Nelson | Kirkman Lawyers Formerly Paul J Nelson and Associates
Providing divorce and family law representation to Newport Beach and the surrounding area

Paul J. Nelson Esq.

Paul J. Nelson Esq.

Newport Beach, California

Orange County Divorce Lawyer

Firm founder Paul J. Nelson is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, and a highly experienced trial attorney who has tried hundreds of family law matters in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County. Mr. Nelson's courtroom experience, knowledge of California family law, and familiarity with local judicial officers and opposing counsel has helped him build a track record of successful outcomes for a wide range of clients.

Mr. Nelson is a member of the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association. He also belongs to the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Mr. Nelson also participates in the Inns of Court, a legal organization designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of lawyers and the legal profession.

When he is not practicing law, Mr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters. He is also an avid cyclist, alpine skier, world traveler, and a licensed private pilot, which allows him to handle cases throughout the state. Mr. Nelson speaks Thai fluently.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Visitation
  • Spousal Support
  • Modifications
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Enforcement of Court Orders
  • Business Valuation
  • Asset Valuation and Protection
  • Domestic Violence
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Partnerships

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1998


  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1997
  • University of Utah
    • B.A. - 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Certified Family Specialists
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Inns of Court


  • Thai

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