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Elizabeth A Nigro

Family Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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About Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Nigro worked for 10 years as a legal secretary at Orange County personal injury and civil litigation law firms, while raising the first two of her three children, to eventually attend Western State University as a “special student.” Tenacity, a passion for the law, and hard work drove her to succeed in becoming an attorney in 1995. Ms. Nigro ‘s compassion for others called her to focus her law practice on family law. She became a Certified Family Law Specialist, by the State Bar of California, in 2011.

Ms. Nigro has a talent for understanding the wants and needs of parties to divorce and child custody proceedings. Whenever possible, she works with the parties and counsel to reach mutually-agreeable resolutions to challenging disputes over child custody, support and property rights. Her expertise includes complex child custody cases, including international child custody cases; high asset and income cases, including concealed asset and income issues.

Ms. Nigro is also an experienced trial attorney, and provides the type of zealous advocacy clients want when there is no other option but to fight for their rights in court.

Ms. Nigro has three children, one grandchild, and 3 dogs. She is an active member of both the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar Associates Family Law Sections, and a member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Nigro is an arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee. Her firm regularly volunteers services for Laura’s House. She enjoys being an amateur psychologist, and cycles and runs marathons in her spare time.


4 Venture, Ste 320
Irvine, CA, 92618

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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elizabeth helped me to take all effective and correct steps which resulted in prompt reconciliation with my wife. Elizabeth helped us to save our marriage of 34 years.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
divorce settlement
Highly motivated! Demonstrably supportive of client! Will fight for what is right! Highly effective legal service @ reasonable cost!
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law attonery
Ms. Nigro is an excellent lawyer. She knows the law and will fight you. She is compassionate, understanding, professional and has the heart of a warrior. She will protect you and your family. I have referred many clients to Ms. Nigro with full confidence they will be taken care of.
Posted by Stella | January 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart, honest & loyal
I consulted Ms. Nigro, and unfortunately due to where I live (I moved out of the state of California where she is licensed) I could not hire her. However, she did give me a free consultation before moving. Thank goodness she did! I was able to know more of my rights!
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help from an Angel
Elizabeth Nigro took on a very complicated and difficult case for me, which was caused in large part by the negligence of my original attorney. I had been under a tremendous amount of emotional and financial stress due to a very one sided judgement. Her very competent legal team attacked my situation very aggressively and uncovered a tremendous amount of overlooked and unknown details to turn the whole judgement around. She is very professional and very thorough and I am already referring potential clients to her. I can't say enough about her and highly recommend her to anyone seeking the highest caliber of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2015
After many years of dealing with issues of divorce, custody, visitation etc, with my former attorneys, I have plenty of experience. Now that I have Liz Nigro as my attorney I know how it is supposed to work. She is trustworthy, compassionate, unbelievably knowledgeable, professional, aggressive and assertive, but without being too overbearing. Truly the perfect combination for someone in this profession. In a short time working together, she got me what I wanted and what was best for my kids. I cannot recommend her enough! She is worth every dollar and then some. Before I used to worry myself to death wondering how everything was going to turn out and now I trust her and because of her I have the confidence I was always searching for. She puts me at ease and no one fights for what is right better than Liz Nigro. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Liz I am so grateful for you!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2014
Everything you want in a divorce lawyer-
After 27 years of marriage, Ms Nigro provided the much-needed direction with my divorce. Her long-term divorce experience was evident throughout the complicated proceedings. She gave me all the pro/cons to each surprise delivered by my ex, a practicing attorney, & his counsel. I had heard horror stories of friends using large expensive firms that never heard from their attorney til court time. I was on a first name basis with her and had access to her staff, direct phone line & voicemail. I always felt that I was getting personal service and that she was doing everything possible to get everything due to me. I highly recommend Elizabeth Nigro to represent anyone during their divorce proceedings.
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Posted by Ali | August 25, 2014
"Brilliant, Awesome, Incredible and Knowledgeable, Attorney with compassion."
After interview five attorneys, I hired Elizabeth for my family matter 4 month ago. I have no knowledge what to do or how to deal with such metter. I am so grateful to have found Attorney Elizabeth Nigro to help me through a difficult divorce. She is amazing, in getting me the justice I deserved. Elizabeth handled my case with extreme professionalism, She is brilliant both in her intellect and strategy. She kept me up-to-date with every action and achieved result. I would recomend any one such a great attorney...
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Posted by Pete | August 20, 2014
Expert International child custody lawyer, would not have been able to find my child if it was not for her
When my child was abducted by her mother out of Indonesia almost 2 years ago, I was at a loss of what to do. I had searched 2 countries and reached out the the US embassy's. The US State Department and the Office of Missing and Exploited Children got involved and helped track my child's passport. Once my child was tracked to California, the State department recommended Mrs. Nigro to help navigate the confusing road of international child custody. Mrs. Nigro stood by my side for almost 2 years while we worked non-stop getting my child returned. She was able to get a warrant and have the Orange county child abduction unit search and find my child in Northern California. Once found, I was accused of domestic violence, they also claimed Indonesia breaks human rights and that our custody agreement registered there was not valid. Mrs. Nigro defended me in all trials and won them all, she also got my attorney fees rewarded. As you would think , the costs to go though something like this is life-changing. It also did not help that the mother used over 8 different lawyers though all of the trials. Towards the end, she worked with me even though the costs were more than I could handle. I believe she did this because she truly believed in me and my daughter. My child was gone for a year and a half and was returned in the beginning of this summer. It has been a magical time being with my child after her being gone so long. I truly believe I would not have my daughter in my life if it was not for the hard work Mrs. Nigro did on my case. Nothing is more valuable than your children, I think she understands that being a mother herself. I can't say enough good things about her and her expert opinion and knowledge that got me though this...
