11372 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604

Phone: 818.985.1983

Fax: 818.985.1988

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Who we are.

Rebecca D. Lizarraga, Esq.

San Fernando, California

Practice Areas: Family Law, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Domestic Partnership Agreements and Dissolution, Military Family Law, Step-parent adoptions, Spousal and Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Domestic Violence, Restraining Orders, Guardianships

Admitted: State Bar of California, May 2003; U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California; U.S. Supreme Court 2010

Academic Background:

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, Juris Doctor, December 2002
  • California State University, Northridge, B.A. Psychology, 1992
  • - Dean's List 1990 & 1991
  • - Psy Chi National Honor Society in Psychology 1990-1992
  • - Member CSUN Psychology Association 1990 - 1992

Member: Los Angeles County (Family Law Section), American, Latina Lawyers, Mexican American and Beverly Hills Bar Associations; State Bar of California; 
Studio City Chamber of Commerce

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Rebecca Lizarraga has been serving children and families in crisis for over twenty-five years. She established her law practice in May of 2006. Rebecca has a sterling reputation for her commitment to her clients’ needs, while accumulating rave testimonials from peers and those she serves. Her background in family law is supplemented by extensive experience in the areas of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Dependency and Juvenile court. Her success can be attributed to her dedication to forging personal connections with clients, her zealous advocacy on behalf of those she represents, and her passion for making a difference in her community. Rebecca has an adult daughter and is expecting a son with her wife and law partner, Jennifer Lawlor.

Awards:

  • Member Journal of Law & Trade in the Americas 2001-2002
  • Member, Moot Court Honors Program 2000-2001 (Gibbons Team, Newark NJ)
  • President, Latino Law Students Association 2000-2001
  • Community Affairs Commissioner, Student Bar Association 2000-2001
  • Study Abroad Program at Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, Summer 2001
  • Recipient of three CALI "Excellence for the Future Awards" in Torts II, Legal Research & Writing and Civil Liberties
  • Recipient, "Exceptional Achievement Award" Constitutional Law Seminar
  • Recipient, Finalist Writer & Alternate Oralist Awards, 20000 Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Recipient "Blue Book Award" Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas 2002
  • Recipient, Student Bar Association Community Service Award 2000-2001
  • Recipient, Schumacher Minority Leadership Scholarship; Mexican American Bar
  • Foundation's Hon. Manuel Martinez Memorial Scholarship and Public Interest 2000 Summer Grant

Experience:

  • Law Offices of Rebecca D. Lizarraga, Established - May 2006.
  • Lizarraga Law,APC, Incorporated as Professional Law Corporation - May 2009.
  • Robie & Matthai,APC, Los Angeles,Associate, June 2003 - May 2006
    • - Practice centered on Judicial and Attorney Professional defense and legal malpractice defense, insurance coverage disputes and appellate work before the California Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court. Represented approximately 30 California State Superior Court Judges before the Commission on Judicial Performance for alleged misconduct.
  • United States District Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles - 2001
    • - Full-Time Extern, for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie, Senior U.S. District Court Judge
  • Teaching Assistant for Professor Franklin L. Ferguson Jr., SW Law - 2000 - 2001
    • - Conducted Torts tutorials for 80 first year students
  • Protection & Advocacy, Inc., Los Angeles, Law Clerk, Summer 2000
  • Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), 1996- 2002
    • - Section-Head of the Out-of-Home Care Evaluation Unit (OHCEU)
    • - Supervised 19 staff including 11 child abuse investigators. OHCEU was responsible to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect among the almost 30,000 dependent children placed in approximately 10,000 out-of home licensed or certified family facilities including group homes, licensed foster homes and Foster Family Agencies (FFA) in Los Angeles and adjacent counties.
    • - Children’s Social Worker II Metro North Regional Office
    • - Managed a caseload of 60 neglected/abused children.Assessed whether children could safely remain in their own home or must be removed for their protection. Referred family members and foster parents to community agencies for counseling, parenting education, drug rehabilitation. Documented case plans case activity. Prepared court reports and appeared as witness in court hearings.
  • Los Angeles County Probation Department, 1990 - 1996
    • - Assistant to the Chief of Juvenile Institutions Bureau, Probation Headquarters
    • - Served as liaison between the Chief, Probation Directors, Personnel and the Community. Researched Case Law, State and Federal Statutes and Regulations that may effect Departmental Policies and Procedures. Serve as advisor to the Chief on employee discipline matters particularly in regard to child abuse under the color of authority.
    • - Departmental Civil Service Representative (DCSR) Discipline Unit, Probation Headquarters
    • - Provided consultative services to Probation Directors regarding the discipline process; investigated and reviewed allegations of misconduct by Peace Officers and recommended appropriate level of disciplinary action. Represented the Department at the Civil Service Commission and Arbitration Hearings.
    • - Camp Joseph Scott and Dorothy Kirby Center,Acting Deputy Probation Officer (DPO)
    • - Served as Juvenile Court Liaison Deputy; Supervised residential treatment program for delinquent youth; casework planning, preparation of court reports; Orientation of new staff and minors. Certified Parenting Instructor of court ordered parenting program for residents and families. Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified.
  • State of Oregon Mental Health Division, Salem Oregon, 1987-1989
    • - Staff Assistant to three Governor Appointed Counsels including: the Governor’s State Developmental Disabilities Planning Counsel, State of Oregon Supported Employment Initiative and the State of Oregon Community Integration Project, which included implementing home and community based waivers to alter institutional approaches.

