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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Southern California Rising Stars||Southern California Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top Young Lawyers||Los Angeles Magazine||2014|
|Top Young Lawyers||Orange Coast Magazine||2014|
|Superb Rated Attorney||Avvo||2014|
|Southern California Rising Stars||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|Superb Rated Attorney||Avvo||2013|
|Certified Family Law Specialist||California Board of Legal Specialization||2012|
|Evidence, Contracts, Property, Criminal Procedure||Trinity Scholar Awards||2004|
|Partner||Castle & Monarch||2016 - Present|
|Associate||Castle & Monarch||2006 - Present|
|Associate attorney||Horton Oberrecht Kirkpatrick & Martha||2006 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||Orange County District Attorney Office||2005 - 2005|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Judge Robert D. Monarch||2005 - 2006|
|Legal Intern||Orange County District Attorney Office||2003 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Trinity Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|California Lutheran Univ||Criminal Justice||BS - Bachelor of Science||2003|
Posted by VC
Look no further and hire this attorney for any family law matters. Prior to hiring David, I interviewed two other attorneys for my custody modification that was brought on unexpectedly by my ex. As soon as I interviewed David, I knew I found the attorney I was looking for to represent me in my case. Not only did he make me feel at ease, he also made me feel that I mattered and that he honestly cared about my needs and case. I am so glad I hired him, I was so happy and grateful for the outcome at my hearing (I cried happy tears), plus he also made me feel so reassured, and calmed my nerves, and that is a big plus for me when going through a nerve-racking ordeal! Even though I still need to go to court again in a couple of months, I know David will have the best interest at heart and that I will be in good hands. Please do your self a favor and hire Castle and Monarch, you will not regret it! His office and staff are also very pleasant and comforting to work with, they answer your calls and questions right away, not common at other law firms! The only biggest regret I have is; I wish I would of found Castle and Monarch for my divorce case.
Posted by Jason
Prior to retaining David, I had gone through three attorneys within a three year period. During that time we had several mediations without any resolution, three scheduled trials which were all continued, partial 730 evaluations ordered by my ex and through this all my prior attorneys failed to modify visitation orders with my children. Additionally, my ex was very spiteful, making false allegations and unnecessarily dragging the divorce out. I truly felt like it was never going to be over. A month before what was supposed to be the 4th trial date set, I made a difficult decision to change my attorney yet again. I knew this could potentially be difficult since most attorneys don't want to clean up a mess. During my initial consultation, I was literally brought to tears by the compassion that this Law Firm has for their clients. I was impressed by their knowledge and eagerness to bring this divorce to closure; because they sincerely cared. Although I interviewed other attorneys, I immediately knew I was going to retain their Firm and hired them that day in July 2016. David was extremely comfortable in the court room, knowledgable and always had a backup plan and was always well prepared. To say my divorce and custody battle was high-conflict would be an understatement. At the initial soft-trial in September 2016, he was able to get me more custody time with my kids, this had not been changed in over a year. At the actual trial in November 2016, he successfully was able to bring my divorce and custody to closure. What my prior attorneys couldn't do in 3 years, this man did in less than 4 months. I am so grateful for David and his amazing and hard working staff. I truly owe him everything. Thank you David, you are a true "Hollywood Super Star"!
Posted by JP
David was recommended to me by a family friend, a local and highly respected real estate attorney who knew of David by reputation alone almost 5 years ago. Since then, David has been my hired attorney, and I am so grateful. I cannot regard him more highly.
David has navigated multiple agreements, modifications of support and custody, a 730 evaluation, a move away case, and several council changes from the opposing side on my behalf.
In the time I have been David's client, it's become increasingly clear that David's knowledge of family law and custody court far surpasses the average attorney. Family law is, and has been, his family's business. So not only does he hold information that law school cannot teach, he navigates a courtroom with a steady comfortable confidence. He is tough, prepared, and always one step ahead.
David is also generous with his time, making himself available to communicate with me by phone or email at almost any hour.
Also unlike the the average attorney, and most appreciatively, David is honest, fair and reasonable. He doesn't waste time or money on nonsense proposals that wouldn't be acceptable by a judge, or get caught up in in ego fueled posturing with opposing council on my dime. He has always been clear about what is possible and what to expect, whilst holding my, and my daughter's, best interest as his priority.
Going through any custody dispute is emotionally taxing at best. Through each new challenge David has been everything I would want in an attorney, even providing needed comic relief in the more difficult moments. He has truly gone above and beyond to make the process easier on me and my daughter, and I could not recommend him more highly.
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