Skip to main content

Julie Drazen Stankowski

Divorce and separation Attorney at Westlake Village, CA

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Stankowski Law Group, APC

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Julie

Learn Julie’s areas of practice.

STRONG AND AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION. SERIOUSLY UNBELIEVABLE CLIENT SERVICE.

Business Bio

 

Julie founded the Stankowski Law Group with a mission to provide stellar big-firm representation, plus compassion, minus the price-tag.  Our local boutique firm is not only affordable, but entirely more personal.  We combine legal tenacity with authentic, caring service.  From start to finish, our office treats each client like family.  We make ourselves available and invite communication.  We answer our phones and quickly return messages and emails.  We understand that family law is emotionally challenging and we are here as seasoned legal advocates and a shoulder, if you will.  New clients typically come to our office feeling overwhelmed, helpless and out-of-control.  They leave our office feeling relieved, protected and confident they are in good hands.  We proactively guide each client through the nuances of divorce while tailoring the navigation to the unique circumstances of the case, always with the goal of achieving the most cost-effective and time-efficient resolution.  In addition to divorce, we handle all aspects of family law, including adoption.  Serving Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties.

 

Personal Bio

 

 

Julie is a gregarious, married mom of two living in Westlake Village.  She was a child actress and appeared in numerous commercials, television shows and films.  An avid tennis player, Julie and her dad won the father-daughter tennis championship at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow, NY.  Julie is a native New Yorker whose family moved to California when she was young.  After graduating from Calabasas High School, Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree from CSUN and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University in 1994.  She clerked for a Justice on the California Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked for a large New York based law firm in downtown Los Angeles.  Julie is also a published author, having written for several magazines and blogs.

Location

Stankowski Law Group, APC
3625 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Suite 123
Westlake Village, CA, 91362

