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Patricia Frances Barberis

Family Attorney at Torrance, CA

4.7   23 reviews

About Patricia

Learn Patricia’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    34%
    Family law issues can be an emotional roller coaster. Having an attorney on your side who can help you with even the most difficult and complex issues effecting you family gives you peace of mind. I will work with you to help achieve the goals that are important to you We will keep you informed as your case progresses and make decisions with you every step of the way. My extensive experience in family law will will help prepare you to work with me to get the results you want. Call me.

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Child custody
    33%

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    33%
    In California either spouse can obtain a divorce with out the consent or cooperation of the other. A divorce is a complex legal process, and the results can effect you and your loved ones for the rest of your life. You need an experienced divorce lawyer who will work with you to obtain the results you want. Our first approach is to try and settle your case without the need for court, but if that is not possible my experience in the court room will help you get results. Call me for help.

    44 years, 3,000 cases

Attorney Patricia F. Barberis established her family law firm Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation in 1977. Colleen Baberis, Patricia's daughter, joind the firm in 1997. Colleen and Patricia Barberis are an effective mother daughter legal team that strongly advocate for their clients.  COLLEEN and PATRICIA are highly regarded for their extensive trial experience in all areas of family law, including complex custody and property issues.  However, their goal is to resolve issues whenever possible , but their trial experience is beneficial to their clients when needed.

 

1n 1977 Patricia was admitted to the California State Bar and the U.S. Federal Court and is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

 

Patricia was one for the first female litigators to begin practicing in the South Bay, and she is a founding officer and member of the South Bay Women’s Association. She understands that her clients are going through some of the most difficult times in their life, which is why she uses her honest advocacy to help her clients set goals that are achievable.

 

 

Colleen and Patricia understands that individuals going through family law matters are in need of counsel from an attorney who is empathetic, but is also prepared to aggressively litigate on their behalf, if need be. In addition, Attorney Patricia Barberis and Colleen pride themself in fighting tirelessly to pursue their clients’ goals and the objectives they set.  Contact a Torrance child custody and family law attorney today!

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Licensed for 45 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 09/07/2022

