Law Firm For Family And Divorce Cases In Los Angeles County

Jay Devitt & Setareh "Star" Panah have been practicing Family Law in Los Angeles for over 35 combined years. They know the law, the Judges and most of the other Family Law attorneys. Jay & Star will be able to handle your divorce with an eye for keeping costs and fees down by attempting to settle your case without trial once the preliminary paper work is completed.


Jay has been practicing law for over 30 years and has never lost a divorce case or custody dispute. One of the reasons is that he will often retain a forensic accountant to testify as an expert on complex financial issues. Furthermore, when the Court orders a child custody evaluation, he knows which evaluators tend to favor Husbands or Wives and which can be counted on to be fair and impartial.

If you need a restraining order or you have been served with one, Jay will be able to make sure that the Court considers all the facts by properly preparing witnesses and evidence and presenting it to the Court in a logical, lawyer-like fashion.

Jay prides himself on close communication with his clients by taking all client telephone calls or returning them the same day, even if he is in trial and must call back in the evening. He is available on weekends and evenings when necessary. 

Jay is President of the Malibu Bar Associate, has appeared on the news many times and has been published over 20 times in Law Reviews, etc.  



Setareh "Star" Panah attended California State University, Northridge where she received her B.A. in Psychology. She gradated cum laude.

Star then attended Oklahoma City University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree. At the same time, she obtained a Certificate in Client Representation in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration) under the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She also received a CALI Award for highest grade in Client Representation in Arbitration.

During law school, Star’s activities included Community Service Committee Chair of Phi Alpha Delta and involvement in a Divorce Docket Project working with experienced attorneys and Judges on Family Law cases. She also “clerked” her way through law school for 2 years, and worked for Legal Aid. Star then moved back to Los Angeles where she successfully passed the California bar exam, and joined Jay Devitt Law Firm 6 years ago.

In addition to practicing Family Law, Star has solid experience in Immigration Law as well. Her main area of expertise is family-based petitions and naturalization. However, she has done extensive research on other areas of immigration law and is familiar with most immigration rules, regulations, and application procedures for immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Star is also fluent in Farsi.

Client Reviews

I appreciate the hard work Jay Devitt did. It is just a gift for me and a pleasure to have hired you as my attorneys. As a client I am really satisfied with the results. How else can I thank Jay and Star?

I came to Jay Devitt Law Firm and Mr. Devitt made me feel so welcomed. He really cared for my case and me. He is really down to earth and I felt as if I was talking to a friend.  Jay, did not judge me or make me feel like a bad person.


I did not know the experience Jay had and I did not know that he has won almost every case. He is just so wonderful and did the best job in my child support case. I was in big trouble with my kid, but then I let Jay handle everything and he did it the right way. Hooray Jay.

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Satellite offices located in:

  • Encino, California
  • Beverly Hills, California
  • Sherman Oaks, California
  • Van Nuys, California
  • LAX Airport, California
  • Santa Ana, California
  • Torrance, California
  • Ventura, California
  • Oxnard, California
  • Burbank, California
  • Pasadena, California
  • Glendale, California
  • West Covina, California