Janet Dockstader and Nadine Orliczky were introduced to each other in 2013 by the late Brian Brandmeyer, a local family law powerhouse who practiced for more than four decades. In addition to being a highly respected litigator, Brian was known for having an instinct for spotting talent and the ability to form winning collaborations.  Janet and Brian had already been partners since 2008 and as Janet’s part of the practice continued growing there was a need to add another associate to the team of attorneys they already had.  Brian learned of Nadine and a perfect legal match was made.  For the next five years, Nadine collaborated with Janet on cases as part of Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader LLP, where clients described them as “honorable,” “effective,” and “excellent strategizers.”

Each of them is a Certified Family Law Specialist, an accomplishment which requires passing a rigorous family law exam, hours of courtroom experience, and the approval of peers who are also subject matter experts. Both Janet and Nadine are also skilled litigators who have honed their trial skills at distinguished training institutions such as the Houston Family Law Trial Institute and the Roger Dodd Trial Clinic.  Both have extensive experience handling complex financial matters and complicated custody cases.

In 2018, Janet and Nadine realized a boutique law setting would better meet their clients’ needs and opened the doors of Dockstader Orliczky on January 1, 2019. It is their combined goal to provide individualized service to each client in a a warm and caring environment while the client transitions through one of the most stressful times of their lives. Most importantly, Dockstader Orliczky is committed to working efficiently, strategizing each client’s objectives, and bringing cases to a timely conclusion while being mindful of the value of our clients’ time and money.


An Experienced Litigator

Janet E. Dockstader is a native to Long Beach, California, and is a former partner with Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP. She has more than a decade of experience litigating marital and domestic partnership dissolutions that include property issues, spousal support, child support, child custody and often times, domestic violence.

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Certified Family Law Specialist

Nadine C. Orliczky handles family law cases at every stage – from settlement negotiations to trial and even through appeal. Providing strategic guidance to a client through one of the most difficult times in his or her life is important to her and one of the reasons she chooses to work in this field.

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Standing Firm!

"Some jobs require people who know when to give in on a point and when to stand firm. (Used Nadine for my mother's divorce.) Nadine stood firm..."

– Carmina
The attorney you want on your side.

"We called Janet Dockstader when we found out my husband's ex-wife had returned to work. Janet and her extensive support team started working on our case immediately. Our request for spousal support modification was granted, and the respondents request for attorney fees denied. Janet Dockstader and her team know what they are doing and they get things done quickly. It was the best legal representation I've ever experienced and we will save close to $40,000.00 over the next two years. Janet Dockstader is the attorney you want on your side in the courtroom!"

– Arthur W.
Expert in Family Law Issues!

“Janet Dockstader is an expert in family law issues. You see this when she is in court working for you. Her excellent communication and negotiation skills are evident. It is not about the price you pay for representation. It is about the results you get and Janet delivers excellent legal results.

– Mike S.
One of the luckiest days of my life!

“I met Janet Dockstader by chance in court and I can honestly say that was one of the luckiest days of my life! Janet has helped me through a difficult custodial battle. She was very compassionate and understanding of my needs, yet aggressive enough to fight for what my son and I deserved. Her staff is also wonderful, knowledgeable, caring and bilingual, which was a big plus since I’m Hispanic. I never knew I could trust a lawyer until I met Janet who’s been a great role model in the legal field. Calling her may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. It has been for me!”

– Alicia S.
Honorable, Effective, Integrity.

"Honorable, Effective, Integrity. Janet Dockstader and Nadine Orliczky exemplify what attorneys can be. Both are highly capable & motivated, family law attorneys. The entire firm showed efficiency with my money which was exemplified by clear and ethical billing practices. Janet and Nadine are excellent "Strategizers" who helped me navigate a potentially complex and difficult case. Whenever we met, I received their undivided attention, and I felt my family's well-being consistently considered as we moved through the court case. BGD became the clean-up team for a divorce that had already gone bad. I wished I had met them at the beginning."

– Bellonda B.
Made a difficult situation much easier.

“Janet and Nadine have made a difficult situation much easier. I always know they will listen to me, and address the things that are most important for me and my children”

– Tawnee O.