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Lisa Sterling Arnquist

Family Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

4.2   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Adoption, Criminal Law

    35 years

  2. Criminal defense

    35 years

Looking forward to assisting you with all of your family law needs!  I've been practicing family law and criminal defense for over 25 years.  Even though the issues involved in Family law and criminal defense can be heart wrenching and very emotional, I've found true joy in assisting others going through this stressful and sometimes frightening time in their lives.  To me, families are up there with the most important parts of life, the family unit is so precious.  I strive to unite the strained hearts of the parties, especially when there are children involved, and assist them in realizing that the destination is healing, whether it be a successul co-parenting routine while residing in two separate homes, financial restoration of assets and division of debts or personal freedom, happiness and safety.

I am ferociously protective of my clients and everyone who walks through our office door becomes a part of our extended family.  I will give you honest  and trustworthy advice and know how to help you acheive the goals while staying within your budget.


Lisa Sterling Arnquist
2700 N Main St Ste 335
Santa Ana, CA, 92705
Lisa Sterling Arnquist
1651 E 4th St Ste 232
Santa Ana, CA, 92701
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Posted by Apryl | October 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa is an excellent lawyer!
Lisa is an incredible lawyer! She cares about you on a deeper level than just lawyer to client. Her compassion to both parties makes you see things in a different light where you know she is guiding you fairly and in the right direction. Her level of integrity makes you feel calm and ease in your cases with her. Lisa has been my lawyer for almost 10years now on several of my projects and I can’t thank her enough. If it wasn’t for her help my family wouldn’t be where we are today. If you need a trusted lawyer Lisa is who you need! Thanks Lisa!
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Posted by Taylor | September 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The only Lawyer you'll ever need!
I do not usually go out of my way to write reviews but I felt specifically inclined to leave a few words because of how amazing Lisa is. She helped me over what was almost a 2 year custody case (because the court system is so slow) and kept me optimistic the whole time. Ultimately, the judgment was in our favor. Lisa is kind, caring, and always encouraging. Her demeanor helped me stay cool during what was a very stressful time in my life. I appreciate everything she did for me and my family and cannot thank her enough. I have and will continue to recommend her to anybody that asks me for an attorney recommendation.
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Posted by Bill | June 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa is a legal angel
I don't know where I would be without Lisa's help. She just cuts through the legal mumbo-jumbo and red-tape to help me get what I need: peace of mind, the end to a terrible divorce ordeal, and children that are given the best chance at success.
Posted by Margaret | November 25, 2014
Best Family Law Attorney in Orange County
I had been been through four attorneys prior to the dissolution of my marriage of almost 20 years. My last attorney who helped me with the final divorce agreement did a good job, however, my ex-husband stopped paying alimony and for our childrens' college as he agreed. Lisa is experienced, knowledgable, thorough, and she is always prepared. We won in Court . Lisa has a unique ability to avoid all the drama and dishonest maneuvers that many attorneys tend to participate in. The opposing council was especially difficult and contentious. As my attorney, Lisa was able to override the childish antics and inappropriate behavior the opposing council spewed our way. It seems family law can be a brutal undertaking and I am so grateful I had Lisa who presented in court with a smooth, balanced, composed disposition. I highly recommend Lisa for any family law issue
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Posted by Jamie | August 9, 2013
Excellent experience!
Extremely knowledgeable and professional. Put my children' s best interests first. Wonderful and stress free experience. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2012
Highly Recommended
Lisa helped me to resolve a troubling legal matter. After the initial phone consultation, following up with a couple of office visits, she resolved the matter quickly. It was a big relief as if the heavy weight was lift off my shoulder. Lisa is very professional and courteous. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2012
Thank you Lisa
I would highly recommend Lisa Sterling Arnquist to anyone needing legal representation. She helped to me resolve a difficult contract dispute case. Her strong foundation of the law, insight, guidance and genuine concern are invaluable. She was always available when I needed her; via phone, email, or text.
Posted by A FENG SHUI CONSULTANT | November 3, 2010
capable and quick
