stupendously ABLE/EAGER to help!
Neil is brilliant and about 2x too busy to make time for you ... HOWEVER .... He gives you every bit of time you need anyway. We contract-obedient, decent tenants need a fierce warrior to go to war against sadistic, greedy, lying, thieving slumlords .. and ... Neil takes great pride in being your rightful, savage champion. Neil deserves most all the credit for my pro-per, winning of my ex parte motion to vacate the 2-week old eviction ruling. Without Neil I'd be homeless. Now that rents are inflated 3x above their actual value, there's a Tsunami of sadistic, greedy slumlords absolutely desperate to declare every lie about you that they can dream-up in order to revoke [eviction] your lower-cost rental contract. About 80,000,000 American renters can no longer afford to pay today's exorbitant rental prices. Eviction is NOT a 'hardship'. Every landlord's filing of a wrongful eviction is an attempted murder! These fraudulent mass-evictions inflicted by corporate landlords is deliberate genocide. No army of lawyers could be better lead than by the heroic generalship of Neil Opdahl-Lopez!! This prince of a fellow has given me 50 brilliant minutes of his advice for free. I'm going to keep twisting his arm until he accepts some cash from me. Unleash Neil's legal savagery on your opponent and you're certain to triumph!
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2023
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Excellent Representation
I highly recommend Neil for his astute work and fair priced attorney services. Neil assisted me with a DUI during COVID and his work was excellent. He was comforting and supportive all along the way.
Posted by Gregory | June 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
More like a brother than a legal representative
Very personable. It was wonderful to have someone representing me who listened to me and treated me as family. My issues were truly his issues.
Posted by Sara | May 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Unparalleled Results!
I had the privilege of working with Neil Opdahl-Lopez recently for a trial by declaration case regarding a traffic violation (cell phone ticket), and I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome. From start to finish, Neil showcased an unparalleled level of professionalism, expertise, and dedication that exceeded all my expectations, and secured a resounding victory on my behalf. I highly recommend Neil to anyone in need of a highly skilled and dedicated attorney who can deliver remarkable results.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices of Neil Opdahl-Lopez
  • 2017 - Present
  • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Civil Law Attorney
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Prosecuting Attorney (Trial Counsel)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2012 - 2013
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Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Navy & Marine Core Achievement Medal
  • United States Marine Core (JAG)
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Marine Corps Continued Education
  • Procedure For Drug Testing (USMC)
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Neil Is the type of opposing counsel that I wish I had in all my cases. He is smart, calm, and collected. He advocates well for his clients. He is courteous and professional. Our profession should be about civility and ethics, which Neil exemplifies in everything that he does. He is an example of what every lawyer should be like, and how they should present themselves."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I can recommend Neil Opdahl-Lopez as an Attorney who cares about his clients and represents them zealously. He is a tough adversary but professional in his adversarial role. Neil Opdahl-Lopez looks to find ways to settle cases and is creative in finding solutions. I have had several cases against him and highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Neil for a very long time and he never wavers in pursuit of zealously advocating for his clients. He is a consummate professional in addition to being a genuinely decent person. Whether it be in service for our country as a Marine or in service as an attorney and counselor for his clients, he will always exceed expectations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Neil Opdahl-Lopez is an experienced criminal defense Attorney who gets things done! Neil is at all times professional, competent and on time. I refer any criminal defense cases to Neil because he gets cases dismissed or sentences reduced. Neil is my "go to" defense Attorney. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have observed Neil's work for years. We originally stood across the aisle from each other on criminal cases in the military. Neil is truly a conscientious, detail-oriented, earnest, and genuine advocate. That is invaluable to any client. You can trust Neil to not only dedicate himself to your case, but to ensure no stone is left unturned until you get the best result. Since opposing Neil, I have trusted him to handle matters within his field for my family, which he won. Neil has the qualities that so many Clients find lacking in their counsel. When he takes your case, he puts himself in your shoes and fights it as though it was his own."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is the kind of conscientious attorney I am more than happy to endorse to clients looking for a real advocate. In the field of family law, it is important to have an attorney who can work well with opposing counsel while zealously advocating for a client’s welfare. Neil has the right kind of personality for this work. I have consulted with Neil on more than a few occasions and have always been impressed with his commitment to his clients and the law. That commitment means Neil will get his clients the right answer before responding; this is all too often an overlooked vital quality in a legal representative. Neil is competent, smart and kind, qualities I believe make him an easy choice for peer endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Neil for quite some time now. I know Neil as honorable, hard working, result-oriented and friendly. I've had occasion -- indeed, the honor -- not only to work on various cases with Neil but also to mentor him to some extent. It's been a pleasure throughout. Neil is straight up and seeks to get the job done -- and done well. Neil will go far as a lawyer. I recognized that upon meeting him for the first time. When I shook his hand, and when we got to talking about his military career and making the transition to the law, it was clear to me that he was focused and determined. Working hard and treating people well comes naturally to Neil. He was, as the old cliche goes, "raised right." He comes from a really nice family (which is also vitally important to him), and he has the intellect, courage and honor to go far as a lawyer. Indeed, he's doing so right now. I endorse Neil without reservation. -- Mark McBride, Esq., Beverly Hills, California"
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San Bernardino Divorce and separation Lawyer Neil Opdahl-Lopez
Neil Opdahl-Lopez
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Bernardino, CA
Licensed for 12 years
Free Consultation
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