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Joan Elizabeth Loos

Family Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

3.5   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joan

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Ms. Loos is one of the founding partners of Strunk | Loos, APC. Ms. Loos was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. Ms. Loos graduated from University of the Pacific with a degree in entertainment management (B.A. 1988) and obtained her law degree from Whittier Law School summa cum laude (J.D. 2006). Before beginning law school in 2004, Ms. Loos worked in the entertainment industry for several years and then for Orange County Superior Court where she worked predominantly in the family law division as a courtroom clerk.

Ms. Loos was admitted to the California Bar in 2006. Ms. Loos has worked exclusively in family law taking every opportunity to hone her craft as a family law attorney and litigator. Ms. Loos pursued and earned her designation as a Certified Family Law Specialist from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in 2013. Also, in 2013, Ms. Loos attended the prestigious American Bar Association's Family Law Section, Trial Advocacy Institute in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Loos has experience litigating and settling various family law issues ranging from highly contentious custody matters and high net worth estates to the unique niche issues that arise in enforcement cases and jurisdiction cases. Ms. Loos is well-known in the family law community as a strong advocate when necessary and a reasonable and practical negotiator. Ms. Loos employs a cost-benefit approach to her cases to counterbalance the sometimes emotionally charged circumstances of family law matters.

In 2015, after serving several years as a Member At Large, Ms. Loos was elected by her peers to fill the role of the 2016 Secretary/Treasurer for the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association. In 2017, Ms. Loos elevated to the role of Chair Elect. In 2018, Ms. Loos’ experience on the on the Board of the Family Law Section culminated with her lead role as the Section Chair. As the Section Chair, Ms. Loos was responsible for the educational programs, renovating and updating the attorney conference room at the Lamoreaux Justice Center, fund raising for the Section and acting as a liaison between the bench and the bar.

Ms. Loos currently sits on the Board of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.

Ms. Loos was designated as a “Super Lawyer” by her peers for 2020.

