• About Attorney Robert Burch - Partner

    A Skilled Board Certified Family Law Specialist

    Attorney Robert Burch has practiced exclusively in family law for his entire career and has handled all types of family law matters. Attorney Burch has focused his career on representing business owners and handling complex marital estates. He has worked on marital estates involving as much as one hundred fifty million dollars and his clients have received child support and spousal support awards as high as $70,000 per month.

    Attorney Burch also focuses on child custody matters and has litigated several international custody cases. He was one of the primary attorneys in the well-publicized international custody case described by the media as the "Baby Santina case." In the "Baby Santina" case, Burch and his co-counsel defeated a team of four attorneys led by Gloria Allred.

    Burch was recognized by OC Metro Magazine in 2011-2016 as one of the top family law attorneys in Orange County. He has also earned the highest rating (10.0) from the lawyer rating agency AVVO in the area of family law. In 2008 Super Lawyers magazine rated him as a "Rising Star" in family law. In 2015 and 2016 he was selected as a Super Lawyer in family law for Southern California.

    Contact Burch, Coulston & Shepard to schedule a free case evaluation in your complex family law case. Call: (949) 565-4158.


    • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
      • J.D. - August, 1996
    • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
      • B.A. cum laude - May, 1992

    Certified Legal Specialties

    • Board Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, 2007

    Areas of Practice

    Bar Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. District Court

    Honors and Awards

    • Top Orange County Family Law Attorney OC METRO Magazine, 2011 - 2013
    • AVVO recognized rating of 10.0 AVVO, 2010
    • Rising Star SuperLawyers, 2008

    Published Works

    • Lavish Lifestyle Allows Deviation From Child Support Guideline, Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 11, 2002
    • Courts Must Examine Statutory Factors Before Altering Support, Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 8, 2002
    • In Re Marriage of Abrams - The Effect of Custody Stipulations on Move-Away Applications, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 8, 2003
    • Parents Can't Submit Issue of Child Support to Binding Arbitration, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Fall, 2003
    • Purpose of Worker's Compensation Award Is Crucial In Divorce, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 13, 2004
    • The Impact Of Supreme Court Decisions On Public Opinion, May, 1992
    • Jurisdiction Does Not Follow When Custodial Parent Moves, Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 1, 2005
    • Valuation of Business Goodwill, Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 20, 2007
    • Spousal Support: Blazing New Trails, Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 1, 2009

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • California State Bar, Family Law Section, Member
    • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Family Law Section, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
    • Banyard Inn of Court, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Barristers
    • Advanced College of Trial Advocacy American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2007
    • College of Trial Advocacy American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
    • State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Member
    • Los Angeles Bar Association, Member


    • Speaker, Domestic Violence: how domestic violence affects custody orders, 2008
    • Speaker, Basics of Property Division in Divorce: the basic principles for dividing property in divorce, 2008
    • Speaker, Divorce Preparation: What steps you can take to protect your assets prior to filing for divorce, 2007
    • Speaker, Child Custody Move Aways: How the courts decide whether one parent can move out of state with the minor child, 2006
    • Speaker, Business Valuation in Divorce: what every small businessperson going through a divorce should know, 2006

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Arbitrator, Orange County Bar Association Committee for Mandatory Fee Arbitration
    • Temporary Judge, Orange County Superior Court


    • Pi Sigma Alpha

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Delivering Superior Client Service

"Ethical, brilliant, powerful, and knowledgeable. Always works with full integrity, proper discovery and truth. Don't expect him to play any games. He is truly about equity and, since family law is about equity, this is what you get. I am so very happy that I retained him. His work and that of his staff was flawless, deep and highly potent. I would recommend him without hesitation."