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William S. Cizmadia

Divorce and separation Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

4.9   8 reviews

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Divorce and separation
    100%
    I handle all aspects of dissolution of marriage including child custody, child support, spousal support/alimony, asset division, and debt assignment.

    10 years, 150 cases

William S. Cizmadia is an associate attorney with the renowned Newport Beach family law firm Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP. Bill has years of experience with complex family law matters including high asset divorces, child custody and support cases, spousal support matters, and business valuation.

 

Licensed for 10 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 08/06/2022

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

Contact William

Phillips, Whisnant, Gazin & Gorczyca, LLP
24 Corporate Plaza, 2nd Floor
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Jess | July 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely competent , courageous, efficient and kind. So thankful for Bill!
Look no further! If you are looking for an extremely competent, wise and efficient attorney who is also kind and easy to work with, hire William Cizmadia! He stands on the right side of justice, knows the law to the tiniest detail, is masterful in trial settings and is always prepared. I have appreciated his attention to detail and ethical counsel. I never felt he was unprepared, even if the actions of opposing counsel were unexpected or abrupt. Bill is excellent at strategy and has very high level reasoning and critical thinking abilities. His reputation with judges and the court system is excellent, as is the firm he is with in general. He takes the time to explain very complicated legal matters so that his clients can make informed rational choices. Bill was able to secure favorable rulings for me at every court hearing. I literally have no complaints, Bill Cizmadia is unmatched in his field of law.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A genuine and honest Attorney who cares.
Bill gave me advice when I needed it most to keep my family together. I wouldn't be reunited with my family unless I listened to his honest and heart felt advice. He genuinely showed concern and was there for me as a client. Trust Bill!
Posted by Penni | March 19, 2015
Peace at Last!
When it comes to hurting children, there is nothing, nothing that can tear at your heart more. After over a 3 year battle begging for monitored visits, and custody issues, and getting no where except more in debt with a wimpy unprofessional attorney I had. So as scary as it was I finally had to venture out and try to find someone better but affordable. I really don't even remember how I found Mr. Cizmadia, just a true blessing when I did! I knew the moment I met with him we were in good hands. He feared nothing.....he knows exactly as to how, when and what to act on, and what we just need to let go of. How to keep you calm. So reassuring, and always, Always in communication with us, he was never cocky, arrogant or any of that, just down to earth, very clean-cut, ON TIME, extremely knowledgeable, had all his papers in order, ( unlike my previous attorney ) I just can't say enough good! As for cost, another huge plus for Mr Cizmadia. He worked with me, and assured me that my case would not be in jeopardy ever due to me not being able to pay the full retainer at once, again un-like my ex attorney he wouldn't even begin anything until he had full retainer in hand, and then never did my case any good at all, put it this way, if it weren't for Mr Cizmadia my grand daughter would still be in danger. I wish others took their jobs as seriously as Mr Cizmadia does, he cares, you can feel it, he really, truly cares. Thank you just isn't enough!
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Posted by Lori | February 22, 2015
Dependable & Honest
Mr. Cizmadia was my attorney for about one year in 2013. I live out of state and my case was in Calif. I found his firm from the internet and Mr. Cizmadia worked with me at all times, even though I was out of state. He always kept me informed of the status of my case. My options that I had and what he thought would be my best moved. I trusted him and appreciate the time he gave my case, when sometimes it was difficult and challenging. He always came though for me and in the end I knew I had the best attorney.
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Posted by Michael | February 11, 2015
Personable and Professional
Mr. Cizmadia was an extremely helpful and trustworthy attorney. He was honest and upfront about what he would do, how we would proceed with the case, and all possible outcomes we could expect. When he needed to be contacted, he was always responsive and got back to me in a timely manner, no matter what my question or concern was. He was beyond prepared to defend my case and I had a positive experience with his expertise.
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Posted by Amy | February 4, 2015
Great lawyer!
William "Bill" Cizmadia the family lawyer rocks. I went through a nasty unnecessary war with my abusive cheating ex husband and fornutunately I found Bill to help me out. Bill helped me to get a RO and a divorce. I was on the defensive side and felt helpless before I found Bill. Not only I was charged one third of the lawyer bill my ex has to pay, I had my rights protected and justice served. Bill was able to give me fair advice and the best way to save money and get the outcome in the most effecient way. In the middle of seperation my ex even contacted my parents blaming his lawyer (Arran Treadway from Claery & Green LLP)for giving his bad advice to cost money and being malicious to me even if he rejected his idea, and he actually said he is scared of my lawyer and hope I can replace Bill. I burst out laughing and at the same time was glad to realize that that I had the right one on my side. Anyway, my ex had to put a request to chance his lawyer, after 5 figures of lawyer fee and a restraining order on him. Bill actually told me not to go through court for the contested divorce as it will be really expensive for me, instead he tried his best to get a settlement agreement done cost much less than what i have expected within a short time of period. I was surprised as most of lawyers would be happy if their clients want to go through court which leads to more money in their pocket. Also, to project my identify to prevent my ex from locating me, Bill meticulously hide all my personal information from the documents provided to the courts even without me asking him in advance. On top of everything, I realized that Bill is a kind hearted human being. While my ex s lawyer gave all the nasty advice to ruin me, Bill actually told me that if my ex try to contact me to show goodwill, I dont have to report him to the police just because that might ruin him. But Bill suggested that I go through him for all the contacts I received and thank god I did, as I almost fell for the trap of releasing my ex's restraining order. Bill was professional and patiently analyzed the situation for me so that I was able to make a clear decision . My friend wants to write a review for Bill too, as he had a pleasant experince with him while waiting with me outside the court, During the tortuous 4 hours waiting, Bill was fun and relaxing and understanding , he talked to us to relax and comfort us, He even shared jokes with me and us and even other people that were waiting there. He literally struck a difference compared to the poker faced lawyers you saw in the court. All in all, I am extremely satified with Bill s professional service. I will definitely use his service again in future (sure hope I dont have to!). I am confident that Bill will continuously excel in his career not only because he is smart and knowledgable, but also because of his own merits as a decent righteous lawyer
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Posted by Raymond | October 25, 2013
I was pleased with the outcome of the case..
My wife file a temporary restraining order against me and William S. Cizmadia did an awesome job representing me in the case. I was pleased with his knowledge and the outcome. I look forward to working with him on my dissolution of marriage.
Posted by jeannie | February 27, 2015
Grateful
I was looking for someone to help me with legal support with a very complicated prenuptial agreement.William was referred to me by a friend. I feel grateful to have him on my side standing with me for the best possible outcome.Knowing this I am confident that he is in integrity,supportive,informed and aware of the entire picture helping me understand in simple terms what is in my best interest.I can choose from a place of strength.I would be happy to pass on William to friends and family when in need of a family attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Phillips, Whisnant, Gazin & Gorczyca, LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Offices of Christian Schank & Associates
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of William S. Cizmadia
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2009 - 2011
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011

