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Debra Vaniman Crawford

also known as Debra Crawford Annis

About me

We believe in helping people help themselves.  Having a legal case is very difficult and we help you make informed decisions about your case by helping you to understand the law and the legal process. We explain your options so that you can decide what is the best way to proceed in your particular situation.   

We provide a free one-half hour consultation to help you make important legal decisions. We provide the full range of  legal services from aggressive litigation, to mediation, to document preparation, and coaching.  Let us help you decide what is best for you!

We are also very well experienced in dealing with difficult people.  We can help you create good boundaries to make dealing with a difficult person easier.  

Debra underwent a divorce a few years ago and understands the challenges faced by a person being divorced.  This has helped her gain a deeper understanding of what you are going though.  She has remarried and is now facing the challenge of raising children and working with her former husband.  

She is also facing the extreme challenge of a difficult former wife of her husband. She has had to obtain a 3-year Civil Harassment Restraining Order against this woman. Debra knows first hand what it is like to have your life exposed to the public in a case and she can help you through your case.  

She can help with your situation!  

Contact us today!

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
    32 years
  2. Mediation: 25%
    26 years



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Charles Doland

    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.


    Michael Doland Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniel Seth Williams

    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.


    Daniel Williams Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law & Mediation Offices, Crawford & Crawford

380 Alvarado Street
Suite 202
Monterey, CA, 93940


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb Rating 10/10Avvo2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client's ChoiceAvvo2015
Top ContributorAvvo2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Superb Rating 10Avvo2015
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Client's ChoiceAvvo2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
20. Year Certified Family Law SpecialistState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Certified Specialist - Family LawCalifirnia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization1993
Outstanding AchievementMayor Tom Bradley, City of Los Angles1989
Outstanding AchievementWomen's Legal ClinicN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDebra Vaniman Crawford Law & Mediation Offices2010 - Present
Managing PartnerCrawford & Crawford1991 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Debra D. Vaniman1985 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Carmel Valley Women's ClubChairperson2015 - Present
Carmel Valley Women's ClubNon-profit Committee2015 - Present
Carmel Valley Women's ClubVice-President2015 - Present
Carmel Valley Women's Club FoundationBoard of Directors2015 - Present
National Association of RealtorsMember - Realtor2015 - Present
California Association of RealtorsMember2015 - Present
Monterey County Association of RealtorsMember2015 - Present
Carmel Valley Women's ClubMember2015 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1985 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember1985 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaAlumni Member1983 - Present
Monterey State Historic Park AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - 2013
Carmel Valley Ranchers' DaysPresident2008 - 2009
Cachauga Property Owners AssociatonPresident2005 - 2005
Cachagua Community ParkBoard Member2005 - 2007
Cachagua Fire WivesBoard Member2004 - 2007
Carmel Valley Ranchers' DaysBoard of Directors2001 - 2009
Cachagua Area Property Owners AssociationBoard Member2001 - 2007
Women's Legal ClinicPresident1991 - 1991
Women's Legal ClinicBoard Member1987 - 1991
Women's Legal ClinicVolunteer Attorney1985 - 1991
Phi Alpha DeltaConvention Delegate1982 - 1982
Phi Alpha DeltaJustice (President)1982 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Zenide v. Superior CourtN/A
Hudis v. CrawfordDismissal upheld.
Pukini v. Superior CourtUpheld on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cal Divorce 123Cal Divorce 1232011
Carmel Valley CountryReflections on Motherhood2006
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Holding Title2002
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Restraining Orders2002
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Advanced Health Care Directive2001
Carmel Valley NewsletterStorytime Extra Ordinaire2001
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Strict Liability2001
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Is Marriage Just a Piece of Paper?2001
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Adult Child Support2001
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Elder Abuse2001
Carmel Valley NewsletterThe Civil Lawyer - Living Trusts2001
DIY BookDivorce 1232000
Client's Guide to the DissoMasterClient's Guide to the DissoMaster1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of California - Los AngelesEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CoParenting WorkshopMove Away Cases1997
Family Law PresentationDivorce Trials1989
Adoption AllianceSpecial Needs AdoptionsN/A