Joseph P. Spirito, Jr., Partner

Joseph P. Spirito, Jr.Born in Westpoint, New York, June 19, 1956, Joe graduated from University of California at Irvine (B.A., Cum laude 1979) and Loyola Law School (J.D., 1982).

Experience

Joe has been in private practice in Los Angeles area since 1982. He worked at Tremaine, Shenk, Stroud & Robbins in downtown Los Angeles from 1982 to 1990 and was a partner of that firm from 1987 through 1990. He formed McGaughey & Spirito in 1990. Joe has continually maintained an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell legal publication and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Joe is co-founder and past president of the collaborative divorce group, A Better Divorce. He is the current Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Family Law section, where he has served on the executive committee for several years.

Joe was an Associate Professor of Business Law at Cal State University at Northridge from 1986 through to 1995. He is also a Judge Pro Tem and Mediator in the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Departments and former chairman of the South Bay Bar Association Family Law Section. He has appeared numerous times on NBC’s evening news with anchor Colleen Williams and has been a commentator on “Air Talk – The Legal Edition,” KPCC-FM, Pasadena, California, CBC National TV, American Journal National TV, and ABC National Radio.

Former President and Board Member of the South Bay Bar Association and former President and Board Member of Palos Verdes Country Club, Joe was named Super Lawyer of Southern California from 2005 through to present. He was selected by his peers to be listed in The Best Lawyers In America for the practice area of Family Law.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1983

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1982 – J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, California, 1979 – B.A., Cum Laude

Honors & Awards

  • AV rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2005-2015 Southern California “Super Lawyer” – LA Magazine
  • National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
  • 2014 Eureka Award, recognizing an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining collaborative practice in California

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • South Bay County Bar Association – Member, 2007 President, Former Chairman, Family Law Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Member
  • Member, Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association 2004 – present
  • State Bar of California
  • Palos Verdes Country Club – former President and Board member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • A Better Divorce: Collaborative Law Group – Co-Founder and President
  • Lecturer/Panelist – Continuing Legal Education programs- Family Law
  • Qualified as an Expert to testify in Family Law matters in the Superior Courts of California
  • Faculty member Los Angeles Collaborative Law Association interdisciplinary training programs
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association – President (LACFLA)
  • Collaborative Practice California (CP CAL)

Select Lectures & Publications

  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training, Loyola Law School- Guest Lecturer, August 2017, August 2015, January 2014, August 2014, August 2013
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Program Chair for the 49th Annual Family Law Symposium, May 6, 2017
  • “Principles and Guidelines For Collaborative Practice,” UCLA Law School – Speaker, November 10, 2015
  • “The Devils in the Details: Reimbursements and Credits; Calculating Watts/Epstein & Moore/Marsden,” – Presenter, November 9, 2015
  • Collaborative Divorces Gain Momentum,” Palos Verdes Peninsula News – Author, September 16, 2015
  • 47th Annual Family Law Symposium presented by Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section and the Los Angeles Superior Court – Speaker, May 2, 2015
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Program Chair for the 36th Annual Child Custody Colloquium, September 20, 2014
  • “Social Work and the Law”, USC Graduate School of Social Work – Guest Lecturer, April 18, 2013
  • “Does What Happens in Vegas Stay in Vegas?”, Collaborative Divorce and Disqualification, CP Cal (Collaborative Practice California) Eighth Annual Statewide Conference of Collaborative Professionals – Presenter, April 26-28, 2013
  • “Litigation or Mediation: Debate and Discussion,” Drew Hunt Study Group, Providers: White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt – Instructor, December 3, 2012
  • “Building a Better Sandbox: Creating and Building a Thriving Practice Group,” International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 12th Annual Networking and Educational Forum – Presenter, October 27, 2011
  • “Building a Better Sandbox: Creating and Building a Thriving Practice Group,” CP Cal (Collaborative Practice California)- Presenter, April 29, 2011
  • “Reaching Successful Settlements in Today’s California Family Law Cases”. Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California, Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters publication – Author, 2012 Edition
  • “Managing New Challenges In California Family Law Disputes.” Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California, Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters publication – Author, 2011 Edition
  • “Collaborative Law and the Financial Expert,” California Society of CPA’s Family Law Section Meeting – Presenter, May 21, 2010
  • “Role of the Lawyer” and “Enrolling the Client,” Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association – Presenter, 2009 – Present
  • 35th Annual Family Law Symposium presented by Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section and the Los Angeles Superior Court
    Speaker, May 13, 2003
  • In 2001, co-initiated a program with Los Angeles County Supervising Family Law Judge, Aviva Bobb, utilizing her courtroom to present a program with Pauline Tesler and Nancy Ross, introducing the collaborative divorce model to approximately 100 attorneys, judges, and mental health professionals in the county.

Other Experience

  • California State University at Northridge, Associate Professor, Business Law, 1986 – 1995
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, Mediator
  • KPCC-FM, Pasadena, California, CBC National Television, Commentator, “Air Talk – The Legal Edition”
  • CBC National Television
  • American Journal National Television
  • ABC National Radio
  • Appeared on multiple occasions on Channel 4 Evening News with anchor woman Colleen Williams
  • Tremaine, Shenk, Stroud & Robbins – Partner 1987-1990, 1982 – 1990