A Team of Compassionate Legal Advocates
Real Stories from Real People
  • Michael & Donna EXCEEDED my expectations
    Michael & Donna ! Where do I begin! 🙏 You two are VERY SPECIAL HUMAN BEINGS ❤ I Can't thank you enough for the UNBELIEVABLE support & services I have received from your office. I was in a VERY tough place in the situation I was unfortunately, unexpectedly put into. My situation was a Domestic Violence Case. I was in desperate need for help in most probably the TOUGHEST times in my life. I was an emotional wreck.. I was very lost and afraid and the moment I stumbled upon your office, from the very beginning, the moment I heard Michael's voice and explained my situation, INSTANTLY I felt comfortable and felt like I was treated like family. They made me feel like I was at HOME with them, seeing that I was in a country I am not from and a state with zero family to lean on, from beginning to end!!! Both Michael & Donna EXCEEDED my expectations when it came to finding the PERFECT family lawyer and successfully helping me and my family. They are the reason me and my family are where we are today. I seriously couldn't have done it without you. I needed help and I needed help FAST. It was a very emotional process for me. Michael was the first person I talked to from the moment he answered the phone after calling his office, his voice and advice was exactly what I needed. He told me to pause, relaaaax, everything is going to be okay. He gave me the "positive pep talk" I needed when I needed it most. He reminded me "you can't make decisions feeling this anxious and afraid so relaaaax, you have us , we are here". When you feel so lost and afraid to speak to someone, and your in such a dark place, it's hard to trust anyone. Michael knew EXACTLY how to handle all my feelings and emotions in the most calming and comforting way possible. He knew EXACTLY what to say to calm me down and made me feel supported in the most professional manner possible. My situation also involved the military, so those of you that may be experiencing issues in the military & family law, they know EXACTLY what to do and EXACTLY how to navigate their way through everything in all aspects of the Law. They instantly guided me, helped me, and had everything situated with a plan on getting started with them within 24 hours. My situation also involved immigration so THAT TOO they helped me with. They know what they are doing, the years of experiences their office carries SHOWS in help, support, work ethics , and endless time and efforts they put into your case. I am SERIOUSLY blown away. Donna, you too are a special human being, coming into your office and supporting me and dealing with everything in such a calming manner, anything I was lost or confused about, you were patient with me, which was MUCH APPRECIATED for me when I needed it most. You explained everything so well, and managed to made me smile in ways I needed it most when I was at my lowest. You both made me feel SO SAFE, SO WELCOME, SO LOVED, AND CONTINUED TO ENCOURAGE NE TO NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN MYSELF. You protected me and my daughter and made me feel I had someone to support me and lean on and trust when I had NO ONE . I love you guys and I will FOREVER hold you in a special place in my heart. I will forever be grateful for God Leading you two amazing souls into my life. . I BELIEVE GOD LED ME TO YOU!!! THANK YOU MICHAEL & DONNA!!! You Two are AMAZING at what you do, if anyone needs a Lawyers office they can trust, SANTO MEHAS is the place to go!!!! WITHOUT A DOUBT You will WIN! You will leave HAPPY, SATISFIED, and you won't walk out of that office without knowing you have TWO amazing people you can call family for the rest of your life! THANKS AGAIN FOR SAVING MY MARRIAGE! WE LOVE YOU GUYS🥰❤💫

    - Alyssa S.

  • It is my opinion there's no better family law firm, period.

    I had a very complicated and emotional interstate child custody case on which both Donna Santo and Michael Mehas provided me with expert legal advice to bring the matter to a positive conclusion. I have consulted both Michael and Donna on many family law and legal issues over a period of years. They are a terrific law firm, and compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys. It is my opinion there's no better family law firm, period, and I would recommend them to anyone with serious family law or divorce issues.

    - Nick Cassavetes, director of The Notebook

  • Donna is the consummate professional and I would recommend her to anyone with divorce or family law issues.

    There's no better lawyer to represent you than Donna Santo. I've known Donna for many years, but when I had a family law issue, she was the only attorney I spoke with. I came to Donna due to her strong reputation and extensive understanding in the area of family law. Based upon her very knowledgeable advice, I was able to settle my case without the time and expense of having to go to court. This of course saved me a lot of money, and it took a lot of pressure off of my family. Donna is the consummate professional and I would recommend her to anyone with divorce or family law issues.

    - Dave Duckwitz

  • I have the highest recommendations for this office

    Concern for my personal well being through the divorce process was present from our initial meeting. The process was thoroughly described and projections on the length of time to achieve the outcome made clear. The financial projection was painful but provided me time I needed to arrange my assets. I have the highest recommendations for this office.

