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Jennifer Lee Byers-Lawton

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fresno, CA

4.8   23 reviews

also known as Jennifer L. Byers-Lawton, Jennifer L. Lawton


Licensed for 12 years

Virtual consultation available

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Emphasis on Property Division, Separate Property Claims, and Business Interests

    12 years

  2. Alimony
    15%

    12 years

  3. Child custody
    15%

    12 years

  4. Child support
    15%

    12 years

  5. Family
    10%

  6. Domestic violence
    5%

    12 years

  7. LGBT+ Law
    5%

I practice Divorce and Family law in both Fresno and Madera counties with the law firm of Lerandeau & Lerandeau, LLP.  If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and learn about your rights, please call my office at (559) 230-2600.  Remember, knowledge is power. 

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Licensed for 12 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 08/06/2022

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

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Lerandeau & Lerandeau, LLP
265 E. River Park Circle, Suite # 490
Fresno, CA, 93720-1584

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Hilary | July 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney
Jennifer was instrumental in my divorce and provided me with such care and knowledge. She took the time to explain things, was incredibly prompt in responding to calls and emails and didn't mess around. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Deborah | June 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Jennifer listens & works hard for you
I am very grateful for the help I received from Jennifer during my unusually complicated divorce. This process was very emotional for me and she was very patient. She always had my and my children's best interest in mind during each step of the way and that made me feel like a respected client. She always responded quickly to a phone call or email and addressed my concerns clearly and compassionately. I am so thankful I had Jennifer through this very emotional time in my life.
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Posted by d'Andre | September 30, 2021
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Phenomenal lawyer
What to say about Jen....First off, my divorce was very complicated as I was dealing with an international situation. She had come up with a clear game plan of keeping my son here in the states while we worked out the logistics of the actual divorce proceedings with took 2 years to resolve. She represented me very well in court and we were able to overcome plenty of obstacles. She is kind, fair, very intelligent and knows how to navigate the court system. She is a tenacious lawyer that will break down walls and barriers to help the client. Lastly, she is a great communicator. She will tell you straight of what can be done and what cannot be done, but try to come up with other alternatives. I am forever grateful to her for what she has done for me and my son. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Vicki | March 25, 2021
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Client
Jennifer is a competent and professional family law attorney. While divorce is a difficult transition, Jennifer treated me and the process with respect and kindness. I trusted her to represent my interests and fairly negotiate the dissolution of my marriage.
Posted by Amanda | February 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amanda
Jennifer was great and made this process as smooth as possible. She was very quick to respond to my questions when I had them and always kept me in the loop. She was very good at explaining things to me as well. I would highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful!!
Jennifer was amazing, patient, kind, accommodating and willing to answer all questions. She made me feel comfortable and at ease from beginning to end. Having someone you can easily talk to, trust, and who is on your side during a Divorce is the main thing. Jennifer was that and more!! TRULY THANKFUL!
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent divorce attorney!
I hired Ms. Lawton's firm to handle my complicated divorce. Ms. Lawton is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. She is responsive and timely with communication. She has excellent ability to manage difficult apposing counsel and is not ruffled by bullies. I was extremely pleased the results. Thank you!
Posted by Vonnie | August 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
She’s the Best!
Jennifer did a excellent job. She is very personable. She is in constant contact. She is constantly work to make things happen. She always made sure I understood what is going on. Explains all my options. I wanted to be divorced before fall and she made sure that happened. She is makes you feel very comfortable. It is obvious she cares and she has your best interest at heart. I could not have done this with out her.
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Posted by Noe | June 7, 2019
