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Jonathan P Lyvere

Family Attorney at Hayward, CA

4.7   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jonathan

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Jonathan was born and raised in Hayward, CA and joined the U.S. Air Force during his last year of high school. He spent the next 6 years flying rescue missions at home and abroad and it was during his time overseas that he developed a deep appreciation for the U.S. legal system. Once home from his tour in Iraq, Jonathan decided that he wanted to pursue a career in law to help those in his community.

Education and Experience

Jonathan obtained his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. While pursuing his undergraduate and graduate degrees Jonathan continued to fly rescue missions with the U.S. Air Force, worked as a paralegal at a Bay Area law office, and clerked for the Santa Clara and San Mateo District Attorneys' offices.

Going Solo

Soon after being admitted to the California State Bar, Jonathan took the leap and started his own practice. Whether rescuing by plane or advocating in the courtroom, helping those in need has always been the chief motivator in Jonathan's life and he is incredibly thankful for continued opportunities to do so.


In addition to running his own practice, Jonathan is involved in the local veteran's community and tries to provide pro bono services as often as he is able.

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Law Office of Jonathan Lyvere
24301 Southland Dr.
Suite 208
Hayward, CA, 94545

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4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Kimberley | March 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jonathan did an exceptional job handling my mother's divorce. Very professional. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert, works with integrity and compassion
Handled family law matters (still is). He started working on my case during the pandemic and I thought it will slow everything down, but he was prompt with the correspondence, straightforward with the process and honest/up front with the costs and billing. Family legal matters could be an emotional thing, but the way he conducts himself and talks to you as your representative keep you grounded and objective, which is truly what you need at times like this. He listens. Don't let the detached demeanor fool you. You don't need someone to hold your hand, you need someone dependable (like a big brother) and smart to handle your legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skillful, expedient and knowlegeable
Jonathan worked with me with diligence and integrity. I came into his office a hot mess in need of a divorce. He guided me and worked through each step with skill and patience as my situation often created some tricky lags (due to my husband) until completion. I am so thankful to him for his expertise and kind manner.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Divorce Lawyer
Jonathan was able to get what I couldn't get done in 2.5 years- get my divorce finalized. He looked through all of the paperwork that I had filed and corrected the errors with a complete re-filing. The divorce was finalized 2.5 months later. I would highly recommend his services to anyone seeking family law services.
Posted by Sergiy | January 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very happy with my representation
I used Jonathan's services in my divorce case. I find him very professional and highly recommend his services.
Posted by Matt | October 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity! And affordable!!!
This is the fifth time I've gone to Jonathan for help with my on going divorce case in as many years. Each time he has worked and billed with the highest level on integrity! Never once has he padded his hours or have I looked at his bill with suspicion or disappointment. He'll give you an honest opinion about your case and has the heart to help you through hard times. Unfortunately YELP only allows one rating for the same business... Otherwise you would see FIVE, 5-Star ratings. Oh! And btw- this time he was even able to talk some sense into the former spouse that I have never seen make a rational decision... Settling the case without going to court! Something most "lawyers" will not make a real effort to accomplish. He's actually sending me a partial REFUND from my retainer!!! -IF you're still looking at other lawyers after reading this....... Good luck!
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Posted by Brianna | February 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Cant recommend enough
I got halfway through my divorce trying to represent myself before hiring Jonathan. The difference before and after was like night and day. Jonathan got the other attorney and my ex to start working with me instead of against me. A few months later we had negotiated a settlement and I got to move on with my life. Thanks Jonathan! I will be recommending you.
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Posted by Jenna | May 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Informational Consultation
I met Jonathan for a consultation a few months ago. I've never been divorced but it was looking like that was in the cards for my spouse and I. I had a lot of questions about what that would actually mean and look like for our kids, and the life we had built over th past 11 years. As soon as I walked into his office, Jonathan put me at ease. He made sure I knew that even though he dealt with this all of the time, my situation was still unique because it was MY situation and I really felt like he understood this. He listened to all of my questions and explained my rights to me, and how things were likely to play out if we went to court. The way he explained things made it very easy for me to understand, making what I thought would be an overwhelming experience into an encouraging one. My spouse and I have not decided what we are going to do yet, but I feel much better knowing that Jonathan is a phone call away if I need him.
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Posted by Eileen | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience from consult to resolution
I first met Jonathan when I scheduled a consultation over a year ago. I appreciated how he was straight forward with me and answered all of my questions clearly. What I really liked was that he wasn't focused on getting me to hire him, and advised me to try to work out an agreement with my ex before taking things to court. Jonathan explained that court was always an option, but it was the most expensive and should be used as a last resort. Unfortunately, my ex was unreasonable and I hired Jonathan a few months later. I was as impressed with Jonathan in the courtroom as I was in his office. Never showy, Jonathan treated everyone with respect, but made sure that my case was made effectively. My case is over now, and I am very pleased with the outcome. Hopefully I'll never need to use him again, but it is comforting to know that he is there.
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Posted by Miguel | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Jonathan Lyvere
