Paula J. Swensen

Paula J. Swensen

Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP

Recognized since 2019

Newport Beach, California

Practice Areas

Collaborative Law: Family Law

Family Law

Family Law Arbitration

Family Law Mediation

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Collaborative Law: Family Law
Spinning circle Big letter B

Paula J. Swensen, who was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1955, has been an Orange County resident since 2000 after relocating to California from New England. Ms. Swensen lives in Trabuco Canyon and has three children. She is an avid sports fan, supporting any and all teams from the Boston area.

Ms. Swensen graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.S., Behavioral Science, highest honors, 1996) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (J.D., 1999; M.A., Intellectual Property).

Between her second and third years of law school, Ms. Swensen completed a summer internship with the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The legal analysis and persuasive writing skills garnered through this extraordinary experience redound to the benefit of each one of Ms. Swensen’s family law clients.

Ms. Swensen was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar (2000), the California Bar (2003), and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California (2003). Ms. Swensen has been Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Swensen is a member of the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar and member of the State Bar of California. She also serves as an arbitrator on the Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee, and in that capacity has adjudicated numerous proceedings as the sole arbitrator. Ms. Swensen is a member of the William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Swensen maintains a growing mediation practice, which brings her expertise as a family law specialist to bear in an arena designed to facilitate a mutually-satisfying resolution to parties engaged in all manner of family law disputes. Ms. Swensen is certified as a mediator under the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA). She has participated in the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and has completed more than 80 hours of advanced training in mediation.

In serving the needs of her clients, Ms. Swensen brings highly-skilled problem solving, compassion, and zeal to the successful resolution of each client’s legal family law matter.

Ms. Swensen limits her practice to family law mediation and litigation.

  • 24 Corporate Plaza Drive, Second Floor
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Collaborative Law: Family Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Collaborative Law: Family Law, Orange County (2023)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Arbitration
  • Family Law Mediation


Your browser is not fully compatible with our automatic printer friendly formatting.

Please use the print button to print this profile page.

Spinning circle Big letter B