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Gary D Sparks

also known as Sparks Family Law, Inc., Law Offices of Gary D. Sparks

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Family, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

 


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.

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Languages Spoken: German, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    12 years
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    7 years
  3. Trusts: 10%
    7 years
  4. Family: 10%
    12 years
  5. Other: 30%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Katy M. Gronowski

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Katy Gronowski Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Sparks Family Law, Inc.

2890 North Main Street, Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA, 94597

Sparks Family Law, Inc.

1125 Missouri Street, Suite 208
Fairfield, CA, 94533

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200508/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Magna Cum LaudeJohn F. Kennedy University School of Law2004
Class Rank #1John F. Kennedy University School of Law2004
Witkin AwardWitkin Legal Institute2004
Witkin AwardWitkin Legal Institute2003
Witkin AwardWitkin Legal Institute2002
Award for Academic ExcellenceAmerican Legion1984

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal / AttorneyThe Law Offices of Gary D. Sparks2009 - Present
Partner / AttorneyHolmes, Moore & Sparks, Inc.2006 - 2009
AttorneyHolmes, Moore & Associates, Inc.2005 - 2006
Certified Law StudentHolmes, Moore & Associates, Inc.2003 - 2005
Family Law Clerk (Internship)Superior Court of California2003 - 2003

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Vaca Arts CouncilDirector2010 - 2011
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of California, Bay Area Regional Standing Committee of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM)Member2008 - 2009
Acalanes Fellowship Lodge F&AMMember, Officer2008 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association (multiple sections)Member2005 - Present
Solano County Bar Association (multiple sections)Member2005 - Present
American Bar Association (multiple sections)Member2005 - Present
State Bar of California (multiple sections)Member2001 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Husband v. WifeHusband successfully terminated his spousal support obligation.
Mother v. FatherWife successfully was awarded sole legal and physical custody, with permission to move wherever she wants.
Husband v. WifeHusband won trial decision upholding earlier separation date and preserving several million dollars of separate property earnings and acquisitions after separation.

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2013
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2012
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2011
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2010
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2009
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2008
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2007
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2006
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2005
John F. Kennedy University School of LawLawJuris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)2004
California State UniversityBusiness Administration, Marketing ManagementBachelor of Science1995

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Pro Per ClinicStarting and Finishing Your California Divorce2011
Bar Applicant WorkshopHow to Pass the California Bar Exam2011
Family Law WorkshopCustody Issues During Difficult Times2010
Student WorkshopCommunity Property Issues2009
Lawyer in the LibraryStarting Your Dissolution Case2008
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2007
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2006
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2005
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2004
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2003
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2002