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Douglas R. Donnelly

DRDPhoto smPractice Areas:
Adoption Law; Guardianships; Interstate Child Custody

1977, California;
1978, U.S. District Court, Central District of California;
1987, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Law School:
Loyola University of Los Angeles, J.D., 1977

Westmont College, B.A., cum laude, 1974.

Academy of California Adoption Attorneys (President, 1993; Chairman, Ethics Committee 1998-2014);
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (Chairman, Ethics Committee, 1990-1992);
Santa Barbara County Bar Association;
State Bar of California (Member, Adoptions Committee, Family Law Section);
Christian Legal Society;
Better Business Bureau

Author: Adoption Chapter, "California Transaction Forms: Family Law," West Group, 1998;

"A Guide To Adoption," Focus on the Family Press, 1987.

Co-Author: "Complete Adoption Handbook," Zondervan, 1992.

Fellow and Charter Member, Academy of California Adoption Lawyers (President, 1993).

Fellow and Charter Member, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (Ethics Committee Chairman, 1991-1993)

Ratings and Honors:

Martindale-Hubbell (operator of Lawyers.com), has awarded Mr. Donnelly with its coveted "AV" ranking, which is its highest possible ranking, achieved by only the top 3% of all licensed attorneys nationwide, and he has consistently earned this ranking for over 20 years.  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. ) 1997-present.

Martindale-Hubbell has also awarded Mr. Donnelly the "Client Distinction Award" for each year since 2012, 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."

For 2021, Mr. Donnelly was recognized as one of Southern California's "SuperLawyers"®, an honor bestowed on only the top 3 to 5 % of all practicing attorneys. 

The Better Business Bureau has also awarded Mr. Donnelly a ranking of "A+," which is its highest possible rating.


Reported Cases:

Adoption of T.K. (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 1412;

Adoption of K.C. (2015) 240 Cal.App.4th 1392

In Re Charlotte D. (2009) 45 Cal.4th 1140;

Adoption of Michael H. (1995) 10 Cal.4th 1043;

In re Kyle F. (2003) 112 Cal.App.4th 538;

Applegate v. Ota (1983) 146 Cal. App. 3d 702.

References Available Upon Request.

ISLN: 907801977


Michelle Evans Headshots 23 Web smPractice Areas:
Adoption Law; Guardianship; Dependency

2008, California;
2009, U.S. District Court, Central District of California;

Law School:
The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, J.D., 2008

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2000

Ventura County Bar Association
Ventura County Family Law Bar Association
State Bar of California

Reported Cases:

Adoption of K.C. (2016) 247 Cal.App.4th 1412 (trial counsel)

References Available Upon Request.

Office Location

Ventura, California


674 County Square Drive, Suite 203,
Ventura CA 93003
Telephone: 805-962-0988
Fax: 805-966-2993
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