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I have been practicing law in California since 1984.  I am member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which regards itself as the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States, whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. I have been practicing in the field of personal injury, business law and immigration in Orange County for the past 25 years. I graduated from  the prestigious University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where  I practiced as an Advocate/Barrister before immigrating to the United States. I am admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, US District Court, Central District of California and California Supreme Court.  I am also admitted to practice and has practiced as a trial lawyer before the Supreme Court of South Africa.  My personal interests are tennis and politics.



Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 50%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Business: 25%
    32 years, 500 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    32 years, 200 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Colyn. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • David Dene Murray

    I endorse Colyn Desatnik as a diligent and competent immigration lawyer. He has served the immigrant community for many years and always represents his clients with professionalism, achieving the desired results.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Colyn B. Desatnik

2 Park Plz Ste 450
Irvine, CA, 92614


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
N/AMember1999 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (California Chapter)Member1987 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Immigration SectionChair2008 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Personal Injury for Paralegals in CaliforniaPersonal Injiry for Paralegals in California2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Witwatersrand Faculty of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1980
University of Witwatersrand Faculty of LawLaw and EconomicsOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Personal Injury for ParalegalsPersonal Injury for Paralegals in California2006