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Highly Recommended, Knowledgeable and Professional
I would like to thank Jennifer for her help with my divorce and long custody battle. Jennifer and her staff handled my case with the upmost professionalism. Jennifer is knowledgeable and is not afraid to go the extra mile for her clients. I highly recommend Jennifer and her firm.
Posted by Jon | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jennifer Lee Byers-Lawton Is Simply The Best!
Wow. Where do I even begin to talk about the outstanding work that I just "witnessed" that Jennifer did on my case. She was very professional before, during and after court appearances. She has an amazing recall of the most minuet details. However she's also excellent at weeding out the chaff, so that she doesn't waste time unnecessarily. This helped our judge clearly see the most salient points in my case. Victory was sweet the other day when Jennifer got me a significant win that possibly saved me approximately $1 million. You won't be disappointed with Jennifer, Paul, Kimi, Kristi and their impressive staff out in the Woodward Park, Fresno, CA area. Thank You Again Jennifer!!!
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Posted by Naomi | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Naomi- Divorce/Child Custody
I have been working with Jennifer for 2 years now. Jennifer handled both my divorce and child custody cases. Going through the divorce and custody process was a very personal and emotional experience, it was a difficult time for me. Throughout both Jennifer was very kind, and empathetic. She listened to all of my concerns and gave me honest and realistic advice about what the outcome would be. I always knew what to expect in court, and I never felt disappointed or misled. My cases were prolonged probably a little more than normal, but Jennifer kept me calm, kept me sane and I was very happy with the end results of both my custody and divorce. I not only recieved what was fair, but I recieved what was right for myself and for my children.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2018
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Very satisfied!
Jennifer Lawton is and was extremely knowledgeable and supportive with her legal skills in my divorce and child custody case. Going through a divorce is the worst experience I think a person can deal with especially with children. She assured me and made me feel at ease considering the conditions. I strongly feel you get what you pay for in any type of service or product that you buy. Jennifer and her law firm is worth the money. Thank you again Jennifer
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Posted by Patrick | August 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Jennifer Lee Byers-Lawton review
Mrs. Lawton is like your wicked smart, best friend, who doesn’t pull any punches. She’ll guide you through a painful process in a manner that is honorable, ethical and equitable. She provides no non-sense guidance on how to properly execute the procedures put in place by the State. We left better protected and prepared for events that may occur in the future. The professional service she provided for our case includes but not limited to: • Assessed case and stated opportunities/constraints • Critically reviewed financial information • Reviewed/assessed existing agreement program in place • Honestly assessed ownership of shortcomings • Educated clients on proper procedures and prescribed responsible measures for future coordination • Negotiated with opposing council • Mitigated loss to negligible sum
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Posted by Carl | December 5, 2014
Divorce
During the very difficult time of divorce, Jennifer was an absolute pleasure to work with. She handled my case very professionally, and ethically.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2014
A Very Good Lawyer
Jennifer worked very closely with my case, keeping me updated on what was taking place, and what direction it was going. Jennifer is very knowledgeable and i would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by PAUL | June 5, 2014
HAPPIEST MAN ON EARTH!!!
I met with Jennifer and we went over all of my evidence I had gathered through my paralegal against my X wife. Jennifer was trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable and kept me informed throughout the whole process. But, most importantly I felt very confident after speaking with Jennifer. The outcome was FANTASTIC!!! I won sole legal custody of my children. I'm the happiest man on earth.
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Posted by Heather | April 21, 2014
Byers-Lawton Review
I had a great experience working with Jennifer Byers-Lawton. She kept me informed every step of the way and helped me through a very stressful time in my life with patience and understanding. My divorce included figuring how to divide a house, how to keep two houses equally shared, as well as how to keep two children's lives as close to normal as possible. It also included an unreasonable request for palimony. Though it didn't turn out exactly the way I had hoped, it ended up with an equal division of assets in a timely manner. As a result, I would definitely recommend Jennifer to my friends without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2013
