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Gary D Sparks

also known as Sparks Family Law, Inc.

About me

Gary D. Sparks is an accomplished attorney who has successfully represented hundreds of husbands, wives, parents, military service members and same sex couples with their divorce and other family law legal disputes for more than a decade.  


In fact, you may have heard Gary during one of his multiple appearances as a special guest on the Ronn Owens Program on KGO-AM 810 in San Francisco discussing current California divorce and family law issues, and he has been interviewed by both local and national publications in addition to publishing several of his own legal guides and blog.


Gary graduated 1st in his class from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law, where he was awarded Magna Cum Laude honors for excellence in academic achievement, in addition to numerous other scholarly awards. He clerked for the Family Law court while in law school and served as the managing editor of the Law Review.  As a result of his good standing and academic accomplishments, Gary was certified by the State Bar of California to engage in the limited practice of family law while still a law student. He worked for several years as a student instructor, and then afterwards as a teaching assistant at the School of Law, and today continues to privately tutor and advise law students in their studies and in preparation for the bar exam and their future careers. He also serves as a mentor for new lawyers.


Prior to founding his own firm in 2009, Gary was a partner at Holmes, Moore & Sparks, a well-known family law firm in Walnut Creek with a rich 25+ year history of successful family law advocacy across the East Bay.


Gary has a reputation in the legal community for being firm, yet fair, in dealing with other parties and attorneys. His time clerking for the court gave him valuable insight and experience into the inner workings of our legal system, flawed as it may be. Gary enjoys legal research and analysis, and is highly skilled at presenting oral argument in court. Gary practices law from the perspective of a divorced father who learned the legal system firsthand during his own highly contested custody case, which eventually drove him to attend law school with the objective of practicing family law.


Gary is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Solano County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is a member of the Bay Area Regional Standing Committee (BARSC) of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California which proposes, reviews and recommends legislation to our state assembly and senate each year. Gary regularly presents pro-per divorce clinics and has served as a “Lawyer in the Library,” and also volunteers to assist self-represented parties reach agreements at their mandatory Settlement Conferences at the courthouse.


Gary is admitted to practice law in all state courts throughout California.  He is also active in community service and is an ardent supporter of students in public education.  Gary is a recipient of the Unsung Hero Award for his past efforts with the Vanished Children’s Alliance to locate, recover and reunify missing and abducted children with their families, and is a member of the Masons of California and a supporter of the Masons 4 Mitts program providing baseball gloves to underprivileged children here in the Bay Area.


Gary is an avid golfer with a handicap that is far too high for his liking. He enjoys football, baseball, mountain and road biking, loves riding on his Vulcan Mean Streak cruiser and spending time with his family and dog, Harley.


 

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Languages spoken: German, English

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Divorce: 20%
    13 years
  2. Alimony: 20%
    13 years
  3. Child Support: 20%
    13 years
  4. Child Custody: 20%
    13 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($295-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Linda Calderon Garrett

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sparks has 10 years of family law experience.

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    Linda Garrett Child custody Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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Contact info

Sparks Family Law, Inc.

2890 North Main Street, Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA, 94597

Sparks Family Law, Inc.

1125 Missouri Street, Suite 208
Fairfield, CA, 94533

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200505/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys of North AmericaThe Heritage Registry2015
Magna Cum LaudeJohn F. Kennedy University School of Law2004
Class Rank #1John F. Kennedy University School of Law2004
Witkin AwardWitkin Legal Institute2004
Witkin AwardWitkin Legal Institute2003
Witkin AwardWitkin Legal Institute2002
Award for Academic ExcellenceAmerican Legion1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President / Attorney at LawSparks Family Law, Inc.2014 - Present
Attorney at LawThe Law Offices of Gary D. Sparks2009 - Present
Partner / AttorneyHolmes, Moore & Sparks, Inc.2006 - 2009
Associate AttorneyHolmes, Moore & Associates, Inc.2005 - 2006
Certified Law StudentHolmes, Moore & Associates, Inc.2003 - 2005
Family Law Clerk (Internship)Superior Court of California2003 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Acalanes Fellowship Lodge F&AMMember, Officer2008 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association (multiple sections)Member2005 - Present
Solano County Bar Association (multiple sections)Member2005 - Present
American Bar Association (multiple sections)Member2005 - Present
State Bar of California (multiple sections)Member2001 - Present
State Bar of California, Bay Area Regional Standing Committee of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM)Member2014 - 2015
Vaca Arts CouncilDirector2010 - 2011
State Bar of California, Bay Area Regional Standing Committee of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM)Member2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Husband v. WifeHusband successfully terminated his spousal support obligation.
Mother v. FatherWife successfully was awarded sole legal and physical custody, with permission to move wherever she wants.
Husband v. WifeHusband won trial decision upholding earlier separation date and preserving several million dollars of separate property earnings and acquisitions after separation.
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2015
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2014
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2013
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2012
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2011
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2010
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2009
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2008
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2007
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2006
State Bar of CaliforniaMCLECertificates2005
John F. Kennedy University School of LawLawJuris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude)2004
California State UniversityBusiness Administration, Marketing ManagementOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ronn Owens Program - Interview and CallersCurrent Issues in California Family Law2014
The Ronn Owens Program - Interview and CallersCurrent Issues in California Family Law2012
The Ronn Owens Program - Interview and CallersCurrent Issues in California Family Law2011
Pro Per ClinicStarting and Finishing Your California Divorce2011
Bar Applicant WorkshopHow to Pass the California Bar Exam2011
Family Law WorkshopCustody Issues During Difficult Times2010
Student WorkshopCommunity Property Issues2009
Lawyer in the LibraryStarting Your Dissolution Case2008
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2007
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2006
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2005
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2004
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2003
JFKU School of LawTeaching assistant - law student substantive law exam and bar preparation2002