Legal Cases

  • County of Los Angeles Child Support Services Department v. Super. Ct. (Youngblood)
  • Remanded
  • F.B. v Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department
  • Appeal was dismissed.

Associations

  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • 2018 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyers
  • U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers®
  • 2021
  • Best Law Firm - Family Law Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Law Firm - Family Law Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Law Firm - Family Law Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm - Family Law Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm - Family Law Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firm - Family Law Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015
  • Moot Court Honors Board
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Veterans and Military Clients in Family Court
  • 2017
  • Yellow Ribbon
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2014
  • Lautenberg Training
  • Restraining Orders & Firearms
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (14)
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Bill is a phenomenal family law attorney. I endorse him without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Bill Cizmadia is fearless, intelligent, and thorough. These are three of the very best attributes you want in an attorney, and it is a recipe for success in the courtroom. Further, it is very difficult to find an attorney who possesses all three of these qualities. If you need an attorney who will fight for you, Bill is your guy. I highly endorse Bill."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as he always acts and participates in proceedings in a very professional manner. I have known Mr. Cizmadia for a couple of years now and he has been nothing but sincere in his interactions with his clients and other attorneys. He is a hard worker and known throughout the community as an honest advocate. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a competent family law lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Cizmadia is an exceptionally talented courtroom advocate and negotiator. He was my opposing counsel in a high conflict case, and he was both professional and highly dedicated to his client."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is an attorney of integrity, knowledge and experience. I have come to know Bill as a fellow attorney in the community and during our time together in law school. I have not hesitated recommending his services and would not hesitate to do so in the future."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Cizmadia is a very talented litigator. Knows the Evidence code by heart, and has slayed many counsel who do not take the time to properly prepare for cases. He is articulate, maps out his case plans, and is very client service oriented. Could not ask for a better lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A hard worker, dedicated to helping his clients."
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