Keith E. Dolnick

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Irvine, CA

Law Offices of Keith E. Dolnick, A.P.C.
 | 2 Park Plaza, Suite 650
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-222-0426
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Keith E. Dolnick is an experienced family law attorney. For over 19 years he has represented clients in dissolutions, custody matters, support, prenuptial agreements, and complex family law cases throughout Southern California; Northern California; and out of state.

He is an active member of the OCBA, OCJBA, LACBA, and ABA and former executive board member of the OCWLA. Mr. Dolnick successfully represents clients with cases varying from high‑profile complex litigation to uncontested dissolutions.

The published cases of In re Marriage of Ackerman (2006); In re Marriage of McHugh (2014); In re Marriage of Ellis (2015); and Hayward v. Napa Superior Cour (2016) are examples of his complex litigated cases.  In these four cases, Mr. Dolnick was successful at the trial court level and the decisions were affirmed by the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Dolnick has extensive trial experience that helps him excel in the representation of his clients and earned him respect amongst his colleagues. His diverse clientele ranges from legal, medical, and corporate professionals to athletes and teachers.

Mr. Dolnick has represented clients throughout California, including but not limited to, Orange County, Napa County, Contra Costa County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, Contra Costa County and Santa Barbara County.  Mr. Dolnick has also represented clients in Michigan appearing pro hac vice.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Appellate: Appeals


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018

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About Keith Dolnick

Admitted: 1997, California

Honors and Awards:

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Evidence

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1997
  •  U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1997
  • California, 1997
  • Director, Orange County Women Lawyers, 1997
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, 1997
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1997

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Hayward v. Napa Superior Court, Case Number A144823 - Published Case - In this case it was discovered the private judge and the husband's attorney had a prior professional realtionship that was not disclosed on the record and no written waiver was obtained.  In addition, both the private judge and husband's attorney had judged each other's cases in the past without the proper disclosures and waivers being obtained.  The Court of Appeal for the First District ruled the private judge should have not acted as the temporary judge and set aside all of her orders in the case and found the Marital Operating Agreement to be invalid., 2016
  • Marriage of Ellis, Case Number B248860 - Published Case where the entry of the first Judgment begins the time for filing an appeal even though subsequent Judgments were entered afterwards if there is no materal change in the terms of the subsequent Judgments. , 2015
  • Marriage of McHugh, Case Number G048551 - Published Case Regarding Imputation of Income for Support. , 2014
  • Marriage of Ackerman, Case Number G034259 - Published Case regarding Valuation of Plastic Surgery Practice and Imputation of Support., 2006

Educational Background:

  • California State University, Fullerton, California, B.S. in Kinesiology, 1992
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Office Location for Keith E. Dolnick

2 Park Plaza
Suite 650
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-222-0426


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Last Updated: 7/10/2017

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