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Brett Ryan Wishart

Family Attorney at IRVINE, CA

4.9   95 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Brett

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I  was born and raised in southern California. I graduated from Brigham Young University (B.A., History, 2000) and Western State University College of Law (J.D., 2004, Scholarly Merit). All through law school, I worked as a law clerk for my father, Barry J. Wishart, who had practiced family law since 1982. As such, I have been in the business for more than 13 years and have been trained by one of the elite attorneys in the county. 

     I have been married for more than fifteen years.  I also have eight children. I am a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Family Law Section, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. In 2006, I was elected and appointed to the Executive Committee of the Orange County Bar Association's Family Law Section, where I served until 2009. In 2013, I was appointed as a member of the State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee (FLEXCOMM), Orange County Standing Committee.

      I have authored several articles on the subject of family law which have been published at , an online magazine or e-zine. I volunteer time and am featured as an "Expert" of the "Divorce Support Center" (), a non profit organization that helps individuals and families in crisis. 

     My practice is exclusively dedicated to Family Law.  I currently accept cases in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties.

Location

LAW OFFICES OF BRETT R. WISHART
4 VENTURE
Suite 390
IRVINE, CA, 92618

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  95 customer reviews
Posted by joel | May 18, 2023
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Great Experience and Outcome
Look no further, this is your guy! I started my divorce process with a different lawyer. A month in, my wife hit me with domestic violence claims where I lost all access to my children for three months, it was horrific and terrifying. My lawyer at the time gave me no confidence she could beat the claims. Then I met Brett, right off the bat, he reviewed my case and instilled confidence that we could win. He immediately changed our defense strategy to a more streamlined, cost-effective approach and we won! Although it took 6 months to beat the DV, I went from not contact with my children and being painted as monster to 50/50 custody. Further, as we completed the DV, Brett stuck by me to finish out the rest of the process ensuring not only that we finalized 50/50 custody, but that I got to keep my house. Throughout the process, Brett's team was attentive, compassionate, and epithetic, I couldn't imagine where my life would be today without them.
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Posted by Chi | October 28, 2022
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Truly a wonder and joy to work with
In my case, my ex is extremely contentious... her side would have attorney drafted letters written on every little thing. Brett is no only patient, creative, but deals with opposing counsel with extreme professionalism. He knows when to "attack" and when to consolidate and cut your losses. If you want an attorney who is efficient, poignant, communicates so well that you always know where you're currently at in your case and where you need to be not only next, but 3 moves ahead, Brett is your guy. Do not hesitate, he's worth every penny and some.
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Posted by Robert | July 4, 2022
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Brett gets results - period.
In over a year of representation, battling an ex who had retained the most unethical and despicable counsel, all Brett did was get results. My ex tried to get full custody by falsely alleging domestic violence, twice. Brett won both hearings. When my ex then tried to eliminate my visitation by making up stories about our child's health, Brett actually managed to *increase* my visitation from almost nothing to almost 50/50. And now that my ex has come after my finances, Brett has discovered that they actually owe *me* tens of thousands of dollars. Of course, we didn't win every battle - and frankly, don't be naive and expect that you will. But we won the biggest battles, and we're winning the war. By the way, his staff is world class. I recommend Brett wholeheartedly and unreservedly.
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Posted by Joel | June 28, 2022
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The Best Out There Hands Down!!
As an analytical aerospace program manager, I can’t tell you how many attorneys I reviewed and interviewed to find this guy. After our first discussion I thought he must be to good to be true. After litigating a DV case for months with Brett, I can tell you he is the real deal and I couldn't be happier. Brett is always over prepared, professional, courteous and of course, the judges love him. In a matter of months, I have gone from no custody/visitation of my girls (not even a phone call) to 50/50 with Brett. If you are looking to turn the tables in your divorce, Brett is the guy that can make it happen.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2022
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Rolls-Royce of Attorneys
After speaking to 3 different attorneys, I felt like I was hitting a wall because none of them felt like the right one to represent me. A friend of mine, who also had a favorable outcome with Brett Wishart and his office had recommended that I seek legal advice from him - she spoke very highly of Brett and his office. And I must say, first hand, Brett and his office exceeded my expectations - Brett is the Rolls-Royce of attorneys. Brett is truly passionate about what he does; he is immensely knowledgeable, even keeled, calm, efficient, compassionate, responsive, patient, has great listening skills, tenacity, and is such an honorable human being. And we all know people who are passionate about what they do perform better. Brett was able to take on my case and invested a stock of importance to it from the moment I retained him. Anyone whose gone through divorce and custody issues knows that this time is so sensitive and challenging and that is the more reason to select an attorney who will have a dramatic and positive impact - and Brett was able to accomplish that for my case. He advocated for me, and I am so blessed to have had him each step of the way. Thank you, Holly for being so helpful, professional and kind in assisting me with questions that I had - she also went above and beyond to answer my questions and I truly felt that I was in good hands every step of the way. I’m eternally blessed and grateful to have had Brett alongside such a hard time of my life.
