John J. Gilligan, Family Law & Divorce Attorney

Practicing Family Law & Divorce Attorney Since 1981

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem. There is no family law case that John hasn’t handled in some fashion over his extensive years in practicing family law.

Family Law & Divorce Attorney Education

State University of New York at Brockport
Bachelor of Science, Political Science

Western State University
Juris Doctorate

Pepperdine Law School
Mediation credential

State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Family Law Specialist, 1997

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Only 10% of California’s family law attorneys have earned this additional education and title

Honors & Awards

  • Author of four Appellate Court decisions
  • Voted by peers as a Super Lawyer for the past 10 years
  • Received the highest possible rating (AV rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Voted one of the Top Attorneys in the State of California
11 Years Super Lawyers
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Professional Activities

  • Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court for family law and domestic violence matters
  • Appointed Superior Court Mediator in Los Angeles and Orange County
  • Member of the Long Beach, Los Angeles, South Bay and Orange County Bar Associations
  • Member of the American Bar Association, LA and Orange County Bar Associations, Irish-American Bar Association, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, and Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Qualified Court-Appointed Minor’s Counsel
  • Serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the LA County Bar Association
  • Recognized author in the field of family law

Representative Cases

The following cases are indicative of Mr. Gilligan’s experience as a divorce attorney and his commitment to fairness and justice in all areas of the legal system.

1981 In re Marriage of Willard 15 B.R. 898

1992 In re Raiton v, G & R Properties 139 B.R. 931

1981 In re Marriage of Cordero 95 Cal.App.4th 653

1981 In re Marriage of Lucio 161 Cal.App.4th 1068

Testimonials From our Clients

Anyone experiencing legal issues regarding a dissolution of marriage, custody, child support and/or alimony, knows regardless of what part or end you play in the situation it is a difficult one. In my particular case, two of the four aforementioned l... Read More


As an Asian American not used to meeting those outside my immediate environment, but Mr. Gilligan immediately put me at ease, answered all of my questions, and served me very well throughout the entire process. His staff is equally friendly and helpf... Read More


John Gilligan's knowledge gave me a sense of confidence and I was satisfied with the end result. He represented me in a way that was assertive or dogmatic, really sticking to his guns. Thank you, John.


I was referred to John Gilligan when I wanted to file for divorce in January 2013. Throughout the entire process John was very honest, timely, responsive, and always kept me up to date in the proceedings. All of these things added up to me feeling sa... Read More


I highly recommend John Gilligan as family law attorney from Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP. I found through this experience that Mr. Gilligan is definitely someone you can trust! The moment I entered his office to obtain legal representation for ... Read More

Mrs. Garcia

When I met John ,almost 25 years ago he had a successful family practice. But John did not sit on that success. With his experience and training the State bar certified him as a" family law specialist". I would not go to family court without John J Gilligan. If you have any doubts about using him , or questions contact me at


I was very happy with the results of my case. Going in, I knew it would be a tough, and emotional battle, but I had trust in my attorneys. They listened to the end result I wanted, and were creative, and worked hard to obtain the result I wanted. I am grateful and happy with my results!


I was very fortunate to find GFT Lawyers when seeking to lower my spousal support after retirement. My previous attempt was with a attorney located in Seal Beach who's specialty was spousal support. Needless to say, after retainer was paid, communica... Read More

A. B

John was recommended to me by my ex-coworker in American Honda. I hired him to handle my divorce in 2005 and hired him again in 2014. Recently, he represented me in court and handled my defense when my Ex wanted a reimbursement of his child support. ... Read More

E. H.

John Gilligan is professional, ethical and astute. I regard him very highly. I would not hesitate to recommend him and have already done so.

Ms. B.

My ex-husband and I initially hired a single attorney to handle our divorce. I soon began to question if this was a wise decision. I contacted the California State Bar for a Family Law attorney recommendation and they suggested I call John Gilligan. ... Read More


John Gilligan was the strength and clear-minded thinking I needed when I had none. He walked me through every step of my divorce like a father. His knowledge of the law and years of experience were instrumental in achieving the best end result of my case. I am grateful.


Before I met John Gilligan, I felt completely overwhelmed. I was fearful that my business savvy ex would walk all over me throughout the divorce process because of my lack of financial knowledge. John, and his amazingly responsive and diligent team, ... Read More


John Gilligan represented me in my divorce. It was a very difficult case and we needed to go to trial. John did an incredible job in representing me against a very worthy opponent. Not only is John a superb advocate, he had what I was looking for and... Read More


Divorce is a painful and emotional process, even years later you may end up with changes that need attention. I cannot say enough about how happy I am with the services provided by John Gilligan and staff. Mr. Gilligan handled my divorce in 2004 and ... Read More


After my marriage of twenty-five years to my wife she requested a divorce. Attorney Gilligan allowed me to keep my personal vehicles as well as my personal residence. Attorney Gilligan and his legal constituents supported my legal needs and issues du... Read More


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