Skip to main content

Donald Patrick Bebereia

Family Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.7   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Family
    Mr. Bebereia is a certified family law specialist and has been practicing all areas of family law for over 31 years. His practice includes dissolution of marriage, legal separation, annulment, complex property and debt division issues, valuation and division of businesses, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, attorneys fees, termination of parental rights, establishment of parental relationship, adoptions, pension divisions and all other areas of family law.

Donald P. Bebereia is a divorce and family law attorney who represents clients throughout Orange County, California. Mr. Bebereia is an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer who practices exclusively in divorce and family law matters. 

Attorney Bebereia is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar. With more than 34 years of family law experience, Mr. Bebereia has the ability to handle even the most complex family law matters, including complex property division issues and contested child custody disputes. 

The Law Office of Donald P. Bebereia is located in Irvine, California. To contact the firm, call


Law Office of Donald P Bebereia
15707 Rockfield Boulevard
Suite 205
Irvine, CA, 92618

Similar lawyers nearby


4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2015
Honest and working family law attorney /Orange County
Most of the family law attorneys in Orange County/Lamoreux Justice Center want to plead your case out or bill you for not doing anything - they don't really care about what happens to you and your family as long as they getpaid and make a buck on vulnerable people going through a very difficult time. Mr. Bebereia is the most honest family law attorney I have encountered and stands apart from all the other attorneys; he genuinely cares about you and/or your family and wants to do the right thing for you and your family. You will get in contact with him personally and will not get handed off to a paralegal or secretary or be in a situation where he does not personally know your case. He is very knowledgeable and you are in very good, capable hands to trust Mr. Bebereia to handle your most difficult family law matter. I cannot recommend him highly enough especially after having experience with several family law attorneys in orange county.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2015
Best Outcome
Don Bebereia handled my divorce and I recommend him unequivocally. He was professional, knowledgeable, and always answered my calls and emails in a timely manner when I had questions. He knows family law inside and out and was an effective advocate for my family. Divorce is never pleasant but Mr. Bebereia handed my case, even with lengthy and complex custody and financial issues in a way that took as much stress off me as possible and resulted in the very best outcome. I highly recommend him.
Read less
Posted by Shyra | May 20, 2015
Absolutely amazing and fast
He is so fast and knows exactly what he is doing. He was always informative and would get things done either before or right on time. He helped me get my case handled and I will definitely come back in the future if I need an attorney. Really great lawyer! Thanks
Posted by Patricia | May 17, 2015
expertise and compassion
Don Bebereia handled my initial case with expertise as well as compassion. And he was fast without compromising quality. He always had time for me. Several years later when I called him regarding some other issues, he consulted me and did not charge me for his time. I was not only shocked, but grateful. I feel he genuinely cares about a persons stressful situation and wants to do all he can to help. He helps you to see the situation clearly. I would highly recommend him.
Read less
Posted by Danette | May 15, 2015
Thank you Don
Don guided me through my recent divorce proceedings and was very compassionate and understanding to my specific needs. I always felt he was genuinely concerned and made sure everything was in my best interests.
Posted by Robert | May 12, 2015
A great lawyer to have in your corner
I have known Don for over 13 years. His professionalism is outstanding - in the courtroom, in negotiations, and in client conferences. I know all this firsthand since Mr. Bebereia handled my divorce and set up family planning documents. He goes the extra mile in insuring that everything is handled completely and in a timely manner. I would recommend Don without any reservations whatever! It would be very hard to find a better person or attorney!
Read less
Posted by Alissa | May 11, 2015
highly recommended lawyer
Donald Bebereia has been my lawyer for my past two child custody/support cases. I plan on calling him again in the future if his services are needed. He is honest with his recommendations and is committed to attending all court hearings. He invests himself in the case situations and the people involved. He treats his clients professionally and is caring.
Read less
Posted by Monique | May 9, 2015
Thank you Donald, you are the best !!!
Donald Bebereia is experienced, knowledgeable & so capable. Sadly, he has helped me twice but at least they were 20 years apart. Donald has been wise, very caring & thoughtful during two of the hardest times of my life. He always treated my questions with respect & I could reach out to him when I need him. He was available. Donald knows what he is doing and, he has the talent & ability to to help me walk wisely thru this divorce maze & challenge. Thank you, Donald, you are the best !!!
Read less
Posted by Bill | April 24, 2015
Represents his client's interest very well !!!
I would highly recommend Mr. Donald Bebereia to any individual in need of a family law attorney. Don is an experienced well prepared professional. He represented me recently in my spousal support case and negotiated both a lower spousal support payment along with a termination date for spousal support, and mine was a long term marriage initially with no end of spousal support. He is strong advocate for his client; both honest and fair. In this same case, I had two prior attorneys - I only wish I had known of Don earlier.
Read less
Posted by Gregg | December 18, 2012
Great Divorce Attorney
I highly recommend Mr Bebereia as counsel for any issues relating to divorce. I am a resident of the east coast at the time of my divorce and needed to find an attorney in Orange County. Mr Bebereia's knowledge and experience, coupled with excellent communication skills, has provided me with two favorable rulings in my divorce. I could not be more pleased with his work and would not hesitate to retain him in the future.
Read less
Posted by Hank | August 8, 2012
Helped me through tough divorce
Don Bebereia represented me for more than 3 years in a very difficult divorce case. During that time period, he handled the original case through trial and a couple of post judgment matters. The original case involved multiple false allegations brought by my ex wife. Mr. Bebereia expertly handled those matters and the court properly found that the allegations were baseless. I was eventually awarded a significant timeshare with both my kids (more than us men normally get). My kids are now benefiting by having a father who is actively involved in their lives. Mr. Bebereia is a Certified Family Law Specialist. He was well prepared and his presentation was well received by the Judge at every hearing. He knew the law and was able to explain it to me, a non-lawyer in terms that I was able to understand. He was able to apply the facts of my case to the law and to convince the Judge that my position was the correct one. I am thankful for Mr. Bebereia's help and understanding andwould highly recommend him to anyone seeking representation in a family law matter.
Read less
Posted by Karen | August 7, 2012
Awesome representation
Mr. Bebereia represented me in two divorces. One in 1996 and one in 2007. He did an excellent job in both cases. In the first, he helped me win custody of my son. In the second, he was successful in helping me to defeat my ex's claims to my business and home. In both cases he kept me informed of developments and options. When things got heated, he was the voice of calm and reason. He settled those issues that could be settled and litigated only those issues that had to be litigated. His excellent preparation of the cases led to the best results possible. His fees were reasonable . His counseling was invaluable.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2012
Really cares for his c;ients
He reasonably explains the law, your position and what you can really expect. He is very experienced and knowledgeable. He was my advocate for both my position and my pocketbook .. sometimes the solution you want may not really be worth the extra court time and legal fees. He explains what you are up against, what it will cost and perhaps your odds. I decided it was not worth an extra $10,000+ to maybe (maybe not) get an extra day a month – perhaps even losing ground. Other attorneys may encourage additional litigation since it means more billable hours. When you come to your attorney with your list of desires, most of us do not know that there is law that covers most of these items. Don explains these, and helps you understand how to best proceed to get the most that the law or the court will allow. Often neither party really gets to dictate the outcome. An experienced lawyer, like Don, helps you understand what to expect.
Read less
Posted by Doug | August 24, 2010
Don Bebereia TWO THUMBS UP!! Great Attorney
Donald is a great attorney. I have used multiple family law attorneys over the past ten years and Donald is by far the BEST. He understands the law and how judges make decisions. Many attorneys do not. Other attorneys make false promises, overbill, and don't deliver. If your looking for an attorney that is truthfull, straightforward, and able to deliver, then I highly recommend Donald. It’s frustrating when you only get a few minutes to present your case and most judges don’t give a hoot about you or your kid, you want to give up. It’s hard knowing that nobody in the system cares and they all just want to get off the clock and go home all while taking our taxpaying money. What I am saying is Don knows the system, he knows how to navigate the mess, and make the law work for you. The laws are generally good, but the system of implementing them is NOT. That’s when you really need someone who has the skills and know-how to get the right thing done; which is exactly what Donald did for me. He applies the law and presents it correctly to judges and opposing counsel, who then have to work within the law. I was getting shafted on all fronts before I came to Donald. Since Don has been handling my case the law has finally been applied properly, for both parties. I am stating all this because it is the truth and the previous review is way wrong. I give Don two thumbs up.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the worst!
I know this guy from having him handle my divorce, though simple, took three years while a child's life hung in the balance. This guy is heartless. He must have spent all that billable time working for self interests because he was friends with the opposing lawyer and ended up as his partner while I received a piece of paper as a divorce decree, six months after the fact. Even though the judge awarded me property assets without any help from Bebereia, no enforcement documents were obtained by Bebereia. So, in effect, I would have to go back to court, which I did with a different lawyer who may have felt it was late and would prove to be too costly to remedy the situation. For the sake of your health, stay away from this useless poor excuse for a human being, and go through mediation, if possible.
Read less
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Donald P. Bebereia
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Naughton & Bebereia, PLC
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Donald P. Bebereia
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of E. Robert Lemkin
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Donald P. Bebereia
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Hughes and Associates
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Partner
  • Decker & Bebereia
  • 1984 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Law office of Donald P. Bebereia
  • 1978 - 1985
View all work experience


