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Stuart I MacKenzie

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hayward, CA

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Stuart

Learn Stuart’s areas of practice.

Education:

Stuart I. MacKenzie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976 with a Bachelor Arts degree in Rhetoric. He received his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law and began practicing in 1980. He received an LLM in Taxation in 1985 from Golden Gate University. From 1992-1993 he lived in Paris, France where he received his MBA in International Business from EAP. In 2009 he taught a two week class on American law in Eastern Europe.

His associate, Megan Major, is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law and has been exclusively practicing Family law since 2007.

Legal Practice:

In only his third year of practice, Mr. MacKenzie prevailed in a week long trial in Federal Court in San Francisco which was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where he appeared for oral arguments. He was subsequently admitted to the United States Supreme Court after barely five years of practice.

Mr. MacKenzie has also had oral arguments before the California Court of Appeals and has had jury trials in State and Federal Courts.

Beginning in the late 1980's, Mr. MacKenzie began focusing his practice on Family Law matters and has been exclusively practicing in this area for the last fifteen years.

Mr. MacKenzie is one of the more experienced attorneys practicing Family Law in Alameda County and has appeared many times before all of its Family Law Courts.

Location

Mackenzie & Associates
22320 Foothill Blvd
Suite 460
Hayward, CA, 94541-2700

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Reviews

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Posted by Elizabeth | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
Mr. MacKenzie and his office did an excellent job. He was specific in details and expectations. His office was very responsive to our questions and always treated us with respect and even a little humor! He kept us on track in a very stormy situation!
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
We have our son back because of the Mackenzie Law Firm
Awesome work. The other parent took our son and vanished. The Mackenize Law Firm (Hi Kevin!) helped through this entire ordeal.
Posted by Anthony | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
You won’t regret his counsel.
Stuart is a steadfast attorney who knows how to get things done. To say my case is complicated is an understatement, he’s never failed to proceed with my best interests.
Posted by Steve | December 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Mackenzie to me is a father, he listened and give honest advice too.
It will be appreciated if we can have the office address somewhere outside on the building, it took me almost 30mins to locate the very giant building during my first visit. Thanks
Posted by Cara | March 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The attorney my Ex wishes he hired.
Mr. MacKenzie represented me through my divorce, like most people going through a divorce, it was a very difficult time for me. Mr. MacKenzie was patient and explained everything in detail. He listened to my concerns and was honest with me about what to expect. Mr. MacKenzie and his staff were available to assist me with all my questions even following the settlement of my divorce. With the help of Mr. MacKenzie I have what I consider the ideal custody order. My ex-husband and I co-parent in a healthy way and I receive the financial support that is reasonable for my situation I am so grateful for the help and guidance I received from Mr. MacKenzie and would strongly recommend him to my friends and family. My ex-husband even supports this recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
Great Attorney
You are lucky If you are reading my comment even you are unfortunate like me that have to face the divorce. He really made me feel like God opens the window in my life. Mr. Mackenzie helped his associate started my case, so neat. He even didn't raise up the attorney fee at the time i switched to him. 1. Experienced. 2. Professional. 3. Very clear monthly statement. I have never got over charged $1 extra. (no exaggeration!) 4. Never do anything extra/unnecessary which have saved me lot of money. 5. Never missed anything either. 6. Most important of representing, always on my side and tried very hard. 7. Always keep me informed. 8. Very nice staffs in the office. What else a divorce person can expect from his/her attorney?
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2013
Reliable and Helpful
When I first came to Stuart I was in a very difficult situation, leaving a violent relationship. He has helped me with getting a restraining order, and we just finalized the divorce and custody case and I got everything that I was hoping for and more. Stuart helped me to find my voice in the court system so that the judge, mediator, and everyone else I had to deal with actually HEARD me and what I had been going through. There were a lot of lies told about me by my ex and he was also trying to deny a lot of what had happened, however, Stuart helped me stand strong through all of that and we ended up completely successful. Thanks Stuart! I also wanted to thank his office staff who were a great help through the entire process as well.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2013
Stuart MacKenzie is sharp, very knowledgeable, and he is a man of integrity. He will look out for your best interest.
Stuart MacKenzie is a man of integrity. He is honest, trustworthy, very knowledgeable, very sharp and "doesn't miss a beat" with pertinent details/issues. Without a doubt and based on my experience so far, I would highly recommend Stuart MacKenzie, He will advocate for you and fully represent you as a partner in your own divorce case.
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Posted by Robert | July 10, 2012
Handling my divorce
Stuart was recommended to me by a good friend, he handled my case, which was difficult, very well. .
Posted by Amy | October 13, 2011
Staurt MacKenzie
Stuart MacKenzie has been my lawyer for 6 years. I have been in a long divorce, mostly struggling to collect Child Support. He has been very caring and supportive and is able to present the case very clearly. What I like best about him is his willingness to allow me to do a lot of the investigative work myself, which is what I like to do, and then he puts it all together in a format that can be presented in Court. He is very experienced at what he does yet he is still one of the more reasonably priced Lawyers around. Great combination of nice person and sharp Lawyer.
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Posted by DM | September 20, 2011
Honest, trustworthy and dedicated
Mr. MacKenzie and his staff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and prompt in the services rendered in my child custody case thus far. My experience with Mr. MacKenzie has also been very professional, yet down-to-earth when he explains complex legal details that have really made my first legal process a smooth one. I would very much recommend him to anyone seeking a well-balanced and experienced attorney who is willing to get the facts about a child custody case "straight" and honest. Keep up the great work!
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Posted by cimrdutt | August 10, 2011
Stuart Went above and Beyond for years for me