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Posted by Antony | August 20, 2021
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Strategic & Thorough
I had been in a stalled divorce process for over 5 years when I hired the Wishart law firm to help expedite the process. Not only did this team quickly and efficiently bring this process to completion (even during the COVID pandemic), they also far exceeded my expectations as I was able to settle for much more than I expected. Brett Wishart was very strategic in his actions during the initial phase of the case. Heidi Frankel was then my primary contact during the completion of the case. She was well versed in the family court law and identified opportunities for me to succeed. She worked creatively and tirelessly and on my case, was intelligent in her approach to the issues and very assertive when representing me to opposing council. She thoroughly and respectfully presented arguments to the court. All of the paperwork was prepared without delay and sent to both the court and opposing council. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire law firm. Brett Wishart has assembled an amazing team of experts, who are intelligent, industrious, thorough and creative. I especially thank Ms Frankel for her strong representation of my case and Mr Wishart for his strategy.
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Posted by Chi | June 24, 2021
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The Review You Must Read.
If you need a family law attorney Brett is your guy, you're simply not going to find someone better. Brett, Heidi, Holly, and the rest of his team are all EXCELLENT communicators. They forward emails to you immediately so you are kept in the loop of communication, you'll know exactly what they're working on for you at all times. Aside from superb communication, Brett & Heidi are incredibly detailed, they will listen, internalize, and represent you the right way. Let me start by sharing this, my case on paper looked like a complete train-wreck and disaster. Brett quickly explained the process to me, and took my declaration, it was immediately prepared and to perfection. We responded grounded the other party so they can't leave the state with a toddler under the age of 2. From there things got worse as the other party continuously added more and more allegations along the way. Brett took his time to not only explain to me what the other party's intentions were when they take certain steps, the explained what we can do as a counter. Brett will reveal his warchest to you to let you know what actions he can take as your attorney. This is very important because this will allow you to prepare your evidence or find the right type of evidence to prove or defend any claims. In my case there were numerous false allegations against me, and due to proper guidance from Brett, I was able to find 1 piece of evidence after another to prove that the other party was simply just a liar. Brett and his team united me with my baby boy after the other party filed a false domestic violence order against me and stopped me from seeing my son for over 2 months during his most precious years. I am forever grateful for what his office has done to reunite us, and not only reunite us, we were able to settle for 50/50 custody time for a child under 2 years old, and I'm the father! Thank you Brett, Heidi, and Holly for everything you all have done.
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Posted by Jackson | March 1, 2021
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Forever Grateful to Mr. Wishart
Our family is pleased to recommend Brett Wishart to anyone looking for a family law attorney. (We were actually referred to him by another attorney's office, whose assistant told us in confidence that if she were going through a divorce, Brett Wishart would be her first choice.) We found Brett after 10 months of dealing with another attorney and her incompetent staff. Just 2 weeks before a very important court date, we were in a tight spot and Mr. Wishart came to the rescue. He even came in on the 4th of July weekend to meet with us!! Brett is caring, he's professional, and he's very good at weeding through the mess of a divorce. His first priority was to try to keep the costs down by avoiding a long drawn out court trial. He tried tirelessly to achieve this, while never willing to jeopardize a favorable outcome. Although this was not achieved, we are grateful to have been able to see Brett in action in the courtroom! He seemed to always be one step ahead of opposing counsel and also fully aware of what the judge was thinking. His knowledge of the law and the court system is invaluable. While we were very impressed with his courtroom presence, he also blew us away with his masterfully written arguments and responses. We are still waiting on the judge's ruling, but we feel confident that we had the best attorney money can buy, and we will be forever grateful for the heartfelt service he provided.
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Posted by Laura | February 26, 2021
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Thank you Brett
I would highly recommend Brett and his team!! They were so helpful in dealing with a custody case. His knowledge and professionalism shined in court!
Posted by Lindsey | February 14, 2021
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Brett Wishart and Team - Amazing Counsel
It is with great pleasure that I write this review wholeheartedly recommending and endorsing Brett Wishart and his team to anyone in need of legal counsel in the area of family law. My case involved protecting my newborn son from his father and his immediate family involved with drugs. From the beginning, Brett devised effective strategies to ensure I would attain sole physical and legal custody. He was methodical in his thinking which always elicited a great deal of confidence within me. His kind and patient demeanor always put me at ease. Brett and his team always responded to my questions and concerns in a timely manner. I was never in the dark and always kept informed of current and next steps in the process. His legal strategies ultimately kept me out of court(saving me money) and brought the case to resolution completely in my favor. I cannot thank Brett and his capable team (Heidi and Holly) enough for their expertise, professionalism, and care for myself and my son. I will forever be grateful!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2019
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Brett is amazing!
I recommend Brett Wishart and his staff without any hesitation in need of representation and/or advice in family law matters. Brett went above and beyond while representing me throughout several phases of my case. He pays very close attention to detail. He is very respectful, understanding, compassionate, and very important to me, responsive! Thankfully, I did not have to go to trial, but because Brett is quite confident and can articulate his client’s case we were able to settle. Although my case is over, I continue to turn to him for advice on certain matters, and he is still very responsive and most helpful.
