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.