Doug Donnelly is an attorney whose practice is limited to adoption law and guardianships. He is a member and past-President of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and is a Fellow and a charter member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. After graduating with honors from Westmont College, Doug attended Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles, then joined a law firm in Santa Barbara, California. After he and his wife adopted two daughters, he began handling adoption cases and gradually developed one of the largest adoption practices in the state. He is a past-President of the prestigious Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, and a Charter member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He wrote the Code of Ethics for both of those organizations. He also co-authored the book Chosen Families (Zondervan), and has authored A Guide To Adoption (Focus On The Family, 1987). He also authored the chapter on Adoption Law and Procedure for West’s California Transaction Forms (Family Law). He has twice successfully represented adopting parents in cases before the California Supreme Court, has authored several bills which have become law, and has testified many times on adoption legislation in hearings before the California legislature. He has been peer rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell for 15 consecutive years. The “AV” rating is the highest rating possible, based upon reviews by other attorneys and judges, and this rating is achieved by only 3% of all attorneys at any stage of their careers, as it is awarded only to those attorneys who are considered “preeminent.” He also has earned the “Client Distinction Award” from Lawyers.com for 2013, which is awarded to fewer than 1% of all rated attorneys, based upon client reviews of “Quality of Service, Responsiveness, Communication Ability, and Overall Value.” He has also earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, which is their highest rating. Doug is a member of the Christian Legal Society, and is the Chairman of the Adoption Practice Section of that organization.