Carla L. Hartley

Carla L. Hartley

Founder since 2009
Ventura, California
Carla Hartley has worked in the legal field for well over ten years. She has worked every position in a law firm, from receptionist to law clerk to managing attorney for the Firm. A former U.S. Marine, Ms. Hartley brings diligence and willingness to fight for her client's rights to every case in which she is involved. Though she settles most of her cases - some at the courtroom door on the day of trial - she prepares every case from the beginning as though it is going to trial. That philosophy has resulted in placing Ms. Hartley's clients in a position of strength when negotiations begin. Peace is good, but an unjust peace is no good - Ms. Hartley is not afraid to litigate if the settlement being offered is not equitable.

An experienced litigator, Ms. Hartley works aggressively to keep her skills, abilities, and knowledge base at the cutting edge of family law. She attends numerous conferences each year, which judges from all over California also attend, to ensure she has the latest knowledge and techniques in her arsenal. In addition, each member of the Firm receives weekly updates on the most recent cases and laws influencing the family courts in California. Mere time-in-grade isn't everything: family law is the most dynamic, rapidly changing area of law in the state of California, and being aware of recent changes and nuances in the law has often helped Ms. Hartley's clients to an advantageous settlement out of Court, or a legal victory in Court.

Please call Carla at 805-919-8346 to discuss your legal needs.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Faith Based
  • Veteran
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Military Divorce
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Pension/Retirement Asset Division
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Elder Abuse
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Same Sex Family Law
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Hague Convention


  • Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, Santa Barbara, California
    • J.D. - 2007
  • University of New Mexico
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards

  • United States Marine Corps, with decorations

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Marine