John P. Passalacq​ua
CEO/Executive Director – Dependency Legal Services

John P. Passalacqua is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children, which is accredited by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.  He maintains a private practice and serves as one of two lead authors to the leading treatise in California’s juvenile law (Seiser and Kumli on California Juvenile Courts Practice and Procedure (Mathew Bender)). He has represented parties in juvenile dependency proceedings for more than 20 years.

Mr. Passalacqua is the Chief Executive Officer for DLS. Additionally, he serves on the faculty at the Beyond the Bench Conference and for the Dependency Representation, Administration, Funding & Training (DRAFT) program.

Mr. Passalacqua has served on numerous committees that developed policy and procedures in dependency matters for the California Counties of Sacramento, Stanislaus, Yolo, Placer, Solano, Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Marin, and Humboldt.  He is a frequent presenter on juvenile dependency law throughout the state.

Mr. Passalacqua is a graduate of The State University of New York, College at Buffalo and the McGeorge School of Law.


David M. Meyers
COO – Dependency Legal Services

David M. Meyers is the principal shareholder of The Law Offices of David M. Meyers and founding COO of DLS, where he helps administer the contracts DLS holds to represent parents and children in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Marin, Solano, Placer, Yolo and Stanislaus Counties. He is also a national consultant, trainer and attorney advocate in child welfare cases.

Mr. Meyers has served as a Senior Attorney with California’s Judicial Council, Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC), where he developed statewide curriculum development and training for attorneys and court professionals engaged in juvenile law practice, and represented the California judiciary on a number of national and state boards and workgroups dedicated to improving attorney representation and child welfare systems.  He is a consultant with the American Bar Association’s National Resource Center for Juvenile and Legal Issues and a Steering Committee member of their National Allance for Parent Representation.

Mr. Meyers had previously served as Assistant Attorney General in Tucson, Arizona, representing their Child Protective Services Division and has served as the supervising attorney for Parent Advocates of Sacramento.

David is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona and the Pascua Yaqui Nation.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Music from the University of Florida and a JD from the University of Arizona.