Family law matters, such as divorce and child custody, are highly consequential life events. Property division in a divorce decree can have an impact on an individual’s financial strength for years to come. A child custody order can determine what type of relationship a separated or divorced parent will have with a son or daughter for a lifetime.
Justine A. Dell, Esq. is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified by the California State Bar of Certification. She graduated from Western State College of Law in Orange County, California in 2007. Ms. Dell is admitted to practice law before all California courts. Ms. Dell has over a decade of experience in the legal industry, most of which is in family law.
Ms. Dell was named a 2013 and 2014 Southern California Family Law Rising Star by Thomas Reuters. Less than 2% of her colleagues are honored to be named a Rising Star. In order to be declared a top young attorney in Family Law as a Rising Star, Ms. Dell was nominated by her peers and then she went through a vigorous evaluation process based on peer evaluation and professional achievement.
In addition, she was an adjunct professor for the paralegal certificate program at South Coast College, where she taught courses in Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Legal Transcription, and Law Office Procedures from 2009 – 2014.
Ms. Dell volunteers her time at Laura’s House for victims of Domestic Violence and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with children in the county dependency system from 2008 – 2012. She is a member of the California State Bar, Orange County Bar Association, and Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court. She is committed to her profession and community.
Areas of Practice
Certified Legal Specialties
Family Law, State Bar of California, 2014
Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
Honors and Awards
Southern California Family Law Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2013
Southern California Family Law Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2014
Southern California Family Law Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships
Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court, Board Member
Orange County Bar Association
Is Mediation The Way?
Attorney Justine A. Dell encourages and guides clients through the legal processes most appropriate for their individual circumstances. Mediation as a rational approach to divorce or a child-centered child custody arrangement may bring the sensible resolution you seek. Even if you believe your spouse or the other parent has done wrong, attempting to use the law as a club to punish him or her is not likely to protect your best interests.
When Domestic Violence Rears Its Ugly Head
The road to a divorce is by nature a high-conflict phase in human relations. Sometimes, peace seems out of reach as a close relationship takes a rapid downward turn. If your spouse or partner has threatened you, you may need a restraining order. Conversely, if you have been named in a restraining order, you may need help regaining access to your home and your children, and salvaging your good name.
Ms. Dell has extensive experience in the area of domestic violence. She volunteers her time at Laura’s House for victims of domestic violence and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with children in the county dependency system from 2008 to 2012.