    - Chris Landon

  • It’s like a family & they wanna make sure your family is well taken care of

    I needed assistance ASAP! I called many firms & I was turned away due to COVID & the emergency of my case. I contacted Donna & Michael & they were there so fast, helped me prep, told me what to expect, what they needed from me & explained the processes. I highly recommend their services but be prepared to go to battle because Donna & Michael will literally go into that battle & win it. I have had great experiences with them as a professional team & know when I need them they are there to help, guide & support. It’s like a family & they wanna make sure your family is well taken care of. I appreciate them so much. Thank you.

    - Erika

  • Donna Santo is a very professional lawyer

    Donna Santo is a very professional lawyer, along with a very professional staff. I was searching for a lawyer familiar with military law, and Donna was the top of the search!! I needed a divorce attorney, and she has amazing military knowledge. She kept me up to date on everything and if I did not understand something she was very patient and explained in detail, until I completely understood the situation. When it came down to spousal support, a lump sum was not satisfactory, and Donna "fought" for me until I was awarded a lump sum and full monthly spousal support (we did not have children) and now I am able to live comfortably without worrying if I am going to make ends meet. If you need a professional lawyer, whether or not you need military law, consider Donna Santo, you will definitely NOT be disappointed!!

    - Kathy

  • A final settlement in a reasonable amount of time at a price

    When I brought in this law firm to represent me in my divorce, my wife and her lawyer knew I had gained the ability to fight back if necessary. From that point on, negotiations could proceed. Peace through strength. Fortunately, no protracted or unnecessary fighting was necessary. Due to longstanding relationships, understandings, and trust between my team and my wife's team, deals were worked out on several fronts, avoiding crossing anyone's red lines and resulting in a final settlement in a reasonable amount of time at a price far below what either of us expected to pay.

    - David Goldstein

  • Donna Santo is a no nonsense, highly professional family attorne

    Donna Santo is a no nonsense, highly professional family attorney. She has many years of experience which I found to be critical when it came to working in the family court system. She has had experience with all the judges and therefore quickly formulates a plan that is realistic, and has the best chance of success. You could not make a better choice to help you through this incredibly difficult situation.

    - Scott

  • Professional, Experienced, Real!

    Deciding to file for divorce was by far one the most difficult decisions I have had to make. Having no idea where to start, who to believe, where to go, Donna was recommended by a friend. Upon calling her office, I was able to make an appointment right away. When I met with her, she listened to me attentively, asked questions and she explained the process from beginning to end. She did not sugar coat anything, she clearly explained all the different scenarios that I was facing, specific to my divorce and child custody matters. Donna helped me during the most overwhelming and stressful time in my life. I am grateful for her support and guidance throughout the entire process, I could not have do ne it on my own.

    - Tiffany

  • Exceptional Lawyer
    Attorney Michael Mehas was one of the most straight forward people I have ever met. He handled my cases immediately. He accomplished something for me and my family that three Los Angeles County divorce lawyers failed to do: He got child support from my ex husband within short periods of time. He guided me through the process with honest advice, and his legal fees were very reasonable, he's professional, and I have referred him to family members. Since then, Mr. Mehas has also handled several civil matters for me and is the only attorney I turn to when I need legal help. I’d hire him again, such a positive experience in the middle of a bad situation. Thank you, Michael Mehas, for all you've done for me and my family.

    - Jess

  • A+ lawyer!

    It's been a constant struggle with my son's father, before acquiring Ms. Donna Santo as my attorney, I had no chance to show the courts the stress my ex was causing for me and my son. Ms. Santo and her team have helped me exercise my rights as a mother and legally they have put me in a position to ultimately give my son the best life possible. Her staff was extremely professional and helpful. I was very satisfied with the services I received and I would highly recommend her. She is a good listener and she gave me great advice. Ms. Santo went above and beyond to make sure I fully understood the process and responded quickly to emails and voicemails. She is the greatest lawyer ever.

    - Jess

  • The level of honesty and professionalism is beyond compare, not to mention compassion.

    I needed a divorce attorney, and Donna was recommended to me by a friend. I was represented in family court by Santo Mehas in the County of Ventura. I had seen one other divorce attorney before, but Donna Santo seemed like a no-nonsense type of attorney. She was direct and honest with me as if I had a case or not. Donna was able to get me alimony from a 9-year marriage where I suffer from an auto-immune disease. I was extremely happy with the outcome as I’m still in the process of trying to get on permanent disability. But I definitely have some peace of mind after winning my case. The level of honesty and professionalism is beyond compare, not to mention compassion. I feel that any attorney that can show compassion to their client as well as represent them is by far the best attorney. I cannot recommend them enough.

