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David Anthony Dworakowski

Family Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.8   16 reviews

also known as Quinn & Dworakowski, Family Law, LLP.

  • State Years
    California - CA 35 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 37 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1986
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About David

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Practice area
  1. Family
    All aspects of Divorce & Family Law. The firm specializes in high conflict divorce; contested child custody issues; domestic violence; high net worth business valuation; etc. Orange County's "go to" firm for highly skilled trial attorneys.

    38 years

We founded the family law firm of Quinn & Dworakowski to give clients a better legal experience.

Every person in this firm, from our partners, to our most junior support staff, shares my philosophy of excellence and total commitment to the client. Our clients often come to us in a highly emotional time of their life, with a lot at stake. They need our compassion, understanding and patience, as well as our expertise. In this regard, from the moment of contact with us, you will feel the difference. You will be treated with professionalism and respect at all times. This means, calls are promptly returned; you are kept informed of developments in your case; and we do everything possible to ensure success on your case.   

 Our clients benefit from our decades of experience and success. This experience includes hundreds of trials and thousands of contested hearings. We have also negotiated excellent settlements -on our clients' terms- on countless other cases.

Although negotiated settlements are generally preferable, if litigation is required we have a proven track record of winning in trial, as demonstrarted by our results and our numerous honors, awards, and reviews.

We maintain lasting relationships with our clients, long after conclusion of their case.

I look foward to serving you.


David Dworakowski





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Quinn & Dworakowski, LLP
10 Corporate Park, Suite 200
Irvine, CA, 92606

