Donna Encinas, Esq

Donna Encinas, Esq., Certified Family Law Specialist


“One of the benefits of Collaborative process is that we work as a team to facilitate the divorce in a non-adversarial manner. In collaborative cases, we focus on problem solving, rather than on blame.”

Donna M. Encinas is an understanding and compassionate Family Law Attorney & Mediator who strives to help her clients through the Family Law process with a goal of minimizing the emotional stress of a divorce. She is dedicated to helping clients reach amicable and reasonable settlements through consensual dispute resolution methods. Having been through a divorce, she understands how it feels when your financial future is undetermined, the lives of your children are at stake, and how important it is to maintain as much control over the outcome of your case as possible.


Donna has been practicing family law exclusively since having been admitted to the bar. She has been a sole practitioner since 1998. Her goal is to peacefully transition families going through a divorce in a compassionate and peaceful manner. Through the Collaborative process, her intention is to help clients resolve their issues with integrity and respect. Donna hopes to change the way people divorce by transforming the process into a more constructive and solution oriented outcome. The Collaborative process focuses on problem solving and working jointly with other professionals in order to reach solutions that better serve the entire family.

Donna has been a volunteer mediator with the Los Angeles Superior Courts for the past 25 years, and has sat as a Judge Pro Tem in the Family Law Courts. Formerly, she served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern law School. Donna is a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, Family Divorce Solutions of San Fernando Valley, and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.


  • Family Law Attorney, Law Office of Donna M. Encinas, 1998-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Southwestern Law School, 2014-2018


  • Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School, University of California-Santa Barbara



  • California State Bar
  • District Court of the United States
  • Central District of California Wisconsin State Bar


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - Family law Section
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association - Family Law Section


  • IACP: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • LACFLA: Los Angeles Collaborative Family law Association
  • Family Divorce Solutions
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court - Volunteer Mediator


Donna has been practicing law for the past 32 years exclusively in the area of family law.  She loves to cook and bake, stays active with hiking and cross fit, and plans to travel more whenever possible.

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