John M. McDaniel
Helon & Manfredo LLP

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735 W. Alluvial Ave.
Ste. 102
Fresno, CA 93711
Fax: 559-226-1524

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Description of Practice

As a family law practitioner for over 35 years, I have extensive experience with the issues facing divorcing families and have witnessed the toll that litigation often takes. I believe that mediation and collaborative practice representation in family law matters provides far healthier and more durable results for the family.

Professional Background

Member, State Bar of California and Fresno County Bar Association since 1976. Past chairman of Fresno County Bar Association Family Law Section. Practice devoted to primarily to family law and related matters for over thirty years. Certified as a specialist in family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization since 1996. Maintain an AV Peer-Reviewed Rating with Martindale-Hubbell.


Practitioner of collaborative divorce/collaborative law since 2002. Founding member and president (2002-2009) of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates. Training and skill development includes over 70 hours of mediation training and over 90 hours collaborative practice training. A 2012 recipient of the "Eureka Award" by CP Cal for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of collaborative practice in California.


B.A. in History, from Stanford University, 1973 J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, 1976


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2002    Russell, et al    Basic Collaborative Practice Training 12 hours
2006    CP Cal Celebration    Advanced Collaborative Law Training 12 hours
2006    Collaborative Law Training    Pauline Tesler 12 hours
2009    Foster and Notini    Essentials of Mediation and Divorce Mediation 40 hours
2014    Sulmeyer,Leys, Adams    Integrative Mediation 6.5 hours
2014    Doug Noll    Advanced Mediation Training 30 hours
2015     Jessica Notini    Advanced Mediation Training 12 hours
2016    Sulmeyer,Leys, Adams    Advanced Integrative Mediation 6 hours


My goal is to achieve mutually acceptable solution taking into account to the greatest extent possible the interests and concerns of the parties, utilizing a facilitative and collaborative resolution process.


I charge $285.00 per hour for my services as a mediator.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues) (25 collaborated)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Representational Lawyer