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Terry A Szucsko

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.8   29 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Terry

Learn Terry’s areas of practice.

I am an avid ultra distance runner.  Generally if I am not working, you can find me on my bike, or runing throughout the San Francisco bay area.

Location

Lvovich & Szucsko, P.C.

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Ryan | May 17, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptionally GREAT!
Empathetic and Highly intelligent! Terry is understanding and direct. I would advise anyone facing custody issues to reach out to him for representation.
Posted by SC | December 13, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind, honest, diligent!
Terry helped my fiance and me determine whether we needed a pre-nup or not. He was very responsive, scheduling our call quickly and providing 30+ minutes of his time listening & offering advice. He ultimately recommended we do an estate plan vs. a pre-nup based on our specific goals, which meant he gave up a potential business opportunity since we would need to work with a different kind of lawyer for that. That's a sign of a great lawyer who operates with integrity and honesty. He was very helpful, consultative, had a great sense of humor, and clearly had a strong work ethic. We would definitely recommend consulting with him to see if there's a fit.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Terry is very knowledgeable about your rights and the specific laws in California regarding divorce and property. I highly recommend hiring Terry if you need a divorce attorney.
Posted by Peter | August 15, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Szucsko was very helpful and would get to his point quickly.
Mr Szucsko was tremendously helpful regarding my Family Law issues regarding my Divorce. He came to his conclusions quickly and relayed them to me quickly.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Restraining Order - Great counsel in time of need...
I was subjected to a meritless restraining order by an ex-girlfriend, disgruntled primarily by that fact that I had chosen a new girlfriend over her, and meritless in the fact that she filled the petition weeks after I relocated nearly 500 miles away to start a life with my new partner. Having never experienced a courtroom outside of a moving violation, I was highly unaware of the courtroom process and procedures. Of course, I was very concerned about the legal ramifications of the petition, and equally about the reputational risk as a white collar professional. I had attempted to contact a couple of other local attorneys for counsel. Their intake process was either rudimentary, or they were rushed and unhelpful in their response. Terry and his team had a very professional process, and fielded my initial inquiry expeditiously. Terry graciously granted me 30mins for an initial consult. He was very patient and helpful with his responses to my inquiries, and provided excellent counsel as to how to navigate the process. Terry cited his track record of helping other professionals in similar situations, and displayed excellent knowledge of the courtroom process. Terry explained my options and possible outcomes in very simple terms, and aided with a second brief consult. Terry provided great comfort in a time of need. The case was eventually dismissed with little disruption to my personal and professional life, and without ever having to step foot in the courtroom. Had I not spoken with Terry and followed my initial instincts, I likely would have been subject to a considerable amount of additional headache and expense. Thanks, Terry!
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and knowledgeable family law lawyer
Terry is a very responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, and professional and will be upfront about your legal situation. Terry's breadth of experience and compassion towards his clients is what makes him the perfect lawyer to represent you in court.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Generous Professional
At a time when I was frazzled and in an uncertain situation, Terry was an extremely helpful guiding voice. He was professional, punctual, kind, and generous with his expertise. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to consult with him. His personal attention and thoughtful questions helped me gain invaluable clarity. Thanks!
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, thoughtful representation.
I initially contacted Mr. Szucsko and his firm for help in obtaining a restraining order against someone who was harassing me and my family. The firm went out of its way to not only help us, to but to patiently explain the legalese throughout the entire process, and to explain our choices, pro and con, whenever they arose. Thanks to this firm, we successfully obtained the restraining order, which gave us immense peace of mind. When this same person tried to bring a lawsuit against me a year later, the firm again did exactly what they did the first time: Provided us with excellent representation, and successfully got the lawsuit thrown out, with prejudice. Both Mr Szucsko and one of his associates, Ms. Hannah Salassi, were fantastic in their abilities to guide us through both of these painful situations, to do so with thoughtfulness and our well-being in mind, and to respond to everything in a prompt and totally reliable manner. We always felt like we were in good hands, and getting the information we needed to make informed decisions. I would wholeheartedly recommend this firm to anyone in similar circumstances, and would not hesitate to use them again myself.
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Posted by Taylor | November 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and to the point
Terry and his team are incredibly helpful and don't waste time getting you what you need. They resolved my need quickly and made sure I understood the whole process. Recommend them highly!
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Restraining Order
Went on 4 dates with a woman who planned a pregnancy, money extortion, phone and text threats. Terry and his team took my declarations text messages screenshots and built a case that the court immediately granted a temporary restraining order. Serving this woman was a challenge as she had left California to another state, so the team hired a fantastic private investigator who gathered all the information needed to locate her. She was successfully served and the court granted a domestic violence restraining order for 5 years. Excellent job in brining justice to this case. If I did nothing about it my baby would have been born with this violent woman who clearly planned this. I highly recommend working with Terry and his team - they are experts in restraining orders family law. I was able to build a case and work with them online while visiting my family overseas.
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Posted by Erica | June 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely professional, knowledgeable and always available
