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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superb Rating 10/10||Avvo||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Superb Rating 10||Avvo||2015|
|20. Year Certified Family Law Specialist||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2004|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||Califirnia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization||1993|
|Outstanding Achievement||Mayor Tom Bradley, City of Los Angles||1989|
|Outstanding Achievement||Women's Legal Clinic||N/A|
|Owner||Debra Vaniman Crawford Law & Mediation Offices||2010 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Crawford & Crawford||1991 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Debra D. Vaniman||1985 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Chairperson||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Non-profit Committee||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Vice-President||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club Foundation||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Realtors||Member - Realtor||2015 - Present|
|California Association of Realtors||Member||2015 - Present|
|Monterey County Association of Realtors||Member||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Member||2015 - Present|
|Monterey County Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1985 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Member||1985 - Present|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Alumni Member||1983 - Present|
|Monterey State Historic Park Association||Board of Directors||2011 - 2013|
|Carmel Valley Ranchers' Days||President||2008 - 2009|
|Cachauga Property Owners Associaton||President||2005 - 2005|
|Cachagua Community Park||Board Member||2005 - 2007|
|Cachagua Fire Wives||Board Member||2004 - 2007|
|Carmel Valley Ranchers' Days||Board of Directors||2001 - 2009|
|Cachagua Area Property Owners Association||Board Member||2001 - 2007|
|Women's Legal Clinic||President||1991 - 1991|
|Women's Legal Clinic||Board Member||1987 - 1991|
|Women's Legal Clinic||Volunteer Attorney||1985 - 1991|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Convention Delegate||1982 - 1982|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Justice (President)||1982 - 1983|
|Zenide v. Superior Court||N/A|
|Hudis v. Crawford||Dismissal upheld.|
|Pukini v. Superior Court||Upheld on appeal.|
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|Cal Divorce 123||Cal Divorce 123||2011|
|Carmel Valley Country||Reflections on Motherhood||2006|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Holding Title||2002|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Restraining Orders||2002|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Advanced Health Care Directive||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||Storytime Extra Ordinaire||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Strict Liability||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Is Marriage Just a Piece of Paper?||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Adult Child Support||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Elder Abuse||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Living Trusts||2001|
|DIY Book||Divorce 123||2000|
|Client's Guide to the DissoMaster||Client's Guide to the DissoMaster||1987|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Univ of California at Los Angeles||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|CoParenting Workshop||Move Away Cases||1997|
|Family Law Presentation||Divorce Trials||1989|
|Adoption Alliance||Special Needs Adoptions||N/A|
Posted by Carol
Debra is representing me in a dissolution of marriage action. I had received an enthusiastic recommendation for her, and during our first meeting it became clear to me that she would be the right attorney for me. Debra is a board certified family law attorney, and she is a mediator. She's smart, and she gets it. She understood my situation perfectly, and I felt safe. Our appearance in court, against an obnoxious, loudmouthed blowhard, was extremely successful. I got what I needed. We aren't finished yet, but I have great confidence that the matter will resolve very satisfactorily.
Posted by anonymous
Wow! After reading the above message I can see where my lawyer has such passion to her practice. Mrs. Crawford new first hand what I was dealing with when my case came to her (see above for validation) it was hard for me to deal with manipulations and mean spirit of the other party and not want to defend myself against everything. Most lawyers feed off of situations like that and will just bleed you for money. Mrs. Crawford kept calm and kept a path of leaving out the emotions and just sticking to fact. That is a five star lawyer!
Posted by Michael
Debra stepped up to the plate for me where other local attorneys failed.
My case in family law has been one that others have found impossible to crack, but Debra has been a relentless spirit whom has not only been an open and friendly ear in her office but also a strong persevering force in court.
I have new hope thanks to this woman, and sincerely thank her for what she does.
I put my trust in her because she delivers, and am happy to recommend her services.
Posted by Annabelle
When I finally decided to get am attorney for my case, a few people recommended Debra. She was very generous with her time during our consultation. She took notes and answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns. She even allowed me to bring my partner in the following day so he could have a chance to ask questions also. She didn't pressure us into making any decisions right away. I felt confident in hiring her and she's been great.
I've been working with Debra for about 8 months now. She is empathetic and often checks in with me to see how things are going. We've communicated through e-mails most of the time. I send her quick updates on the other party's behavior and she is always quick to respond and let me know how to handle things. It has been such a relief having her support through all the trouble my ex puts me through. I recommend Debra to anyone I know who is going through a custody battle.
Posted by anonymous
I went into my divorce completely unaware how the whole court system worked. Debra was always patient with me, took the time to explain the details and really valued the fact that this was an emotional time for me. She advised me on how best to protect myself and my kids. When we went into court she was very respectful to my ex, listening to him and making sure that everything agreed upon was understood by both of us. Even after everything was done and filed, she would respond quickly to any lingering questions that I would email her. I have recommended her to several of my friends who have needed legal advise and she has always been very helpful with them and has even offered to send them the correct forms so they can get started on the filing on their own. I hope to not have to use a lawyer again any time soon, but if I do I will not hesitate to call Debra.
Michael Doland, Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Debra Crawford for more years than is polite to say. She is a 10.0 attorney in my estimation with huge family law experience and knowledge and takes a personal interest in each and every client. She is a must-interview for any prospective client seeking the finest, cost-effective representation in either family law or mediation.
Daniel Williams, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Debra on several cases and she is a knowledgeable, well disciplined and ethical attorney. Often times when my office files paperwork and serves the other side, clients always ask what happens if the other side gets an attorney. My answer is that with an attorney on the other side, it helps the case management flow more efficiently. However, there are some attorneys that if hired actually make the resolution more difficult. Debra is an attorney whom my office is always happy to have representing the other side because we know that she is ethical and honest and will ensure that neither client has to spend any unnecessary fees nor spend any unnecessary time on resolving issues. She is a good attorney a pleasure to work with.
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