Patricia Van Haren

Of Counsel

Collaborative Family Law Attorney and Mediator, Patricia C. Van Haren has been a practicing attorney since May of 2011. Prior to attending law school, Patricia was a family law paralegal for approximately 20 years. For several years before becoming an attorney, she assisted couples through uncontested divorces as a paralegal and doing document preparation assistance.

After establishing her own practice, Patricia used all of her skills and knowledge to develop her family law practice. She has wide ranging experience on all areas of family law, including prenuptial agreements, paternity actions, divorces, child custody & visitation, child and spousal support and property division. She handles cases throughout the state of California with a particular focus on Southern and Central Los Angeles County and all of Orange County.

Patricia is also a member of various bar associations and collaborative practice groups throughout Southern California. In 2023, she won the Eureka Award for her significant contribution to collaborative law.

Patricia believes in educating the public and providing her clients and the public the ability to be fully informed in the Divorce Process.  She regularly publishes articles, creates educational videos, hosts workshops, and has written a book intended to educate people who have questions about Family Law.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2024 Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2023 Eureka Award for Significant Contributions to Collaborative Practice in California
  • 2015 - 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2015 Los Angeles Magazine - Top Attorney
  • 2014 VIP Woman of the Year – National Association of Professional Women

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Collaborative Professionals of California
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Vesta Divorce


  • Abraham Lincoln Law School JD - Juris Doctorate, 2010
  • American InterContinental University BS - Bachelor of Science, 2006
  • Marymount College (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) Associates of Arts, 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 - 2024: Three Monthly Presentations Vesta Divorce Workshops
  • 2023: The Role of Minor’s Counsel and Parenting Coordinators in High Conflict Custody Cases
  • 2022: Advanced Issues in Child Custody CEB
  • 2023: CEB – How to Complete an Uncontested or Default Divorce
  • 2023: Women’s Divorce Symposium International and Consensual Dispute Resolution