I was going through a very traumatic experience. Just got back from abroad where my Mom passed away, my husband hit me with the news that he wanted a divorce and was ready for me to leave our house and our cat. As a way of compensation he was offering to buy me a new cat. I was shocked and frozen, could not understand what was happening. Until a friend of mine gave me Terry's email and phone number. As soon as he heard what was happening, on the phone, he was quick to explain what I was entitled to and what my rights were. And the amazing thing is that, later on, he worked out a wonderful financial deal for me and that my husband was way too happy to sign off on. Therefore we ended up reaching an agreement very quickly, and without the need of the opposite side's lawyer. Terry and his team are on your side, and they have the ability to de-escalate even the hardest situation. He is diplomatic, yet firm in his determination to protect his clients, and the result is that I was able to resolve everything in a much smoother way than I expected at the beginning, and in a very short time.
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Posted by Kristina | June 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent for Prenuptial Agreement
Terry came highly recommended by a family friend and did a fantastic job with my prenup. I compared 4 or 5 attorneys before deciding to hire him. He made the first consultation easy to schedule. Terry took time to listen, ask questions and tailor his advice to my individual situation. He built trust by being patient with even basic questions. He was flexible and adapted his services to mine and fiancé's preferences regarding face to face discussions, negotiations and online meetings. In fact, it was no trouble working with him using various digital tools, which was valuable when the COVID19 shelter in place started. To summarize, Terry was professional, competent, reliable and sharp. I am completely happy with the resulting prenuptial agreement.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Terry to work on a fairly unique case that many other attorneys I contacted seemed to have no knowledge of (or just had bad advice for). Terry's patience and knowledge on the matter guided me gracefully throughout the process, which was quite long. At points when difficult decisions needed to be made, Terry was always in my corner and he never tried to push me in one direction or the other. I felt as if Terry truly cared about my best interest. He also provided honest and thoughtful feedback during multiple confusing scenarios, and helped immensely with the critical thinking involved in my case. I also genuinely enjoyed working with him because of his great personality – never thought anyone would be able to make me laugh in the courthouse (a pretty depressing place to be), but he was always able to put me at ease! I would highly recommend Terry to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest Advice
I’m in the initial stages of a potential divorce. Terry was referred to me by another attorney with the introduction of “this is the guy you need advising you”. My attorney was right, Terry is fantastic. He’s provided me straight forward guidance, advice on how to protect myself and my assets, and told me that once I get to a certain point to give him a call and he’ll step-in to start the divorce process. There was no pressure to provide a retainer, or to do anything in my relationship to either save my marriage or file for divorce, just honest advice. He also didn’t sugar coat the fact that things could get ugly, and walked me through a few scenario’s and how to handle them before I retain Terry’s counsel.
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Posted by Stephen | December 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Straight forward and informative
I spoke with Terry to get some guidance about how my rights regarding to community property in the event of divorce. Terry asked a number of questions and provided a high level assessment of my rights and potential course of action. I found the meeting to be very helpful.
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
After divorce Mortgage question
I called for guidance on how I can have my name off a joint mortgage loan with my ex-husband. Terry had called me the same day and was very informative. My case is an out of state case but he was still able to give me some direction on the process.
Posted by Phyllis | February 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Spousal Support from long term marriage.
Easy to talk with and listen well. Informative with my information for the courts and my behalf.
Posted by James Sanders | August 31, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful with great advice
Terry S. Is an awesome lawyer. I had an issue dealing with a custody case regarding my one year old son. I contacted Terry over the phone and without haste he started giving advice and information on things to expect. He then told me if my case gets to a certain point come down and see him in person (Witch I think says a lot!) Guess what folks... It got to that point were I needed to see him. I gave Terry another call and his assistant made an appointment with no questions asked. (The big meeting) Meet with Terry and he was confident and had so much insight/knowledge on my situation that I felt I could trust him with being my Lawyer. He didn't ask for any funds or retainers just yet... I thought it was shocking. He proceeded to tell me to wait till it escalated past mediation to move forward with the case. I greatly appreciated his time and patience. End results was I and the other practitioner came to an agreement that did not require legal help. Thank you Terry for being in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and Professional
I was referred to Terry by another law office as a restraining order specialist. He lived up to that endorsement, and throughout the process showed both technical knowledge and pragmatic wisdom. I was lucky to find representation that left me no doubts that I got the best help available. He listened patiently and worked efficiently. He was easy to reach and responsive. He also helped keep my expenses reasonable and provide extra support through his associate Atty. Caroline Fitzgerald, who was very flexible and helpful. Thank you for being on my side during a difficult time.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
one of my best experiences with a lawyer
I hired Terry after having worked with a different lawyer for about a year. It was a day and night difference between my previous lawyer and Terry. Where as my previous lawyer was missing appointments and generally unresponsive, Terry was very upfront about what to expect and was always there to answer questions. Once Terry and team took over my divorce case, things moved very quick. He and his team were always on top of things and helped me navigate through the process well.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Shareholder
  • Lvovich & Szucsko, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • President
  • Law Office of Terry A Szucsko, Inc.
  • 2009 - 2011

