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Charles Michael Oxton

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Charles M. Oxton, Oxton, Staab, Gans, Attorneys at Law

  • Licensed for 51 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1972
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Chip is a highly-skilled and respected legal advisor and litigator with over 45 years of experience practicing law in Santa Barbara. He has represented clients in a broad range of legal matters, including divorce and custody cases, personal injury and civil disputes, conservatorships and guardianships, wills and probate administration, real estate law, and landlord-tenant disputes are often intense, emotionally-charged experiences for the parties involved. Chip’s approach to practicing law involves providing clients with calm, reasoned advice in an environment devoted to constructive problem-solving. Chip combines a wealth of knowledge, experience, and litigation expertise with diligent and exhaustive preparation, to provide his clients with high quality legal representation.

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Law Offices of Charles M. Oxton
1220 State Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101-2654

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Posted by Nelly | June 6, 2023
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Saved my life!
When my husband passed away it was a shock. A friend realized that I was going to need a lawyer. I called Charles office in a panic and spoke with Beth. Without hesitation Charles was on the phone with me and after only 10 minutes he knew exactly what to do. He showed up for me! For 3 years, he and the team were my voice. It was a complicated, frustrating fight to the finish. Through the entirety of the pandemic, with court cases being pushed and dealing with multiple lawyers on the other side, Charles and team kept me calm, walked me through everything step by step. They made sure to answer every question, take every meeting and most importantly heard every word I said. Even when I was completely freaking out. Charles was my muscle. Professional, trustworthy, knowledgeable about the law. Charles and team are also compassionate, but tough when it comes to fighting for what is right. During the toughest time in my entire life, Charles and team were there for me. I could not have gotten through this without them.
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Posted by Shawn | March 11, 2023
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Genuine, Efficient and Effective Family Attorney
I have had the good fortune of knowing Mr. Oxton for 26+ years. In that time, he has represented me on a few occasions as legal counsel in my child support/custody issues. His knowledge of family law is solid, but more importantly, he cared about me restoring my relationship with my children. Over the years, we have kept in close contact and our relationship has continued to evolve, from client, to that of a father figure. He has shown me how to be a better father and man just by seeing how he interacts with his children and loved one's. If it were not for my relationship with him, I would not have the relationship that I have with my children today. My relationship with Mr. Oxton inspired me to start a 501 (3) (c) non-profit program that mentor's youth in our local community with life, communication and financial literacy skills. I am thankful that I met him all those years ago. He continues to advise me on legal issues today with my businesses, and as good as he is as an attorney, he's an even better man
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Posted by NB | November 14, 2022
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Very professional and competent
Chip represented me on a spousal support revision case. Not only he is very knowledgeable and with a lot of experience in family law, but he is direct, honest and wants to find the best solution for your case with minimum hassle. I recommend him strongly.
Posted by Michael | June 28, 2022
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Great and Honest Representation
“Chip” has provided excellent, honest and timely representation for me. Chip and his staff are always prompt in answering any questions and timely and all their filings. I found Chip to be a total straight shooter and gave me the information and facts in an honest and forthright manner. I cannot recommend Chip highly enough.
Posted by Toni | April 29, 2022
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Great Team
Charles M. Oxton - Thelma Corsa Santa Barbara - OxtonStaabGans Charles Oxton and Thelma Corsa helped me through my Dissolution and were a great team. I always felt they were absolutely in my corner and were committed to the best outcome for me. They each supported me according to their particular focus and expertise, and I can recommend them both very highly.
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Posted by Keith | April 17, 2022
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In your corner with excellence, integrity and determination
If it had not been for the counsel of Chip Oxton and Eric Gans, my life and the life of my family would look gravely different today. Both gentlemen have worked tirelessly on my behalf since 2012 to help me preserve my rights as a parent and realize my goal of raising a family from a place of love and stability. During the time they defended me, and indirectly my family, I had the privilege to observe a consummate professional, business owner, one of the most excellent attorneys in their profession and a proud and doting father and family man. I work in an industry with high revenues and oftentimes egos that match or exceed it; in it, I have learned what is "bluster" and what is "real". Integrity, excellence and determination are the words that come to mind when I think of Chip and Eric. I have only the utmost respect for Chip and Eric as legal professionals, but most importantly, as human beings. I heartily give my recommendation of their legal services and am beyond grateful to have them in my "corner".