Stuart Mackenzie handled my child custody case for years, I was not only trusting in him but confident that he would do everything he said, and he did. If it was not for Stuart MacKenzie handling my case and knowing how and what needed to be done I dont think I would have been able to get threw the court process. I would recommend him to every and anyone
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Posted by Jim | May 8, 2011
This is a good guy!
Stuart did a fine job with my case. I am a very emotional person, and my custody case involved my daughter being abducted. Stuart kept the case going and didn't over charge me. He gave me sensible advice and left me with a bank account, much more than other lawyers would have. He didn't play on my emotions. Recently, I asked Stuart about possible litigation on another matter, He read my email and advised against it. He didn't charge me either. So, instead of laying out $ 10,000 up front and having a very emotional year, I am now sitting here with peace of mind and the $$$ I would have spent.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2015
Beware, initially you think Mr. Stuart MacKenzie is your advocate but midway he's checked out to new cases
Mr. Stuart MacKenzie started off as seemingly trustworthy, intelligent, competent attorney. Around midway through my divorce process he and his paralegals would repeatedly "drop the ball" many times with important issues related to my marital settlement issues and final judgement too. Frankly, around midway of my divorce process he appeared to lose all interest in my case while admittedly taking on more new cases and being very busy now and almost "checked out" of my case before it finished. Mr. MacKenzie and his incompetent paralegal would consistently miss costly and important/critical issues/details to my case which ultimately negatively effected my final divorce judgement. Once Mr. MacKenzie's law firm got busier with newer cases he was no longer representing my best interest but preferred to quickly close my case and/or he would repeatedly yield to the ex spouse's demands even when I told Mr. MacKenzie to ignore the ex spouse's inappropriateness. In any case, Mr. MacKenzie was focused on building more cases for his law firm by compromising my case with his incompetent paralegal or he'd repeatedly rush to close my case with not much forethought and certainly not representing my best interest --much like a "don't care and moving on to the next case" message to me. Sadly, immediately after my final Judgement Mr. MacKenzie would not be available to me to discuss my final Jugement for clarifications, interpretation, general guidance and next steps. I felt like Mr. MacKenzie deliberately left me in the dust immediately post Judgement or he'd repeatedly pass me on to his incompetent Paralegal who was literally useless and consistently error prone on so many costly motions, declarations due to lack of knowledge & lack of experience. I would not recommend Stuart MacKenzie now that I know how he fully operates from start to finish and beyond. Sadly, I should have trusted my gut and fired this attorney before my final judgement. It's a lesson learned and not to be repeated again!
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Response from Stuart MacKenzie August 12, 2015
I have discussed the complaints made by this anonymous complainant with everyone in the office. Not only are we unable to identify this person in order to review his or her file, but none of us believes the allegations made actually occurred. It is not unusual for a dissatisfied party in any legal case to hold someone else responsible for an outcome they do not like. I take great pride in my professionalism and, in fact, have had Judges make referrals to our office and have also received calls from out-of-area attorneys who ask me questions about the procedures of the Court and about the Judges. I would never “yield” to the other spouse’s demands over the needs of my clients, do not “miss critical issues,” and tell every client when their case has completed that they can call me post-Judgment with any questions and will not be charged for such calls. Lastly, our paralegal is anything but incompetent and, in fact, completed her certificate at Cal State East Bay. She is actually very very good at what she does. She would not be working in our office if she did not now what she were doing as I would become aware of that fact very quickly. Stuart I. MacKenzie
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2012
unprofessional and irresponsible
Stuart was my divorce lawyer for about 10 months. He is irresponsible and unprofessional. He was asking the same questions in the trial court(8 months later) that I have told him in the 1st time we meet. He was obviously not prepared good to my case while he charged me huge lawyer fee. My marriage was short term and has simple property division problem. He did not understand the key points. He is not good in algebra calculations with several numbers.He was interrupted by my ex wife's lawyer in the court for not saying the key points. Even I agreed that his arguments were irrelevant. The judge was correcting his knowledge of the facts of my case in the trial.He was chatting with my ex wife's lawyer about Christmas traveling plan while ignoring my request to double check an obvious calculation error of $2000.00 with several numbers. Due to my language problem. He asked me to sign an agreement about lawyer fee treated as lien. Be aware of this.
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Response from Stuart MacKenzie June 19, 2012
I am always sorry to see a former client not completely satisfied with our services. I was the third attorney on the this case and there was never any critique of my services during my 10 months of representation (including a multi-day trial) - this comment was only posted within a day of our office moving to collect an outstanding bill against the client's share of the Judgment. This is the "lien" the client refers to which is set out in our fee agreement and which is always explained before the fee agreement is signed. Additionally, our office has been told numerous times that our fees are reasonable compared to other attorneys and, in fact, our total fees in a case are usually less than what the other party incurred. We also provide detailed bills each month and encourage our clients to ask us if they have a question about a particular charge.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of MacKenzie & Associates
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • ESCP Europe
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1993
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1986
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976
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Associations

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • A two week class to a law school in Eastern Europe
  • American Law
  • 2009

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General practice Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer in any area of the law. He has experience in Civil and Family. He is a zealous advocate but never unprofessional. He gets to the bottom line, stays on top of things, and knows how to conduct himself appropriately. If we can't agree, we have a trial--no harm, no foul."
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Hayward Divorce and separation Lawyer Stuart I MacKenzie
Stuart I MacKenzie
Divorce and separation Attorney
Hayward, CA

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