OchoaYvette Ochoa Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP
633 W. 5th Street, 26th Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Yvette Ochoa is a partner at Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP.
Yvette attended Pepperdine University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Art Degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Philosophy. Her academic background in English and Philosophy at Pepperdine University have provided her with excellent writing skills, which is a necessary aspect of effective litigation of divorce and family law cases. Thereafter, she attended Western State University College of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate.
Yvette was an associate with the firm for nearly six years before she earned her partnership. Her exceptional litigation and communication skills, her no-nonsense approach to handling complex divorce and family law cases, and the rave reviews clients provided her made Yvette an easy choice for partnership.
Yvette is knowledgeable, intense and reliable, all traits a family law attorney needs for successful representation of clients.
Managing partner, B. Robert Farzad says,
"I have seen Yvette transform into a formidable family law attorney. I would not want to go up against her.
She is honest and direct. You know exactly where you stand with her because she is incapable of b.s.
I have come across a lot of lawyers in my career. I have seen the lack of integrity and the two faces so many of them wear. Yvette is exactly the opposite. She is professional and with a high level of character and integrity. There is nobody I trust more than Yvette. This firm is so fortunate to have her, as am I to call her my partner."
Yvette Ochoa has been a licensed California attorney since 2010.
- Yvette is an active member of the Los Angeles County and Orange County Bar Association and former member of the Peter M. Elliot Inn of Court.
- She works at and manages the firm's Los Angeles office.
- Yvette's skill and experience is in divorce cases that involve complex financial issues, significant assets and/or businesses.
- She is a volunteer, pro-bono attorney at Human Options in Orange County.
Yvette, like every attorney at the firm, only handles divorce and family law cases and is committed to the intelligent and effective representation of the law firm's clients.
We hope you enjoy the following interview with Yvette.
Of all the areas of law, why did you make the commitment to family law?
I knew my career choice would not only be my vocation in life, but it would also be an opportunity to make a difference. I wanted to feel like I knew my client, a person, whom I was able help.
After my first year of law school, I become a law clerk for an attorney, who gave me the opportunity to work on her family law cases to determine if I liked family law. I really enjoyed it and the rest is history. Family law satisfied my desire to help others, to get to know my clients, and to find my vocation in life.
What should a potential client expect from you when you represent him or her?
A potential client should expect me to ask questions, gather facts about their case, apply the facts to the law, and then provide them with competent legal advice. I am a proponent of constant communication. By keeping this constant communication, I ensure every one of my clients understands the legal process, the law, their legal options, and are continually informed about the status of their case and the next steps.
How do you adjust your representation of a client when the other party or other lawyer is high conflict and unreasonable?
I do not let the opposing party or opposing counsel derail my ability to strategize with my client and I move forward with my client's case in the same way I do with every case.
If I do make an adjustment, it is to memorialize all of my communications in writing, such that I may later use those written communications as evidence is support of any sanctions my client may seek from the opposing party or opposing counsel due to their unreasonableness. I also move the case toward an evidentiary hearing and/or trial at a quicker, but reasonable, pace so that the Court can make its orders on any disputed issues.
What efforts do you make to keep a client's attorney fees within his or her budget?
First, I delegate what I believe to be appropriate work to my secretaries or paralegals.
Second, depending on the facts of the case, I provide my client with estimates as to the amount of attorney time it will take me to perform a certain task. I weigh with each client the cost-benefit of taking certain positions in their case.
Lastly, I communicate with my client if a certain task or agreed-upon strategy will exceed his/her budget; we then collaborate to determine the best approach to take based on their budget.
If there were one word you could choose to describe yourself, what would it be?
I believe that the best word to describe me is "Honest".
"I can not say enough about Robert and the culture he has created throughout his firm! Client and outcome driven through-and-through, while keeping integrity and “humanness” center stage. I hired Robert and his firm for my paternity case after 10 months with a top notch Los Angeles firm that fell victim to the same manipulations and game-playing my ex functions with. They weren’t able to make any progress. Robert “got it” from day one! In four months, due to his knowledge and skill-set, along with attention to my experiences and outcome goals, Robert had my paternity case settled with a final court order. The integrity with which everyone on my case presented never faltered. Neither did their organization, competency or knowledge base. There was exemplary legal guidance and compassion for the realities of the family law system every step of the way. My ONLY regret is that Robert (and Yvette!!) weren’t on my case from day one. I would not hesitate to recommend Farzad Family Law to anyone with honor, honesty and a child-centered desire for their case. They will receive the same in return and then some!"
- A.C.What Our Clients Say
Great law firm! I had never needed representation before my divorce and had no idea what the process was or how to go about it. With the help of my attorney's, my case was settled precisely as Farzad Law had laid out according to my wishes and agreements with my estranged wife. I would highly recommend this firm if you are looking for a divorce attorney.
- RHWhat Our Clients Say
There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for the services I received during the course of my, unusually complicated divorce. The entire team guided me through an extremely difficult period in my life. Their caring, for me as a person as well as a client was always evident throughout the process. Each and every member of this remarkable team remained professional, competent and effective to the very end. I have to extend extra thanks to Robert, Yvette, and Matthew for their exceptional expertise; having them on my side gave me a peace of mind that I will always be grateful for.
- NitaWhat Our Clients Say
I want thank my Attorney Yvette Ochoa for representing me during one of the most difficult and frustrating times for my family. She supported me the entire time. She always remained patient and professional. She always made me feel like my case was priority! Because of Yvette and the rest of the team I was able to gain joint physical and legal custody of my five year old son ! I highly recommend her services to anyone who feels like they are the underdog! Thank you Yvette !
- ByronWhat Our Clients Say
I had an excellent experience with Farzad and Ochoa Family Law Attorney's handling of my divorce case. Yvette Ochoa managed my case and I couldn't more pleased with her performance. She gave me sage advice on my settlement options and crafted a comprehensive offer that in the end was satisfactory to both parties. My wife's attorney was Hell bent to take me to court. With much help from Yvette, we were able to settle out of court. Importantly, I found her very accessible by phone, in person or email. I highly recommend Yvette and her practice.
- AGDWhat Our Clients Say
I could not have asked for a more supportive, thorough and professional experience during a very difficult family court experience. If you are searching for a family law attorney, you are undoubtedly in the midst of choices you never prepared for or thought you would have to make. Throughout my experience from initial phone call through the literal final day in court, I felt well taken care of and I was confident the best interest of my children was always at the forefront of the case. Robert leads a team of amazing attorneys and instilled in me the trust that helped me have the courage to move forward. I am eternally grateful for not only the legal expertise, but the care of my family.
- ClarissaWhat Our Clients Say
Farzad & Ochoa were very professional and knowledgeable with my case. I wish I've found them sooner, that would have save me a lot of time. Yvette worked on my case and in few weeks, she was up to speed and had a winning strategy. The opposing counsel was very aggressive but Yvette was very knowledgeable, confident and objective. I strongly recommend her and her firm.
- DiCWhat Our Clients Say