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Over 30 years representing adopting families, birth mothers, and adopted children.

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logo smallIt has been our privilege for over 30 years to represent adopting families, birth mothers, and adopted children. Our practice is limited to adoption law and guardianships. That is ALL that we do, it is not a sideline. We have represented adopting families from throughout the United States, and several foreign nations. We have handled adoption cases at all levels up to and including the California Supreme Court, and have been successful in helping to make California adoption law more child-friendly.

Doug Donnelly, is an adopting father, author, and lecturer, and is a past-President of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and a charter member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He has testified numerous times before committees of the California legislature, and has helped to write numerous legislative bills that have passed the legislature and become law. He and his work have been featured in the media, and he has been seen on the CBS News program "48 Hours," and has received but declined invitations to appear on "Larry King Live," and the "Oprah Winfrey Show."

Mr. Donnelly's curriculum vitae is included in the "About Us" section of this site.

We hope that this website is informative and helpful, but keep in mind that adoption laws are often confusing and in flux, therefore, you will want to speak with us about your specific factual situation before making any decisions based upon the information at this site.

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Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

    The Martindale-Hubbell listing service (publisher of the Lawyers.com website) rates attorneys throughout the United States, and for 15 consecutive years has awarded Mr. Donnelly their highest possible rating, "AV," which is awarded to fewer than 3% of all practicing attorneys. These ratings are based upon confidential peer reviews, and an "AV" rating is awarded only to those attorneys who are considered to have "from very high to preeminent" legal ability.
  • Martindale-Hubbell - Client Distinction Award

    Martindale-Hubbell has also awarded Mr. Donnelly the "Client Distinction Award" for 2013 which is based upon client ratings, and is awarded to less than 1% of the over 900,000 attorneys rated. This award is based upon client ratings of the attorney's "Communications Ability, Responsiveness, Quality of Service, and Value for Money."
  • BBB A+ Rating

    The Better Business Bureau has also awarded his business practices with a "A+" rating, which is their highest possible rating.

Office Location

Santa Barbara, California

1332 Santa Barbara Street, Suite 201
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Telephone: 805-962-0988
Fax: 805-966-2993
Toll-Free Birth Mother Hotline:
Email: doug@adoptionlawfirm.com