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For the past ten years, I have eliminated litigation from my practice and specialize in amicable resolutions of divorces as well as preparing pre and post nuptial agreements.  In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, playing tennis, reading and being with my family.


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    39 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Debra Vaniman Crawford

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Debra Crawford Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michelle Katz

    Patsy is a superb lawyer - very smart and very caring. It is a pleasure to work with her,


    Michelle Katz Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

12100 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1940
Los Angeles, CA, 90025-7126


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2009
One of the Six Top Family Law Mediators in So. Cal.Los Angeles Times Magazine2007
Distinguished Service AwardWomen Lawyers Association of Los Angeles2000
The Top Family Law Mediators in State of CaliforniaLos Angeles Daily JournalN/A
Isaiah AwardProgressive Jewish AllianceN/A
Alumna of the YearState Bar of California, Executive CommitteeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselLaw Offices of James R. Eliaser1998 - Present
PrincipalLaw and Mediation Offices of Joan Patsy Ostroy1991 - Present
A Law PartnershipOstroy and Truby1984 - 1991
AssociateBersch and Kaplowitz1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Progressive Jewish AllianceFounding Member and Chair, member of executive committee1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember-Alternate Dispute Resolution Standing Committee-South1994 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersCertified Fellow, Chair Mediation Committee1992 - 2007
State Bar of CaliforniaChair and Member of the Executive Committee1985 - 1989
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair and Member of the Executive Committee1983 - 1997
Women Lawyers Association of Los AngelesPresident1982 - 1983
Loyola Law SchoolLoyola Law Review Editor1974 - 1977
Publication nameTitleDate
Loyola Law ReviewHFH v. Superior Court-Another Perspective1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of PennsylvaniaPolitical Science and French Literatureundergraduate honor student1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law AssociationEthics2009