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Michael L Whitmarsh

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

3.9   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Michael L. Whitmarsh completed his undergraduate studies at U.C.L.A. in 2002. He then taught children with autism and trained and competed in triathlons for two years before attending Southwestern University School of Law’s evening program. Michael worked full time at a business litigation law firm while earning his J.D. He graduated in December 2007, passed the February 2008 bar exam and since then he has dedicated his practice exclusively to family law matters. Michael is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Family Law Section and the Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court along with local formal and informal study groups.

Location

Whitmarsh Family Law, PC
1900 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Mike | January 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me Protect my Business during Divorce
I was referred to Michael in 2014 by my business lawyer when my wife of six years filed for divorce, demanded half of my business and an incredible amount of spousal support. I did not have a prenup. My divorce wrapped up at the end of 2015, and Michael recently circled back to ask for a review of my experience working with him. I told him that I would be happy to because of how much he helped me. The best part about hiring Michael to do my divorce was that he accurately predicted how long the entire process would take, how much I would end up having to pay my ex in spousal support, and how much the whole divorce would cost. I didn't want to hear it, but I'm glad that he told me straight. I am a small business owner. I have 5 employees who I've had for years, and Michael knew an incredible amount about business bookkeeping and accounting that saved me a lot of grief. Most of all, he calmed me down when my ex-spouse threatened my business or made unreasonable demands. If it had not been for Michael, I'm not sure that my business would have survived the divorce. Thanks again, Michael.
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Posted by Dan | December 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stress-Free
I hired Mike when I became overwhelmed by the divorce process. Don't wait to hire him. He will make the process so much easier by dealing with the tough stuff while you can move on with your life.
Posted by Mark | December 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Hired Mike during a rough custody battle and he couldn't have been more helpful. Still thankful for all of his hard work and no-nonsense approach.
Posted by Sarah | December 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable & Reasonable fees
Divorce is hard. I couldn't have done it alone. Expense was a big concern for me. Though Michael's fees are probably the going rate for a family law attorney, I was confident that he didn't waste his time on non-issues just to make more money. Being able to trust an attorney, during a divorce in Los Angeles of all places, is unique.
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Posted by Gina | December 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immediate Relief during a difficult time
I'm an attorney myself and would have filed and argued my own divorce except that I was overseas. I'm glad it worked out that way because divorce can be so stressful that dealing with it on your own would be that much more difficult. My ex was bitter about the split and wanted to hurt me emotionally and financially. Even though we barely had any assets, he employed a shark of a divorce lawyer to bury me in paperwork. Michael addressed the issues rationally, without me even having to be in the country! He provided excellent and fair legal counsel. He wanted me to get what I deserved, without spending a ton of money on legal fees. My ex's attorney made threats and piled on discovery as intimidation tactics, knowing that it would cost me legal fees. Michael didn't buy into it and kept his cool, while keeping me calm all along. Another attorney could have taken advantage of the situation to make more money. Instead, Michael did his best to save me money and stress by not engaging my ex's attorney when it wasn't necessary. Michael also gave me personal attention by responding to emails and phone calls during times of extreme stress and uncertainty. He was patient and rational when I wasn't able to be. A divorce and get so emotional that having someone be the voice of reason saved me. The divorce itself felt like I had no control, but with Michael, I was able to regain some of that control and maintain my dignity the whole time. His fees were reasonable, considering the work and personal attention he gave to my case. And considering how difficult it is to go through such an emotional process without any specialized family law knowledge. I was able to resolve the entire matter while overseas and that says a lot about how capable and thorough Michael is. I recommend him for anyone going through this phase of life.
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Posted by Lana | June 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Former Employee of Michael Whitmarsh
I’m writing this post in case it could save someone from having a similar experience that I had as a former employee. In 2018 I worked for Michael Whitmarsh as a legal assistant, and it was the worst work experience I have ever had in my life. Working under Michael Whitmarsh made me realize the importance of working in a respectful, communicative and healthy environment for my quality of life. The sheer disrespect and aggression that Michael Whitmarsh displayed towards me on the regular deeply affected me during my time there and thereafter. I have always had positive relationships with my employers and peers, and to this day, Michael Whitmarsh is the only employer I’ve ever had that left me with almost exclusively negative memories. I’m grateful that I mustered the courage to quit when I did and the lesson I learned to never let anyone treat me like that again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Gille Kaye Law Group, PC
Horrible service. Felt like he was on my husbands side the whole time. Wasted $5000 on nothing. I had to keep calling to see what was happening with my case. Could not confine in him. Charged me for ridiculous work, calls and emails. I ended up going back with my husband and stopped the divorce/case. I suggest a real lawyer. My husbands, Gille Kaye Law Group, PC . Pasadena CA. Great people nice and actually wanna do the work and help. They even gave back my husband his half deposit back $2,700. Unlike these people rip off, there only in it for the money.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner, Attorney
  • Whitmarsh Family Law, PC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner, Attorney
  • Land Whitmarsh LLP
  • 2014 - 2016

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Other
"I went to law school with Michael. He is a very capable family law attorney who loves what he does. For that reason, he works hard to help his clients achieve their goals. Given the personal nature of family law, it's important to have an attorney that is trustworthy. It also helps to have someone hardworking who will expedite the process so as not to drag it out. Michael is both of these things. If you need a family law attorney, do not hesitate to hire him."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Other
"I went to law school with Michael. He is a very capable family law attorney who loves what he does. For that reason, he works hard to help his clients achieve their goals. Given the personal nature of family law, it's important to have an attorney that is trustworthy. It also helps to have someone hardworking who will expedite the process so as not to drag it out. Michael is both of these things. If you need a family law attorney, do not hesitate to hire him."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It's rare to see a lawyer who is as passionate about his field as Michael is about family law. The way he gets excited about defending his clients' rights is inspiring, even to his peers. For that reason, anytime I am asked for a family law attorney referral, I recommend Michael. In addition to his strong passion for his work and his clients, he is honest, straight-forward and hard working. His experience and expertise in the field make him so capable that it's easy to trust him with highly sensitive family law matters."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a very knowledgeable and caring attorney. He did a great job for his client in a difficult case."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Mike is an aggressive, yet compassionate attorney. I am always impressed by his depth of knowledge and professionalism. I strongly encourage you to consider him for your family law needs."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Whitmarsh is an attorney who has incredible attention to detail and takes to heart the values of his clients. I would definitely recommend him to anyone."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Los Angeles Family Lawyer Michael L Whitmarsh
Michael L Whitmarsh
Family Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 15 years
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