Carlsbad Family Law Attorneys
Domestic Violence Compassionate in Our Approach, Decisive in Our Strategy

Domestic Violence Lawyers in Carlsbad

Legal Representation for Victims of Domestic Violence & Assault

At Griffith, Young & Lass, our goal is to provide clients who’ve experienced domestic violence and/or assault with a safe environment in which to pursue the appropriate legal action needed to keep them and the rest of their family members safe.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact our GYL attorneys as soon as possible. Backed by years of experience and the expertise of two certified family law specialists, we excel in helping victims of domestic violence and abuse reclaim their lives, safety, and sense of wellbeing.

The sooner you involve our team, the sooner we can arrange for a temporary restraining order to be placed against your abuser. We can also represent you in family court for emergency child custody orders within 48 hours. Call us at (858) 371-5569 or contact us online via our message form.

The Scope of Domestic Violence

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another… Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma and sometimes death.”

Abusive behaviors often start small (possessiveness, accusations, name-calling, general distrust), making it difficult for victims to want, or even know, to take action. Furthermore, they are often quickly followed by acts of love and/or remorse for what was done; again, making it difficult for victims to want to take action. However, when the violent and controlling actions escalate, you can – and must – take action to protect yourself and any young ones in the household.

Reasons to involve a domestic violence attorney include but are not limited to:

  • destroying your personal property
  • threatening or intentionally scaring you
  • forcing sex and/or refusing to use protection
  • stalking or closely monitoring your every move
  • using the threat of weapons to intimidate or scare you
  • controlling what you wear, who you see, and where you go
  • intentionally jeopardizing your performance at work or school
  • forcing you to do something you don’t want to, like using drugs
  • preventing your from attending work, school, or other obligations
  • discouraging, or downright preventing, you from seeing family and friends
  • threatening to hurt, kill, or otherwise harm your friends, loved ones, or pets
  • embarrassing or shaming you in front of friends, family, or while out in public
  • controlling your money and expenditures to the point of counting every penny

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. Domestic violence takes many forms—physical, mental, psychological, and emotional—all of which can be incredibly damaging, if not deadly. Don’t wait for it to get worse before reaching out for help.

Domestic violence can be found in every gender, race, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation, and economic status. If you were abused, there is NO shame in seeking help. We will be here to support, guide, and protect you at every step of the way. Contact GYL online or by dialing: (858) 371-5569.

If you’ve already been attacked, seek medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room as soon as possible. During your visit, ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.

We’ll Help You File a Restraining Order and Take Legal Action Against Your Abuser

Our Carlsbad domestic violence lawyers at GYL promise to make you and your family’s safety our number-one priority. Domestic violence should be reported immediately, and we can help you do that if you haven’t been able to yet. We will also help guide you and your family along the path to recovery, and ensure your legal protection along the way.

In cases where you need immediate legal help, we can accommodate same-day appointments. We will also make ourselves available after hours—including nights and weekends—if that’s the safest and easiest time for you to meet with our team. We want to help you through this, and we are prepared to do everything in our power to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Meet Our Team 

Honest. Fearless. Bold.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
    John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
    Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
    Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq. Shirin Asgari, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
    Shirin  Asgari, Esq. Photo
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.

    Associate

    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

    Eric  Cowdery, Esq. Photo
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq. Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.

    Associate

    Jeffrey Wittliff is extremely attentive to his cases and believes in thorough preparation and the value of regular client communication. Behind the scenes, he has an extensive background in research related to all areas of family law, propounding discovery when necessary, and negotiation to settle cases with opposing parties.
    Jeffrey  Wittliff, Esq. Photo
  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
    Joshua  Yee, Esq. Photo
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.

    Associate

    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
    Shaudi  Malekzadeh, Esq. Photo

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Over 100 5-Star Reviews Throughout Our Social Media Platforms
  • It was the best decision I’ve made yet and hopefully, it will be yours too.

    “She doesn’t back down from anyone. It was the best decision I’ve made yet and hopefully, it will be yours too.”

    - Ian R.
  • Understanding, accessible, and I was very happy with the outcome of my case. If I could give a higher rating I would!

    “Easy to work with, forthcoming about the process, set realistic expectations, and always kept cost in mind.”

    - Jennifer P.
  • All three lawyers worked together on the issues surrounding my case, which helped greatly when I was in need of answers or support.

    “The GYL team is always prompt at returning calls & emails. From personal experience, I can tell you that they will not step away from your case until it's finished.”

    - Kelsey L.
  • I couldn’t have made it without them! I highly recommend them!

    “GYL has been an extraordinary support and backing in my divorce. Being a male in the military, the process for divorce and custody is difficult. GYL was extremely helpful, and I was able to full custody of my children. That alone is such a monumental feat.”

    - Frankie S.
  • Worth every penny! My custody case went as stress-free as it could possibly be.

    “I hate seeing anyone go through custody battles but if you’re in that situation and need someone who is trustworthy and great at what they do, then I swear this is the place to get the help!”

    - Emily B.
  • I highly recommend GYL if you are ever in need of a family law attorney.

    “No matter who I corresponded with they were always knowledgeable of my case and quick to respond.”

    - Kimberley F.
  • Highly professional and supportive in a very uncertain time in my life.

    “My clearance was granted without any additional issues. I'd recommend this legal team to any Soldier needing help with their clearance.”

    - K. Brooks
  • Always willing to listen to your concerns. I would highly recommend.

    “Compassionate and kind, however, he will fight for you and your best interests. He is calm and calculated and extremely smart.”

    - Ann M.
  • Extremely helpful, responsive, and reasonable and got the job done amidst tenuous circumstances.

    “She and her team were extremely compassionate, sensitive with me while concurrently advocating strongly on my behalf.”

    - Jeremy R.
  • I felt like she was practical and knowledgeable and most importantly, she listened.

    “The professional and succinct assistance was a much-needed breath of fresh air in the maze of hurdles and complications with our family law case.”

    - David R.
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Why GYL? 

Turn to a Team that Does It Best
  • We're Leaders in Our Field

    From case planning to preparation, to superior courtroom presence, our clients can be sure that they will walk into the Courtroom prepared and with the best chance of success.

  • Client Centered & Results Oriented

    Our representation is tailored to the unique circumstances of each client. We deploy the GYL strategic case trajectory dynamic to ensure the best chance at success at the most reasonable cost. 

  • Brilliant, Hard-Working & Honest

    We don't believe in wasting our client's time and money. Helping people is what drives us to excel at our craft. We first identify the goals and interests of each client, we then develop an efficient and effective case plan aimed at achieving those goals.

  • Responsible & Ethical Practices

    We believe in a responsible and ethical practice and stick to our values regardless of the situation. We're transparent and don't just tell our clients what they want to hear, unless it's what we believe, even if it may deter them from moving forward. We stand by our team's expertise and will always be upfront and honest with our clients. 

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