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Family Law Attorney Serving Alameda & Contra Costa Counties

Creative Family Law Solutions

In family law matters, not all attorneys are the same. Some seek to fight when talking can achieve a better outcome. Some may fail to take the actions necessary to protect the client's interests. Others may leave too much on the table when negotiating a settlement.

I am Michael A. Gardner, an attorney with over 20 years experience in family law. During that time, I have seen all types of attorneys and approaches to the law. For many years I have acted as a judge pro tem in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties. This experience has taught me to use the right legal tool for the job. Sometimes that means negotiating to achieve an outcome in a cost-effective manner. At other times, it means vigorous litigation to achieve my client's goals.

In your case, I will use my experience and judgment in an effort to obtain the best result possible, while protecting your rights at all times.

Strong and Tenacious Representation

In the practice of law, strength comes from experience, competent legal analysis and thorough preparation. I have extensive experience in family law matters, ranging from amicable separations to high asset divorce cases.

During my career, I have learned that there is no substitute for diligence in the protection of my clients' rights. I also believe in avoiding litigation when a firm negotiating stance can achieve the client's goals. I have the skills, resources and resolve needed to succeed for you.


Family law matters affect the most important relationships in our lives. I am sensitive to the emotional effects of divorce and other family law disputes and help my clients deal with those issues appropriately. At the same time, I focus on developing solutions that protect their rights and enable them to make a successful transition to the new reality of their lives.


My peers in the legal community respect my ability to develop creative solutions to difficult problems, particularly in matters involving complex property issues. This is essential in our rapidly changing economic and real estate environment. My goal in every case is to help my client move forward in life in the most positive manner possible — emotionally and financially.

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For a consultation in my Oakland office, call 510-291-4884 or send an e-mail.

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I first met Mr. Gardner when I desperately needed help with an out-of-control divorce and custody situation. He was very attentive, thoroughly responsive, and absolutely compassionate as he helped me regain mental focus and legal control. Few attorneys practice their craft with the level of transparency and trust Mr. Gardner's clients enjoy as a matter of routine. As a senior management professional in a large Bay Area organization, I truly appreciate Mr. Gardner's no-nonsense, trustworthy, experienced approach solving legal problems.

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