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I was referred to John Gilligan when I wanted to file for divorce in January 2013. Throughout the entire process John was very honest, timely, responsive, and always kept me up to date in the proceedings. All of these things added up to me feeling safe and taken care of as I went through one of the hardest times in my life.
Beyond even the above factors, John helped me when I felt out of control with the process, directed me on how to handle custody and co-parenting problems that arose, and answered any and all questions that I had.
All of this led to me having my children 80% of the time, getting a fair child support and spousal support judgement, and a wage assignment so that I didn't have to worry about financial abuse or how I was going to take care of my children.
Although going through a divorce is rarely pleasant, John made the process the very best that it could be. I've recommended him to several acquaintances and I can't speak highly enough about his services and ability.
Mr. Gilligan and his office were extremely unprofessional, unresponsive, and rude. I had two attorneys on my case. Mr. Gilligan did not like my original attorney and attempted to keep all of the funds for himself. After I dismissed him and his law firm he continued to perform work even though a clear substitution of attorney was in place, and my original attorney was now the only attorney on the case.
He is overpriced and certainly does not live up to his reputation unless you have hundreds of thousand of dollars.
Anyone experiencing legal issues regarding a dissolution of marriage, custody, child support and/or alimony, knows regardless of what part or end you play in the situation it is a difficult one. In my particular case, two of the four aforementioned legal issues were applicable and had to be resolved. During my initial consultation John Gilligan he was forthright and openly honest regarding my opportunities and risks. As it turn out we won on every issue relating to custody and child support, if winning is what you want to call it. My best advice is to be prepared with all supporting documentation to support your case. Any attorney is only as good as the information you provide them with, which will in turn give the attorney a basis for the best legal action and approach to the resolution. It will also save you money throughout the experience! John will control the controllable, but you must understand he cannot control the court calendar! Frankly, no one can, but the court. Remember, the opposition has the same problem! Unfortunately, that can cause unforeseen cost and expenses. Once again, John made me well aware of this issue too. There is a high probability that any projected cost you may consider will be more than anticipated. In addition, John will support you, but will emphasize not to use him as a therapist. Stay on point and remember he is there to go shoulder to shoulder with you in an effort to resolve your legal issues. John is an upfront and honest guy who will have you and your child(ren) best interest at the forefront of the resolution. Great attorney and firm!
I had several meetings with John before we filed. Each time I felt more assured and prepared. After being married 19 years, I wanted to exit my marriage with little fighting and haggling. John was so matter of fact and concise, he laid out the strategy and plan and allowed my three kids and myself to reach the finish line. I would be pleased and I have already recommended him to others.
John was recommended to me by my ex-coworker in American Honda. I hired him to handle my divorce in 2005 and hired him again in 2014. Recently, he represented me in court and handled my defense when my Ex wanted a reimbursement of his child support. In both cases, my Ex-husband hated him! John is a genius. His level of intelligence, talent and knowledge are remarkable! He knows family law inside out while eating peanuts. He will defend you fearlessly and will make sure your case wins. You will be happy with the results. Without John, I probably would not have my kids, child support, and peace of mind. He paved the way for me to have a fresh start in life after a traumatic divorce. Now, after 8 years, I have remarried and happy. I have moved on. Thanks to an excellent lawyer named John Joseph Gilligan!
Hired to do a divorce and did nothing but write letter after meaningless letter
to the other side his final bill was almost 5X the original estimate
My friend is going thru a divorce and hired Gilligan in hopes to having a fair settlement but in return this man squeezed every last penny out of her (i guess he has to pay for his big money sky high office) He took her for around 100,000 and in return put a lien on her house. She is now living in her car, a mother, a human, and a woman looking for guidance during a divorce.
John Gilligan was the strength and clear-minded thinking I needed when I had none. He walked me through every step of my divorce like a father. His knowledge of the law and years of experience were instrumental in achieving the best end result of my case. I am grateful.
“My ex-husband and I initially hired a single attorney to handle our divorce. I soon began to question if this was a wise decision. I contacted the California State Bar for a Family Law attorney recommendation and they suggested I call John Gilligan. John took my call right away and spent a substantial amount of time on the phone with me answering all of my questions. Not only was John instrumental in the negotiating process, but he made me feel comfortable and safe (even when my ex-husband did not). The outcome would have been completely different if I hadn't hired John -- I don't think I would have been able to keep my home without his help. Thank you, John."