We have used Dunne & Dunne for a couple of years now, in a protracted and difficult child custody and visitation case. Every single person that we’ve ever dealt with in their office has been professional, and clearly a caring, decent human being. They take their work very seriously, as well as their obligations to their clients. They are always well-prepared, aggressive, and yet ethical in court. After hearings, I have repeatedly had people in the audience ask me for my attorney’s contact information, because they have been impressed with how competent they are. We feel very fortunate to have the quality of representation Dunne & Dunne, LLP provides, and recommend them without hesitation to anyone needing family law help.

– Michael and Kimberly McSherry

My case was complicated from the very start. My ex was extremely hostile and very good at “using the system.” I needed a lawyer who was very knowledgeable, intelligent (to match wits with the “top gun” lawyer my ex hired), and not afraid to challenge the entrenched psychological contingent. Jim Dunne was actually recommended to me by one of the top lawyers, in family law, who I was forced to abandon because of a legal conflict. As it turned out, this was the best thing that ever happened to me. Jim and Tony, as well as all the lawyers and staff they employ, are as ethical a group as can be found. I am very pleased with their consistent effort and recommend them, without hesitation, as often as I hear of a need. I am delighted to offer my own testimonial to the others who, I am sure, think the world of them.

– Paul Friedman

Our society loves to make “lawyer jokes” that portray all lawyers as unscrupulous, sleazy, heartless, and greedy. If you are looking for such a lawyer, Jim Dunne is not your man. Going through a divorce is a painful experience, but Jim was by my side every step of the way. If you ask me about my lawyer, I will answer with the words caring, compassionate, professional, experienced, a person of integrity, excellent communicator, gracious and diplomatic in the courtroom. He knows how to work with judges and other lawyers to bring about the best possible results for his client. I am honored to have such a skilled lawyer and even more honored to be able to call him my friend.

– Lee Duncan



The law firm off Dunne and Dunne has represented two generations of our family over a period of twenty years. Most recently attorney Anthony J. “Tony’ Dunne defended a family member against allegations that were both false as well as extremely serious. During the three years approaching the trial, Tony showed complete understanding of issues and procedures. He anticipated and was prepared for each event as the trial preparations unfolded. He kept us informed and involved in the process. Tony believed in us without question, and was always on our side. Over time we came to care for him as a terrific person as well as an outstanding lawyer. The matter did come to trial, and in court Tony demonstrated total mastery of his profession. He was thoroughly prepared as he dealt with two opposing lawyers, a series of hostile paid professional witnesses, detailed financial and medical analysis, a daily barrage of complicated legal motions and objections, and testimony from the plaintiffs that painted our side in the worst possible manner. Tony overcame the opposition by showing himself to be capable, honest, earnest, sincere, and masterful as he step-by-step demolished each and every issue raised against us during the very draining seven-day trial. At the conclusion, the jury deliberated less than an hour before returning a verdict 100% in favor of our family. They also approved Tony’s cross-complaint that we were in fact the injured party, and awarded our side a very sizeable financial settlement. In the end we were so glad to just have it over, relieved to have won the day with our good name upheld, gratified to have our suffering recognized and validated by the jury, and so very proud of our most capable attorney Tony Dunne, whom we now consider a member of our family.

– Bruce W., Centerville, MA

Mr. Anthony Dunne went above and beyond! Having to go through a divorce is hard and the last thing you want is to worry about all the paperwork that comes with it. Everything was taken care of and any questions I had along the way were welcomed. Choosing to go with Dunne & Dunne was a smart move, wish I could say the same for my ex. Thank you so much.

– Ashley D., San Diego, CA

These guys are no nonsense attorneys! He does what he says, and there’s no bull. He has never billed me extensively for hours not worked (as other attorneys have done). After hiring and firing several other attorneys over the past many years, FINALLY I found this father/son team and have had such an easier ride through a very tumultuous and just plain terrible divorce. I could go on and on about them. I am so grateful to have found them.

