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James Thomas Lillard

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Temecula, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Cristino & Lillard

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At Cristiano & Lillard, we believe that attorneys should be part of the solution and not part of the problem.  Both Gene Cristiano and James Lillard have been practicing attorneys for over 30 years.  We strive to assist our client's in concluding their legal matter without needlessly running up attorney's fees and costs.

Licensed for 38 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1984
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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Posted by Rob | October 24, 2014
The right stuff...
I've been going through an high conflict/incredibly challenging divorce (including custody) that stretched over 4 years. Jim, Gene and Lynne were a great team to work with on multiple fronts. Their advice is spot on, their approach is rational and compassionate without pulling any punches. In addition to helping me prep and navigate through mediation and court hearings their expertise and know-how with the financial settlement process are second to none. For example - Jim caught something during the settlement phase that my own tax accountant misses with regards to a joint tax obligation that saved me close to $30,000!!!! They've been very fair and upfront on what the road ahead could look like across all fronts. They worked hard to set me up for success and kept me grounded (yes - there are many ups and downs in a high conflict it's more important than it may sound to have a lawyer that can serve in this role). They know the law, they know the courts and most importantly they have years upon years of experience and I'm sure many lessons learned the hard way to help protect you, your loved ones and your assets through the difficult process of divorce. In my experience over the last few years the quality and timeliness of service is impeccable - and they're great people to boot. If you are in the unfortunate situation of heading down the divorce path I wish you well - and highly recommend you consult with this team sooner rather than later. Jim, Gene and Lynne thank you again for the hard work and support. Can't tell you how much I appreciate the help and direction you provided me through the tough times and in helping me stay grounded and focused on the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2014
Highly Recommend
Mr. Lillard was informed, honest and straight forward. His charges were fair and Lynne was excellent in keeping me up to date and informed as to the next steps and potential impacts of various decisions. I would highly recommend their service.
Posted by Troy | March 6, 2014
James Lillard review
James got my divorce and bankruptcy done in very reasonable time At a very reasonable price!
Posted by David | March 6, 2014
You can’t let past experiences dictate your future.
To those who are interested, I really enjoyed the experience of Mr. Lillard services, because he was honest and told me like it was. In the past my experience with lawyers have not been so great on the account of them giving false hope just to get someone to go to court to get more money out of them, and not being realistic in there advice at all. The experience with Mr. Lillard was totally different than my past experiences and he gave me allot of confidence with a realistic plan for my case that not only made me feel safe with him as my adviser, but also with informing me in areas I needed education about when it came to my particular case. I would recommend Mr. Lillard any day. Thanks, David
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Posted by Marc | February 26, 2014
Best Law Office Ever
I was getting robbed by a law office for years! I went to Lillard Law and my life changed forever. They met with us and gave us every option and helped us through the entire process. I would use this law office for everything. Truly a blessing!
Posted by KAS | February 26, 2014
Excellent counsel for divorce
Jim and Lynne were amazing. Compassionate, wise, careful. They gave me realistic advice and appropriate counsel during a divorce from a difficult and abusive woman. They helped me stay the course. I am very happy. Also they were reasonable with their fees and honest.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cristiano & Lillard
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Zonni Ginocchio & Taylor
  • 1987 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ellis, Beach & Proctor
  • 1984 - 1987


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Nevada
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980


  • Bankruptcy Law Network
  • 1995 - Present
  • Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum
  • 1995 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1995
  • Ventura County Municipal Court
  • Temporary Judge of Municipal Court
  • 1985 - 1987
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • 1984 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Amjur
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1984

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (22)
Endorse James
Alimony Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great case management and experience."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their dedication and commitment to clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a conscientious hardworking lawyer who uses both his litigation and negotiation skills to obtain excellent results for his client’s. He is aggressive as needed but always reasonable keeping in mind the best interests of his clients. He epitomizes our firm motto as always “being part of the solution”. This is why we have been able to be partners for 20 years."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney, as demonstrated by her contributions in answering questions on Avvo. I would not hesitate to rely on his professional services."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Jim for about 8 years. We have had several cases together. Mr. Lilllard is a gentleman. He is fair, honest, and always prepared. I highly recommend this attorney."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lillard's responses to his various practice areas including bankruptcy and family law demonstrate his proficiency and skill as a lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Welcome to the Avvo community, Mr Lillard! You will get the pulse of America here & make friends with colleagues who think like & unlike you. I am honored to be the first to offer you my endorsement."
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Temecula Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer James Thomas Lillard
James Thomas Lillard
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Temecula, CA
Licensed for 38 years
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