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Licensed

  1. Adoption: 75%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Guardianship: 25%
    38 years, 250 cases

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Hourly ($300-400/hour)

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  • Amanda Michelle Schmitt

    Doug is a gifted attorney who puts his clients' best interests at the forefront. He is compassionate, considerate, and incredibly helpful to others in the field.

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Adoption Law

1332 Santa Barbara Street
Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101-1401

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197705/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminant RatingMartindale Hubbell2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Douglas R. Donnelly1989 - Present
Managing PartnerDonnelly, Schlottman & Nichols1977 - 1989
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Christian Legal SocietyMember1999 - Present
Better Business BureauMember1998 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1990 - Present
Academy of California Adoption LawyersFellow1989 - Present
Santa Barbara County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1979 - Present
National Council for AdoptionAssociate Member1998 - 2001
Bioethics Committee, Goleta Valley Community HospitalMember1995 - 1998
Academy of California Adoption LawyersPresident1993 - 1994
Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel to California Legislature Joint Committee on Surrogate ParentingMember1991 - 1992
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysEthics Chairman1990 - 1992
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember1989 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Adoption of T.K.Favoring Adopting Parents
In Re Charlotte D.Favoring Adopting Parents
Adoption of Michael H.Favoring Adopting Parents (reversing Court of Appeal decision)
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
West Group publicationCalifornia Transaction Forms: Family Law1998
ZondervanComplete Adoption Handbook1992
Focus on the FamilyA Guide To Adoption1987
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Westmont CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business Institute Seminar, Ventura, CaliforniaProfessionalism: Bringing Aspirational Ideals to Practice2015
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolHandling Contested Adoptions2015
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolNavigating the Ethical & Practical Pitfalls of Adoption Law2015
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaA Concise Introduction to Adoption Law2014
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaFinancial Aspects of Adoption2014
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaOn Becoming An Ethical Adoption Lawyer2014
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaIntoduction To, And Recent Developments Regarding, Indian Child Welfare Act2014
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys WebinarDealing With, And Protecting Yourself From, Difficult Clients2013
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolHandling Birth Mother Living Expenses Competently and Ethically2013
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolEthical Issus: Of Disclosure and Adoption2012
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaContested Adoptions2011
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaOn Becoming an Ethical Adoption Lawyer2011
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaIntroduction and Update on the Indian Child Welfare Act2011
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Conference, Savannah, GAEnforceable Open Adoption Agreements: The California Experience2011
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolTrust Account Management for the Busy Practitioner2010
National Business Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaTermination of Parental Rights In Connection With Adoption2009
National Business Institute Seminar, Pasadena, CaliforniaIntroduction To, and Recent Developments Regarding, The Indian Child Welfare Act2009
Christian Legal Society Annual Conference, La Jolla, CAWhat The General Practitioner Needs To Know About Adoption Law2009
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolUpdate on Indian Child Welfare Act2009
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers Seminar at Loyola Univ. Law SchoolUpdate On Probate Code Section 1516.52009
American Inns of Court, Santa Barbara, CADevelopment Of The Law Regarding The Rights Of Unmarried Fathers2007
Ventura County Bar Association, Family Law SectionWhat The Family Law Practitioner Needs To Know About Adoption Law2003
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Monterey, CAThe 14 Commandments of Ethical Adoption Practice2003
Whittier College School of LawHistorical Development Of The Constitutional Rights of Birth Fathers2001
Ventura County Women Lawyers Assoc.Open Adoption Records And The Right To Privacy2000
Academy of California Adoption LawyersRights Of Presumed Fathers Under the Uniform Parentage Act1997
Academy of California Adoption LawyersRights Of Alleged Natural Fathers Under The Uniform Parentage Act1996
Conference of Adoption Professionals, Columbus, OhioThe Case For Adoption: Becoming An Adoption Advocate1995
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Annual Conference, Atlanta, GAEthics Beyond The Initial Contact: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting Paid (Without Getting Sued)1995
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, San FranciscoThe Rights of Birth Fathers Under the Kelsey S. Decision, As Revisited in Adoption of Michael H.1995
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, San Francisco, CAThe Rights of Birth Fathers Under Adoption of Kelsey S.1992
National Council for Adoption, Washington, DCExamining The Independent Adoption Center Phenomenon: Neither Agency Nor Private Adoption1991