Denise has been dedicated to the...
Denise has been dedicated to the...Denise H.D. Koeller earned her Bachelor degree at the University of California Irvine in Sociology, while also completing a minor in Political Science. She then earned her Juris Doctor from Chapman's Dale E. Fowler School of Law, graduating cum laude in the top 15% of her class. Her time at Chapman was spent actively involved with the Asian American student associations and earning a certification in Chapman's Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Emphasis Program.
Denise has been dedicated to the family law practice since interning as a law student. She believes legal advocacy should be thoughtful, yet efficient - never losing sight of the real life impacts this legal process has on her clients.
She is an active participant in Orange County's Asian American Bar Association, including the Public Law Center's Southeast Asian Legal Outreach clinic.
Her post-bar legal career has and continues to be dedicated exclusively to family law.
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