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Loni Jo Poyner Klein

Family Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Loni Klein

  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Loni

Learn Loni’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    20%
    Adoption, Independent Adoption, Step-Parent Adoption/Domestic Partner, Adult Adoption, Adoption Litigation, Termination of Parental Rights, Agency Adoptions, Foster Adoption, Contact After Adoption Agreements and International Re-Adoption.

    21 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Minors Representation, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation, Move Away and Child Abuse.

    21 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Divorce, Legal Separation, Alimony, Spousal Support, Mediated Dissolution and Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships.16

    21 years

  4. Family
    20%
    Our Firm handles all aspects of Family Law Matters from divorce, legal separation, mediated divorce, child custody and support, spousal support, guardianship, grandparents rights, independent adoption, step parent adoption, establishing parental relationships, parentage/surrogacy as well as infertility law.

    21 years

  5. Guardianship
    20%
    Guardianship of the child. The court gives legal responsibility over the care and protection of a child to someone other than the child’s parents. Parental rights are suspended (not terminated) while the Guardianship is in place. The guardian can then provide the child with health insurance, enroll the child in school, receive benefits on behalf of the child, etc.

    21 years

Loni Poyner-Klein is a licensed attorney in California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside before receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Loni works in all areas of family law including custody, dissolutions, guardianships, paternity, step-parent adoptions, surrogacy and ovum donation, children’s counsel, and grandparent / step-parent visitation. Loni is also court appointed to represent minor children in Orange County.

 

 Loni has extensive experience assisting children and families through the legal process. Loni worked for Orange County law firms as a family law clerk, a legal assistant and an investigator in children’s cases before starting her career as an Attorney with A Center for Children and Family Law in 2003. Loni is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, National Association of Counsel for Children and Academy of California Adoption Attorneys/ Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers (ACAL/ACFFL).

 

Loni resides with her husband Rob and their two sons near in South Orange County. In her free time Loni enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, golfing, snow boarding and being outdoors.

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Location

A Center For Children & Family Law
1111 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA, 92868

