Orange County family law attorney    " As you can no doubt tell from the following information and resume, Don has had a very busy life.  To talk to Don, you might not get a sense of all that he’s accomplished, because he’s not big on blowing his own horn like some people.  In fact, he prefers quiet competence over the grandiose statements made by others.  Under promising and over delivering is a hallmark of Don’s career.  So is honesty.  In fact, honesty is a lot more important to Don than money or fame will ever be.  If it’s bad news, Don will tell it to you straight.  If it’s good news, he’ll do the same."

      "Unfortunately, in the practice of law, there seems to be a trend developing where attorneys tell potential clients what they want to hear and not want they need to hear.  Don won’t do that and realizes that he’s going to lose a potential client or two every now and then because they can’t or don’t want to hear “the truth and that’s a risk he’s willing to take to keep his personal integrity. Your legal problem is a big deal and we want you to know that it’s important to us, too.  We also want you to know that we're interested in developing a long term relationship with you that will last well after your case is completed and we’re willing to work hard and treat you right to make sure that happens.  That philosophy is probably why so many of our prior clients refer their family and friends with new problems when they need help, too." 

      "In fact, in December 2010, a prior client called Don for help with a big problem that ended up being world-wide news for several weeks.  Don got the call for help because his client knew that he could count on Don when the chips were down and Don didn’t disappoint him.  In fact, Don had to interrupt his own vacation to help his client, which he did because that’s what it took.  In the end, after the countless interviews and appearances on television talk shows were over, Don and his client remain friends because Don took care of this client and was there when he needed him.  Just so you know, that’s exactly the kind of dedication to his clients that makes Don different."

      "In case you’re wondering, Don appeared on Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Fox & Friends, Sacramento News 10, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, the Tom Sullivan Radio Show, the Gil Rose Radio Show, Bob Davis – Northwest Nights and was reported on in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, BBC News, AOL News, UK Daily Mail, MSNBC, the New York Post, Sacramento Bee, the Seattle Times, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Post Register, Standard-Examiner, 1310 News, KGO 810 News, Yahoo News, the Examiner, the Bay Citizen, Tulsa World, the Denver Post, Express UK, the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Mexico Informador and countless others.  Feel free to Google Don’s name – the references go on for pages."


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       The point that we’re trying to make is that relationships count and we don’t just have clients, we build relationships that last.  If you would like to talk about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  Consultations are always free.

       Here’s a portion of Don’s resume for your review…




Member in Good Standing of the State Bar of California - Admitted June 2, 1999

  • Passed the California Bar Examination on the first attempt
  • Passed the California Board of Legal Specialization examination for Family Law
  • Admitted to Practice Law before all Courts in the State of California; and
  • The United States Ninth Circuit Federal District Courts


Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CAABA Accredited LawSchool

Juris Doctor Degree, December 1998

  • 1998 California Moot Court Competition Participant
    Team: Best Brief
  • Winner 1997 Warren J. Ferguson Moot Court Competition
    Best Oralist (individual award)
    Best Team
    Best Overall Team (Combined Brief / Oral Performance)
    Second Place Brief (Tied for First Place Brief)
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice, Moot Court & Wills
  • Directors’ Scholarship for Academic Merit
  • Electives Completed:
    Products Liability, Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Practice,
    Warren J. Ferguson Moot Court , Charitable Institutions,
    California Civil Procedure, Advanced Legal Research,
    Wills, Trusts, Law – Ethics and Reproductive Rights,
    Philosophical Considerations in Criminal Law

United States International University, Irvine, CA

  • Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, December 1994

National University, Irvine, CA

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, August 1993

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

  • Associate of Arts Degree, January 1992


1999 – Present

(a Professional Law Corporation)

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • - Past President of the Orange County Bar Association - Aviation Law Section


1996 - 1999
  • Consultant
  • - Local & Wide Area Computer Network Engineer, specializing in innovative solutions
1993 - 1995

(a Professional Law Corporation)

  • Supervisor (1994 - 1995)
  • Network Systems Analyst (1993 - 1994)
1990 - 1993
  • Consultant
  • - Local & Wide Area Computer Network Engineer, specializing in innovative solutions
1987 - 1990
  • Senior Consultant
1986 - 1989
  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor
  • - Obtained Lifetime Limited Service Teaching Certificate.

