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Richard Eric Anthony Dwyer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Mountain View, CA

4.6   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Child support, custody, spousal support, marital dissolution, property division and evaluation.

    25 years

  2. Litigation
    Civil litigation, with experience ranging from small business disputes between investors to multi-million dollar real estate bifurcated actions.

    35 years

  3. Real estate
    Licensed real estate broker who has represented home owners and real estate agents in transactions and litigation.

    18 years


I am most proud of helping those who need help enforcing their rights in family law or litigation matters. Some of my clients have been with me for several years and have had me represent them on multiple matters.  I appreciate their trust.


Some noteworthy cases in which I have been involved include:

- Complex, multi-million dollar divorce cases against some of the better-known divorce attorneys in the Bay Area.  

- A delicate negotiation involving a high profile professional athlete in a federal case in which my client -- the other party, his business manager -- was very pleased with the outcome.  

 - Negotiation of a settlement with the California State Athletic Commission that protected a six-figure payout for my client -- without him losing a penny.

 - Successfully opposed an appeal before the appellate court of a decision in my client's favor at the lower level concerning a multi-million dollar trust.  My client was thrilled that we protected the trial court decision we earned in our favor over multiple parties.

 - Winning a several day restraining order trial on behalf of a battered woman against a well funded and highly positioned Silicon Valley executive.  Good legal research, preparation and argument can level an uneven playing field.  In the same case, I succeeded in obtaining a contempt ruling against the batterer following a second trial for failing to fully comply with the Court order.

 - Winning a trial that enabled my single mother client to move out of Santa Clara County with the couple's baby despite the other side being better funded.


In litigation, I've defended other attorneys from legal malpractice claims.  I've further won a multi-day breach of contract trial that enabled my client to obtain a lien against his ex-wife post-divorce.


I hope you contact us at and let's discuss how we can address your needs.



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Richard E. A. Dwyer, Esq.
800 W. El Camino Real
Suite 180
Mountain View, CA, 94040-2586
Richard E. A. Dwyer, Esq.
228 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
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4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2011
Business and Divorce Cases Handled By Dwyer
Have worked with Dywer since 2004 on four cases that have been settled and one current. Type of cases varied and we were able to use one attorney for all because of his expertise.
Posted by Kirill | October 19, 2010
I literally tried 20 some Bay Area lawyers before settling on Richard for all my legal needs.
I tried about 20 lawyers for my contract breach case, as well as my contract drafting needs. The thing about choosing a lawyer, which I hate, is I always feel like I am wasting their time, and that they will charge me an enormous fee to do something really simple for them. Richard had performed a highly detailed legal analysis of my case, even bringing in a colleague to look at it....without charging me a single penny. He called and spent a half hour on the phone with me explaining everything...and this was all from an email I sent him. He didn't charge me a dime. Later I asked him to draft my contract, and he plainly told me it would only take an hour. He gives you the out-the-door costs right away and does not try to charge you extra. He is also much more informed than a number of attorney's and he VICIOUSLY protects your best interests. This guy will not let anyone trample on you. Once you work with him, you are completely protected.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A knowledgeable, honest and helpful attorney
David asked about all relevant to our family details and analyzed our situation. Then he openly described necessary steps and actions, and discussed different options, providing a lot of useful information.
Posted by Julie | July 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely, forever, grateful
Mr. Dwyer's web site has extremely important information, free of charge, before any consultation. That information helped me to know what to steps I had to take in order to protect myself and my spouse. Divorce is a life changing, upsetting, and uncomfortable situation for everyone involved. His information helped relieve my fears and gave me the knowledge of where to start, when I felt alone and confused. I will be forever grateful to him!!
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Posted by Julian | July 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tenacious, Strategic, Knowledgable, and Compassionate
Divorce is an ugly, tedious, and inherently contentious process. It brings out the worst in people. The same can be said of the entire divorce industry: most of the actors,(i.e. opposing lawyers, judges, mediators, ect.), are parasitic and seem to thrive on dealing with human misery; to them you are just a faceless number, and a transaction. That is why it is so important you find a good counselor of impeccable character to fiercely defend your interests. Richard Dwyer is exactly the type of lawyer you want representing you. First, he is someone of integrity, who possesses empathy. He treats you like a human being during a challenging time in your life. Second, he is a skilled strategist and negotiator. Not being a lawyer, the family law process for divorce and custody can be daunting; Richard distills an esoteric process in a way that is accessible, and helps you navigate the journey in a logical manner that is always focused on achieving your agreed upon objectives. He is results oriented. Finally, when it comes to finalizing a settlement,(for custody or property), he is a tenacious defender of your rights and interests. When your opposition attempts to pull aggressive legal maneuvers, or re-trade deals in bad faith, Richard disarms the conflict by being knowledgable, and forceful, thereby forging agreements where others may have squandered opportunities. I hope to never have to go through a divorce process,(or litigation of any sorts), ever again. But if faced with such adversity, I would find strength in the knowledge that Richard Dwyer would be there fighting for my best interests.
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Posted by Matt | April 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Service & Attention to Detail!
Very happy with Mr. Dwyer's services, and I will look to him again for future needs. He was always responsive, patient, answered my questions, and very helpful.
Posted by David | September 26, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unbelievable attorney
I met with Richard for a consultation and I must say I was very impressed. He is extremely intelligent (Stanford Law Grad) and is incredibly friendly and compassionate. We came in seeking legal advice and Richard provided us with many different strategies. I have been around many family law attorneys and Richard is top-notch. His intellect and problem solving impressed me, as well as his friendliness and compassion. If you're looking for a divorce attorney I believe Richard would be a great choice.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2012
I am grateful for the representation and knowledgable response to requirements for Bankruptcy matters. I am a Senior Citizen and am Disabled. My participation was made possible by very sensitive staff members under Mr. Dwyer's umbrella. Thank You
Posted by Terri. | September 17, 2012
Very trustworthy honest and reliable
I was totally clueless on what to do and how to do it . Mr Dwyer made my divorce much better than I had imagined. He advised me of All my options and explained why things were in my best interest. Very open to listen to me and my concerns, remembered important details. Any questions I had he answered at anytime. He valued my time as well.
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Posted by Sunni | March 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely The Worst Attorney Ever!
Richard E. A. Dwyer represented me in my divorce case, which is a domestic violence case. Not only did I lose everything and was left homeless while being represented by him, but after filing for divorce more than 10yrs ago (Jun 23, 2011) I’m still married to my abuser today. I lost my home, all my furniture, my vehicles, my business, all my assets, my personal belongings, my family heirlooms given to me by my mother who has passed away, all my Childrens’ awards, thousands of photos and videos, and so much more that can never be replaced… EVERYTHING! After he repeatedly convinced me to “hang in there”, he dragged my case out for more than a decade, and then withdrew from the case. Let me warn you, he talks real good and doesn’t follow through on anything! It was as though he was working for my abuser undercover. He does not operate within the guidelines of the California Family Law. God help you if you hire this man!
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Response from Richard Dwyer April 25, 2022
False review. We won the domestic violence trial and further got the restraining order renewed in highly litigated multi-day proceedings before Judge Weinstein. That order remains in place to this day. We further got the client's husband - a well placed Silicon Valley executive - sanctioned thousands of dollars for discovery abuses. We got the client sole physical custody of the parties' son. We obtained support which the client received until their son graduated from high school. Each of these facts can be verified by a review of the Court orders and Santa Clara Superior Court file. Sadly, the client moved to Southern California during the case (I'm in Palo Alto and Mountain View in Northern California) and I had to file a motion to withdraw, which the client tried to oppose. The Court granted my motion and this false review was posted.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Richard E. A. Dwyer, Esq.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Cotkin & Collins
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Brobeck, Phelger & Harrison
  • 1989 - 1991


