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Adam Nathan Gurley

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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About Adam

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    28 years, 100 cases

  2. Alimony

    28 years, 100 cases

  3. Child custody

    28 years, 100 cases

  4. Child support

    28 years, 100 cases

  5. Domestic violence

    28 years, 100 cases

  6. Family

    14 years

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Adam Nathan Gurley
3755 Balboa St Ste 204
San Francisco, CA, 94121

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4.5 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best attorney
I went through restraining order hearing, before , during and after the hearing, he gave the most honest and truthful and ethical advice to me what I should do , what I should expect without charging me a penny.I presented myself and I got fair result. I never seen any attorney so ethical and generous like him so if someone has family law matters, I fully recommend to him for competency, reasonable price and everything. Thank you so much for your help Mr Gurley.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2015
The Best Family Lawyer I Have Had
After another Family Lawyer charged me $40K and didn't do anything but expensive discoveries, I ended up in Adam Gurley's Office begging for help. He his a kind-hearted lawyer with a deep knowledge of Family Law. He immediately put his associates to do re job. They did a supreme job without the exuberant partner fees. They are a team of caring professionals without the greed of most family law attorneys. It was a bit inconvenient to drive to his office as I live in Daly City, but it was well worth it. They were available after regular work hours and the weekends.
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Posted by George | September 5, 2013
Skillful and efficient
I have worked with other attorneys and my experience is that some run the clock without any progress, while others are simply professional. Adam is the latter - he will guide your case to a resolution with a prompt game plan. If you are seeking good advice and not endless delay he's a good choice.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2013
A Down-to-Earth, Knoweldeable, Responsive, and Competent Attorney
I am an attorney myself, having been admitted to my jurisdiction since 2001. I have never practiced family law matters so I'm quite clueless about the intricacies of the subject matter. I was formerly a prosecutor and then took on other government legal work. My ex-girlfriend lives in the Bay Area while I am several thousand miles away. She hired a "super lawyer" family law specialist and sued me for child support and child custody, wanting full custody of the 2-year old boy. They won't take any of my generous offers, including money and real estate to be held in trust for the child's future, particularly for educational costs. Having been sued by my ex and her "super lawyer", I surfed online and came across Adam by chance and noted the great reviews from his many satisfied clients. They consistently vouched for his competence and noted how prompt and responsive he is. I emailed Adam and within minutes I received a reply from him. Based on the reviews and his brief yet prompt and very useful exchanges, I signed a retainer agreement in no time. Adam has even introduced me to new legal resources and technologies, including working on documents with him using I am thousands of miles in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and can, in real time, watch Adam edit our documents and insert useful legal authorities. My case is ongoing but I feel well-represented and that every penny I've spent so far is wisely spent and fairly earned by Adam. Why is the other side's "super lawyer of 2010, 2011" etc. not getting rave reviews online like Adam? Perhaps he's too scared to put himself out there as I suspect many might not think favorably of him. I for one would write up a review and tell how he keeps trying to pull fast ones and technical b.s. that accomplishes nothing except to taint his professional credibility. Yes, you have an obligation to zealously advocate your client's cause -- but to miss the forest for the trees, to win the battle and lose the war, is a disservice to the client. Adam knows his stuff and helps you see far and wide. That he is also not impressed by self-serving so-called "super lawyers" is a plus.
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Posted by Daniel | January 20, 2013
Very goood attorney
Very good detailed answers that really help me to understand about the questions i had.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2011
Great Lawyer !!!
No nonsense,straight forward, very knowledgeable.Helped me with my options
Posted by Kenny | March 28, 2011
Exceptional Family Law Attorney
I recently contacted Adam for assistance with a divorce that has been moving along at a painfully slow pace. Adam provided me with an exceptional amount of advice, both general and specific, regarding my case. I will definitely use Adam as I move forward to what appears to be my solid case. I strongly recommend Adam as a smart, conscientious, and aggressive family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2010
Good family law attorney
I had to switch a lawyer in the middle of my case, and I picked Adam. My case started to move immediately in the right direction: OSC motion was filed. Easy, but I coudn't make my previous lawyer to do that for me. Adam has great knowledge about modern child support issues--stock options and such. He is very responsive and easy to work with. I wish, I had to hire him earlier.
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Posted by Gustavo | November 24, 2010
Best Divorce Attorney!
