Milena L. Celentano, Esq.

Milena Celentano is an experienced attorney representing clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, legal separation, domestic violence, and paternity.

Milena Celentano is an Associate Attorney with JWB Family Law.  Her practice currently focuses on all family law matters, including divorce, legal separation, nullity, domestic violence, paternity and parentage. Both in and out of the courtroom, Milena has extensive experience handling specific issues related to custody and visitation, child and spousal support, property division, move-away matters and jurisdictional requirements. 

Milena graduated from New York University, where she received a Bachelor of Science. She later attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law on a merit scholarship, where she graduated at the top of her class. What sets Milena apart is her genuine passion for family law and the clients that she serves.  Born and raised in New York, Milena came to law school with an eye on pursuing a career in family law and an earnest desire to help those facing their most difficult times find their way out of the dark and back into the light. Understanding how overwhelming this process can be, Milena works closely with her clients to help alleviate their stress. 

As a practicing attorney, Milena has continued to actively participate in the legal community.  Milena is an Executive Board Member of the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) where she acts as the liaison to the Law Practice Management & Technology section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). In addition, Milena served two consecutive terms as the New Attorney Member at Large for the Family Law Leadership section of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) and has actively served as the Executive Board Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors for the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Association. As a result of her involvement, efforts and achievements, Milena has been named a Rising Star by the San Diego Super Lawyers for the past two consecutive years. 

When not practicing law, Milena enjoys reading, refurbishing furniture, and flying her DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone.

Bar Admission:

  • State Bar of California, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2015


  • J.D., Cum Laude, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    • Senior Editor of the Law Review
  • B.S. in Media, Culture & Communication, New York University

Honors & Achievements

  • 2020 Rising Star, San Diego Super Lawyers
  • 2019 Rising Star, San Diego Super Lawyers
  • Jefferson Scholar; Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award Recipient
  • Jurisprudence Award: Evidence (“CALI Excellence for the Future Award”)

Professional Associations & Accolades:

  • California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) – Executive Board Member, (August 2018 – Present)

  • California Lawyers Association (CLA) – CYLA Liaison to the Law Practice, Management & Technology Section (August 2018 – Present)

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member at Large

  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association, Member at Large

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Member at Large

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association, Member at Large

Areas of Focus

When you need a family law attorney, Milena Celentano can help you with a specifically tailored, comprehensive resolution to your case. Areas of focus include:

Divorce Law

Asset and Property Division

  • Characterization of separate property
  • Characterization of community property
  • Valuation of property

Child Support

  • Child support enforcement
  • Child support modifications