Certifications and Memberships

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization

Awards & Recognition

  • Avvo “Superb” rating
  • Sky Radio listed her as one of America’s Most Influential Women
  • The Los Angeles Times listed her as a Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law
  • Rated AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest possible rating
  • Recognized as the “Best of Long Beach” for Family Law Attorney in the Long Beach Beachcomber newspaper – 2017
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine – 2005 & 2012


  • B.A. in Political Science U.C. Santa Barbara
  • J.D. Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

Bar Memberships

  • State Bar of California, 2001



The attorney you want on your side.

“We called Janet Dockstader when we found out my husband’s ex-wife had returned to work. Janet and her extensive support team started working on our case immediately. Our request for spousal support modification was granted, and the respondents request for attorney fees denied. Janet Dockstader and her team know what they are doing and they get things done quickly. It was the best legal representation I’ve ever experienced and we will save close to $40,000.00 over the next two years. Janet Dockstader is the attorney you want on your side in the courtroom!”

– Arthur W.

Expert in Family Law Issues!

“Janet Dockstader is an expert in family law issues. You see this when she is in court working for you. Her excellent communication and negotiation skills are evident. It is not about the price you pay for representation. It is about the results you get and Janet delivers excellent legal results.

– Mike S.

One of the luckiest days of my life!

“I met Janet Dockstader by chance in court and I can honestly say that was one of the luckiest days of my life! Janet has helped me through a difficult custodial battle. She was very compassionate and understanding of my needs, yet aggressive enough to fight for what my son and I deserved. Her staff is also wonderful, knowledgeable, caring and bilingual, which was a big plus since I’m Hispanic. I never knew I could trust a lawyer until I met Janet who’s been a great role model in the legal field. Calling her may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. It has been for me!”

– Alicia S.

Made a difficult situation much easier.

“Janet and Nadine have made a difficult situation much easier. I always know they will listen to me, and address the things that are most important for me and my children”

– Tawnee O.