– Heather C., Indio, CA

I highly recommend Anthony Dunne of Dunne. He is my fourth attorney in my long and difficult divorce. He keeps correspondence and phone calls short and to the point so that I am not running up attorneys fees. I had a good result regarding spousal support thanks to him. He’s now working on obtaining information from my ex-husband and his attorney. My ex-husband is a successful attorney and he has forced me to spend a lot of money over a period of 8 years after a 30 year marriage. Mr. Dunne does what he says he will do. He’s experienced and competent and “stays the course” to get things done. He’s the attorney you want to work for you.

– Jeanette C, La Jolla, CA

I reached out to Dunne and Dunne in order to try and resolve a custody dispute. My husband who is a an active duty navy service member, has two children with his ex wife and is a very involved father. The ex wife was unreasonable and controlling. When trying to handle the issue at the lowest possible level became nearly impossible, my husband and I reached out to the counsel of Dunne and Dunne. We retained Mr. Stephen Smith who is an associate of Dunne and Dunne. Coming from an 80/20 custody arrangement and trying to ask for a 50/50 arrangement after my husband being gone for 7 months on a deployment, seemed nearly impossible. Because this was a custody dispute my husband and his ex wife had to go to mediation. A couple weeks later we got the recommendation from the mediator in the mail. The mediator ruled against us and recommended that the court keep things at 80/20 due to the distance between my husband and his ex wife (3 hours), and the childrens ages 2 yrs and 4 yrs. When going to our court hearing, my husband and I thought the odds were stacked against us. It is almost unheard of for an active duty service member to receive 50/50 custody because of the always changing schedule of the military. Stephen Smith came to court well prepared and had a vast amount of knowledge on our case. You could really tell that he took the time to not only study and research our case, but was also emotionally invested as well. After a 45 minute hearing the judge not only granted my husband 50/50 but also was very understanding of my husbands military service. Dunne and Dunne handle themselves with the highest ethical standard. This law firm is extremely reasonable with their pricing and have integrity behind their billing. Not only are they very knowledgable with family law cases, but they truly care about each and every one of their cases. The fact that they are all very knowledgable with military cases and military specific issues were also a bonus. I would recommend them any day no matter how difficult your case may be.

– Ashley Z., San Diego, CA

My wife was not letting me see my kids, ages 2 and 7 months. She told the court so many lies about me and made me look unfit. I didn’t know what to do. We are not even divorced, just separated so she is very jealous and will go to any lengths to make my life miserable. I contacted Dunne & Dunne and boy did things change fast. Mr. Dunne was very aggressive and determined to get me visitation. I now share custody (50/50) with her and that is all I wanted all along. Thanks Mr. Dunne.

– Matthew M., San Diego, CA

My divorce was well into the second year when my son had insisted that I go meet Mr. Dunne. I really felt defeated and was very angry at the court system. Mr. Dunne literally did more in two months then my other two attorneys did in over two years. What a relief to finally find someone who actually cared about my case. If you have an ex who wants to make your divorce as difficult as possible, then you need someone very tough and experienced. Yes, he does respond to phone calls and emails unlike what the other two reviews would have you believe. He is extremely professional and articulate. Mr. Dunne is absolutely the best.

– Tina S., La Quinta, CA

Let me begin by saying, my situation when I contacted Dunne and Dunne,seemed hopeless.My case involved a very complicated custody matter. There was no attorney, that would accept my case. Either because it was too complicated, or because they wanted a huge retainer. So after calling about a couple dozen or so attorneys,I reached Dunne and Dunne. Stephen Smith, took the time to listen to me, What had happened, and the circumstances. He began to immediately work on my case, with due diligence. He ended up winning my case!. He has been with me every step of the way , and he has followed through with everything he said he would do .Without him, there would have been no way I could have won. He is a very accomplished, sharp, intelligent five star attorney. Thank you Dunne and Dunne! I would highly recommend him to anyone.

