Paul F. Donsbach

Family Law Attorney

Summary: Paul has practiced law for 27 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of family law. He represents clients in complex family law cases, with an emphasis on handling business ownership and valuation issues, executive and equity compensation, premarital and post-marital business interests, asset tracing, determination of income available for support, parental relocation and other complex family law issues. Paul is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully handled numerous trials, arbitrations, mediations and evidentiary hearings in divorce and other family law cases. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in California and Hawaii and is admitted to practice in and has experience with several cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Paul has dedicated his law practice to helping clients succeed in difficult situations and turn adversity into success. He understands that family law is not always about winning or losing, and that it is essential to fully understand each client’s goals and needs in order to effectively represent them in court and in negotiations. Paul strongly believes in the core values of honesty, integrity and transparency, and he has a reputation of honesty and thorough preparation with judges where he practices. He recognizes that favorable settlements can be achieved at the early stages when the attorney and client are prepared for success in the courtroom. He has great depth of knowledge on settlement and negotiating strategies and works hard to settle cases early without the costs and burdens of litigation.

Paul has a successful record in complex family law cases, including hundreds of millions of dollars in property awards and family support orders. He has successfully handled a number of high-profile cases involving celebrities, world-famous musicians, film directors and Fortune 500 and technology executives. His experience includes a high-publicity case involving rights to a 1997 blockbuster film, and a case involving a well-known NFL team owner, along with hundreds of trials and high-profile evidentiary hearings. Paul’s experience in handling complex family law cases provides expertise in resolving the full range of divorce cases, whether high-conflict or amicable in nature.

Bar Membership: Paul is admitted to practice law in California and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. His professional activities include the following:

  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration and Mediation Committees; Family Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Alimony and Spousal Support and Marital Property Committees; and Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law Litigation Committees. 
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Court and Family Sections.
  • California Lawyers Association, Family Law Section.
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section.
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section.
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section.
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section.

Education: Paul graduated with honors in the top 15% of his class from SMU School of Law, one of the highest ranked law schools in the southwest. He was an editor of the SMU Law Review and was a merit scholar and recipient of awards for legal writing and a moot court competition.  

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