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer!
"Julie is an awesome lawyer! I didn't know what to do about my divorce. I was so overwhelmed. I needed someone who would take control and really stand up to my ex and her attorney. Julie was referred to me and she had my back from start to finish. She was there for me in every way and at all hours. She always answered my calls and emails and I always felt like she was on top of it. I'm finally free to move on with my life. Thank you, Julie! You are the bulldog attorney I wanted and I would definitely recommend you to my friends! ~G.Z. Client
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best!
Julie is the absolute best and a life saver. I am a young mom and was freaking out about my ex in-laws trying to get custody of my daughter using "grandparent rights." I was referred to Julie and she took my call and made me feel calmer right away. She was always quick to respond and she made time to handle my issues. She was even texting with me at 11:00 at night on multiple occasions. I literally feel like she saved my sanity and helped me get my life in a better place.~T.H. Client
Read less
Posted by Ashley | June 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Julie Stankowski and her office did an outstanding job on my case. My case was quite difficult to say the least, but Julie made it happen. I needed a move away order with my 8 year old daughter which is extremely difficult in CA. Her and her office were always there when I had questions, and very responsive. Julie worked several late nights for me and always got things done. I absolutely know I would not have won my case without her as my lawyer. If I ever need an attorney again, I will certainly be calling her back and I would recommend to all my friends and family. If you want strong legal advice and legal council, definitely go to Julie.
Read less
Posted by Colin | September 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision I ever made
This review is long over due! I have to begin by saying I can’t express enough how grateful I am to Julie and her entire team for the guidance, support and advice that they provided to me throughout this incredibly horrible experience! They were more like family helping me along then a Law Firm that I had hired. Thanks to the advice given, and the unprecedented amount of hard work, my case went from hopeless to being dropped by the filing party. If I had not listened to the legal advice given along with the legal expertise of Julie and her team, that outcome would have never been possible and I would still not be able to see my son. I’ll break this review into the three categories that I believe will be most helpful to anyone considering hiring Julie to represent them. ( Cost, Family Law Knowledge, and Ethics) Let’s start with cost because I know that is the first thing that comes to mind when you are put into a situation that requires a lawyer. First and foremost Julie has very competitive rates for the caliber of services she and her team provide and more importantly, is completely transparent. Her and her staffs billing is exactly where you would hope it would be, with the simpler tasks all residing within the paralegals and the more complex issues being dealt with by the attorneys. The billing is also extremely clear down to the minute, so you know exactly what you are paying for. I never had to question a single charge or what I was being billed for. Second, is the qualification of her and her team’s expertise. I couldn’t have found a better attorney to represent me where the entire world “loosing my son” was resting upon it. Julie is a master at her craft and able to pivot in a moments notice. Another reviewer said “ she is a bulldog in the courtroom that actually cares about her clients”, I couldn’t agree with that more!! Any attorney worth their salt will have a full client base as Julie always has, but the service Julie provides, you would think that you are her only client. She knows your case inside and out and will fight to get you what you want/deserve! Which I think is a perfect transition into Ethics. Julie and her team hold themselves to the highest of ethical standards! So if you want a firm that’s going to screw your ex and in turn child/children out of what is truly the best for your child/children please look somewhere else! It wouldn’t be fair to her or her team if I didn’t try to sway those of you with that intent away from her time and services. They are the best, but their fight is for those who deserve it. Those moms and dads who are fighting for what is the best for their child/children and not their own vindictive selfish purposes.
Read less
Posted by Ruth | April 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Julie!
Julie was professional, fair, knowledgeable and a tough negotiator! I felt she was truly kind and understanding! I only wish I had met her many years ago when all of this first started. I highly recommend Julie to anyone seeking a Divorce attorney who's not just in it to run the clock to take your money! Five stars+ to her!
Read less
Posted by Sami | January 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life saver!!
Julie was regrettably not my first lawyer I hired in my divorce. I was mis-represented and in such a huge hole with child support and custody when my path crossed with Julie’s. She was able to undo a year and a half’s worth of horrible divorce rulings in less than a week!!! She is very precise and knowledgeable of divorce law. I am eternally grateful that she took my case and I would recommend her 1000% over again!
Read less
Posted by Olivia | September 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!!!
There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Julie is. She helped me through a very stressful custody battle with my ex. Not only was she there for me throughout the entire process. She was able to get me everything I was asking for but did it with out having to go through a costly legal battle. She has the ability to be strong and aggressive when needed but can also negotiate and help calm intense situations. One of Julies strengths is the ability to read a person and the situation and to adapt to handle it in the most effective way possible
Read less
Posted by Raphael | October 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Such skill it will seem like magic.
Julie and her team of legal valkyries are more than a cut above the best. She and her team have negotiated my dicey situation with such strength and grace, that now I'm in a strong position, the opposing side's use of unfair advantage and lies have been revealed. I've 50% custody and a strong foothold for what comes next. I'm so glad I was able to get Julie as my lawyer. She and her team are on top of the details and are proactive in ways that helped me sleep better at night.
Read less
Posted by Justin | September 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Choice
After reading other reviews about how Julie’s office was like a family, and how much individual attention she gave to her clients, I knew she was the one for me. Looking for legal counsel I was desperate for someone that could help me to fight to retain custody of my children, something I was very concerned I would lose in spite of being a great father and an active duty military member. Julie was honest and realistic and her and the whole office supported me throughout everything. She helped me reign in my expectations and set me up for success in mediation. Her staff helped me find my voice in my personal testimony to the court. Kathy, Sylvia and Kristina really made me feel at home when I came to the office and helped me work through all the stressful details of the paperwork. I can’t even imagine how I would have done any of this on my own. Julie’s office is busy, because she is really good at what she does, so don’t let that be a discouragement. I’m happy to say that we were able to settle my case out of court and are on track to 50/50 custody. The last 5 months have been the most stressful of my life and the whole office supported me throughout it all. When you’re looking for a lawyer don’t underestimate how important it is to pick someone who cares. I’m glad I made the right choice. -Justin
Read less
Posted by Raquel | January 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above all, kind.
