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John J. Gilligan, founding partner of Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP, has extensive experience specializing in family law, probate litigation, and estate planning since 1981.  Mr. Gilligan graduated cum laude and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from State University of New York at Brockport, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Western State University. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1997. Only 10% of California’s family law attorneys have earned this additional education and title.



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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 40%
  2. Divorce: 30%
  3. Child Support: 20%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin John Kensik

    I have known John for several years, both in cases against him and working on cases together. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist and is extremely talented, experienced and knowledgeable. I would endorse John to anyone needing a lawyer.


    Kevin Kensik Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian Kent Brandmeyer

    I have known John Gilligan well, he is a fellow Family Law Practitioner, for an excessive of 10 years. John is an experienced and excellent trial attorney. He is also organized and persuasive, and obtains a lot of good results for client’s.


    Brian Brandmeyer Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP

1 World Trade Ctr Ste 2150
Long Beach, CA, 90831


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerBrandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP2011 - Present
Founding PartnerGilligan Law Corproation1985 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationFamily Law Rules Committee, a subcomittee of FLEXCOM2014 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee of the Family Law Section2013 - Present
Superior Court for family law and domestic violence mattersJudge Pro Tem1985 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Irish American Bar Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Marriage of WillardN/A
In re Marriage of CorderoN/A
In re Marriage of LucioN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
State University of New York, College at BrockportN/APolitical Science and Governement1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County Paralegal Association's Annual Education ConferenceEducation through Inspiration2013
Family Law Study GroupCostly Divorce Heads into the Ninth Inning with Dodgers' Sale2013
All Pro Dad's Day School BreakfastDads As Role Models2013
"Divorce Options" WorkshopDivorce2013