Laura Callahan, Esquire

Laura Callahan, P.A., is a family law practice in Jacksonville, Florida, founded by Laura Callahan, Esquire, in 2012.

“I am dedicated to providing customized legal solutions for today’s modern families.  I will listen to your unique personal needs, analyze your options, and partner with you to resolve your legal matters.”

Education

In 1991, Laura participated in the Justice Seminar at the American University in Washington, D.C.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1993.  In 1999, Laura received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.  In 2002, she studied International Human Rights and Family Law in Rome, Italy, through the Loyola University School of Law.  Laura achieved her Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, in 2004, where she was a Center for Children’s Rights Fellow.

Experience

From June 1995 through July 2001, Laura was a Contract Manager with General Security Services Corporation providing juvenile and adult home monitoring services for both juveniles and adults in California.  She completed an internship with the Orange County, California, Office of the Public Defender, in 2002.  In 2003, she was a Certified Law Clerk for the Office of the State Attorney in Nassau County, Florida.  Laura was first licensed to practice law in California in December, 2004.  She began as an associate family law attorney with the Law Office of Michel and Rhyne in Irvine, California, where she practiced family law with two certified family law specialists.  In October, 2007, Laura obtained her license to practice law in Florida.  In December 2007, she went to work for the Law Office of Elizabeth R. Ondriezek, P.A., in Jacksonville, Florida, where she practiced all areas of family law, and juvenile law.  In October 2012, Laura established her private practice, Laura Callahan, P.A., where she now practices all aspects of family law including dissolution of marriage, paternity, domestic violence, step-parent adoption, agreements, collaborative family law, and post-judgment matters.

Professional Memberships

Laura is a current active member in good standing of State Bar of Florida and the State Bar of California.  She is also a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Achievements

In 2003, Laura was the Adoption Symposium Chair and recipient of the CALI Award, Writ and Appellate Practice at Whittier Law School.  She was named Outstanding Law Review Member by the Whittier Law Review.  She has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine each year from 2010-2014.  Laura is superbly rated by Avvo.

Published Articles

Laura’s published articles include the following:
“Controversial Scientific Evidence:  When the Victim is a Child, Shouldn’t We Daubert Rather Than Frye?” Vol. 24, No. 4, Whittier Law Review (2003).
“Rates of Recidivism for Juvenile Offenders Exposed to Electronic Monitoring.”  Thesis, California State University (1999).