John P. O’Malley

Partner—Family Law

John O’Malley is a Certified Family Law Specialist* who helps clients navigate the extraordinarily complex and emotionally challenging landscape of family law.

His practice includes dissolution of marriage, legal separation, domestic partnership dissolutions, child custody, child support, spousal support, domestic violence and guardianship proceedings. He has specific proficiency in drafting and reviewing pre-marital and post-marital agreements, step-parent adoptions and name-change proceedings. John’s clients literally come from all walks of life ranging from surgeons, lawyers, politicians, lobbyists, general contractors and professional athletes to middle-class salaried employees and homemakers.

John is a successful courtroom attorney, having adeptly handled dozens of contested trials and hundreds of short cause non-evidentiary hearings. But as much success as John has had in court, he is particularly proud of the settlements he has reached outside of court through mediation and negotiations. John has four children, and he approaches every case sensitive to the fact that the decisions his clients make will have an indelible impact on the family unit. So while John is an aggressive advocate, he balances his competitive spirit with keeping his clients focused on the long term effect their choices will have on their families’ future.

Before attending law school, John worked in a highly competitive commission sales environment, where he consistently ranked in the top 1% of sales persons for a national electronic sales company. That experience helped John develop communication and negotiation skills that he puts to use as a lawyer for his clients, achieving excellent results through carefully planned negotiations.

When John is not working or spending time with his family, he devotes his energy to giving back to his community through activities such as Rotary and through service on the Executive Committee to the Sacramento Family Law Section. John is also an avid runner, having completed 7 marathons including the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathons. John uses his running time to strategize and focus on his cases.

*Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization

Assistant: Dana Reeder

Representative Experience

Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler’s family law practice is sensitive to the privacy of our clients, thus we do not discuss specific case results. However, John has developed a strong reputation in Sacramento as an aggressive and compassionate advocate, who has achieved many favorable case outcomes for clients both through litigation and outside of court.

Many of John’s clients and friends comment that his upbeat demeanor is unusual for a family law attorney. But the way he sees it, his clients come to him at the worst time of their lives, so they have nowhere to go but up. And John has the unique privilege of helping them start over and regain control over their lives. Family law is emotional, and at times, quite difficult. But this is what makes the practice so worthwhile to John.

Professional Affiliations

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Member, Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club, 2008 – Present
  • Board Member, UC Davis School of Law (King Hall) Alumni Board of Director, 2009 – Present
  • Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, 2003 – Present
  • Executive Committee Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016 – Present
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1999 – Present
  • Former Board Member, Yolo Wayfarer Center, 2008 – 2012
  • Former Member, Anthony M. Kennedy Inns of Court, 2004 – 2005

Honors And Rankings

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Best of the Bar, Family Law, Sacramento Business Journal, 2014 – 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2017

J.D., University of California at Davis School of Law, 1998
B.A., summa cum laude, California State University, Fresno, 1993

Bar Admissions
California, 1998

Court Admissions
United States District Court Eastern District of California

Spanish, Conversational

News & Publications

In the News
November 2013
“For law students, health care is hot and real estate is not”
Sacramento Business Journal

May 16, 2013
“Got Work? law firms, schools adjust as students struggle to find work”
Sacramento Business Journal

April 22, 2011
“On their own dime”
Sacramento Business Journal

Speaking Engagements / Events
October 13, 2011
“What Judges Want to Know About Family Court”
National Business Institute