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Jessica Byulnim Cha

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Jessica B. Cha, Jessica Cha

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  • State Years
    California - CA 17 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 16 years
    Maryland - MD 17 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2007
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jessica

Learn Jessica’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Comprehensive legal services relating to divorce and separation.

  2. Child custody
    Establish or modify child custody orders

  3. Child support
    Establish or modify child support

  4. International law
    International Abductions


Attorney Jessica B. Cha is a Certified Family Law Specialist as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Jessica is an associate at the firm.

Jessica is an experienced family law litigator. She represents clients in prejudgment and post judgment dissolution of marriage cases including those that involve child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and division of assets and debts. Jessica also handles parentage matters.

Jessica's family law practice also includes representing clients whose children were abducted to and from the United States and another count by their spouse or partner. She has knowledge of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and has traveled abroad to advocate in front of foreign judiciaries and officials.

Jessica's personal dissolution of marriage gives her a unique sensitivity to what her clients are going through. She takes the time to tailor her approach and strategy based on the unique needs and goals of each client. She uses that experience to become a better family law attorney for the firm's clients.

Jessica received her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of California San Diego.

After living in Washington, DC and working for the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Jessica returned to California and quickly found her niche in family law.

Jessica received numerous accolades for her work including:

Super Lawyers Rising Star,
10 Best Attorneys - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys,
"Superb" rating on Avvo,
Top Verdict (Top 50 in CA 2015), and
Lawyers of Distinction for Family & Divorce.
Jessica was included in Los Angeles Magazine's list of Top Women Attorneys in 2018 and 2019.

Jessica is actively involved in the legal community as well as a variety of community-based organizations. She is also the current Treasurer of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.

Jessica speaks conversational Korean.

When she is not vigorously representing clients, Jessica enjoys playing with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

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Law Offices of J.Cha & Associates
1245 Cabrillo Park Drive
Santa Ana, CA, 92701


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have been working with Ms. Cha for a long time. She has helped me through the most difficult times of my life post divorce. Nothing about my situation has been clear cut due to ongoing issues with my ex. However, Jessica has taken the time to go above what I ever expected in order for me to have my children in the most safe and comfortable upbringing that they deserve. If you want an attorney who listens, is straight-forward regardless of what you may WANT to hear, and can do the leg-work for a fair outcome, Jessica Cha is the attorney for you. I am so grateful that I put my family in her hands.
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Posted by John | January 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great result! Patient, knowledgeable, experienced.
Hired Jessica to help resolve a rather annoying child support case. As the NCP trying to establish a relationship with my daughter for the past several years, Jessica helped bring about a fair and equitable resolution and was well-prepared before the hearing. She is thorough and takes the time to explain in plain language every potential outcome. What I appreciate most about Jessica is her honesty and frankness. When you hire a lawyer, you don't want to get the "runaround." With Jessica, you'll have trustworthy counsel by your side. What more can you ask for?
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service, extremely knowledgable and trustworthy!
I have reached out to Jessica Cha several times and she is my go to attorney for all my legal matters. Ms. Cha is always helpful and quick on the phone and has made the legal process as painless as possible. She is realistic and lets you know upfront what to expect and will do her best to get you the best possible outcome. She is a great communicator and explains things in a clear and simple manner. She offers competitive rates and has made special arrangements to meet me after hours in an urgent matter. It is difficult to find such a flexible, efficient and accommodating attorney. I would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Jess | November 6, 2014
Amazing Attorney Period!
Jessica was Great! she was very informative,truthful, and responsive. She saved me a ton of money and can truly say she made the divorce process much easier. I recommend her to anyone that is going through a divorce. She answered my calls, and returned them in a timely manner. Very professional and efficient. Thank you Jessica!
Posted by Scott | August 22, 2012
Professional and Recommended
Jessica is a very professional lawyer with great knowledge and expertise. I would recommend her for any bankruptcy issues to assist referrals - family and friends.
Posted by Shaun | August 22, 2012
Bankruptcy is ugly till someone (A Good Attorney)explains it to you
I found Jessica through my OCLeTip group and she is a great fit for my O.C. Real Estate Investor group. We approach homeowners in Foreclosure and try to assist them transition to a better place than when we found them. Lots of them have BK questions and general inquiries for what happens after the Short Sale of their home. Jessica is stepping up and ready to answer their questions and is vital to our team. We are very lucky to have access to Jessica and her team. We look forward to helping lots of homeowners now.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2012
Detail-oriented contract review.
Jessica provided clear and direct guidance for me during my employment contract dispute. I found her feedback to be honest and unfiltered and her dealings with opposing counsel was forceful, yet professional. This is an easy recommendation.
Posted by Richard | September 28, 2011
Family Custody
Please if you are a single father use Jessica Cha . Jessica is by far the best lawyer I have ever encountered. Mrs.Jessica Cha of Santa Ana on the day of my court date came so prepared to represent me- me that all my fears were put to rest the minute she began to explain to me our plan of attack. Jessica is a very impressive, knowledgeable and aggressive attorney, she returns calls and explains things to a point where anyone can understand. Top notch help, and I would not take my sensitive legal issues to anyone but her. Mrs. Cha was very honest and open about the costs, how her billing system works, the entire court process, along with basic time lines and checkpoints that the judges require along the way. This gave me the assurance that nothing was being put on hold because my attorney was "doing nothing". In fact, on many occasions when new information which required immediate communication with the opposing counsel arose, Mrs. Cha was dictating the letter as we spoke on the phone, and delivering the letter that same day. Mrs. Cha was also extremely accurate in assessing how the judge would rule, what she would dismiss, and what the final settlement would be. I felt Mrs Cha was always professional, and very candid about what may possibly not go in my favor. Jessica was honorable in every way towards me, and I would gladly retain her services again if needed.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 525-525 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of J.Cha & Associates
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pinkham & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Managing Partner
  • Cha & Gonzalez, PC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD
  • 2005
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Barr v. Lonika's Home, Inc.
  • $10.2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Pernudi vs. Rose Hills Memorial Park
  • Confidential Settlement


