Family Attorney at Woodland Hills, CA
also known as Willem Galen Gentry
Licensed for 32 years
Virtual consultation 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?
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.
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details
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.”