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4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Paris | November 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Premiere Family Law Firm
I had the privilege of working with the Quinn and Dworakowski Family Law Firm, and I couldn't be more satisfied with their services. From the moment I walked through their doors, I was greeted with professionalism and empathy. The team's expertise and dedication to my case were truly remarkable. They guided me through a challenging family matter with compassion and provided legal solutions that were tailored to my specific needs. The entire process was smooth, and I always felt informed and supported. I am grateful for their outstanding legal representation and would highly recommend the Quinn and Dworakowski Family Law Firm to anyone in need of family law assistance. They are a beacon of excellence in their field.
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Posted by Tricia | July 24, 2021
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Truly dedicated lawyers!
I was married to a narcissist and I needed a top law firm to make sure I didn’t get steamrolled in court. Every person I dealt with in this firm was professional and totally dedicated to me. David Dworakowski is the best!! He beat the hell out of my X’s attorney in court. It was fun to watch Thank you folks!
Posted by Sara | November 7, 2020
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Wonderful family lawyer
I left my prior divorce attorneys and hired Quinn & Dworakowski. This firm is truly one of the top law firms in orange county. I read several reviews about David Dworakowski and his compassion for his client. I can tell you first hand how true this is. My regret is i didn’t find this law firm sooner!
Posted by Hannah | November 7, 2020
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A true professional
David Dworakowski represented me in a most professional way. The entire law firm is amazing. Look no further.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2020
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Excellent compassionate attorney
David Dworakowski  David , skills  are great as a litigator , He is one of the most compassionate caring attorneys  , with a amazing heart. David not only demonstrates and shows his professionalism , but fights , protects , and applies all his talents. David , is knowledgeable and best to defend and take care of his client needs , family and Marital assets . His imagination , expertise , talents , good ethics , compassion , Witty, kindness, superb, appellate attorney , all of this makes him on what he really is “exceptional attorney “ Unfortunately he was not my attorney from the beginning of my case, but if I would have know of him from the beginning , I would hire him with my eyes closed. I will always thank David and his firm For have assisted me at the moment I needed it most . There are no words that I can describe how impressive , thankful, and great full  I am , to have met him. He fought for me when he represented me at court in front of the  unethical opposite defense and the Bias judge . If you are looking for the best attorney litegator, negotiator, family law , skill trial , cross examination , appellate matters with equal effectiveness , unique ability to communicate with clients , judges , including juries.... “Do not hesitate in looking elsewhere , you got it , is already in front of you. “ God put this man in my path way , let him lead yours .
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
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I highly recommend Quinn & Dworakowski if you have a contested divorce. A friend who used this firm referred me to them. Because my X spouse is a narcissist, I needed highly competent lawyers to protect my interests. The attorneys at Quinn & Dworakowski took care of business. Special thanks to Paralegal Sue for her constant support!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2020
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Recommend this law firm with enthusiasm
David Dworakowski is a gifted trial attorney. In my experience this law firm is truly one of the top family law firms in Orange County. I was treated with professional and compassion by every employee I interacted with.
Posted by Lauren | February 1, 2020
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Superb Law firm for domestic violence cases!
I was involved in a domestic violence situation and was so fortunate to have retained Quinn & Dworakowski. These folks are the real deal! Caring, experienced I knew the moment I walked into the office I was in excellent hands! Thank you David and Quinn
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2020
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Excellent !
I cannot say enough superlatives about the lawyers at Quinn & Dworakowski. David Dworakowski is a gifted trial attorney. I was amazed at his skill in my trial and he ran circles around my ex husband’s lawyer. If you are looking for a tenacious attorney who cares only about his client this guy is the attorney for you! Thank you Quinn and Dworakowski.
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Posted by Tanja | March 14, 2019
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Amazing attorney!
I had the pleasure of working with both Stephane Quinn and David Dworakowski. Both attorneys are amazing. My case was a criminal matter for an almost 20 year old case. My case was complicated as it had immigration consequences and is the most horrifying thing I've ever went through. Both attorneys were honest clear and explained every possible outcome to me. Turned out just fine and thanks to this firm I'll hopefully be remaining in the country. I highly recommend them for both family law as well as criminal law. I can't say enough good things about them. I've had a lot of experience with different attorneys. This firm by far exceeded my expectations!
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Posted by Meg | August 1, 2015
Extremely Compassionate and Patient Man
You won't find many like this guy. He spent a long time with me walking me through the various aspects of the criminal justice system in a very caring and professional way. While I was in his office he received three telephone calls from other attorneys seeking his advice. Mr. Dworakowski is highly competent and a real pro.
Posted by mbmcclellan | July 14, 2015
I love this guy
I have known David as a fellow defense attorney for 25 years, and have seen his work up close, numerous times. David is as dedicated and talented an attorney as you will find. I have seen him produce results ranging from awfully darned good to unbelievably good. His doggedness in solving problems is truly remarkable. Coupled with his superb legal knowledge and innate human decency, he is a real force as an attorney. He is well respected by judges, opponents, and knowledgeable lawyers. I would trust him to handle a case of any of my loved ones.
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Posted by Melani Bartholomew | July 10, 2015
David Dworakowski is an amazing attorney. He is professional, knowledgeable, connected and able to expertly handle any case from a DUI to a death penalty case. Based of his 25+ years of experience he knows what a case is worth, how to attack the elements for the benefit of any client , how to research and write winning motions and the unique ability to connect with DAs, judges, clients and most of all juries. I would recommend Mr. Dworakowski without reservations.
