Phillips Whisnant Gazin

Law Firm in Newport Beach, CA

Contact Us

Firm Overview

Honor, Strength and Equity describes our allegiance to our clients in the diligent pursuit of their best legal interests and our commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.

While recognizing the personal and sensitive nature of the family law practice, Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP is dedicated to the effective delivery of quality legal services which enable our clients to achieve the most equitable and expeditious resolution of their family law matter. "Honor, Strength and Equity," the firm's motto, stands for our allegiance to our clients in the diligent pursuit of their best legal interests and our commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.

Areas of Law:
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Child Support
-Child Custody
-Visitation Rights
-Spousal Support
-Property Rights
-Alimony
-Annulment
-Cohabitation Agreements
-Collaborative Family Law
-Community Property Law
-Divorce Arbitration
-Divorce Mediation
-Divorce Taxation
-Domestic Partnerships
-Domestic Relations
-Domestic Torts
-Legal Separation Agreements.
-Domestic Violence
-Family Mediation
-Family Arbitration
-Equitable Distribution
-Marital Agreements
-Marital Property Distribution
-Marital Property Law
-Marital Property Settlements
-Matrimonial Law
-Non-Traditional Family Law
-Palimony
-Paternity
-Post Divorce Modification
-Postnuptial Agreements
-Premarital Agreements
-Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
-Uncontested Divorce
-Restraining Orders
Main Office

Main Office
24 Corp Plaza Drive Second Floor
Newport Beach  CA  92660

Phone
  • 949-644-4007
Family
Phillips Whisnant Gazin will represent your Family legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Child Support
-Child Custody
-Visitation Rights
-Spousal Support
-Property Rights
-Alimony
-Annulment
-Cohabitation Agreements
-Collaborative Family Law
-Community Property Law
-Divorce Arbitration
-Divorce Mediation
-Divorce Taxation
-Domestic Partnerships
-Domestic Relations
-Domestic Torts
-Legal Separation Agreements.
-Domestic Violence
-Family Mediation
-Family Arbitration
-Equitable Distribution
-Marital Agreements
-Marital Property Distribution
-Marital Property Law
-Marital Property Settlements
-Matrimonial Law
-Non-Traditional Family Law
-Palimony
-Paternity
-Post Divorce Modification
-Postnuptial Agreements
-Premarital Agreements
-Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
-Uncontested Divorce
-Restraining Orders

Gerald J. Phillips

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

CEB Lecturer, "Negotiating Marital Settlements," 1983, 1985; "Joint Ownership of Marital and Non-Marital Property," 1982. Judge Pro Tem, Orange County Superior Court, 1975. Represents high asset individuals including Corporate executives, Professional athletes, Various Celebrities. 2011 Winner of the Garrity Award for Professionalism by the Orange County Bar Association.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1965, Massachusetts
-1966, U.S. Court of Military Appeals
-1968, California

Law School Attended:
Boston University Law School
Class of 1965
J.D.

University Attended:
Boston College
Class of 1962
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1940
Westwood, Massachusetts, December 18, 1940

Military:
With USMC, Judge Advocate, 1966-1968

Associations & Memberships:
Los Angeles County Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association (Chairman, Family Law Section, 1984; Member, Executive Committee, 1986-1987; Member, Board of Directors, 1985, 1986, 1987); Massachusetts Bar Association; State Bar of California.

Certifications:
(Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board Of Legal Specialization)
Education
  • Boston University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1965

Jacqueline A. Whisnant

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Member, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Honors Program. Judge Pro Tem, Orange County Superior Court. Author: "Division of Community Property: How Many Bites of the Apple Do The Parties Really Get?", Orange County Lawyer, August 1996. Lecturer: Recent Developments in Family Law, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1996; "Analyzing Transmutation and Separate Property Contribution Issues," Continuing Education of the Bar, January 2007.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1987, California
-1988, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Law School Attended:
Loyola Law School of Los Angeles
Class of 1987
J.D.

University Attended:
California State University, Northridge
Class of 1984
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1960
Burbank, California, December 11, 1960

Associations & Memberships:
Los Angeles County Bar Association; Orange County Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1998, 1999 and 2001-2004; Judiciary Committee, 1998-2003, 2006; Member, Family Law Section, Executive Committee, 1999-2003); State Bar of California.

