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About me

I am an avid sportman.  My hobbies include cycling, golf, crossfit and travel.  I have been a private pilot for 5 years.  This allows me the ability to handle cases throughout California. 

I am a member of many legal organizations whose primary purpose is to better serve the community in which we all live. 


Languages spoken: Thai, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    18 years
  2. Family: 20%
    18 years
  3. Child Custody: 15%
    18 years
  4. Immigration: 10%
  5. Domestic Violence: 5%
    18 years



Hourly ($250-400/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

4675 MacArthur Court
Suite 700
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Honarary ChairmanBusiness Advisory Council2009
O.C's Most Talked-About LawyersOrange Coast Magazine2008
Certified Legal Specialist, Family LawState Bar of California, Board of Specialization2008
Honorary ChairmanBusiness Advisory Council2008
Premier Attorney's of Orange CountyOrange Coast Magai2007
National Leadership AwardThe National Republican Congressional Committee2006
The Best Lawyers of 2006Orange Coast Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPaul Nelson & Associates2011 - Present
Managing PartnerNelson Hittelman, LLP2010 - Present
Founding PartnerPaul J. Nelson & Associates1998 - Present
Judge pro temSuperior Courts of Orange County2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar FoundationFellow2009 - Present
ProvisorsMember2009 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2007 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1999 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Business Valuation / Spousal SupportOur client was awarded nearly $3 Million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Fox NewsBritney Spears Not Concerned With Child Abuse Charges2010
Orange Coast MagazineO. C's Most Talked-About Lawyers2008
Orange Coast MagazinePremier Attorneys of Orange County2007
Orange Coast MagazineThe Best Lawyers of 20062006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State Bar of California, Board of SpecializationFamily LawCertified Legal Specialist, Family Law2008
Supreme Court of the State of CaliforniaJDAttorney and Counselor at Law1998
University of West Los AngelesN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of UtahPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Introduction to Family LawFamily Law 1012012
Straight Talk Money Radio ShowFinancial Pitfalls to avoid during a Divorce2011
Pacific ClubLegal Developments in Family Law2010
Newport Irvine ProvisorsNew Developments in Family Law2010