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Magdalena Chattopadhya practices all areas of family law, providing comprehensive legal representation for matters related to divorce, separation, child custody/support, paternity, retraining orders, and more. She is hands-on with her clients from the initial consultation all the way to negotiations, trials, and even appeals when necessary. Ms. Chattopadhya focuses on the big picture – the long-term impact of a case on her clients’ lives. As a certified mediator, she strives to help parties move forward from a conflict in an amicable and dignified manner. She is dedicated to pursuing the best possible result, no matter how small or large a conflict. 


Languages spoken: Polish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 23%
  2. Child Custody: 22%
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
  4. Child Support: 20%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Eric Alan Isaacson

    Ms. Chattopadhya is an extraordinarily capable and hard-working lawyer. She has my whole-hearted endorsement.


    Eric Isaacson Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Elainie Honjas

    I endorse this lawyer. She is always courteous, and professional in representing her clients.


    Elainie Honjas Domestic violence Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Magdalena Law Group

300 S. First Street
Suite 228
San Jose, CA, 95113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's ChoiceAvvo2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Nation's Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2014
Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute DiplomaNational Institute for Trial Advocacy and American Bar Association Section of Family Law2014
Certificate of Completion / Barristers Leadership ProgramSanta Clara County Bar Association2013
Award for Academic ExcellenceCalifornia Western School of Law2012
Cert. of Adv. Mediation Training & Field Experience (50 hours)California Western School of Law2011
Certificate of AppreciationAmerican Bar Association2011
Public Service Honors Society AwardCalifornia Western School of Law2011
Mediation Certificate (42 hours of training)University of La Verne2010
Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children CertificateCASA for Riverside County, Inc.2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMagdalena Law Group2013 - Present
Litigation AssistantFenwick & West2012 - 2013
Judicial ExternUnited States District Court for the Southern District of California2012 - 2012
Legal InternRobbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP2011 - 2011
Small Claims Court MediatorNorth County Lifeline at the California Superior Court, County of San Diego2011 - 2011
VolunteerNeighborhood Legal Services at the California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles2009 - 2010
Court Appointed Special Advocate for ChildrenCASA for Riverside County2009 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara County Psychological AssociationAssociate Member2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2014 - Present
American Bar Association Family Law Section, Young Lawyers CommitteeMember2014 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Domestic Violence CommitteeMember2013 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2012 - Present
California Western School of LawAlumni Board Regional Director2012 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2012 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Family Law CommitteeVice-Chair of the Family Law Committee2014 - 2015
Women Lawyers of Alameda CountyMember2013 - 2013
Marin County Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2013
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2014
The Association of Polish American AttorneysMember2012 - 2013
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2013
California Women LawyersMember2012 - 2013
Lawyers Club of San DiegoMember2012 - 2013
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionVice Chair, Product Liability and Consumer Law2011 - 2012
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationStudent Member2010 - 2012
American Bar Association, Law Student Division9th Circuit Lieutenant Governor2010 - 2011
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionMember2009 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2012