W. Robert Lesh, has been a Family Law Attorney and Mediator in San Diego since 1976. After graduating from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, Mr. Lesh formed a partnership with his father, Robert L. Lesh, under the name of Lesh and Lesh. Robert L. Lesh was in practice in San Diego since 1956, and, for 24 years, until Robert L. Lesh retired in 2001, Mr. Lesh and his father practiced law together.
Mr. Lesh is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, having been certified by the State Bar of California, after having met the criteria established by the State Bar, which includes a review of his experience and qualifications, as well as having to pass a rigorous test. Less than one percent of all attorneys currently certified to practice law in the State of California have been certified as Family Law Specialists.
During the 24 years that Mr. Lesh practiced with his father, the firm attained the coveted AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating system, which establishes that the firm had the highest level of competency recognized by its peers, and also has very high ethical standards. After Robert L. Lesh retired in January 2001, Mr. Lesh continued to practice in the area of Family Law.
Mr. Lesh’s areas of practice include all aspects of family law litigation, including child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, division of marital property, mediation, paternity actions, and he is also experienced in the drafting of Premarital and Postmarital Agreements, and issues involving child support that are handled through the Department of Child Support Services. Mr. Lesh has served as a Pro Tem Judge for the San Diego Superior Court and is currently actively involved as a Settlement Judge on the Superior Court Settlement Judge Panel, serving in the Downtown, Vista, El Cajon and South Bay Courts.
Mr. Lesh has been listed as a Super Lawyer every year since the 2009 Edition of San Diego Super Lawyers was published, through a selection process which includes a state wide survey of lawyers, and an evaluation of candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, independent research to identify outstanding lawyers, a blue ribbon panel review by practice area, and a discipline check of each candidate.
Mr. Lesh recently completed serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee of San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists, his term as Chair ending in December, 2009. He completed serving on the Executive Committee as the immediate past chair and judicial liaison, and has just completed his second three-year term as a Board Member of the Executive Committee and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the new San Diego Family Law Bar Association.
In 2013, Mr. Lesh was the recipient of the Norby Award, given annually by the Family Law Judges and Commissioners to a family law attorney who has made a significant contribution to the practice of family law in San Diego County.
Mr. Lesh was the 2009 winner of the Michael C. Shea award, given annually to the Family Law attorney who gives of his or her time in the teaching and mentoring of new or young attorneys in the Family Law field.
Mr. Lesh is one of only six attorneys to have ever received both the Norby Award and the Michael C. Shea Award.
Mr. Lesh has lived in San Diego since 1953 and has been married for over 41 years, and is the father of two adult children. Mr. Lesh enjoys reading, traveling, playing golf, skiing, as well as being involved in activities with his church.
Mr. Lesh has lectured on different aspects of Family Law at seminars presented by the Certified Family Law Specialists and the San Diego County Bar Association. Mr. Lesh is currently a member of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association and its Family Law Section, as well as a member of the State Bar of California and its Family Law Section, and has been the Chair of the Family Court Services Subcommittee for the San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists, and has also served on the Minor’s Counsel Subcommittee and the Community Outreach Subcommittee.
Mr. Lesh also serves as a Mediator for parties interested in attempting to resolve their differences outside of the Courtroom. In this capacity, Mr. Lesh does not represent either party, but meets with both in a confidential setting, helping agreements to be reached that are acceptable to both parties, and, at the same time, minimizing the expense of extended litigation and Court involvement.
Milligan & Mitchel welcomes Mr. Lesh to its team of Certified Family Law Attorneys dedicated to providing quality representation to its clients.