San Diego, Riverside County Step Parent Adoption Attorney, Lawyer, adult adoption

Hello, I'm Randall Hicks. Unlike most family law attorneys (who just dabble in adoption and do 99% divorce and child custody), I limit my practice to adoption, and have done so for 31 years. My goal is to make adoption affordable, fast and worry-free.

I love what I do and believe I do a good job for all my clients. In addition to my office numbers, every client gets my home office number as well as my cell phone number, so I can be reached quickly if urgently needed. I am in the latter years of my career and have scaled down my law practice. While most attorneys try to appear "big time," as I've become older I'm proud of my law practice now being "small."

San Diego step-parent adoption lawyerWhen I first opened my law office right out of Pepperdine Law School, I was a one-man office. I did everything. Me and only me. And I loved it. As years went by, I was fortunate to become successful. My staff grew, I expanded to include an international adoption program in Ukraine, and I wrote several popular adoption/parenting books that were featured on The Today Show and CBS This Morning, as well as other national TV shows that are no longer on the air, like Sally Jesse Raphael, John & Leeza from Hollywood, Mike & Maty and The Home Show. I hosted the 1991 PBS series, Adoption Forum.

Then several years ago I realized I was burning the candle at both ends. I still loved the adoption field, just not on the scale I was doing it. So I stopped doing international adoptions, and stopped creating adoptive matches in domestic adoption. The "smaller" me also let my staff go, and I have reverted back to how my law practice was when I first started out . . . when I actually enjoyed it the most, personally knowing each client and having plenty of time on each case, and doing all the work myself. I keep things small by now limiting my practice to stepparent and adult adoptions, and independent adoptions where the adoptive parents are already matched with a birth mother - and only cases where I believe the clients and I are a good fit.

Since I do all the legal work myself you deal only with me, with the exception of a shared receptionist to answer incoming calls. Although I have three offices (since my legal focus is so narrow, I need to work over a multi-county area), each office is simply an "executive suite" where there is a shared receptionist, thus keeping my costs down, which in turn lets me keep my fees low. Unlike many attorneys where getting past the receptionist is impossible, I am happy to answer a quick question for non-clients at the numbers below, or at

On the personal side, I have two children (now adults) and I'm proud they are brave people contributing to the world. (My daughter is a teacher in Thailand, and my son an aspiring filmmaker in South America.) The highlight of my life has been raising my children and watching them grow up. I'm sure for you with your family, it is the same. I would be honored to be a part of enriching and strengthening your family via adoption. Please contact me if I can be of assistance.

If you are planning a stepparent adoption, please visit my Stepparent Adoption Center.

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Wonderful experience in a hard situation.
Posted by Matthew, October 12, 2017

Randall Hicks is an amazing attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and doesn't miss a beat. Randy is kind and understanding. He had time for every question, and knows this is one of the most exciting and stressful times in our lives. (Read more.)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Excellent lawyer.
Posted by Nicole, September 28, 2017

We hired Randy to help us with a stepparent adoption and we are so amazed with the integrity, hard work, dedication and thoroughness that he provided to us. He really put his heart and soul into our case (it wasn't an easy one) and we are so grateful to have found someone like him (read more).

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Made a scary and complicated process a breeze!
Posted by Ashley, August 9, 2017

When we first started researching step parent adoption, we quickly became frustrated and overwhelmed with the complicated and conflicting information we found. We called and spoke to multiple lawyers, all who wanted to charge $2400 or more as a retainer to even begin the process for us. When we finally found Randy (read more).


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