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Practicing trial attorney since 1973, office in Soquel since 1977. Practice areas include family law, landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, property disputes, neighborhood disputes, partnership and small business matters, general civil litigation, and personal legal counseling.


Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA (1965-69)

Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA (1970-72)

Admitted to practice - State Bar of California, 1973.

Admitted to practice - U. S. Federal Court, 1973

Santa Cruz County Referee (appointed 1988).

Santa Cruz County Small Claims Judge Pro Tem (2003-2009).

Santa Cruz County Traffic Court Judge Pro Tem (2003-2009).

Arbitrator, Mediator, Peaceful Dispute Resolution Counselor, (1980 to 


Santa Cruz County Mock Trial Team Advisor / Competition Scorer / Judge

   (1997 to present)

Santa Cruz County Teen Peer Court Advisor (2001 to present)






Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    42 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
    42 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Mediation: 25%
    42 years, 100 cases

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  • Howard Michael Van Elgort

    J.D. exemplifies the best our profession has to offer. I have had the pleasure and honor to work in the same office complex with J.D. for the past 12 years and have on many occasions sought his advice and counsel. J.D. is very knowledgeable, hard working and always well prepared for court. He cares deeply for his clients and goes out of his was to help them understand their situation and options. He is unselfish with his time for other lawyers and the community. I frequently refer clients to him in matter outside of my practice areas, and in so doing know that they will be very well served. You can't find a better attorney.


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Contact info

2820 Porter St
Soquel, CA, 95073


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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Occidental CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A