James Parke | Partner, Certified Family Law Specialist, Senior Trial Attorney

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James Parke, CFLS*

Partner, Certified Family Law Specialist

Family Law

James (Jim) Parke has practiced law in California for nearly 41 years. Jim graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1975 and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1978.

An esteemed expert in all areas of family law, Jim has also served as an adjunct professor of Family Law at Trinity Law School. He has spoken on several family law-related topics throughout Southern California, and regularly contributes to divorce recovery workshops. He has also written several articles related to family law.

Jim understands the psychological aspect of family law, and he knows the importance of helping a client pass through the dissolution process as quickly, painlessly, and fairly as possible. He works hard and professionally to attempt to resolve many, if not all, of the issues of a case. On the other hand, if the case requires litigation, Jim is known as a “fighter” who has outstanding trial skills.

Jim has an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale.com, He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and served as co-dean of the 2013 AAML Institute of Trial Advocacy.

In addition, Jim has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2004, and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list for the last five years. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation.

Jim was named one of the “Top 50 Attorneys” in Orange County in 2019.

*Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


Certified Family Law Specialists
10.0James Ross Parke
American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers
Orange County Bar Foundation

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Child Custody
  • Alimony
  • Child Support


  • Pepperdine University, 1978
  • California State University at Fullerton, 1975

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Attorney (Orange County) 2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2018
  • Super Lawyer, 2017
  • Super Lawyer, 2016
  • Super Lawyer, 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, 2013
  • Super Lawyer, 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2011
  • Super Lawyer, 2010
  • Super Lawyer, 2009
  • Super Lawyer, 2006
  • Super Lawyer, 2005
  • Super Lawyer, 2004

Professional Positions, Associations, and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978

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