Certified Family Law Specialist

Meet James Parke

James (Jim) Parke has practiced law in California for nearly 45 years. Jim graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1975 and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1978.

An esteemed expert in all areas of family law, Jim has spoken on several family law-related topics throughout Southern California, and regularly contributes to divorce recovery workshops. He has also written several articles related to family law.

Jim understands the psychological aspect of family law, and he knows the importance of helping a client pass through the dissolution process as quickly, painlessly, and fairly as possible. He works hard and professionally to attempt to resolve many, if not all, of the issues of a case. On the other hand, if the case requires litigation, Jim is known as a “fighter” who has outstanding trial skills.

Jim has an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale.com. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and served as co-deal of the 2013 AAML Institute of Trial Advocacy.

In addition, Jim has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2004, and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list for the past eight years.

Jim has been named one of the American Registry’s “Top 50 Attorneys” in Orange County for several years, including 2023.


Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Child Custody
  • Alimony
  • Child Support




  • Pepperdine University, 1978
  • California State University at Fullerton, 1975

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Attorney (Orange County) 2019
  • 2022 AV Preeminent – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence (Martindale)
  • 2022 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2021 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2020 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2019 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2018 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2017 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2016 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2015 Super Lawyers selection
  • AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, 2014
  • 2013 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2012 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2011 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2010 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2009 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2006 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2005 Super Lawyers selection
  • 2004 Super Lawyers selection

Professional Positions, Associations, and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1978