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Galen Gentry

also known as Willem Galen Gentry

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, Business

About Me

My  firm  represents  individuals in divorce and business disputes.  I am the past Chairman of the Beverly Hills Bar Association IP Section. I have 25 years of legal experience. I have been awarded the highest possible rating for legal skill and ethical conduct by Martindale Hubbell, the oldest attorney rating company in the United States. 


 


The four most important characteristics of our firm are the accessibility of the attorney, a focus on 'flat rate' billing where possible, a unique approach to case preparation, and a great deal of trial experience.


 


How is my firm different from our competition and why shoud you hire us?



  • Lawyer accessibility

  • Unique approach to pricing and case preparation

  • Substantial experience


Accessibility: Most law firms have a layer of personnel between the attorney and the clients.   Clients who have switched to our firm from another have told us that attorney  inaccessibility was their major problem (with expense and performance being numbers two and three).   At our firm when clients have substantive questions, they speak directly with attorney responsible.


Unique Approach: With respect to many matters our experience allows us to perform them for a flat rate within a predictable and short period of time.  When a person knows the cost up front and knows how long it will take to accomplish the task it simplifies their decision making. 


We prepare every litigation matter as if it will be presented to for trial. Since most cases settle, average lawyers never think about trial until it is almost upon them. We start every case by looking at the law that will govern the trial and we use the law to help draft our pleadings.  Everything we do is geared toward convincing the fact finder  to find in favor of our client. By preparing for trial, we help ensure the best possible settlements in those matters that are resolved outside of court. 


Winning Trial Experience: At trial, we present an understandable, plausible theme of the case. We use audio/visual presentations that help the fact finder understand the facts and relevant law and reinforce our client’s theme. We show the judge or jury why he or they should return a verdict for our client. Sounds simple, but it takes years of experience to perfect.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, Afrikaans, Tigringa

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    25 years, 356 cases
  2. Family: 40%
    25 years, 356 cases
  3. Business: 20%
    25 years, 834 cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.

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    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tatiana Kadetskaya

    Excellent attorney. Well respected.

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    Tatiana Kadetskaya Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199008/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
CEB Civil Litigation Advisory e-PanelState Bar of California2009
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
A-V RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalThe Law Offices of Galen Gentry And Associates1992 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association IP SectionChairman2009 - 2013
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation SectionExecutive Committee2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Trial Practice Inn of CourtMember2008 - 2010
Beverly Hills Bars Association Intellectual Property and New Media SectionExecutive Committee2001 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2000 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Business Law SectionsMember1998 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation SectionMember1993 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1990 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Stanton Schnepp v. Andrew Altchek and Jose Luna$380,000 total judgment against defendants.
City of Compton v. Westchester Industrial Medical Services, Stephen Okonta, et al. TC022419After a thirty day trial the jury returned a verdict for the City against the defendants for over 3 million dollars.
DNI-Allegre Foods, Inc. v. Allegre Foods, Inc.NC 054938After trial the court awarded the plaintiff $438,000 in damages.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Law BlogFour Steps To Improve Your Chances In Family Law Hearings2012
ezinearticles.comBusiness Owners Need Buy-Sell Agreements And Ideally Prenuptial Agreements To Avoid Divorce Disruption2012
ezinearticles.comHow To Write Your Own Business Contracts: 10 Key Elements2011
ezinearticles.comGet the Best Divorce Attorney For Your Case By Asking These Questions At The Interview2011
Beverly Hills Bar Associaton Intellectual Property BlogEverything Goes Right For NBC At The Winter Olympics Including Emerging Media Content2010
Ezinearticles.comDiscrimination Claims--What An Employee Must Prove To Win2010
Beverly Hills Bar Association Intellectual Property BlogNinth Circuit Throws Curve Ball in Bratz Dolls Trademark Suit2010
Ezinearticles.comLoan Modification: Fact and Fiction2009
Ezinearticles.com"Someone Has Copied My Website, What Can I Do?"2009
Ezinearticles.comSix Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want Accident Victims To Know2008
EzineArticles.comHiring Employees and Avoiding Legal Problems - Seven Mistakes Employers Should Avoid When Hiring2008
Ezinarticles.comAccident Victims Can Maximize the Compensation They Receive by Following These Five Steps2008
EzineArticles.comSome California Injury Victims Receive Less Compensation Because of Their Health Insurance2008
Ezinearticles.comTrademark Infringement : The Eight Factor Analysis Courts Use to Determine Who Wins2008
Ezinearticles.comFraud Claims and Sales Talk - When Can An Opinion Can Be the Basis For A Lawsuit?2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1990
University of TennesseeHistoryBachelor of Arts1984
King's College University of London Faculty of LawInternational LawN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Judicial Town Hall MeetingAnnual Review of Los Angeles Superior Court Procedural Changes2010
Socializing the Network: Legal Strategies for Web 2.0The Legal Implications of Social Networks for Business2009
Liberty vs. Security: How 9/11 Changed Our Perceptions on PrivacyPrivacy Issues At Work and School After 9/112008
Copyright Laws And The World Wide WebHow Copyright Laws Apply to Web Pages, Blogs, and Postings2008

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