• Meet Attorney Todd P. Coulston - Partner

    Certified Family Law Specialist Serving Orange County

    A dedicated, well-prepared, and compassionate advocate, Attorney Coulston provides the highest level of professional service for his clients in family law matters. Mr. Coulston has decided to focus his practice exclusively in this area because he believes the extremely personal and emotional issues involved in family law cases provide him with the best opportunity to have a significant and positive impact for his clients.

    Attorney Coulston works individually with each client to develop and implement a case plan that best serves their needs and goals. Although he strives to resolve all matters through the settlement process, he understands that some issues will not be resolved short of litigation. As a 2003 graduate of the American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Coulston is a skilled and experienced courtroom litigator who provides vigorous representation for his clients should litigation be required. In addition to the ABA’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Class, Attorney Coulston completed the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Advanced Class, focused on Business Valuation.

    In addition to family law litigation and mediation cases, Attorney Coulston handles family law appeals. He was the trial and appellate attorney for the husband in the case of In re Marriage of Margulis (2011) 198 Cal. App. 4th 1252, 130 Cal. Rptr. 3d 327, which was a landmark case that developed the spousal fiduciary duty laws in the state of California.

    A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Coulston attended the University of California at Irvine, where he competed for the cross country and track teams, earning All-Big West Conference honors in cross country in 1993 and 1994. He earned is B.A. degree from U.C. Irvine and his J.D. degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Since successfully passing the California State Bar Exam in 1999, Mr. Coulston has practiced exclusively in the area of family law.

    After practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years, Mr. Coulston and his family returned to South Orange County in 2002. An avid runner with a personal best time in the marathon of 2 hours, 45 minutes, and huge San Francisco 49er fan, Mr. Coulston is happily married and has three young sons and one daughter.

    Contact Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP to speak with skilled family law lawyers in Orange County. Call (949) 565-4158 to setup a free case review today!

    Education

    • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
      • Juris Doctor - May, 1999
    • University of California, Irvine, California B.A.
      • December, 1994

    Bar Admissions

    • U.S. District Court
    • State Bar of California
    • American Bar Association
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association

    Certified Legal Specialties

    • Board Certified Family Law Specialist, by State Bar of California, an achievement held by only 3% of family law attorneys

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • State Bar of California, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
    • Boy Scouts of America- Cubmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster

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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."