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Posted by Charles | July 15, 2019
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My experience with Brett
The Law Offices of Brett R. Wishart assisted me during a very difficult and complicated legal proceeding. After having a terrible experience with a previous law firm, Brett and his staff handled my case efficiently and fairly. I was very pleased with the overall outcome and general guidance throughout the entire process. Brett and his entire team were easily accessible via both email and telephone communication. I would highlight The Law Offices of Brett R. Wishart to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by Debbie | June 24, 2019
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Divorce
Brett Wishart helped me through a long and very difficult divorce. He's knowledgeable, effective and pays close attention to detail. Brett is sincerely compassionate and continuously fought for me and the well being of my children and our needs. His closing argument was aggressive, detailed and on point with facts and timelines. Brett always made sure that the court was completely educated at all times. Needless to say I was very please with his performance throughout the divorce and very pleased with the outcome. His assistant Holly is awesome to work with. She's caring, detailed and efficient. She always makes sure she gets back to you in a timely manner as well. I have great appreciation for the continual fight! I highly recommend Brett and his team to anyone who is looking for an excellent lawyer and staff.
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Posted by Brian | June 20, 2019
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Couldn't be happier with representation provided
I replaced my previous council with Mr. Wishart after about three and a half years of a horribly messy and drawn out custody dispute. He was able to help bring the matter to an end within a few months. Excellent representation. He was able to speak in a manner that connected with the judge and that really made an impact on the case. I could not be happier with the results
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Posted by Mark | June 6, 2019
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Impressed
Brett represented me throughout my divorce and I am very pleased with his guidance. With so many unknown obstacles, Brett and his team made sure we we’re always in compliance with the court process.
Posted by Jessica | May 29, 2019
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Exceptional Attorney!
I owe a million thanks to Brett Wishart and his entire team. They worked tirelessly on my very complicated post-divorce custody modification. I am absolutely thrilled with the results and am so thankful that I retained Brett. From the beginning, Brett was professional and upfront about what we could expect throughout the process. He made navigating the otherwise stressful court system much easier and was readily available to answer my many questions. Thank you Brett and Holly for working so hard for myself and my son. You guys are the best!
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Posted by Eric | May 28, 2019
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Blessing in the form of a Lawyer!
My husband and I highly recommend Brett R. Wishart and his team of highly qualified professionals for any issues regarding family law. Our case was highly contentious and dealt with complex and difficult matters from a previous divorce from over 5 years ago. Brett's team was able to negotiate a settlement that was creative and used out of the box thinking that clearly benefited us and our children. We were able to get 50/50 custody of our son that was heavily contested. He also got us an end date for alimony that was previously for life, and at the same time he was able to keep us from having to pay for any of the opposing counsel's fees. Everything that we wanted in the settlement, and even more so, Brett and his team were able to accomplish for us. They were a true blessing for us and we are eternally grateful.
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Posted by Amy | May 28, 2019
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Brett is a rock star in Family Court!
Brett and his team are absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend Brett to any friends and family. Brett stepped into our case, a complicated, highly contentious domestic violence divorce case with years of history in court. He brought expertise, strength, support and a sense of ease that made the courtroom no longer a scary place for me. Brett is so highly respected by his colleagues and judges, he is like a celebrity in Superior Court. I feel so blessed to have found Brett and his team (Heidi, Juliette & Holly)! Thank you for everything you have done thus far for us. You have become a part of our family.
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Posted by Joshua | May 7, 2019
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Really cared for the clients and the case
We had a previous attorney helping with our case who dropped the ball halfway through and Brett and his team were able to step up and see the case from our point of view. He worked late nights and was always available for any questions and we were very pleased with the outcome of the case. Highly recommend him to everyone we know.
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Posted by Juliette | January 31, 2019
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Top attorney for a reason!
I retained Brett Wishart in July 2018. This was one of the smartest decisions that I have ever made. Brett is kind, charismatic and on the ball at all times. He is result driven with facts and eloquent in his delivery. It is really amazing to watch him completely take the floor from opposing counsel in the courtroom. It is because of Brett Wishart that my daughter is safe. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Brigham Young Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • SUPERB RATED ATTORNEY
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • TOP LAWYER
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • "10 BEST" ATTORNEY NOMINATION FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Excellent Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARD
  • Martindale.com Lawyers.com
  • 2012
  • CLIENT'S CHOICE AWARD 2012
  • Avvo.com
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 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
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • 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

