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Mediator Information
Name Donald S. Dench
Law Firm Law Office of Donald S. Dench
Location Rancho Cucamonga and the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange.
Practice Areas
Family Law, Criminal
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
First Year Mediation Experience
  • Juris Doctor, California Southern Law School, Riverside, Calif. (1994)
  • Bachelor's degree, University of La Verne, La Verne, Calif. (1990)
Bar Memberships
  • State of California (December 1997)
Professional Association Memberships
  • Member, Riverside County Bar Association
  • Panel member, RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
  • Member, West San Bernardino County Bar Association
    • President (2006)
  • Member, East-West Family Law Council
  • President (2005)
  • Panel member, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Panel member, Riverside County Superior Court
  • Panel member, San Bernardino County Superior Court
    • Settlement Judge (2009)
Additional Information

Donald S. Dench is an experienced attorney from Rancho Cucamonga who has served the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in a variety of roles for more than 33 years. He brings a wide range of professional experience to his criminal and family law practice.

He began his career in law as a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy and Marshal. Mr. Dench patrolled our communities as an officer and served as a detective assigned to child abuse investigations, undercover narcotics and violent assaults. He served as a bailiff throughout the courts of San Bernardino County. He has worked within county jails and knows of the injustice that incarcerated individuals have experienced. He has a sense of fairness and justice, having been on all sides of the legal system. He knows that judges and juries need to see and hear the correct version of a charged offense through his client’s experience in order to reach the right and just conclusions.

Mr. Dench limits the number of family dispute matters he selects as he believes that each case requires special care, time and attention to detail. He intimately understands the pain and carnage of divorce and the utmost importance in the handling of high conflict custody disputes.

Mr. Dench is an experienced negotiator in settlement of a variety of disputes. He has served as a mediator for the San Bernardino County Superior Courts acting as a Settlement Judge in family law matters. He has been appointed by the Superior Courts of both the Los Angeles and Riverside counties as a mediator panelist in family law, probate and civil litigation. He is graduate of Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution’s “Mediating the Litigated Case” and family law based mediation programs.

Mr. Dench also arbitrates fee disputes between attorneys and their clients ruling on the appropriate fee.

He is a past president of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association and the East-West Family Law Council.

Mr. Dench handles all selected matters. His practice extends to all Southern California Court Jurisdictions.