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Posted by Dorothy W | July 3, 2015
A Super Lawyer And True Professional
I was charged with a crime that could have changed my life forever. I met several attorneys. I was obviously very scared and concerned. The minute I met David Dworakowski I felt relief. He's been an attorney for almost 30 years and he has seen it all. He didn't judge me. He assured me everything would work out and it did. This guy is the real deal!
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Posted by Raymond | July 3, 2015
Outstanding Attorney!
David Dworakowski is a superb trial attorney! I was so fortunate to have met him and had him on my case. He is intelligent, experienced, an a very compassionate man. I am the kind of person that hates dealing with lawyers. But this guy is the exception. And I am no longer in custody because of him. Few attorneys care about their clients as much as this guy. And watching him in the courtroom is a real treat. Even the judge commented how fortunate I was to have Mr. Dworakowski as my attorney. He gives lawyers a good name (and I didn't think this possible.)
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Posted by Danny | July 19, 2023
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Look this guy up the news
Creepy Take a look at who he is defending, what he’s defending her from, and how he doing it. Yikes!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Quinn & Dworakowski, LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Orange County Public Defender Office
  • 1997 - Present
  • Senior trial attorney
  • OCPD
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Orange County
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Philadephia District Attorneys Office
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Summer Associate
  • Griffith & Burr Law Firm
  • 1986 - 1986
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • n/a
  • 2002
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • Summer Program 1985
  • 1985
  • Allegheny College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Ean B.
  • Client won. Court moved date of separation
  • Marriage of Roberta G.
  • Mother awarded full custody
  • Marriage of Susan V.
  • Move Away Granted
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Association of Defense Counsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1987 - Present
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Orange County Deputy Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1989 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • US News & World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Trial Attorney
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Orange County's Top Attorneys
  • Orange Coast Magazine
  • 2015
  • Law Review
  • Temple Law School
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Attorney Training
  • Aggravated Felony Convictions and Immigratation
  • 2014
  • Legal Training
  • Cross-Examination of Poilce Officer
  • 2012
  • DIA 2005 Conference
  • Gangs/Eyewitness Identity Cases
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David has got to have one of the best legal minds in the county. There is a reason he deals with the most serious and complicated cases. His work ethic is unparalleled."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David's talent in cross-examination is unmatched. I have seen him take a witness statement--with seemingly no issues--and dissect each part until it fits squarely within the theory of his case. Beware to the less than truthful witness, this will not go well for you. In addition to his skills as an artful litigator, he is one of the most compassionate attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Any client should thank their lucky stars to have this man as their lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a patient and highly skilled trial attorney who has the unique ability to also handle appellate matters with equal effectiveness."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is that rare lawyer with a sense of caring and competence. He has a litigator's eye for evidence and strategy yet he knows how to build a record to prepare for the next level. He is a shrewd and credible negotiator. He never loses sight of the fact that his client is a person in crisis. He is the lawyer I would go to if I or a loved one needed legal help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Dworakowski is a genius lawyer. Very dedicated and talented. One of the best lawyers in the profession. Extremely skilled in both trial and appellate work. In almost 30 years of practice David has trained hundreds of lawyer how to be lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave Dworakowski has been a teacher, mentor and colleague of mine for the last eight years. He is absolutely top notch in our field. There is no legal issue he cannot find a solution for, no trial issue he cannot find a creative defense for, and if I ever found myself in need of an attorney he would be the first person I called. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anybody seeking excellent legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Dworakowski is the unique attorney that understands in depth the appellate and trial sides of the law. His skills in the courtroom are beyond exceptional, born out of his unmatched experience, natural talent and honest concern for his clients. I have seen him spend late nights and weekends preparing for litigation going far beyond what any other lawyers can or do. He always out works his opponents, giving his clients the best chance they ever could have to win. His innate ability to cross examine a witness is unparalleled. Mr. Dworakowski has a brilliant legal mind that can hone in on the issue and cut right to the heart of the problem. But above all he gets results. I have seen him win cases that others could not. In the end the best endorsement I can give of David is that he is truly great lawyer and a true gentleman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Other
"I have known David for over 15 years. He is conscientious, resourceful and exceptionally knowledgeable. When I have a question regarding a complex legal issue, a defense theory or trial strategy, I talk to David first. He is a dedicated professional and one of the finest trial lawyers I know. Richard Carmona, Certified Specialist in Criminal Law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A criminal defense attorney with more than 28 years of experience representing the indigent, David Dworakowski has essentially seen it all and done it all. During the past three decades, he has represented countless defendants, some charged with simple misdemeanor, others serious felonies, and some even facing the death penalty. And throughout he has provided exemplary representation to all of his clients and obtained amazing results for many of them. Because of his expertise, I frequently consult with David regarding my own criminal defense cases. God forbid I ever require the services of a criminal defense attorney, but should that day ever come, there is no doubt whatsoever that David is the lawyer I will have in my corner representing me."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is one of the best litigators in Orange County. He is hardworking and a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients."
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Irvine Family Lawyer David Anthony Dworakowski
David Anthony Dworakowski
Family Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 37 years