Renee Wilson

Hon. Renee E. Wilson (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem

Case Manager
Nicole Burns
T: 714-937-8250
F: 714-939-8710
3390 University Ave., Suite 450, Riverside, CA 92505

Renee E. Wilson is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Renee E. Wilson (Ret.) joins JAMS with decades of experience in family law litigation. She devoted over 15 years as a sole practitioner in family law litigation and civil practice. She took the bench in 1999 as a commissioner on the Orange County Superior Court and spent 22 years in family law assignments. During that time, she completed thousands of family law trials. She has also completed assignments in domestic violence litigation, termination of parental rights and surrogacy issues.

Commissioner Wilson is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Representative Matters

Commissioner Wilson handled matters in the following areas during her time on the bench.

Property Division

  • Business valuations of closely held corporations, private practices and family businesses, including issues involving analysis of Moore-Marsden calculations and the “reasonable return on community efforts” approach
  • Determination of business income, including characterization of post-separation distributions
  • Division of property with determinations of separate and community property contributions and Family Code Section 2640 claims
  • Tracing of separate property
  • Gift analysis as contributions to community property
  • Watts and Epstein claims
  • Breach of fiduciary obligations
  • Date of separation

Child Custody

  • Move-away, including out-of-state or international move-away
  • Hague Convention and Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act matters
  • Mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Multiple-parent issues
  • Termination of parental rights

Child and Spousal Support

  • Determination of income for support purposes
  • Marital standard of living
  • Temporary support determinations
  • Deviation from guidelines for high earners
  • Adult dependent child support
  • Imputation of income

Miscellaneous Family Issues

  • Attorney’s fees disputes
  • Discovery
  • Domestic violence–related issues concerning support and custody
  • Premarital agreements


  • Judge James O. Perez Trailblazer Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, 2020
  • Judge of the Year, Hispanic Bar Association, 2018
  • Child Advocate of the Year, FACES, 2013
  • Domestic Violence Advocate Award, Domestic Violence Assistance Program, 1999 


  • California Judges Association
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2000–present
  • Hispanic Bar Association, 2001–present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2001–present
  • Orange County Superior Court, Executive Committee, 2014–2018
  • Orange County Superior Court, Extern Committee, 2016–2018
  • Orange County Superior Court, Domestic Violence Committee, 2015–2019
  • Orange County Family Violence Council, 2015–2019

Professional Activities

  • Speaker on a variety of topics before professional organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, California Center for Judicial Education and Research, Hispanic Bar Association and Orange County Superior Court Externs
  • Commissioner, Orange County Superior Court, 2000–2021
  • Extra-Help Commissioner, Orange County Superior Court, 1999–2000
  • Solo practitioner (emphasis on family law and personal injury), 1985–1999
  • J.D., Western State College of Law, 1985
  • B.A., Speech Pathology, California State University, Long Beach, 1979

Counsel Comments

    • "I have known Commissioner Wilson for over 40 years, both professionally and socially. She has a keen grasp on family law litigation, with great knowledge and understanding. Whenever I faced a complex issue, I sought out her counsel. Most importantly, she is a tremendous human being" with great compassion and understanding!"

      Certified Family Law Specialist
    • “Commissioner Wilson will be an excellent addition to JAMS. She has the compassion, intellect and is one of the most efficient bench officers I have known.”  

      – Certified Family Law Specialist




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