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Posted by David | April 2, 2014
Excellent Family Law Specialist
I had a difficult and complicated case. Ms Nigro was not only knowledgeable, hard working, skilled negotiator,compassionate but was a fighting Tiger when needed to be at the appropriate time. The bottom line result was very favorable and saved me from a very costly outcome. I highly recommend Ms Nigro for the most difficult and complicated cases.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2014
Elizabeth Nigro is a Super Family Law Specialist !!!!!
Elizabeth Nigro is the most intelligent and aggressive attorney I have met during my legal nightmare. Words are so inadequate for all my gratitude. Elizabeth Nigro’s understanding, support and tenacious spirit have made a tragic situation into one of transformation. Remember her name when you need UNSURPASSED really smart family law representation in the southern California area!
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Posted by Sandra | November 11, 2013
An exceptional attorney who demonstrates knowledge, experience, integrity and compassion....
When I needed legal guidance for my divorce, I was blessed to have been recommended to Ms. Nigro. I was so grateful for the clarity she provided in regard to my situation. I felt empowered by the valuable legal advice she provided. Her many years of experience in family law helped give me the perspective I needed to navigate the family law system. I was especially grateful that she was always immediately responsive to my phone calls. My questions and concerns were fully addressed. I felt that she walked side by side with me throughout the entire process. She kept me very well informed at all times. Her legal knowledge and litigation experience was invaluable as my case proceeded to trial. I was so appreciative of the incredible hard work she put forth in preparation for the trial. It was at that time she was the most aggressive in my case, while being personally compassionate. I was utterly pleased with the result of her legal knowledge and strategy. I could not have asked for a better outcome. I have recommended Ms. Nigro to several of my friends and clients. I have personal knowledge that she has achieved similar results for them as well. In addition to her years of experience in the legal field, she demonstrates integrity and compassion to her clients.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2013
Difficult divorce handled well
I had a particularly difficult divorce, in that my ex wife suffers from mental illness. Liz handled the case admirably despite several attorney changes by the other party. In addition to her services as my attorney she put me in touch with an excellent realtor who helped handle our home devaluation and testify to its value. I have no hesitation in reckon ending her services.
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Posted by Mary | December 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Run--don't walk--away from Ms. Liz Nigro
Not only did I lose everything financially--but Ms. Nigro robbed me of my self esteem, my emotional well-being and my dignity. Although I provided evidence my ex had perjured himself in court, Liz refused to use it. She, my ex, and my ex's attorney all ended up with a larger settlement than I. Anything I was awarded, I was unable to collect since I'd have to hire another attorney to do that and I'd lost everything. Worst experience of my life. Years later, I've yet to recover. It does not give me any pleasure to say this but please run, don't walk, away from Ms. Liz Nigro.
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Response from Elizabeth Nigro December 2, 2023
This is a fake review, probably from my competition. Anyone I have represented knows I am a zealous advocate for my clients and many times put their needs before my own. I have an unparalleled skill set which I put to good use for my clients, whether that means putting together a settlement that resolves the case before the community estate is incinerated with attorney fees, or taking the case to trial when there is no other option. I take no prisoners if we go to trial. I also treat my clients with respect, and work hard to help them have hope for a bright future after divorce.
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Posted by James | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ex ended up with way too much
It seems like Liz just gave my ex everything they asked for, and more; she got more than half of our assets; and Liz didn't really understand the financial issues (real estate; defined benefit plan etc). Then Liz wanted me to agree to give her non-modifiable spousal support until she can retire (14 years of payments)! At least I insisted it be modifiable.. but then my big contract is cut 70% and Liz won't even talk to me about getting it changed without a thousand dollars just to meet; even after I've paid her many tens of thousands when I had income; and now I can't afford it! So now with my support and her job, my ex makes more than me and I'm struggling. Thanks for nothing Liz.
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Response from Elizabeth Nigro November 6, 2020
Jim, it is unfortunate that you chose to post a false narrative about my representation of you in your case. I absolutely understood the issues in your case. Under community property laws, your wife was entitled to half of all assets acquired during your marriage. We didn't litigate your case because you chose to negotiate and enter into a stipulated judgment, and you were quite pleased with the resolution at the time. If you think your wife received more than half of your assets, it is perhaps because you forgot you underpaid spousal support for more than a year and had arrearages of more than $100,000 that had accrued. If I recall correctly, her attorney was pursuing you with a contempt citation prior to the settlement. At any rate, I gave you a lengthy free phone consult about seeking a modification of spousal support and you never took any action. I reached out to you to discuss making things right and you never responded. I wish you the best.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner/Attorney
  • 2003 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nigro & Nigro
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dimino & Nigro
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • Western State Univ
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Rosary High School
  • graduate
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • $200,000 fee/sanctions award


