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Patrick DeCarolis Jr

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Patrick

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I have been in practice since 1978. My practice focused on family law from the beginning.  I became a family specialist in 1984 and have been since.  I have been the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and have held all the officer positions in the section.  I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well as the International Academy.  I am listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law as well as Super Lawyers for many years.  I am rated AV with Martindale Hubbell and have been for over 25 years.  I have written and spoken on family law issues for various educational groups and am an editorial consultant for Lexis/Nexis's Family Law Monthly.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
2016

Location

Trope & DeCarolis LLP
12121 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1325
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
One of a kind
Patrick and his staff are very proffessional competent, effective, highly motivated, creative, strategic and result driven. He represented me against a high income earner and a title company in a support case. Although I felt like the little man or underdog against them, he made me feel like a giant! He's a shark when he needs to be but actually an attorney with a heart that cares. He was an advocate and fought for what was in the best interest of my two children and prevailed. Their lives have been blessed because of his results. Patrick is excellent at his craft! Not only has he been my attorney, but 17 years later I can honestly call him a friend and someone that cares about my children.
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Posted by ms | September 21, 2016
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Excellent Results
Patrick wasn't my first lawyer but he was my last. I was constantly being bullied by my son's father. Patrick came into the case and he pushed back. After that, there was no more bullying. I was thrilled with the results and glad to have Patrick on my side supporting me. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Steve | July 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Guy
I retained Patrick a few years ago after having complete disappointment with 2 other family law firms for my high conflict divorce and related custody issues. Patrick was sensible and realistic and just plain right on picking the correct issues to dispute. I can strongly recommend him.
Posted by sarah | July 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, nice person
Patrick Decarolis represented me in a high conflict family court matter. He was thorough and professional. He guided me through the stressful maze of family court litigation to an effective and successful resolution for our family conflicts. Patrick is someone I trust.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2016
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He is the Man
I went through a nasty divorce from an attorney who knew every dirty trick in the book from stall tactics to outright perjury. I went to see many attorneys in court prior to making a decision to see their interaction with the judges. I found Patrick to have a quiet disposition in court but also had the utmost respect from the court as well. Patrick took over when my case when it was moved to LA county. His instinct was extremely helpful on how I should move forward in this case. Needless to say, his words of wisdom got us through a very nasty time. The court awarded me majority custody of my son, not to mention the other financial savings. Worth every penny and he was very fair in working out a payment schedule. I can't thank him enough. I have referred Patrick to other friends who have all sang his praises.
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Posted by Aimee | July 7, 2016
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Family Law
When I first met Patrick I was scared to death - my husband had just filed for divorce and I was clueless as to how to proceed. My life was upside down. In just a few months Patrick helped me not only to right myself but also to loose the fear that had paralyzed me. He helped me to believe in my own, genuine, reality, not my husband's. I did and I still do. I quickly got to the point where I didn't feel like my husband could crush me with his money and his lawyers. Guess what, he didn't crush me! It was a long and complicated road but I had Patrick's wise counsel and support at every marker and we finished it together. In a case like mine it was a marathon and not a race. Patrick is steady and calm and was these things for me when I could not be. I will always remember his sage advice - read it three times; first you'll be shocked and stung, second you'll decipher the message and the third time you'll see some truth and have some growth. I am very glad I chose Patrick to be my lawyer.
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Posted by Danny | July 6, 2016
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Great Efforts
I hired Patrick after getting a terrible result in court with my first lawyer. We developed a plan together. I felt my opinion mattered. We hired the experts we needed to implement the plan. My ex was very difficult. But we stayed the course and finally forced her to settle when she knew we weren't backing down and we had the case better prepared than she did. And after we settled, Patrick followed through to the point where my ex had to pay me sanctions, twice, for what she refused to do that was court ordered. I give Patrick five stars for his efforts and the results.
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Posted by Mathew | July 6, 2016
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You want this man on your team
Patrick came highly recommended and helped me through a very difficult divorce. He is professional, calm, extremely savvy and I cannot say how pleased I was that I chose him. Every single piece of advice me gave me was correct and the right thing to do. He helped put me on a platform to go on with my life successfully and happily.
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Posted by Anastasiya | July 6, 2016
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Amazing Attorney! Can't thank him enough!
Mr. DeCarolis and his associate, Ms. Dyok, took over my case after I was had to discharge my former counsel for not getting the job done. They were able to get my ex found guilty of several counts of contempt for his failure to pay support. And those are very difficult cases to win! My ex's attempts to set aside the court's judgment were also defeated by Patrick and his team. My ex spent several days in jail and is still performing his 700+ hours of community service. When Patrick took me under his wing for the first time in my marriage I felt empowered. Finally, I felt my ex couldn't push me around any more. Moreover I always felt like I knew what was going on with my case. All my concerns were listened to and all my questions answered. Everyone in the office was very nice and attentive as well.
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Posted by Matt | July 6, 2016
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Truly a blessing in a trying time.
Patrick was great! He put together a fair settlement that couldn't be argued. It settled in an extremely timely manner. Everyone involved was taken care of. There was no children involved so this helped. I was able to keep my house and my business and a fair support was negotiated. Every one walked away satisfied on both sides. His staff was exemplary, everyone took care of business in a timely fashion. For something that can be so devastating, his calm and dedication to our case was a blessing. I would highly recommend him to anyone going through such a trying time. Thanks Patrick, your the best!
