Ritzel Starleigh Ngo

Ritzel Starleigh Ngo is an attorney in Pasadena.Ritzel Starleigh Ngo is an attorney in Pasadena.  Ms. Ngo is experienced in contentious dissolutions; parentage matters; child custody and visitation, spousal and child support; temporary and permanent restraining orders; including domestic violence, elder abuse, and civil harassment.  She initially received family law training from the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s (“LACBA”) Domestic Violence Project.  She has practiced before family courts in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.  Before practicing family law, Ms. Ngo worked for the Federal Reserve Bank where she handled compliance and regulatory matters.  Ms. Ngo earned her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.  She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies.  Ms. Ngo enjoys family court and Gonzaga basketball.  With her spare time, Ms. Ngo loves being with her daughter Starleigh, and her family.

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of California 2006-present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association 2006-present
  • LACBA Family Law Section 2011-present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California 2006-present


Board Memberships and Pro Bono Work

  • Vice-Chair Elect, State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm Section
    Executive Committee 2013-present
  • Board Secretary, Glendale Bar Association 2013-2014
  • Pro Bono Attorney, LACBA: Domestic Violence Project 2008-present
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law 2012-2014
  • Board Member, Friends of Gender and Women’s Studies
    California State University, Northridge 2011-present
  • Member, Gonzaga University School of Law Alumni Association 2005-present


Seminars Taught

  • Stop! I Have a Restraining Order –I Still Love You! State Bar of California 88th Annual Convention , Presenter October 2015
  • Internet Investigative Tools for Sole Practitioners and Small Firms, State Bar of California:  Solo Summit, Presenter Newport Beach, CA – June 2015

  • Using Electronic Evidence in Family Law: Continuing Education of the Bar (“CEB”)
    2014 Family Law Conference, Presenter Anaheim, CA – October 2014
  • CEB 2014 Family Law Conference, Moderator
    Anaheim, CA – October 2014
  • Pros and Cons of Limited Scope Representation in Family Law, State Bar of California 87th Annual Convention, Presenter September 2014



  • Presenting Electronic Evidence, Author, Practice Under the California Family Code:  Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity
    Continuing Education of the Bar 2016
  • Effective Introduction of Evidence in California, Consultant
    Continuing Education of the Bar 2015
  • Practical Solutions to Legal Research Subscriptions:
    Solo & Small Firm magazine 2014