A Team of Compassionate Legal Advocates
Real Stories from Real People
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 is a fantastic attorney!

    Can’t get a better attorney than Donna Santo. Donna is a fantastic attorney! She was able to comprehend the complications associated with nasty child custody problems and bitter divorce disputes. Donna and her staff were and continue to be extremely caring and empathetic to my family’s needs. I hold Donna with the utmost respect and recommend her to anybody who needs a knowledgeable and savvy attorney.

    - Eduardo

  • Donna guided me through at a comfortable pace on both a personal and professional level.

    I was going through a difficult divorce, one which was stressful to both my wife and myself, so I needed to find solutions which would be fair and just and to relieve the tension. I was living in the Bay Area at the time and did much of the work on the phone, on my computer and at the Santo Mehas office in Ventura. I had heard of the reputation of the Santo Mehas law firm and trusted Donna as a person of integrity and sensitivity which is who I needed to get through this difficult process. I was not looking forward to working with the personal sensitive issues or the introspection necessary to get through this difficult process. Donna guided me through at a comfortable pace on both a personal and professional level. The case ended in a fair and respectable settlement for both parties and my ex and I are still friends years later. I am much happier for knowing that this is from a previous life and I have moved on. I still keep in contact with the family law lawyers at Santo Mehas as well as my ex.

    - Phillip M.

  • 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

  • I appreciated her absolute professionalism & integrity throughout the divorce process.

    I have had the pleasure of retaining Donna Santo as my divorce attorney. Obviously, no one wants to retain a divorce attorney but sometimes life leads you to things you thought you'd never have to do. Donna came highly recommended by contacts, friends, and colleagues. She has been practicing law for over 40 years. I appreciated her absolute professionalism & integrity throughout the divorce process - something that was not mirrored from opposing counsel. I wanted as little drama as possible with the negotiations and proceedings and that is the way she conducted herself and my case. Her staff was truly wonderful to work with. I'm happy to speak with or provide a professional reference for her.

    - Jennifer C.

  • She and her staff are professional with decades of experience.

    I recommend Donna Santo and her staff. She and her staff are professional with decades of experience. They understand the law and how family law cases are heard in the courts. I had an extremely complex custody case with dozens of health professionals, collateral contacts, and opinions floating around. There were so many accusations, crisis, and charges; and every one of them felt extremely important to me. My concerns were serious, and the innumerable quantity along with counter accusations overwhelmed the courts. Donna's office was able to sift through and make sense of things to help get things on track. Donna's office took the time to relate this to the courts in a logical digestible manner for the best possible outcome. It took time. I needed to trust. She knows her stuff, and is strong at the right times.

    - Jason

  • Donna peacefully found ways to resolve these issues without remorse.

    Donna and her staff are highly experienced/knowledgeable with family law. My case was complicated by child custody and divorce issues. For several years, my ex sought to always try and bring me back to court for mundane issues. Donna peacefully found ways to resolve these issues without remorse. I highly recommend Donna to anybody needing a qualified legal professional with a heart.

    - J.T.

  • 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

  • Donna, through her vast experience, was able to give me my financial life back and has made it possible for me to plan for my future.

    Great family law attorney. I consulted with Donna Santo regarding my complex family law case and was immediately impressed with her professionalism, knowledge and experience. Throughout my case I was given status updates and was able to pick up the phone and contact Donna. I never felt lost during the process. Donna was able to answer all of my questions and respond to all of my concerns. My ex wife went through several attorneys and even was self-represented for a while. Through all of this, Donna stayed the course, went to trial and we prevailed on all issues.

    Because of Donna’s ability to understand real property laws, ours was in another country, complex income tax issues, self-employment and corporation income components, breach of fiduciary duty in my case, we were able to present our well-prepared case to the court.

    Donna, through her vast experience, was able to give me my financial life back and has made it possible for me to plan for my future.

    Needless to say I am pleased with the outcome in my case and highly recommend Donna, and her helpful staff, to anyone needing a professional Family Law attorney in Ventura County.

    - Dan

  • 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

  • The divorce was finalized with agreeable terms. I am so glad to get this difficult time settled and behind us.

    My son was filing for divorce and he had child custody problems. The divorce was contentious and we hired Donna Santo because she is well known for handling these types of difficult situations. She was very easy to work with and was able to do most of the family law work via phone or e-mail. The divorce was finalized with agreeable terms. I am so glad to get this difficult time settled and behind us, and we have a great relationship with our grandchild.

    - Rhonda Armstrong

  • I was able to be a part of my child’s life which is priceless.

    I had a divorce and child custody case and Santo Mehas represented me. Michael Mehas traveled from his Ventura office to Fresno to appear on my behalf and was diligent in fighting for my rights as a parent. We had a positive outcome with agreeable visitation rights. I was able to be a part of my child’s life which is priceless.

    - Matthew A.

  • I feel fortunate to have a law firm like Santo Mehas in my corner.

    I feel fortunate to have a law firm like Santo Mehas in my corner. I always felt like I was the most important client they had no matter what the issue was that I was dealing with. Michael Mehas and Donna Santo are accessible, compassionate and incredibly focused on getting me the best outcome for my family and business legal issues. This has been a true blessing to me over the years, and the relief I have felt the times I have dealt with them has made running my business and personal life much smoother. I have also recommended them to several of my friends and clients and I would do so again without hesitation in the future.

    - Chris Kinkade, LA MassagePro

  • Thank you, Michael, you're a true professional and a very good attorney.

    We had a real legal emergency at our business and Michael Mehas was there to immediately respond to the other side, allowing us to resolve our matter favorably. Thank you, Michael, you're a true professional and a very good attorney, and I would recommend you for any business or other legal matter.

    - Judy McDonald

  • A knowledgeable attorney with a strong character and ethical integrity.

    Thank you Michael for everything you have done for me. You are a knowledgeable attorney with a strong character and ethical integrity.

    - Donald Thacker

  • He is simply awesome!!!

    Yay, bro! Michael has been looking out for me on several legal matters, including a car accident case, for several years. He is simply awesome!!!

    - Brian Su

  • I would recommend him to anyone who needs a good attorney.

    I am lucky to have had Michael Mehas handle my family law child custody and visitation matter, personal injury, and business and employment matters, and he's the only attorney I've ever used. He's very compassionate in what he does and combines many years of experience with a great understanding of the law. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a good attorney.

    - Molly C.

  • 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.