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Our Foundation

At Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP, we provide dedicated and responsive legal representation to family law clients in Orange County. Based on our partners' combined experience of over 110 years, our clients receive highly skilled legal services for complex and high-conflict family law issues. All four of our firm's partners, and many of our associates, hold the prestigious title of Certified Family Law Specialist and are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and client service.

Our firm has an established reputation as one of the top family law firms in Southern California. Serving clients in Orange County, we pride ourselves on building strong cases and helping our clients achieve their legal goals. In addition to effective legal representation, our lawyers also offer compassionate service. We understand that clients and their families are going through a very emotional time when they come to us. Our attorneys are always respectful of clients' sensitive family issues, and we work with the utmost discretion on all of our cases. Learn more about our firm and our services.


Trusted Referrals to Outside Firms

There are many complex legal issues that accompany a high net worth divorce case. Most of these matters fall within the realm of family law and our firm is positioned to handle them. When a client has legal issues that fall beyond the areas of our focused experience, we provide them with credible and trusted referrals to outside attorneys and law firms. We do not accept referral fees from other lawyers; rather we provide this service to our clients to save them the stress of researching and validating an outside law firm on their own. Learn More

The Court System

Alternatives to Using the Public Court System

Our law firm is a strong advocate of private mediation governed by a mediator with judicial experience, sometimes called alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Not only does this allow a client's case to proceed on their own time table, it also keeps your private family matters out of the public eye. Additionally, with a mediator, we retain more control over the outcome of a client's case than we would otherwise have in a public court trial. ADR can also become a fully litigated matter if a settlement conference is not successful. A trial within the context of ADR is also kept out of the public eye.Learn More

Our Experience

Reputable Attorneys - Fighting For Our Clients

The attorneys of Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP are well known throughout our community as highly experienced and results-driven family law professionals. We have represented numerous business owners, CEOs, celebrities, and professional athletes and their spouses in high-profile cases. The complex issues that our lawyers deal with on a daily basis range from business valuations, to international custody disputes, to division of high-value estates. Learn More

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Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP
20320 S.W. Birch Street
Third Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-337-4050
Fax: 949-337-4059
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750 B Street, Suite 2100,
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-685-3183
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