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Michael J. Monarch

About Mike

As a managing partner of Castle & Monarch, Michael Monarch has nearly 25 years of family law experience. Mr. Monarch was admitted to the California State Bar in 1991, and joined the firm of Millard & Castle shortly after. He became partner in 1998 and was appointed to the role of managing partner in 2003.

Mr. Monarch specializes in all aspects of family law including divorce, property division, business evaluation, paternity matters, child support, spousal support, contempts, domestic violence, child custody, visitation, and modification of support and custody/visitation orders. He is also an experienced mediator with great success in settling even the most complicated cases. Mr. Monarch's skills as a trial lawyer have resulted in a nearly perfect success rate at trial. His reputation for success provides his clients with an advantage when working to settle cases without going to trial.

Notably, Mr. Monarch has created new law in the area of Family Law by affirmation of his trial results by the California Appellate Court, Fourth District. His professional memberships include the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC), which recognizes “attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.” With his recognition as a member in the NADC, Mr. Monarch joins the top one percent of attorneys in the United States.

Michael Monarch is “AV-rated” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for attorneys. This rating is based upon an extensive survey of attorneys in the field and a survey of the actual judges who observe the trial skills of the attorneys first hand. He also has a “Superb” rating on AVVO, an online service that connects consumers with attorneys and encourages consumers to rate and review their lawyers.


Michael J. Monarch, of Castle & Monarch, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.