Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP is a well-respected family law firm that services most areas of Southern California. We have offices in San Diego (San Diego County), Irvine (Orange County), Temecula and Corona (Riverside County). Our attorneys have vast experience in handling divorce, custody, child and spousal support, property division, paternity, and post-judgment matters. Since our firm only practices family law, we have litigated and negotiated nearly every family law issue that may possibly arise in your case. Our attorneys have over fifty years of combined experience and work together on most cases along with our partner attorneys, both of whom are experts in divorce.
Our law partners are Certified Family Law Specialists, which means that they are California State Bar certified experts in family law matters, as well as Fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Many of our attorneys have spent years learning family law under the guidance of our partners, and others come from various backgrounds including decades of practice in small and large law firms. All of our lawyers strive to ensure that every client is treated with the utmost respect and attention, and we also focus on achieving the best results in the most economically streamlined manner.
David K. Wilkinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, one of the highest ranked undergraduate business schools in the United States, where he was awarded membership to the National Dean’s List. Mr. Wilkinson received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law School, where he received an honors award for authoring The EGTRRA Estate Tax Sunset Provision, Reform And Politics: A Fungible Alternative To Repeal, received the highest grade in both Contracts II and Arbitration Law, and graduated in the top one-third of his class.
Mr. Wilkinson, co-founder of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, practices family law for the firm, handling all facets of the practice area, from straightforward negotiation and preparation of pleadings to complex litigation. Mr. Wilkinson has previously represented small and large asset clients in all types family law matters.
While the Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP philosophy adheres to a settlement-as-a-first-option, litigation-as-a-final-option mentality, several recent cases handled by Mr. Wilkinson evidence the broad range of his competence in both regards. In one recent case, Mr. Wilkinson successfully negotiated to allow his client to move with the parties’ young child out of the state of California and to another state. ”Move-away” cases are inherently complicated, but Mr. Wilkinson set his client up for success by preparing a strong case from the outset. In another recent case, Mr. Wilkinson represented a mother who was fighting a guardianship action, which if granted by the Court, would have effectively taken the child out of the mother’s care. The proceeding had been dragging on for nearly one year. Within one month, Mr. Wilkinson prepared for and won at trial. The child was returned to the custody of the mother immediately.
In several other recent notable cases, Mr. Wilkinson won another “move-away” matter which lasted almost two days in trial, successfully won his client a $20,000 attorney fee award as a sanction against the other party for his egregious conduct, successfully filed and received a judgment on a motion for child support arrears against a father who owed almost $300,000 to the children’s mother with accrued interest, successfully defended a domestic violence restraining order filed by the mother in a child custody matter which was intended to gain an advantage in the proceeding, obtained a default annulment (nullity) judgment for a client, and successfully negotiated an amendment to a Marital Settlement Agreement by filing a motion to set aside based on the failure to provide disclosures.
Mr. Wilkinson has also litigated and negotiated cases where millions of dollars in assets must be divided. Mr. Wilkinson has extensive experience in dealing with Evidence Code 730 experts that are involved in high-asset cases, including forensic accountants, income evaluators, and business valuation experts. With more than a decade of experience in family law litigation, Mr. Wilkinson has tried and successfully argued countless family law matters with high-value property valuation and property issues, dealing with multimillion dollar real estate, dividing stock, stock options, and restricted stock units, and dealing with extremely high income levels as it relates to spousal support.*Mr. Wilkinson is also active in the community. He currently serves as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, American Bar Association and formerly a volunteer for the San Diego Legal Aid Society. For the past four years, Mr. Wilkinson has served as a supervising attorney for the California Western School of Law and University of California San Diego joint collaborative legal-medical Community Law Project and recently received the Judge Judy Keep Award from UCSD.
Finally, Mr. Wilkinson recently earned his certificate from the California State Bar as a Family Law Specialist. This means that Mr. Wilkinson is an expert in Family Law matters and is one of the less than 300 family law specialists throughout San Diego and Orange Counties.