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Posted by David | July 6, 2016
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Best lawyer!
I was referred to Patrick to help me with my divorce. This was my first divorce so he explained the process and helped me understand. I felt confident that Patrick was going to do the best for me which he did. My divorce was finalized shortly after hiring Patrick and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Thank you Patrick for your help!
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Posted by Scott | July 6, 2016
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A difficult case
Going into this I was told by attorneys and mediation judges that it was a difficult case, and that I have a lot to lose. Patrick was amazing. We went to trial, and at the end, I lost nothing, which made me a winner. I would highly recommend Patrick.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2016
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Swift, Loyal, Gets the Job Done!
Although my actual divorce dragged on for over 3 years, it was by no fault of Mr. DeCarolis. I was in a terrible and complicated situation with my ex husband. Mr. DeCarolis and his team were 100% available. I had absolutely no clue where to start with the proceedings. Mr. DeCarolis was patient, and extremely helpful. I didn't need hand holding, but I needed easy to understand explanations, and that's exactly what I got. When it came time to get an order for support, Mr. DeCarolis wasted no time and got me the highest amount possible (less than 5 months!). I was expecting Mr. DeCarolis to be smart and assertive because I knew I needed that for my case, and he came highly recommended from another lawyer. What I was not expecting, was the care and personal attention that Mr. DeCarolis and his team provided..a great combination for anyone who wants the very best.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2016
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True Advocate and Class Act
I have worked with Patrick for many years on a highly contested custody/support matter. He's an experienced straight shooter who gets results. He is considerate and respectful to opposing counsel where merited and a zealous advocate through and through. He's worked major holidays to protect my interests. His associates are great to boot which can produce real value.
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Posted by Cathleen | July 6, 2016
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Straight shooter
I hired Patrick several years ago to represent my niece who had a child as a teenager with a real jerk. He swiftly made mince meat out of the guy in court so he left my niece alone and got him to pay some child support. Then, shockingly, he refunded the unused balance of the rather modest retainer. A few years later I went through my own divorce. A lot more complicated with a lot more money. Unlike the other lawyers I interviewed, he didn't try to jack me up with all the procedures that I needed to have or the sky would fall. He took on the case, put together a team with an accountant and an appraiser and got to the end in a reasonable time for a reasonable fee. And I can still speak with my ex. I highly recommend him and his firm.
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Posted by Garrett | October 21, 2015
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No one better than PAtrick
I have used Patrick twice to handle both of my divorces and there is no one more level headed, insightful, and easily accessible than him. I can tell you honestly he is the best lawyer out there and I will back that with a personal guarantee. I owe him my and my family's sanity and well-being. He is more than a lawyer!
Posted by Rose | June 5, 2015
Knowledgeable, Professional, Courteous, and Ethical!
Patrick DeCarolis is one of the most professional, knowledgeable, courteous and ethical lawyers I have ever encountered. His priority first and foremost are his clients and he does all that he can to assure the best outcome. I was referred to Patrick through a lawyer friend who had a winning outcome. My first thought was that if a lawyer hired him for his personal case then he must be an exceptional lawyer. From the first time I walked into his office I felt a sense of welcome and ease. He sat down with me and really took the time to hear my story and understand it, something pivotal to my complicated case. He did not rush me and in the end made the decision to take my case in which I am very grateful for. Clarissa Lopez was also assigned to my case in addition to Patrick working on it. She was very knowledgeable and was always one step ahead of opposing counsel. I had previously interviewed many lawyers, and also had other lawyers work on my case but upon landing at Mr. DeCarolis' office, I knew he would be the one to get me the best outcome and actually finish my case. Despite the distance from my home in Orange County, I knew the commute would be well worth it. My case had been ongoing for 6 years and was cause of turmoil in my life. Patrick DeCarolis and Clarissa helped close the case in under 6 months by making swift and appropriate decisions and approaching the opposing party from an angle that had not been considered before. I am grateful that I can move forward in my life. I only wish there were more lawyers like Patrick and Clarissa to better the world. I will forever be grateful to both of them!
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Posted by irina | February 15, 2014
Great lawyer
Very knowledgeable, professional with high ethics. Provided great support in stressful situations. Not only a great lawyer, but a wonderful person as well.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2012
Overpromised, undelivers
Chose this lawyer and made clear this was an emergency situation. Decarolis has been unresponsive, does not return phone calls, does not utilize key information in court (court records will prove this), and has not shown clearly perjured testimony from opposing party to help my case. I have consulted with several lawyers and all have agreed best efforts have not been made. As a result, what was supposed to be a fairly simple case has dragged on for two years, and my ex has been able to dispose of my assets.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-700 per hour

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Trope & DeCarolis, LLP
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • Whittier Law School
  • JD
  • 1978
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • BA
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Roe
  • Marriage of Condon and Cooper
  • Client was able to move with two children to Australia. Appellate Court affirmed the move.

Associations

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2000 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America - Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
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Publications

  • California Family Law Monthly
  • Editorial Consultant
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Symposium
  • Numerous
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Patrick
Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Ethical, smart, and easy to work with."
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Los Angeles Family Lawyer Patrick DeCarolis Jr
Patrick DeCarolis Jr
Family Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 45 years