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Michael A. Gardner

Michael A. Gardner

Oakland, California

After returning from Peace Corps service in Latin America, I taught fifth grade students at an elementary school in California's Central Valley. After one year, I decided to enter law school. (Law school was a breeze when compared to dealing with thirty fifth-graders every day.) After admission to the Bar, I've devoted most of my time to family law matters. I've conducted clinics on divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and related matters in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties. I periodically sit as a Judge Pro Tem in Oakland, Hayward, Pleasanton and Martinez.

I graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in philosophy. After teaching, I obtained my Juris Doctor at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. I am a member of the Family Law Sections of the Alameda and Contra Costa Bar Associations and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

I grew up in New York and moved West immediately after my Peace Corps service and marriage. As a father, I appreciate the need to minimize the impact of divorce on you and your family.

In my spare time, I love to read, travel and cook.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1974


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1972
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York - 1967
    • Major: Philosophy

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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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