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Carla Leslie Hartley

About me

A former United States Marine, Ms. Hartley has served in every possible position with a law firm, from receptionist/file clerk to law clerk and research attorney, to litigation attorney. While attending law school, Ms. Hartley was employed by The Law Offices Of Donna C. Santo. Ms. Hartley graduated with High Honors from Ventura College of Law and was soon thereafter hired by another premier firm as an associate attorney where she remained until opening her own firm in 2009.

Ms. Hartley is a member of the Christian Lawyers Association and the Christian Legal Society. She was a founding member of the Ventura Teen Legal Clinic, and more recently, is a founding member and advisory board member of Pray for the Courts, Inc.

She has an outstanding work ethic and has a superb staff with an equally excellent sense of duty and professionalism. 


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Practice areas


  1. Domestic Violence: 20%
    9 years
  2. Divorce: 20%
    9 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    9 years
  4. General Practice: 20%
    6 years
  5. Family: 20%
    9 years



Hourly ($275-350/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • John M O'Brien

    A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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Contact info


5700 Ralston Street
Suite 210
Ventura, CA, 93003-7870


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
California Top LawyerThe LEGAL NETWORK2015
California Top LawyersThe LEGAL NETWORK2014
California Top LawyerThe LEGAL NETWORK2013
High honorsVentura College of Law2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Carla L. Hartley2011 - Present
PartnerHartley & Rhodes, PLC2011 - 2011
AttorneyLaw Offices of Carla L. Hartley2009 - 2011
AttorneyROSS & PARVEX, LLP2007 - 2009
Clerk/SecretaryLaw Offices of Donna C. Santo2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Christian Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMember2009 - Present
Ventura County Family Law Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
A Church in VenturaMember2008 - Present
Ventura Teen Legal ClinicFounding Board Member2008 - 2012
Handel on the LawMember2008 - 2015
United States Marine CorpsSergeant1984 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Multi Jurisdiction DivorceOut of state case was dismissed. Case in California stayed alive.Client received joint legal, sole physical custody, visitation to opposing party was limited, and support was based on California law.
Hague Convention CaseService accomplished according to Hague requirements. Opposing party was charged with the value of the assets taken. My client received the former family residence as her sole and separate property.
Spousal SupportAfter the video was shown, the parties reached a settlement very favorable to my client. He received a date certain for termination of spousal support.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Citations MagazineMy Mothers in Law2010
Citations MagazineThe Unintended Consequences of Law2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ventura College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of New MexicoEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ventura College of LawAdvanced Legal Writing Instructor2015
Los Angeles District MeetingSocial Media as Evidence2015
Growing Through DivorceFamily Law Strategies and Christian Principles2015
Growing Through DivorceFamily Law Strategies and Christian Principles2014
Central Coast Direct Meeting and ElectionEvidence and Investigators in Family Law2014
Reconciliation in the CityReconciling the church with the courts.2011
Law Day 2010How changes to Domestic Partnership Laws have affected the rights of our Senior Citizens2010