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Gary Scott Plavnick

Juvenile law Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Juvenile law
    Juvenile Dependency, Child Protective Service Cases, Guardianships, Adoptions, de facto parent and prospective adoptive parent representation, Termination of Parental Rights. Foster Parent License Revocation, and Child Abuse Index Law.

  2. Probate
    Representing various persons in Conservatorship, Limited Conservatorship, and Guardianship matters.

  3. Medical malpractice

  4. Personal injury


Gary Scott Plavnick
624 Broadway Suite 303
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Dendy | November 13, 2017
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Helped us through the maze of CWS
We are foster/adoptive parents and when CWS would not let us adopt this child that wanted us to adopt her, we retained the services of Mr. Plavnick and it was amazing how he got us a court hearing right away and with his knowledge and expertise he was able to win the case without even going to trial and in a timely manner too! And everything he said he would do for us happened.
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Posted by Heather | July 28, 2017
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Absolute Integrity
Midway through a "routine" adoption we found ourselves faced with changing Adoption department positions, biased caseworkers, and what felt like the world against us. With his strong sense of justice, keen knowledge of the law, and excellent relationships with the local legal and adoption communities, Gary worked with us through multiple court briefs and trials to finalize our adoption. Had it not been for his level-headed, no-nonsense ability to chart the logical course through very emotional waters, we surely would have lost our minds as well as our family. As it is, Gary is a legend in our house of fighting the good fight and standing on principle.
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Posted by Dennis | July 28, 2017
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Very helpful with the independent adoption process
We were referred to Mr. Plavnick in 2013 by friends who had retained his services in about 2004 for their foster-adopt process. Their confidence in him gave us the assurance we needed to move ahead using his services to complete our California Independent Adoption. Our process should have been straightforward, but as these things go, there were hurdles. Throughout our case he was self-assured, but never arrogant. He was thorough in action and always respectful of our time and limited resources. At no time did we feel a tinge of regret for hiring him. He is personable and professional, and remains on our list when friends are in need of legal help.
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Posted by Joyce | July 11, 2017
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He Saved My Family
Mr. Plavnick was recommended to me by a friend. My children had been removed from my home by CPS but after my hearing they were returned. I hired Mr. PLavnick to represent me in my appeal case. He always returned my calls and emails. If he didn't hear from me he would call to see if I was okay. He was meticulous in the preparation of my hearings and would be up late at night and weekends working on my case. His knowledge of the law was very impressive and the judge even said it. When he argued my case he made such awesome points and exposed the opposing side when their citings were wrong or didn't apply to my case. He was always clear and concise and it showed that he did extensive research on cases similar to mine. And on top of all that...his articulation increased 100% in his writings, I'm just saying that he was a great writer too. His letters to the Courts and the prosecutor really made the other side stay on their toes. He impressed me even more because he would actually listen to what I had to say and take my perspective into consideration. He represented me three (3) times and we WON, three (3) times. He actually cares about his clients and I would recommend him to anyone that wants to have a successful outcome to their case. Oh, and he has reasonable fees too. In my estimation Gary Plavnick is one of the best attorneys in San Diego County.
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Posted by Michelle | March 26, 2014
Mr. Plavnick has brought me a result I could not have dreamt of
I had a cosmetic procedure that left me scarred and all I wanted was an apology and refund. Intimidated and not very hopeful I approached Mr. Plavnick to discuss the case - he was very honest and truthful in regards to my matter and at no time did he make me promises he could not keep. Within 6 months this case was resolved with results that made me feel more like a victor then a victim. Thank You For your Help.
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  • California Western SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of Wisconsin
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • “The New Era in Child Custody”
  • “The New Era in Child Custody”
  • 2012
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration 16th Annual Statewide Conference & Seminar
  • - “The Representation of Relatives, DeFacto Parents & Other Nonrelatives Achieving Standing & Avoiding Mootness”
  • 2009

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Gary Scott Plavnick
Juvenile law Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 40 years