Mr. Herbert handles a wide variety of divorce cases, from the very simple to the very complex.

He seeks to resolve matters in a cost effective and amicable manner to avoid incurring legal fees that diminish the value of the marital estate.  However, he remains prepared to go to trial if necessary.  His trial experience includes litigating the issues of support, property division, custody, visitation and virtually every other type of issue arising in family law.

Mr. Herbert understands, and is sensitive to, the financial and emotional strain associated with custody matters and possesses unique and creative abilities regarding the division of property.  If a matter must go to trial, he provides aggressive and effective representation while keeping in mind the cost, and potential outcomes, for his clients.  His clients are always kept well-informed and are advised of all of their options.

He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell™ — earning the highest possible peer, client and judiciary ratings.  He also has been recognized for many years by Best Lawyers® in America.

Additionally, Mr. Herbert has served as a mediator and has been appointed to over 200 cases by judges of the Superior Court.  He has also served as a Judge Pro Tempore with the Superior Court and has acted as a settlement conference judge in many cases.  He has been invited to address groups of all kinds in matters related to family law, and he served as the primary instructor in Family Law at the Naval Justice School’s California Legal Assistance Course.

Mr. Herbert was the Commanding Officer of C Company, First Reconnaissance Battalion, First Marine Division during the Persian Gulf War.  He retired in 2015 as a Colonel.  As an undergraduate at the University of San Diego, he played four years of intercollegiate football and was named in 1981 to the Kodak College Division All-America team and the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.

Mr. Herbert strongly values giving back to the community.  He founded the St. Michael’s Foundation for Elementary Education in the Central City.  In addition, he serves as a member of the University of San Diego’s Executive Cabinet for Athletics and the University of San Diego’s Board of Trustees.  He is also a member of the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology.

Awards & Honors

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© (2014-2024)
  • San Diego Super Lawyers®
  • "AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell™
  • San Diego Magazine "Top Lawyers," recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer (2020)
Daniel C. Herbert
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  • Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association