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Family law matters are stressful. I understand the dynamics of these situations and can help you. I promise to keep your interests in the forefront as I handle your family matter with confidentiality, tact & efficiency. Call me. 


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Juris Doctor, 1972
University of California, Hastings College of Law


Bachelor of Science, 1969
University of California, Davis



Concentrating in Family Law with an emphasis in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Paternity, Premarital Agreements, Spousal Support, Domestic Violence, Post-Marital Agreements, Post Divorce Modification, Community Property Law, Guardianships, Appeals, and private judge in all areas of family law.



Mr. Cochrane began his practice with McCormick Barstow in 2007. Prior to joining McCormick Barstow, he was a partner at the firm of Jones Cochrane Hollenback Nelson & Zumwalt, LLP where he practiced for 35 years. He is recognized as a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Cochrane is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California.


Honors and Awards

Mr. Cochrane is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Cochrane was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers list (2004-2007, 2010-2015) for his primary area of practice in Family Law.


Professional Associations

Mr. Cochrane is a member of Fellow American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML); Association of Certified Family Law Specialists; State Bar of California (Member, Family Law Section); the Stanislaus County Bar Association (President, 1984); Former member of Stanislaus County Criminal Defense Bar (President, 1979);Former member of California Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman, Speakers Bureau, Stanislaus County Chapter, 1982-1985); Former member of California Society of CPA’s (Section on Family Law and Business Valuation).


Reported Cases

In re William T. (1985) 172 Cal.App. 3d 790.


Publications & Lectures

Family Law “Year in Review”, CA Continuing Education of the Bar, 1989-1998; Various presentations to professional groups, including 2013 Northern California AAML Symposium: Return to Dissomaster - Mapping the Tax Return into Dissomaseter; 2012 Northern California AAML Symposium: Extreme Dissomaster! A Taxing Discussion.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
    45 years, 800 cases
  2. Family: 35%
    45 years, 800 cases
  3. Alimony: 10%
    45 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    45 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    45 years



Hourly ($200-440/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth LLP

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA, 95354


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2012
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2011
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2010
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2007
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2006
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2005
Northern California Super LawyerThomson Reuters2004
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerMcCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte & Carruth, LLP2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2010 - Present
Assn CA Certified Family Law SpecialistMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Stanislaus County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationPresident1984 - 1984
California Trial Lawyers AssociationChairman1982 - 1985
Stanislaus County Criminal Defense BarPresident1979 - 1979
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re William T. (1985) 172 Cal.App. 3d 790N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1998
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1997
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1996
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review"1995
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review"1994
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1993
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1992
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1991
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1990
CA Continuing Education of the BarFamily Law “Year in Review”1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of California - DavisN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2013 Northern California AAML SymposiumReturn to Dissomaster - Mapping the Tax Return into Dissomaseter2013
2012 Northern California AAML SymposiumExtreme Dissomaster! A Taxing Discussion2012