Vanessa G. McKinnon

Vanessa G. McKinnon

Practice areas:

Divorce and separation, Estate planning

About me

    VANESSA G. McKINNON is a licensed California attorney, authorized to practice in both state and federal court. She has over 10 years of experience working as a paralegal for San Diego’s most seasoned and prestigious law firms.
    Ms. McKinnon graduated from UCSD, earning her Bachelors in Economics with a minor in Legal Studies. She continued her education at Western Sierra Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree.
    Since 2004, Vanessa has gained experience in all aspects of family law cases, including child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, premarital agreements, post-marital agreements, paternity and domestic partnerships, trial preparation, negotiation and mediation. She also has a great deal of experience in administrative proceedings, including  National  Security  Clearance,  Unemployment,  Disability,  and  Child  Abuse  Grievance  proceedings.  

     Ms. McKinnon strives to ensure clients attain their goals in the most diligent, efficient, and informed manner. She is committed to providing her clients with superior service and guidance.


Hourly ($225/hour), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info

2131 Palomar Airport Road
Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA, 92011

Customer Reviews

I hired Vanessa McKinnon from The Law Offices of Debra Caliguiri to handle my very high conflict and time sensitive post-judgment child custody matter. My child custody case was not an easy one. I highly recommend her and the firm she works for to anyone needing a family law attorney. I went to Vanessa two weeks before my hearing and hired her right away. She represented me with professionalism and always had my best interest at heart. Being a father of three and fighting for full custody while still on active duty had the makings of being a very uphill battle. With Vanessa’s representation and guidance it was a victorious outcome for me and was above and beyond what I expected.

Vanessa was very knowledgeable and caring when I needed to get my Estate Planning in place during my divorce. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs legal assistance to protect their assets for their family!!

Vanessa is sharp and eager! She has represented me in a child custody/child support battle. She is very attentive and responds quickly to any questions. She also inspires trust and is very easy to talk too. What I really like about Vanessa is that she is a strategist, and always looking for the angle to win the case and she doesn’t give up! I highly recommend her.

Vanessa helped us with a very sensitive family matter and prevailed against great opposition from the other side. She was able to achieve the exact outcome that we desired and was responsive and attentive throughout the entire case. As painful as this ordeal was, having Vanessa as such a strong advocate helped our family persevere and survive a truly tragic event.

Vanessa has been working on my divorce case for almost a year now and she has been there by my side through this difficult time. Not only is she hardworking, honest and knowledgeable, she is also someone who is caring, sympathetic and beautiful inside and out! She is great at her job and she will fight for you with charcter and integrity. Vanessa is definitely one of the BEST Family Law attorney’s out there!

State Status Acquired Updated
CA Active 2015 08/24/2016
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Associate Attorney Law & Mediation Offices Of Debra N. Caligiuri 2014 – Present
Law Clerk/Paralegal Fleischer & Ravreby 2012 – 2014
Managing Paralegal Edmunds Law Firm 2004 – 2012
Association name Position name Duration
North County Bar Association Attorney Member 2015 – Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section Attorney Member 2015 – Present
American Inns of Court Attorney Member 2015 – Present
State Bar of California Attorney Member 2015 – Present
American Bar Association Attorney Member 2015 – Present
School name Major Degree Graduated
Western Sierra Law School Law JD – Juris Doctor 2014
University of California – San Diego Economics BA – Bachelor of Arts 2005
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Second Saturday Divorce Advice Workshop 2015

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