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

Contact Patricia

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

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful !!
Best family/ divorce lawyers ( mother and daughter) in California ! I can’t thank you enough for all of your help! Very professional and knowledgeable !!Great communication. They are the best!! Highly recommended !!!
Posted by Eric | September 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
High-Caliber Attorney and Person
After researching online, I met with Pat back in July to discuss my case and options. She was compassionate, kind and very knowledgeable from the get-go, and I retained her to file a custody suit on July 29. Throughout the process of declarations, filing, serving, responding, mediating, etc., she was in constant communication and answered all of my emails within the hour -- if not just a couple minutes. By Sept. 13, we reached a wonderful custody agreement with my very combative co-parent and avoided a tenuous court process. Pat always kept the best interest of my daughter as priority number one and advised me as such. And though I (thankfully) didn't have to see the inside of a court room to reach the custody agreement I desired, I've heard that Pat has a reputation for fighting for her clients aggressively and professionally in court. I would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Charlotte | August 24, 2016
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Review of Pat Barberis
Pat Barberis brought my Enforcement of Judgement case to a close in 2 months time. I had been struggling for 5 years prior to hiring Pat. She has an effective and hard working staff. Appointments are easy to make and emails are answered in a timely manner. Pat had a straightforward and clear presentation in court. If I need legal work again, I will definitely return to Pat.
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Posted by Amrita | May 31, 2016
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Great to work with
I was very satisfied working with an attorney like Pat. The office staff were always friendly and able to work with my busy schedule. I had no problem booking appointments and would always have a same day response by email from Pat. I truly enjoyed working with her and her staff. She always took her time during our meetings and I never felt rushed. She would thoroughly answer my questions and make appropriate suggestions. She has many years of experience and I would highly recommend her and her staff.
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Posted by Joe | November 24, 2015
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Pat Barberis Review
Pat and her staff handled my divorce, and they were very thorough and helpful. She explained the process every step of the way, and offered advice when sought. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2015
A fine lawyer and an exceptional human being
Pat Barberis is an exceptionally well-qualified, experienced, and talented attorney; moreover, she is prodigiously smart. Beyond that, she has strong principles, and is warm and approachable, qualities that do not negate how tough she can be when it comes to her cases. She has a lot of tools and tactics and subtle maneuvers, and it’s a tremendous thing to see her in action. She’s remarkably good at what she does. She kept me sane and on course during a very emotionally painful divorce, one the courts would designate as “high-conflict.” She always listened to my needs, while at the same time suggesting options I hadn’t considered. The end result was a generous settlement, much better than I anticipated and still within the realm of fair, fairness to my soon-to-be-ex an important factor for me. She is the consummate professional, and was respectful with the other side without giving ground. She was a staunch advocate, and her work shows how much she cares. She herself got back to me by phone or email on the same day every time I contacted her. Her staff was always available, discreet, professional, and friendly. Pat’s daughter, Colleen, also a lawyer, took a great interest in my well-being, though she herself had nothing to do with my case. Now that my divorce is finally complete, I can honestly say that I was in the best hands from start to finish, and the painful process was bearable because of Pat Barberis’ talent, intelligence, dedication, and deep empathy. She is a fine lawyer and an exceptional person. I recommend Pat Barberis and her staff highly.
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Posted by Tim | June 16, 2015
Pat Barberis is simply the very Best!
You will not find a more caring and totally professional advocate. Her experience and expertise is unrivaled. As a former athletic coach, I know the importance of preparation and outstanding performance. You get both of these when Pat is handling your case. You also get the confidence that only years of experience can provide. From the moment of our first meeting I was absolutely sure that I was in very good hands. Her performance in litigation and mediation is nothing short of spectacular. I am so grateful that Pat Barberis was on my side at such a difficult time in my life.
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Posted by Leslie | April 15, 2015
Truly stellar
I came to Colleen and Patricia Barberis, Attorneys at Law in November 2014 full of trepidation. I knew this was I came to Patricia Barberis, Attorneys at Law in November full of trepidation. I knew this was going to be a long and difficult road to navigate and I needed a team of professionals to help me through this. I had interviewed several attorneys beforehand and was becoming disheartened until my first interview with Colleen. Immediately impressed by her attentive and caring demeanor, I knew I had come to the right place. I was not disappointed. Patricia took me through the process one step at a time, making sure that I understood everything that we reviewed. I sincerely appreciated that she was there for me at all times, even returning emails and text messages on the weekends. Her timely response to my questions eased my mind immediately without me having to wrestle with a mixture of doubts and emotions. Providing a client with peace of mind is a highly prized commodity in any lawyer and desperately needed for those going through this trying time. Thanks to the team of Colleen and Patricia, this process moved along much quicker than what I expected and in a few short months, I will have my divorce. I would highly recommend Patricia and this law firm based on their professionalism, compassion and knowledge. I would like to thank the entire staff of this law firm for their kindness, attentiveness and diligence. Truly stellar. Leslie, Torrance, CA
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Posted by Joy | February 7, 2015
Excellent in Every Way
Pat has seen me through my divorce, as well as the three times my ex took me back to court to reduce support. Thanks to Pat's expertise, I came out on top every time. Pat is professional, ethical, knowledgeable and positive in her approach. At the same time, she is personable, friendly, and puts you at ease. I have recommended Pat to many friends and acquaintances; and all who have worked with her have been very pleased. I highly recommend Pat to anyone who is in need of legal representation.
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Posted by Stephen | January 12, 2015
Completely satisfied
Very nice firm. Pleasant to work with during a very difficult time in my life. Gave good advice and listened to my needs and gave good advice.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2015
The perfect professional..... who seems like a friend
I first heard of Patricia Barberis, esq, when a friend and I both agreed she should have had Mrs. Barberis as her attorney in her divorce. I should probably mention that I have referred over a dozen men and women to Pat in the 20 years I have known her.... and 100% of them have been extremely satisfied with her work. When I was faced with getting a divorce, I chose Pat Barberis. I was concerned I might NEED a really good attorney. She proved to be just that. Proven expertise, level headed and non-reactive. Interested in a fair outcome in a timely manner. There was no acrimony in the proceedings. I should mention, when my ex threatened a 2nd go-round several years later, Mrs. Barberis was able to convince his attorney (and the ex) that he would not benefit from that action, in very short order. Patricia Barberis is a very competent, reassuring choice as attorney. I recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2014
Knowledgeable , reliable, and hard working
Through what I consider to be a on going, very messy, prolonged and difficult divorce, Patricia is there to guide, support, and even comfort me through the whole process. I personally feel that I receive the personal attention I couldn't have found with just any divorce attorney. The degree of professionalism and knowledge of the legal system she exhibits is astounding. We are in constant communication and I am informed almost immediately of things as they surface by her and/or her attentive staff. p.s. I can always contact her by email and expect a response within a resonably short time frame .
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Posted by Venkat | November 9, 2014
Thank you for your services!
It was a joy to work with Ms. Patricia Barberis and her colleagues. I liked Pat the moment I had sit with her to discuss about my case. She put all her effort into the case, and had a clear picture of how the case was likely going to unfold. She was also extremely supportive of me during the hearing process. She and her staff were very easy to communicate with. They responded exceptionally fast to any inquiry.
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Posted by Denise | October 19, 2014
Professional and Compassionate
I am in the throes of a now year-long divorce. Fortunately for me, I found Pat and Colleen Barberis to guide me through the very complicated process. I have never had such instant response to questions, and I have never felt so strongly that I mattered and that I was in capable and caring hands. Colleen handled my deposition with grace and competence. Patricia has had many years of experience in divorce and she LISTENS and cares. She knows the law and the legal system inside out and works extremely hard to secure my interests. While I do not recommend the experience of divorce to anyone, I definitely do recommend Patricia and Colleen Barberis as lawyers to help you through it. If there were more than 5 stars, I would give them 10!
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Posted by mialisatyler | July 11, 2014
A returning client
She's still a tenacious pillar of strength, sweet as can be and surpasses the majority in LA and OC. She was there for me for 15 years litagating a peternity case against a tirent criminal law attorney who abused the law at every turn. Now, after 10 years absent as a client, I came back after a horrible pick prior. TG she has the time to pick up after the mess I was left with. Again, Pat is here fighting for me in another high conflict case. I have no doubt she will do everything legally possible to right the wrongs my ex has done secretly over 23 years! More to come after the divorce.....
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Posted by Laurie | March 7, 2014
Talented, tenacious, experinced and kind. What more can you say.
Patricia Barberis has done a wonderful job for me on a complex family law case. She was knowledgeable, experienced and very kind on top of that. At first I tried to handle my case on my own, but after the judge said to get an attorney, I did. Ms. Barberis had handled a prenuptial agreement for a relative and on her recommendation I called and hired Ms. Barberis to handle my case. She reassured me that I had a strong case and held my hand through the process when needed. I tend to be big worrier, but she knew when to reach out and let me know things were on schedule. She is soft spoken, but don't let that fool you. She knows when to be assertive.
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Posted by Lisa | September 7, 2013
She is a pillar of strength, a strong and fearless attorney, by my side for 15 years
I had a complex case, started with date rape, but at the time there was no such thing. I filled adult and battery. I hired a an attorney prior to Pat, but it turns pout he was buddies of my abuser ( a local criminal attorney ), let's call him SC. SC had me in to court on trivial things via exparte, he was trying to drain my finances and was acting out his bully personality. He threatened my life and my mothers. BTW; she wasn't just fighting for me,but my now 26 yr old twins!! SC, COULD NEVER INTIMIDATE PAT, she is honest and forthright, a solid person and has the faith to move mountains! I would have her by my side if I ever need an LA attorney. I caught this review searching for a divorce attorney... married 23 years.. never be surprised at what people do! But, Pat NEVER DID ME WRONG. She blew SC through to another county! she was with me for 15 years of steadfast litigation. SC was diagnosed Bipolar, he exploited the system to his advantage, pulled every trick out of the hat. PAT was there to catch them, and turn them into home runs for us!! Bravo Pat! She is also sympathetic financially, I made over a decade of payments... my twins? Stayed with me all their lives, one is in IT Security's, lives in SF, the other (God Bless Him) is serving us under special forces. Pat was my worrier angel. I did spend the last 2 years watching her daughter in litigation, she was prepared and confident. I'm sure she has evolved into the spitfire her mom is. LTW
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Posted by Terri | July 23, 2013
Responsive, Smart and a winner!
Patricia Barabis was my attorney representing me in a TRO case. Patricia was very helpful in helping me understand the legal process and instrumental in winning my case! I would highly recommend Patricia for Family Law representation!
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2013
Excellent Attorney
I retained Patricia Barberis again since I have been in and out of court for the past 10 years. I previously hired 2 other lawyers and did not get the results I wanted. Patricia Barberis is very dedicated to my case, she fights for my rights. Patricia Barberis replies to all my inquiries in a timely manner. I highly commend the services of Patricia Barberis
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Posted by Bonnie | April 19, 2013
Great Lawyer
She is the most trustworthy, fair, honest person I know. She is a true fighter in court to fight for you and your rights. She has been our family attorney for over 35 years. You cant go wrong with Pat as your attorney.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Volunteer Attorney Mediator
  • Los Angeles County Court, South Bay Branch
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • Los Angeles County Court
  • 1990 - 1999
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Volunteer
  • Los Angeles Count Court
  • 1990 - 1999
  • Senior Attorney, Litigator
  • Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation
  • 1977 - 2013
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Education

