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Heather Mellyn Cullen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Riverside, CA

4.9   41 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Dedicated exclusively to the practice of Family Law since 1998

    24 years

  2. Family
    25%
    Dedicated exclusively to the practice of Family Law since 1998

    24 years

  3. Child custody
    20%
    Dedicated exclusively to the practice of Family Law since 1998

    24 years

  4. Child support
    20%
    Dedicated exclusively to the practice of Family Law since 1998

    24 years

  5. Domestic violence
    10%
    Dedicated exclusively to the practice of Family Law since 1998

    24 years

Family Law Attorney Heather Cullen

Riverside Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney Heather Cullen is a certfied family law specialist and the managing partner at Cullen & Murphy.  Attorney Cullen has practiced family law exclusively since 1998.

Attorney Cullen is a native Southern Californian who graduated Cum Laude with a duel Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy & in Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside. Attorney Cullen then earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California at Davis, School of Law.

Attorney Cullen is currently an active member of State Bar of California.  She is also an active member of the Riverside County and San Bernardino County Bar Associations.

Heather is the founding attorney of Cullen & Murphy.  Cullen & Murphy strives to maintain effective, quality relationships with each of our clients.  Each client is treated with integrity and respect for his or her individual needs, goals and objectives while Attorney Cullen and her legal team focuses on intelligent legal representation. We pledge to listen to and communicate with each of our clients.

