Paula J. Swensen was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1955, has been an Orange County resident since 2000, after relocating to California from the New England area. Ms. Swensen lives in Trabuco Canyon and has raised three children. She is an avid sports fan, supporting any and all teams from the Boston area. Ms. Swensen graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.S., Behavioral Science, highest honors, 1996) and Franklin Pierce Law Center (J.D., 1999; M.A., Intellectual Property). Between her second and third years of law school, Ms. Swensen completed a summer internship with the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The legal analysis and persuasive writing skills garnered through this extraordinary experience redound to the benefit of each one of Ms. Swensen’s family-law clients.
Ms. Swensen maintains a growing mediation practice which brings her expertise as a family law specialist to bear in an arena designed to facilitate a mutually-satisfying resolution to parties engaged in all manner of family law disputes. She is certified as a mediator under the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA). She has participated in the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and has completed more than eighty hours of advanced training in mediation. In serving the needs of her clients, Ms. Swensen brings highly skilled problem-solving, compassion and zeal to the successful resolution of each client’s family law matter.