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Posted by Pete | April 15, 2022
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Charles Oxton Is Great
Charles Oxton is an outstanding attorney! He listens, explains your options and did a superior job handling my divorce case. I give him the highest marks and would recommend him in a second to anyone needing legal counsel! Pete Shennum
Posted by Beatrice | April 11, 2022
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The Best Attorney ever
I am thankful every day to have had Charles Oxton representing me on law in my divorce. I felt supported and secure through all this difficult emotional process. Also I felt rewarded in justice with he’s impeccable professional work . After all I got what I want and deserve. Thank you Chip! Beatrice
Posted by Pablo T | March 10, 2021
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Amazing person and lawyer!
There are no words to say how Charles excels in every aspect as a lawyer. His skills, long experience and dedication to your case outside and inside the courtroom are characteristics that you will need in each phase of your process. Charles' years of experience are a priceless value on how he communicates with the Judge and the preparation of documents, this will make an incredible difference in the resolution for your case. Charles is a person with integrity, he listens with attention and communicates patiently with you. He works with you as a friend, not like one more case. I have a huge respect for Charles and I thank him a lot for how he managed all my case with great professionalism and for his human value. His staffs are on top of everything and they will help you alongside everything. And If you are reading this, it is an indication that God has already chosen for you.
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Posted by reyna | August 16, 2009
Strongly recommended, highly ethical and skilled representation
I first met Mr. Oxton, he was opposing counsel representing a highly unethical property management company that had brought action against me, however had misrepresented the veracity of their claims. I knew I was David fighting Goliath, I was a naive young student, and could not believe that rather than give us a 30 day notice to move as the house had been sold, they had opted instead to file an unlawful detainer and proceed in that vein. On a whim, I went to meet with him, and found him to be the complete moral opposite of his client. He is a wise, competent, kind, and understanding man, who happens to be a highly skilled and capable attorney as well. He was able to work out a compromise that resolved the matter as amicably as possible for all involved, and for that I am incredibly grateful. I still had to move, and incur great costs due to the unethical and illegal actions of the management company, who then proceeded to keep my almost $2000 deposit for alleged damages that were questionable at best.. An entire countertop does not require replacement, for one cracked tile, for example, however these claims represent the bulk of $2000 in alleged expenses. Yet, the reason the house sold so fast is because according to the owners, I took better care of it than it had seen in years.. I should have sued that company for unlawfully retaining that deposit, their online reviews show them to be fraudulent as a matter of policy- they ALWAYS keep the ENTIRE deposit no matter the situation. Mr. Oxton renewed my faith in both people and lawyers, at that point, and his self directed intervention enabled me to move forward with my life, belongings and credit intact, without an eviction on my record. I learned a great deal from this awful event, it was a sad lesson on how greedy and evil people can be- but the silver lining to this cloud was what I learned from him- he took up not just for me, but for the truth- he is made of a stronger moral fiber than most. Rarely does anyone invest the time to try to actually resolve a legal dispute, it is oversimplified and is about "winning"- I give him an enormous amount of credit for this, and I am still grateful for the time and concern he demonstrated.. He left an indelible impression upon me, even after I have moved out of SB. I strongly recommend Mr. Oxton as counsel, and as a human being. He is also endorsed by his peers, and other former clients as well, for his effective and competent representation.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Judge
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • 1975 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Oxton Staab & Gans Attorneys at Law
  • 1972 - Present


  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969


  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Judicial Arbitrator
  • 1982 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • 1975 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • University of California Extension
  • Lecturer
  • 1979 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Charles
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Oxton provides thoughtful and practical answers in the landlord/tenant section of AVVO."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Chip on many cases, and he is a dililgent, thoroughly prepared lawyer, and an extremely effective advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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