Certifications:
(Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board Of Legal Specialization)
Education
  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate , 1987

Michael H. Gazin

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Michael H. Gazin was born in Los Angeles, California in 1949, and has been a resident of Orange County since 1974. He and his wife, Fran, have lived in Irvine since 1976 where they raised their two daughters, Annie and Molly, both of whom are graduates of the University of Colorado.

Mr. Gazin graduated from San Jose State University with honors in 1971, earning a BA degree in Political Science. He attended the University of Santa Clara School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Gazin has been an active member of the Orange County Bar Association since 1976, serving as a member on its Board of Directors from 1980 through 1985. Mr. Gazin was elected Secretary of the Orange County Bar Association in 1986, Treasurer in 1987, President-Elect in 1988 and President in 1989. Mr. Gazin recently completed a 3 year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Orange County Bar Foundation. He is a former Treasurer of the Orange County Bar Family Law Section.

Mr. Gazin chaired the Client Relations Committee of the Orange County Bar Association from 1983 to 1985 after serving as a Committee member from 1977 to 1983; he has served as a delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates every year from 1980 through 2003. Mr. Gazin served as a member of the Orange County Bar Association Judiciary Committee in 2003, and he has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Orange County Superior Court.

Mr. Gazin has an AV Rating with Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Gazin has been named and is currently recognized by the Los Angeles Magazine as one of Orange County's Super Lawyers; and he is currently listed in the U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers guide.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1974, California

Law School Attended:
University of Santa Clara School of Law
Class of 1974
J.D.

University Attended:
San Jose State University
Class of 1971
B.A.
Political Science, with honors

Birth Information:
Born in 1949
Los Angeles, California, March 4, 1949

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1980-1985; Secretary, 1986; Treasurer, 1987; President-Elect, 1988; President, 1989; Judiciary Committee, 1990-1991; Chairman, Client Relations Committee, 1983-1985; Member, Family Law Section); State Bar of California; Orange County Bar Foundation (Member, Board of Trustees, 2005-2007); State Bar Conference of Delegates (Delegate, 1980-1993).
Education
  • University of Santa Clara School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

Gary S. Gorczyca

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Adjunct Professor, Chapman University School of Law, 2004; Consultant and Advisory Board Member, 1983 and Instructor, 1979, University of California, Irvine Extension, Certificate Program in Legal Assistantship. CEB Lecturer: "Fundamentals of Family Law Practice," 2006; Designated California Attorney of the Year, Family Law (2001) (California Lawyer Magazine). Editor, "Family Law Corner," Orange County Lawyer Magazine. Consultant, Orange County Family Violence Counsel, 1999.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1976, California

Law School Attended:
Loyola University School of Law
Class of 1976
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California at Irvine
Class of 1973
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1951
Cleveland, Ohio, December 27, 1951

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association (President, Family Law Section, 2005); State Bar of California; Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court; Orange County Bar Association.

Representative Cases:
Lovato v. Santa Fe International Corp. (1984) 151 Cal. App3rd 549; People v. Calderon (1991) 232 Cal. App3rd 930; In re Marriage of Serna (2000) 98 Cal. App. 4th 482; In re Marriage of Manfer (2006) 144 Cal. App. 4th 925.
Education
  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Judith A. Curtin

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Recognized as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County by Lawyer's Magazine, 2004, 2005. Family Law Trial Attorney of the Year, 1996 presented by the Orange County Trial Attorneys. Listed in Best Lawyers in America. Judge Pro, Municipal and Superior Courts.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1978, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Law School Attended:
University of La Verne
Class of 1978
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Arizona
Class of 1972
B.A.

New York University

Birth Information:
Born in 1951
New York, N.Y., October 2, 1951

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California; Orange County Women Lawyers; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Legion Lex Inns of Court (Barrister). Less

Certifications:
(Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board Of Legal Specialization)
Education
  • University of La Verne
    Juris Doctorate , 1978

Kathleen Carothers Paone

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Member, St. Thomas More Law Honor Society.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1980, California and U.S. District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California

Law School Attended:
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Class of 1980
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles
Class of 1977
B.A.
cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1955
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1955

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Education
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Paula J. Swensen

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2000, Masachusetts
-2003, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Law School Attended:
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Class of 1999
J.D.

