Marlo Van Oorschot

Marlo Van Oorschot is a respected Los Angeles-based family law attorney who has helped hundreds of clients to resolve divorce, child custody, child and spousal support and property disputes. As the founding and managing partner of Law Offices of Marlo Van Oorschot, APLC, she approaches each client’s legal concern in the spirit of a process that she has trademarked as “Strategy. Guidance. Teamwork.™”  Using these concepts in her counseling Ms. Van Oorschot assesses the unique needs of all her clients, working with them as a trusted partner at every step in the divorce proceeding.

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A growing area of emphasis for Ms. Van Oorschot’s practice is helping individuals over the age of 50 deal with the realities of a divorce proceeding. In her family law practice she is sensitive to the issues facing the older divorcing couple, ranging from retirement and insurance concerns to potential re-entry into the workforce, and has made a major commitment to educate this generational group about the complexities they face in divorce.

Ms. Van Oorschot’s book, How To Survive Grey Divorce, has been praised for raising awareness of the complexities in a divorce after age 50 and presenting ideas about how to minimize the financial impact of these complexities for the benefit of both spouses. Her writings on grey divorce have appeared in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and LA Family Magazine, and she has appeared on KCAL9 News to discuss grey divorce concerns.  Ms. Van Oorschot has also written for the American Bar Association’s GPSolo magazine, and she speaks and blogs widely on family law issues.

In resolving family law disputes, Ms. Van Oorschot enhances her litigation skills through effective use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.  She has completed 40 hours of basic family law mediation training through Mosten Mediation’s Divorce Mediation Training and has also completed 20 hours of advanced family law mediation training from Mosten Mediation.  In addition, Ms. Van Oorschot served on the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Mediation Panel.

Ms. Van Oorschot graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance, Real Estate and Law. From 1989 – 1991 she worked as a Financial Analyst for a security protection company in Culver City, California.

In 1991 Ms. Van Oorschot entered Southwestern University School of Law and graduated in 1994 with a Juris Doctor degree.  During her third year of law school, she served a clerkship with Robert K. Holmes, a Certified Family Law Specialist.

After obtaining her law license and entering practice in 1994, Ms. Van Oorschot continued working for Robert K. Holmes as a family lawyer, limiting her practice exclusively to family law.  While working for Robert K. Holmes she had the opportunity to be an adjunct professor for a semester at La Verne University School of Law teaching Community Property.

In 1998 Ms. Van Oorschot joined the firm of Kolodny and Anteau as an associate attorney and then in 1999 she joined the firm of Mayer, Glassman and Gaines where her practice continued to consist solely of family law.

In October, 2001 Ms. Van Oorschot opened her own office focusing on family law and continues to limit her practice to family law matters.

Since 2012, reflecting her achievements in family law, Ms. Van Oorschot has been selected by her professional peers as a California SuperLawyer as designated in Los Angeles Magazine, having earlier in her career been designated as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star.” She has also obtained AV® Preeminent™ status as part of  the authoritative Martindale-Hubbell peer-review process.

Ms. Van Oorschot is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Family Law Section) and Los Angeles County Bar Association (Family Law section).

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EDUCATION

Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
Juris Doctorate, May 1994
Admitted to practice in California as Attorney at Law, December 1994

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, California
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Minor in Finance, 1989
Cum Laude

AWARDS/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.
Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine – 2012-2014
Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition, 20th Edition – 2012-2014
Top Rated Lawyers, Los Angeles Times – 2012
Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine – 2012-2013
Rising Star Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine – 2004-2005

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Law Offices of Marlo Van Oorschot, APLC, Los Angeles, California
Attorney – 2001-Present

Mayer. Glassman & Gaines, Los Angeles, California
Attorney – 1999-2001

Kolodny & Anteau, Beverly Hills, California
Attorney – 1998-1999

Holmes & Holmes (formerly known as Law Offices of Robert K. Holmes), Glendale, California
Attorney – 1994-1998

API Security, Inc., Culver City, California
Financial Analyst – 1989-1991

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Houston Family Law Trial Institute, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas – May 2013
Mosten Mediation Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Program, Los Angeles, California – 2002
Mosten Mediation Divorce Mediation Training Program, Los Angeles, California – 2002

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of La Verne School of Law, Woodland Hills, California
Adjunct Professor, Community Property – 1997

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

BOOKS
How to Survive Grey Divorce: What You Need to Know About Divorce After 50” — 2012
(Published by the Law Offices of Marlo Van Oorschot).

Strategies For Family Law in California
(Co-Author, Inside the Mind series, by Aspatore).

ARTICLES

“Civility in the Practice of Law: How the Legal Profession Can Do Better”,
The Bencher, The Magazine of the American Inns of Court – July/August 2013

“Happy Beginnings: mediated prenuptial agreements”,
Los Angeles Daily Journal –  April 12, 2013

“Families at War”,
Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine – November 2012

“Are pets part of the family”,
Los Angeles Daily Journal – July 17, 2012

“Reasons For And Against Marriage Counseling When Your Spouse Says ‘I Want A Divorce’”,
Huffington Post – November 8, 2011

Your Parents’ Grey Divorce:  No More Ozzie and Harriet
Los Angeles Daily Journal – July 26, 2011

Planning for Your Divorce . . . and Your Next Marriage
GPSolo, (a publication of the American Bar Association) – October 2008

PRESENTATIONS

MCLE Program Provider
“The Collision of a Late-In-Life Divorce and Health Care”,
Beverly Hills Bar Association – April 2013

MCLE Program Provider, MCLE Article
“Families at War”
Los Angeles County Bar Association – November 2012

“Divorce Financial Planning”
Financial Planning Association of Los Angeles – July 2012

REFERENCES

Marlo is a regular commentator and contributor to various sources on celebrity divorces and family law matters, including:

PRINT

“Divorce + Recession + Retirement = Oh, My!”
Source for Article, Investment Advisor Magazine – September 2012

“Divorce and your retirement: Splitting up in midlife or later poses unique financial problems”
Source for article, Consumer Reports Money Advisor – September 2012

WEB

“Demi Moore Files Divorce Papers: What She Wants From Ashton Kutcher”
Source for article, Yahoo! OMG website – March 7, 2013

“Will Kim Kardashian Divorce Kris Humphries Before Kim’s Baby Arrives”
Source for article, Yahoo! OMG website –  January 2, 2013

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

Beverly Hills Bar Association (Family Law section)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Family Law section)

Marlo says...
“Family law matters are highly personal in nature. The best lawyer for you is not just one that is professionally and academically qualified; but one with whom you connect. The only way to determine this is through an in person meeting.”