The Nelson Kirkman Legal Team

Acclaimed High-Stakes
Orange County Divorce Attorneys

Acclaimed Orange County High-Stakes Divorce Attorneys Fiercely Advocating For You

Our trusted legal team has been helping families since 1998. We provide legal counsel in all aspects of family law to protect you and your assets before, during, and after marriage.
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Serving High-Asset Divorce Clients In Orange County And Southern California From Our Newport Beach Office


18 Five-Star Ratings on

Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | 2023 | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence

AV Preeminent® Rating with Martindale-Hubbell® – Highest Possible Rating! From 2021 to 2023.

Rated By Super Lawyers | Paul Nelson

Rated on
from 2020 to 2023

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Why Nelson Kirkman is the Right Choice

High-asset divorces require world-class legal experts. If your divorce involves the disposition of complex property and high-value business interests, then you need our unique knowledge and legal expertise. Our partners are board-certified in family law and can help you navigate even the most challenging division of property issues. We recognize the need to arrive at a favorable settlement quickly so you can get on with your life, and your business.

Practice Areas

High Asset Divorce


Spousal Support/ Alimony

Property And Asset Division

Prenuptial And
Postnuptial Agreements

Child Custody And Visitation

Child Support

Business And Divorce

We Make Divorce A Simple Process

First we talk. Choosing a divorce attorney is a lot like dating. We begin by getting to know each other. Establishing expectations sets the stage for a successful relationship. Then we can start negotiating with your spouse and their attorney. No one benefits from a long, messy divorce. That’s why we recommend opening with a first, best offer. This can save time, money and heartache.

If a settlement can’t be reached, we will argue your case before a judge. We will be aggressive and fair. Our goal is to make sure you get all to which you are entitled.

Client Testimonials

Highest Standards Of Integrity

Paul Nelson and his team were excellent. They were tough when they needed to be and willing to negotiate when that was appropriate. Paul handled my case beautifully. In 2008 I filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. I only wish I had been referred to Paul back then instead of any of the four attorneys I left over the next three years.

Extremely Caring

Paul is extremely caring and wants the best for me and my children. After working in OC for years Paul knows the procedures, the court’s staff and most of the judges and attorneys. This is especially helpful when preparing for his appearances. He is especially knowledgeable with family law and does an excellent job making sure my rights are protected. I have not observed any other attorney stand up the same way Paul does.

Tenacious, Bulldog, Great Attorney!

Using Paul Nelson for my divorce was the best decision I made in the entire process. He is knowledgeable, tough, and does not back down.


Paul Nelson was very professional and informative prior to, during, and after handling my family law legal situation. I was grateful for his guidance and communication throughout the process.

Excellent Family Law Professional

I have a great family law attorney with Paul!! He has integrity and morals.

A Team Of Highly Rated Attorneys
Led By Board-Certified Specialists In Family Law

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Book cover | The Dissolution Solution by Paul Nelson with Michael Ashley

The Dissolution Solution by Paul J. Nelson

Even If Your Marriage Is Bad, Your Divorce Doesn’t Have To Be.

Meet The Partners

Paul J. Nelson
Founding Partner

Graham D. Kirkman

Morgan Levenger

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