Helping families achieve the best solutions during difficult times.
The Law Offices of Gary D. Sparks is a full-service family law, divorce and estate planning (and soon-to-include probate) law practice dedicated to helping clients and their families resolve difficult and emotional legal issues during some of the most challenging times in life.
Attorney Gary D. Sparks is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude at the top of his class. While in law school, Gary clerked for the Family Law court, and was certified by the State Bar of California to engage in the limited practice of law while he was still a student. He worked for several years as a student instructor and thereafter as a teaching assistant at the School of Law, and today continues to privately tutor and mentor law students in their studies and in preparation for the bar exam.
Prior to founding the firm in 2009, Gary was a partner at Holmes, Moore & Sparks, a well-known family law firm in Walnut Creek with a rich, 25+ year history of successful family law advocacy.
Gary has a reputation in the family law community for being firm, yet fair, in dealing with other parties and attorneys. His time clerking for the court has given him valuable insight and experience into the inner workings of our legal system, flawed as it may be.
Gary enjoys legal research and analysis, and practices law from the perspective of a divorced father who learned the legal system firsthand during his own highly contested custody case.
Gary is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Solano County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is a former member of the Bay Area Regional Standing Committee of FLEXCOM (Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar).
Gary is admitted to practice law in all state courts throughout California. Gary is also active in community service, supports public education and is an officer of Acalanes Fellowship F&AM. He openly admits his addiction to golf and bicycling, and continues to be amazed by the intelligence of his dog.
Languages Spoken: German, English
Licensed since 2005
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Magna Cum Laude||John F. Kennedy University School of Law||2004|
|Class Rank #1||John F. Kennedy University School of Law||2004|
|Witkin Award||Witkin Legal Institute||2004|
|Witkin Award||Witkin Legal Institute||2003|
|Witkin Award||Witkin Legal Institute||2002|
|Award for Academic Excellence||American Legion||1984|
|Principal / Attorney||The Law Offices of Gary D. Sparks||2009 - Present|
|Partner / Attorney||Holmes, Moore & Sparks, Inc.||2006 - 2009|
|Attorney||Holmes, Moore & Associates, Inc.||2005 - 2006|
|Certified Law Student||Holmes, Moore & Associates, Inc.||2003 - 2005|
|Family Law Clerk (Internship)||Superior Court of California||2003 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Vaca Arts Council||Director||2010 - 2011|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Bay Area Regional Standing Committee of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM)||Member||2008 - 2009|
|Acalanes Fellowship Lodge F&AM||Member, Officer||2008 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association (multiple sections)||Member||2005 - Present|
|Solano County Bar Association (multiple sections)||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association (multiple sections)||Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of California (multiple sections)||Member||2001 - Present|
|Husband v. Wife||Husband successfully terminated his spousal support obligation.|
|Mother v. Father||Wife successfully was awarded sole legal and physical custody, with permission to move wherever she wants.|
|Husband v. Wife||Husband won trial decision upholding earlier separation date and preserving several million dollars of separate property earnings and acquisitions after separation.|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2013|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2012|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2011|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2010|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2009|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2008|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2007|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2006|
|State Bar of California||MCLE||Certificates||2005|
|John F. Kennedy University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)||2004|
|California State University||Business Administration, Marketing Management||Bachelor of Science||1995|
|Pro Per Clinic||Starting and Finishing Your California Divorce||2011|
|Bar Applicant Workshop||How to Pass the California Bar Exam||2011|
|Family Law Workshop||Custody Issues During Difficult Times||2010|
|Student Workshop||Community Property Issues||2009|
|Lawyer in the Library||Starting Your Dissolution Case||2008|
|JFKU School of Law||Teaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation||2007|
|JFKU School of Law||Teaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation||2006|
|JFKU School of Law||Teaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation||2005|
|JFKU School of Law||Teaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation||2004|
|JFKU School of Law||Teaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation||2003|
|JFKU School of Law||Teaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation||2002|