I have been going through a difficult divorce with my son to be ex and have been getting harassed by her lawyer with emails and phone calls. I was lost and didn’t know what to do and was contemplating just submitting to the senseless requests that her lawyers was demanding. I didn’t have a ton of money but knew that it was time to get help. After scouring the internet for hours one Saturday night I found Adam. I met with Adam a couple days later and was relieved to find out that I had rights and that my wife’s lawyer was trying to strong arm me with false information. Adam has been doing family law in and around the Bay Area so he knows the drill. Adam quickly came up with a plan for me which we initiated right away. The best part is that Adam’s fees are reasonable and fair and he does not nickel and dime you like the other lawyers I spoke to. If you are in dire straits like I was, reach out to him and see if he can help your situation. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks Adam!
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Posted by Dominic | November 12, 2010
Highly recommended
Adam has been representing and advising me for some years now. He's very easy to work with and always looks for the best - and cheapest - solution for his clients.
Posted by michael | November 2, 2010
The child support agency claimed I owed over $15,000 in past support! At the hearing, Adam worked his magic and the judge determined that I owed $0! This guy knows his stuff.
Posted by Oksana | May 23, 2010
Highly recommended
I was very pleased with Mr. Gurley's way of handling all the issues associated with my divorce. Quick to respond, mindful of your money, friendly and easy to work with. Was always on time and well prepared for the court hearings and because of his knowledge and experience brilliantly won my very complicated case.
Posted by Aimee | May 20, 2010
I Highly Recommend Adam Gurley
Adam Gurley has been a pleasure to work with. I am so thankful and grateful to have hired him as my Attorney. He is always available by phone or email, and answers any and every question you may have about your divorce process. During such a stressful time in my life I couldn't have chosen a better Attorney. I would recommend him to any of my family memebers and close friends. He has exceeded my expectations and my expectations are really high. I am definately a happy client!
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2014
Builds you up at the start then sells you out in the end
I hired Mr. Gurley after his initial consultation when he overstated his abilities and also asked me to write a favorable review (on another website) due to a competition he had going with another attorney. He started out pretty good but when push came to shove he pretty much sold me out. The real eye opener was in an all day negotiating session he arrived ahead of me and without waiting for me to arrive , began meeting with opposing counsel and did not respond to my phone calls. He went on to make numerous comments regarding the lack of value while negotiating personal property issues. Then after we had negotiated a settlement, and I requested that he NOT continue responding to opposing counsel's requests, which amounted to clerical functions while charging out at an attorney's hourly rate, Mr Gurley withdrew from my case as I was in the middle of packing and scrambling to lease an apartment, after my initial agreement fell through. I was shocked that he would pull such a unprofessional maneuver. I would not recommend him to a friend .
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Response from Adam Gurley August 14, 2015
As the person posted without an actual name, I do not know what client and case this is and can't properly respond. However: She claims that I arrived at a meeting before her. As she does not say I was early, this means that she was late to the meeting. HENCE, SHE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT ME BECAUSE SHE WAS LATE TO A MEETING!!! As to leaving her stranded by suddenly withdrawing, this is LEGALLY IMPOSSIBLE under California law. Attorneys can’t withdraw from a case without the client consenting by signing a substitution of attorney or the court orders the attorney released (which take 1-2 months to get done). Ca Civ Pro § 284(1 & Ca Rules of Court Rule 3.1362. In addition, attorney have a obligation under the law to continue to present until the the court allows them out or the client signs a substitution. Clearly, the poster would have RATTED ME out to the State Bar if what she claims re withdrawal were true and I would have gotten in trouble with the bar & my license to practice law might have been taken away. . BY THE FACT THAT SHE DOES NOT MENTION RATTING OUT & ME IN TROUBLE WITH STATE BAR, , IT IS CLEAR THIS IS IMPROPER WITHDRAWAL ISSUE IS ANOTHER FALSE CLAIM!. As to the value of personal property items, unless they are really valuable, I don't want to waste the client's money for my time by arguing about blenders, pots and pans and the like. HENCE, THE POSTER IS COMPLAINING ABOUT ME TRYING TO SAVE HER MONEY ON LEGAL FEES BY NOT WANTING TO TALK ABOUT POTS & PANS!! As to billing her for emails the opposing counsel sent me, this is part of my contact. As attorney of record, I would have had an ethical and legal obligation to continue to respond to opposing counsel’s emails until I substituted out of case. Hence, as to a request to stop looking at emails, this is not really allowed under the law. . HENCE, SHE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT ME CHARGING HER FOR WORK THAT WE HAD AGREED THAT SHE WOULD PAY ME FOR AND THE LAW REQUIRES ME TO PERFORM!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2010
Not Recommended
I hired Adam for my family law case. I do not recommend him. He did too many mistake which weakened my strong case. Check out other
Response from Adam Gurley December 29, 2010
This is a fake review done by one of my competitors or an adverse party in one of my cases. I am going to work with AWO to the get the person's name and then sue the poster for libel.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)


