Roy Doppelt | San Diego Family Lawyer


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Roy M Doppelt

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Spousal Support

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For over 30 years, San Diego family law attorney Roy M. Doppelt, Esq. has been providing clients in San Diego County [all courts including San Diego Main, Vista, Chula Vista, and El Cajon] with comprehensive legal services. He is currently an active member of California and San Diego Bar Associations, and he is admitted to practice law in both California and Illinois state courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California. Roy was raised in the Chicago area and attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He relocated to California to attend the California Western School of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1988, graduating with the Dean's Award. He thereafter passed both the California and Illinois bars, and he currently serves clients in and around the greater San Diego metropolitan area. Roy is experienced in all matters related to separation and divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, adoptions, paternity proceedings, and modifications of final judgments, among other family law issues. When a couple with young children is going through a divorce, child custody and visitation often becomes a complex and hotly contested issue. A court will focus on the best interests of the child when determining a custody arrangement. This can encompass a wide range of factors, including the ability of each parent to care for the child, any health issues related to the child or the parents, any history of domestic violence or substance abuse by a parent, and the child’s educational opportunities. A custody decision affects both where a child lives (physical custody) and which parent has the right to make important decisions for the child (legal custody). It is generally joint, but it can be awarded solely to one parent if the situation requires. A child custody dispute is just one area in which Roy’s assistance and representation may prove vital in helping you move forward from a divorce. Roy’s goal is to provide his firm’s clients with the support that they need in meeting their personal challenges and to try and exceed their expectations for legal services and legal fees. In family law matters, the situation can be emotionally charged even before any dispute develops, and the stakes are high for each spouse and their children. When your future is on the line, you should not try to navigate legal procedures and detailed statutes on your own. Roy keeps his clients informed about what the law requires, as well as the range of outcomes that they can realistically expect. He thoroughly lays out for his clients the different options available to them, as well as the short- and long-term consequences of pursuing any particular course of action. In practical terms, Roy is conscious of his clients’ time and economic concerns. He tries to resolve cases efficiently, always bearing in mind a client’s specific goals and priorities. If you need a family law attorney in the San Diego area, you can count on him to be 100% on your side and an aggressive [but not offensive] legal advocate on your behalf.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I represented a mother against the paternal grandparents where their son [who was the father] was deceased. The paternal grandparents wanted legal and physical custody and the mother was remarried and had other children and she wanted to be able to raise their child without interference of any kind and move on with her life. I argued that the paternal grandparents had not met their burden of proof and that the mother had constitutional rights under the 14th Amendment and the Judge denied the paternal grandparents requests after an evidentiary hearing with oral testimony. Our client was so appreciative of this and said it changed her life to know she could move on.

