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Colleen Anne Barberis

Family Attorney at Torrance, CA

4.0   8 reviews

About Colleen

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Torrance child custody attorney Colleen Barberis is a senior litigator and managing partner of the law firm her mother founded in 1997. She joined the firm immediately after her admission to the California state bar. Prior to her admission Colleen worked as an appellate clerk for the Los Angeles County Counsel.  

Colleen and Patricia have practiced family exclsusively and they are a recognized mother/daughter law firm that zealously and honestly represent their clients interests.  Colleen and Patricia maintain close communication with their clients to assist them through this difficult time in their lives. 

Colleen is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, with which she is a certified minors counsel. She is also a member of the Family Law Section and South Bay Womens' Lawyers Section of the South Bay Bar Association as well as the Long Beach Bar Association.  She participated in a mock trial through the South Bay Bar Association and through Rivera Lutheran School, and she spoke in a panel for Torrance High School Law Day. 

Colleen has served the family law courts as minor's counsel, a volunteer mediator and assisted local schools in the preparation of mock trial programs. Colleen is known and highly regarded for her mediation and litigation skills in high conflict, complex divorce and custody cases.  

Whether Colleen's client is going through an uncomplicated dissolution or a very difficult matter, Colleen provides the same level of personal committment to her clients goals.

Colleen Barberies is very well respected for her strenth, integrety, extensive experience, strong advocacacy and effective results in court.

 

 

Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 09/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Colleen

Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation
3480 Torrance Blvd
Suite 222
Torrance, CA, 90503

