Janani S. Rana grew up in Virginia and Northern California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory from the University of California at San Diego, and she spent a year studying abroad in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she obtained a minor in South Asian Studies. Prior to graduating from USC Gould School of Law, Janani completed family law clerkships with the Honorable Amy Pellman and Honorable Harvey Silberman of the Los Angeles Superior Court, worked as a summer and fall associate at a well-known family law firm, and interned at the Alliance for Children's Rights, Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, and Western Center for Law & Poverty.

Janani has exclusively practiced family law since graduating from law school in 2009.  She is an experienced trial attorney and is certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist. 

Janani limits her practice to Orange County family law matters.


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Editor, Hale Moot Court Honors Program, USC Gould School of Law
  • University of California San Diego
    • B.S.
    • Major: Political Theory
  • London School of Oriental & African Studies
    • Minor: South Asian Studies


  • Named to Best Lawyers inaugural “Ones to Watch” List (2020)
  • Named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (2020-2021)
  • Recipient of Adam Freeman Scott Memorial Grant

Professional Associations

  • Co-Chair, Orange County Regional Chapter, USC Gould School of Law Alumni Association
  • Founding Member, Los Angeles Chapter, American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators
  • Steering Committee, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (Past President, 2019-2020)
  • SABA North America Board of Directors (SABA-SC Representative)
  • Associate Board Member, Project Youth OCBF (non-profit committed to keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling and mentoring)
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Orange County Bar Association (Family Law Section)
  • Member of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member, Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Asian American Bar Association
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Orange County Banyard Inn of Court (Family Law)
  • Advisory Council, South Asian Network
  • Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation Orange County (Treasurer, 2019-2021)

Classes & Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer, USC Gould School of Law, Community Property, “Insurance, Disability Pay & Severance” (March 2020, November 2021 [ant.]))
  • Lecturer, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Family Law Clinic, “Child Custody Move-Aways” (May 2017)

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Past Positions

Practice Areas

  • Child Support
  • Family Law

Bar Admission

  • California