Reviews

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Posted by Kimberly | October 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Guardianship of our Grandson
We hired Loni for a very complicated and stressful case. Her experience was extremely valuable in so many ways. In particular, it was a VERY emotional case for us and Loni helped us keep the proper focus when our emotions took us off course. She is extremely patient when listening to her clients. In our case, Loni appeared to be very respected by the Judge. She is skilled at negotiating, as well as litigation. Our daughter decided we were trying to steal her child and hired an attorney and fought the Guardianship. We had raised our grandson and he had lived with us since 5 weeks old, and is now 2 1/2. Our daughters alcohol addiction and the fathers criminal past and inability to support our grandson necessitated our request for Guardianship. We now have General Guardianship of our grandson, and are FOREVER grateful to Loni and her staff.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible attorney and advocate
I hired Loni to file for emergency guardianship of our nephew. It was a complicated case and our family was a wreck. Loni was amazing - she is one of the most empathetic people I have ever met. Her work was exceptional. She is a very skilled litigator. The other party ended up assenting to the guardianship - due to the strength of the case that Loni put together. The negotiation was intense, but Loni kept us calm and focused. It is rare to find an attorney that is equally good at litigating and negotiating but Loni excels at both. I will always be grateful for her help during one of the hardest times in my life.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2018
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Excellent Strategist and Respected by Judges
We were referred to Loni Klein and Sheryl Edgar by another respected family law attorney we consulted with. She believed our case required an attorney who specialized in areas of the law that protect children in dangerous situations. Our case resulted in our being able to adopt and forever protect the child. It was the BEST POSSIBLE ruling and we are grateful to Loni and her team.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Represented my son as if she was representing her own
Loni was appointed to represent my son, I did not have representation of my own at the time I met her. I can honestly say, without a shadow of doubt in my mind, that this woman had what was the best for my son in the forefront of her mind at all times. It was obvious that Loni was very well respected by, not only by the Judge that chose her for my son, but by her peers in the passing hallways and in just observing her. I was able to retain representation of my own, and with the two of them working on the one common goal for my child, I knew we were in, more than, capable hands. My son, of course, had to have meetings with his lawyer and conversations, and at one point had to come in to interview with the judge (every mothers fear) and Loni made him feel very safe. He liked her a lot. She went out of her way to meet with him in the court house to go over what to expect, and to view the court room, so that he would not be caught off guard or more nervous than necessary when the time of his testimony came. Although I could not be in the room when he spoke his truth, I know he felt safe being honest because Loni was there with him. I must also say, that in her cross examination of the parties I was fully impressed by her delivery and her way of getting the truth out, even when some people were being difficult or dishonest. She was extremely professional throughout the entire process and to the very end of this rollercoaster. At times I was nervous and worried about the outcome, but she never wavered in her security in herself to get the necessary outcome for my son, which in turn gave me the confidence I was lacking in my times of need. Loni was truly a blessing sent from something greater, to wrap her arms around my case (my son), and to help us obtain our long awaited freedom. I am forever grateful to her for everything, and I cannot say enough thank yous'. I just hope she knows how much she meant to the both of us.
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Posted by Marissa | April 14, 2015
Past and Present Client
Loni Klein was my attorney for an incredibly difficult, complex case involving the best interests of my children. The case ultimately ended in a ten day trial. The case and trial was emotionally and mentally the most difficult thing I have ever endured, and I don't think I could have made it through without the assistance of Loni Klein and her team. We recently found out the judgement in the trial, and it was in my favor. I couldn't have asked for a more prepared, passionate and articulate lawyer. She was always clear about what was going to happen and the things she needed from me to get us to our final positive outcome. Her knowledge of the law and ability to fight for me went beyond my expectations. She is still my attorney on another matter before the court, and I feel confident that I have the best possible lawyer to represent me. Anyone who retains her as an attorney will be in great hands.
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Posted by Grant | November 20, 2013
tremendous at adoption law
Family Law is difficult and emotional draining to say the least. However if you need to step into that quagmire this firm is tremendous. I had the pleasure of working with their senior associate, Loni Klein, in an adoption case and she was: 1. empathetic 2. fair in billing 3. tremendously skilled in adoption law 4. focused on the needs of the birth mother and the best interests of the child 5. detailed and convincing in court I would highly recommend this law firm and particularly Loni Klein in all areas of family law.
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Posted by Lilly (and family) | October 18, 2013
GUARDIANSHIP of my GREAT NIECE
I came to Loni Jo Poyner Klein (and her team @ A C.F.C.) because Loni Klein was THE ONLY LAWYER that would/could "handle our unique and delicate situation"! A case that could NOT "afford any mistakes"! Loni Klein (and her team @ A C.F.C.) were/are ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! They NEVER "missed a beat"! I have "worked with a lot of attorneys" in the past (because of a "job I previously had"), but "Loni Klein's team" was/is "OUTSTANDING" AND "REALLY KNEW THEIR STUFF"! ALL COURT DOCUMENTS WERE ALWAYS COMPLETED (and filed) VERY PROFESSIONALLY! I mean Candace is AMAZING! And, Annie Weir ALWAYS "represented my great niece" and my family in court VERY PROFESSIONALLY! Tracy was great and whenever we "had to make a payment" Jessica (Jess) was "ALWAYS AVAILABLE" to "discuss our account" and "help answer any questions"! Thanks again (AND AGAIN) to Loni Jo Poyner Klein (and her "GREAT TEAM" @ A Center for Children)!!! In fact, my family and I "brought goodies" to the office (and are "going to bring them some more")!!!
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Posted by Sandra | July 7, 2013
Fantastic, thoughtful, professional.... Hope I never need to, but would hire Loni again without thinking twice!
Loni was referred to me by a friend and I will forever be thankful that she came into my life. She was extremely professional and obtained the results I desired during a very difficult time. If you need someone to help you fight for the safety of your children... do not hesitate to call her.
Posted by Judy | July 5, 2013
CALL LONI WHEN YOU WANT THE JOB DONE RIGHT !!!
