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Joseph Douglas Nakos

Family Attorney at Westlake Village, CA

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    When faced with a family law situation, you want to make certain you have the best representation and legal team in your corner. At Nakos and Nakos our attorneys and support team are here to ensure you receive the most sound advice.

    11 years, 300 cases

  2. Alimony

    11 years, 300 cases

  3. Child custody

    11 years, 300 cases

  4. Child support

    11 years, 300 cases

  5. Divorce and separation

    11 years, 300 cases

  6. Uncontested divorce

    11 years, 300 cases

I sincerely care about our clients. I take great care in understanding our client's individual perspectives and then matching those perspectives into the applicable legal elements so that I can appropriately advise and counsel them.


I also know that legal problems take an emotional and financial toll. As such, it is my personal goal to help our clients resolve their legal issues as quickly and as painlessly as possible.


Key to winning any case is a clear understanding of the facts. I take great care in getting the necessary facts from our clients as quickly, completely, and as easy on our clients as possible.


Nakos and Nakos, Attorneys at Law
2945 Townsgate Rd Ste 200
Westlake Village, CA, 91361-5866

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  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Jack | March 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyers. Great People.
The title says it all, “Great lawyers, great people.” Has been an immense help with my present issue, and with other less critical issues in the past. Cannot day enough good things about Nakos and Nakos. They do not only care about your case, they care about you.
Posted by Shannon | August 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Nakos is the BEST family lawyer!!!!
I hired Mr. Nakos in the midst of a horrible child custody battle. I had temporarily lost custody of my child due to my ex-husband's lies in court. I was losing hope but all of that changed once I met Mr. Nakos. I hired him during my consultation and he was quick to make me a priority. Mr. Nakos is EXTREMELY intelligent, organized, and most importantly caring. He made me feel that he truly cared about my case and my situation. He fought hard for me and my family with honesty and integrity, and at the end of the day I got 50/50 custody of my child back. I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Nakos to anybody and everybody. He is a good man and I thank God for putting him in my path, I couldn't have done it without him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Nakos is excellent. Recommend Highly
I hired Joe to help me with my divorce and the getting through the process. My ex-husband and I had separated amicably and already decided on child custody, support, and division of assets. That said, there's still a lot of detail to the process I had no idea about. Also as expected, even for the most amicable situations, there were some tense moments with my ex. Joe made sure to educate me on options and consequences and protect my best interests. His knowledge and experience is phenomenal. I recommend him highly. Even if your situation were not as easy as mine, I am confident that Joe would be the best expert in your corner.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2014
Great Attorney and Very Thorough
My experience with Joe Nakos was extremely positive. He handled my divorce case that concluded in August 2014. My ex-husband and his attorney were constantly inventing fake issues and trying to stall. At the end, I got everything I wanted plus a little more. The child visitation schedule my ex-husband got was better than I expected. I would recommend Joe as an attorney to anyone. He is great!
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Posted by Reba | July 30, 2014
Very Competent and Friendly Lawyer
I hired Mr. Nakos in February of 2014. He is a very pleasant man and easy to deal with. He handled my case well and cause by divorce to be relatively stress free. He seems to really know the law and how to deal with people. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Vickie | July 5, 2014
This Attorney Knows His Stuff and Aggressively Moves Things Along
I was so sacred when I decided that I had to get a divorce from this man I married who changed so quickly. I was then referred to Mr. Nakos by a friend. I hired Mr. Nakos in early April 2014 and in just three short months he got me everything I wanted and then some. I am just waiting on the court to send me my judgment. Mr. Nakos was friendly, did not talk down to me, listened, figured out everything, and negotiated a great settlement. Even my ex-husband's attorney liked him. Mr. Nakos' price was very reasonable and I am so happy that I met Mr. Nakos. This attorney is a keeper. :)
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Posted by Debra | June 21, 2014
Got My Life Back
Joe Nakos and Kathleen Nakos are great! They were patient with me, understood my situation, and fought for me. I had a very difficult and stubborn ex-husband who just wanted to fight for the sake of fighting and his lawyer did exactly what my ex-husband wanted him to do. Joe quickly took control of the situation, fought for me in court, and moved the case along. After losing three court hearings in a row and having to pay my lawyer fees my ex-husband finally got reasonable and we settled a few weeks before our trial. Joe and Kathleen are such a good lawyers. They never got tired or frustrated, they know the law, and their rates and the way they bill are very reasonable. I was so glad that I found them and would and have recommended Joe and Kathleen to anyone.
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Posted by Elizabeth | June 17, 2014
Great attorney!!!
Joe is a very responsive lawyer. I was almost always able to reach him right away by phone. If he wasn't available he always returned my calls within a few hours or the next day. He answered my questions in a way I could understand. He was very nice, but I saw a very tenacious side to him when my husband and his attorney were not cooperating. Joe fought for me hard and all my expectations were met.
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Posted by Sarah | May 19, 2014
Excellent Attorney for Divorce/Child Custody Matters
Joe was a great attorney for me during a very difficult time in my life. He was very helpful and educted on the ins and outs of the legal system regarding divorce and child custody. He was very responsive and was very easy to get ahold of. He returned calls promptly and completed necessary work regarding my case in a prompt manner. He was understanding and caring as well which you don't find often in an attorney. I felt that he charged me fairly and wasn't excessive in the things that he charged me for like some other attorney's might be. I highly recommed him for anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2013
A loving mother in Thousand Oaks
Extremely ethical and hard working. The firm did an excellent job on my case. I have several of my friends that have used them and extremely happy with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not hire
Hired Nakos and Nakos for custody and child support. To say I am disappointed with Joseph and Kathleen is an understatement. Acted unprofessional consistently. Made several billing mistakes totaling thousands of dollars. Advice given was often not in my best interest.
Response from Joseph Nakos December 16, 2018
This nearly identical review was placed on my Yodle site as well on the same day as this review. The person identified himself as Mark Truman. I have never had a client named Mark Truman. Disregard this review/
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nakos and Nakos, Attorneys at Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Kathleen Nakos
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Paralegal / Researcher
  • Law Office of Kathleen Nakos
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Various - Manager through Associate Vice President
  • University of Southern California
  • 1984 - 2005
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  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Capella University
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 2003
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Master of Arts
  • 1997
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1989
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  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List
  • University of La Verne, School of Law
  • 2009
  • Dean's List
  • Capella University
  • 2003
  • Dean's List
  • California State University, Northridge
  • 1997


  • Doctoral Dissertation - Capella University ©2003
  • Informational Privacy Concerns and Information Practices
  • 2003
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Technology, Redeployment of Resources, and Organizational Change from the unit level perspective
  • 1997

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