Education

  • State Bar of California
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • 2018
  • Nova Univ Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • California St Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jennifer K. v. Shane K. 47 Cal.App.5th 558 (2020)
  • Held that: 1) evidence supported finding that former boyfriend's act in punching refrigerator did not warrant DVRO; and 2) judge's comments did not indicate high probability of judicial gender bias which violated right to fair trial.
  • Phillips v. Campbell 206 Cal.Rptr.3d 492 (Cal. Ct. App. 2016)
  • The judgment (DVPA restraining order) is affirmed.

Associations

  • State Bar of California - Solo and Small Firm Section Executive Committee
  • Past Chair
  • 2009 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • How to Start a Solo Practice
  • Logistics
  • 2015
  • How to Start a Solo Practice
  • Logistics
  • 2014
  • How to Start a Solo Practice
  • Logistics
  • 2013
  • How to Start a Solo Practice
  • Logistics
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Endorse Terry
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Terry is a great lawyer. He fights hard for his clients but is reasonable and a pleasure to work with."
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Friend
"Terry is detail oriented, extremely intelligent, sensitive to his clients, and a pleasure to work with!"
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Terry. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Attorney Szucsko on several legal matters including martial dissolution and child support. In working with Attorney Szucsko, I discovered his incredible professionalism and relentless work to best represent his clients. Few attorneys have the knowledge and work ethic to provide such exemplary services to their clients. I highly recommend any person with questions regarding their family law matter give him a call."
Family Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terry is an excellent family lawyer and really knows the SF Courts."
Family Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I can safely say that with Terry - you're in great hands. In addition to being an amazing lawyer, he's dedicated to his clients 100%. i don't envy the practice of family law: it is fraught with emotions, uncooperative opposing parties, and often difficult opposing counsel. Terry does it with grace, style, and great success for his clients. I hope never to need his services as a divorce lawyer, but if I did - I wouldn't think twice about turning to him for help."
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San Francisco Divorce and separation Lawyer Terry A Szucsko
Terry A Szucsko
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available