Craig Cherney, Esq.

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Craig Cherney, Esq.

Craig’s clients pay for, and expect more, than just another typical family law attorney. Craig’s experience ranges from two federal clerkships, over ten years business experience in private equity and real estate, and over a decade at law firms analyzing complicated financial issues, underwriting assets and cash flow streams to drafting and negotiating premarital, postnuptial and settlement agreements and litigating virtually every family law issue at trial.

Craig’s years in the front lines of high stakes family law litigation have taught him how to effectively maximize your community property share of the marital estate.  Craig is direct and honest with his clients. Not all lawyers do this.  It is critical that a client is fully informed of all strong and weak components of their pending dispute so that reasoned decisions can be made.  Only telling clients the good news, and not examining the downside, usually costs the client more time and money in the end.  In addition, Craig’s ethical integrity is unwavering and he demands transparency and honesty from his clients at all time, as he will do the same for his clients.  Craig is going to be tough with opposing counsel, a zealous advocate to advance your best interest at all times.

Craig is also a unique talent for a family law dispute. Craig brings complex real property, business and financial expertise to family law matters enabling him to offer clients a tremendous strategic advantage. Craig has testified in multiple cases as a real estate expert witness. He provides a unique perspective to complex issues like asset valuation, asset recovery, disposition and sale of real property, division and valuation of business partnerships, determining the present value of future income streams and locating hidden assets or income often implicated in family law disputes.

In law school, only the top graduates are offered the privilege of working for a federal judge. Craig was one of the few, to clerk for not just one federal judge after law school, but two active federal judges. Clerking for a sitting federal judge is the toughest training an attorney can get, bar none. Having participated in countless federal court trials, Craig’s writing skills are razor sharp. This exceptional writing ability complements his skills in the family law courtroom where he seeks the highest and best result obtainable by law.

Craig was first admitted to practice law 22 years ago and is actively licensed in three states: Arizona, California, and Nevada. Mr. Cherney will bring strong and reliable legal skills to your case, and he will not back away from a highly contested matter if required. He will fight to preserve and obtain your share of the marital estate.

Client Testimonials:

“…with your straightforwardness and sympathetic understanding you were able to ease my “fears” and concerns. You both displayed honesty, dignity, humility, and compassion during this ordeal…”

“Craig is an amazing attorney. He is rare in that he not only possesses a keen knowledge of the law but also an acute business acumen. His legal skills coupled with his business sense set him apart from the rest.”

“Craig Cherney has been a game changer for me in my dispute with my ex-spouse…”

“He is a level-headed, reasonable and caring person. He will handle your matter as if it were his own. He is a true legal gem. I recommend Craig and his firm without hesitation.”

“Craig is an outstanding attorney based on his extremely intellectual knowledge of the federal and state court systems…”

“Craig Cherney has been a game changer for me in my dispute with my ex-spouse…”

“I am 100% pleased with the outcome of my situation.”

Areas of Practice

Family Law:

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Marital Dissolution
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Spousal Maintenance Claims
  • Child Support Disputes
  • Decree Enforcement
  • Contempt Petitions
  • Complex Asset Recovery
  • Evidentiary Trials
  • Appeals
  • High Net Worth Disputes

Federal Litigation:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Temporary Restraining Orders (“TRO”)
  • Preliminary Injunctions
  • Labor & Employment
  • False Claims Act Claims
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus
  • Grand Jury Preparation
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

Real Estate:

  • Serve as Expert Witness
  • Real Estate & Vacant Land
  • Purchase & Sale
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Commission Disputes
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Pooled Investments
  • Latent Defect Litigation


  • University of San Diego
  • School of Law 1996
  • San Diego Law Review
  • University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts 1993

Judicial Clerkships:

  • Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Chief Judge Judith Keep
    1996 (S.D. Cal)
  • Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Whelan
    (1998-2004)(S.D. Cal)

Court Admissions:

  • Arizona State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Nevada State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit