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McGaughey & Spirito (M&S) is located in Redondo Beach, California. It was established in 1990 and has been consistently recognized for professional excellence. M&S is committed to addressing our clients’ needs effectively and efficiently. We are a full-service law firm with an emphasis on Family Law (divorce, paternity, child custody, support, restraining orders, and other related issues). We also represent and advise clients in the areas of business, estate planning, trust, probate, conservatorship, guardianship, real estate, and personal injury law.
Dissolving a marriage is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Our South Bay divorce lawyers focus on finding the right fit for you in an increasingly diverse “divorce” world. Because M&S attorneys have a wide range of legal and dispute resolution experience, we can and do offer representation that is tailored to your needs and the needs of your family. We are staffed to handle litigation, trial work, mediation, collaborative law, and limited scope matters. We understand and recognize that our clients are coming to us during difficult and trying times. We have the experience to guide you to resolution.
Founding partner Joe Spirito helped introduce Collaborative Family Law to Southern California. Collaborative Law encourages family members to settle divorces and other disputes “consensually.” When the Collaborative approach is applied, it affords the clients an opportunity to resolve their issues privately and avoid the uncertainty of dissolving a marriage where the ultimate decision maker is a judge. Joe is the current Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Family Law section. He has served as president of the South Bay Bar Association (2009), president of A Better Divorce (2006-2008), president of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (2014) and an Officer and Treasurer of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Family Law Section. Joe’s leadership among and experience with Los Angeles family lawyers is a strong asset to the firm and our clients.
When consensual resolution is not available, M&S has a full complement of trial and litigation attorneys who are highly skilled to guide your case through the court system. Partner Erin McGaughey was selected to the Super Lawyers list for 2017-2018 in the practice area of family law and was previously recognized by Los Angeles Magazine for three years as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star." She is now also among a select group of California attorneys who hold the State Bar certification of Family Law Specialist. Krista Myhre, also recognized as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star," is known to tackle extremely challenging financial investigations and disputes. Lauren Bass’s professional accomplishments are founded upon the excellent legal education she received at Duke University School of Law. Steven Spitzer brings his twenty-plus years of experience as a family law attorney and Masters of Business Administration to the division of retirement plans, issues connected to the child support services department, and other exacting areas of the practice.
Founding partner Terence McGaughey leads the firm’s estate planning and business practice. Terry also handles conservatorships, guardianships, probate proceedings, and real estate matters. Terry’s background as a former FBI agent helps him cut through his clients’ complex legal issues with sure-handed counsel. Terry is active in various community organizations and Stanford alumni matters.
Our team of family law attorneys is assisted by Alison Spirito, our law clerk who provides research on complex family law issues and prepares drafts and documents to support our team and our clients.
M&S was named a preeminent Tier 1 Family Law firm in Los Angeles by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2017. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluation, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and the review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Martindale-Hubbell, the foremost authority on evaluating attorneys, has continually ranked M&S at the highest level of professional excellence and our firm is listed in their National Bar Register as “Preeminent Lawyers” in the field of Family Law.
Contact McGaughey & Spirito today to begin resolving your legal matter. Our divorce lawyers provide legal guidance and counsel to clients throughout Los Angeles County and the South Bay, including Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes and Torrance.