My situation was horrific. My son died, my grandson was abducted and my first atty incompetent. Then I found Loni Klein and everything changed! Loni is a caring,competent, knowledgeable and professional and a very experienced attorney. SHE GETS THE JOB DONE!!! Loni never made me or my case feel any less important than any other case of hers. Her staff is second to none too, which is no surprise. Loni stayed on top of everything, keeping me informed at all times. Her staff was wonderful too, given all my questions and concerns. Loni has such a calming way about her, she never looses her cool . She is very supportive and has a way about her that softens the hardest situation. Loni has an excellent reputation in the legal community and with the people in the court house that work with her. When you mention her name, they can't say enough positive feedback and I knew I had the best of the best in my corner fighting for us. Unbelievably, my longtime friend had a slightly similar situation, and after hearing me talk about Loni, unknowingly, her family hired Loni also and she too knew they were in good hands. Yes, they prevailed also like I did, thanks to Loni. I am so thrilled to report that I am raising my wonderful grandson and am his guardian thanks to Loni's abilities to prevail.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2013
Loni Klein Review
Loni was very dependable & gave sound counsel. I really respected that she asked difficult questions when necessary, & probed to be sure we understood the consequences of a proposed course of action.
Posted by Paul | June 1, 2013
Excellent Help When I Needed It
Loni was there when I needed Famliy Law answers quickly. She meet personally with me and explained everything to me in a non law language that I could understand. She was more than happy to explain things again and further if I needed. She gave me the best and worst case senerios. She was available to answer questions as I had them. She kept her appointments and court dates and didn't try to drag things out. She quoted me a price and it was very close to what I ended up paying. I hope to never have another family law problem, but if I do, I know who I will call without hesitation.
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Posted by Deborah | May 25, 2013
Honest, caring and nice, too.
Loni represented me twice in court. Once for custody and then again for guardianship. She is the best by far. I feel she went beyond to help me get my disable grandson permanently in my care. Loni was always available or an associate would be very informed of my actual case and my concerns were always taken care of immediately. Even when money got tight, she still kept helping. I felt like she was doing the right thing and it wasn't about her money (although she truly deserved a lot more.) I felt like she was a friend and really knew my circumstance with my grandson. I would highly recommend Loni.
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Posted by Jan | May 24, 2013
Guardianship of our grandson
Loni represented us in a case regarding legal guardianship of our grandson whose mother was having emotional problems and his father was incarcerated on domestic abuse charges. The case was complicated because of the fact the parents resided out of state and our grandson had only been living with us for about 3 months so we had the domicile issue to deal with. When we decided to hire Loni we were given chances of 40/60 of winning the case. Because of the diligent and organized case presented by Loni to the court we were awarded the guardianship and our grandson has remained with us for almost 5 years. We believe that this would not have been possible without her. She and her associates/staff have continued to give us support in any questions we have had over the years regarding issues pertaining to our legal responsibilities with regard to the guardianship as well as family law issues. We are and will always be grateful to Loni for doing such a great job. We recently consulted them for referrals regarding educational issues with the school district and have continued to be impressed with the support we receive.
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Posted by Matt | May 23, 2013
Legal Guardianship
I was involved in a legal guardianship for a child and had no idea what the legal process would entail. Loni did an excellent job in getting all the required paperwork filed and presented to the court as well as appeared in court on behalf of the child at court. To keep a long story short she prevailed and that young man graduates high school in a month. Josh is now doing excellent in school and in life, having been part of a much better environment over the past few years than he was subject to prior to Loni's help. Loni and her legal team did a excellent job in winning the battle and helped ensure a bright future for someone in need of their expertise.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • A Center For Children & Family Law
  • 2003 - Present
  • Investigator, Juvenile Dependency Law
  • Charles Bergstrom, Esq.
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Investigator, Juvenile Dependency Law
  • Lawrence Aufill, Esq.
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Legal Assistant/Investigator, Juvenile Dependency Law
  • Law Office of Cara Bender, Esq.
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Legal Clerk
  • Law office of Phil Hummel
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Clerk
  • Phillips, Lazarus & Associates
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Clerk
  • Edwards Swift & Associates, Law Offices Of Pamela Edwards Swift
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Clerk
  • Driscoll & Fox
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. Department Of Justice
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Univ of California Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Parental Rights D.N
  • Successful Termination of Alleged Father
  • In Re Parental Rights of B.G.
  • Successful Termination of Alleged Father
  • In Re Matter of Adoption Petition of M.M.
  • Sucessful Defense, no Termination Granted

Associations

  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Membership Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Conference Co- Chair - Family Formation 2017
  • 2017 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded 9 Superb
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Clients Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Top-Rated Lawyer 2017
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Awarded 8 Excellent
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Clients Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • 10th Anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Court of Appeal
  • K.K. et. al v. D.N.
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Let's Talk about Step Parent Adoptions
  • Step Parent Adoptions
  • 2018
  • Orange County Superior Court Training
  • Step Parent Adoptions
  • 2017
  • ACAL Seminar
  • Challenges with California Probate Code Section 1516.5 Terminations
  • 2017
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Adoption and ART Professionals
  • Ethical Quandries in Adoption and ART Law
  • 2016
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Ethics in Adoption and ART
  • 2015
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Contested Adoptions
  • 2014
  • Exposing Family Secrets: An Update on Assisted Reproduction Technology and Adoption Law
  • Birthmothers & Surrogate Mothers: What are they thinking?
  • 2010
  • University of California State Irvine
  • Minors Counsel
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (41)
Endorse Loni
Adoption Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Loni is competent, ethical, and hardworking. She is also very responsive to communications."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Klein is a diligent and dedicated attorney."
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Orange Family Lawyer Loni Jo Poyner Klein
Loni Jo Poyner Klein
Family Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 21 years