  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • CFLS
  • 2011 - Present
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Arbitrator
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2011
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Community Property
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Torts
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Elizabeth
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Attorney Nigro in a very contentious matter. I found her to be highly prepared, focused and professional. It was a challenge and a pleasure to do battle with her. I gladly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I recommend Elizabeth Nigro for any family law matter. She has the education, experience, and personality to handle the most complex and sensitive issues in your case. For the last seven years, I've personally witnessed clients seek her help with overwhelming problems. She really cares about her clients. Nobody does a better job at negotiating a settlement, or taking a case to trial. If you have legal problems over child custody, support, divorce, domestic violence, complex property division, or even international/interstate legal conflicts, you need to contact Ms. Nigro."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Liz Nigro. I have had the pleasure of working with Liz on cases in the past and found her to be communicative and dedicated in her client advocacy and her professional demeanor is second to none. I hope to work with Liz again in the future."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had more than one case with Liz Nigro. The first case we had was several years ago. I recall her being quite aggressive and yet still very professional. She did a good job for her client. I am currently in trial with Liz. She is an excellent trial lawyer. She does not waste time. She gets right to the point. That is important as it saves money for her client. She tried to settle our case as any ethical lawyer should do. When our client's would not agree to settle she promptly proceeded to try the case. She is aggressive and at the same time very professional. I would heartily recommend the services of Ms. Nigro to anybody who wants personal attention and needs a strong lawyer who will not back down."