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Daniel T Pocklington

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pleasant Hill, CA

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
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About Daniel

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Daniel Pocklington was born in St. Charles, Illinois in 1981, and received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Chico State University in 2005.  Mr. Pocklington went on to attend John F. Kennedy University School of Law obtained his Juris Doctor in 2008.  Mr. Pocklington is admitted to practice law before all courts in California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 

Mr. Pocklington's practice is dedicated to representing victims who have been injured at the hands of others.  He also handles matters involving divorce and family law.  He is experienced is all aspects of civil litigation, including case evaluation, pre-litigation negotiation, alternative and early dispute resolution, law and motion, formal discovery, trial, post-trial and appellate matters.  He has extensive trial experience and has achieved valuable dollar results for his clients.  Mr. Pocklington prides himself on providing outstanding service and achieving the best possible outcome for all her clients.   

In 2014, Mr. Pocklington was selected to the 2015 and the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star list.  Being named a “Super Lawyer” is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in their practice.  Super Lawyers are selected using a patented multi-phase selection process.  In order to be considered, a lawyer must be nominated by their peers.  After the nomination is received, the candidate is evaluated on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The final published list of 2015 and 2016 Rising Stars represents no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
2014

Location

Pocklington Law Offices

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Willa | March 29, 2015
I would recommend Daniel without reservation.
It was so great to work with Daniel. He asked all the right questions, shortly came to the point about the issues involved, and made sure I was clear about exactly what was happening in my case with the State of California. I never had to follow up with him and he kept me informed at every step of the process. I would highly recommend him to any of my family or friends.
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Posted by Dave | March 19, 2014
Reliable, Informed, and Professional. High Recommend.
Daniel is very personable and reassuring during legal issues. He presented me with information as new developments occurred, and he helped me make the most informed decision with my case. His instincts are reliable, and if he is unsure about something, he told me, went and investigated a topic or issue, and then followed up with me about what he had learned. He is a busy man, so I could go a week or two without hearing from him, but that did not mean he wasn't pursuing information and strategies for my case. If I had an issue or was worried about the delay in contact, he would respond back to me the same day with either an email or call. High Recommend for Mr. Pocklington.
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Posted by R L | December 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Hire! Great lawyer !
To say this man is a great lawyer, is a understatement. I honestly would recommend this lawyer 10 out of 10 times. I just recently had the worst 6 months of my life dealing with an ugly custody battle. This past weekend I was blessed with my son coming back home and I could not be more pleased! Daniel Pocklington always reached out to me during this time, he never made me feel as though I had no lawyer. His strategies were perfect. Everything about the time I had with him during my case I truly recommend to anyone out there dealing with family law. Daniel truly cares about his clients. I know this firsthand. If I could rate Daniel Pocklington more than 5 stars, I would! Hire this man if you need a GREAT lawyer!
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Posted by Paul | August 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I am so grateful for Dan Pocklingtons help in my child custody case. I've hired lawyers before over the years, as the mother of my child has a high conflict personality. Dan stood out as a better listener, more compassionate and empathic towards my case and he charged me less than the other lawyers I initially reached out to for help. I truly felt heard and understood as the one hour consultation turned into an hour and a half at no extra charge. During the consultation he communicated his knowledge of the law that pertained to my case and he helped me formulate a creative path forward. I left the office feeling that I was taken care of. Afterwards, I prepared the information he requested and submitted it to his office. That day he reorganized and prepared the information I provided in a court-specific and court-friendly format and filed it with the court and the mother of my child. Again, making me feel like I was taken care of. The documents he prepared gave the mediator and judge a comprehensive view in an organized and yet simple way of what my child and I are up against with mom - and it didn’t cost me as much as the attorneys I’ve worked with in the past. I highly recommend Dan Pocklington.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
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No words can describe him justly Mr. Pocklington enough.
Daniel, took my case when I was so frustrated and about to give up. But once he took my case on I felt hope. He was very thorough from the beginning, gave honest feedback and responded in a timely manner. Most attorneys don't that was a sign for me that I was working with the right person. He asked the right questions and counseled me mostly on what were most realistic requests vs what nots and he executed me amazingly. He was very patient, kind, empathetic and a great listener. He means what he says and his honesty was outstanding. I would recommend him a 1000times or even more to any family or friends that are struggling with family court law.. Thank you so much for helping me with my case and listening to my concerns when no one did. I am very grateful and hope you nothing but more blessings from above. You made me feel alive again and giving me much hope that they are still great attorney out there. That their services are not entirely based on money but to actually help someone out their frustration..
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Posted by John | October 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Recommended
I found Daniel Pocklington to be a reliable source of confidence and perspective as my personal injury lawyer. After being hit by a car while I was walking down the sidewalk I was both injured and shaken. I found him to be both patient and diligent in his representation of me. In an accident in which I was injured I was able to turn to Daniel for help to me get through this rough time. I highly recommend Pocklington Law.
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Posted by Christopher Tubbs | November 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Kind, Experienced, and Knowledgable
I hired Dan to represent me in a divorce case. Obviously divorce is a difficult life situation; it is mentally and emotionally draining. It was tough even reaching out for help and representation. Dan was both empathetic and respectful, and wasted no time answering many of my questions in the consultation and providing valuable information. He was transparent about how to reduce legal costs, realistic about outcomes, and flexible in his assistance. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for an experienced and knowledgable attorney in Contra Costa County.
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Posted by Scott | March 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
You want him on your side
Daniel has a broad range of expertise, listens well and quickly assess the situation. He is thorough in his analysis and it is evident he incorporates your wishes in his game plan. He does a very good job outlining the pros and cons of your case, along with potential risk, even when you don't want to hear it. He is also very open about areas he needs to research prior to giving advise, a much appreciated quality when working with attorneys. I have been fortunate to work with Daniel over the years. It is evident that he does not wish to live on his past accomplishments. He continues to educate himself to expand the depth and scope of his legal knowledge. V/R, scott
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Posted by aaron | August 6, 2016
