Hildy Fentin






Family Law

Certified Family Law Specialist – The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Partner, Chair of the Family Law Mediation Practice


Hildy L. Fentin has built a local and national reputation for excellence, integrity and professionalism, with over 35 years of experience handling complex Family Law matters. She graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 1980 and then gained admittance to the bars of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California. A former Legal Aid attorney in the San Francisco area, Hildy has focused exclusively on Family Law since 1983.

Hildy’s approach focuses on creative problem solving to reach peaceful resolutions. Her process empowers you to make informed decisions about your finances and your family.


Hildy Fentin is a highly regarded family law specialist with extensive experience and credentials.

Fellow of the nationally prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
A selective fellowship of attorneys committed to the highest standards of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law; Southern CA Chapter Treasurer, 2006-2010; Membership Chair, 2010–2013; President Elect, 2013-2014; President, 2014-2015

Norby Award Recipient
2001 Judge Norbert Ehrenfreud Family Law Award (Norby) for dedicated and meritorious service to the Family Law Bench and Bar, awarded annually by the Family Law Judicial Officers

Best Lawyers
Selected for the Family Law and Family Law Mediation specialties, 2007 – present. The first attorney in San Diego to be selected for both specialties in 2007.

Super Lawyers
Distinguished as a Super Lawyer, 2007-present

Judge Pro Tempore, Settlement Conference Judge
San Diego Superior Court, 1993 – present

Highest Martindale-Hubbell Rating 
(AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0) based on peer reviews for professional excellence


1983 – California
1981 – Massachusetts and Connecticut


1980 – Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, J.D.
1977 – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa


1992 – Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS)
Met all qualifications established by the California Board of Legal Specialization for Family Law


San Diego County Bar Association: Family Law Section

  • Executive Committee of the Certified Family Law Specialist Committee, 1995-1997 and 1999-2001, Chair, 2001
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994-1998
  • Family Court Services Committee, 1999-2003
  • Family Law Local Rules Committee, 2003-2008; Chair, 2003-2004
  • Minors Counsel Committee, 1997-2009; Chair, 1997-1998

Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego
Member 2003 – present; Board Member, 2009, 2011-2012; President, 2013

The Lawyer’s Club of San Diego
Member 1990-present

San Diego Trial Lawyers
Member, Attorney Referral Service; Chair, Family Law Section, 1995-2000

COMPLIMENTARY 30-minute introduction

To request a complimentary 30-minute in-person introduction with Hildy Fentin, please call 858-755-3000, ext. 106.

You will find personal attention, creative problem solving and the efficient, skilled attorney/mediator you need to resolve your Family Law matters peacefully.

For more information about Ms. Fentin’s mediation and collaborative practice please visit www.fentinlaw.com.