Location

Strunk | Loos, APC
1301 Dove Street, Suite 820
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by DE | November 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer & firm for all family law matters!
I highly recommend Joan and her team for any and all family law matters, particularly complex or difficult ones. Joan has a thorough and deep understanding of the law and explains things in a way that is easy to comprehend. She diligently takes the time to listen to and understand your concerns and guides you to the path best for your situation based on experience and realistic expectations. Joan is an honest, hardworking attorney who maintains a high level of integrity in everything she does, even when the other side does not. The associate attorneys and paralegals that worked on my case were all knowledgeable, professional, and kind. Everyone provided updates and answers to my questions as promptly and thoroughly as possible. As different issues arose throughout my case, Joan and her team were responsive, explained the implications of everything, and made sure I fully understood the various options and paths forward available, including the cost-benefit of each. I am grateful to have had such a great team to help me navigate this process.
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Posted by Dana | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Team
I had initially gone the self help route in my divorce to try and save money and really wish that I would have just reached out to Joan in the beginning instead, it would have saved me so much money and grief in the long run! By the time Joan took me on as a Client I was at my wit’s end dealing with my ex and the relief I felt working with her and her team was immediate. Joan’s guidance and counseling were invaluable and ultimately the outcome of my case was better than I could have ever hoped for. Additionally, Joan is very professional, personable and easy to work with. I totally would recommend her and will absolutely be using her again if necessary.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Impressive
Ms. Loos clearly knows her stuff! A very responsive and helpful attorney. I would recommend her to anyone that needs help with anything related to divorce, domestic abuse, child custody, domestic partnerships, etc.
Posted by Norgene | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Legal Services
Joan and her firm are responsive, professional and very accommodating. As things changed overtime taking my divorce in a different direction they were understanding and made me aware at all times the various consequences of my choices and informing me of all legalities thoroughly. I highly recommend Joan Loos and Eleanor Stegmeier for anyone requiring information and consultation regarding a divorce. Should you make the choice to utilize their full services you will be very satisfied and glad you did.
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Posted by Bill | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Joan , and her team were excellent.
Joan explained the task ahead. What my chances were. And asked what I wanted. She worked very hard to give me the results I wanted. She gave just what I asked for. Freeing me from worry that my retirement would be compromised.
Posted by Lori | June 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I highly recommend Joan Loos to anyone in need of a professional, ethical, and solid attorney. She is fair, honest, diligent, kind, smart, and experienced. A friend recommended her to me because they too had an excellent experience working with Joan and other attorney's at the firm. She exceeded my expectations.
Posted by John | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm a Father that owes everything to Joan
I owe it Joan and her team. I had all the cards stacked up against me before meeting Joan. I was facing Domestic Violence accusations, large request for child support, attempted move away from my ex. and little to no visitations with my 10 month old son. Long story short Joan knew what to do, and when to do it. She gave me several options and the costs to get them done before making her approach. In court Joan made the opposing attorney with over 40 years experience look like complete stumbling rookie. Getting my charges denied was a long shot but Joan and her team did it by over preparing and over delivering on every court hearing. I would recommend her to anyone in a nasty, terrible, legal battle. I needed a attorney with pure skills and professional experience and Joan delivered.
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Posted by K. | July 20, 2010
Fantastic Attorney
Joan is a great attorney! I found her to be extremely knowledgeable and had the experience necessary to address any issue that came up. She knows the family law system inside and out. The other reviewer does not know what he's talking about - probably just bitter. I have seen enough of Joan's lawyering to know she's passionate, ethical and competent in her representation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike you were spot on
This woman always comes up with her own narrative and either throws it out there or writes it into evidence making you look like a fool. She does not care about your child. Only about her pocketbook. I'm going to have to be paying her until I'm a senior citizen, she has messed me up royally with her "payment plan". My parents had to remortgage they're house and she doesn't even care. I got her from the old law firm, she was the only one available. Now I know why. She is an angry, wreckless, embarrassing nightmare who has utterly destroyed my life and dug me deep into a hole. She coached me to do things I regret. And when I got caught, the only one that suffered was me and my kid. Now my kid is stuck with a monster.
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Posted by Mike | August 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never again!
I was encouraged to use Joan and later regretted it! I wanted to use another attorney from the firm but she was available ( Now I know why!) She is not up to the task! I have witnessed first hand how incompetent she is in the Courtroom. Ask for references for someone that was happy with their Lawyer, not anything else or you too will regret using her like I do.
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Posted by john | August 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
If you care and love your child, do not use her or this firm "the star" rating she received is from peers and ill deserved
She will not advocate for you in court, this was proven when the judge stated "the court does not hold people to contractual agreements" where most attorneys of worth would have argued this regardless of the fact that its' family court and judges have discretion any attorney who cared about their client would have risked sanctions before allowing such a misplace of justice to occur. Furthermore because of her inability to properly advice me on my child receiving an EPO, my child ended up and to this day still continues to suffer because of her inability to properly deduce outcomes. She also has a tendency to create her own narrative as it pertains to your case, she has in multiple occasions written into evidence what she "felt" was best fully ignoring the client and not actually communicating any type of legal strategy. Furthermore because she was a clerk as others have pointed she focuses on what she feels is experience and will on her own volition and cannot and will not look at at each situation as unique and is either incapable or ignorant or both and can't see outside of the box. This combined with her absurd fee that for her schooling is not warranted, makes her an over priced liability, and most of the work she did for me, I could have done on my own as none of what she did could be considered as "counseling". The most damning element here is that as a person originally I felt heard, I felt that my son was going to get the representation/protection he needed to be in a loving and safe environment, none of Joan's actions lead to that being the case, all it lead to is me ending up worse than I was before and with an incurred debt of over 15k, and I am not rich by any means of the imagination. The sad part here is that I got to a point with her that I was so afraid to contact her because she charges you even if you just send a friendly email to say hi. I cannot iterate this enough, for the sake of whatever you hold true to your heart, never use her, her firm, or anyone that she refers you to, everything she advised was wrong and in the end, "she dropped me" after I called her out on her ineptitude and her firms ability to bill me at will, but not be able to reply to an email or a text message requesting help, and please understand I begged this counselor for help on my knees in tears and in return I got nothing. Again for the sake of everything you love, do not use her, her firm, or anyone she is associated with.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2011
Never Again!
If I had it to do over again I'd represent myself. I know I'd have a fool for a client but that's better than being an idiot! If she spent as much time working on my case as she did preping my billing statements I'd have been a winner! She was a clerk for a Judge before becoming a Lawyer. She believes she knows it all but has little to no respect from her peers. If you ask around before retaining her you'll understand what I'm saying. As far as the rest of the Law firm goes, they aren't any better. S & G is just riding a respected past.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2010
Not a Good Choice
I was referred to Saul Gelbart of Stegmeier and Gelbart LLC by a respected family law firm in the South Bay. After a brief meeting with Saul Gelbart, I was assigned a junior attorney at the same firm, Joan Loos. I work with attorneys all the time in my regular job. I am used to getting very good service from these attorneys, both in-house counsel and outside counsel. This is also my first experience with divorce law. I had so many problems with Joan Loos, they are too numerous to list here. Just avoid her. Since she is a junior attorney and not the one that convinced me to use her, I place the responsibility of my dissatisfaction with the partner that signed me up. The bottom line here is that I paid over $10,000 for my divorce which was uncontested, had no hearings, meetings or formal discovery and I made a huge mistake choosing Stegmeir and Gelbart, especially agreeing to be represented by Joan Loos.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney
  • Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Univ of the Pacific
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Lavender Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute - Houston
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Suma Cum Laude
  • Whittier College School of Law
  • 2006
  • Merit Scholorship
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • N/A
  • Dean's List
  • Whittier Law School
  • N/A

Publications

  • Orange Coast Magazine
  • Joan E. Loos - The Journey from Court Clerk to Partner
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (21)
Endorse Joan
Family Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the pleasure of sitting on the OCBA family law committee with Joan. I respect her and endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have referred many cases to Ms. Loos and I have seen her in action. She understands when a case should be resolved by way of settlement and when and how to take a case to trial. She is a smart and effective advocate for her her clients. I especially admire her ability to stay calm when those around her have lost their way."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Newport Beach Family Lawyer Joan Elizabeth Loos
Joan Elizabeth Loos
Family Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 17 years