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I have handled complex, multi-million dollar divorce cases against some of the better known divorce attorneys in the Bay Area.  I have also handled 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.  


I've negotiated a settlement with the California State Athletic Commission that protected a six figure payout for my client -- without him losing a penny.


I have 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.


But I am most proud of helping those in smaller cases 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.


I won 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.


In a different case, I won 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.


Contact us at 800 372 9983 so that we can help you enforce your rights. Whether it is a complex divorce or a simple litigation trial, we'll fight for you.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
    17 years
  2. Litigation: 15%
    27 years
  3. Real Estate: 5%
    10 years



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Contact info

Richard E. A. Dwyer, Esq.

800 W. El Camino Real
Suite 180
Mountain View, CA, 94040-2586


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Stanford Law Review MembershipStanford Law School1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRichard E. A. Dwyer, Esq.1996 - Present
Senior AssociateCotkin & Collins1992 - 1996
AssociateBrobeck, Phelger & Harrison1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Stanford Law ReviewAssociate Editor1987 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trial On Restraining Order Filed Against Silicon Valley ExecutiveWin
Child Custody - Represented MotherAfter trial, Court ruled in our favor and allowed mother's move to San Francisco while maintaining custody timeshare.
Trustee / Fiduciary Litigation - Represented DefendantArranged 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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Publication nameTitleDate
attorneyricharddwyer.blogspot.comLegal News2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Stanford Law SchoolEconomicsOther - Bachelors1986