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David P. Schwartz

Attorney at Law

Certified Family Law Specialist

Founding President, Collaborative Family Professionals

Telephone: (805) 642-1246


E-Mail: dpschwartz@dpsfamilylaw.com




A Certified Family Law Specialist with over three decades of family law practice here in Ventura County, I have been awarded the "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, the highest rating for both ability and integrity that this internationally recognized lawyer rating organization awards.


Until 2000 my practice was exclusively devoted to the litigation of family law cases and most of my cases were extremely adversarial. "Adversarial" in this context translates as, hostile, contentious, aggressive, expensive, destructive, time consuming and otherwise unpleasant and counter-productive. Many of us wanted to be able to offer something better to our clients but, for the most part, that was all that the system had to offer so, we made the best of it.


In 2000, following a lot of study, research and discussion with pioneering Collaborative Family Law Professionals around the country and in Canada, I founded or Ventura County Collaborative Family Law Professionals practice group. My Collaborative Practice work is so constructive and personally rewarding (both to the clients and to the professionals) that I have restricted my practice exclusive to Collaborative Family Law and Mediation.


I am a 1964 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and a 1969 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. I was admitted to practice in 1970 and in 1980 I was a member of the first class of family lawyers to be certified by the State Bar of California as specialists in Family Law.

  • Judge, Pro Tem, Ventura County Superior Court
  • Referee of the California State Bar Court, 1978-1989
  • Founder of the Collaborative Family Law organization in Ventura County
  • Founder of the Family Law Legal Assistance Free Clinic
  • Ventura County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Association of California Family Law Specialists (founding member)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • State Bar of California (member, Family Law section)
  • American Bar Association (member, Family Law section)


As the founder of our Collaborative Family Law Professionals group, I am especially gratified to be able to offer the Collaborative Practice process to our clients. It is a highly effective alternative to the courts and the adversarial system and it provides both a higher quality process and a higher quality result. While litigation in the court system is invasive, extremely unpleasant, inhumane and destructive, Collaborative Family Law is dignified and constructive.


At my web site, http://www.dpsfamilylaw.com , you will find additional information about my professional training, experience and credentials and about the process, itself, including articles, video links and client experiences. I welcome your inquiries. Please feel free to contact me at (805) 642-1246 for further information.


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