Todd P. Coulston - Partner
Our Newport Beach Family Law Attorney Can Help
A dedicated, well-prepared, and compassionate advocate, Mr. 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
the area of family law because he believes the extremely personal and
emotional issues involved in family law matters provide him with the best
opportunity to have a significant and positive impact for his clients.
Mr. Coulston works individually with each client to develop and implement
a case plan that best serves their needs and goals. Although Mr. Coulston
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, Mr.
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. Mr. Coulston is a member of the State Bar of California,
the American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and the Family
Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association. He is also a Certified
Family Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of
Legal Specialization, an achievement held by only 3% of family law attorneys.
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 in 1994 and his J.D.
degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1999. 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.
The Orange County family law attorneys at Burch, Coulston & Shepard,
LLP have the skill and knowledge to help guide you through the legal system.
Call us at (949) 565-4158 today.
- Bar Admissions
- U.S. District Court
- Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California Juris Doctor
- May, 1999
- University of California, Irvine, California B.A. - December, 1994
- 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