Ilona Antonyan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Diego, CA

Antonyan Miranda, LLP
 | 402 W Broadway, Twenty-First Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-696-1100
Fax: 619-696-1171
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Russian
    Attorney Profile

    Ilona Antonyan is a founding partner of Antonyan Miranda, a litigation trial attorney, and a Certified Family Law Specialist. Ms. Antonyan became the youngest person in California to become a Certified Family Law Specialist, after achieving the rigorous requirements in only five years of practice.

    Having immigrated to the United States in 1992 as an Armenian refugee, Ms. Antonyan is fluent in English, Russian, and Spanish, and is collaterally licensed as a real estate broker, and also obtained Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Ms. Antonyan focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters, specializing in high-net worth cases and those which generally involve complex areas of law and litigation. Given her diverse cultural background, Ms. Antonyan regularly represents international businesspersons and large marital estates with an international nexus. Prior to co-founding Antonyan Miranda, Ms. Antonyan managed her own successful family law and civil litigation practice, where she achieved multi-million dollar jury verdicts on behalf of her plaintiff clients.

    In recognition of her substantial family law and trial accomplishments, Ms. Antonyan was named as a Super Lawyer® each year from 2015 to 2020, and has also been selected as a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Ms. Antonyan was also recognized as one of San Diego's 40 under 40 award recepients in 2019 by the San Diego Metro Magazine. 

    Concurrent to the practice of law, Ms. Antonyan serves as an Adjunct Professor of Family Law at California Western School of Law, and also volunteers as a Judge Pro Tem in both the Family Law and Small Claims divisions of the San Diego Superior Court. Ms. Antonyan previously served three years as a Director for the San Diego County Bar Association's Board of Directors, from 2012 through December 2015.

    Ms. Antonyan graduated from Case Western Reserve University with honors in only two-and-a-half years with two majors and two minors, including a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science, and received her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.

    State Bar Admissions

    • State Bar of California

    Federal Bar Admissions

    • United States District Court, Southern District of California
      San Diego and Imperial Counties
    • United States District Court, Central District of California
      Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
    • San Diego County Bar Association
    • San Diego Family Law Bar Association
    • Lawyers Club of San Diego
    • La Raza Lawyers Association
    • Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
    • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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    About Ilona Antonyan

    Admitted: 2005, California

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    • Antonyan was among only twenty attorneys throughout San Diego selected for inclusion in the magazine’s 2020 Best Attorneys in San Diego list. San Diego Metro magazine solicited nominations from attorneys across San Diego County and practicing in all areas of law., Top Attorney Award, San Diego Metro, 2020
    • San Diego Metro Magazine celebrate 40 San Diego men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, industries or San Diego as a whole., 40 under 40 Award, SD Metro , 2019
    • Recognition of women leading charge when it comes to knowhow, distinction, and dedication. They're the influencers in their fields. Masterminds in their profession. Leaders in the community. , Women to Watch , Modern Luxury Magazine, 2018
    • San Diego mazagine recognizes local business leaders, Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2018
    • Recognizing the city's finest leaders and creative thinkers, Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2017
    • Nation's Top One Percent of attorneys in the United States, Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2018
    • Nation's Top One Percent of attorneys in the United States, Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017
    • San Diego Top "Young Attorneys" Award, the San Diego Daily Transcript, San Diego Top "Young Attorneys" Award, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2011

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Real Estate Broker 2007-present
    • Possesses both Series 7 and 66 securities licenses, 2013
    • Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization, 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • San Diego Association of Realtors
    • U.S. District Court-Southern District of California, 2005
    • (ACFLS) Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • National Association of Realtors
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals., 2015
    • California Supreme Court
    • SDCBA Certified Family Law Specialist Committee
    • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
    • State Bar of California
    • Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, 2015
    • Director, San Diego County Bar Board of Directors
    • (CASD) Consumer Attorneys of San Diego,Member
    • Consumer Attorneys of California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteering though the San Diego County Bar Association.
    • Adjunct Professor of Family Law at the California Western School of Law
    • Judge Pro Tem in San Diego Superior Courts (Family Law and Small Claims), 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Founding Partners, Ilona Antonyan, CFLS join NBI faculty for a two-day MCLE program that covers trial preparation, custody, support, asset division and tax considerations. Ilona's presented on The Divorce Hearing and Trial, Faculty, The Divorce Hearing and Trial, National Business Institute, 2018
    • Ilona was one of the Continuing Legal Education speakers lecturing on: Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More, Faculty, Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More, National Business Institute, 2018


