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Our Firm Overview


Legal problems can threaten your freedom, finances and future. When you are already overwhelmed by difficult life circumstances, the last thing you need is an attorney who fails to listen to your concerns or understand where you are coming from. Your attorney should be your advocate and adviser — someone who genuinely cares about the outcome of your case.


At The Law Office of John A. Meaden, III, our firm was founded to provide compassionate legal services in the areas of law that deal with life’s most difficult circumstances — family law, criminal defense and personal injury.

Three core hallmarks permeate all aspects of our practice: honesty, integrity and professionalism. When you turn to us for help, you can expect us to listen and understand. You will not just be another case or file. Rather, we will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.


John A. Meaden, III, (“Jay”) provides legal guidance and representation in Family Law and Criminal Defense, and has done so in Contra Costa County for over 43 years. With a convenient office location in Walnut Creek, CA, Mr. Meaden serves individuals, families, and businesses in the suburban East Bay area, including Contra Costa and Alameda counties and towns throughout the Bay Area.

With experience and resources that rival leading downtown San Francisco law firms, John A. Meaden, III, attorney at law, provides uncompromising representation in complex divorce and criminal defense cases. Most of Mr. Meaden’s business comes from referral of past clients with friends that need legal help or people who have worked with Jay in the past.


Our firm is devoted to upholding the following guiding principles:


Unfortunately, legal help often becomes necessary only during some of the most difficult life circumstances you have ever faced. We understand what you are going through. Clients appreciate that we listen to their concerns and help alleviate their struggles and worries.


The legal field is a complex maze of standards, procedural rules and precedents. When you come into our office, you may feel completely lost. We can walk you through your options and let you know what to expect upfront. Mr. Meaden draws on over 40 years of legal experience and remains up-to-date on the latest developments in the law. When you leave, you will have a clear range of choices and the information you need to make wise decisions.


Mr. Meaden and the firm’s staff are sensitive to the personal nature of legal matters. We respect clients’ privacy; you can rely on us for discreet legal guidance and strict confidentiality in all of our communications with you.


Mr. Meaden is extremely approachable, and he takes a hands-on approach to every case. He will not just sign a contract and then disappear; on the contrary, you can expect the firm to keep in touch with you regularly.