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Janet Dockstader Becomes A Certified Family Law Specialist

BGD is proud to announce that Janet E. Dockstader passed the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization's Family Law exam and has successfully completed the Specialization process. She is now a Certified Family Law Specialist.  Only 10% of California's family law attorneys have earned this additional education and title.

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, spozusal 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 is also routinely litigating matters in Los Angeles and Orange County.

As an experienced litigator, Ms. Dockstader knows the importance of being aggressive yet effective in the courtroom. However, 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 them to take some control over the results.

While proceeding through the 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 named one of America’s Most Influential Women by Sky Radio and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. 

Professional Activities 
Ms. Dockstader is a former Board of Director 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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