Firm Overview

Family Law, Dissolution of Marriage, Juvenile Dependency (CPS), Parental Relationship, Restraining Orders, Step-Parent Adoptions, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Child Support.

Began practice in Chico, California in 1995, started accepting cases in Napa, California in 1998, moved to Napa and opened a full-time office in 1999.

Example cases

Successful "Move-Away" defense (change of custody to father); successful "Move-Away" motion (allowing parent to move with child); successful defense of father's custodial rights when falsely accused of child sexual abuse; many dissolution settlements, without trial, etc. I have litigated or settled the full spectrum of family law cases, with children and with substantial property division. Difficult custody cases are a concentration of my practice.

Main Office

Main
587 Jefferson
Suite C
Napa  CA  94559

Phone
  • (707) 224-9209
Fax
  • (707) 255-0446

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Initial consultation is free, if I am retained. Otherwise, it is by the hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Paralegal/Form Preparation Services by Jane Martin, by fixed-price.

Hourly Rates

$300

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Christopher Loizeaux

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English

Family
We provide services in all family law cases, including, divorce, property division, child and spousal support, custody and visitation, parental relationship, guardianship and conservatorship cases. Chris also practices dependency defense (CPS).
We are a "boutique" law firm with one attorney (Chris Loizeaux) and one paralegal (Jane Martin). Chris provides attorney services, with full representation of clients. Jane provides form and pleading preparation services for self-represented parties (in pro per), with attorney consultations available at Chris' hourly rate. We both answer our own phones, and are generally available for a short, free check-in on your case before you decide whether to hire either of us. If you leave a message your call is returned as soon as possible. Of course, often times Chris must be in court, but he hears his messages daily and returns calls.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I simply fell into it. There was a need, I needed to work and found, over time, that I enjoyed the interaction with clients, courts, and colleagues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe clients should be educated on legal issues, but from reliable sources, such as myself, or Nolo Press. I am not a fan of the notion that internet searches produce reliable legal information. One must be careful in this regard.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients, and advise on how to amend them if improperly prepared. My wife of 23 years, Jane Martin, paralegal, provides form preparation services, and can also review self-prepared documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to coach clients in courtroom etiquette, the manner of asking questions of witnesses, when to be quiet, when to speak up, basic evidentiary rules, etc.

Christopher Loizeaux

Full time private practice, self-employed attorney since 1995. Prior to law school, professional musician for 25 years.

Being a professional musician gives me "stage presence" in court. I am used to playing to an audience (i.e., the judge). I was raised by a mother and grandmother with college degrees in English, and a father with an engineering degree. I learned, early in life, how to speak and write proper English. I learned how to write more clearly and succinctly while earning my Geology degree (science writing), and in law school (legal writing). In my opinion, good writing precedes and substantially supports litigation by educating the judge about the case before hand. I am a firm believer in trial briefs and efficient litigation.

Compassion, an understanding of basic psychological concepts, common sense, spotting the significant, core issues of each case and creating solutions.

Personal interests:

Music, outdoor activities, trailer camping, dogs and dog shows.

License
  • Bar Number: 177929
    California , 1995
Education
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    J.D. , 1995
    Sacramento, CA
    Moot Court, best written brief.
  • California State University, Chico
    B.S. , 1992
    Chico, CA
    Geology

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