LL.M., California Western School of Law
J.D., Trinity Law School
B.S., California State University, Fullerton
Andrew Westover is a Family Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 3% of all licensed attorneys reach this level of recognition and certification.
Professor Westover graduated from Trinity Law School with a Juris Doctor and immediately passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt. He became a licensed attorney in the State of California in 2007. After law school, and the Bar, he enrolled in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at California Western School of Law in San Diego, wherein he graduated with this advanced law degree in the summer of 2008. Professor Westover, along with Ohio attorney Dori Thompson, published an article in the Federal Criminal Defense Journal (Vol. 1) regarding a criminal defendants constitutional right of confontation after Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004).
Professor Westover was briefly with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles, and had his own private practice, before relocating to Santa Clara County in December 2008 to join The Law Firm of J. Hector Moreno Jr & Associates as the Senior Trial Associate. He focused primarily on High Conflict/High Asset family law matters involving complex litigation, Domestic Violence matters and felony criminal defense. Professor Westover has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County as well as being on the minor’s counsel appointment panel.
Professor Westover has also handled numerous appeals before the California Court of Appeals and the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also an allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which provides pro bono litigation assistance in the area of civil rights, free exercise of religion, and free speech. Professor Westover has also been selected as a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network by the U.S. Department of State. Network attorneys handle matters involving international child abduction proceedings under The Hague Convention of 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In 2014, he returned to Southern California and founded The Westover Law Group where he continues to practice high conflict family law.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Professor Westover spent nearly fifteen (15) years in upper management in the areas of operations, manufacturing, and logistics. He has worked in those capacities for companies such as W.W. Grainger, Ingram Micro, ConAgra, eSystems Design, NEC Logistics, Swell Commerce, and Hot Topic. During this time, he was directly responsible for hundreds of employees, oversight of several technical or service related groups, and operational budgets in the tens of millions of dollars per year. One of his crowning achievements was the complete redesign of the physical operations of HotTopic.com and the implementation of those new systems. He was also previously certified as an ISO 9000 auditor.
Professor Westover is an Orange County native having grown up in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley. He enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Michelle, and their three children. In addition to spending his free time time with his family, Professor Westover is an accomplished marksman, xBox 360 addict, and is an avid moviegoer.