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Vice Chair - Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2018
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Assembly
  • Delegate
  • 2012 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Member - Family & Divorce
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Verdicts
  • Top Verdict
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Keyworker
  • Combined Federal Campaign
  • 2010
  • Quarter Finalist
  • Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition
  • 2005
  • Regional Semi-Finalist
  • Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
  • Special Service Award
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Presentations
  • Crimes and How They Can Affect You
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (11)
Endorse Jessica
Child custody Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Jessica Cha. She provides very professional and passionate services to her clients. She will fight for your case to get you the best possible result. She is someone you can trust to really advocate on your behalf."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and all the work she does to get the best results for clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica has an ideal combination of prime advocacy and litigation skills and a deep knowledge and experience in the area of family law. I know this opinion is shared by many as she is also a very well respected member of the legal community. I would not hesitate referring a client or colleague in need of advice and representation in her practice area."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Other
"Jessica is knowledgeable and very driven to help her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hands down the most knowledgeable family law attorney I know. Persuasive advocate & effective negotiator. Trustworthy & reliable. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessica is personable and knows her stuff. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent and hard working."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with Jessica Cha and her credentials. I endorse this attorney."
General practice Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I attended law school with Jessica and can vouch for her honesty, integrity, and work ethic. I have also had the opportunity to follow along with Jessica's success in her practice. There was never any doubt that Jessica would attain such success. Even though I am across the country, I would have no hesitation in referring matters to Jessica. And while the opportunity does not arise often, I have had the opportunity to referral a client to Jessica. As far as I am concerned she is my Orange County legal contact."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica is amazing, talented, and everything you want in a lawyer. We are currently working together on a huge case against Rose Hills, and she is the real deal! She is a force, but so graceful in her approach. Great lawyer!! One of our best!!!"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jessica understands bankruptcy law and can cost effectively handle a Chapter 7 through discharge. I have never had an unsatisfied client as a result of making a referral to Ms. Cha."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cha is a fellow lawyer in the community and someone I have come to know over the past few months. I recommend persons needing assitance or consultation on bankruptcy matters contact Ms. Cha."
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