Jennifer M. Lawlor, Of Counsel

Burlington, Iowa

Practice Areas: Family Law, Immigration Law

Admitted: State Bar of California 2006; U.S. Supreme Court 2010

Academic Background:

  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2006 Webster University, B.A. Philosophy, 2002
  • President Philosophy Club, Webster University 2000 - 2001;
  • - Dean’s List Southwestern Law 2004;
  • - President OUTlaw 2004 - 2005, SW Law;
  • - Member National Lawyers Guild 2003 – 2006

Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Immigration Section), Studio City Chamber of Commerce

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Jennifer M. Lawlor adds an important element to our team with her unique writing skills and financial mind. Ms. Lawlor enjoys learning the complexities, facts and goals of your family law matter, and cohesively presenting these matters to the court. Moreover, Ms. Lawlor is extremely adept at assessing your families assets, debts, and any discovery which may be needed in order to gain a fair and accurate picture of your families’ finances.

In the past, Ms. Lawlor has served as a legal research assistant to Professor Katherine Parsons and assisted in the establishment of the first Ethics focused curriculum and certificate program at Webster University with emphasis on moral ethics, medical ethics, and environmental ethics;. She was also research assistant to Ms. Catherine Sheehan and Ms. Dani Hart in 2004. She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005.

After graduating from law school and being admitted to the California bar in 2006, Jennifer was hired as an Associate with Law Offices of Lucy Avedissian, an Immigration Practice which focused on Family, Employment and Asylum issues.

In 2008, Jennifer joined Lizarraga Law, APC as “Of Counsel”. In May 2014, Rebecca Lizarraga and Jennifer were married and are expecting their first child, Asher Joseph Lawlor-Lizarraga in April 2015.

Lara Kuyumjian, Of Counsel

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation

Admitted: State Bar of California, June 2015; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, June 2015.

Academic Background:

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Juris Doctor, May 2014
  • - Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Articles Editor (2013 – 2014), Staff Writer (2012 – 2013)
  • - Armenian Law Students Association, Vice President (2013 – 2014), Secretary (2012 – 2013)
  • - Outstanding First Year Brief Award (2012)
  • - Women’s Law Association, Member (2011 – 2014)
  • University of California— Los Angeles, B.A., cum laude, June 2010
  • - Dean’s Honors List (2009 – 2010)
  • - Editor-in-Chief of The Armenian Chronicles (2008 – 2010)
  • - Armenian Students Association, Secretary (2008 – 2009)
  • - Golden Key International Honor Society, Member (2008 – 2010)
  • - Sigma Alpha Lambda, Member (2007 – 2010)

Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association (Family Law Section), Beverly Hills Bar Association, Armenian Bar Association

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Prior to joining Lizarraga Law, APC, Ms. Kuyumjian was the judicial extern to the Honorable B. Scott Silverman of the Los Angeles Superior Court – Stanley Mosk Courthouse. During this time, Ms. Kuyumjian reviewed and analyzed case files, requests for modifications, and orders to show cause regarding dissolution of marriage, spousal and child support, custody, and visitation, and discussed relevant issues with Judge Silverman, in preparation for court proceedings.

In addition, Ms. Kuyumjian performed volunteer work for the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, where she fought for the rights of vulnerable, low-income families in family law matters. Here, she supported domestic violence survivors and their families in establishing safety and stability through wraparound legal advocacy in family law and restraining order cases. Furthermore, she served as a Summer Associate at Lopez & Grager, LLP, where she further expanded her interest and knowledge in the field of Family Law.

In the past, Ms. Kuyumjian has served as a legal writing tutor at Loyola Law School, as well as a legal research assistant to Professor Allan P. Ides of Loyola Law School, where she researched case law regarding individual rights, for inclusion in the newest edition of the Examples and Explanations (E&E) textbook on Constitutional Law. In fact, her name is acknowledged by the author on the current E&E’s Acknowledgments page.

After graduating from law school and being admitted to the California bar, Ms. Kuyumjian joined Lizarraga Law, APC as “Of Counsel,” practicing primarily family law.

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