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David Alan Patton

Family Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.7   15 reviews

Licensed for 34 years

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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 30 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 Ehrlich Policastri 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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Licensed for 34 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/07/2022

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Client's Choice 2012
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David received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2012
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2009
In court, no one does it like him
I can't say enough good things about Mr. Patton. I was referred to him by a friend whose messy divorce spanned several law offices and $$$$ before reaching his desk for closure in her favor. At the time when my ex-husband tried to end my alimony, prior to calling Mr. Patton, I contacted many different attorneys. But, none of them were able to put me at ease with the issue at hand. However, a visit to Mr. Patton's office changed everything for me. He was able to quickly evaluate my case and give me a sound legal advice. He handled my case personally, with qualified assistants providing excellent support. He doesn't pound his fist nor raise his voice like those so called "aggressive lawyers". But make no mistake, his soft-spoken, calm demeanor shouldn't be underestimated. He is TOUGH. His expertise stems not only from his grasp and understanding of complex and difficult family issues, but from his thorough preparation and attention to detail. His exceptional legal skills and professional experience provided me with the most effective representation that one could only dream of. In court, no one does it like him. He won my case. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2009
Excellent Attorney!!
Mr. Patton is the best! He helped me through a very difficult divorce. I felt that he really listened and had my best interest at heart. He is extremely knowledgeable, and always gave more than 100%. I thought the staff was very friendly and always helpful. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Jonathan | June 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
David Patton - Divorce
David Patton and his staff completely earned my trust over the course of the year or so I worked with him. I have worked with many attorney's professionally and this was a difficult and very complex personal divorce case - I was extremely impressed with David and his staff. They were honest, smart, always had my best interests in mind, trustworthy, and responsive. They provided me with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of all of the issues and were a pleasure to work with on a case that was very stressful and challenging. They just "get it" on so many levels. I will never get divorced again, but if I did, there is absolutely no question in my mind that I would hire David again.
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Posted by Ann | February 27, 2020
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Excellent attorney
David Patton and his team represented me in a child support matter. I had a prior support agreement created by another attorney that was not being honored. Mr. Patton did an excellent job not only in representing me but in his communication with me regarding my case. It was a very complicated agreement which originally took years to negotiate. Due to the complicated nature of the agreement I was grateful that Mr. Patton was so knowledgeable and well educated to address the never ending roadblocks that the opposing side tried to use in their argument to not pay the child support. Mr. Patton's entire staff was wonderful. I was truly impressed with everyone in his office. They were professional, understanding and caring. They answered all of my questions in a timely manner and kept me informed as to the processes and steps along the way. If you are looking for excellent representation then this is the attorney you should choose. I cannot say enough positive things about this attorney, the firm and the experience I had in getting my case solved and closed.
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Posted by Sheri | May 26, 2015
Caring and Professional Family Law Expert
David Patton represented me in a particularly long and drawn out battle over spousal support. My ex was determined to terminate support. He had no interest in settling and his attorney had a reputation for bringing everything to trial. Proceedings lasted over 2 years before we finally got the judge's decision. Throughout the entire process, I appreciated David's calm demeanor and steady approach. He knows the law and he knows the judicial system. He was very proactive at keeping me informed as we went through the process. Even though not everything came out favorably ( I still retained support), I strongly believe I was well represented. David (and his partner Mike Lonich) were genuinely interested and invested in my case. They were not solely focused on billable hours, but truly wanted to see a fair and just outcome. That sort of personal commitment went a long way toward making the whole experience, if not enjoyable, at least less miserable. I just wish I had David as my attorney when my divorce first started. I would highly recommend David Patton and his firm to anyone needing competent representation in matters of family law.
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Posted by Larry | September 5, 2014
has a way with words
Mr. Patton represented me in a divorce. Mr. Patton is an expert on the Santa Clara court system, its rules and people but what makes Mr. Patton stand out is his skill at taking complex issues and reducing them to something that can be presented clearly in court. Not just reducing the issues, but choosing the issues that matter to the court and presenting them in a way that connects with the court. In court, is when Mr. Patton is at his best and is why he is the best. He words and manner connect with the court.
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Posted by Mina N. | April 4, 2014
Simply the best in the field of family law
