Michael P. McDeavitt

Michael P. McDeavitt

Pleasanton, California
(925) 227-1493

Pleasanton, California, Family Law Mediator & Litigator

Michael P. McDeavitt, Certified Family Law Specialist, has practiced law since 1998. Mr. McDeavitt sits as a Judge Pro Tem with the Superior Court of California, Alameda County. He is a trained and experienced mediator and litigator with over 500 hours of completed continuing legal education. His practice is limited exclusively to Family Law. In addition to being a presenter on family law issues, Mr. McDeavitt has served as a Settlement Commissioner with the Superior Court, been appointed as a Special Master in family law proceedings, and served on the Bay Area Regional Standing Committee to FLEXCOM.

Mr. McDeavitt is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), a member of the Family Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Alameda County (ACBA) and Contra Costa County Bar Associations (CCCBA), a member of the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (EACBA), and a member of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. Mr. McDeavitt has successfully completed the Advanced Family Law course, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Skills Program, and mediation training through the Congress of Neutrals pursuant to the requirements for the State of California Dispute Resolution Practices Act. He is the recipient of the CALI award for Family Law Negotiation & Settlement, as well as the CALI award recipient for Community Law.

Mr. McDeavitt received his BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Mr. McDeavitt is a former Military Intelligence Officer who served with the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, at Hohenfels, Germany. He is a distinguished military graduate, and a recipient of the Chancellor's Perpetual Trophy awarded by the University of California annually to one graduate for outstanding leadership. He is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Parachutist Badge (Airborne), amongst other military honors. Mr. McDeavitt is a proud member of the 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans' Association.

Mr. McDeavitt has been married for over 20 years. He and his wife are Cal grads, and both of their daughters are Cal Bears as well (Class of 2016 & 2017, respectively). He is an avid hiker and long-suffering football fan of the Cal Bears (Go Bears!).

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Mediation
  • Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Family Law Specialist


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
  • UC Berkeley

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, CALI Award for Family Law Negotiation & Settlement
  • Recipient, CALI Award for Community Law
  • Recipient, Chancellor's Perpetual Trophy Award
  • Recipient, Army Commendation Medal
  • Recipient, Army Achievement Medal
  • Recipient, National Defense Service Medal
  • Recipient, Army Service Ribbon
  • Recipient, Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Recipient, Parachutist Badge

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar, Family Law Section, Member
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section & Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member
  • Eastern Alameda County Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), Member
  • Contra County Bar Association, Family Law Section & Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member