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Providing Sound Advice and Strong Representation

A family law problem affects your life in profound ways. It can cast a cloud over you and threaten your financial future. In this situation, you need sound advice and diligent representation to protect your rights.

I am Michael A. Gardner, a lawyer representing clients in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. In my more than 20 years as a family law attorney, I have earned a reputation for strength, sensitivity and creativity. I am strong in the protection of my clients' rights. I am sensitive to their needs and emotional concerns. I am creative in my approach and seek solutions that enable my clients to move forward in a positive manner.

Focusing Exclusively on Family Law

I focus exclusively on resolving family law problems. Over the course of my career, I have handled virtually every type of case — ranging from uncontested divorces to custody battles and property division disputes involving large marital estates.

I have particular experience in cases involving complex property issues, such as division of a business, division of real estate, and other potentially contentious property division matters. While I operate at a sophisticated level regarding the law and the taxation aspects of such cases, I always seek a common sense solution that is workable yet protects my client's interests to the fullest degree.

My reputation for integrity is widely recognized by the legal community of the Bay Area, and I am AV-rated* (highest rating) under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

My Commitment to You

I provide every client with compassionate counsel and diligent representation. Four rules guide my practice:

  • I will listen to you — your needs, your concerns, and your goals for the future.
  • I will explain the issues in your case and your legal options in plain language.
  • With my counsel, you will have the information you need to make intelligent decisions about your case.
  • If appropriate, I will attempt initially to achieve a successful outcome through negotiation. If the matter does proceed to trial, I will aggressively represent your interests.

Clients speak highly of my work on their behalf. In your case, I pledge to do everything I can to resolve your problem in the most positive manner possible.

For a consultation with Gardner & Lewis LLP, call 510-291-4884 or send an e-mail.

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

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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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