– Kayley S., Citrus Heights, CA

We have used Steve Smith for over 4 years now. He represents our family and we have been very pleased with his no- nonsense, straight forward yet kind way he has helped us. His knowledge and professionalism is 5 star! I would recommend him to anyone.

– Shiloh H., San Marcos, CA

I wanted to take the time to write a review, as I was so impressed with Stephen Smith’s representation of me and my custody case in San Diego. I had an exceptionally difficult split with my ex that involved custody over our newborn daughter, multiple police reports, a DVRO, and a move 600 miles away from the scenario. Despite the twists and turns of my ex having a completely FREE attorney and being 12 years older than me, Stephen won my case and kept me sane during a year long custody battle that was nothing short of ugly most of the time. He guided me through two TRO’s, mediation, multiple court appearances, handled in person appearances without me whenever he could so I didn’t have to fly from San Francisco to San Diego, and settled my case out of court completely in my favor. Not only did he get me FULL physical custody of my daughter, but also FULL legal custody, supervised visitation for 6 months at only 6 hours at a time twice a month in northern California, and a child support amount well over what was expected. I was very happy with the results, and a year long emotionally draining nightmare was handled by him with the utmost professionalism and caring demeanor. I can’t imagine having gone through that period of time with another attorney who could navigate all of the random pieces that arose and complicated matters for my case. He reassured me that my life could be normal again and was the deciding factor in this becoming a reality. Given that custody court is one of the most stressful and terrible things that anyone could go through, it is essential to have a good attorney by your side that you can count on and trust… and I feel that Stephen exceeded my expectations when it came to the outcome of my case as well as the support he provided me when everything was falling apart. Thanks to Stephen, my daughter and I were able to stay together full time, move to northern California to have my family’s support during my breakup, and life a peaceful life with all of the drama behind us!

– Isabella Z., Richmond, CA

I was incredibly timid when I met Tony Dunne. While I wanted to do what was best for my children, I was very afraid to go to court to pursue child support and visit child custody issues. Tony reassured me every step of the way. He provided excellent guidance and counsel and was very responsive. Perhaps the best experience for me was watching Tony Dunne in the courtroom. I have honestly never been more nervous in my life, but Tony took control and fought so hard and so naturally for me. In him, I knew I had a true advocate. The outcome of my case was positive and my children and I are living a better life because of Tony. I highly recommend hiring Tony Dunne as your family law attorney.

– Danielle, 5 Stars

Anthony Dunne has been my lawyer for five years. My case has been very difficult and high conflict. Mr. Dunne has stuck by me the entire time. Mr. Dunne obtained nearly 100% custody for me and resolved my financial issues in my favor. His trial skills are unmatched, and the opposing lawyer admitted to the judge that I have the better trial attorney! Do not hire anyone else, Mr. Dunne is the best.

– Gonzales, 5 Stars

Mr. James Dunne took over my divorce proceedings after I had to let go of two other attorneys. I felt that they did not represent me well. So I was on my third attorney, I needed someone to stand up to my ex-husband who was a bully. My son is the one who found Mr. Dunne. In court, in front of the Judge, you could ask for no one better. He is prepared and extremely professional. He has my years of experience and truly cares about your case. He commands respect while in court and gives it. He is a no nonsense type of lawyer and is very upfront on issues of concern. I would highly recommend him to anyone I knew going through a difficult divorce.

– Tina, 5 Stars

Mr. James Dunne took over my divorce proceedings after I had to let go of two other attorneys. I felt that they did not represent me well. So I was on my third attorney, I needed someone to stand up to my ex-husband who was a bully. My son is the one who found Mr. Dunne. In court, in front of the Judge, you could ask for no one better. He is prepared and extremely professional. He has my years of experience and truly cares about your case. He commands respect while in court and gives it. He is a no nonsense type of lawyer and is very upfront on issues of concern. I would highly recommend him to anyone I knew going through a difficult divorce.

