Leslie A. Ryland


Biographical Info


1985, UCSD, B.A. Summa cum laude

  • Highest Distinction in History Honors
  • Armin Rappaport Award: Most Outstanding History Undergraduate

1989, UCLA Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions / Professional Licensing

Certified Family Law Specialist – California State Bar, June 2011

  • Admitted to California State Bar, 1989

Associate Attorney / James A. Hennenhoefer, APC – January 2006 to present

  • Practicing exclusively family law.

Staff Writer / San Diego Reader, San Diego, CA – May 1994 to November 2004

  • Wrote weekly column, “Kid Stuff.”
  • Researched and wrote feature articles emphasizing legal issues. Subjects included child custody attorneys, jury selection, process servers, death penalty, and child support.

Litigation Associate / Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, San Diego, CA – September 1989 to November 1992

  • Specialized in family law.
  • Assisted Susanne Stanford representing high-asset individuals in complex family law litigation.
  • Researched and drafted pleadings in family law and other civil litigation.
  • Served on firm’s MCLE Committee and Associate Committee.


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Family Law Associates – Advanced Program – June 19 to June 22, 2008 / Chicago, IL

  • Advanced training in litigation, taxation, negotiation, and business valuation.

American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute – May 18 to May 24, 2008 / Denver, CO

  • Prepared family law trial involving child custody and business valuation issues.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/ American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Conference on Divorce – May 8 to May 9, 2008 / Las Vegas, NV

  • Intensive training in family law aspects of business valuation, taxation, bankruptcy, and income available for support

Relevant Experience

  • Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group – Two-Day Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training – January 22 to January 23, 2016 / Reno, NV
  • Collaborative Practice California Conference XI: Flourishing in Collaborative Practice, 11th Annual Statewide Conference of Collaborative Professionals – April 29 to May 1, 2016 / Sofitel, Redwood City


I love accompanying my clients through the process of letting go of one life and beginning a new one. I love looking across my desk at a new client and being able to honestly tell him or her that we will make it through this together. At the end of each case, I have the satisfaction of knowing my help truly made a difference in someone’s life.

Personal: Born and raised in San Diego and Mammoth Lakes, CA. Mother of five(5) children – ages 23-15.