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Denise Arlene Furubotten

Family Attorney at Huntington Beach, CA

4.5   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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I am dedicated to solving problems for clients in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  I take a creative approach to each case based on the facts and unique needs of each client.  I am a strong negotiator and am well repected by the courts and colleagues alike.  I make every effort to solve problems for clients before involving the courts in order to reduce the costs of litigation.  When court is necessary I perform well in the courtroom and under pressure.  I provide my clients with an honest assessment of their case, even if that means telling them something that they may not want to hear.  I am accustomed to delivering successful results for my clients.

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Furubotten Law, APC
17011 Beach Blvd., Ste. 900
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647
Furubotten Law, APC
41593 Winchester Rd., Ste. 200
Temecula, CA, 92590
Furubotten Law, APC
3780 Kilroy Airport Way, Ste. 200
Long Beach, CA, 90806
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Posted by Sandra | August 7, 2014
Great experience
Denise's guidance through the complexities of marriage dissolution and child custody issues was incredible. She was sensitive, creative and tenacious in her pursuit of resolution to a long and vicious divorce proceeding.
Posted by Doreen | June 12, 2015
I'm a Happy, Happy Client
I was referred to Denise Furubotten by a friend as I did not know any good Family Law attorneys in California. I went to meet her at the Huntington Beach office. The office was very professional, the staff was courteous and it was easy to find. Within minutes of discussing our situation, it was evident that I was in the right place. Their experience with Family Law is unparalleled. They were able to assess our situation, design a plan to follow and immediately support us in executing that plan. I felt very protected and confident that Denise was going to turn my unfortunate situation into something positive :) I would give Denise Furubotten my highest recommendation!!
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Posted by David | November 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best possible lawyer you could find!
I can't say enough about the services offered by Denise! She handled my child custody case with all that one would expect: grace in dealing with opposing counsel and the court, aggression when it came time to meet deadlines and push for what I was asking for, experience when it came to tough questions and recommendations, and the most respectful communication between me and my family. Denise utilized her expertise to push for the things I needed and knew exactly how to navigate the court. I attempted to file the paperwork on my own and I stepped in it big time as a result! However, Denise and her legal team knew exactly what to do to rectify my mistakes and constantly had my back up until the trial. At points, the court did not swing our way, but Denise talked me through the entire process, easing all my worry and anxiety and rationalized even the most difficult decisions so that we got the best possible outcome. Even during the trial, which was highly nerve racking, Denise coached me on how to navigate questions comfortably and with ease. I loved Denise and her team and couldn't thank them enough throughout the process. I highly HIGHLY recommend talking with Denise and her team from not knowing what to do from the outset to trusting her completely to handle your case the way you'd like it to be handled. Denise, you're such a phenomenal lawyer! My family and I thank you tremendously for walking us through this insanely difficult process! -The Turpins
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Posted by J.Patterson | September 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Lawyer you want on YOUR side.
Denise took great care of my wife and I. Her paper was extremely thorough and concise. She would always responsed quickly and was very helpful. I would definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
After hiring Denise. She was quick to get paperwork done. Appered in court to try and handle my current battle. She is very nice and friendly.
Posted by Dusty | July 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Worth every penny, and more!
I will never forget how Denise fought for me through my custody case. She’s an absolute gem of an attorney. I don’t know any other way to say it. She was a total badass in the courtroom too! I was truly concerned about my ex’s ability to be extremely good at fabricating lies throughout our trial but Denise is a Jedi master at combating the opposing counsel. That professional liar never stood a chance with her at the helm. She took them down at every turn. I felt such a sense of relief after I saw her do her job with such poise & effortless professionalism. I was blown away. She’s that good. And it always hurts a little less spending $100’s of $1,000’s of dollars for a service, when you KNOW you’re getting top tier quality performance. Nobody ever wants to end up needing an attorney but if you do, you won’t be sorry you hired Denise. I’d put my money on her every time. She’s experienced, incredibly knowledgeable, caring & honest. It’s a testament to her character to hear someone say they will genuinely miss her after going through one of the most grueling hellish life experiences they’ve ever faced with her. She exceeded every expectation I had then some. I would highly recommend the Furubotten Law firm!
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Posted by Jason | June 29, 2022
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Very thorough legal expertise
I found Furubotten law team through the employees assistance program at my place of work. I contacted them and hired them. Denise is very thorough and provided valuable insight on issues that I had not understood.
Posted by Nina | June 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Communicative, proactive, and listens to me
Ms. Furubotten has been a great asset in my divorce case. She has always clearly explained to me next steps, info needed from me, hearing dates/times, possible outcomes and general information about the laws related to my case. She has respected my wishes on how I wanted to handle certain aspects of my case, sometimes against her advice, and has worked with me to direct the case management. She listens to me and understands my viewpoints. She is non-judgemental and has worked diligently to get the best outcome for my case. Her years of experience have been a great help in that she has been able to anticipate next steps by opposing council and we have been able to respond quickly or proactively file necessary paperwork. She is empathetic yet can be tough and strong when needed. I'm glad to have her in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Straight Shooter with Upfront Pricing.
Denise Furubotten has been practicing family law for 26 years and is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. She takes into account whether a decision/motion is worth the clients’ funds and is straight forward about it. So far I’m pleased with how my case is going.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hang in there - she's worth it!
1 review 5.0 star rating 10/10/2016 Very pleased with Denise and Access Legal Group. She's abrupt and a no BS attorney, because her focus is on your case. She is clearly focused on the final outcome, not holding your hand and telling you it's going to be OK. Skilled legal counsel is costly, and while I wish it had cost me less than it did, I got what I paid for. I have been a client for almost 4 years now (which is the fault of the system, not Access Legal), and there were times when I felt defeated, like I was shoveling money out with no progress, frustrated at what Denise was telling me to do, as I, in my infinite legal wisdom was sure was counter-productive, but now after my case is concluded, I can see the wisdom in every step we took. She was careful not to waste my money on fruitless tasks, and focused her actions on what would move my case forward in the most positive and fruitful way.
