David Monarch was admitted to the California State Bar in 2006. Shortly after, he joined the team of Castle & Monarch Family Law. David was deemed Certified Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization in 2012. David is a member of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
In 2021, David began his own law practice, Monarch Family Law, APC.Read More
Samantha Katinos earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Oregon. She later earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California where she focused her studies on families and children. During her studies, Samantha had the opportunity to work with children and families in brief therapy.read more
Office Manager, Senior Legal Assistant
Hilliary graduated from Victor Valley College in 2012 with a A.S. in Social and Behavioral Studies.She then earned her B.A. in History/Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside in 2014. Later that same year she joined the team of Castle & Monarch Family Law. David began his own law practice in 2021, and Hilliary is now exclusively assisting David at Monarch Family Law, APC.
She also gained valuable insight and experience interning with Orange County Social Services, which led to her strong desire to practice family law.
Samantha received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School, explicitly with the intent to practice family law upon her commencement from law school. While at Whittier, Samantha was a Family and Children’s Rights Fellow, earned a Children’s Rights Certificate and participated in the Family and Children’s Rights Clinic. After graduating, Samantha interned at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles, where she was able to help low-income families navigate the family law court system.
From her experience in the social work field, Samantha has developed a strong desire to holistically meet her client’s where they are at. She believes as an attorney, it is her job to truly listen, maintain an open-minded attitude and take a non-judgmental approach with her clients.
Her post-bar legal career has and continues to be dedicated exclusively to family law.
• Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
• Honors: Whittier Children’s Rights Clinic, Certified Law Clerk
• Honors: Center for Children’s Rights Fellowship, Recipient
• Honors: Children’s Rights Certificate, Recipient
• Honors: Cali Excellence for the Future Award – Employment Law
• University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
• University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
• Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Member
• Major: Journalism
• Major: Political Science
• University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias
• Minor: Spanish
Activities & Associations
• Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
• Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member
• 2019-2021 Orange County Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Community Outreach Committee
• 2020-2021 Orange County Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Business Development Committee
• 2020-2021 Orange County Bar, Young Lawyers Division, Health and Wellness Committee
• 2020-2021 Orange County Bar, Legal Referral and Information Service Committee Member
Awards & Recognition
David received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating possible and which rating is based upon an extensive survey of attorneys in the field, but more importantly a survey of the actual Judges who make the decisions and observe the trial skills of the attorneys first hand. David has been listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2014 and was recognized as a Top Young Lawyer for 2014 by Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. No more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. On AVVO, David is rated Superb (10 out of 10) and was awarded Client’s Choice Award for 2012, 2014 and 2020.
Working with Monarch Family Law
David R. Monarch and our team at Monarch Family Law specialize in all aspects of family law including divorce, property division, business evaluation, paternity matters, child support, spousal support, contempts, domestic violence, child custody, visitation, and modification of support and custody/visitation orders. Clients range from common divorce with modest estates to many of the county’s elite, including professional athletes, celebrities, and those with multimillion dollar estates.
When it comes to your future, do not settle for less. Monarch Family Law is prepared to provide the best solutions for you and your family.Contact Us