John J. Gilligan

Attorney in Long Beach, CA
John J. Gilligan, founding partner of Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP, has extensive experience specializing in California family law, probate litigation and estate planning since 1981. Prior to becoming a founding partner for Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP, Mr. Gilligan founded Gilligan Law Corporation.

Since 1985, Mr. Gilligan has served as Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court for family law and domestic violence matters. He is certified to serve as a Superior Court Mediator, having received his mediation credential from Pepperdine Law School. He is also qualified for service as Court-Appointed Minor’s Counsel. Mr. Gilligan is a member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles and Orange Bar Associations, Irish-American Bar Association, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2013-2016). Mr. Gilligan has lectured extensively on family law matters, authored numerous articles focusing on legal issues that stem from divorce and is the author of three Court of Appeal published opinions.
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4.6 out of 5.0

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Admission Details

Admitted in 1981, California, U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
1986, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court

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Law School Attended

Western State University
Class of 1980

University Attended

State University of New York
Class of 1976

Birth Information

Born in 1954
Queens, New York, March 19, 1954

Associations & Memberships

Long Beach (Member, Family Law Section), Los Angeles County (Member, Family Law Section), Orange County (Member, Family Law Section) and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Iri... More

Bar Fellowship

Author: "The Need for a Legal Expert in Dividing & Distributing Your Pension Upon Death or Divorce," The Reporter, Vol. 78, No. 61, August 3, 1999. Judge Pro-Tem Superior and Municipal Courts for Domestic Violence, Family Law Calendar, 1986-. Mediator, Family Law in Superior Court, 1986-. Panel for Minor's Counsel, Los Angeles and Orange County, 19... More

Representative Cases

In re Willard, 15 B.R. 898; In re Raiton, 139 B.R. 931; IRMO Cordero, 97 CA App.4th 956, 118 CR2d 833; Marriage of Lucio (Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, Case No. G039072).

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John J. Gilligan
 One World Trade Center, Suite 2150,
Long Beach, CA 90832-1940


Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP (Long Beach, California)

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