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Cindy Lee Cannon

Divorce and separation Attorney at Laguna Beach, CA

4.4   27 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

About Cindy

Learn Cindy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

    33 years

  2. Child custody
    30%

  3. Marriage and prenuptials
    15%

  4. Child abuse
    10%

  5. Domestic violence
    10%

Ms. Cannon commenced her legal career 29 years ago.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with distinction and Southwestern School of Law, where she earned an academic scholarship each year she attended, received the Bancroft Whitney Book Award in Uniform Commercial Code transactions, and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students.

 

Following law school Ms. Cannon learned the practice of civil litigation in a prestigious law firm where she handled cases and trials in both state and federal courts, including jury trials.  Ms. Cannon is therefore admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and each of the four United States District Courts in Californi

 

Ms. Cannon took her federal and state court practice experience to the family arena, certifying as a specialist in family law.  This certification has been reserved to approximately two (2) percent of the active licensed attorneys in California.  Ms. Cannon has defended the rights of parents to reunify with their children in the juvenile dependency system and has additionally litigated children’s rights when they conflict with those of their parents.

 

In 2013 Ms. Cannon worked with a local legislator to propose an amendment to the Family Code requiring judges to consider prescription drug abuse as they do illegal drug abuse and alcoholism in family law cases.  She testified before both the state assembly and state senate regarding the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among parents and its impact on families in California.  In September of 2013, after the proposed amendment to Family Code section 3011(d) garnered bi-partisan support, Governor Brown signed it into law.  The amendment became law in California on January 1st, 2014.

 

Ms. Cannon has frequently volunteered her time at local domestic violence clinics and always maintains at least one pro bono matter in her ongoing caseload.

 

In addition to her various bar admissions, Ms. Cannon is a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Masters Division and Family Law Sections.  Contact our office today for a no-obligation consultation with Cindy and learn about the process and your options going forward from a specialist.

 

