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Mar 11, 2022

Hon. Susan Lopez-Giss (Ret.) Joins ADR Services, Inc.

ADR Services, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Hon. Susan Lopez-Giss (Ret.) to our panel of distinguished neutrals.

Judge Lopez-Giss served 15 years as a Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court, with the entirety of her time on the bench devoted to Family Law. Judge Lopez-Giss presided over thousands of cases involving all types of contested and complex Family Law matters, including parentage cases, custody and visitation issues, child and spousal support, business valuation, and property division. In addition to issuing thousands of rulings, Judge Lopez-Giss became known for actively and successfully settling her cases. Her strong legal mind, coupled with an emphasis on collaboration to resolve family disputes, has resulted in her reputation as an effective problem solver and adjudicator.

Judge Lopez-Giss has extensive experience in the following specialized areas of Family Law:

  • Parentage Cases
  • Custody: Move-Away; Abuse Allegations; Parental Alienation; Educational Issues (including psychological, developmental, emotional, socialization); Medical Issues; Co-Parenting Failures
  • Visitation: Allocation Of Time; Distance; Best Interests Determinations
  • Child and Spousal Support: Imputation Of Income; Allegations Of Hidden Assets
  • Business Valuation: Sole Ownership, Partnerships, Corporations; Entertainment Industry: Bonuses vs. Loans; Real Estate, Rental Income; Depreciation vs. Actual Assets

Prior to her judicial career, Judge Lopez-Giss served 30 years in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where she helped develop a groundbreaking domestic violence diversion and counseling program that was implemented statewide. She later became the Assistant General Counsel for the legal division of the Department of Water and Power. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to reach that position.

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