About the Firm

Expertise. Empathy. Excellence.

A Different Approach to Family Matters

Dorothy M. Gibbons-White, a 2000 cum laude, Order of the Coif graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles, came to the law after a career in politics and business. She brings a wealth of life experience to her role as advocate for a range of clients involved in high and mid-level net worth family law and estate planning matters. Her approach differs from many other practitioners in that she is a full partner with her clients, working hands-on to achieve their goals, which may go well beyond her role as courtroom advocate. She is sensitive to the emotional aspects of her clients' matters concerning their children, their home, their most personal issues, and she is committed to making her clients' experience as painless as possible. For high profile clients she is able to skillfully keep divorce and child custody disputes as private as possible. She has achieved the return of a client's children from a former spouse across state lines by working closely with law enforcement. She has resolved a major estate dispute after the death of a well known entertainer, securing a private out of court settlement and avoiding public litigation and press coverage. She has achieved full and immediate payment on a contempt order against an opposing party on active military duty by working closely with military personnel. She has navigated the complexities of child protective services to secure the return of a newborn to her mother after the child was wrongly taken into foster care. She has walked her clients through the necessary steps to report restraining order violations, going to the hospital with them where necessary and to the police station where helpful. Throughout the firm's representation, an important goal for every client is the client's empowerment.

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Dorothy M. Gibbons-White

From starting her law career at the prestigious Century City office of O'Melveny & Meyer LLP, to opening her own practice in 2004, Dorothy has represented high profile and high and mid-level net worth clients from all areas of the entertainment industry and business, with discretion and expertise. Also devoting a portion of her practice to pro bono clients victimized by domestic violence, Dorothy has hands-on experience with over 15 years litigating complex divorces and paternity cases, and preparing premarital agreements and comprehensive estate plans for an international clientele. Dorothy is a highly skilled advocate who works hard to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.

Affiliations and Publications

  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member Family Law & Trusts and Estates Sections, International Law Committee and Ethics Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • LA's BEST, Governing Board Member 2011-2016
  • Electric Lodge, Board Member 2001-2010
  • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, "Migratory Lawyers in Private Practice: Should California Approve the Use of Ethical Walls?" Vol. 33, No. 1, Nov. 1999


Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2000, Order of the Coif

  • Faculty Honors Scholarship recipient, 
  • Sayre McNeil Scholar
  • Bancroft-Whitney American Jurisprudence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Ethics
  • Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 

University of California Los Angeles
B.A., English Literature, Creative Writing - Poetry, 1987