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Oakland Family Law and Divorce

Open lines of communication are essential to the conduct of your case. To that end, you can expect that:

  • I will promptly inform you of developments in your case and I will maintain regular communication with you.
  • Pleadings, correspondence, and other documents related to the litigation will be forwarded to you as they are prepared, filed, or received.
  • You may contact me any time you wish to discuss your case.
  • All phone calls will be returned promptly.
  • Your interactions with my staff will be professional, helpful, and friendly. It is a point of pride that my staff averages over fourteen years of service with me. They are well trained, informed, and unfailingly courteous.

At the same time, communication is a two-way street, and I expect that my clients will:

  • Keep me up-to-date of important developments and provide me with all pertinent information.
  • Return my phone calls promptly.
  • Respond to my requests for information in a diligent manner.
  • Advise me in advance of business trips, vacations, or other absences, so that I can plan accordingly.
  • Keep your contact information up-to-date.
  • Treat my staff in a professional and courteous manner.

My hourly rate is in line with other top family law attorneys in the Bay Area. I require a retainer, which will be determined and set after I evaluate your case. I charge my regular hourly rate for an initial consultation; after which you will have a clear idea of both your procedural and substantive rights.

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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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