Paul j. nelson, esq. cfls

Orange County Divorce Lawyer

Firm founder Paul  J. Nelson is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, and a highly  experienced trial attorney who has tried hundreds of family law matters  in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County. Mr. Nelson's courtroom  experience, knowledge of California family law, and familiarity with  local judicial officers and opposing counsel has helped him build a  track record of successful outcomes for a wide range of clients.

Mr.  Nelson is a member of the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar  Association. He also belongs to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of  California and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. 

When he is not practicing law, Mr. Nelson enjoys  spending time with his wife and four daughters. He is also an avid  cyclist, alpine skier, world traveler, and a licensed private pilot,  which allows him to handle cases throughout the state. Mr. Nelson speaks  Thai fluently. 

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Child Custody

  • Child Support

  • Visitation

  • Spousal Support

  • Modifications

  • Mediation

  • Collaborative Divorce

  • Enforcement of Court Orders

  • Business Valuation

  • Asset Valuation and Protection

  • Domestic Violence

  • Paternity

  • Domestic Partnerships

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1998

  • United States District Court, Central District of California, 2018


  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California

    • J.D. - 1997

  • University of Utah

    • B.A. - 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Certified Family Specialists

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society

  • Committee Member Human Breaking the cycle of Domestic Violence.

  • ProVisors


  • Thai


Location:  Newport Beach, California 

Phone:    949-760-8888
Fax:    949-752-0102