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (40)
Endorse Brett
Child custody Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wishart is professional and a terrific advocate for his client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
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."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Wishart is a very competent, ethical, and hard-working lawyer. His experience and good character have earned him an exceptional reputation in the legal community. I highly recommend this lawyer!"
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brett Wishart is a solid attorney. He represents his clients without unnecessary drama. My experience with him as been superb."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is an excellent lawyer and I have had the pleasure of having cases with him over the past several years. A couple of our cases have been complex custody matters, and Brett worked to diligently represent his client's interests, but also kept settlement in mind, which saved both of our clients money. I endorse his work."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brett is equally capable in the courtroom and the conference room. He brings skill, experience and wisdom to the cases he handles. He is a consummate professional, and uniquely skilled at resolving high-conflict family law matters."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer. Brett is one of the finest young lawyers practicing family law today. Brett is a forceful advocate, and can also settle a case when appropriate and advantageous for his client. Brett has trained under a premier family law attorney, his father, Barry. Together they make a formidable team."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Brett because he is a very good attorney and is very respected by the Orange County Famiy Law Bar."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest and hard working"
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of attending law school with Mr. Wishart. During law school, Mr. Wishart had an excellent reputation and an always friendly demeanor, both of which are highly suited to his family law practice. I'm not the least bit surprised to read many glowing peer and client reviews in Mr. Wishart's Avvo profile. I, too, offer my glowing endorsement of Mr. Wishart."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is a highly talented and compassionate attorney. If for any reason Irwin Family Law cannot represent you, then without reservation I highly recommend Brett for your family law needs."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred numerous clients to Brett Wishart for legal advice. He is thorough, professional, and provides excellent service."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Friend
"I have referred countless friends, neighbors, and clients to Brett and have heard nothing but praise regarding his professionalism, expertise, and skill. Simply put, Brett is the guy for any "family law" issue you or a loved one may face."
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