Licensed for 33 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 08/08/2022

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

Contact Cindy

Cindy Lee Cannon, APLC
Crescent Bay Building
105 South Crescent Bay Drive, Suite E
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Posted by Shammy | May 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever known in town
Best lawyer ever known in town. Few Years back she did an excellent job on my very difficult divorce she was brilliant ethical very knowledgeable and right to the point I would recommend her to anybody and everybody she’s the best you can get and the best part about her that she’s truthful that is what I loved about Cindy
Posted by Michael | April 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cindy is a life saver
Cindy knows what she’s doing. A true fighter, Extremely smart, caring. I have been with six lawyers through my divorce I have found one that I will keep
Posted by B. B. | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contacted, Consulted and Hired
Cindy Lee Cannon is thorough, responsive and compassionate. I was extremely overwhelmed due to the unique circumstances of my divorce and my anxiety level at times was unbearable for me. Ms. Cannon always was able to listen to me and help me work through my concerns whether real or imagined. She is the Best of the Best!
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job well done!
Cindy Cannon is an outstanding, brilliant attorney. She is ethical, hard-working, and extremely knowledgeable. My divorce and custody case was very complex, but she was persistent all the way through. And because of her, we won the case! I am eternally great to have found and hired her.
Posted by Micah | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
Cindy Cannon has helped with a. Dry difficult case involving custody and support issues. She was very knowledgeable about the best possible outcome of my case. She took the anxiety of the process away and I received a far outcome.
Posted by Robin | February 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and efficient
Cindy is professional, personable and fair. She went out of her way to move things forward and get the best settlement. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Tracy | August 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!!
Cindy Cannon is an exceptionally skilled, diplomatic, and could mpassuonate attorney. I have never met another like her. She handled my case so well it relieved a tremendous amount of stress in my life. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Jason | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!!
Cindy Cannon provided excellent service at a beyond competitive price. I felt 100% informed and catered to throughout the process. We swiftly reached a favorable outcome. I would hire Cindy Cannon again and would advise anyone else seeking counsel to do the same. You can't buy confidence! Thanks, Cindy!
Posted by Christine | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cindy was there when I needed her.
Cindy has been helping me through the divorce process and has become a friend and my lawyer. Though my ex and I are trying to be somewhat amicable and do this without going to court Cindy is always there to answer my questions and help me. She is very encouraging of me trying to do it this way when many lawyers would be pushing litigation. She is making a tough situation a bit easier and it is nice to have her on my side.
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Response from Cindy Cannon January 4, 2016
Thank you Christine!
Posted by Amanda | December 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible! Very reliable!
Cindy Lee Cannon is currently my attorney in a complicated custody dispute. I know that I can count on Cindy to explain things to to me in a way that would otherwise have me worried sick. She is very prompt with returning calls and emails, and most importantly, she is absolutely honest. I know that she has my family's best interest at heart. I trust her COMPLETELY, I couldn't imagine having another attorney!!!! Thank you Cindy, from the bottom of my heart!
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Response from Cindy Cannon January 4, 2016
Thank you Amanda!
Posted by Bonnie | December 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cindy Cannon, Esq.
My attorney, Cindy Cannon has been very professional, hard working and fair. She is an honest attorney and reliable. I appreciate all the work she has done for me and I know she has my best interest in mind. Cindy is very good about returning calls and emails. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Response from Cindy Cannon January 4, 2016
Thank you Bonnie!
Posted by SHAMIRA | November 6, 2014
MY DIVORCE ATTORNEY
Cindy was my attorney for my divorce. Dealing with my ex is very difficult and Cindy had to negotiate a number of complicated issues with him. She was able to do that and she was able to get fees against me waived. She also kept me informed and updated. She is smart and very professional. I would not hesitate to call her if I ever need representation in court again. I saved money by hiring her.
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Posted by Alicia | November 6, 2014
Exceptional Partner & Advisor for your Family Legal Matters
Cindy Lee Cannon was referred to me as an attorney that will defend your legal matters and care for your case above and beyond any other attorney. This couldn't have been more true! Cindy helped me with an extremely difficult and high conflict custody situation and move away request. Every hearing or matter that she represented me in was resolved in my favor. She was hands on with my case and through the process became someone that I would call my friend today. She was personally invested in my case and ensured that my interests were always represented with an eye on cost containment. I am grateful everyday that I received Cindy's name as a referral and hope that she continues to find joy in the helping people find safety, peace, stability, and the ability to move forward in their lives. That is what she has done for me and my girls. Thank you Cindy.
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Posted by Denise | November 5, 2014
Best Lawyer Ever!
Cindy helped my daughter with her civil case against people who assaulted her. She is so compassionate and goes beyond the call of duty in every way for her clients. I could not have asked for better representation and would recommend her highly to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2014
Thank you Cindy!
My ex-husband was trying to remodify our divorce agreement that was settled 2 years ago, but my story had a little twist to it. All the attorneys I spoke to would just categorize my situation without hearing me out completely, and quote me a ridiculous retainer fee. I continued to search and that's when I found Cindy on this website. She is a genuinely wonderful person who truly cares about each of her clients. From the first time I spoke to her, I felt warmth in her voice talking to me with concern, not as an attorney judging to see if this case would be worthwhile. Once I met her, I knew that she was the attorney for me. If attorneys are just looking to make money, it shows in their work habits, communication and mannerisms. Cindy is a positive and very knowledgable attorney to work with. The court order was in our favor, though we still have some work to do. I am very happy and grateful to Cindy who has been and will be there with me every step of the way. Thank you Cindy!
