Mitchell T. Ehrlich is a California Certified Family Law Specialist and is a partner with Lonich and Patton. Along with David Patton, he leads the Family Law practice. His practice focuses on all areas of Family Law including Dissolutions, Child Custody, Support Matters, Property and Business Division, Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Paternity, Registered Domestic Partnerships, Guardianship and Adoptions. He passed the California Family Law Certified Specialist’s Exam in 2008 and became a Certified Family Law Specialist in 2009.
Mitchell has over 14 years of experience as a civil litigator and trial attorney. Mitchell began focusing his practice exclusively on Family Law matters shortly after Lonich & Patton’s Family Law practice was developed. Prior to that, he amassed significant litigation experience handling the firm’s insurance defense, business law and employment law litigation matters as well as handling all of the firm’s appellate practice.
Born in Schenectady, NY in 1971, Mitchell grew up in San Jose, graduating from San Jose’s Pioneer High School in 1989. Mitchell then attended UC Santa Barbara where he graduated with a Degree in Economics in 1993. After working in Finance for a few years, he attended law school at Pepperdine University School of Law during which time he secured placement on the Deans Honors List numerous times, earned multiple scholarships, and earned assignments with the Washington D.C. Public Defender's Office, the U.S.D.A. and the U.S. District Bankruptcy Court. Mitchell graduated Cum Laude from Pepperdine in 1998 and then returned to San Jose to begin the active practice of law. He joined Lonich and Patton, LLP in 1999. Mr. Ehrlich is married, and he, his wife Wendy, 20 year step-son Jerry, seven year old son Russell, 4 year old daughter Ava and dog Roxy and cat Jackson who all live a happy life in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. When Mitchell isn’t with his family, working or in court, he enjoys hiking, jogging, tennis, cooking, winning swimming races in his backyard pool, and playing guitar.
Mitchell is very aware of the fact that he practices in a field in which, quite often, his clients and their children are in the midst of an emotionally stressful and financially difficult situation, where their futures seem uncertain and making decisions can be difficult. Accordingly, relying on his thorough understanding of the law, his extensive trial and litigation background and his experience handling such sensitive matters, he endeavors to offer his clients his valuable experience, counsel and advice in not only the many complicated legal issues they face, but also the short term and long term impacts of their decisions on themselves, their children and their financial lives. Mitchell always provides his clients with timely and detailed attention, along with a clear goal-oriented approach to their issues. Further, drawing on his Economics Degree and his experience in finance, Mitchell has a keen ability to analyze and explain in plain English, the many complicated financial issues that Family Law matters so often entail.
Recognizing both the emotional and exceeding high financial toll that can be associated with prolonged litigation, Mitchell seeks to avoid needless litigation and he focuses his efforts on reaching settlements and informal resolutions whenever possible. However, when a reasonable settlement that serves his client’s best interest cannot be reached, he draws upon his strong litigation and trial skills to obtain favorable outcomes to the myriad of issues facing his clients.
Mr. Ehrlich is a member of the State Bar of California, the Santa Clara Bar Association and the State and Local Bar Family Law Sections. He engages in many professional activities including serving as Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Family Court and serving as an Arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Attorney Client Fee Disputes Division. Mr. Ehrlich is also a Traffic Court Judge Pro Tem. Mr. Ehrlich also volunteers his time with the Pro Bono Association's Lawyers in the Library Program.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Family Law Specialist||State Bar of California||2009|
|Cal Jur Award Civil Procedure||Pepperdine University School of Law||N/A|
|Cal Jur Award Real Property||Pepperdine University||N/A|
|Partner||Lonich and Patton, LLP||1999 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2009 - Present|
|SCCBA Family Law Executive Committee||Executive Committe Member||2008 - Present|
|Conference Delegates of California Bar Associations||Executive Committee||2007 - Present|
|Fee Arbitration Committee||Executive Committee||2002 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1998 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|San Jose Traffic Appeals Commission||Commission Chair||1999 - 2003|
|V.D v. M.L.||Prevailed at custody trial, leading to 50/50 order|
|AM v. RJM||Prevailed on behalf of Wife under which Judgment made Husband fully responsible for tax debts.|
|HK v. SK||Split decision on imputing income|
|See all legal cases|
|California Family Law Strategies||A New Generation of Family Law Challenges||2008|
|Prep Your Client: Divorce Proceedings in California||Starting with the Basics in Divorce Discovery||2008|
|San Francisco Daily Journal||Backdraft: A Treatise on the Fireman's Rule in California"||2000|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Panel of Family Law Specialists, Family Law Society, Santa Clara University School of Law||Practical aspects of today's Family Law Practice||2014|