    • Ms. Antonyan obtained a $1,025,324.00 verdict in a premise liability, and assault and battery case of Yousif v. Gibo. The Premise Liability Case settled for a confidential amount before trial. The Assault and Battery was tried resulting in the aforementioned verdict amount, which included $350,000.00 in punitive damages.

    Representative Clients:

    • Won a 3-day Domestic Violence Restraining Order trial. The trial court only protected the client for 3 months. We appealled the Trial Court (still pending), meanwhile filed for a Renewal of a Restraining Order. After a second 2-day  trial in front of a different judge, we won the restraining order for a period of 5 years. , 2019
    • Represented Mother in a custody and visitation and child support dispute. Changed the long standing joint legal and physical order to sole physical and legal custody to Mother, where no Domestic Violence restraining order was ever filed. Proved that  abuse occurred in the past 5 years, regardless of no restraining order being sought, and how it was detrimental to the child’s best interests. In the same case, proved that Father was lying about his income in excess of $20,000 difference  a month from what was initially represented to the court at the time of trial. Retroactively increased child support order, based on higher income, and had FC§271 sanctions ordered against Father for defrauding the court about his finances. This resulted in great arrears owed to  mother, now secured against Father’s assets., 2019
    • Highly contested custody, visitation, spousal support, sanctions, and division of assets case. After many depositions, heavy discovery, the case settled on favorable terms, , 2019
    • Won a 5-day Contempt Trial causing Husband to be sentenced to 70 days in jail (35 served) for failure to pay spousal support. Had him on probation for several years after sentencing through 2019 to ensure compliance with future payments. Significant attorney fees awarded to Wife. In this case, Husband and his new wife wanted to leave our client broke and to have depend on the state for SSI. Husband and new spouse transferred assets to new wife’s name and transferred to Cayman Island to show inability to pay. This was proved, Husband was punished., 2018
    • Represented Father in an international child support proceeding between US and Mexico, involving jurisdictional issues, contempt of court hearings, monetary sanctions, and the following:     Motions to Dismiss Proceedings based on lack of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction, and Personal Jurisdiction over a Foreign resident; Choice of Law (foreign vs CA re UIFSA enforcement proceedings); & Motions re Contempt Remedies; Registration of a Foreign Support Order for Enforcement vs Modification; Domestication of a Foreign Judgment; Letters Rogatory (Mexico); Contempt of Court filings; Motions to Dismiss Joinder Action for failure to Prosecute within the statutory time; Fraudulent Transfer action and consolidation; 271 Sanction Motions; 128.5 Sanctions; Accounting of funds transferred to Mexico, Attorney Fees & Costs., 2018
    • Invalidated two Post-Marital Agreements  signed in 1990’s on the basis of undue influence, proved actual fraud, constructive fraud, mistake, and the statute of limitations re: enforcement timeframe. After setting these contracts aside, divided the remaining estate which was initially worth over $20,000,000.00. Also pursued sanctions for Breach of Fiduciary Duties.    , 2017
    • Litigated a highly contested divorce proceeding between doctors involving the following issues: Sealing of Records from the media; Domestic Violence Restraining Order; Fam. Code §2122 Set Aside of the MSA based on extortion & fraud; Breach of Fiduciary Duties, sanctions, fees; Income Available for Support, Modification of Child and Spousal Support; Business Valuations Surgery Centers., 2017
    • Litigated a 9 day Pre-Marital Contract trial, including spousal support, accounting and appropriation of wages, and division of a Defined Benefit Plan, and Breach of Fiduciary Duties, 2017
    • 3 day trial on RSU Division per Nelson Formula, Spousal Support (experts on marital standard of living); Custody and Visitation; Attorney Fees and Costs. , 2016
    • Litigated a 13-day trial on the following issues, some of which ended up on appeal and became a partially published opinion: Characterization of Property & reimbursement claims; Tracing of separate property contributions to acquisition of numerous commercial and residential real properties; Income Available for Support and the countering Imputation claims; Business Valuation and Division; Spousal Support. Child Support, Fees; Breach of Fiduciary Duties (Undue Influence)  Moore Marden and Pereira claims Significant discovery dispute issues., 2016
    • Divorce proceeding involving the division of a 300 million-dollar business. The case involved: Joinder of the Company, ex-parte sale prevention orders; Custody and visitation dispute; Complex tax issues; Validity of the Post Marital Agreement (under TX law); Expert Appointment for determination of  Income Available for Support and Accounting of Profits., 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Holds a US patent for an invention, 2007
    • 20th Annual 40 Under 40 Award, 2019