~ Significant work experience from 1975 through 1987 has been omitted for space considerations ~


Flight Time :

Total Time1518 *

Pilot in Command 1396


Instrument 111

Night 261

Cross-Country 740

Flight Instructor 761

Full Motion Simulator **310

Full Motion Simulator Instructor600

* Current as of January 1999 – times are not updated

** Total time does not include simulator time

Don flying 747 Simulator
FAA Certificates :

Commercial Pilot - SEL & MEL

Gold Seal Flight Instructor- SEL & MEL

Ground Instructor - Instrument & Advanced

Don at Boeing 747-400 Simulator

Experience :

Chief Instructor KC-130R Full Motion SimulatorOctober 1993 – May 1998

6 Axis Motion, Full Day / Night Visual MCAS El Toro, California

Flight Instructor November 1990 - Present

(Commercial Pilot)Long Beach, California

Don at Boeing 747-400 Simulator

Chief Pilot January 1992 - December 1992

NHI Aviation Long Beach, California

Aviation Lecturer

Human Factors in Aviation Safety;

Transitioning from Fixed to Rotary Wing Aircraft;

Baja Border Crossings

KC-130R Simulator
  • 45 Parachute Drops - Jump aircraft include: C-172, PA-32, PA-34, DH-6

    Flight experience in the U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala and Germany

Full-Motion Simulator Training:

Boeing 747-400; McDonnell Douglas MD-11, Lockheed Martin KC-130R
Bob Crispin at NTSB Helicopter Investigation


University of Southern California Aviation Safety Program.Courses included:

Aircraft Accident Investigation 88 Hours

Legal Aspects of Aviation Safety 16 Hours

Human Factors in Aviation Safety 40 Hours

- Strategies for Human Error Reduction

Role of the Technical Witness in Aviation Litigation24 Hours

KC-130 Aircraft Commander Upgrade Course 21 Hours

  • - KC-130 Aircraft Systems Ground School
  • - Taught by VMGR-352 – Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California (Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352)
Don at NTSB Helicopter Investigation

National Transportation Safety Board - Southwest Regional Office, Gardena, CA

Student Intern (January 1997 – February 1998)

- Participated in field aircraft and helicopter accident investigations

- Directed the investigation of “limited” aircraft accidents

- Observed / Participated in aircraft component “tear-down” inspections

- Analyzed audio, video and Flight Data Recorder information

- Processed and analyzed NTAP and DARTS aircraft flight path data

- Wrote “limited” aircraft accident reports, including probable cause findings

- Lead a team to develop and present a joint NTSB / FAA Safety Seminar on CFI Responsibilities

NTSB Fixed Wing Investigation


National Transportation Safety Board January 1997 – February 1998

Federal Aviation Administration

  • - Volunteer Accident Prevention Safety CounselorJune 1995 – August 1999

FCivil Air Patrol

  • - Group 7 Flight Instructor-of-the-Year for 1994
  • - Mission Pilot, Mountain and Transport Qualified
  • - KC-130R Full Motion Simulator Chief Instructor

FCivil Air Patrol

  • Cooper’s Accounting Services – Featured Business Seminar Speaker
  • The International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • Orangewood Children’s Home Volunteer
  • Braille Olympics - Volunteer Team Coach
  • Orange County Social Services Agency Operation Santa Clause Volunteer
  • Boy Scouts of America – Merit Badge Counselor
  • Optimist International
  • California Bar Association - Member Family Law Section
  • Orange County Bar Association – Past President of the Aviation Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilot’s Association
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association