  • San Francisco State Unv
  • undergraduate
  • 1990
  • UC Hastings COL
  • law
  • N/A


  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 1995 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • high scholastic achievement
  • Beta Gama Sigma Honor Society
  • 1995


  • AWO
  • Rough Guide to Nullity of Marriage / Annulment in California
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (24)
Endorse Adam
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adam sincerely cares about his clients and works towards getting the best possible outcome in each case. He is truly an advocate for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. I've acted as co-counsel with him on several matters and have seen this dedication firsthand."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Adam for many years. I worked with him several years ago on several challenging cases. Adam is highly intelligent, hard-working and meticulous about the quality of his work. He communicates with clients on a regular basis and keeps them informed about the status of their cases. He is very knowledgeable about family law. I highly recommend Adam to any client with a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have litigated against Adam and can attest that his knowledge and professionalism are second to none. He is down-to-earth and thoughtfully explores practical legal solutions for his clients."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Adam is a strong advocate for his clients but still a pleasure to work with in a case: a delicate balance of the best of both worlds. He is a walking encyclopedia of the law. I know he makes every effort to efficiently represent clients by minimizing unnecessary litigation and having clients handle whatever parts of the case can be done without a lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Adam does what he can to get the best outcome for his client. He will make sincere efforts at informal resolution to try to reduce conflict and costs for clients. When he is in the courtroom, he advocates well for the client and has a good grasp of the law. It is welcome to have an attorney like this on the other side that doesn't focus on irrelevant things and red herrings to unnecessarily increase the level of conflict that already exists between two divorcing spouses both represented by counsel."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adam Gurley is knowledgeable about the law, a strong advocate for his client and he keeps his client's best interests in mind. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gurley is an experienced and competent Attorney. He knows how to navigate our complicated legal system efficiently and effectively."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely professional and respectful. Knows the area of law and is fair."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gurley is a great attorney -- knowledgeable, accessible, and down to earth."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Gurley was a pleasure to work with. He is sharp, quick and keeps his client's best interests in mind. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Adam is a knowledgeable family law attorney that looks to find a resolution to matters rather than escalate them. I have worked with Adam several times and have always found him to be knowledgeable and reasonable. I enjoy working with him as we usually get matters settled in a reasonable, cost effective manner."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam is knowledgeable and fights hard for his clients. He is honest and trustworthy which is not always the case with other attorneys."
Family Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam is efficient and works diligently to accomplish his client's goals under his sound advisement."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is fair and reasonable with clients and opposing parties and his method and practice is effective and quality work."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Adam Gurley as a very capable family law attorney. I hired Adam to help with my own family law matters and found him to be an expert in the law and a trustworthy advisor. I handled many aspects of my case on my own but relied on Adam to provide guidance in the complex areas of child custody and support, spousal support and family law procedure. Adam approaches his cases with a professional and no-nonsense attitude, and he treated me fairly and with respect during a difficult time. I recommend Adam to anyone looking for an experienced family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Adam joined a case I had been involved in on the day of trial. He exhibited an understanding of the complex cultural issues in our case. We were able to work in an amicable manner to arrive a solution that both parties could accept. I look forward to working with him again in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Other
"I met Adam through a friend who is going through a very difficult divorce. My friend had the unfortunate experience of being represented by counsel who did not understand the intricacies of family law. As soon as Adam was retained to handle my friend’s case, he took control of the matter and immediately gave him a sense of comfort. Adam is very knowledgeable about the law and the local northern California courts. He clearly takes time to keep his clients informed on where the case is headed and gives a realistic evaluation of the likely outcome. Most importantly, Adam was very sympathetic and understanding towards my friend’s situation, and has proven to be very reliable."
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Other
"I hired Adam to advise me and represent me on post-divorce matters. He has a thorough knowledge of the law. He is very practical and does not undertake work that will not be cost-effective. He has good instincts about how judges work and understands the cynical games that people play in family law. Adam went out of his way to not charge me, often telling me how I could save money by filing papers myself. His rates are reasonable and he does not nickel-and-dime you on the hours. Most importantly, he obtained good results without over-lawyering the case. I thhink that the level of representation I got was very high at a very fair price."
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