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Janet E. Dockstader, CFLS
Janet E. Dockstader is a native to Long Beach, California, and is a partner with Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP. She has more than a decade of experience litigating marital and domestic partnership dissolutions that include property issues, spousal support, child support, child custody and often times, domestic violence. In addition, Ms. Dockstader is experienced and trained in negotiating marital settlement agreements to avoid court intervention. With ample experience litigating Long Beach family law matters, she also routinely litigates matters in Los Angeles and Orange County.
As an experienced litigator, Ms. Dockstader knows the importance of being aggressive, yet effective in the courtroom. She also understands that litigation is not for every client and understands the emotional toll a dissolution can have on a client. As such, practicing mediation and collaboration provides her clients with a choice as to how to proceed through possibly the toughest time in their life and allows the client to take some control over the results. While proceeding through litigation or a collaborative case, Ms. Dockstader listens carefully to her client's objectives and needs and helps them make the best choices possible for their particular circumstance.
Ms. Dockstader received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Studies from the University of California, at Santa Barbara, and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. She also attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies focusing on fluency in Spanish.
Ms. Dockstader is certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, as a certified family law specialist. Only 10% of California's family law attorneys have earned this additional education and title.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Dockstader was featured in the Los Angeles Times "Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law" in 2010 and 2011. She was also named one of America's Most Influential Women by Sky Radio.
Ms. Dockstader was recognized as a 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer and a 2012 Southern California Rising Star by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine.
Ms. Dockstader is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Bar Association (2007-2008). She currently acts as a family law mediator for the Long Beach Court and is an active member of the Los Angeles Bar Association and the Long Beach Bar Association.
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Testimonials“I met Janet Dockstader by chance in court and I can honestly say that was one of the luckiest days of my life! Janet has helped me through a difficult custodial battle. She was very compassionate and understanding of my needs, yet aggressive enough to fight for what my son and I deserved. Her staff is also wonderful, knowledgeable, caring and bilingual, which was a big plus since I’m Hispanic. I never knew I could trust a lawyer until I met Janet who’s been a great role model in the legal field. Calling her may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. It has been for me!”
- Alicia S.
“Janet Dockstader is an expert in family law issues. You see this when she is in court working for you. Her excellent communication and negotiation skills are evident. It is not about the price you pay for representation. It is about the results you get and Janet delivers excellent legal results."
- Mike S.
"Honorable, Effective, Integrity. Janet Dockstader and Nadine Orliczky exemplify what attorneys can be. Both are highly capable & motivated, family law attorneys. The entire firm showed efficiency with my money which was exemplified by clear and ethical billing practices. Janet and Nadine are excellent "Strategizers" who helped me navigate a potentially complex and difficult case. Whenever we met, I received their undivided attention, and I felt my family's well-being consistently considered as we moved through the court case. BGD became the clean-up team for a divorce that had already gone bad. I wished I had met them at the beginning."
- Bellonda B.
"We called Janet Dockstader when we found out my husband's ex-wife had returned to work. Janet and her extensive support team started working on our case immediately. Our request for spousal support modification was granted, and the respondents request for attorney fees denied. Janet Dockstader and her team know what they are doing and they get things done quickly. It was the best legal representation I've ever experienced and we will save close to $40,000.00 over the next two years. Janet Dockstader is the attorney you want on your side in the courtroom!"
- A. W.