Reviews
  • Best appellate attorney in California.
    In my humble opinion, John is the best appellate attorney in California. I recommend that clients allocate the funds to have him review or brief topics because I trust his judgement and wisdom. Quick to respond, his research is the best and his writing is concise and very persuasive. You will not go wrong with John on your side.

    - Janie B.

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  • The result was a home run: a published reversal!
    I recently turned to John when I believed the trial court had made an erroneous ruling on a complicated procedural and jurisdictional question. Although I enjoy research and writing when I have the time, my family law practice often does not permit me that luxury. Also, this problem called for a writ petition, which would involve its own complex procedural rules, so I enlisted John’s support, and the result was a home run: a published reversal!

    - Kayleene W.

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  • Maximum chance of success on appeal.
    As a busy family law attorney I understand that the expertise of an appellate specialist is invaluable when it comes either to seeking reversal of an unjust result or preservation of a hard-fought victory. My skill set is oriented to the courtroom. John excels at presenting complex legal arguments to the Court of Appeal in a manner that gives my clients the maximum chance of success on appeal.

    - Michael. F.

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  • Very helpful, available & thoroughly professional.

    A dependency court judge ruled against us, allowing the county to take our baby away from us. It is a nightmare for any family to go through. When our baby was not well (due to premature birth and meningitis), we took him to hospital. The hospital and social workers seemed in a hurry to put the blame on us without considering all the facts. Unfortunately, we lost the trial so filed an appeal. When everything was seemingly hopeless, we were fortunate enough to come across John L. Dodd.

    Mr. Dodd was always very helpful, available, and thoroughly professional. Right from the time the appeal started, John was on top of things. He thoroughly studied our case and compiled strong arguments and filed the documents on time or well before the deadlines. Thanks to John Dodd's work and persistence, the appeal court overturned the lower court judgment. Few trial judgments are overturned, but ours was one such case.

    Our baby is doing well, and the case against us was dismissed. John deserves huge credit for this outcome. Our family is forever indebted to John. We strongly recommend John's services for appeals.

    - Former Client

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  • Truly appreciate his legal services!

    I represented myself in the trial court, but the trial court dismissed my complaint without leave to amend, even though I had asked the judge for the leave to amend the original complaint, so I decided to file an appeal. I was lucky to find John Dodd to be my appellate lawyer. The opening brief and reply brief that he wrote for the case was wonderful. The decisions of the trial court was reversed by the appellate division, and I was able to file the first amended complaint for my case. I truly appreciate his legal services.

    - Gloria H.

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  • Integrity, professionalism & wisdom are truly outstanding.

    I retained John Dodd to represent me in the Court of Appeal after a portion of my stipulated divorce agreement was set aside by a new and incompetent family court judge. I could not be more satisfied with John’s work on my behalf and winning a reversal of the post-judgment order. His legal knowledge is superior and his integrity, professionalism, and wisdom are truly outstanding. I strongly recommend John Dodd for any issues involving family court appeals. He is honest and straightforward. He is the most skilled and diligent appellate attorney I know and is one of a few certified legal specialists in appellate law in Orange County.

    - Former Client

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  • Forthright, skilled & diligent!

    I retained attorney John Dodd and his team to represent me in the Court of Appeal after an family court judge initially quashed a registration of an out-of-state support order and then did not follow the Court of Appeal’s judges decision to reverse the initial ruling. Other attorneys thought my case too complicated and/or unwinnable. John provided the legal competence based on his extensive understanding of the case law to win the appeals. I could not be more satisfied with John’s work on my behalf and winning a reversal. His legal knowledge is superior and his integrity, professionalism and wisdom are truly outstanding. I strongly recommend John Dodd for any issues involving family court appeals. He is a forthright, skilled and diligent appellate attorney. He and his associate, John Benjamin Ekenes, are a pleasure to work with.

    - Hara L.

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