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Karen J. Dodd, Esq.
kdodd@appellate-law.com

JohnLDoddAppealsAttorneyLawyerKaren J. Dodd has handled over 250 appeals, including the significant case of In re A.C. (2005) 130 Cal.App.4th 854, which established that dependency jurisdiction was improper, and California had no jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act simply because a parent could not provide a child with adequate medical treatment through no fault of the parent.

Mrs. Dodd obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from San Jose State University in 1975 and her law degree from Western State University in Fullerton in 1988. While in law school, she won awards in Moot Court and was a member of the Law Review.

Using her experience as a classroom teacher prior to attending law school, Mrs. Dodd concentrates on children’s issues in family law and dependency cases.

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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.

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"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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Law Offices of John L. Dodd and Associates
17621 Irvine Blvd., Suite 200, Tustin, CA 92780
714-731-5572
855-All-CalAppeals
855-255-2252
jdodd@appellate-law.com

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