Certified Family Law Specialist

Robert P. Des Jardins is the founder and senior partner of Des Jardins & Haapala, ALC. Mr. Des Jardins is a prominent Orange County attorney, with forty years of family law experience. Mr. Des Jardins was admitted to the California State Bar in 1974, and became a Certified Family Law Specialist in 1981.

Mr. Des Jardins has extensive litigation experience, and practiced in California State and Federal court systems since 1974. Mr. Des Jardins presented seminars on Family Law topics for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Orange County Bar Association and the Rutter Group. He served as an Editorial Consultant for the California Family Law Monthly and was a speaker for California C.E.B. continuing education seminars on various topics, including drafting marital settlement agreements, negotiating and drafting contracts, and recent developments in Family Law.

Mr. Des Jardins was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, at Storrs, and served in the United States Army from 1962 through 1963. Mr. Des Jardins is fluent in French

Areas of Law

  • 100% Family Law

Certified Legal Specialist

  • Family Law, California State Bar ­ Board of Legal Specialization, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1974
  • Supreme Court, 1977


  • Pepperdine University, Anaheim, California, Juris Doctor (Cum Laude), 1974
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, B.S., 1962

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, 1993
  • Orange County Bar Association (Former President, Family Law Section)
  • Orange County Marital Torts Committee; Marital Property Committee; Trial Techniques Committee, and Senior Lawyers Trial Advocacy
  • Former Editorial Consultant, California Family Law Monthly
  • Orange County Trial Attorneys Family Law Attorney of the Year


  • Speaker, Continuing Education of the Bar, on topics regarding drafting of Marital Settlement Agreements, Negotiating and Drafting Marital Contracts, and Recent Developments in Family Law


  • In Re Marriage of Padilla (1995), 38 CA4th 1212