Nicholas A. Leto, Jr.

The firm specializes in representing clients with complex/high asset estates, sophisticated support issues, difficult child custody issues and will also undertake representation in certain standard cases.

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Firm Overview

Mr. Leto has practiced Family Law for approximately thirty five years. He has been a panel moderator and lecturer for the San Diego County Bar Association Certified Family Law Specialists, the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Child Forensic Psychiatry Seminars for the University of California at San Diego for the Child Psychiatry Fellows, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. and the Association of Family and Conciliation Court Conferences in connection with complex issues. Mr. Leto is listed in Best Lawyers of America and has a preeminent rating for Martindale Hubbell. He is selected as one of the Best Lawyers in San Diego Magazine. Mr. Leto has served the San Diego Superior Court as a Pro Tem Judge and Settlement Conference Judge since 1985. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is a former President of the Southern California Chapter and has been its counsel five consecutive years. Mr. Leto has held numerous offices for the Certified Family Law Specialists of the San Diego County Bar Association and is a former Chairman. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

He has represented highly compensated individuals, professional athletes, attorneys, doctors, dentists, airline pilots, engineers, developers, celebrities, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, psychologists, architects, authors, professors or their spouses, and all types of businesses owned by spouses.

His staff consists of a legal assistant, a paralegal, and he will employ contract attorneys and paralegals as needed. He will also employ various experts and consultants when necessary to assist his clients. He will effectively use the latest technology and computer programs to assist him in preparing for and conducting hearings and trials.

We suggest that you contact us to arrange a consultation, for which we charge, so we may determine if we can provide representation to assist with your case.
Main Office

Main Office
7777 Alvarado Road, Suite 227
La Mesa  CA  91942

Phone
  • 619.232.7427
Divorce
If you are in litigation, mediation or other alternate dispute resolution, we can represent, consult, assist or provide you representation.
-Divorce
-Property Division
-Custody-Child Share Issues
-Spousal and Child Support
-Attorney Fees and Costs
-Post Judgment Modification Proceedings
-Certified Collaboration Attorney

Mr. Leto can serve as a Privately Compensated Judge to make orders or serve as a Mediator to assist you with your case.

The staff has been with Mr. Leto for a combined total of approximately 35 years assisting him to provide clients with these services.

Nicholas A. Leto, Jr.

Nicholas A. Leto, Jr.
Principal

Education
-St. Augustine High School - San Diego - 1970
-University of California at San Diego - 1974 Magna Cum Laude
-University of San Diego School of Law - 1977

Licenses & Certification
-Admitted to State Bar of California 1978 to date
-Admitted to Federal Southern District Court of California - 1978 to date
-Admitted to Federal Northern District Court of California - 1981 to date
-Designated by California Board of Legal Specialization as Certified Family Law Specialist - 1985 to date
-Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 1993 to date
-Appointed Director of Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 1995, 1996, 2012-2014
-Appointed Member of Board of Examiners of Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 1995, 1996, 1997
-Appointed Vice-President of National Marketing Southern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 1996 and 1997
-Appointed Chair of The Fourth Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute of Trial Advocacy-La Costa-1997
-Appointed Treasurer of Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
-Elected President-Elect of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 2001-2002
-Elected President of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 2002-2003
-Appointed Counsel for the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
-Appointed member of the National Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2009-2012
-Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - 1995 to date
-Recipient of the Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund Award presented by the Judiciary of San Diego County Family Law Court 2006
-Recipient of the Family Law Person of the Year Award presented by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2008
-Martindale-Hubbell - AV rating 1992-2013
-San Diego County Superior Court Pro Tem and Mandatory Settlement Conference Judge - Family Law - 1985 to date
-El Cajon Municipal Court Pro Tem Judge (2 yrs)
-San Diego County Bar Association Attorney Fee Arbitrator - 1985-2005
-San Diego County Bar Association Client Relations Board Committee Member 1992 to 2005
Best Lawyers in America 2001-2013
-San Diego Magazine, Best Lawyers in San Diego, September 2001-2013
-Member, San Diego County Presiding Judge Family Law Advisory Committee - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
-Member, Super Lawyers 2007-2013

Legal Practice & Issues
Program Chairperson for 1990 San Diego County Bar Association Certified Family Law Specialists 7th Annual Summer Seminar
Lecturer for various panels of the San Diego County Bar Association Certified Family Law Specialists Annual Seminars 1990-1991, 1994-1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
Lecturer and panel moderator for the San Diego County Bar Association Certified Family Law Specialists 2002, 2004 and 2006
Lecturer for the 5th Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute of Trial Advocacy - Newport Beach, CA 1998
Lecturer and panel moderator for the 7th Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute of Trial Advocacy, Coronado, CA 2000
Lecturer for the 8th Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute of Trial Advocacy, Costa Mesa, CA 2001
Lecturer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers So. Ca. Chapter Cont. Education of the Bar, Newport Beach, CA 2005
Lecturer for the 14th Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute of Trial Advocacy, Newport Beach, CA 2007
Lecturer and Panel Moderator for The 15th Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute of Trial Advocacy, Santa Monica, CA 2008
Lecturer and Panel Moderator for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Seminars, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
Guest Lecturer for California Western School of Law 2010
Lecturer for Child Forensic Psychiatry Seminar for University of California at San Diego Child Psychiatry Fellows 1989 through 1993, 1995 and 1997
Lecturer for University of California at San Diego Career Center, La Jolla, CA 2001
Lecturer for 1993 and 1994 Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Seminar
Lecturer for 1992 Association of Family and Conciliation Court Conference
Contributor to Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company book, Preventing Legal Malpractice in the Specialties: Family Law (1995)
Contributor to the book, The Smart Divorce, by Deborah Moskovitch (2006)
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