John J. Gilligan

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John J. Gilligan, founding partner of Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, has extensive experience specializing in California family law, probate litigation and estate planning since 1981. Prior to becoming a founding partner for Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, 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.

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, 1994-. Volunteer, Domestic Violence and Guardianship Workshop, Los Angeles Superior Court. Trained Mediator, (2002-), Pepperdine University School of Law and California Academy of Mediation Professionals "Mediating the Litigated Case" Fall 2002.

(Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Family Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
877-639-9754  Phone
562-431-2000  Phone
562-431-2100  Fax
University Attended:
State University of New York, B.S., 1976
Law School Attended:
Western State University, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
1986, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court; 1981, California; 1981, U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
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; Irish-American Bar Association; Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association; Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.
Birth Information:
Queens, New York, March 19, 1954
Reported 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).
( Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization )
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4.6/5.0 (12 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 10/11/11 in Family Law

    John is an excellent lawyer who is well respected as a Certified Family Law Specialist.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Unknown on 10/17/08 in Family Law

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