Robert P. Des Jardins is the founder and former partner of Des Jardins & Haapala, ALC. Mr. Des Jardins was 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 retired from the practice of law in January 2020.

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 (Retired 2020)

Certified Legal Specialist

  • Family Law, California State Bar ­ Board of Legal Specialization, 1981 (Retired 2020)

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