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Galen Gentry

Family Attorney at Woodland Hills, CA

5.0   41 reviews

also known as Willem Galen Gentry


Licensed for 32 years

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Learn Galen’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    16%
    A divorce is one of the most important events in a person's life. It influences all aspects. We always put our clients interests first. We will ensure that you receive the best outcome whether through aggressive litigation or meaningful cooperation.

    33 years, 356 cases

  2. Family
    16%
    Prenuptial agreements, divorce trials and agreements, spousal and child support, custody arrangements, division of community property, protection of separate property, I have over 3 years of experience in these areas and I can put it to work for you.

    33 years, 388 cases

  3. Alimony
    15%
    If there is a disparity in the income of spouses, a spouse may seek temporary support payments (commonly referred to as alimony). A party can also seek an order of long term support in the divorce judgment.

    33 years, 367 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    15%
    Many couples choose to create prenuptial also known as premarital agreements before they wed. Less common are postnuptial agreements drafted after marriage. To be effective prenuptial agreements must comport with the law.

    33 years, 314 cases

  5. Child custody
    14%
    If the parents cannot agree on child custody, the courts are guided by the best interest of the child principal in fashioning custody orders. The court usually desires frequent and continuing contact by both parents.

    33 years, 412 cases

  6. Child support
    14%
    Child support orders take into account the parties' income, assets available for support and the amount of time each parent spends with the children.

    33 years, 378 cases

  7. Uncontested divorce
    10%
    If you and your spouse want a divorce and don’t have any issues in conflict, then use our firm to obtain your divorce as fast as possible with minimal hassle and for a flat fee. Payment plans available

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My  firm  represents  individuals in divorce, family law and criminal matters.  I have over 30 years of legal experience. I have been awarded the highest possible rating for legal skill and ethical conduct by Martindale Hubbell, the oldest attorney rating company in the United States. 

 The four most important characteristics of our firm are the accessibility of the attorney, a focus on 'flat rate' billing where possible, a unique approach to case preparation, and a great deal of trial experience.

How is my firm different from our competition and why shoud you hire us?

  • Lawyer accessibility
  • Unique approach to pricing and case preparation
  • Substantial experience

Accessibility: Most law firms have a layer of personnel between the attorney and the clients.   Clients who have switched to our firm from another have told us that attorney  inaccessibility was their major problem (with expense and performance being numbers two and three).   At our firm when clients have substantive questions, they speak directly with attorney responsible.

Unique Approach: With respect to many matters our experience allows us to perform them for a flat rate within a predictable and short period of time.  When a person knows the cost up front and knows how long it will take to accomplish the task it simplifies their decision making. 

We prepare every litigation matter as if it will be presented to for trial. Since most cases settle, average lawyers never think about trial until it is almost upon them. We start every case by looking at the law that will govern the trial and we use the law to help draft our pleadings.  Everything we do is geared toward convincing the fact finder  to find in favor of our client. By preparing for trial, we help ensure the best possible settlements in those matters that are resolved outside of court. 

Winning Trial Experience: At trial, we present an understandable, plausible theme of the case. We use audio/visual presentations that help the fact finder understand the facts and relevant law and reinforce our client’s theme. We show the judge or jury why he or they should return a verdict for our client. Sounds simple, but it takes years of experience to perfect. Many lawyers have never taken a single case to trial. I have 30 years of trial experience with my  most recent trial taking place on March 14, 2022.

In 2020 I was disciplined by the State Bar for conduct unrelated to the practice of law (I got in a fight with a male stranger in a restaurant parking lot). I regret my behavior.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2021 2012 2010
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Licensed for 32 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/02/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details

