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David Patton is a certified family law specialist, limiting his practice to family law exclusively. He heads the firm’s family law practice.


Mr. Patton has over 20 years experience as a trial lawyer, spending his early years as a trial lawyer focusing on insurance defense and plaintiff’s personal injury cases.  After co-founding Lonich & Patton, LLP in 1994, Mr. Patton developed the firm's family law practice.  Since then, he has become one of Silicon Valley’s top family law attorneys.


Mr. Patton is a certified family law specialist. Only attorneys certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization may represent themselves as such. To be certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California, an attorney must:


  • Be an active member in good standing of the State Bar of California

  • Pass a written examination covering California Family Law

  • Have substantial experience in the field of Family Law

  • Complete specified and State Bar approved legal education requirements applicable to the family law field

  • Be favorably evaluated by judges and other attorneys concerning his or her knowledge, ability and experience in the practice of Family Law


A certified Family Law Specialist maintains and improves his or her knowledge and competence in the family law field regularly.


Mr. Patton delivers valuable trial experience and cost management to the firm's family law clients.  He seeks settlement whenever possible. However, when a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, he draws upon his strong litigation and trial skills to obtain excellent results for his clients in court. 


Mr. Patton was born in Oakland, California in 1960.  He is a fifth generation resident of the State of California. Mr. Patton attended Skyline High School, where he was captain of the Skyline ski racing team.  After graduating from high school, Mr. Patton attended the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he spent a year in France where he attended the Political Science Institute branch of the Sorbonne in Paris.  He was also president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  Mr. Patton graduated from Berkeley with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1983, and then attended Santa Clara University School of Law.  While at Santa Clara University, he served as an editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.  He also spent a summer working for a law firm in Singapore, and attending the University of Singapore Law School.  Mr. Patton graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1987. 


When not at work, Mr. Patton enjoys participating in sporting activities, including ski racing, scuba diving, golf and volleyball, as well as attending Cal Bears football games.  He also enjoys travel, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad.


Mr. Patton is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, where he is a member of the family law section, and the State Bar of California.  He is admitted to practice in all California Courts, including the Federal District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Patton has been appointed by the Santa Clara Superior Court to act as a judge pro-tem (volunteer judge) and arbitrator. He has acted as a private judge and mediator as well.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Divorce: 30%
    28 years, 500 cases
  3. Child Custody: 10%
    28 years, 500 cases
  4. Child Support: 10%
    28 years, 500 cases



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Contact info

Lonich & Patton Attorneys at Law

1871 The Alameda
Suite 475
San Jose, CA, 95126


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperlawyerSuperlawyers/San Francisco Magazine2014
SuperlawyerSuperlawyers/San Francisco Magazine2013
SuperlawyerSuperlawyers/San Francisco Magazine2012
Biltmore's Who's WhoBlitmore2011
SuperlawyerSuperlawyers/San Francisco Magazine2011
SuperlawyerSuperlawyers/San Francisco Magazine2010
Superlawyers-Star SearchSuperlawyers magazine2009
Board Certified Specialist, Family LawCalifornia Board of Legal Specialization2008
AV Rated FirmMartindale Hubble2008
Silicon Valley's Top AttorneysSan Jose Magizine2006
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who2003
Law ReviewSanta Clara University1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLonich & Patton1994 - Present
AttorneyCollins and Zapala1988 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaCommissioner, State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission2014 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationFamily Law Executive Committee2008 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2008 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2002 - Present
Santa Clara County Superior CourtArbitrator/Volunteer Settlement Judge1993 - Present
US Court of AppealsQualified/Admitted1993 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
US Federal CourtsQualified/Admitted1983 - Present
Creekside Village Homeowners AssociationPresident2006 - 2009
Sigma Alpha Epsilon FraternityPresident/member1978 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mother vs. FatherPrimary Custody & Move Away Order
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogGrandparent Visitation Rights2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogsHuffington Post Article Argues For Increased Accountability For Parents Misusing Child Support Funds2011
Lonich & Patton, LLP BlogMarital Debts: What You Need TO Know2011
Mini Storage MagazineLegal Validity of Exculpatory Clauses in Storage Contracts1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts (X2)1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SpeakerLegal Career Placement in Family Law2009
SpeakerLegal Career Placement, Civil Litigation1995