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Paul Alfred Pettine III

Family Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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Paul Pettine is a founding partner in the law firm of Wilson & Pettine, LLP. He has practiced law in California for more than 33 years, developing the expertise to become a highly trusted Santa Barbara matrimonial and family attorney. In addition to his caseload, Paul also serves as a Superior Court Family Law Settlement Master.


Paul is greatly involved with public education. He volunteered weekly at a public elementary school and is President of the Carpinteria Education Foundation, which raises funds for Carpinteria’s public schools.  He currently serves on the Carpinteria High School Site Council and coaches the school’s Mock Trial team.  He actively raises funds for the high school’s Softball team.  He is the father of two teen aged children and has been married for 23 years.


Littenberg-Pettine LLP
1006 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Posted by Jonathan | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
World class team
Wilson and Pettine are a world-class legal team. They have represented me in a highly acrimonious divorce involving significant custody and property issues. I have been very pleased with the outcomes, but even more so with the firm's approach: very professional, prompt, thorough, communicative, and detail-oriented. Their communication has been outstanding, keeping me informed of everything and responding very quickly to my inquiries. Throughout, I have felt that they were listening to my priorities and that I was fully in charge of the process. I use the word "team" advisedly: it is not just the attorneys, but also their fellow professionals such as forensic accountants, plus the outstanding administrative staff, which makes for a formidable combination. Concerning cost: good legal help is not cheap, but W&P were very clear up front about what the case might cost, have been careful to explain the additional costs that might be incurred by certain moves, have provided carefully itemized statements, and have been judicious about not arguing certain points of the case when the possible gain wasn't worth the cost to me. I have heard many horror stories from people who went through mediation or had inferior attorneys, and ended up with unsatisfactory outcomes; I am very grateful to be represented by Wilson & Pettine. I have recommended this firm to several other individuals who were, unfortunately, in need of similar legal assistance, and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Harold | February 12, 2015
Highly Recommended!
In the four cases Mr. Pettine represented me, he was effectively aggressive. He made antagonists drop their petty issues and leave me alone. He has this uncanny ability to quickly know and suggest exactly what needed to be done in each instance. I highly recommend Mr. Pettine. Harold H.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Miserable Experience
I hired this man to represent me in a divorce. He required a $10,000.00 retainer, and somehow when I asked for my file back, there was absolutely nothing in the file but a printed Google map of the Portland area. He would not return my retainer to me, saying it had been used up even though there is no proof of work completed, especially for $10,000. For further context, I did not contact Paul very often because I figured if there would be something to know, he would tell me. The opposing side(my husband) didn’t turn in his PPDs. Which means Paul didn’t do anything in the best interest of his client(me.) I do not recommend this attorney due to my experience.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wilson & Pettine
  • 1998 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gorkenberger & Wilson
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Julian S. Gould
  • 1988 - 1993


  • Southwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
  • New Mexico State University
  • N/A


  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 1998 - 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • N/A
  • Pro Bono Services
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • N/A
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