*Mr. Wilkinson’s successes in these cases creates no guarantee of success in any other case.
- California, 2003
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2003
- Massachusetts, 2013
California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, 2003 | J.D.
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2000 | B.A.
- Honors: National Dean’s List
- Major: Business Administration
Scott H. Finkbeiner is a co-founder of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP, an expert in Family Law as he is California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Scott has dual degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona. In addition, he serves as a volunteer for the Superior Court as a judge pro tem, Family Law settlement judge and mediator.
Scott specializes in all aspects of complex family law cases from mediations to trials. He has decades of experience litigated all issues involved in divorce and paternity cases including child custody and support.
Scott focuses his practice on cases involving the characterization and division of high asset and complex marital estates involving multi-million dollar corporations (both domestic and foreign). He also works on division of smaller financial estates. Scott’s background in accounting and finance uniquely qualifies him to quickly identify the issues and resolve complex issues involving asset characterization, direct and indirect tracings, division of property, including stocks, options, restricted stock units, retirement benefits and reimbursements.
Scott is an expert in all aspects of child support and spousal support whether in family court or department of child support services. He’s proudly represented numerous self-employed individuals as well as a party whose spouse operates as a self-employed individual. Scott has lectured on the law and analysis for determining support related to stock options, restricted stock units, and other executive compensation while also litigating countless cases involving military service members and represents spouses of a military service members.
Scott also specializes in all aspects of child custody and visitation matters, including but not limited to: psychological evaluations, minor’s counsel, move-aways (domestic and international), alleged child abuse, interstate child abduction, post-judgment change of custody cases, drug and alcohol abuse and every other issue concerning minor children. He also represents non-parties and grandparents in both child custody matters as well as guardianship matters in the probate courts.
Scott is an expert in cases involving domestic violence. In addition to previously lecturing on the law as it pertains to domestic violence, Scott has successfully sought and defended clients on many domestic violence cases throughout his career. He is familiar with the interplay between a pending criminal domestic violence case and the family court’s civil restraining order process.
Scott is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of family law, ethics and professional responsibility. He presents on issues of the Fundamentals of Family Law, Stock Options & Executive Compensations for Purposes of Determining Child and Spousal Support, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege and Its Application to Family Law Custody Cases, and Family Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Rules.
- California, 2003
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2003
California Western School of Law, San Diego, California | J.D.
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S., 2000 | B.S.
- Honors: National Dean’s List
- Major: Accounting & Finance
Caitlyn received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in History of Public Policy. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, where she was a Dean’s List student and Public Service Honors member.
During her time at California Western, Caitlyn served as Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity Co-Recruitment Chair and Student Bar Association 3L Student Representative.
She was also recognized for and received a Public Service Honors award for the 2016-2017 school year and Academic Achievement awards, including: “Skills Training for Ethical and Preventive Practice and career Satisfaction” (STEPPS Program); and Child Welfare Law & Policy.
Throughout law school, Caitlyn worked at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office in the San Diego Family Law Courts. At the Facilitator’s Office, Caitlyn assisted unrepresented parties with family law issues, such as divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, paternity, and domestic violence restraining orders. Caitlyn also gained valuable Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) experience through California Western’s ADR class, where she learned specific techniques such as arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. She is successfully able to practice the fundamentals of ADR utilized by courts and attorneys.
Caitlyn became a part of Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP in January 2017 as a certified legal intern through California Western School of Law’s clinical internship program. She later promoted to law clerk, and is now an associate attorney in the firm.
University of California, Santa Barbara, California B.A.
California Western School of Law, J.D.
Areas of Practice
Annulments or Nullity
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support Collection and Enforcement
Division of Debt in Divorce or Legal Separation
Division of Property in Divorce or Legal Separation
Discovery in Divorce
Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage)
Marital Settlement Agreements
Support Collection and Enforcement
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