From the moment I sat down with Julie, I knew she was the attorney I wanted to have take over my divorce case. Over the past five(!) years, I've been dealing with what I now know is inadequate counsel. Not only has Julie picked up where they left off, she has made leaps and bounds in my case in and out of the courtroom. Without going into detail, because the divorce is not yet finalized, Julie and her secretary have provided exquisite respective counsel and service. With that said, I would not want to be the person on the other side of the courtroom. I feel defended, advocated for, attended to, and for the first time, like I'm in excellent hands. I am excited for the resolution of my case and am confident I could not have gone with a better choice. I HIGHLY recommend this attorney!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Simply writing this review cannot fully express the gratitude I have for Julie and her staff and how they have helped me with my divorce and child custody matters. Julie has guided me in making complicated decisions during an extremely difficult time. Not only is she knowledgeable, but she is compassionate and truly cares. It was obvious through her actions that she was honestly concerned about not only my well-being, but that of my children as well. She gave me the confidence I needed to make difficult decisions and fight for what was truly important. Regarding court hearings and filings, she has shown that she knows when to fight and when to let situations play out. I completely trust the advice and direction she gives. She has been (and continues to be) there for me through the whole process to provide expert guidance and support whenever needed. I am so thankful that I found Julie to help me through such a complicated and overwhelming process.
Read less
Posted by Anthony | October 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A heart of gold, a bulldog and a lifesaver!!!
Julie came as a referral from my mom after I pulled my hair out trying to figure out how to file my divorce and deal with my ex-husband at the same time. My ex-husband was an unpredictable petty person that had me worried about the entire divorce process. I knew he was going to do everything he could to make things more miserable and costly for myself. The first time I spoke with Julie I knew I needed her in my corner. She literally put my mind and heart at ease! She gave me hope and a sense of protection. Over the entire divorce period Julie and her team always kept me informed of the work they were doing, the next steps and what to expect. If I called, she answered. If I emailed or texted, she responded almost immediately. She ALWAYS made me feel like my case was her number one priority, but also that she cared about how I was doing. When it came to battling out the settlement process she was definitely a bulldog and my champion. She always listened to what I wanted, got me what I needed and EXCEEDED every expectation out there. Thank you Julie and Team!
Read less
Posted by Brian | July 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Divorce Whisperer
When my ex-wife filed for divorce I was blindsided. Through a family member I was referred to Julie. Upon our first meeting she did her best Robin Williams impression from Goodwill Hunting and assured me "It's not your fault, It's not your fault." I think at that moment she sensed I needed a therapist more than a lawyer. Shortly thereafter she shifted into lawyer mode. She guided me effortlessly through a tumultuous period in my life shifting concurrently between being a lawyer and friend. She never lost sight of the big picture and made sure the checklist of legal items were taken care of along the way. But more importantly she always realized there was a human element at stake. I wasn't just some hour glass with the sand serving as the metaphor for her time on the clock. She is an astute Family Lawyer with a great command that all encompasses her profession. She is passionate and cares deeply about her clients. She knows when to be tough and when to pull up on the pedal. I highly recommend her.
Read less
Posted by Barbara | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% Satisfaction
I hired Julie to help me alter my child custody and support order when my ex-husband moved away and could no-longer fulfill his 50% obligation to custody, unfortunately still leaving me with my support obligation. My ex was very combative about changing the court order 'legally' so Julie stepped in to help. She was not only able to get me everything I asked for, but she made 'nice' with my ex, and HE was thanking both her and I at the end! Miraculous. Besides the results which speak volumes, Julie is very personable and easy to work with. She is always available and there is nothing pretentious about Julie or her staff. A very pleasant piece of an unpleasant situation.
Read less
Posted by Heidi | October 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly Amazing Attorny
I was referred to Julie by a very close friend who spoke very highly saying- "Julie takes care of business" That she did! Julie took time to speak with me on a weekend before we even had a chance to meet. I had a very complicated & difficult case. She was honest with me so I knew exactly where I stood at every moment & turning point we went through. She has heart & soul which is rare to find. I'm grateful for the outcome, that I was led to Julie Stankowski because she's the best.
Read less
Posted by Cheryl | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!
I called Julie and from the first phone call I knew she was the one we needed! We needed a bulldog with a heart which is what we got! We had a huge uphill battle with false allegations of child molestation and abuse. Julie believed in us worked beyond anything we could have ever hoped for and proved they were al lies. I can not give enough praise to the professionalism, quality of work and the heart and soul Julie put into our case. We went from a possible jail sentence to 50/50 custody! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for us!
Read less
Posted by Brianna | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, charismatic, and caring.
My husband and I were referred to Julie through my mother-in-law when we were in the beginning stages of looking for a family law attorney to handle a very special case- my husband adopting my 4.5 year old son. We wanted someone who was not only knowledgeable and would get the job done seamlessly, but also someone who was charismatic and understood how personal this special process would be for us. Julie has been all of that and so much more. From my very first conversation with her, she's been warm, energetic, and so very passionate about the work that she commits herself to. Through this case and our professional relationship with her, she has exhibited such care for us, her clients, by making herself abundantly available to our many questions, emails, and phone calls. She has gotten tasks completed for our case in such a timely matter, always. She really is always two steps ahead of us- which is especially impressive as this was a newer area of interest for her, as she typically takes on much different cases than ours. We have been so satisfied with her, from every step of this journey, that I cannot recommend her enough! Any kind of case, no matter what it may be pertaining to, truly demands a lawyer who understands the client, cares about the case, and is motivated to helping you. Her knowledge and skill is astounding and she is everything we had hoped to find in an attorney!
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Stankowski Law Group
  • 2015 - Present
  • Writer
  • Star Lee Magazine
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Writer
  • CSQ Magazine
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Contract Attorney/Ghostwriter
  • Stankowski Law
  • 2000 - 2014
  • In-House Counsel
  • Chubb Insurance
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Law Clerk - Judge Margaret Grignon
  • 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Lawrence Segal Law
  • 1994 - 1996
View all work experience

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Second Place Oralist and Written Brief
  • Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition
  • 1994
  • Best Oralist and Best Written Brief
  • Corporate Law Moot Court Competition
  • 1993

Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Julie
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julie has been a practicing attorney specializing in Family Law for several decades. I know her to be knowledgeable, thorough, and perhaps most important empathetic, and recommend her to those in need of her expertise."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Julie knows family law and goes the extra mile for every client. Highly recommended."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."

Avvo Contributions

1 Legal Answers 0 Legal Guides
Westlake Village Divorce and separation Lawyer Julie Drazen Stankowski
Julie Drazen Stankowski
Divorce and separation Attorney
Westlake Village, CA
Licensed for 29 years