Amazing professional
There should be more attornies like Attorney Jennifer Byers-Lawton. She is an amazing, intelligent professional. She gave us direction and comfort through a gruelling custody battle which involved child abuse. Attorney Byers-Lawton is very professional yet caring and she was always very well versed with the intricacies of our case. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an attorney that can get the job done and does it well. We were so blessed to have her representing us.
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Posted by David | April 12, 2013
WISDOM INSIGHT NOTABLE NIMBLE ACTION – TRUE STRATEGIC COUNSEL THAT YOU CAN RELY ON – A TRUE “WINNA”
JENNIFER BYERS-LAWTON IS: CONFIDENT, CAPABLE, THOROUGH, TENACIOUS, PERCEPTIVE, INTUITIVE, HONEST, REAL, STRAIGHTFORWARD, A VOICE OF REASON, REASSURING, TERRIFIC, REPRESENTING WITH THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND BRILLIANCE, UNLIKE MANY OTHERS IN HER FIELD. I AM NOT ONE TO PRAISE ATTORNEYS OR TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE REVIEWS FOR THAT MATTER. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE LAW FIRM OF LERANDEAU & LERANDEAU I FIND EXCEPTION. I FIRST WENT TO PAUL ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO AND MET WITH HIM AS WELL AS JENNIFER. I HAD WANTED INCREASED CUSTODY. EVEN THOUGH I HAD JOINT PHYSICAL AND LEGAL CUSTODY, IT WAS MADE QUITE IMPOSSIBLE TO SPEND ADDITIONAL TIME WITH MY TWO SONS. I HAD NO DESIRE TO GO TO COURT YET I WAS PROVIDED WITH THOROUGH AND SOUND COMPREHENSIVE ADVICE. I HAD BEEN REFERRED TO PAUL FOR HIS EXCELLENT REPUTATION-HE WAS ON MY SIDE. THROUGH THE YEARS I KEPT IN CONTACT WITH HIS FIRM. THIS WAS A GOOD THING. AFTER I PRESSED FOR NUMEROUS MODIFICATIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS TO CREATE AND PROVIDE A STABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE CHILDREN, BY PROVIDING THEM MORE TIME WITH MY WIFE AND I, IT TURNS OUT THAT WE DISCOVERED SOME HORRIFYING FINDINGS LAST YEAR. ONE SON BRAVELY CAME FORWARD, AND ALTHOUGH A CPS REPORT IS GENERATED BY A PHYSICIAN AND THE TRUTH IS BROUGHT TO LIGHT REGARDING SPECIFIC INSTANCES OF CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT AND FAMILY VIOLENCE, HAVING ALL OF THIS SOMETIMES MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO PROTECT A CHILD. YOU NEED TO HAVE COUNSEL THAT IS WILLING TO GO THE DISTANCE WITH YOU. AFTER FILING PETITIONS, AMONG THEM AN EX-PARTE IN THE COURT TO GET THE BALL ROLLING FOR REQUEST OF FULL CUSTODY OF BOTH BOYS, I WAS QUITE OVERWHELMED WITH THE PROCESS. THERE WAS A REQUEST FOR TRIAL BY THE OPPOSING ATTORNEY AND AT THIS POINT I WAS WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. THE RESPONDENT HAD FILED A RESPONSE WITH AN ATTORNEY. UNTRUTHFUL DECLARATIONS WERE FILED BY THAT PARTY, GOING TO EXTREMES AND EVEN COERCING NEGATIVE DECLARATIONS FROM THE ELDEST MINOR. THEN I WENT TO PAUL, AND DISCUSSED OUR SITUATION AND WISHES TO ATTAIN FULL CUSTODY IN VIEW OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES. AFTER MEETING WITH HIM, I WAS PUT AT EASE FOR SOME TIME AND HIRED HIS FIRM. I WAS PERPLEXED AND A BIT HESITANT AT FIRST WHEN I HAD BEEN ASSIGNED JENNIFER BYERS-LAWTON TO HANDLE OUR CASE AND REPRESENT OUR REQUEST AT COURT. MY LACK OF CONFIDENCE WAS MORE RELATED TO THE FACT THAT I KNEW WHAT I WAS GETTING WITH MR. LERANDEAU. I MUST SAY THAT I FOUND JENNIFER TO BE THOROUGH, PROFESSIONAL AND COMPASSIONATE – A TOP-NOTCH ATTORNEY! SHE WAS ALWAYS RESPONSIVE, IS DEEPLY PERCEPTIVE, AND IS AN INDESPENSABLE ASSET IN THE AREA OF CUSTODY ISSUES. THROUGHOUT THIS HARROWING AND EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTING EXPERIENCE, I WAS CONFIDENT WITH JENNIFER AS OUR ADVOCATE. SHE CALLED BACK AND RETURNED EMAILS IMMEDIATELY. SHE INSPIRES CONFIDENCE AND STRENGTH WHEN SHE IS IN THE ROOM. HER GENUINE AND CARING ATTITUDE IS EVIDENT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER! BECAUSE OF HER EXPERTISE AND PERSISTENCE IN DOING THE RIGHT THING, MY CHILD NOW HAS A CHANCE FOR A WELL-ADJUSTED AND PROTECTED FUTURE. JENNIFER WAS EFFECTIVE IN WORKING WITH THE COURT SYSTEM AND DUE TO HER CONCERN WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME FOR THE YOUNGEST. JENNIFER TREATED THE CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS MUCH MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER CASE; SHE PUT EFFORT AND CARE INTO MY SON AND THE NUANCES OF OUR CASE. TO WHICH I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2013
Client Review of Jennifer Byers
Jennifer was a great lawyer. She got me everything I was wanting and performed very well against a difficult apposing lawer. She kept me informed and updated along the way and explained in detail all aspects of the case and what was required for success. Happy customer here.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lerandeau & Lerandeau, LLP
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lerandeau & Lerandeau, LLP
  • 2010 - 2021
  • Law Clerk
  • Lerandeau & Lerandeau, LLP
  • 2007 - 2010

