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About Us

Adam N. Schanz, Esq.


Attorney Adam N. Schanz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with Honors, from University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine School of Law in 2006. During law school, Mr. Schanz clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Applegate in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Family Law Division.

Since admission to the California Bar in 2006, Mr. Schanz has worked solely in the private practice of Family Law where he has built an exemplary reputation for integrity, professionalism, and dedication to his work. He has represented hundreds of clients including many professionals, celebrities, and high net worth individuals. He possesses a vast amount of experience successfully handling hundreds of complex litigation matters and virtually every aspect of family law matters.

Mr. Schanz has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018, he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in 2021 and 2022, and he is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Brittney A. Stone, Esq.

Associate Attorney


Born and raised in New Jersey, Brittney earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where she received First Honors in Family Law, California Civil Procedure, and Torts. She graduated as a double major with honors from the Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and Kinesiology.

During law school, Brittney volunteered at the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic in Santa Monica, California, affirming her passion for providing peace of mind to clients experiencing major life transitions. Located in the Santa Monica Courthouse, the Clinic provides assistance to low income residents concerning child abduction, custody and visitation, domestic violence, and support issues.

Brittney also worked as a law clerk for the Law Office of Adam N. Schanz during her second and third years of law school before she was admitted to the California Bar in December 2019. Her years of experience with our firm has provided her with the skills necessary to resolve complex family law matters including international custody disputes, support issues, child custody, property division, restraining orders and premarital agreements.

Darya Hakimpour, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Born and raised in Palos Verdes, California, Darya graduated from the University of California, Irvine as a Political Science major. Beginning in 2013, she began developing her experience in Family Law as a law clerk.  She eventually earned her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School, throughout which time she continued clerking in Family Law.

During law school, Darya earned a Certificate in Child and Family Law, obtained CALI Awards in both the Law of Domestic Relations: Adult Relationships and Adoption Law. She was an Editor for the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, an Honors Organization and journal publication concentrating on the issues involving children, families, and domestic relations. 

Following her admission to the California Bar in 2018, Darya was a post-Bar Judicial Extern for the Honorable Otis D. Wright, II of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Since March 2019, Darya has limited her practice to Family Law. 

Darya’s article, “Distributing Children as Property: The Best Interest of the Children or Best Interest of the Parents?” was published in Loyola University, Chicago’s Children’s Legal Rights Journal. She is fluent in Farsi and Spanish.


Attorney Schanz has been an excellent attorney and has exceeded my expectations. I have many lawyers and none have seem to care about my actual situation like he does. He has taken my finances into account and has been beyond fair with his billing! I will hire no one but him in the future and recommend him to anyone needing help in a domestic law situation.

Adam worked on a case for me several years back and his professionalism and work ethic were outstanding. He was a very good listener and handled my case with extreme care. Adam is smart, courteous and a great lawyer!

Adam did a great job for me. He was fair and honest, and even kept the cost down. He also was always available for me. I just can’t say enough good things about him. Thank you Adam!

Why Choose Us

Dissolution of Marriage

Mr. Schanz has extensive experience providing divorce representation, and he protects his clients whether their divorce is simple a nd uncontested, or extremely contentious and acrimonious.


Establishing parentage involves the determination of a parent’s rights and responsibilities, which include whether a parent will obtain legal and/or physical custody of a child, the amount of child support, if the child can be relocated to another state or country, and whether the child can be claimed for tax purposes.

Child Custody and Visitation

Mr. Schanz regularly represents clients in connection with parenting and visitation schedules, post-judgment modifications of custody, selection of and payment for extracurricular activities and private schooling, and the issues that arise when one parent wants to relocate a child to another city, state, or country.

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