– Tina, 5 Stars

So this is the best law firm in San Diego.  I never write reviews, however, my experience with them was beyond amazing and I would not be where I am with my custody battle without them.  I do not understand the bad reviews previous to me at all!!! Obviously these people have other issues outside this firm because they were nothing other than amazing with my case.  They were personable, always available, honest, and real.  I hope you really consider them outside of what these other people say because they will really help you and your family, which you very much need in this difficult time of separation.

Yelp keeps suppressing my review so people do not see it!!!!! Please read my review for this business! I had a great experience as I want others to have!

– Nancy O.

I wanted to thank Tony Dunne for helping me out. My son had an issue with his wife and he wanted to find out what would be the best solution to his situation. Surprisingly, Mr. Dunne suggested to handle my son’s situation in such way that it helped him to save his family, keep it together and continue develop strong bonds. As an attorney with good experience Tony Dunne gave us several consultations that solved my son’s issue very quickly.

– Natalie H., San Diego, CA

I was going through my divorce and I didn’t know my rights or the cost and time it would take to finish my stressful relationship. Someone recommended me Tony Dunne as a reliable attorney. Thankfully I went to a free consultation and found out the best way to handle the situation. Mr. Dunne gladly offered his services and it help me very much. His helped me to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress. He was very professional and supportive. I was able to take my life to a new level because of his help. Mr. Dunne showed very good negotiation skills and provided reliable attorney services.

– James C., San Diego, CA

This was my first experience with a lawyer. My wife (ex now) decided to make divorce a war game. I had to fight to see my kids. I had to fight to get my half of our stuff. She even made me fight in court to start dating again. Once my wife lost on all of her arguments that I was a bad father, she went after my new girlfriend claiming she was abusing our children. I had a whole team of attorney’s at Dunne & Dunne fighting for me. They ran circles around her lawyer in the courtroom which is where it counts!

– Kpana W., Silver Spring, MD

I had a family law matter that need urgent care and this team was able to just in and get things resolved quickly and with great success. Kimberly was absolutely awesome.

– Robbie Z., Del Mar, CA

This law firm helped in every step of the way.
Had a nasty divorce went thru two other lawyers. Until I met Mr. Dunne and his staff helped me every way possible. They answered all my questions and did a great job in court.

– Falcone M., El Cajon, CA

Mr. Anthony Dunne went above and beyond! Having to go through a divorce is hard and the last thing you want is to worry about all the paperwork that comes with it. Everything was taken care of and any questions I had along the way were welcomed. The process, was so fast and I didn’t have to worry about things getting taken care of and I didn’t have to deal with my ex at all throughout this process which was a huge relief. Mr. Dunne was truly there for me. Choosing to go with Dunne & Dunne was a smart move. I recommend Mr. Dunne and his team to anyone that wants the best experience they can while going through an unfortunate but necessary divorce.  Thank you so much for everything that you did!

– Marcus L., San Diego, CA

Tony Dunne is a great attorney in San Diego. All questions have been answered and I have been treated with a great deal of respect. I am extremely impressed and grateful that I called.. I would highly recommend their legal services to anyone and everyone who is in need of a reliable family law divorce attorney in San Diego.

– Perry D., San Diego, CA

I consider Tony a friend of mine now after the lengthy divorce process I had to go through. He made it simple and sincere. I didn’t need to ask for anything else because he was on top of it for me with the details and paperwork. As a new client, the whole situation has me appreciate attorneys now. The hell and high waters he went through in order for people like me to arrive at heaven’s gate became a miracle for me in a sense. Trust the process cause this was stressful for me on a personal level but my attorney Tony kept it real for me with paperwork, words of affirmation, and determination that had me win. I can’t express it enough.

– Steve J., San Diego, CA