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Super Best Lawyer
In your life, you would not know how painful it is to deal with irrational people until you get into it. My life was up and down struggling dealing with mentally ex. Due to my health issues and my financial difficulty, I need to back out to live a normal life again. I don't care if I am poor or not. I need my healthy life back. I hired previous lawyer before Dan, he left me hanging up tight. I found Dan on Avvo. I read all of his reviews before making my decision. Dan is a great lawyer. He keep me update with all the things my ex lawyer throwing at us. My ex is all about money. I wish she would be happy with money than living with me. I worked every night and even my day off for two years to fix my house got big values, and even borrowing from my parent for the down payment of the house. Without my parents, we are homeless. I got all headache from my ex from little things in the house like CDs, blu ray ..... since she want more and more money ......etc. It was a waste of time to deal with others side since I am making little income while my ex making more money than me to have her lawyer harassing me. Dan is ethical lawyer, he would not waste any of your time to use any non-sense methods to throw back even though I have a lot of evidence to show my ex stealing stuff from the house. We don't want to be like any of them. He would work with you to get you out safely. I think it is really good for me, because life is not always about money, it is about peace of mind. healthy and rest. Dan knows what to do and how to protect your rights. I am really highly recommend anyone who have painful marriage to step forward to hire Dan without any doubt. very pleased with his staff and his office services. I would always keep in touch with his office to recommend to all my friends or relative if they have problem, Trust me, bipolar people is not easy for Dan to deal with. but he saved my life which I thought I would not have it anymore. God bless, and my ex would realize it someday, she would be happy to end this in more peaceful way than wasting the money that people worked hard for it.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2014
Review for Daniel Pocklington
I hired Daniel Pocklington over a year ago to help me litigate my divorce and child custody case. While the case was not originally overly complicated the other party has done their best to drag out the legal proceedings. The whole process has taken much longer than neither Dan nor I originally thought. Dan has been there to help me deal with each new legal obstacle we have been thrown. He is responsive to my calls and emails. It has never taken more then 24 hours to hear back from him, especially since some legal matters are time sensitive this has been a really valuable trait on his part. In preparation for long case hearings he has always done his best to use legal aids (who are great and professional as well) to help compile evidence while keeping the cost down, when possible. They always arrive with a box or more of evidence ready to present to the court to help my case. He is always organized and ready to go during court appearances, he gives me ample time to prepare what he needs from me and always reminds me of deadlines so we get all the paperwork in on time to the court. He has been flexible and understanding when it comes to payment and is always willing to work with me to figure out how to set up payment plans. As unpleasant as this legal experience has been I am really glad I chose Dan to represent me, he has done his best to keep the ball rolling and express my views and opinions accurately and efficiently to the court.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2014
Dan is the best family lawyer in Contra Costa county
Dan has turned my family law case on its ear. My ex is a sociopath represented by the one of the most incompetent attorneys. Dan is very responsive and knowledgeable and represents his client with integrity and common sense. The judge listens to Dan and agree with his exparte filings . Dan picks the battles and wins slowly but surely the other side will crumble.
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Posted by Macielo | March 8, 2014
An excellent service
When no one was available to take my case, it was Dan Pocklington was my desperate answer to my case and I am so glad I did. I have recommended him to a registered nurse who is a co-worker of mine and she too is happy about his services.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2014
HONOR YOURSELF, AND THEN OTHERS WILL KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
Attorney Pocklington, And Staff, Took Over My Injury Claim, When My Previous Attorney, Had A Heart Attack. My Spouse/And I, Are Forever Grateful, For His Silent Patience, Strong Tenacity, While Taking A Very Complicated Injury Case, Coming In, After 14(Fourteen) Months, Of Previous Legal Documentations, And Personal Factors, of An Unknown Client. Building A Speedy Relationship, With Us, With His Dynamic Personality, Was Quite A "Feat", For A "Step-In", "Take-Control" Lawyer. Our Life Experience, For Such A Long Journey, Has Been So Honorable, Expressive, As We Learned More About Ourselves, And Who We Really Are!! To Ourselves, And Others!! My Spouse, And I Came Out Of Our Injury Case, Much Wiser, Stronger, And With Much "Thanksgiving", Mostly, Because We Had Such A "Fantastic", "Knowledgeable, Unstoppable, Forceful, Straightforward, No-Nonsense," Lawyer!!! We Will Always Say, "Honor Yourself, And Then Others Will Know Who You Are!!! Most Of All, We Honor Our Lawyer, Daniel T Pocklington!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2013
An honest and very patient attorney for family law
I have been a client of Dan Pocklingotn for almost a year . Dan is a very patient, honest and thorough attorney. He is able to work calmly under stress, responds to phone calls and is very understanding of his client. I would reccommend him to anyone . He can handle a very complex, contentious case with extensive knowledge of the law and helps his client through a very difficult process
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Posted by MadDaddy | December 6, 2012
Solid Young Attorney
Mr. Pocklington is a gentle Lion with the ability and skill to protect your interest in court. He is sincere and cares deeply about doing a good job. In my personal and professional life I have managed many attorneys and he registers high in quality with my experience with lawyers. I am high maintenance and do know what I want. Mr. Pocklington picked his battles carefully with me and when he was right he was right. In a highly contested child custody and divorce battle he was able to secure joint custody and a good schedule for having my children with me. What stands out most about Dan is his character.... He comes across as professional and kind in the court room and represents very well. I would choose him all over again no matter what other attorney would take my case.
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Posted by Alexander | May 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Left me to hang
I cannot say I had a good experience with Mr. Pocklington. He first did not even take my side and had assumed that when mom said I never brough them to the doctors or school would not fight that it was clear that not only was this far from the truth because I brought them to the doctors and school, that the mom was obviously lying. As well I lost custody due to a report that was never served to me and he did not advise or research into this. And when mom did send us the John Muir dr. report he did not know or advise me that it was in there. He over charged me on hours that I do not believe he was helping or counseling me, he charged majority of listening or my emails sent but did not represent anything that we talked about for the time he charged me saying he understood what I was saying. Then he said he had discontinue service with me and today I ended up seeing him in the courts with another client. Just all around was not helpful and over charged me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pocklington Law Offices
  • 2010 - Present
  • Paralegal/Clerk
  • Ericksen, Arbuthnot, Kilduff, Day & Lindstrom, Inc.
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Paralegal/law clerk
  • Willoughby Doyle, LLP
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Paralegal
  • Pandell Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Administrative Director
  • Community Legal Information Center Chico, Ca
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • John F. Kennedy University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • California St Univ Chico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • California State University, Chico
  • Paralegal certification
  • 2005