very nice person, very capable in her profession. very good advice given to me after she heard my entire story on the phone. Her decisions prove to be trustworthy. Her actions get results.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most dissatisfied...
I came to Lisa for assistance in organizing and possibly attending court to represent me in a simple request for order hearing. I consulted with her initially by telephone and I should have elected to retain another attorney after half of the consultation was spent hearing about her and her family vs her learning more about me and my family and how she could best help the entire consultation. I did retain Lisa though because I was naiive and believed her when she said she has a heart for this work and would do all that she could to assist me. I paid $2500 for her to only help me with paperwork!!! She did not file a single thing on my behalf- I submitted everything. She did not write a single document on her own- she simply edited court documents that I had started and gave me advice. She billed me for every email and phone call even though many of them were only necessary because she did not take the time to read the timelines and summaries that I had prepared to save any attorney time in becoming familiar with my case. I had a LOT of paperwork even though my case is paternity case but it also involves two restraining orders, an innocent 4 year old, an assigned minor's counsel, and two highly educated parents - I sought legal help because I very much wanted to limit my time with court appearances and limit more daughter's exposure to more dysfunction. I spent hours working on my own paperwork, ultimately appeared in court alone pro per, and still paid her $2500!! I'm still confused at present what I paid for- I truly feel like my money was stolen. Worse thing? There was ZERO follow up after my court appearance to ask if my goals had been met or if I needed any further help. She did NOT go above and beyond and her representation/ consultation with me was not competent or ethical in my opinion. She even charged me for the telephone time I spent respectfully asserting my displeasure in how she was helping me and how much work I still had to do. Please consider your options carefully prior to hiring this attorney. I was sorely disappointed.
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Response from Lisa Arnquist September 19, 2018
I'm very sorry that the service you received left you feeling dissatisfied. It looks like from your post that you were looking for someone to "assist you in organizing and possibly attending court," and also from your post, that you paid a $2500 retainer for this purpose. I keep my hourly rate very low for 30 years of practicing law, at $275 an hour. Most attorneys I know, at least the good ones, are way over that hourly amount if they've practiced as long as I have. Regardless of The low rate, it still adds up quickly, especially with a lot of phone calls and emails. I make sure to spell everything out clearly in my fee agreement, and go over it with clients to understand that the fee is based on the time spent on the case, which includes emails, telephone calls, and all time put towards one's case. I often, or almost always, ask clients to attempt to do the first draft of the documents to be filed. One, because nobody knows their story I'm better than they do, and two, because it keeps costs down, rather than me spending the entire amount of time with them on the phone hearing their story, and then writing it together. It cuts the amount of money charged, usually in half. I always offer this process to clients, and almost all of them take me up on it. It sounds like, from your post, that you were someone who took me up on that offer. Then I edit the documents, and try to shape the declaration to the particular judges' mind, so that the story will penetrate successfully with the judge. I'm very sorry that I did not follow up with you after I was no longer your attorney, I do regret that! If you would like to contact me now, about your case, I would be more than happy to hear how it is going. No charge! I really try to keep the door open for all of my clients and I hope that you take advantage of that!
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2009
Please think twice
She was overloaded with cases and did not spend sufficient time on my case (I assume others as well). She was juggling between 2 courtrooms with 2 different cases during my custody/ visitation hearing. She was rushing to get things stipulated and passing on the work the other experts. I don't believe the my best interest nor my child's best interest was being looking out for by her
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Lisa Sterling Arnquist
  • 2001 - Present


  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Endorse Lisa
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lisa! She is the rare attorney who is more passionate about assisting her clients through the divorce process than ripping the other side's throat out, although I wouldn't want to P her off!"

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Santa Ana Family Lawyer Lisa Sterling Arnquist
Lisa Sterling Arnquist
Family Attorney
Santa Ana, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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