About Teresa A. Danton, Esq.

My mission as a mediator is to provide professional and impartial solutions to your legal problems in a dignified, respectful and confidential environment.  I dedicate myself to providing you with a peaceful place to avoid litigation so that you have control over major decisions in your life.

My mission as a lawyer and litigator is to be a trustworthy and knowledgeable advocate with the highest integrity. One  who is responsive and respectful. And because I recognize that life does not happen just during business hours, I am available to you seven days a week. For these reasons, I limit my case load to a fixed number of clients so that you get more than what you expect in today's market.  

Whether you’re going through a divorce, an accident, a work conflict, an estate conflict - - the last thing you want is a prolonged and hostile legal battle. My unique approach will help you resolve your legal issue so you understand what is happening every step of the way. 

 

 

Teresa A. Danton

Esq.

For over 30 years, Teresa has practiced Family Law and Civil Litigation across the State of California. She’s qualified as  an expert in family law and was trial attorney in Finby vs. Finby (2014) 222 Cal.App. 4th 977, a case that made new law in California. Teresa'has worked on cases involving multi-million dollar estates, business valuations, complex custody and support issues, breach of contract, automobile liability, slip and fall, dog bites, homeowner's associations, breaches of fiduciary duty, and actions to divide assets and debts in business relationships, to name a few.  In doing so, she has successfully presented thousands of trials and hearings to juries and judges. 

Her experience has earned her positions as court-appointed mediator, court-appointed arbitrator, judge pro-tem, expert witness, and invitations to speak at the State Bar Conference on Women in Litigation and continuing education classes. She has also served on Boards of Bar Associations, civic foundations and community outreach and development programs. 

Cases Handled
Divorce Proceedings
Legal Separation
Domestic Violence
Custody, Support
Division of Assets and Debts

 EDUCATION:

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Juris Doctor, 1982

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1979

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

EXPERIENCE:

  • Criminal Prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County, California, 1984 to 1986

  • Associate Attorney, Civil Litigation, Alevizon, Smith and Lawrence, Orange County, California, 1986 to 1987

  • Civil Litigator, Family Law and Personal Injury, Sahagun & Danton, Los Angeles County, California, 1987 to 1995

  • Civil Litigator, Family Law and Personal Injury, Teresa A. Danton, A Professional Corporation

        Los Angeles County, California 1995 to 2013

  • Mediator & Lawyer, Teresa A. Danton, A Law Corporation, Greater Los Angeles County, California 2015 to present

EXPERTISE:

  • Court-appointed Mediator, Los Angeles County Courts, 1992 to 2013

  • Court-appointed Arbitrator, Los Angeles County Courts, 1992 to 1997

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles County Courts, 1991 and 1996 to 1999

  • Expert Witness, Family Law, District Court of El Paso County, Texas, Judicial District 388, 2007

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

 

  • Long Beach Board of Trustees, Long Beach Community Medical Center Foundation, Long Beach, California 1991 to 2000

  • Founding Member and Scholarship Sponsor, Hispanic Outreach Taskforce, Whittier, California 1989 to 2014

  • Board of Directors, Community Rehabilitation Industries Foundation, Long Beach, California, 1991 to 1993

  • Board of Directors, Community Rehabilitation Industries, Long Beach, California, 1993

  • Legal Counsel, Latin Business Foundation, Los Angeles, California, 1991

  • Board of Directors and Sponsor, Capitol Classroom, Long Beach, California, 1991 to 1995

  • Scholarship Sponsor, Latin Business Foundation, Los Angeles, California, 1990 to 1992

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT:

  • Founding Member and Board Member, LGBTQ Bar/Long Beach Bar Association, 2017 to present    

  • American Inns of Court, Long Beach, California, 1996 to 1998 and 2005.

  • Board of Trustees, Southeast District Bar Association, Norwalk, California, 1997 and 1998

  • Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Association, Los Angeles, California 1992

  • Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Association Political Action Committee

       Los Angeles, California 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002

  • Founding Member, Lawyer Referral Service of the Mexican American Bar Association

      Los Angeles, California 1992

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005, 2006

HONORS, PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • AV Rated Distinguished Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell

 

  • Finby vs. Finby (2013) 222 Cal. App. 4th 977,  Trial Attorney

 

  • California Legislature, Certificate of Recognition, 2014

 

  • Positive Image Awards, Hispanic Outreach Task Force, 2014

 

  • Presenter, Yoga & Meditation for the 21st Century Lawyer, Long Beach Bar Association, 2018 

 

  • Speaker, State Bar Conference on Women and the Law, 1993

 

  • Television Appearance, Public Service, Child Support, 1996

 

  • Television Appearance, Public Service, DUI, District Attorney Los Angeles County, 1986