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Gayanne K Schmid

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Utah - UT 29 years
    California - CA 39 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Gayanne

Learn Gayanne’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    38 years, 1,750 cases

  2. Family
    25%

    38 years, 1,626 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    15%

    12 years, 48 cases

  4. Trusts
    10%

    12 years, 36 cases

I have been practicing law for over thirty years.  Chances are this is the first time you've needed a lawyer and you are worrying about choosing a good one.  You may have reviewed  other divorce websites and noticed that after a while they all begin to look alike.  

 

My past clients were also looking for a good lawyer.  A strong advocate who was still compassionate about their unique circumstances. One who always returned their calls promptly and kept them up to speed.   A  pragmatist who didn't just tell them what they wanted to hear and if their expectations were unrealistic, offered alternatives.  A seasoned veteran who worked efficiently and effectively, utilizing that experience to keep costs down.

 

Because my past clients found what they were looking for, I will let them do the talking. If you decide to make a similar choice - with respect to your divorce, paternity action or step-parent adoption or if you need a prenuptial agreement, will, trust, living will, guardianship or conservatorship --  I will be waiting to hear from you.  .

 

Location

Gayanne K. Schmid, PC
2046 E. Murray Holladay Rd.
Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT, 84117-5183

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Reviews

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Posted by Wendy | November 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney - You Need to Talk to Her
I hired Gayanne Schmid to help me navigate a tricky divorce. There were 3 business entities in play so I was very concerned going in. First off, she is very knowledgeable about the law. She helped me craft my filings in a well thought out way. She is very savvy about the different personalities involved in the case. My ex is on the narcissistic side so she took that into account. I noticed that she was able to accurately read and respond to the other players (opposing counsel and mediators) involved in my divorce as well. She knows how to create solutions in situations where egos and feelings are in play. I appreciated that she suggests ways to keep billing hours lower. She worked towards resolving my case in the quickest and the least expensive way. I was very happy with the outcome. I would recommend Gayanne to anyone, especially if there are special assets involved like real estate or businesses.
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Posted by Josh | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best family law attorney in Utah! A+++++
As an unmarried father fighting for visitation and custody of my daughter, I felt defeated and frustrated by the Utah family court, until I hired Attorney Gayanne K. Schmid. Atty. Schmid was my third family law attorney and immediately became 100% committed to the case. She quickly developed a game plan to help me achieve my end goal. Atty. Schmid had a never give up attitude, even in the face of overwhelming odds against us. She worked tirelessly on the case and got the results I dreamed: full legal and physical custody. Atty. Schmid has tremendous presence in the courtroom and understands the legal issues very well. She is both thorough and unrelenting. I say this not because she got me full custody, but I have significant trial experience of my own as both a prosecutor and defense attorney for over 10 years. I will recommend her to anyone who is going through family law issues. There is no one more equipped to handle a ruthless and contentious custody situation and all of the unusual cure balls like Atty. Schmid did. If you want to win and have the case resolved so you can really go on with your life, use Atty. Gayanne K. Schmid.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney in Salt Lake City
I hired Gay as a domestic attorney for a very difficult domestic legal case. Her skills and expertise were key in a successful legal case for me. With years of experience in domestic law, Gay is a seasoned attorney with impressive court room skills. She is a very capable trial attorney and also, deals well with difficult negotiations. She doesn't back down from challenging situations, and will prove a great asset for anyone who needs legal representation.
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Posted by Jana | November 4, 2015
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Amazing, Honest, Fair and Kind
When my life took a u turn and I found myself in need of an attorney, I was scared to death. Gayanne was the most understanding, calming attorney a client could hope for. I interviewed several attorney's before I found my way to her. As soon as we had our initial consultation I knew she was going to be the best fit for me. It was a not so pleasant divorce, it actually was pretty ugly, her words that still stick with me today are "We just want this outcome to be fair to both parties". That is exactly what she accomplished in a calm, knowledgeable, efficient way. Who would have thought that an attorney was like that. Gayanne is more than an attorney. She is a mother, wife and friend and she is in touch with the real world. At the courthouse she is known and liked by everyone she comes in contact with. Her smile touches everyone and puts them at ease. The opposing attorney was having some health issues, Gayanne was aware of them and checked on her to make sure she was feeling OK and was ready and able to present her case. Gayanne is very active in her community and takes great pride in Salt Lake City. If you are in need of an attorney I would recommend her in a heart beat. You will be treated with great respect, kindness, and compassion. It's like you are her only client and your needs are the most important thing to her.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Schmid Jacobs Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gayanne K. Schmid, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Schmid & Luhn, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Of Counsel
  • Parry, Murray, Ward & Moxley
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Gayanne K. Schmid, P.C.
  • 1994 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Farella Braun & Martel
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Attorney
  • Landels, Ripley & Diamond
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Attorney
  • Brobeck Phleger & Harrison
  • 1984 - 1986
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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Custody Modification
  • Father awarded sole legal and physical custody of minor child.

Associations

  • Utah State Bar, Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • California State Bar
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Utah Legal Elite -Family Law
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • Utah Legal Elite - Family Law
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2019
  • Utah Legal Elite - Family Law
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys - Family Law
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Family Law "10 Best" Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers in Utah
  • Legal Network
  • 2016
  • Family Law "10 Best" Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers in Utah
  • Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Family Law "10 Best" Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Utah
  • Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Utah Legal Elite - Family Law
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2009
  • Utah Top Lawyers
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law From A to Z
  • Marriage Dissolution - Process and Procedure
  • 2019
  • Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish
  • Completing the Divorce
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gayanne Schmid is a strong advocate for her clients and is very committed to helping them through the difficulties of divorce."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Gayanne Schmidt for almost thirty years as a fellow family law lawyer in Salt Lake. I believe she is at the top of her profession and possesses the highest legal ethics. I know that my opinion of her is shared by the entire legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Schmid for many years and have worked with her on numerous cases of varying degrees of complexity and conflict. I have also seen Ms. Schmidt present cases before the Court while waiting for my case to be called. Gayanne is of the highest ability both intellectually and in making persuasive oral arguments. She has a keen sense of what is reasonable and what is right. I do not hesitate in endorsing her for your legal needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Gayanne on several cases as opposing counsel. She is a strong advocate for her clients, while at the same time, she maintains a level of professionalism and civility that serves her clients well."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gayanne is a strong advocate for her clients and is always willing to work with opposing counsel to find effective and meaningful resolution, which is cost effective and a better way to help parties preserve their post-divorce relationship. She is attentive and smart and someone I really admire!"
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