  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Stanford University
  • Bachelors
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Trial On Restraining Order Filed Against Silicon Valley Executive
  • Win
  • Child Custody - Represented Mother
  • After trial, Court ruled in our favor and allowed mother's move to San Francisco while maintaining custody timeshare.
  • Trustee / Fiduciary Litigation - Represented Defendant
  • Arranged for buyout of partners, which allowed client to keep more than $10 MM of real estate holdings and to remain as trustee.
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  • Stanford Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 1987 - 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Stanford Law Review Membership
  • Stanford Law School
  • 1987


  • Legal News
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (34)
Endorse Richard
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Dwyer. Very experienced and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An intelligent and an amazing attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"Savvy and experienced litigation counsel."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a grade A attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dwyer's reputation in the bay area is well known. His contributions are excellent as are his local endorsements. Reviews tell the whole story! Read Them. If you are in or anywhere near the bay area do yourself a favor and call him first for a consultation."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Dwyer has enriched the Avvo community by sharing his knowledge of the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Dwyer is one of the top counselors with high ethics and knowledge in the San Hose area. I highly recommend him and believe he is one of the greatest attorneys one could have on their side."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Dwyer without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Other
"The essence of litigation is legal prowess and influence. Mr. Dwyer's influence begins with the source of his legal training - the quintessential home of higher intellect and world renowned litigators - Stanford. One cannot find better. One of his clients interviewed 20 attorneys prior to choosing Mr. Dwyer. That act says everything."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard Dwyer is a talented and well respected divorce and family law attorney who I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lawyer who really cares about his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Richard Eric Anthony Dwyer. Mr. Dwyer is a rock solid Attorney/Litigator. For those in need of his services in the Mountain View area, he has the experience and great credentials a client needs to be confident in their attorney’s legal experience and abilities. Those in the Mountain View area should not hesitate to consider retaining the services of Mr. Dwyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Mountain View Divorce and separation Lawyer Richard Eric Anthony Dwyer
Richard Eric Anthony Dwyer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Mountain View, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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