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Galen Gentry

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Galen received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Frank | October 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective, caring, responsive lawyer
I had a lengthy divorce case, I had three different lawyers before Mr. Gentry. All of them were mediocre at best. I spent almost 30k with my previous lawyers with zero outcome whatsoever. Mr. Gentry got my case to trial and I am very happy with the result. During the process Mr Gentry was always responsive with my calls even after work hours. His assistant always called and give me regular updates about my case. He is THE BEST lawyer I ever encountered. If i had Mr. Gentry from the start, I think the divorce would have settled a long time ago with half of the total cost.
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Posted by Mayra | August 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Based on a simple phone call
Mr. Gentry explained my Rights and obligations in my legal situation in a clear and easy way for myself to understand. Although Mr. Gentry isn’t in my area (BUMMER) I was ready to hire this man on the spot. I truly did appreciate him taking the time out of his busy schedule to explain things to me.
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely Fabulous!
When I called to talk to an attorney I actually got to talk to an attorney quite quickly. Galen is very knowledgeable and is easy to understand; doesn’t try to confuse you. He also listens well and is patient.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Don’t judge a goldfish because he tried to climb a tree.
I found Galen on this website, and decided to give him a call despite the disciplinary action placed on his license. I am so glad that I did because my experience was the best amongst the other top rated options AVVO recommended. He didn’t cut me off, he didn’t try to dismiss me and talk about money or retainer fees or try to push me into a paid session. Speaking with Galen was by far the most welcoming and informative experience for me. He will give you his honest answer from experience and his consultation was beyond what I had anticipated. I truly appreciate that he took his time to answer ALL my questions didn’t treat me like a number. He is very experienced, humble and knowledgeable. Over all, I came out of this experience better informed and more confident in protecting myself.
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Response from Galen Gentry April 13, 2022
Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to write your review. I try to provide all the information I can to help people make informed decisions! I appreciate you giving me your trust. For the record, I was disciplined by the Bar for engaging in a fight with a stranger in a restaurant parking lot. My actions that day had nothing to do with my practice of law. I have never been dishonest or unethical. The discipline was deserved. Lawyers should not get in physical fights. I am remorseful.
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Posted by Gustavo | August 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Divorce judgement
Mr. Gentry explained my situation and my rights and obligations very well. Very helpful.
Posted by Tiffany H | June 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Patient, straightforward, and honest
I am struggling with family dispute and needed help from a family lawyer. As someone who dont understand law, I decided to reach out to Mr. Gentry. He answered my questions patiently and didn't hesitate to explain foreign law concept to me. Talking to him give me clarity and lower my anxiety in regards to my problem. After our first conversation over the phone, I know right off the bat that he is the perfect lawyer for me.
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Posted by Drew | March 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive and sensible
Galen called immediately to respond to my contact form on his website. He gave clear, factual, and sensible advice about how a divorce would likely go given my circumstances. I am strongly considering hiring him when the divorce process gets started. I like his balanced attitude and approach: laid back, honest, but advocates for his clients.
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Posted by Michael | September 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, generous and straight forward.
I came to Galen at one of the worse times of my life. I knew nothing about divorce so I consulted with Galen. He was magnanimous with his time, generous with his knowledge and straight forward with his talk. He cut through all the legal-speak and broke it down for me, outlining what is the law, what is the norm and what are my options. He was far more concerned about what was best for me and what I needed than hooking me in for his services. A good man and a credit to his profession.
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Posted by Julian | May 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A cut above
So, I firmly believe a person's character is on display when there truly is nothing in 'at stake' for someone to do good and they choose to do good anyway. I am not a friend or client of Galen's; however, when I needed a national legal perspective, he reached out and said 'call me.' He was spot-on with his advice, even going as far to suggest a couple of resources he knew of that I was unaware of. When someone will help a father way across the country because he wanted to do the right thing, what would he do if he was your attorney? Good man, good character, great legal perspective.
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Posted by Ingo | April 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Professionally Aggressive Galen Gentry
Before I hired Galen Gentry, my divorce had been dragging on for years. There was incompetence with the attorneys on both sides. Galen quickly straightened out the mess my previous lawyer created, and immediately worked towards an agreeable settlement with my ex-wife and her attorney. Galen made it clear to opposing counsel that it was in their best interest not to go to trial, and that an agreeable settlement was best for all involved. He is an experienced professional, and represented my interests better than I could ever imagine. I strongly recommend Galen Gentry, he was worth every penny.
