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


Highest Standards of Integrity

5.0 stars

In 2008 I filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. I only wished I had been referred to Paul Nelson back then, instead of any one of the four attorneys I left over the next 3 years. Not one of them cared about my case, or responded to any information I gave them.

Within three days of my Judgment, my Ex stopped paying me. I turned to a friend who I met just before my divorce was final, and asked her to please give me the name of her lawyer. She had been quite happy with him and she got a good result.

I met Paul Nelson. Paul has been nothing but a God send for my post-divorce work for the past four years, which is quite often. My Ex continues to stop paying support routinely, which is challenging and don't need the additional stress. Paul had to help with everything that the "other lawyer" forgot to put in the Divorce Judgment, that I wouldn't even know to ask for, such as being taken off the mortgage on the house that I Quit Claimed to my Ex. Paul has exceeded my expectations at all times compared to any of the other lawyers I had. Paul has been nothing but kind, compassionate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that I will get what I am entitled to now. I am always amazed that, at last, I like and ADMIRE a GREAT LAWYER. He is the most ethical and honest lawyer I have met in Orange County. Paul has been supportive and gone the extra mile many times for myself and for my friend that referred me to Paul.

Please do yourselves a favor and read the reviews of divorced people. Don't hire a lawyer or law firm by name, or from a neighbor that "heard about someone". Divorce is very emotional and stressful and you should go through it with someone who cares about your life after your divorce and well being. You need a lawyer who will be there for you for the long haul, not pass you off to a "lawyer in learning". Hire someone who will care about You, be compassionate, understanding, and intelligent. Hire the lawyer who will get you everything you deserve and are entitled to. Hire the lawyer who will communicate with you personally.

That lawyer in Orange County is Paul Nelson. I can count on Paul always, and I know he is there for me no matter what work I'll need in the future.

Posted by Beverly


5.0 stars

Paul is extremely caring and wants the best for me and my children. After working in OC for years Paul knows the procedures, the court's staff and most all the Judges and attorneys. This is especially helpful when preparing for his appearances. He is especially knowledgeable with Family Law and does an excellent job making sure my rights are protected. I have not observed any other attorney stand up the same way Paul does.

A Dad's Point of View


A Lawyer that is honest!!

5.0 stars

I have a great attorney with Paul!! He has integrity and morals. He does what he says for you and is very hard working!! I couldn't give him a higher rating!! He's courteous and handles himself with professionalism!!

Satisfied Client


Tenacious, Bulldog, Great Attorney

5.0 stars

Using Paul Nelson for my divorce was the best decision I made in the entire process. He is knowledgeable, tough, and does not back down. I first noticed Paul while at court for another matter. I liked the way he approached the judge and did not back down. He was considerate, but firm and backed by knowledge of the law that applied. Because of that, I followed him out of the courtroom and got his card. Divorce is terrible, but working with Paul helped me to achieve good results.

Posted by Stephen


5.0 stars

Paul Nelson handled my divorce. He was very responsive and would highly recommend him. Great guy and very trustworthy.




5.0 stars

Paul Nelson was very professional and informative prior to, during, and after handling my legal situation. I was grateful for his guidance, and communication throughout the process. Additionally, I appreciated his availability in answering any questions I may have had.

More often than not, family legal situations can be very time consuming, frustrating, and lengthy.

I am thankful that even in the midst of all the details, Paul Nelson, and his associates were notably helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and speedy in all actions and correspondence.

Posted by Rebekah


Excellent Family Law Professional

5.0 stars

Paul and his staff are very professional, very knowledgeable and an excellent firm to work with.

The firm does a great job of keeping the client informed, they are very easy to work with and add the human touch to a very difficult situation. I very much appreciate how they handled my case.

Posted by Mike


Go prepared with a strong team

5.0 stars

Paul Nelson and his staff took care of my concerns as if they were their own. Paul's knowledge of family law is strong and his experience in the court room is second to none. Paul's team made sure that every aspect of my case was handled expeditiously and they covered every legal point necessary to make sure my needs were met with positive results.

I highly recommend Paul Nelson and Associates.

Posted by David


This guy is Tough....and Good!

5.0 stars

I saw Paul in court in action. I had previously interviewed 3 other attorneys before hiring Paul.

He provided me a realistic view of my case and an outline for his plan from the outset. He suggested that we set up a settlement meeting with my ex prior to court. We were able to settle a number of things at that time.

Paul was very effective with the judge, the other attorney and the experts we had to hire in my case. I highly recommend him.

Posted by Dave


Excellent Attorney

5.0 stars

Paul Nelson and his team were excellent. They were tough when they needed to be and willing to negotiate when that was appropriate. Paul handled my case beautifully. I am confident that others will find him to be one of the best family law attorneys in Southern California. I recommend him without hesitation.

Posted by Beth

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