How did you build a successful practice?
I built a successful practice by placing the interests of the client’s ahead of the firm’s financial interests and anyone else’s interests. Also, all are committed to trying our personal best [from receptionist to paralegal to associate to partner] to exceeding client’s expectations regarding legal services and legal fees. We give a free 30 minute to give realistic expectations as much as possible and also strategies and techniques to protect client’s legal rights and try and obtain their legal goals so the client can make an informed and intelligent decision about a most important part of their life.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
I believe clients should look for honesty and integrity and that the lawyer will place their interests ahead of all others. Also, education and training and experience is very important. It is also a very good idea, when selecting your attorney, to ask how many cases the attorney has handled before the Judge your case is in front of.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge is very important to the success of cases. While the law in California applies to everyone the same, different Judges can make different rulings on the same fact pattern. Also, it is important that the attorney have the updated local judicial council forms and attorney service to help with filings locally.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
Free telephone consultations provide the same information as in-office consultations. An in-office consultation, if possible, is strongly advised since hiring a lawyer is a service and not a product. Sometimes, of course, a client lives out of the county or out of state or out of the country. In that instance, a phone consultation is best.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
For a free telephone conversation to provide the maximum value to the client, the client should be able to provide basic information depending on the type of case. For example, if a divorce the information would include: date of marriage; date of separation; the number of children; incomes of both parties; residency for past 6 months; if any pleadings filed; if any hearings set and if there is an attorney for the opposing party. There is much more information, of course, which can be discussed. It is a good idea if the client makes a list of questions first since it is easy to forget when on the phone with the attorney.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
As to what distinguishes me from other attorneys, I would ask any potential new client to google “Roy Doppelt Attorney San Diego” and look at our 49 reviews on google with a ranking of 4.9. I have numerous awards and qualifications and our firm is A+ rated with the San Diego BBB and I have a 10.0 rating on AVVO. I have practiced law in San Diego for over 30 years and our office has been in the same location for 20 years. I take professional pride in helping to resolve life-altering events relating to divorce, legal separation and paternity and help to minimize the loss associated with these case. I am very compassionate and understanding and always try to make sure our clients are informed.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is when I am told how I helped change someone’s life and future. Family law cases, whether a paternity or divorce or legal separation, is a life-altering event. Not seeing your children every night is one of the most disheartening of all and I take pride in making lives better and not worse.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
My other interests include playing chess, reading, and boating.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyDoppelt and Forney, APLCSan Diego, CA2017 - Present
AttorneyRoy M. Doppelt & Associates, A Professional Law CorporationSan Diego, CA2010 - 2017
AttorneyPinkerton Doppelt And Associates, APC1998 - 2010
AttorneyDoppelt And Associates1996 - 1998
SupervisingWallin & Klarich1994 - 1996
OwnerRoy Doppelt And Associates1991 - 1994
Deputy Public DefenderCounty of San Diego1988 - 1991
School Degree Major Graduation
California Western School of LawJ.D. Law School1987  
University of MichiganBachelor of ArtsCriminology1984
State / Court Date
California1988
Illinois1988
  • State Bar of California | Section Member: Family Law | 2009 - Present
    San Diego County Bar Association | Member | 1998 - Present
    San Diego County Bar Association | Member | 1998 - Present
    State Bar Of California | Member | 1988 - Present
    University of San Diego Moot Court | Judge | 2009 - 2009
    Better Business Bureau | Member | 2001 - 2017
    North County Chamber of Commerce | Member | 2000 - 2008
  • Top 100 Lawyers | National Advocates | 2017
    Member | Marquis Who's Who in American Law | 2012
    Member | Marquis Who's Who in American Law | 2011
    Honored Member: Black Book | Stanford's Who's Who | 2010
    Who'sWho in America | Marquis Who's Who in America | 2010
    Semi Finalist: Top Attorney's 2009 in Family Practice | San Diego Daily Transcript | 2009
    Honored Member: Black Book | Stanford's Who's Who | 2009
    Rating: Excellent | AVVO | 2009
    Quoted | Money Magazine: Special Report | 2009
    Featured | San Diego Magazine: Lawyers and Law Firms You Need to Know | 2009
    Leading San Diego Divorce Lawyers | attorneypages.com | 2009
    Certificate of Merit | National Center for Missing and Exploited Children | 2006
    Dean's Award | California Western School of Law | 1987
    Certificate of Appreciation: Director of WESTLAW Program | California Western School of Law | 1987
    Special Recognition: Outstanding Service: Advocacy Honors Board | California Western School of Law | 1987
    Recognition of Professional Achievement | University of San Diego: School of Law | 1987
    National Member of the Order of Barristers | Order of Barristers | 1987
    Named: Who's Who Among American Law Students | Who's Who Among American Law Students | 1986
  • Testimonials

    In almost all jobs whether civilian or military a performance review is anticipated or expected. With that being said; I am submitting my review of Damon Forney and giving him my highest recommendation as a Family Law Attorney. Mr. Forney’s performance was exemplary on multiple levels whether in Family Court or Superior Court representing my petitions or requests in support determination hearings. As a retired senior military Officer, I can say Mr. Forney took the time to research the intricacies of military retired benefits and the federal law pertaining to divisions accordingly. Whether a military member, Veteran or civilian reading this recommendation, you can count on Mr. Forney to be diligent, persistent and devoted to finding a favorable outcome in your case. I caution to say win, there are NO winners in marriages that end up in Family Court. Finding the closet to fair and just outcome is what everyone seeks but it will not come easy. The playing field of Family Court is a dangerous and vile environment where you certainly will hear untrue and slanderous things said about you, which can spiral out of control if someone is not there to control the situation. You need someone competent like Mr. Forney who will stick to the facts, procedures and laws put in place to avoid re-creating the wheel, which at times, you will feel is trying to be recreated at every hearing. Sadly as this sounds, when getting married you took on the odds of less than fifty (50) percent chance of success. For whatever reason you wound up in this situation and amicable endings are lower in percentages than a successful marriage. Your life is going in a new direction now, make certain to find someone to help you get settled in a way to help you move on, move forward, and have hope, that person to help you is Mr. Forney.

    - Arthur D.

    "Since I retired from the practice of law a year ago. I have referred clients to your office for representation. I wanted to drop this note to thank you for the excellent professional services these clients received under your representation. Thank you also for the referral fees you have graciously provided.

    You can be sure that any future prospective client seeking my representation will be steered your way.

    If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me."

    - Douglas A. Stoodt

  • Legal Insider's guide to San Diego Divorce, Legal Separation & Paternity | book | 2009
    Firm | Pinkerton Doppelt Divorce Guide | 2009
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(1988) Licensed as Attorney in Illinois. Verified with Illinois State Bar Association.July 23, 2018
(1988) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with State Bar of California.July 23, 2018

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San Diego, CA 92128
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