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Posted by Kevin | October 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I hired Galen gentry after a friend recommend him while I was contemplating which attorney to hire for my divorce and child custody issues. I'm glad that I hired Mr gentry and his firm to handle my case. Not only was he able to get, what I wanted in the divorce and custody,, He exceeded my Expectations by far. He is a True Attorney that cares about your needs as a human being and not necessarily after the money. If Galen wanted to doulbe his fees, It is worth every penny for his services and what he provides. The old saying goes you get for what you paid for, But with Mr Gentry, you can't go wrong with his services. He Provides Winning Results!!! If you are looking for a Honest, Hard Working Attorney, Give him a call.
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Posted by Jeff | July 23, 2015
Divorce judgment dispute
I came to Galen during a crucial time in my negotiations, with my ex wife over a joint property dispute.. He was calm, concise, and immediately put me at ease, with his Breadth of knowledge and his advice. He took the time to make sure I understood my options, Given my circumstances, and did not charge me for the consultation. Because of Galen, I was able to re enter negotiations..secure in the knowledge that if it goes to trial. I'm got a lawyer who will win my case. If you want an experienced, no B.S. efficient, charming and caring attorney, look no further than Galen Gentry.
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Posted by Israel | March 10, 2015
Excellent Customer Service
We called Galen for the free consultation, and he was filled with tons of information. I actually felt bad after a while, and apologized for taking up his time. Two days later I e-mailed him a few questions, and he promptly answered all questions. This was all without retaining his services. He essentially assisted us with all we needed if we decided to retainan attorney, or not.
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Posted by Craig | January 26, 2015
Great experience
While I didn't use Galen during my initial divorce proceedings (I wish I had!), he helped me with some post-modifications and was awesome. He was very quick to return calls and emails and give clear and helpful advice. If I need to revisit anything divorce-related in the future I will be giving him a call. Recommended!
Posted by Daniel | August 13, 2014
Best Good Helpful Experienced LA County
If you have struggled and put up with too much BS for too long, this might be the guy you need to turn things around… Galen has been the most helpful person I have come across since my ridiculous custody battle began. My ex has tried for two years to keep my kids away from me. I expended almost every resource I have just to be with them. I have been fighting her in pro per for a year and a half after getting screwed by an idiotic and money grubbing law firm. Just when I felt crushed, I reached out to Galen for help. He quickly returned my phone call and agreed to help me. I paid his hourly rate for a review of my case. He was very focused while I was in his office. He read all the pertinent information I had. He was honest about the difficulties I faced and what my options were. He was straightforward about costs of different actions. He produced a plan that yielded good results in court. I found Galen while doing research online. I read one of his blogs about evidentiary objections. Galen seems to be interested in helping people rather than just lining his pocket book. He has an ego that demands winning, the confidence of a hardened soldier, and a heart for service. Galen is likened to Chuck Norris. He is in a business of people you hope you never have to meet, but when you do, he is the one you want on your side. Galen restored my determination and gave me the tools I needed to keep the most important part of my life, my boys, in my life.
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Posted by Rihab Mohamed | June 4, 2014
Serviced by Galen Gentry from all the way across the World
I hired Galen to dispute for me a case with a corporation in the United States that breeched their contract with my company in Cairo, Egypt. Once I had my free consultation is was evident immediately that he had the right persona for the job. He was confident, full of knowledge and straight to the point which was perfect. His experience gave us an advantage in the case which was unmatched when we were interviewing other lawyers to represent us. He and his office were very prompt in responding to our emails and was always available to discuss the case over the phone even with such a vast time difference. We were fully informed of every step in the case, we would receive emails that highlighted all the strengths in the case as well as the weaknesses. We had a wonderful experience with Galen and will definitely use his firm again in future contract revisions and all legalities.
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Posted by Renee | December 6, 2013
Ahhh, the perfect attorney !
In a nutshell, EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr Gentry assisted me with my divorce and he was very thorough, honest and extremely helpful. His knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile was truly appreciated. I have known him for almost 8 years and each and every time I needed something he was there. Would I use him again? DEFINITELY! If you are looking for a GOOD ATTORNEY, this is the man to see. I can't thank him enough for all his advice and assistance and hard work.
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Posted by YVETTE | September 27, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Gentry, Is an Excellent lawyer. He assisted my parents with a dispute with a neighbor. He returned all their calls and emails quickly. He explained all their legal options clearly and they were very happy with their outcome. We will be requesting his assistance in the future if need be.
Posted by Mike | January 28, 2013
Galen was very competent
Galen was my counsel for a case I had to defend myself against a frivolous lawsuit. He was very confident and committed to my legal defense. I felt good knowing that he was fighting for me. Result was outstanding and I would recommend Galen to anyone.
Posted by Vanessa | July 19, 2012
Excellent Work and Service
Galen did an amazing job assisting my aunt with her prenuptial agreement and divorce issues. He was able to answer her questions throughout the process and was very assuring. Galen is quite knowledgeable, caring, and accessible - something one does not always find when searching for an attorney. I would recommend him again and again, as I already have to several of my colleagues. Thank you Galen!
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2021
updated on 11/22/2022

