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Dolores Contreras

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Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Civil Litigation
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Creative solutions is Ms. Contreras’ specialty when it comes to practicing law.  As a partner and founder of Contreras Law, Ms. Contreras has focused her skills and extensive experience in the areas of business litigation, real estate law, and family law. Ms. Contreras has reputable trial and litigation experience and represents business entities and individuals in a wide array of legal matters.  

Ms. Contreras initially began practicing law with her focus on civil litigation matters, including business and real estate matters, and bankruptcy.  During this time, several of her business clients sought advice from her on family law matters, specifically divorces where businesses and assets are involved. Her clients found it strategically beneficial to have an attorney well versed in business, real estate and trial skills to assist them with their family law needs.  Ms. Contreras found that all of these areas intertwine and that having extensive knowledge in each one of them is important and beneficial to her clients.  

Although a litigator, Ms. Contreras understands that litigation is not always the answer. Although she is known to excel in the courtroom, she understands the importance of creating a strategy that is most beneficial to her client, whether that be negotiating a settlement or attending formal mediation to reach a peaceful resolution.  Even when settlement is the ultimate goal or the best course of action for the case, Ms. Contreras understands that this too requires strategy and must be done at the right time in a case.  

Aside from her legal skills, Mr. Contreras’ honesty, integrity and ensuring that her clients understand their legal process, logic and strategy that is being formulated on their behalf is what sets Mr. Contreras apart.   She prides herself in being able to use her experience in creating effective solutions to create exceptional results.  

Ms. Contreras is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Juris Doctor
  • University of California, San Diego
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in San Diego Rising Star
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates Family Law
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Woman of the Year
  • San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year Finalist
  • The Daily Transcript’s Young Influentials Nominee
  • Latino Champion Awards Business Leader of the Year Nominee
  • Women Who Move the City Award Finalist
  • National Latina Business woman Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Top Females Shaping the City’s Future
  • Top Attorney Corporate Litigation Nominee
  • Top Attorney Real Estate Litigation Nomine
  • Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Award Nominee

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates Family Law
  • San Diego Realtors Association
  • National Association of Realtors


  • English
  • Spanish