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Posted by Ned | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise and I worked on a multi-state divorce wherein the other side was trying to take everything from the husband. While working with Denise I quickly found out she was very smart and cared about her clients. She out lawyered the other side and won the case. Wife who wanted everything go nothing. Denise is TOUGH and VERY SMART.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2014
Trustworthy professional, excellent outcome
Denise guided me through a messy divorce process with clarity and wisdom. At times when emotion threatened to unseat me, she helped me stay out of my own way. Denise has a keen sense of what makes folks tick, and this perception was vital in negotiating my divorce and custody case. The outcome of my case was very favorable to me, and given the circumstances I could not be happier. I have since returned to Denise to create a will and power of attorney documents, and recommend her to friends and family members in need without hesitation. Having Denise on my side has given me great peace of mind.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2012
Great lawyer. Down to earth and straightforward.
I had some complicated issues in my case. Denise was able to help me understand when I should fight about something and when I needed to compromise. She didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but I knew she was being honest with me. Her honesty saved me a lot of money and time. Would definitely use her for any issues in the future.
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Posted by Stan | July 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would never Recommend Denise Furubotten of Access Legal Group. I hired her for my divorce and it was the worst experience of my entire life. I went through over 70,000 dollars and she quit on me when I needed her the most . She was very rude any time I questioned her on anything and whenever I asked her for invoices detailing what she was billing me for she would threaten to quit . She has my money held in her trust account and was ordered to release it by June 10th, 2016 and I have yet to see a penny of that money even though she has been paid in full for any services she performed in regards to my case. Run as far away as you can from her and Access Legal Group.
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Response from Denise Furubotten July 14, 2016
We don't like it when a client is unhappy with our services and we do everything in our power to make our clients happy. Unfortunately there are times when we can no longer continue to represent certain clients. Attorneys cannot comment about the specifics of a particular client even when a client chooses to post false information about the attorney. I therefore cannot comment on the specific issues with this particular client. What I can say is that we have a long standing policy of using written retainer agreements with every client we represent. These written agreements set forth the obligations of both the attorney and the client. The agreements set forth all details of our billing, representation and termination of our representation. We bill all of our clients monthly and provide invoices to all clients. This is something that is part of our written agreement with all clients. We don't threaten to quit on clients who want detailed invoices. They are entitled to detailed invoices because we have included that right as part of our written agreement with all clients. Concerning money held in trust for any of our clients, we handle all funds pursuant to our written agreements with our clients. In my 20 years of practice I have never been "ordered" by a court to release funds to a client. Clients don't need orders because we follow our written agreements and disperse any funds according to the written agreement with the client. It is often the unfortunate circumstance that some clients do not want to follow the written agreements we have with them. In a situation where the decision is made to stop representing a particular client, the client is always given warning about the particular issues causing problems with continued representation and always offered a chance to resolve those issues directly with our firm. When the issues cannot be resolved and we can no longer act in the best interest of the client, we are ethically required to withdraw from further representation. We do not take those decisions lightly and we do our best to avoid such decisions. In the circumstance where we must withdraw from representation it is not uncommon for the disgruntled client to make demands to our firm that is contrary to our written agreement with the client. Even in that circumstance it is our policy to remind the client of the terms of our written agreement. Attorneys are governed by the State Bar of California and the Business and Professions Code. A disgruntled client may choose to make false claims against me or my firm but my spotless record with the State Bar after 20 years of service to the public speaks for itself and I will let those clients who have given positive reviews of my dedicated and skilled service speak for me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2014
Worst Experience
I retained her for a simple divorce case. She made it look complex and charged me lot of money for documentation which was not required in my case and kept me uninformed on what she was working on my case. I only came to know about it only when she sent me a huge bill. Her documentation was not useful in any way in the case. She was impolite, abusive and used foul language while discussions. I would never recommend her services to anyone.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President and Senior Partner
  • Access Legal Group, A PLC
  • 1996 - Present


  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Family Law Contested Jurisdiction
  • I was successful in having the California case dismissed against my client and obtained a financial sanctions award against the wife for filing in California.
  • Confidential Divorce Client
  • I was successful in having all of the real property assets awarded to my client and the spousal support was less than one half of what is should have been.
  • Marriage of Confidential Client
  • My client was awarded custody of his 1 year old son.


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Wills and Trusts Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Eastern District California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1996


  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Effectively Managing A Solo Practice
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce and Christians
  • Family Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a family law attorney and one who opposed Ms. Furubotten in a matter, I can say with authority that Ms. Furubotten is extremely talented, prepared, thorough, knowledgeable, and a fierce advocate for her clients--a rare combination. I would personally use her as my attorney."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is thorough, diligent, honest and fair. Although she is a tough litigator, her word is her bond."
Divorce and separation

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Huntington Beach Family Lawyer Denise Arlene Furubotten
Denise Arlene Furubotten
Family Attorney
Huntington Beach, CA
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available