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Lionel P. Hernholm

Lionel P. Hernholm

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Practice Areas

  • Family Law Litigation & Mediation


Lionel P. Hernholm is the head of the firm’s family law practice group. His practice has special emphasis in matters involving complex property characterization, income attribution relative to child and spousal support, and tracing issues. Mr. Hernholm has an extensive background in both business litigation and family law matters, and has represented clients in proceedings throughout California and in Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and New York.

Mr. Hernholm has successfully presented appeals on behalf of his clients in California’s Second and Fourth Appellate Districts. He is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Hernholm earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1968 and received his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1975. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hernholm served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972.

In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Hernholm was selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers - San Diego list for Family Law.


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1975
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. - 1968

Classes & Seminars

  • 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

Past Positions

  • United States Marine Corps, Officer, 1968 to 1972

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York


  • 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