Southern California Divorce Attorney

Attorney Sarah B. Pinkerton

Location: Carlsbad, California
Phone: 858-720-8250
Email: Email Me

Sarah Pinkerton, Certified Family Law Specialist, swiftly established herself as a family law attorney at the highest level of professional and personal excellence.

Pinkerton has been peer reviewed and rated “AV – Preeminent,” the highest possible rating of legal ability and ethical standards. This rating represents the judgment of her fellow attorneys and judges in the San Diego legal community. She has been named one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in prestigious annual polls by San Diego Magazine four years in a row: in 2014, 2015, 2016, and again in 2017.

Pinkerton is one of only 200 family law attorneys in San Diego County with the Certified Family Law Specialist designation. California attorneys who are certified as specialists must have taken and passed a written examination similar to the bar exam, covering only family law. The attorney must demonstrate a high level of experience in their field, such as having a having conducted a minimum amount of trials, hearings, settlements, stipulations, and mediations.

The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization requires specialists to meet higher standards of excellence, experience, and education. By selecting a legal specialist as your attorney, you are assured the assistance of a better-trained, well qualified attorney experienced in family law matters.

Pinkerton has extensive trial and courtroom experience including work on complex child custody cases, including parent “move away” issues; child and spousal support; and cases involving domestic violence.

Pinkerton says she was attracted to the practice of family law because it allows her to work with “real people” and have a real effect helping them on an immediate basis.

In addition to Pinkerton’s professional qualifications, she possesses the qualities essential to a family law attorney: caring, compassionate, and dedicated. Clients describe her as a good listener, always treating each individual with fairness and dignity. “Sarah was always on top of the case … keeping me informed … offering sensible advice … always keeping my best interests in sight … highly ethical … Ms. Pinkerton restored my confidence and made me believe there are no nonsense, dedicated professional lawyers out there.”

Pinkerton graduated from law school at the University of San Diego.

An East Coast native, Pinkerton attended Duke University and remains a devoted college basketball fan. Pinkerton has lived in San Diego since 2003 where she can enjoy her favorite activity year-round, playing tennis.

Areas of Practice

Family Law including but not limited to:

  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Premarital and postnuptial agreements
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • “Move-Away” Custody Cases
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Paternity
  • Division of property

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Published Works

  • “Custodial Rights of California Mothers and Fathers: A Brief History” – Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of North San Diego County, Member
  • Family Law Bar Association of San Diego County, Member

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