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Rodger B.

6/29/2018

John Gilligan and his team at BGD lawyers did an outstanding job representing me. John's 35 years of experience, dedicated work ethic and attention... More

John Gilligan and his team at BGD lawyers did an outstanding job representing me. John's 35 years of experience, dedicated work ethic and attention to every detail combined with his Case Mgr, Wendy Tse and Paralegal Ana Bautista gave me great results. When my X wife saw the case she was facing in court and all the discovery she was going to have to provide she quickly decided to settle, and for less than the original amount I offered. I have had to have legal services at various times throughout my career. This is the first time I have ever reviewed a law firm and offered my recommendation. Less

Irene S.

1/6/2017

This is my second experience in conducting business with Mr John Gilligan. My first experience was 17+ years ago when he orchestrated the first gay... More

This is my second experience in conducting business with Mr John Gilligan. My first experience was 17+ years ago when he orchestrated the first gay adoption in Long Beach, in the time when other attorneys would not entertain the idea or risk the chance of even attempting to do so. Attorney Gilligan made it a seamless process. He was successful at what he set out for, and it resulted in a successful gay adoption. Once again John has demonstrated his professionalism, and knowledge at doing what seems instinctual, a trusting representative , who is looking out for my best. I've referred several friends who have shared the same experience. Thank you for your help John, once again.Less

Andrew C.

10/1/2016

First of all remember that your attorney is not your therapist and not going to save you. Come in with realistic expectations of what they can and... More

First of all remember that your attorney is not your therapist and not going to save you. Come in with realistic expectations of what they can and can not do. Expect to do most if not all the leg work on your case as it pertains to you. Make their job easier by organizing your paperwork and becoming knowledgable as best you can in the law. This is Family Law, its not black and white, which makes matters worse. Your worst enemy is yourself in most circumstances. With that being said, I'm going to give them 5 stars based on things that are remaining an attorney should know. These answers apply to OC and not LA County. - They should know local court rules, check! Subpoenas and other forms to the court in your county are different and always revised. This is important and they get 5 stars. - They should be on top of all the variables in your case and not you having to spoon feed them reminders all the time. Check and then check. In fact I have never met any other attorney do such a great job of this in my experience. Its amazing but because I've had such bad luck in past I still keep my own to do list. Its nice knowing they are on top of it too. Court hearings, reply dates, etc, all done. - Knowledge of Judges, connections between other attorneys and Judges, connections with the ""experts"" and other attorneys and/or judges. This one is very important too. I give them 5 stars as they seem to know a lot of people and have a great history of most the ""experts"" involved from one time or another. This is important because if something comes down against you then you can exploit this ""bias"" with subpoenas in getting a history of their rulings and see if they are biased or not, and they always are. People are people, expect bias at every step, embrace it. - Knowledge of subpoenas, check! Highly recommend them here for this as well. Subpoenas are your best friend in these situations and your attorney needs to be able to dispatch these quickly as possible and be able to fight objections. Its imperative to proving your case. - Knowledge of 4D chess, check! Your attorney should be able to understand whats at play and when to and not to strike and for good reasons. They should be taking advantage of the other parties attorney's weaknesses, which is always ego I have found. - Ability to persuade and be likable, very important, again check! - Ability to argue objections to form interrogatories, subpoenas issued towards you, check! Again very competent. - Ability to write in a clear concise manner a declaration that moves the Court, check! This is very important as well. My advice is to use your attorney as you would a tool. Its important to know specifically what that tool does and dispatch your attorney to do exactly that in a clear concise manner. Then you wont go broke in the process. I found most people who start off in this stumble in the gates the first time through. Get knowledge, hit me up and I'll help you get on your feet even, and then breathe, take things slow and you'll hit a home run every time. I'm now been in court since 2011, it never ends, if it does its just temporary. Give up on returning to normal life till your children are 18 if your ex is bitter and has nothing better to do than make your life hell. Try to live above it all. Sorry, not great advice but best i could do. my email is catesandrew at gmail dot com. My attorneys were Janine Frisco and Joi MillettLess

Ah Lan W.

6/4/2015

When we found out the ex-wife had returned to work, we called Janet Dockstader. Janet and her extensive support team started work immediately. Our... More

When we found out the ex-wife had returned to work, we called Janet Dockstader. Janet and her extensive support team started work immediately. Our request to for spousal support modification was granted and the respondents request for attorney fees denied. These people know what they are doing, and do it fast. It was the best legal representation I've ever experienced. We will save close to $40,000.00 over the next two years. This is the attorney you want on your side in the courtroom!Less

Mike A

8/25/2014

Ask for John Gilligan. He is a great attorney who focuses on families and children

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