John McDaniel is a partner with the firm and has over thirty-five years of experience as a family law attorney in the California Central Valley, where he has handled a wide range of challenging family law and divorce cases. John provides representation in divorce and family law proceedings through divorce litigation, Divorce Mediation, and Collaborative Practice. John’s goal is for each client to achieve the best possible outcome, using the process most appropriate for that client’s unique circumstances.
John understands the tremendous difficulties and challenges faced by families going through the divorce process. John works carefully to insure that each client’s representation is individually tailored to address both the immediate and the long term legal, financial and emotional needs of the client and the family.
In addition to many years of experience as a family law and divorce litigator, John has extensive training and experience in handling divorces through Divorce Mediation as well as Collaborative Practice. John believes that Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice offer healthier and more reasonable ways to resolve divorce issues for many couples. He is one of the founding members of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates, having served as its president. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
John is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of practice and professionalism. He received his BA degree in History from Stanford in 1973, and graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1976. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. He has served as a judge pro tem in the Fresno County Superior Court Family Law Department. He has been recognized by his professional colleagues for maintaining the highest standards of practice and integrity by his receipt of the AV® rating from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.
John has a strong commitment to public and professional education relating to divorce and family law matters. He has initiated the Fresno area Divorce OptionsTM monthly workshop program to educate the public about the divorce process and the options available to divorcing couples. He is also active in family law professional continuing education programs as a member of Association of Certified Family Law Specialists education and outreach committee.