Jay Devitt - Owner
James ("Jay") Devitt has been practicing family law in Southern California for almost 30 years. During this time, he has handled hundreds of divorce and custody disputes and has acquired an intimate knowledge of family law issues. Jay has never lost a divorce or custody case and has been awarded over $100,000 in monetary sanctions against other attorneys and parties. He attended Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA, where he made the Dean's List, the Honor Roll, and was also published in Law Review. Jay passed the California Bar exam on his first attempt after "clerking" his way through law school working for several prestigious law firms.
Jay was then hired by a 70 attorney law firm. After 3 years of extensive training by one of the partners, Devitt formed his own law firm with a partner which then merged into the present firm. During this time, he have handled family law cases in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Van Nuys, and the surrounding areas, and they often attend dinners and lectures by family law Judges and other respected members of the legal community.
Jay has handled some of the largest divorce cases in Los Angeles history and has been personally responsible for the division of over 100 million dollars in assets. He knows which forensic accountants can be counted on to give the most credible testimony in court and is quite familiar with child custody evaluators and psychologists in Los Angeles. However, he still handles simple divorce issues and will be happy to prosecute or defend restraining orders or modifications of judgments as well as paternity actions. By using his DISSOMASTER program, Jay can calculate your child support and alimony so you will know how much support you are expected to receive or likely have to pay. Many times he will be able to negotiate a "buy out" of the alimony in the case so that a party does not have to wait years to receive their alimony, or if paying alimony, they can get a discount.
Jay is the President of the Malibu Bar Association has been on local news and on Nancy Grace, has been published over 20 times and is also an unlicensed Private Investigator.
Jay has two children and knows how important custody and visitation is to a parent. He will counsel parents so that they are able to put their best foot forward when the time comes to meet with court ordered evaluators or to testify in front of a Judge at trial. He may also be able to suggest certain classes that a parent can take to help their parenting skills and achieve their goals of either full custody, joint custody, or expanded visitation.
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 “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. 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.