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AV® Preeminent™ rated Orange County trial and appellate family law attorney; Certified Family Law Specialist; dissolution of marriage (divorce) and parentage (paternity) cases; negotiation and litigation of complex property and support issues involving high-income/high-net-worth clients; negotiation and litigation of high conflict child custody proceedings; expertise with business valuation and determination of controllable cash flow (income available for support) in cases involving business owners and self-employed parties; passionate and compassionate family law advocate.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
  2. Divorce: 25%
  3. Alimony: 20%
  4. Child Support: 15%
  5. Child Custody: 15%

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  • Brett Ryan Wishart

    Ben is truly a rising star among the ranks of family law attorneys. Groomed and trained by the best, he is bright, professional and highly respected among the bench and bar. It is a pleasure to rub shoulders with such an attorney.


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  • Thomas William Tuttle

    Ben is a great attorney, and perhaps more importantly, a great person. He is smart, eloquent, and ethical and is an asset to the OC family law community.


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Contact info

Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP

24 Corporate Plaza Drive
Second Floor
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys In Southern California Rising StarsLos Angeles Magazine2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Attorneys In Orange County Rising StarsOrange Coast Magazine2015
Top Attorneys In Southern California Rising StarsLos Angeles Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Top AttorneyOC Register METRO Magazine2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Attorneys Rising StarsLos Angeles Magazine2014
Top AttorneyAVVO2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPhillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyPhillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP2005 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair Elect2016 - Present
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyMember2008 - Present
Robert Banyard Inn of CourtMember2007 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionSecretary/Treasurer2015 - 2015
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionSecretary2014 - 2014
Orange County Bar Association, Family Law SectionDirector2009 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of Akhavain (2014 WL 853078)Successful temporary child and spousal support appeal
In Re Marriage of Manfer (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 925Successful Date of Separation Appeal
In Re Marriage of Deffner (2006) 143 Cal.App.4th 662Successful Family Law Appeal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of California - DavisEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section MeetingStatus-Only Judgments and the Family Code §2337 Conditions2016
Family Law PracticumInitial Requests for Orders2015
Family Law PracticumPost-Judgment Modification of Orders2014
Law School Guest LecturerCommunity Property2013
Law School Guest LecturerSurrogacy and Reproductive Rights2012
Custody Litigation the Old Fashioned WayChild Custody2010