Douglas K. Goldwater


Family law expert Douglas K. Goldwater combines his expertise handling contentious child custody cases and sifting through complex financial disputes with litigation experience involving business, real property and intellectual property matters. He focuses on both litigation and collaborative cases in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara County cases. Doug has not only been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year between 2013 and 2018, but he was identified as a member of the “Up and Coming” Top 100 Rising Stars in 2015.

On top of his knowledge of family and business law, Doug has experience in California’s film and media production industry. He studied mass communications and legal studies as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also helped re-found the first Theta Chi fraternity chapter west of the Mississippi. After taking time off to work in film production, Douglas attended law school at the University of Southern California, where he earned his J.D. in 2001. At USC, he was actively involved with the Public Interest Law Foundation and Phi Alpha Delta and was notes editor at the USC Interdisciplinary Law Journal. A long-time board member of the Ventura County Bar Association, Doug has recently been appointed to serve on the VCBA’s executive committee, which will culminate in his serving as president in 2019.

When not working, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, and their twins, Clayton and Knox. He is a fan of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team who also likes cycling, running, and playing soccer and softball.


Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California Circuit
  • Rising Star, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Ventura County Bar Association (President-elect for 2019)
  • Ventura County Family Law Bar Association (Past President)
  • Ventura County Collaborative Law Professionals and Ventura County Barristers (Past President)
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals


  • J.D., University of Southern California, School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Legal Studies and Mass Communications (Double Major), 2000


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