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Ms. Cannon commenced her legal career 26 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 [book award], 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.



Contact info

Cindy Lee Cannon, APLC

Crescent Bay Building
105 South Crescent Bay Drive, Suite E
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
    27 years
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Prenuptials: 15%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
  5. Child Abuse: 10%



Hourly ($175-425/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Walter Douglas McKeague Jr

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    Walter McKeague Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Edgar J. Reynoso

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cindy Cannon is a top-notch family law litigator. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2016
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2016
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2015
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2014
Client's ChoiceAVVO2014
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsSumma Publishing1988
American Jurisprudence AwardBancroft-Whitney1987
Cum Laude (Graduating with Distinction)University of Maryland1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, PartnerCindy Lee Cannon, APLC2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMandatory Fee Arbitrator2015 - Present
Orange County Bar Association Masters DivisionN/A2014 - Present
Better Business BureauAffiliated Business2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2007 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember2007 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationFamily Law Section2006 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionN/A2006 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to practice1999 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted to practice1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to practice1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to practice1990 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to practice1990 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to practice1989 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionN/A1995 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gutowsky v. County of PlacerPrevailed in 9th Cir and in U.S. Supreme Ct.
In Re Brooke M.Full physical custody of baby daughter to father. Mother denied reunification services.
Marriage of LopezMove away granted to mother in the best interest of the children following successful trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
California State Bar Labor and Employment Law QuarterlyExtending the Continuing Violation Doctrine1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of MarylandGovernmentOther - Bachelors1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Association of Recovery SchoolsJuvenile Justice System2013
Hearing, State Senate Judiciary CommitteePrescription Drug Abuse by Parents2012
Hearing State Assembly Judiciary CommitteePrescription Drug Abuse by Parents2012
Hearing - California State Assembly, A.B. 1539Compassionate release of sick and dying inmates.2007
McGeorge School of Law Mediation ConferenceADR in litigation and civil matters1995