Education

  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • California State University, Fresno
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fresno County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fresno County Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fresno County Women Lawyers
  • President
  • 2013 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Participant
  • Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition
  • 2008
  • Best Oral Advocate- Finalist
  • San Joaquin College of Law, Hopper Moot Court Competition
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Have the Courts ALREADY Gone Over the Financial Fiscal Cliff?
  • Effects of State Budget Crisis on Client Access to Courts and How We Manage our Practices
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (11)
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is an excellent lawyer and a strong advocate for her clients. She is professional and good to work with."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mrs. Byers-Lawton is the type of attorney that other attorneys in the community turn to when we have legal questions. She is highly skilled and her knowledge with regard to dividing assets and pensions is unparalleled. Jennifer is aggressive in the courtroom and knows how to reach a winning agreement when it is in her client's best interest, thus saving them time and money. Most of all, this attorney is trustworthy, which is why I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation, I endorse this lawyer. Mrs. Byers-Lawton is incredibly quick witted, tactful, and aggressive when necessary. She is a fervent advocate for her clients. She is compassionate and works tirelessly when it comes to fighting for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Ms. Byers-Lawton for her ethics, professionalism, and tenacity. She is knowledgeable and a zealous advocate for her clients—not to mention a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer and I have worked together in the legal community as part of the Fresno County Women Lawyers for two years. She has been an incredible asset to the organization, as she is very dedicated and resourceful. These qualities translate into the zealous representation of her clients, and I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mrs. Byers-Lawton is honest and easy to work with. She hast he highest level of integrity as well."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer is thorough in her work and comes prepared to settle the case. Jennifer is a realist who understands that each party has their issues and concerns. Despite that ability, she can still argue the necessary elements before the court and obtain outcomes that protect her clients. Jennifer is honest and truthful, which is hard to find these days in an attorney, but very refreshing."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Byers-Lawton is a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. I would recommend her with confidence to any potential client."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely knowledgeable, skilled and professional family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Lawton is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. This attorney is dedicated to her practice and takes pride in fostering a meaningful relationship with her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Jennifer Lawton for the last 12 years, both professionally and personally. Jennifer is always well prepared, thorough and logical in her approach. She has a wonderful court room presence, and from all outward appearances, is highly regarded by the Family Law Bench. Jennifer is sensitive, but aggressive, when addressing her client's needs. I have referred prospective clients to Ms. Lawton. The feedback from these referrals only serves to underscore my opinions of Ms. Lawton. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jennifer for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very professional and always works diligently on behalf of her clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Byers-Lawton is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney. She works very hard representing her clients while simultaneously maintaining a respectable relationship with the opposing party and/or attorney. This attitude allows her to settle cases in a swift and reasonable fashion. I endorse Ms. Byers-Lawton!"
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer is a truly gifted attorney. I routinely receive compliments from all of the family law judges about her. Jennifer is very personable and has a tremendous amount of common sense, a skill lacking in most attorneys. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Fresno Divorce and separation Lawyer Jennifer Lee Byers-Lawton
Jennifer Lee Byers-Lawton
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fresno, CA
Licensed for 12 years
Virtual consultation available