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Dennis Geis Temko

Dennis Geis Temko

The Law Office of Dennis Temko: zealous family law appellate advocacy
  • Appeals & Appellate, Family Law, Divorce...
  • California
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Dennis Temko provides exceptional representation in appellate matters in California State Courts in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere. His appellate practice is focused on family law matters including custody, property division, child and spousal support, stock options, high income earners, Ostler Smith (bonus support orders), domestic violence restraining orders, and imputation, among other issues. Most of his practice has been devoted to family law appeals and writs since his 2013 admission to the California State Bar. Super Lawyers Magazine recognized Mr. Temko as a rising star in 2017, and again in 2018.

Mr. Temko has been the principal author of more than 50 combined appellate briefs and writ petitions. His cases have resulted in seven published opinions. Mr. Temko has been fortunate to deliver presentations to family law attorneys and judges and he has written numerous articles on appellate matters. Mr. Temko cares deeply about his clients and always strives to achieve for them the best result possible. He also gives back to the community by volunteering his time to assist pro-per litigants as part of the California Fourth Appellate District, Division One, self-help workshop. He serves on the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court, San Diego Family Law Bar, and San Diego County Bar.

Mr. Temko was admitted to the California State Bar in January 2013. He is a graduate of California Western School of Law where he received honorable recognition for outstanding achievement in legal writing. Mr. Temko grew up in San Diego. Thereafter, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, with a major in Psychology. Upon return to California, Mr. Temko received a California Real Estate Salesperson License in 2007. Following his real estate career, Mr. Temko returned to school to study law.

California Western School of Law
J.D. (2012)
Honors: Academic achievement award for scholarly writing in Civil Rights Law
University of Colorado - Boulder
B.A. (2006) | Psychology
Honors: Dean’s List: Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2005
Professional Experience
Law Office of Dennis Temko
- Current
Law Office of Stephen Temko
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Certified Legal Intern
San Diego County Counsel Juvenile Dependency
Certified Legal Intern
San Diego County Office of the Public Defender
Coldwell Banker
Bunim/Murray Productions
Articles & Publications
Dennis Temko, Prisoners and the Press: The First Amendment Antidote to Civil Death after PLRA, (2013) 49 Cal. W. L.Rev. 195.
California Western School of Law, Law Review
Houston, “We Have A Problem” No Court Reporter, Perhaps No Appeal, What Can We Do? (Vol. 35, Issue 1, 2013) State Bar Family Law News.
State Bar Family Law News
How to Supercharge Your WestLaw Searches. (2013) For the Record.
For the Record
Successful Family Law Petitions for Writ Relief. (Vol. 35, Issue 3, 2013) State Bar Family News.
State Bar Family Law News
Traditional Ethics, New Technology; Things to Watch for (Sept. 12, 2013) For the Record.
For the Record
Speaking Engagements
“Case Summary Elena. S.”, San Diego Appellate Practice Committee,, San Diego California
San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
San Diego Family Law Bar, January 20, 2016, San Diego, “WHEN to Writ, WHEN to Appeal, WHEN to Obtain A Certificate of Probable Cause.”
Speaker, San Diego Family Law Bar, December 4, 2015, San Diego, “Student Loans – Yours, Mine or Ours?
Speaker, San Diego Family Law Bar, September 10, 2014, San Diego, “Legal Research—Why You Need It and How You Do It.”, San Diego, California
Speaker, San Diego Family Law Paralegal Program, July 31, 2013, San Diego, “Ethics and Technology.”, San Diego, California
San Diego Family Law Paralegal Program
State Bar of California License
California State Bar
Real Estate License
California Department of Real Estate
Professional Associations
San Diego Appellate Inn of Court
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State Bar of California, Family Law Section # 288498
- Current
San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section # 1000589
- Current
San Diego Family Bar Association
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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    Hourly fee is $300
Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Dennis Temko
12636 High Bluff Dr. Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92130
Toll-Free: (858) 274-3538
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