Franklin Pierce Law Center
M.A.
Intellectual Property

University Attended:
University of New Hampshire
Class of 1996
B.S.
Behavioral Science, with highest honors

Birth Information:
Born in 1955
Orange, New Jersey, 1955

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Education
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center
    Juris Doctorate , 1999

J. Benedict Phillips

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Banyard Inn of Court 2008; Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Family Law Section Board of Directors 2008; Outstanding Oral Advocate Award, Moot Court Honors Board, 2005.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2006, California

Law School Attended:
Chapman University School of Law
Class of 2005
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Davis
Class of 2002
A.B.

Birth Information:
Born in 1975
Orange, California, June 12, 1975

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association; Celtic Bar Association.

Representative Cases:
In re Marriage of Manfer (2006), 144 Cal. App. 4th 925; In re Marriage of Deffner (2006), 49 Cal. Rptr. 3d 424.
Education
  • Chapman University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Paul M. Graziano

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA
Dean's List

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2005, California

Law School Attended:
California Western School of Law
Class of 2004
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Arizona
Class of 2000
B.A.
Communications

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section); State Bar of California.
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2004

Shannon R. Loeser

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Author: "Gender Discrimination, The Pill and the High Cost of Insurance," Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, 2002. Research Editor, Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, Whittier Law School, 2002-2003.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2004, California

Law School Attended:
Whittier Law School
Class of 2003
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Class of 1997
B.A.
Political Science

Birth Information:
Born in 1974
Mission Viejo, California, 1974

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County and American (Member, Family Law Section) Bar Associations.

Hobbies & Interests:
Running, Yoga, Camping, Reading
Education
  • Whittier Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Daniel Gorczyca

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Mr. Gorczyca graduated from The University of Southern California (B.S. 2008) with a degree in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor from The University of California at Davis (J.D. 2011). Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Gorczyca had served as a law clerk at PWGG&C since 2008.
Mr. Gorczyca was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011.

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2011, California

Law School Attended:
University of California at Davis
Class of 2011
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Southern California
Class of 2008
B.S.
Business Administration

Birth Information:
Born in 1987
Orange, California, 1987

Languages:
English

Hobbies & Interests:
Mr. Gorczyca enjoys exercising and supporting USC sports teams.
Education
  • University of California at Davis
    Juris Doctorate , 2011

Russel W. Jones

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Mr. Jones was born in Los Angeles, California. He has been a resident of Orange County since 1989.

Mr. Jones attended Brigham Young University in Provo Utah and earned degrees in both International Relations and Spanish in 1990. He graduated from Western State University College of Law (J.D., 1994). Since being admitted to the California Bar, he has been practicing civil litigation, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury, products defects, insurance bad faith and premises liability for the past 18 years. Mr. Jones is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Mr. Jones is the father of five sons. He is an active member of the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving currently on the council advancement board assisting young men as they near the rank of Eagle Scout. His three oldest sons have achieved their Eagle Scout rank.

Mr. Jones, using his extensive civil litigation experience, is now devoting all of his efforts to the field of Family Law. Such experience provides both seasoned litigation skill and a unique perspective in the handling of clients as individuals as well as all aspects of marital dissolution proceedings.

Areas of Law:
-Civil Litigation
-Wrongful Death
-Medical Malpractice
-Premises Liability
-Personal Injury
-Product Defects
-Insurance Bad Faith

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1994, California

Law School Attended:
Western State University College of Law
Class of 1994
J.D.

University Attended:
Brigham Young University
Class of 1990
B.A.
International Relations and Spanish

Birth Information:
Born in 1966
Hawthorne, California, August 17, 1966

Languages:
Spanish
Education
  • Western State University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Leslie B. Abber

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Areas of Law:
Family Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1994, California

Law School Attended:
Pepperdine University School of Law
Class of 1994
J.D.

University Attended:
Vassar College

University of California, Los Angeles
Class of 1991
B.A.
Art History, summa cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1968
1968

Associations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California
Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Marcy L. Kenerson

Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Formerly with: Kaufman, Young, Spiegel, Robinson & Kenerson, LLP, 2001-2011; Kaufman & Young, P.C., 1993-2001.

Areas of Law:
-Alimony
-Community Property Law
-Spousal Support
-Divorce
-Marital Property Settlements

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1993, California

Law School Attended:
Loyola Law School
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles
Class of 1986
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1964
Greenbrae, California, August 28, 1964

Associations & Memberships:
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County and Orange County Bar Associations; State Bar of California.

Bar Fellowship:
California State Bar.
Education
  • Loyola Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1991
LA-NOLO4:DRU.1.6.4.20141222.29342