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Michael James Amthor

Family Attorney at Brentwood, CA

5.0   9 reviews

also known as East County Family Law Group, Law Office of Michael J. Amthor

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  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

EXPERIENCED, COMPASSIONATE AND REALISTIC. TRUST YOUR CASE ONLY TO A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY!

We remain the only firm in the area offering such a wide range of legal and paralegal services to accommodate a variety of client needs and budgets.  Our firm focuses on family law and have a rare level of skill and compassion for divorce and child custody cases.

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
2016

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Location

East County Family Law Group

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest & Realistic
Michael Amthor was very honest and realistic with me. I felt like I had a plan. He always kept me on track and kept my emotions under control so that I didn't spend my retainer in 1 month. His staff was always helpful and kind. I'm very lucky I chose this attorney, as my friends all have nightmare stories about divorce lawyers. When I needed one, I'm glad I trusted his experience.
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Posted by Perry | August 5, 2013
Thumbs Up on Estate Planning
My wife and I have been extremely pleased with Mr. Amthor's service and expertise. We knew next to nothing about estate planning, trusts, etc, when we first contacted his office but from our very first meeting Mr. Amthor was very patient with us, explaining things in a simple, easy to understand way. He asked us about our family goals and constructed a plan that gave us the peace of mind that we've never really had before. We couldn't be happier!
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done!
Mike helped my wife and I prepare our living trust. He was patient with us while we dealt with everything one deals with while making the decisions you have to make throughout this process. He was able to provide advice based on past experiences and he made the process simple for us. Any and all info we needed, any paperwork he required from us, was all explained and made easy to provide. It was a painless process is the best way to describe it. He was ready for us for all appointments and we did not have to wait as you do when you visit a Dr. these days!
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Posted by Paula | May 3, 2016
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A BALANCED LAW FIRM
I used Mike Amthor as my divorce attorney. Going through a divorce was the single worst thing I have experienced. Mike and his staff never let me down. He fought hard for my case and my daughter. His staff kept me focused in a time when I couldn't focus at all. This firm has an amazing balance with their clients. While Mike kept me on track and had a plan, moving me forward everyday, his staff had the most compassion and kindness. I will never forget you all. You were the best ever !
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Posted by Chris | May 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
FATHERS RIGHTS
I have used Mike Amthor twice for divorce and custody work. This guy has great Christian values and morals. No matter what happened in my case, he always had my boys' best interest in mind. He never gave up! He fought hard for my rights as a father. I continue to work hard today to be a great father because he gave me hope and courage. I also appreciate that he always worked with my budget and stayed in it. There are some great ones out there that make a difference in your life. he is it!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Down to Earth
I really liked meeting with this attorney. Even though I couldn't afford his attorney services, which were very reasonable compared to everyone else in town. I used his paralegal to file my divorce. All of Mr. Amthor's advise was down to earth and real. I used all of his tips to maneuver through the court system. His paralegal is very bright and experienced.
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Posted by Kelly Clemons | April 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Client
My son was 16 and wanted to change his last name legally. Mike Amthor was extremely professional in his office and in court. He was tentative to my son's needs, very thorough and got the job done quickly . Most of all he's a friendly person with a lot of compassion. I would recommend him to anyone. His staff is very kind.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service
Mr. Amthor has been practicing law for 20 years, I believe. In my situation, I needed to find a solution that was not contentious but also fair to me. He listened carefully and asked the pertinent questions in a thoughtful way. I had the sense that he was trying to find out a way for a settlement rather drawing out the legal process thus saving me money! I was very satisfied with the outcome and would recommend him to anyone who would need service in not only family law but in estate planning.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2013
Efficient
Mr. Amthor is very efficient, knowledgeable, trustworthy and experienced. His knowledge of legal procedures was comforting. I felt well informed of my legal options and understood my choices. His staff is very kind and understanding. Over all, I felt, well taken care of in a scary time.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • East County Family Law Group
  • 1998 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • 2000 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Cain & Cain
  • 1996 - 1998

Education

  • John F. Kennedy University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • California State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • U.S. Legal Services
  • Network Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • ARAG
  • Network Attorney
  • 2002 - Present
  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Award Recipient
  • 2000 - Present
  • Hyatt Legal Plans
  • Network Attorney
  • 1999 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Member
  • Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • 2023
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Best of Brentwood
  • Brentwood Press
  • 2021
  • Best of Brentwood Silver
  • Brentwood Press
  • 2020
  • Best of Brentwood Gold
  • Brentwood Press
  • 2019
  • Best of Brentwood Gold award
  • Brentwood Press
  • 2018
  • Best of Brentwood Silver award
  • Brentwood Press
  • 2017
  • Silver Medal Attorney - Family
  • Brentwood Press "Best of Brentwood"
  • 2016
  • Silver Medal Award - Family
  • Brentwood Press "Best of Brentwood"
  • 2015
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Publications

  • 60 and Fabulous
  • Estate Planning after 60
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Heritage Moot Court
  • Divorce and Teenagers
  • 2011

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Brentwood Family Lawyer Michael James Amthor
Michael James Amthor
Family Attorney
Brentwood, CA
Licensed for 28 years
Virtual consultation available