    • Ilona speaks to KUSI News about how the new tax laws affect spousal support., KUSI News: Expert Ilona Antonyan , 2019
    • Deciding between divorce and legal separation can be complicated, therefore it's crucial that one understands both the legal and emotional impacts., Divorce vs. Legal Separation, 2019
    • Discussion on how one's station in life can determine whether or not you need a Prenuptial Agreement., When Do You Need A Prenup?, 2019
    • Antonyan Miranda is a Divorce and Family Law Firm, so we thought it would be natural to ask one of our Founding Partners, Ilona Antonyan, CFLS, her reasoning behind choosing this specific practice!, Why Do You Practice Family Law?, 2019
    • What are some of the financial implications of divorce and spousal support? Ilona explains how the court determines spousal support based on certain factors., The American Dream Show: Ilona Antonyan on Spousal Support, 2018
    • Ilona explains the division of real property in a divorce including reimbursements and credits for improvements and contributions. Your home is often the largest asset you acquire in a marriage. Ilona talks to Craig Sewing about how to protect your rights., Craig Sewing Show: Ilona's Interview - Real Property, 2018
    • Always down for a little fun, our Client Concierge Department shows the team how it's done! Our RAZOR acronym is a reflection of our firm culture. Razor blades are an example of how we cut through a case with precision and are also cutting edge. , RAZOR Acronym Video, 2018
    • How Domestic Violence Restraining Orders differ from other types of restraining orders. What to look out for to protect yourself from fraudulent restraining orders. When restraining orders are used strategically. How to protect yourself from an abusive situation., ESPN Truth Radio - Restraining Orders, 2017
    • The life and career of San Diego Family Law Specialist Ilona Antonyan., Real Talk San Diego - Meet Ilona Antonyan, CFLS, 2018
    • What happens when you introduce the element of alcohol and drugs to divorce and custody? Ilona discusses this issue for the Truth Radio audience., ESPN Truth Radio - Drugs and Alcohol, 2017
    • Family Law, Judge Judy, Ashley Madison. What advice can we give to families out there who have questions about family law matters? Divorce, custody, support issues, asset division., 1170 AM KCBQ: Ilona on Divorce, custody, support issues, asset division, 2016
    • Celebrity divorce commentary. What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?, The American Dream Show: Contested vs Uncontested Divorce, 2016
    • Welcome to Antonyan Miranda, LLP. We specialize in Family Law and handle all cases - large or small. We have attorneys who speak English, Spanish, Russian and Farsi. Call our office and ask for one of our attorney concierges for a free telephone consultation, Family Law Divorce Experts, San Diego., 2018
    • Welcome to Antonyan Miranda. Everyone who works at our firm loves practicing family law. Let us take the stress away from you and guide you through this difficult time to help you make good decisions to maximize your financial recovery and serve the best interest of your children., Welcome to Antonyan Miranda, LLP 2016, 2016
    • UNIVISION SAN DIEGO, Abogada Familiar, 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, B.A., Majors: Psychology and Political Science., Minors: Philosophy and Spanish as minors., Honors: cum laude, 2002


    • “Ms. Antonyan is a diligent, intelligent, crafty and aggressive advocate for her clients. She is the primary person we refer cases to in San Diego for family law issues without hesitation.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    402 W Broadway
    Twenty-First Floor
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: 619-696-1100

    Fax: 619-696-1171

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    Last Updated: 5/4/2020

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