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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t have asked for a better outcome
Initially I hired a different divorce attorney but when she found out who my ex had hired she immediately advised me to contact Colleen. She told me Colleen and Pat had much greater experience with more difficult cases. I am sure glad I was referred to them From my initial meeting with Colleen I knew she was compassionate but also was tough as nails. She always let me feel that she had everything under control and was not fazed at all by the opposing attorney. While the other attorney was pushing for reconciliation, Colleen knew what was best for me. Colleen always returned my texts and would give me detailed responses to my questions. In the end when I was going to settle by giving my ex more than we had initially agreed on Colleen put her foot down and told his attorney we were definitely not. And you know what? They didn’t push it. I’m thrilled with the outcome and couldn’t be happier for hiring Barberis and Barberis. Everyone in the office were very helpful and if you are fortunate to hire Colleen as your attorney you will know you’ve got someone on your side.
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Posted by JoAnn | February 16, 2017
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Most Impressive
Colleen worked with me through a very difficult legal situation. Not only was she professional, her expertise was quite impressive. She was relentless in her drive and determination to secure the best outcome for me. When I was nervous, her personal touch and compassion eased my nerves and gave me confidence. Colleen is as good as it gets. I was so lucky to have enlisted the services of their law firm. I would recommend her law firm without reservation.
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Posted by Tom | August 30, 2016
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Solid Representation
Divorce is a very difficult process at best. I came to the Barberis Law Firm emotionally compromised, and reeling from a sequence of events that turned my life upside down, and left me basically destitute. Colleen Barberis met with me, really listened to my story, identified several issues that I needed to address to protect myself, and assured me that if divorce became necessary, I would be well positioned and represented. I was hoping to reconcile with my wife for the sake of our children, however after “checking the box” on a month of counseling, my wife petitioned for divorce. I then retained Colleen as my attorney. She reviewed the case and immediately began working on my response with her staff. Colleen was always cognizant and concerned for my feelings regarding my family and my wellbeing, and her strong and constant encouragement was a huge help in getting through the arduous documentation and paperwork. This process is not easy when you throw in establishing a new household, work and trying to see you kids when they are made available. The whole time she worked to achieve my ultimate goal of 50/50 joint custody of my kids, all while keeping my legal expenses down and keeping an eye out for settlement as opposed to litigating in court. We ultimately achieved 90% of my custody goals, as well as most financial considerations - and we settled out of court. I have some friends who went through some of the most acrimonious of divorces, spending 4 to 5 times the time and money, are no better off, and have a completely poisoned relationship to show for it. My ex-wife and I are now civil towards each other and I believe that will reduce the damage this divorce has done to our kids. I recommend and I am grateful to Colleen Barberis for her attentiveness, her encouragement and positive demeanor, her fierce determination and her wise counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2016
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A very skilled and compassionate lawyer.
I retained Ms. Colleen and Patricia Barberis. They are a mother and daughter team. I was attracted by that immediately. My case was very difficult. I had misdemeanor charges as well as the father of our austisic 7 yr. Old daughter. Ms. Colleen Barberis worked so hard on our case.....so did her mother Pat Barberis. They were always so compassionate and patient. I never thought I would get awarded what I was asking for. Guess what I did! They as a team are the best thing that ever happened to me and my daughter. Ms. Colleen and Ms. Patricia Barberis...... Gave me and my daughter a new life. I would highly recommend both of them. I had father's counsel and also minors counsel against me. The Barberis.s worked diligently to secure my victory. They knew the truth ......With love and appreciation. Shameine & Davianna
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Posted by Maria | April 17, 2016
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Extremely Contentious Custody Battle
Colleen has helped me through a brutal custody battle that has been going on for years. Her empathy and compassion have gotten me through set-backs that seemed insurmountable at the time. She took me aside and hugged me and offered her shoulder, but didn't allow me to wallow in it or show defeat. With her help, I was able to pull it together and put the setback behind me and move on. Colleen is both passionate and compassionate, and the combination of her and her mother are a force to be reckoned with!
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Posted by BeverlyNemanich | March 17, 2016
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Divorce
I could not have asked for a better outcome. Colleen did a wonderful job. Very well prepared and aggressive in the handling of all aspects of the case. Kept me well informed. The best endorsement I can give; I would not hesitate to use his services again or to recommend her to a friend.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Not Good
I hired Colleen Barberis back in spring 2017. She is a very nice attorney, but the competance and due dilligence was severly lacking. There were many, many thing that were mishandled including: a large issue with the way a domestic violence situation was reported to her, yet it got turned around on me! Many, many email from opposing counsel carlessly forwarded to me with no comment or question. The billing situation is a mess and lastly, she never, not once discussed with me hiw the changing tax laws in 2019 would effect my case and how to strategize. There never was a strategy.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2018
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Very unhappy
Colleen mishandled my case. Many documents were produced with errors. Every time I pointed out errors I got stern emails from her office defending the quality of their work. In every case I would end up getting charged for correcting their errors. She also did not actually perform work she told me she had done. After I got fed up and fired her she ignored my requests for arranging to get my client file back.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation
  • 1997 - Present
  • Minor's Counsel
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • 2007 - 2016
  • Apellate Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles County Counsel
  • 1994 - 1997

Education

  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Oral Roberts Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Divorce
  • Settled

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Proceedure
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1994
  • Corpus Juris Secundum for Civil Proceedure
  • West Publishing Company
  • 1994
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Torts
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Contracts
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1993
  • Corpus Juris Secundum for Torts
  • West Publishing Company
  • 1993
  • Corpus Juris Secundum for Contracts
  • West Publishing Company
  • 1993
  • Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
  • West Publishing Company
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Peninsula People
  • Legal Mind, Compassionate Heart
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Brown Bag Luncheons/Cont. Education
  • Mock trial participant
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colleen Barberis is well respected in the community. She zealously represents her clients and advocates for their interest. She works collaboratively with opposing counsel to settle cases when possible."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without a doubt, the most beautiful family law attorney in the South Bay"
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ms. Barberis several years ago on a matter and was impressed with her vast knowledge of the law. She works tirelessly for her clients, is compassionate about her work and is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Colleen is an excellent attorney, who is very skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of family law. Colleen is diligent in the preparation of her cases, and is tenacious in fighting for the rights of her clients."
Torrance Family Lawyer Colleen Anne Barberis
Colleen Anne Barberis
Family Attorney
Torrance, CA
Licensed for 25 years