Janet Dockstader

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Long Beach, CA

Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP
 | One World Trade Center, Suite 1740
Long Beach, CA 90831
Phone: 562-431-2000
Fax: 562-431-2100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005, 2012
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

There is a good reason that Janet Dockstader has been widely recognized throughout the legal community as an outstanding attorney at Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP. For years, she has compassionately guided clients through family law issues in Long Beach, California, and the Los Angeles area. Ms. Dockstader holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; she has an Avvo “Superb” rating; Sky Radio listed her as one of America’s Most Influential Women; and the Los Angeles Times listed her as a Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law.

These accolades are merely a reflection of the hard work Ms. Dockstader does every day on the job. She puts in many hours to ensure her clients feel represented and comfortable with the direction in which their case is heading. As a skilled litigator, she has successfully taken many issues to trial. Ms. Dockstader is also trained in alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and collaboration.

A strong educational and professional background has prepared Ms. Dockstader for her work with a wide selection of clients. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2001. Ms. Dockstader is fluent in Spanish and has been certified as a family law specialist from The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Outside her work with clients, Ms. Dockstader serves as a mediator for people facing family law issues with the local court system. She holds memberships with the Long Beach Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Mediation & Collaborative Law

Focus Areas

Mediation & Collaborative Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005, 2012

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Janet Dockstader

Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.bgdlawyers.com/dockstader.html


  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2015
  • Southern California Rising Star, Los Angeles Magazine, 2012
  • Named one of America's Most Influential Women by Sky Radio
  • Featured in the Los Angeles Times "Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law" in 2010 and 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 2014
  • Certified to participate in Collaborative Dissolutions, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Governors, Long Beach Bar Association, 2007
  • Long Beach Inn of Court, 2006
  • Family Law Mediator, Long Beach Court
  • Member, Long Beach Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles Bar Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Long Beach Bar Association, 2007-2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law, 2014
  • Co-Presenter, Collaborative Divorce, Long Beach Bar Association, 2010

Educational Background:

  • Monterey Institute of International Studies, Spanish
  • University of California, at Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Studies

Industry Groups

  • Long Beach Bar
  • Los Angeles Bar
  • Orange County Bar
Office Location for Janet Dockstader

One World Trade Center
Suite 1740
Long Beach, CA 90831

Phone: 562-431-2000

Fax: 562-431-2100

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Last Updated: 8/6/2018

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