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Benjamin Ekenes, Esq.

JohnLDoddAppealsAttorneyLawyerBenjamin Ekenes joined John L. Dodd & Associates in 2013 after a stint at a general practice firm.  He graduated in 2012 cum laude from Western State University, where he was on the honor roll, earning the Witkin Award for scholarship in Torts and Professional Skills.  While in law school, he served as a judicial extern with the Los Angeles Superior Court and the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two.  He also excelled at moot court competitions, charting his career path toward appellate law by participating in the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Competition, winning awards for the best brief in 2011 and outstanding individual achievement in oral argument in 2011 and 2012.

Mr. Ekenes received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 2009.  He is the author of The Need for Formalities with Forensic Evidence: Why the Melendez-Dias Holding Should Be Limited, 38 W.St.U.L.Rev. 209 (2011).

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This February, the Court of Appeal filed a published opinion, granting our writ petition on a jurisdictional issue in a family law matter. Writ petitions present a procedural minefield so an appellate specialist can provide key assistance.

January's victory came in a dependency case in which the Court of Appeal reversed an order "removing" a child from a non-custodial parent. "Removal" has special significance in dependency proceedings and generally is a prerequisite to later termination of parental rights, so it is key to attack these types of orders by a timely appeal.


"I recently turned to John when I believed the trial court had made an erroneous ruling on a complicated procedural and jurisdictional question. Although I enjoy research and writing when I have the time, my family law practice often does not permit me that luxury. Also, this problem called for a writ petition, which would involve its own complex procedural rules, so I enlisted John’s support, and the result was a home run: a published reversal!"
Kayleene H. Writer, Family Law Attorney

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Since 1989 John L. Dodd and Associates has been handling appeals throughout the State of California, on behalf of both appellants and respondents, as well as writ petitions.  Mr. Dodd is a Certified Appellate Specialist and is experienced in civil, family, trust and estate, juvenile, parental rights, criminal and adoption appeals with over 1,000 appellate matters to date. © Copyright 2017

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