Over the course of last 7 years my ex-husband repeatedly tried to reduce/end my spousal support citing every excuse in the book. This ordeal was one of the hardest and most emotional situations I have ever been in. While he kept changing lawyers and strategy each time he requested modifications to spousal support, even in the middle of one of the proceedings, I was represented by Mr. David Patton and his firm every time. This is a perfect chance for me to take this opportunity and extend my heartfelt gratitude for all his hard work, support, kindness, and compassion while representing my case for what I think is a record loss for the opposing party (5 times). He is such an extraordinary lawyer - His wisdom, vast knowledge of law, and integrity coupled with his professionalism makes him simply one of the best in the field of family law. But, his sincere caring and concern is what really set him apart from most attorneys. Mr. Patton provided me with fair and accurate assessment of my case each and every time. His confidence and assurance helped me tremendously in coping with the process. As hard as it may sounds to believe, there were never any unpleasant surprises as he always was one move ahead of the opposing counsel and knew exactly what plan he needed to execute. His unique ability in preparing for court hearing and meticulous attention to details was pivotal in wining my case. I am forever grateful for his hard work and relentless effort and persistence in pursuing a positive outcome in my legal battle while representing my case. I can’t thank him enough for going over and beyond the call of duty to resolve the matter as fairly as possible. I was very fortunate to have him as my counsel throughout the course of my legal proceedings and my whole experience with him from day one has been nothing but of the highest caliber. Once again, David, thank you so much for everything you have done for me. I really cannot tell you how much it all means to me. My gratitude has no bounds.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2014
Amazing!
David is an amazing attorney! There aren't enough words to describe how great he is at working with you on your case. I have had a pretty high conflict divorce from the very beginning (almost three years) which included everything you can think of. I found David through a referral. From the very beginning he was very honest with me and didn't sugar coat like most attorneys do. Him and his team worked really hard to get great results for my case every single time. Even if the odds are against you, he knows how to spin it just right and get a great outcome. Thanks to my ex, I had a very complicated custody case resurface where I could have lost everything we had worked so hard for, and yet again, David came to the rescue and turned it around in my favor! The odds were completely against me, but he knew exactly what to look for and argued my case in a sensible and convincing manner. The good thing about him is that he gives you all your options and gives you the pros and cons for each one. He takes your case very seriously, and works with you every step of the way. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in his field, and this is the type of person you want on your side representing you. He is also very patient, and really listens to what you have to say. When you are going through something this emotional, you need someone like him on your side. I'm glad I found him before my ex did!
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Posted by Neil | July 12, 2013
David Patton
David and his top notch staff, especially Tara, were simply outstanding in helping me bring long standing issues surrounding spousal support to a successful conclusion. Their professionalism, knowledge of the relevant legal issues and documentation involved, understanding of the situation, sensitivity, timeliness, and responsiveness exceeded my expectations in all respects. I would recommend David and his firm (Lonich & Patton) without hesitation to anyone seeking excellent family law legal counsel and representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2012
Outstanding & Personable
I highly recommend David Patton. He is an outstanding, personable, experienced, and very knowledgeable lawyer. He provides an honest, upfront description of the risks and benefits of various strategies. In addition, he provides potential outcomes, both good and bad. I worked with David and his firm during my initial divorce proceeding three years ago, and, more recently in the past few months, regarding child custody matters. Both times he guided me through the process in a professional manner and helped me resolve both cases favorably. In addition, the other lawyers and staff in his firm are also very responsive, knowledgeable, and professional.
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Posted by Craig | October 16, 2012
Professional
David is an excellent lawyer. He was very thorough in his research of the law. I had the unfortunate circumstance of my ex wife taking me back to court on very shaky facts. Ultimately, I prevailed (with David's help). He and his staff handled the matter in a very thorough way. If i have to go back to court (which I hope I will not), then i will definitely be using his services.
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Posted by Rod | September 24, 2012
The best! MUST READ
I used David Patton three years ago. I had a potentially very nasty divorce involving high net worth, assets and custody of 2 daughters. Mr. Patton worked with me to be able to to raise my two daughters and hold the assets. His integrity and wisdom kept us out of court and put me in the vey best position. His attention to detail, guaranteed that our marriage settlement could not be connected at a later date. I have been privileged to raise my two daughters without conflicts. Oh, I'm a man... Need I say more. He is simply the most honorable attorney I have ever delt with.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2011
Outstanding Lawyer!
I found David Patton thru Avvo.com and I must say that the reviews about how good he is, are absolutely justified. Extremely knowledgeable, experienced and honest lawyer - a rarity these days. Don't get fooled by his low key manner and upfront honest description of the risks of various strategies - he has the right amount of aggression to protect your interests and get you out of the mess in the shortest possible time. The staff is also very responsive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2009
Excellent Attorney!
Dave was responsible for handling a very complex divorce involving several complicated issues. As an experienced attorney myself, I relied upon the referrals and recommendations of my peers in selecting Dave as my attorney. I was not disappointed! He was very knowledgeable and hands-on throughout the whole process. Several complex issues arose during the case, including issues that were supported by new case law that favored opposing party's position. Nevertheless, Dave successfully argued the facts and law in my favor, which resulted in a favorable and successful settlement of the case. I would certainly recommend Dave to anyone that needs an exceptional attorney to handle any aspect of family law and litigation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2011
Disappointed Parent
I was really disappointed with Mr. Patton and how he handled my legal matters. I would not recommend him.
Response from David Patton July 19, 2011
Dear Disappointed Parent: I sympathize with your disappointment; dealing with legal matters is often volatile and, often, someone has to lose. I invite all forms of feedback, especially if constructive. While judgments are not always returned in my client's favor, I am confident in the energy, preparation, and knowledge I put forth in every case. I am sorry you were not happy with my legal services, however, I assure you my legal team and I were thorough in our treatment of your case. I welcome your thoughts on how you feel I could have handled your legal issues more thoroughly. Thank you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 600-600 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri
  • 1994 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Collins and Zapala
  • 1988 - 1994

