Joseph P. Spirito, Jr.

Joseph P. Spirito, Jr.

McGaughey & Spirito

Recognized since 2014

Redondo Beach, California

Practice Areas

Family Law

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Born in Westpoint, New York, Joe graduated from University of California at Irvine (B.A., Cum laude 1979) and Loyola Law School (J.D., 1982).

Joe has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area since 1982. He formed McGaughey & Spirito in 1990. Joe has continually maintained an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell legal publication and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is the past chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, one of the largest family law bar associations in the United States. Joe is co-founder and past president of the collaborative divorce group, A Better Divorce, past president of Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, as well as past president and board member of the South Bay Bar Association. Joe was recently honored as the South Bay Bar Association’s 2018 Lawyer of the Year.

Joe is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches a marital property course. He serves on the board of directors of Levitt Quinn, a non-profit family law center. He has also served as a family law Judge Pro Tem and is currently a mediator in the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Departments. He has appeared numerous times on NBC’s evening news with anchor Colleen Williams and has been a commentator on “Air Talk – The Legal Edition,” KPCC-FM, Pasadena, California, CBC National TV, American Journal National TV, and ABC National Radio.

Joe has been selected by his peers to the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2005 to present) and The Best Lawyers In America list (2013 to present) for the practice area of Family Law.


  • 116 Avenue I
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277


  • Loyola Law School, graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • California, U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Executive Committee, Family Law Section - Current Chair (2017-18) and member
  • State Bar of California - Member
  • Superior Courts of California - Qualified as an Expert to testify in Family Law matters
  • South Bay County Bar Association - Member, 2007 President, Former Chairman, Family Law Section
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Law Association interdisciplinary training programs - Faculty member
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association - Past President (LACFLA)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Member
  • A Better Divorce: Collaborative Law Group - Co-Founder and President
  • Continuing Legal Education programs- Family Law - Lecturer/Panelist
  • Palos Verdes Country Club - former President and Board member
  • Collaborative Practice California (CP CAL) - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

McGaughey & Spirito
Headquarters: Redondo Beach, California

2 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Family Law


  • The Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of Family Law, 2013-present
  • South Bay Bar Association’s 2018 Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized as a Sothern California Super Lawyer in family law 2005-present
  • 2014 Eureka Award, recognizing an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining collaborative practice in California
  • National Register of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • AV rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southern California “Super Lawyer” – LA Magazine 2005-present

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