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Janani S. Rana

Janani S. Rana, CFLS

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Best Lawyers | Ones to Watch | Janani S. Rana | 2024
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Janani Rana is a Partner, a Certified Family Law Specialist and an experienced trial attorney. She handles complex family law issues and high net worth matters. She commits significant time to her ongoing family law education, and in addition to attending typical monthly/annual family law seminars, she is a three-time graduate of the Kolodny Family Law Trial Institute, a national program that provides advanced education and training for family law attorneys (she has completed the 7-day program, the advanced cross-examination institute, and the business valuations institute). She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for four years in a row and Best Lawyers One to Watch for three years in a row (including the inaugural edition). She has presented to other lawyers on family law business valuations and custody moveaways, and is an annual guest lecturer for USC Gould School of Law's Community Property course, where she teaches about the characterization and valuation of life insurance policies, disability pay, and severance pay in family law proceedings.

Janani graduated from the USC Gould School of Law and is a Co-Chair of the Orange County USC Gould Alumni Association. Fight on! During law school, 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. Prior to law school, Janani earned a degree in Political Theory from the University of California at San Diego. She spent her junior year studying abroad in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she traveled as extensively as she could while obtaining a minor in South Asian Studies.

Janani lives in Irvine with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she is learning to golf, passionate about bringing awareness to the pediatric epilepsy community, and dedicated to advancing the causes of the South Asian legal community. She also serves on the OCBA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Project Youth OCBF Associate Board, and is involved with the Orange County Unity Bar.

Janani limits her practice to Orange County family law matters.



  • Co-Chair, USC Gould School of Law Alumni Association, Orange County Regional Chapter
  • Co-Chair, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Orange County Judicial Endorsement Sub-Committee
  • Steering Committee Member, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (Past President, 2019-2020)
  • Associate Board Member, Project Youth OCBF
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, Orange County Bar Association (Family Law Section)

Professional Associations

  • USC Gould School of Law Alumni Association, Orange County Regional Chapter (Present: Co-Chair)
  • Epilepsy Foundation, Orange County Regional Committee
  • Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, Los Angeles Chapter, Founding Member
  • Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Steering Committee (Past President, 2019-2020)
  • South Asian Network Advisory Council
  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association


  • 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

Classes & Seminars

  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Business Asset”, February 2024, East West Family Law Council
  • Business Talk Podcast with Meghan McNulty: A Business Owners’ Family Law Survival Guide” (click here to listen on Apple Podcasts), January 2024
  • Enterprising Women (panel discussion), May 2022, Epilepsy Foundation of Orange County
  • What Every Business Owner Should Know About Divorce (CLE webinar), May 2022, Orange County Bar Association, Business & Corporate Law Section
  • Moderator, “What We Wish We Knew”, a panel discussion regarding career advancement, (panel discussion, moderator), June 2021, Orange County Bar Association, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • 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

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Business Valuation
  • Attorney Fees

Bar Admission

  • California