Platinum Client Champion
Platinum Client Champion

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice

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Top Contributor 2013
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Dissolution of Marriage (Timeline of Process)
Frequently Asked Questions about Dissolution of Marriage
Common questions about same-sex divorces in California
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Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Heather Mellyn Cullen
28465 Old Town Front Street, Suite 321
Temecula, CA, 92590
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
Heather received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by Jored852 | June 27, 2013
Strong Representation
This firm and its attorneys have represented me over the past years and with many issues including child custody, child support and spousal support. I initially hired them to represent me in my divorce and they have remained my representation following my divorce for issues relating to my children. They have always stood up for my best interest and I always feel protected in the courtroom.
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Posted by Sarah | September 4, 2013
Awesome!
The Law Office of Heather Cullen was awesome! The entire staff helped out during my case and I always received immediate attention no matter what I needed. My case was long and the other side tried to drag the case out as long as possible. But, my attorney was aggressive and was able to force my case to judgment. I was happy with the outcome of my case and could not have done it without the Law Office of Heather Cullen.
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Posted by Tom | December 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Parent's Rights!
This law firm advocates parent’s rights! The Law Office of Heather Cullen represented me in my custody case and they did a fantastic job.
Posted by Margarita | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
Valerie was a great attorney and the Law Office of Heather Cullen helped me stay in control of my divorce. The office made sure I had all of the documents that came in and out of the office. I never felt confused or overwhelmed. I also loved that they gave me chocolate every time I went into the office – what a great way to help with stress! The office was outstanding and I would refer them to anyone in need of a family law attorney.
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Posted by Chris | November 4, 2016
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The Law Office of Heather Cullen was impressive and excellent!
My case was very scary – I had never been through any kind of legal issues and a full blown divorce wasn’t the best way to get my feet wet. Heather represented me in my case for many years and always was able to balance the aggressiveness required with the compassion that I needed. She has a kind staff and I was always able to get ahold of a real person whenever I needed anything. I recently had to use the office again on a modification issue and Amanda Naples was the attorney assigned to my case for the issue and she was impressive also. The attorneys are all well-educated and well-spoken and I have felt protected and well-represented each time I have had to go to court. My experience with the Law Office of Heather Cullen was excellent.
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Posted by Chloe | November 20, 2015
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Best Attorneys Hands Down
The Law Office of Heather Cullen provided the best legal representation I could ask for in my divorce case. Heather Cullen, Jillian Duggan-Herd and Amanda Naples all provided legal help on my case and made me feel total protection (like a TV legal team). Jillian was available for me non-stop for the entire year. My divorce is now complete; but, I am keeping Jill and Heather as my attorneys so that I feel safe until my kids are 18 and I don’t have to worry about being alone if I ever have custody issues. Luckily, if I need any legal help I won’t have to travel far now that the Riverside firm has an office in Temecula also. Hands down best attorneys in Riverside County!
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Response from Heather Cullen December 3, 2015
Thank you for the excellent review. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients are the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kind words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Lynsdy | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Lawyer
Supportive, aggressive and kind during a difficult time. Jillian Duggan-Herd and Heather Cullen were wonderful attorneys and I recommend them to everyone.
Response from Heather Cullen December 3, 2015
Thank you for the excellent review. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients are the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kind words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Dominic | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
This firm was exceptional. I received quality and expedited service on all of my issues. The senior attorney on my matter was Heather Cullen and Jillian Duggan-Herd was my point attorney for my daily representation. The whole office worked together and provided me great service from beginning to end. 
Response from Heather Cullen December 3, 2015
Thank you for the excellent review. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients are the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kind words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Gracie | March 26, 2015
Wonderful!
The legal team at The Law Office of Heather Cullen is wonderful. Heather Cullen and Valerie Murphy were great! My issues included divorce, kids, domestic violence, support and property. I never felt alone. I never got caught up in the phone system pressing buttons – a real person answered the phone and helped me every time. I did have to borrow money to get my case going – but the legal part of my case never got tangled up with the money part. This is a great office and I will always have them on my side.
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Response from Heather Cullen December 3, 2015
Thank you for the excellent review. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients are the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kind words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Kris | July 18, 2014
Best Lawyer!
The Law Office of Heather Cullen is a great law firm. I will rehire Heather Cullen and her team if I have to go back to court. Hired the office for my child custody case. Very happy with my outcome.
Response from Heather Cullen December 3, 2015
Thank you for the excellent review. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients are the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kind words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Marc | July 5, 2014
Dedicated to Client Care
Heather represented me in my divorce case. Her entire staff took care to put my needs first. The biggest complaint I have heard from my friends (besides how expensive a divorce is) is that they can never get ahold of their attorney. I did not experience this. I had ongoing contact with the firm and always talked to a live person. If I had to leave a message for my attorney – my call was always returned within one day. I never felt alone in the process and my outcome was great also.
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Response from Heather Cullen August 5, 2014
Thank you for the excellent review. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients is the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kinds words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Jordynn | June 21, 2014
Aggressive yet Compassionate
The Law Office of Heather Cullen represented me in a bitter custody battle. I received caring attention yet my attorney was aggressive and took my issues very seriously. I recommend Attorney Heather Cullen as an excellent family law lawyer.
Response from Heather Cullen August 5, 2014
Thank you for the excellent review. I am sorry that you had to undure such a difficult situation. However, I am happy that we were able to assist you throughout the process. I am glad you had a successful and great experience with our office. As you are aware, our relationships with our clients is the foundation of our business and we work hard daily to provide each client excellent representation and clear communication. I am thankful for your kinds words. Thank you again.
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Posted by Lenny | May 6, 2014
Great Legal Team
Heather Cullen represented me in my divorce and I couldn’t have asked for better representation. I definitely recommend the Law Office of Heather Cullen!
Response from Heather Cullen August 5, 2014
Lenny, Your kind words are greatly appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to express publicly your experience with my office! We are always here for you! Heather.
Posted by Gilbert | April 11, 2014
Strong Representation
Heather is a great attorney. She represented me in my divorce and custody case. She was accessible and aggressive. The office staff is friendly and caring. I recommend Heather Cullen and the Law Office of Heather Cullen team.
Response from Heather Cullen August 5, 2014
Gilbert, Thank you for the excellent review. I remember the difficulty you experienced throughout you matter. Thank you for taking the time to share with others your positive experience with our office. Thank you again for your kinds words. Heather
Posted by Raquelle | April 6, 2014
I highly recommend this firm
I contacted the Law Office of Heather Cullen based on a referral from a friend of mine who is also an attorney. The staff was attentive and the lawyers were extremely knowledgeable. I did interview other attorneys, prior to choosing the Law Office of Heather Cullen, and I did not feel the level of experience or sincerity that I felt with this office. I felt that each time I contacted the office I was made a priority. I felt secure that I was being represented by experienced and compassionate attorneys. I highly recommend this firm.
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Response from Heather Cullen August 5, 2014
Thank you for sharing your appreciation for the services your were provided. I understand that no one wants to go through a divorce - much less have to struggle through the legal process while enduring the break up of a family. I am glad that we were able to assist you through the process and make it a little easier for you. Thank you again for the kind words.
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Posted by Becky | March 20, 2014
More like a family than a law firm
Heather Cullen has been my attorney for many years. She has been my advocate throughout my divorce case and my post-divorce custody and support hearings. I have been blessed by the hard work and dedication the office has shown to me and my children. I have had the pleasure of being represented by Heather for many years and also the pleasure of additional assistance in my matter when Attorney Duggan-Herd and Attorney Murphy each represented me and advocated on my behalf in my case. I watched Heather's firm grow from from the small one office location during her early years of practicing law to her beautiful downtown building with her full office of legal staff and a wonderful support system. I feel like this office is part of my family. They go through the ups and downs with me and always care about the outcome and, most importantly, they care during the case and after. I never feel like I am alone during my case. Legal battles are scary. But, I feel that I am always protected by my family at the Law Office of Heather Cullen.
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Posted by Paul | March 8, 2014
I Recommend This Lawyer
I chose the Law Office of Heather Cullen to represent me in my custody and support modification. I was represented by Valerie Murphy of the Office and she did a stellar job. My case took about a year and it was a smooth year. I provided my information to the office and they did the rest. I am happy about my choice of attorney and I would recommend the Law Office of Heather Cullen.
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Posted by Tim | February 28, 2014
Impressive Attorney and Office
Heather is a great attorney. She is assertive and takes control of her cases. I was impressed with her and her entire office. Significant attention to detail was reflected in all of my court documents as well as my final settlement. Small issues that I would have easily missed if representing myself (or maybe even represented by another attorney) were reviewed with me and ultimately addressed in my final judgment. My case involved division of many assets (including homes and a family business), custody and support issues. I was the professional in the marriage, so I could have easily left my case with no rights and no money. However, I obtained a judgment I was very happy with and I retained my business and well as some of my own income. I recommend the Law Office of Heather Cullen to any individual in need of a great family law attorney.
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Posted by Jules | February 13, 2014
Great!
Heather’s office was so supportive during my divorce. They were aggressive when they needed to be. I liked to constant communication I received. I never felt like I had to “push 0 to get an operator”. Everyone should use her office when they want or need a good divorce lawyer.
Posted by Kristen | February 3, 2014
Thank-You Heather Cullen!
Thank-you Heather Cullen and your entire office. Your office was supportive and kind when I felt alone and helpless. I was afraid that I would lose my children and my home in my legal battle. But, with the help of the Law Office of Heather Cullen I stayed in my home and kept my children with me. I am grateful for everything that your office did for me and I am thankful that I did not have to go through my divorce alone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 130-475 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner & Attorney at Law
  • Cullen & Murphy
  • 1998 - Present
  • President and Founder
  • Cullen & Murphy
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of California at Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993
  • Riverside City College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Doe
  • Sole legal and physical custody to client.
  • Marriage of Smith, John & Jane
  • Parties obtain an equitable judgment with awards of child custody, support and attorney fees.