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Posted by Wendy | November 3, 2014
I highly recommend Cindy Cannon to help you with family matters.
I have known Cindy Cannon for 20 years. Although we both grew up in Laguna Beach, we didn't know each other in school. When I first met her we connected right away. Cindy always has a smiling face and wants to know how "you" are doing. When I would see Cindy around town I would always ask how work is going. She always had a positive response. I guess she wins most of her cases, she had no reason to lie to me. When I called her to help me with my daughter she immediately asked how she could help and said we will get this taken care of immediately. I sent her all the important information, the letter was sent and my daughter's money was sent to her with no going to court. I highly recommend Cindy Cannon to help you with family matters.
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Posted by Kathy | July 7, 2010
Cindy is awesome - somone you'd want in your corner
Cindy was a huge asset in a victory with settlement in a Civil Law case that was related to a complicated criminal domestic violence case and 5 year long family law case. I referred her to a friend and she was thrilled with Cindy as well. Cindy is honorable and tenacious and someone you would want on your team and in your corner if life ever brings you an unexpected legal surprise. I hope to never need her again but would hope to use her if necessary.
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Posted by Adrian | April 11, 2010
Cindy is the best lawyer I have had
Cindy went the extra mile for me during the 3 years she represented my case. She took a civil case agains my ex-husband during my divorce no other lawyer would consider. The only think I would recommend to the readers is to be sure to double and triple check Cindy's work. There was a very important piece of propery (importance isn't tied to monetary) that was reflected in the draft judgments and negotion round but somehow it disappeared from the final judgment filed with the court. Then Cindy dropped my case.becasuse according to her I filed a Case with the Department of Child Support services against her advice. It still doesn't make sense to me to pay a lawyrer $250/hr to collect $422/month of money the father doesn't want to pay. At the end of the day Cindy held true to her word, and worked hard. She made some pretty big mistakes but who doesn't? It is my fault I was ever in that stituation.
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Response from Cindy Cannon May 10, 2010
This client was represented to final judgment in divorce, and to final judgment ine civil case, which incidentally, we won. I did not "drop" this client; I determined not to continue representation post-judgment. Client opened DCSS case while formal stipulated judgment was literally on the court's desk for signature. This required the divorce judgment to be circulated again with no guarantee as to what the other party would stipulate to. I cannot compel another party to stipulate to a judgment provision. Also, client did not pay agreed (contracted) contingency fee and did not pay even reduced hourly on divorce case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2009
Thank you for helping my girls!
My sweet daughter and her two beautiful daughters were being taken "for a legal ride", When Cindy heard of the injustice, she got on board and really took care of my family, Cindy fights for her clients and their families.
Posted by Ken | September 7, 2009
Cindy Lee Cannon will make Child Protective Services Quiver in their shoes
I was one week from having Child Protective Services adopt out my 18 month old son when I contacted Cindy Lee Cannon. The mother has terminal cancer and cant take care of my son or even herself. The day after I hired Cindy Child Protective Services changed their mind and returned my son to me. I told Cindy that just the mention of Cindy Lee cannons name as representing me persuaded child protective services to return my son. Child Protective Services is like a coven of witches and needs to be reformed
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner, Partner
  • Cindy Lee Cannon, APLC
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • Southwestern Univ SOL
  • law
  • 1989
  • Univ of Maryland, MD
  • undergraduate
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Padilla
  • Father reunited with all four children, attended extensive counseling, and ultimately became primary custodial parent. Subsequent marital dissolution dismissed following parents' reconciliation and decision to remain married.
  • In Re I. R.
  • Mother prevailed and obtained sole physical custody of teenage daughter.
  • Marriage of Lopez
  • Move away granted to mother in the best interest of the children following successful trial.
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Associations

  • United States Department of State, Department of Children's Issues (Hague Convention Cases)
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Mandatory Fee Arbitrator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association Masters Division
  • 2014 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Affiliated Business
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1999 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to practice
  • 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • 1995 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2018
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Summa Publishing
  • 1988
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Bancroft-Whitney
  • 1987
  • Cum Laude (Graduating with Distinction)
  • University of Maryland
  • 1985
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Publications

  • California State Bar Labor and Employment Law Quarterly
  • Extending the Continuing Violation Doctrine
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Recovery Schools
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • 2013
  • Hearing, State Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Prescription Drug Abuse by Parents
  • 2012
  • Hearing State Assembly Judiciary Committee
  • Prescription Drug Abuse by Parents
  • 2012
  • McGeorge School of Law Mediation Conference
  • ADR in litigation and civil matters
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (8)
Child custody Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cindy Cannon is a top-notch family law litigator. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Cindy was creative and aggressive -- she really kept me on my toes. She also was realistic and worked to control her client's costs."