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1987
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (X2)
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Mother vs. Father
  • Primary Custody & Move Away Order

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Commissioner, State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission
  • 2014 - Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Family Law Executive Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Arbitrator/Volunteer Settlement Judge
  • 1993 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals
  • Qualified/Admitted
  • 1993 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • US Federal Courts
  • Qualified/Admitted
  • 1983 - Present
  • Creekside Village Homeowners Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
  • President/member
  • 1978 - 1983
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Superlawyer
  • Superlawyers/San Francisco Magazine
  • 2014
  • Superlawyer
  • Superlawyers/San Francisco Magazine
  • 2013
  • Superlawyer
  • Superlawyers/San Francisco Magazine
  • 2012
  • Superlawyer
  • Superlawyers/San Francisco Magazine
  • 2011
  • Biltmore's Who's Who
  • Blitmore
  • 2011
  • Superlawyer
  • Superlawyers/San Francisco Magazine
  • 2010
  • Superlawyers-Star Search
  • Superlawyers magazine
  • 2009
  • Board Certified Specialist, Family Law
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2008
  • AV Rated Firm
  • Martindale Hubble
  • 2008
  • Silicon Valley's Top Attorneys
  • San Jose Magizine
  • 2006
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2003
  • Law Review
  • Santa Clara University
  • 1987
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Publications

  • Mini Storage Magazine
  • Legal Validity of Exculpatory Clauses in Storage Contracts
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker
  • Legal Career Placement in Family Law
  • 2009
  • Speaker
  • Legal Career Placement, Civil Litigation
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

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Given (23)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend David Patton. He is an outstanding attorney with A+ ethics. He understands complex issues and is thoughtful in helping the court find creative solutions to find as much of a win win result as possible. In my opinion, his firm is one of the best in Santa Clara."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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San Jose Family Lawyer David Alan Patton
David Alan Patton
Family Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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