Associations

  • John F. Kennedy University, School of Law
  • Alumni Advisory Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Lawyer Referral Information and Service Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 2011 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 2010 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California 2017 Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California
  • 2017
  • Northern California 2016 Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California
  • 2016
  • Northern California 2015 Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California
  • 2015
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • The State Bar of California
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • How to Handle Moderate Means Family Law Cases
  • Handling Family Law Moderate Means
  • 2014
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Business Development for a Young Solo Attorney
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (12)
Endorse Daniel
Unknown Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Daniel's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel is an outstanding attorney. He inquired with me on my expertise in worker safety and health on a case and I was impressed how he was able to quickly pinpoint the issues and advocate for his client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dan is a great attorney who works to move the case along as smoothly as possible. He is a stellar advocate for his clients while always remaining respectful to his opposing counsel. I would highly recommend him to anyone who might need his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney who works hard to make sure his clients get the best outcome possible!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consulted with Mr. Pocklington on several matters over the past few years, and in every instance he was helpful, knowledgeable and professional. I highly endorse this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dan was my opposing counsel in a contentious civil litigation matter. Dan was extremely professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure working with him and we were able to come to a good resolution for both parties involved."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Daniel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a knowledgeable attorney and a dedicated profession. But he is also a friendly and approachable individual. You don't always find this combination of qualities in one attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dan is a stand up guy with integrity that does solid job representing his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pocklington approaches his cases with care and respect for the parties."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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