  • U.S.B.
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1976
  • Greenvile School Nursing
  • RN
  • 1961

Legal Cases

  • divorce, separation
  • excellent
  • Family Law
  • excellent
  • Family Law
  • excellent

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Asociation
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Child Welfare, Child Protection and SACWis Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Child Custody Evaluations and Family Law
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Our Family Wizard Group
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Bay Women's Lawyers Association
  • Secretary
  • 1980 - 1981
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • clients choice
  • avvo
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell: 4.9 / 5.0
  • 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV Rating
  • 2015
  • Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional law
  • South Bay University School Law
  • 1975
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Speaking Engagements

  • Crenshaw Christian Center Womens Ministry
  • Law Day
  • 1994

Attorney endorsements

Received (64)
Given (30)
Endorse Patricia
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patricia Barberis is a fierce litigator and a master negotiator. She is also compassionate and has great empathy for her clients. She is well respected in the community and feared by many opposing counsel."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Barberis is a wonderful Attorney. She is quiet knowledgeable and presents the information to her clients in a sympathetic way. I definitely recommend her for any potential clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for her thoughtful answers to questions in the Avvo community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Barberis is an exceptional family law attorney. I endorse her!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Experienced and compassionate family law attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Barberis knows the law and how it applies to her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has the unique ability to take complex subject matter and make it easy to understand. A true gem for our community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. She is an effective advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Patricia Barberis is a compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney. I would not hesitate to refer to her any of my clients in need of a good family law attorney for divorce, child custody or other family law issues. She is well respected by her peers and fights to protect her client's parental and property rights!"
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