Featured as one of the "Top Attorneys" in OC Metro Magazine (Sept. 2014) in Divorce & Family Law.Featured as one of the "Top Attorneys" in OC Metro Magazine (Sept. 2014) in Divorce & Family Law.Named one of the "10 Best" Family Law Attorneys in 2014 by (AIOFLA) for Client Satisfaction.Featured as one of the "Top Attorneys" in OC Metro Magazine (Sept. 2014) in Divorce & Family Law.Featured as one of the "Top Attorneys" in OC Metro Magazine (Sept. 2014) in Divorce & Family Law.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|"10 BEST" ATTORNEY NOMINATION FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|TOP LAWYER||OC Metro Magazine||2014|
|SUPERB RATED ATTORNEY||AVVO||2014|
|Excellent Rated Attorney||AVVO||2013|
|CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARD||Martindale.com Lawyers.com||2012|
|CLIENT'S CHOICE AWARD 2012||Avvo.com||2012|
|Elected Member-At-Large Under 5 Years||Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section||2008|
|Elected Member-At-Large Under 5 Years||Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section||2007|
|Honors in Scholarly Merit||Western State University College of Law||2004|
|Eagle Scout||Boy Scouts of America||1990|
|OWNER/FOUNDER||LAW OFFICES OF BRETT R. WISHART||2014 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Wishart & Associates LLP||2013 - 2014|
|Senior Trial Attorney||Law Offices of Wishart & Garland||2009 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Law Offices of Wishart & Garland||2005 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices of Wishart & Garland||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Executive Committe of the Family Law Section of the California Bar (FLEXCOM) Orange County Standing Committee||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|J. Reuben Clark Law Society||Member||2004 - Present|
|Brea Chamber of Commerce||Member||2004 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Committee Member||2006 - 2009|
|Young Lawyers Association Orange County Division||Member||2005 - 2009|
|Debbie W.||Court denied Father's 50/50 and denied child support reduction|
|S. Amanda F.||Sole Legal and Sole Physical custody of minor children to Mother, with professionally monitored visits to Father|
|Cassandra H.||Restraining order against my client dismissed, child returned to my client's primary care.|
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|LAFAMILY.COM||"Will I Be Happier After Divorce?"||2012|
|LAFAMILY.COM||"The Language of Family Law"||2012|
|LAFAMILY.COM||"Polygraphs & Perjury in Divorce Court"||2012|
|Western State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Brigham Young Univ||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|Bridging the Gap||Family Law Representative at Open Booth Luncheon||2008|
|Bridging the Gap||Family Law Representative at Open Booth Luncheon||2007|
|J. Reuben Clark Law Society Western State University College of Law chapter.||The Practice of Family law--What is it Really Like?||2006|
Posted by Ben
Seperation from my wife started when my buisness tanked with the economy and i returned to work as a blue collar operating engineer. My educated wife with master degree in psychotherapy working for a non profit could not handle the stress of the downturn and her maybe having to find a real job lead to many stress in the house hold. Years before this decision we where having issues but they where ignored till i had the balls to call it quit, wife accused me of cheating, abandonment, abuse, called everyone i knew and so on, the only thing that was important to me was my son , Brett Wishart fought and got me the time I wanted with my son , Brett's firm tough approach to her and her lawyer made me feel at ease and cofident through out the whole process of time with my son and seperation of property, I am forever greatful to Brett and his staff and they will continue to be my goto team for any of my legal issues,
Posted by Casey
It is with great pleasure that I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Brett Wishart. Brett accepted my case regarding custody and visitation years after my "amicable" divorce that had taken place without any attorney involvement. After my divorce I became a legal secretary myself (not for Brett or anyone within his firm,) and I now know the importance of good legal representation.
Regardless of my knowledge of Family Law and how the system works, my own case made me just as emotional and short sighted as anyone dealing with the sensitivity of the well being of their children. Brett not only comforted my anxiety but made sure to keep me on track. Most clients want a counselor/attorney but only desire to pay for one of them. It takes a well rounded and ethical attorney (person) to be able to give comfort without exploiting the "by the hour" fee that can be abused by some. Brett (and his staff) are amazing at making a client feel heard at the same time that they keep them on track of the task at hand. I have no doubt that my legal fees would have been twice as much had I been allowed to "vent" more than I did. And again, I always felt heard and comforted.
My case resulted in a full 730 evaluation. Brett was AMAZING in his guidance of the entire process. I am convinced that if it hadn't been for his strong suggestion for me to forego the opposing side's offer to split costs in favor of their evaluator and instead pay 100% to be able to choose Brett's suggested evaluator, that my case would not have ended in my children's best interest. Sometimes you must lose a battle to win the war and win the war my kids did! I owe my kids' childhood to Brett and to the evaluator that he chose.
Let's face it, no one wants to be in a position to hire an attorney. Knowing what I now know, I would NEVER represent myself in court even with my legal background. I know that many feel that legal fees are astronomically high and begrudgingly hand over the retainer and then reluctantly agree to their attorney's suggestions because of fees. People get a sense of entitlement because their feelings of being "wronged" somehow equate in their mind that their attorney should be honored to represent them. If whomever reading this comes away with anything from someone who has gone before you, let it be these three things:
1. Your emotional distress and that of every other client is thrust upon your attorney and no amount of money could ever be enough to willing take on someone else's stresses. That being said, your choice of an attorney is crucial and you would be wise to pick Brett Wishart.
2. You may not like every bit of advise that Brett gives you but it is always in your case's best interest, you'd be wise to take it. (I cannot make that statement for all attorneys in the world.)
3. Your attorney is only as good as the truths you tell him. He cannot represent you well if you do not represent yourself well to him.
I hope that his has been helpful in your search for the right attorney. I lucked out in finding Brett on my own. Take my advice and stop your search because you would be foolish to not retain Brett's services.
Posted by Braeden Burnham
Mr. Wishart helped me through a time of great crisis in my life. I felt as though my life had been flipped upside down and I had know idea where to begin sorting through the issues I was facing. Mr. Wishart gave me a new perspective on not only my rights as a parent but also hope that being a father did not automatically mean I could not have physical custody of my four boys. Mr. Wishart has a great ability to reason and calm down opposing parties and help them see things in a way that can be mutually beneficial. Overall the process of divorse was definately easier than I thought it would be thanks to the handling of it by Mr. Wishart.
Gerald Maggio, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse Brett. I have been the opposing counsel on cases with Brett Wishart and his firm and I have found he and his firm to be very prepared, professional and knowledgeable. Moreover, he is very reputable and not underhanded in ways that end up causing his clients (or mine) to spend unnecessary legal fees. He has the ability to both advocate for his client's interests and still work reasonably with opposing counsel. Brett is a definite asset to our profession.
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