Ms. Vandergrift has successfully settled hundreds of civil and family law cases in her career. In her tenth year of practice, she remains a passionate advocate with a personal touch.
Much of her experience is with high conflict custody and visitation matters, asset and liability distribution, and child and spousal support.
As a certified mediator, she often negotiates agreements in high conflict cases, resulting in reduced costs and stress. She is also a credentialed Co-Parenting Specialist, coaching families through tough transitions while keeping their children a priority.
Ms. Vandergrift is the former Director of Legal Outreach for the Social Justice Advocacy Program, Inc. Through SJAP, Ms. Vandergrift provided information and advice at legal clinics, helped clients in need with preparation and representation in court and organized clinics in the San Gabriel Valley to benefit the poor and disenfranchised.
She has a special interest in single parents who are victims of domestic violence.
Commitment - If I choose to take your case, I will commit to see it through to completion, develop a strategy, and be upfront about what it will take to succeed in your matter.
Integrity - I am honest. I am straightforward about costs, likelihood of outcomes, and whether I think a matter should be pursued in court. I work hard to efficiently resolve matters outside of court because it is generally most cost effective and yields better results. I will not create unnecessary work to have billable hours.
Compassion - I care. I will personally invest in your case, your family and the impact your case has on you and them. I will minimize the time the case takes and the stress involved to the extent it is in my power to do so.
Communication - I am regularly accessible. Either myself (or my staff) will get back to you within 48 hours on all non-urgent matters. For urgent issues, the return time is 12 hours. Because I limit my active cases, I have time to focus on your matter.
Family First – I respect your family time and ask you to respect mine. Thus, my hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, Fridays from 9:00 - 12:00.
Making Time for what Matters Most - At least 15% of my cases are Pro Bono and Low Bono cases at all. I also offer free family law legal advice to anyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay or whether they are seeking legal representation. I speak at women’s shelters, organizing and consulting at free legal clinics. Please see community outreach section to read more about my non-profit work.
University of La Verne, College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2012
Brigham Young University
B.A. Psychology, 2008
Activities & Affiliations
• California Bar Association, Family Law Section
• AFCC California Chapter, Member
• East West Bar Association, Board Member
• Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Member
• Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section
• American Bar Association, Member, Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sections
Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Vandergrift worked for Higbee & Associates and a general practice firm where she gained valuable experience in civil, criminal, and family law matters.
Ms. Vandergrift is a certified mediator. She loves helping people resolve their legal problems through negotiation. Ms. Vandergrift’s passion is helping clients identify their priorities so she can lead them towards an efficient and satisfying resolution. This is particularly meaningful for her in cases that involve children.
Her background as a psychology major gives her a unique perspective on family. Ms. Vandergrift put herself through law school as a single mother of six children (ages four through fourteen at the time). She started her career as a single mother and has built this business as a single mother. Because of her life experience, she is not only empathetic, but able to convey hope in hard situations.
Prior to law school, Ms. Vandergrift was the Board President for Lakeview Academy Charter School in Saratoga Springs, Utah. The board supervised and hired all teachers and employees and governed the school of 700 children from its inception.