LAW OFFICE OF
LIONEL P. HERNHOLM
Lionel “Chip” P. Hernholm Jr. counsels clients in family law litigation and mediation. Chip’s practice focuses a special emphasis on the enforcement of pre-marital and post-marital agreements and matters involving complex property characterizations, multi-state and international jurisdiction issues, income attribution relative to child and spousal support, and separate property tracing issues.
Chip has an extensive background in family law matters and has represented clients for 41 years in proceedings throughout California and in Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and New York. Chip has successfully presented appeals on behalf of his clients in California’s Second and Fourth Appellate Districts, has routinely served as a Court-appointed Discovery Referee, and been selected by parties as a mediator.
Chip served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972. He is the father of three children, a grandfather, and resides in San Diego, CA with his wife of 50 years.
JD, California Western School of Law, 1975
BA, University of Virginia, 1968
Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
Martindale-Hubbell® 5.0 Peer Review Rating
Martindale-Hubbell® 5.0 Client Review Rating
San Diego Super Lawyers® 2009-2010, 2014-2023 (Family Law)
Best Lawyers in America® 2013 - 2021 (Family Law)
Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Family Law 2018-2020
"2016 Top Lawyers," San Diego Magazine, March 2016
"Top Attorneys in San Diego," Los Angeles Magazine, February 2016
"Best Lawyers in California," Best Lawyers®, 2016
“Southern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers Magazine, Southern California 2014
Moderator. "Grappling with Cross-Border Jurisdiction and Inconvenient Forum Issues: ‘What if she’s here, he’s there, the kids are in-between, and the property is all over the place?’ ” March 15, 2017.
Co-Presenter. "Special Interrogatories and Request for Admissions," Family Law Paralegal Program 2015, California Western School of Law, San Diego, July 29, 2015.
Presenter. “Family Law Discovery: Doing it Right and Avoiding Sanctions,” San Diego County Bar Association.
Presenter. “Beyond the Basics: Getting What You Want From Uncooperative Parties,” North County Bar Association.
Co-Presenter. “Imputing Income: Challenging What You Think You Know [Family],” Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, May 29, 2014.
Co-Presenter. “What Box Does That Go In? Non W-2 Income Available For Support,” San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, December 3, 2011
Presenter. “The Unity of Strict Law: Treatise analyzing the characteristics of land administration in the Soviet Union and recommendations for reform,” The Queen’s College, Oxford University.