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1978
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975


  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2012
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - 1990
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1985 - 1990
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - 1985
  • Sonoma County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - 1985
  • Southeast Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - 1990
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2005


  • California Appellate Reports
  • In Re Marriage of Johnston
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
Endorse Donald
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Bebereia for 35 years and have had many cases against him. He is an extremely talented attorney who possesses an outstanding knowledge of the law. Mr. Bebereia advocates strongly for his clients at all times, and achieves excellent results for them. He is highly regarded and well-respected in the family law community."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Don and I have had a few cases together. In my observations, Don focuses on what is best for his clients and works cooperatively in trying to reach a fair and reasonable outcome. He is courteous, professional and knowledgeable. Don is a great choice for a family lawyer who puts his clients' best interests first."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is an outstanding Lawyer who I have had the pleasure of knowing for over 35 years . He is a zealous advocate for his clients , and obtains excellent results ."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I went to law school with Don. He's smart and hard working."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Bebereia for more than 20 years. I have always found him to be knowledgeable, pleasant, prepared and reasonable. He "knows his stuff" and treats counsel, litigants and Court staff in a courteous manner. I wish all of my "adversaries" were like Mr. Bebereia."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Bebereia was the opposing attorney on a difficult case where his client's prior attorney had made settlement of the matter impossible, despite the fact that the case did not need to go to trial to get resolved fairly. In the end, I found Mr. Bebereia to be a solid advocate for his client, but reasonable and willing to work to find ways that our clients could work together to resolve their divorce. In the end, we resolved the matter via stipulated judgment, without trial, just as I had hoped. I also found Mr. Bebereia to be professional and highly knowledgeable."
View more endorsements