Mr. Lyvere helped me find a peace of mind when my world was spinning out of control. I hired him at the beginning of my divorce and he was there to calm me down at every step. My ex constantly tried to lie about me to the mediator and the Judge. Most of the time the Judge wasnt havin it, but when she would seem to start listening to the lies, Jonathan was there to argue the real facts and keep the Judge focused on the truth. I just got my divorce papers back and am very happy with the results. I dont think things would have turned well at all if i woulda gone with another attorney or represented myself and i'm thankful you were there Mr. Lyvere.
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Posted by Janice | April 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, quick and detail-oriented lawyer
I met Jonathan at a really bad time in my life. I was in the middle of a divorce and custody battle. My ex and i had been representing ourselves in court without much movement. After 6 months of this my ex hired an attorney and i started losing hearing after hearing. Realizing that I needed someone to stand with me, I reached out to a bunch of lawyers. At our initial consultation, Jonathan quickly stood out. He was compassionate but provided a clear, unemotional roadmap that he felt I needed to pursue. I went with my gut and hired him, and never regretted the decision. Jonathan was great in court, he would often catch mistakes made by the other lawyer on various documents she submitted, he never got sucked into the drama of the other attorney, and actually helped me normalize relations with my ex. the divorce is finally over, and my ex and I are sharing custody. Jonathan took a horrible situation and helped me get my life back. If anyone is going through something similar, I would absolutely suggest hiring this lawyer.
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Posted by Breanna | January 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great divorce lawyer
Like most of you, I had never been divorced, didn't know what to expect and I really needed someone to walk me through everything. From our initial consultation, it was clear that Jonathan was that person. His grasp of my situation was immediate, and he really honed in on the issues that he knew were likely to flare up during the divorce. I was also also put at ease by his interest in my kids, their safety and making sure that they were least effected by the whole process. My ex and I were not exactly getting along at the beginning (ha ha), but through his professionalism with the other attorney and in court, Jonathan really set the tone of the interactions between the four of us, and I truly believe that this helped normalize communication between my ex and I. I can't imagine it was a perfect divorce, but it was much easier, less stressful, and more amicable than I had hoped for. Thank you for everything, Jonathan.
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Posted by Tim | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped with support and malicious ex
I had been dealing with a very malicious ex and her lawyer who were dragging me back to court every couple of months to try and squeeze every dollar out of me that they could. Something didn't seem right about the numbers so (finally!) I had enough and looked for an attorney. Not only was Mr. Lyvere able to correctly calculate support (it turns out it had been incorrectly calculated by my ex's attorney, surprise surprise), reducing my payments to what was fair, but after all of the dust settled.....silence from the other side. It has been 6 months and not a peep from the ex or her attorney. If you feel like you are being taken advantage of and you want someone who is fair and on your side, Mr. Lyvere is the man.
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Posted by Sarah | July 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Difficult divorce made easy
Before hiring Jonathan I had another attorney who had been handling my divorce for almost 3 years. My attorney and my ex's attorney seemed to be at a stalemate and nothing had really happened for over a year. It was a nightmare! Whenever I asked about my case, my attorney kept blaming the other side, and my ex has recently told me that his attorney was doing the same. Long story short, I fired my attorney and took a chance on Jonathan. Boy, am I happy with that decision. Not only was Jonathan able to bring everyone to the table and cut through the bs, but only 4 months after hiring him, my divorce is final! I could not be happier with my choice. Divorces are hard and I have learned that the quality of a lawyer can make a big difference. Thank you Jonathan.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
i hired jonathan lyvere and was very very disappointed. If you have a simple case you may hire this lawyer. If you have a complicated case/ situation, jonathan lyvere is not the right lawyer for you. Trust me, im not gaining anything here but just being honest and a concerned individual. you will pay at a cheaper price and he will even give you few discount to make him look good to his client, but again, trust me. This is my first time making a review and will not even waste my time. You will get what you paid for. Cheaper attorneys fee will put you on a situation where you dont want to be. My message here is ... Be very careful hiring an inexperienced lawyer if your case is complicated.
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Response from Jonathan Lyvere June 29, 2016
Greetings. I am unsure who this, but if you were an actual client of mine, please contact me. If I have wronged you in some way I would like a chance to make it right.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Attorney
  • Law Office of Jonathan Lyvere
  • 2010 - Present
  • Bar Certified Law Clerk
  • San Mateo County, Office of the District Attorney
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Bar Certified Law Clerk
  • Santa Clara County, Office of the District Attorney
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Bar Certified Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Norman Reitz
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Combat Search and Rescue
  • United States Air Force
  • 2001 - 2007
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  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • Law
  • 2010
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lyvere is an excellent family law and estate planning attorney. He takes the time to understand his client's needs and goals and serves as a strong advocate throughout the matter until resolution is reached. He is attentive, professional, detail-oriented and emphatic. I am confident when I refer clients to him that they will always be happy with his legal representation."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jon Lyvere is an excellent trial attorney. He is never afraid to litigate passionately on behalf of his clients. Smart, aggressive and effective."
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Hayward Family Lawyer Jonathan P Lyvere
Jonathan P Lyvere
Family Attorney
Hayward, CA
Licensed for 13 years