Associations

  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Executive Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Executive Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Rotary Club
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • UCR, Chancellor's Advisory Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1998 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Temecula
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Annual Best of the IE - Lawyers Awards
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2021
  • Client Champion - Platinum Distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2021
  • Industry Leader
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2020
  • Best of the Best
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2020
  • Client Champion - Platinum Distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Client Champion - Platinum Distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top !0 Family Law Attorney for California
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2018
  • Top 10% Law Firm in Country [Managing Attorney]
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Who's Who in the Inland Empire
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2018
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2018
  • Client Champion - Platinum Distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • 10 Best - California
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Divorce Attorney in California
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • Divorce Lawyer of the Year 2017 - Riverside County
  • North America News
  • 2017
  • Esteemed Lawyer of America
  • Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in California
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorney re Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Law Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Firm (Client Satisfaction)
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Who's Who of the Inland Empire
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 10% Law Firm in Country
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer Law Firm (Senior Attorney)
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2017
  • Inland Empire Top Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Women Leaders
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Best Attorney re: Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Best Family Law Attorney in California
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorney re: Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Law Firm re: Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Women Leaders
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2015
  • Inland Empire Top Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Inland Empire Top Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Women in Law
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Women Leaders
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2014
  • Woman of Distinction / Outstanding Women of the Inland Empire
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Merchant
  • MerchantCircle.com
  • 2013
  • Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Endorsed for Exceptional Skills in the Practice of Family Law
  • LinkedIn
  • 2013
  • Linked In All Star
  • LinkedIn
  • 2013
  • Certified Service Provider
  • Superior Business Network (SBN.com)
  • 2013
  • Best of 2013: Riverside Attorney
  • Kudzu.com
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Highlighted Service Provider
  • Thumbtack.com
  • 2012
  • Circle of Excellence
  • Merchant Circle
  • 2012
  • Gold Member
  • Thumbtack
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer Law Firm (Senior Attorney)
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (39)
Given (85)
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cullen is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative and caring. I unequivocally endorse her skills in this area of law."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has been aggressive and fair in my litigations with her. She has answered many questions that I have had and has done a tremendous job representing those I have referred to her."
Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked for Attorney Cullen since 2012. Attorney Cullen has been practicing family law for over 20 years and her application of legal authority and theory is excellent. She truly cares for her clients and it is apparent in her representation for them."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cullen provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Cullen provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cullen gives great comprehensive advice to those in need."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cullen is an exceptional attorney who zealously fights for her clients. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cullen is a strong mentor and has aggressively and successfully represented hundreds of clients in family law matters throughout her career. She is passionate about family law and provides exceptional legal representation to her clients."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hiring an experienced family law attorney is the best way you get peace of mind when dealing with custody , visitation, spousal support, etc. Having a family law attorney's services helps ensure that nothing is left out of your case/claim or matter, which means that costly mistakes won't come back to bite you later. I endorse this lawyer . -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cullen is a leading advocate for people who need a family lawyer. She will fight for a good outcome while understanding the emotion turmoil caused by domestic issues. She will get your through it and has my full endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cullen is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. She is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of her clients."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. For clients needing strong legal representation in divorce or family law matters in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, I strongly suggest they give her a call."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Heather Mellyn Cullen. In a few words, the best way to describe Ms. Cullen's legal ability are precision, precision, precision. She knows the law and will get the job done for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather Mellyn Cullen is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show her commitment to serving clients very well. She is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Riverside Divorce and separation Lawyer Heather Mellyn Cullen
Heather Mellyn Cullen
Divorce and separation Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available