    - Erin Highberg

  • Donna obtained a good result for me, for which I am ever grateful.

    I met Donna Santo over 20 years ago, when I needed an attorney to represent me in a post-judgment custody dispute trailing across three states due to my nomadic military background. As prior military I had a great respect for the courts. I met Donna first, and she scared me. But of course that was what I wanted: a sharp, assertive attorney. The onset of that custodial dispute marks one of the most horrible periods of my life. Fortunately, Donna and her team were my guides as well as my advocates. To this day, when on occasion I have needed a family law attorney, I have called Donna. She has always obtained a good result for me.

    - Carla Hartley

  • Donna did a great job on my divorce.

    Donna Santo and her staff are great at guiding a case and reducing contention. Donna did a great job on my divorce, steering and guiding me on matters when possible, insisting that I take other actions when necessary. They kept the case on track, knew which options were optimal, and responded well to my preferences for proceeding. They kept legal bills to a minimum as they worked expertly on my behalf, using their extensive experience and good relationships with other lawyers to reduce contention. Their office staff was always helpful, and billing was always fair.

    - David

  • Then I hired Ventura County family law firm Santo Mehas and everything changed for the better.

    I have had several difficult experiences with divorce matters and family law lawyers through the years. One attorney didn't even write my legal papers correctly. My ex husband refused to pay me child support. My third attorney charged me $5,000 just to file legal documents with the court. We never even made it into court. Then I hired Ventura County family law firm Santo Mehas and everything changed for the better. Attorney Michael accomplished something for me and my family that three Los Angeles County divorce lawyers failed to do: he got child support from my ex husband. His legal fees were very reasonable, he's professional, and I have referred him to family members. Since then, Mr. Mehas has also handled several civil matters for me and is the only attorney I turn to when I need legal help. Thank you, Mr. Mehas, for all you've done for me and my family.

    - Jessica Cheng

  • During an emotional and stressful trial, she was the voice of calm and reason.

    I arrived at the law offices of Donna Santo in the middle of a bitter custody battle. My previous legal representation was not getting the job done. I was close to losing medical and educational decision making for my child, despite me being a physician without a blemish on my record.

    Donna Santo has gone above and beyond the call of duty. She evaluated the case and set a road map towards a realistic goal. Donna continuously deescalated personal issues and conflicts while keeping the focus on the welfare of the child involved.

    During an emotional and stressful trial, she was the voice of calm and reason.

    The case we won with Donna was a win for a child who could not protect herself. It was a win for justice, fairness and the right of every father to be an equal voice in the life of his children.

    My family and I will forever be grateful to Donna Santo for making this new life possible for us.

    May God Bless you always, and give you strength to bring justice to other families as you did to mine.

    Eli Gluzman

    - Eli G.

  • Michael Mehas showed true professionalism
    I highly recommend this law firm. Michael Mehas showed true professionalism as well as kindness, compassion and warmth to my 26 year old daughter as she battled a very difficult legal issue concerning her father. He took her under his wing and was nothing short of brilliant in understanding the complexity of the case and providing her the best legal representation any mother could ask for. I really appreciate the fact that Mr. Mehas was available at all times and returned calls in a timely manner. This was very comforting during this stressful time. I would definitely hire him .

    - Mary H.

  • Working with Donna was refreshing.
    Working with Donna was refreshing. I was given a very detailed and realistic breakdown from the beginning. I was also pleased to get weekly hour allocation reports and clarity on what to expect as next steps. She was on it and didn’t miss a step, represented me well and we got the mission done in a very complicated family court system.

    - Daniel W.

  • There is no other choice than Michael and Donna!
    I cannot thank Michael and Donna enough for all their hard work and dedication in my case. Not only did they in at the end of a year and a half long battle, but they had to clean up a mess that my previous attorney left and were sensitive to my needs and anxiety the whole way. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional attorney willing to fight for you. My daughter and I cannot thank you both enough! There is no other choice than Michael and Donna!

    - Gina G.

  • I highly recommend Donna Santo and the Santo Mehas law firm.
    I hired and retained Donna Santo in a lengthy custody battle which I was accused of many things that were not true. After a long battle, Donna Santo and her team mostly prevailed and I eventually received full custody of my son. I highly recommend Donna Santo and the Santo Mehas law firm.

    - John J.