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Galen's comment: “I was disciplined by the State Bar for conduct unrelated to my obligations as a lawyer. I was involved in a fight with a stranger in a restaurant parking lot. I pled guilty to assault which resulted in Bar discipline. I am very sorry for my actions which were wrong. The discipline resulted in Avvo reducing my rating of 10 which I had for over 20 years to 7.3. I do not feel that it is appropriate to reduce a rating based on conduct unrelated to the practice of law, but I guess avvo knows best.”

Interim suspension after conviction issued in CA, 2020
updated on 07/16/2021

This means the attorney temporarily lost his or her license to practice law while the State investigates whether the attorney should be disciplined. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Galen's comment: “I was disciplined by the State Bar for conduct unrelated to my obligations as a lawyer. I was involved in a fight with a stranger in a restaurant parking lot. I pled guilty to assault which resulted in Bar discipline. I am very sorry for my actions which were wrong.”

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Law Offices of Galen Gentry And Associates
  • 1992 - Present

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1990
  • University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • King's College University of London Faculty of Law
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Arevalo v. Arevalo
  • My client prevailed on all issues in the trial of the divorce.
  • DNI-Allegre Foods, Inc. v. Allegre Foods, Inc.NC 054938
  • After trial the court awarded the plaintiff $438,000 in damages.
  • City of Compton v. Westchester Industrial Medical Services, Stephen Okonta, et al. TC022419
  • After a thirty day trial the jury returned a verdict for the City against the defendants for over 3 million dollars.
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Associations

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bars Association Intellectual Property and New Media Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Business Law Sections
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association IP Section
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Los Angeles County Bar Trial Practice Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • Tigringa

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • CEB Civil Litigation Advisory e-Panel
  • State Bar of California
  • 2009
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • A-V Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Socializing the Network: Legal Strategies for Web 2.0
  • The Legal Implications of Social Networks for Business
  • 2009
  • Liberty vs. Security: How 9/11 Changed Our Perceptions on Privacy
  • Privacy Issues At Work and School After 9/11
  • 2008
  • Copyright Laws And The World Wide Web
  • How Copyright Laws Apply to Web Pages, Blogs, and Postings
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gentry goes above and beyond for his clients. He has always been and will allways be a mentor to me. I would not hesitate to refer any family law matter to Mr. Gentry."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyerAn extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Galen has my utmost respect as a lawyer in the community. He has many years of experience and great trial experience. I do not hesitate referring a matter to Galen because he makes sure to do an outstanding job for all his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Well respected."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Galen for many years and find him to be kind, honest, ethical, and hard-working, and I would highly recommend him for your legal needs."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Gentry is a very knowledgeable litigation attorney with extensive trial experience and is highly regarded in the legal community. I have worked with Mr. Gentry in matters in the past. He is trustworthy and fully committed to his clients."
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Woodland Hills Family Lawyer Galen Gentry
Galen Gentry
Family Attorney
Woodland Hills, CA
Licensed for 32 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details