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Lauren M. Fair

Top San Diego Divorce Attorney

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At Fair Cadora, we understand that family law cases can be overwhelming and stressful. The attorney you choose can make or break your case. That’s why we offer a paid strategy session to all potential clients. We want you to have the chance to connect with us and gain your trust while receiving valuable advice and insight about your situation. During a strategy session, we will review the details of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your legal options. The quality of our work and advice during a strategy session will allow you to make an informed decision about the next steps in your case and assess if it feels like a fit for us to work together. The first step is to request a case evaluation.

Certified Family Law Specialist Dedicated to Resolving Family Law Problems Outside of Court

With more than 15 years of experience in skillfully and effectively serving clients finding themselves faced with family law litigation, combined with personal and professional experience with the emotional challenges and unique transition process that accompany divorce, Attorney Lauren Fair currently consults for clients involved in family law matters. 

Since the very beginning of her legal education and career, Attorney Lauren Fair has focused her advocacy on protecting the interests of families and children.  Through that experience, Lauren became keenly aware of the many problems facing families during the divorce process that were not being effectively resolved by the Family Court system and shifted her focus toward alternative ways of helping clients navigate divorce in a more holistic way.

Although a sharp advocate for her clients, Lauren is also compassionate and approachable when interacting with her clients. Dedicated to delivering superior and compassionate service, Lauren takes the time to ensure her clients thoroughly understand the legal process and their choices along the way, as the decisions they make in a family law case can have enduring effects on their future and that of their children.

Helping Clients Do Divorce Differently

Lauren understands that family discord often results in deep, prolonged conflict between former partners that inhibits their ability to resolve their family law matter independently and live a peaceful post-divorce life; as such, Lauren enjoys assuming the role of advocate and legal counselor for her clients outside the courtroom so the client can begin to concentrate on decreasing personal conflict and rebuilding their life. 

One of Lauren’s favorite ways to help clients is to prepare them for mediation so they can handle it with courage, clarity, and confidence. 

“After many years of litigating in Family Court, it became clear to me that families needed better solutions. That’s why I am passionate about helping people resolve their family law disputes outside of court, allowing them to maintain the greatest degree of control over the outcome as possible and saving time, money, and stress in the process.” ~ Lauren

Lauren excels in thoroughly evaluating family law matters comprised of many moving pieces, and recommending a course of action calculated to achieve the client’s objectives, tailored to the facts of the particular case, and designed to be as cost-effective as possible. Lauren is experienced in handling family law matters involving high-net-worth community estates, military issues, complex child support and spousal support issues, high-conflict custody matters, international order enforcement, and move-away/relocation cases, among others.  

In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and three step-children; walking at the beach; practicing yoga; traveling; and spending time with friends and family.

Education & Training

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

  • Senior Technical Editor, Executive Board, Santa Clara Law Review Vol. 48
  • Honored with the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for her work in:
    • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
    • Advanced Criminal Procedure
    • Northern California Innocence Project

B.A., summa cum laude, San Diego State University

  • Majored in International Business with an emphasis on Finance, French, and Western Europe
  • Honored as the Outstanding Graduate in International Business
  • Attended business school in France

Mediation Training, Mosten Guthrie Academy

Collaborative Law Training, Mosten Guthrie Academy

Bar Admissions & Certifications

  • Certified Legal Specialist – Family Law, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • DCA® Certified ADR Divorce Coach
  • DCA Pre-Mediation Divorce Coach™
  • DCA Certified Divorce Conflict Coach™
  • CDC Certified Divorce Coach®
  • LCS Master Certified Life Coach
  • Certified Co-Parenting Specialist, Mosten Guthrie Academy


  • Lauren M. Fair, Comment, Shame on U.S.: The Need for Uniform Open Adoption Records Legislation in the United States, 48 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1039 (2008).

Professional Affiliations & Service

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Member
  • Collaborative Practice San Diego – Member
  • East County San Diego Bar Association – Board of Directors, Member
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association – Member
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists – Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association – Member

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French