Bruce M. Beals

Bruce M. Beals

  1. Education
    • Bachelor of Science Degree (1973) – Oregon State University (Magna Cum Laude)
    • Juris Doctorate Degree (1976) – California Western School of Law (Magna Cum Laude) – (class standing: second)
    • Law Review – Lead Articles Editor
    • American Jurisprudence Awards for highest scholastic achievement in Real Property, Criminal Law, Contracts, Community Property, Trusts
  2. Current or Past Associations
    • Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) – State Bar of California (recognized by the State Bar for 30 years as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist)
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • San Diego County Bar Association
    • San Diego Family Law Bar Association (SDFLBA)
    • State Bar of California
    • Washington D.C. Bar
    • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association
    • San Diego County Judicial Evaluations Committee
    • Standing Committee On Support – Family Law Section – State Bar Association
    • Executive Committee of the Family Law Specialists Advisory Committee
    • Executive Board – Certified Family Law Specialists Committee
    • Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    • San Diego County Bar Association – Guidelines Subcommittee
    • Family Law Legislation Subcommittee
    • San Diego County Child Support Guidelines Committee
    • Trial Rules Subcommittee
  3. Recognitions
    • Norby Award – Presented by the Judiciary in recognition of outstanding service to the family law bench and bar.
    • Michael Shea Chair – Presented by the San Diego Certified Law Specialists as a Teacher/Mentor.
    • Top Lawyers In San Diego – San Diego Magazine
    • Top Lawyers in Southern California – Los Angeles Magazine
    • Best Lawyers In America
    • Best Law Firms in California – U.S. News & World Report
    • Lawyer Of The Year – Woodward/White
    • Martindale – Hubbell – AV Rating (highest)
    • Featured in San Diego Magazine article “The Landscape of Family Law”
  4. Jurisdictions Admitted
    • Supreme Court of the State of California (1976)
    • U.S. Federal District Court (1977)
    • U.S. Court Of Appeals – Ninth Circuit (1978)
    • U.S. Supreme Court (1981)
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals – Washington D.C. (2004)
  5. Significant Cases
    • Associate counsel or lead counsel in the following cases:
      • In re Marriage of Gilmore (1981) 29 Cal.3d 418
      • In re Marriage of Hayden (1981) 124 Cal.App. 3d 72
      • In re Marriage of Grinius (1985) 166 Cal.App.3d 1179
      • Michelle W. v. Ronald W. (1985) 39 Cal.3d 354 (argued in Supreme Court)
      • In re Marriage of Horn (1986) 181 Cal.App 3d 540
      • In re Marriage of Laursen & Fogarty (1988) 197 Cal. App. 3d 1082
      • In re Marriage of Touchstone (1990) 218 Cal.App.3d 870
      • In re Marriage of Dekker (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 842
      • In re Marriage of Beck (1997) 57 Cal.App.4th 341
      • In re Marriage of Shaughnessy (2006) 98 Cal.App. 4th 1225
      • Robert J. v. Catherine D. (2009) 171 Cal.App. 4th 1500
Our Address

Balboa Park Plaza
3033 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92103

Tel. No. (619) 235-9400 | (619) 231-6811
Fax No. (619) 235-0046