Certified Family Law Specialist 
The State Bar of California Board of Legal  Specialization

Michigan State University, B.S. degree 1972

Graduate School:

Universidad Autonoma de Mexico  1972-1973
Took graduate courses in Spanish to become fluent in Spanish

Law School:

University of San Diego, J.D. degree 1977
Assistant Editor University of San Diego Law Review

To obtain this designation an attorney must have significant family law experience, pass a comprehensive written examination and receive references from other attorneys and/or judges.  Less than 2% of attorneys are classified as board certified specialists in the State of California.

Member of San Diego County Bar Association and North County Bar Association.

Previously on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Trial Lawyers ( now known as Consumer Attorneys) for 6 years

Work Experience:

Municipality of Anchorage-Assistant Municipal Attorney. First 2 years municipal prosecutor, second two years civil litigator handling general civil litigation.

Private Practice.  Practice currently limited exclusively to Family Law matters such as divorce, separation, custody issues, support issues, premarital agreements.

Foreign Language-Spanish


Married to Stephanie 44 years, 2 sons, Derek and Steven and 3 grandkids, Elizabeth, Joelle, & Nickolai.
**Certified Family Law Specialist, The State Bar of California 
Board of Legal Specialization. 
Don Starks, Esq. 
Certified Family Law Specialist 
The State Bar of California 
Board of Legal Specialization 

5353 Mission Center Road, Ste. 202 
San Diego, CA 92108 

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