JAMES "JAY" DEVITT - PARTNER
Jay has been practicing law for over 26 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 - ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
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.
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.