The partners of SGSB are well known throughout Orange County

and the State of California as highly knowledgeable, skilled, credible, and experienced family law practitioners. SGSB’s clientele includes entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes and their spouses.

In addition to our exceptional credentials and accolades, SGSB attorneys are as diverse as our clientele. Our partners and associates possess many unique characteristics, including:

  • Partner who holds an advanced taxation certification;
  • A member of the LGBTQ community;
  • Associate who also holds a Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Degree;
  • Associates who are fluent in the languages of Dari Farsi, Urdu and Hindi.

Learn more about our attorneys and their credentials by visiting the individual biography pages of each attorney.

Eleanor A. Stegmeier

Eleanor A. Stegmeier

Partner/Mediator

• Founding partner of Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz, & Benavente
• Certified in mediation by the Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute
• Named ``Orange County Family Law Attorney of the Year`` Best Lawyers in 2010

Saul M. Gelbart

Saul M. Gelbart

Partner

• Founding partner of Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz, & Benavente
• Named 2017 “Orange County Family Law Attorney of the Year” by Best Lawyers.
• Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Jason M. Schwartz

Jason M. Schwartz

Partner

• Certified family law specialist since 2007
• Executive Board Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Orange County section) since 2012
• Membership and Benefits Director of the ACFLS State Board

Robert A. Benavente

Robert A. Benavente

Partner

• Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
• Certified Family Law Specialist since 2007
• Named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, and Orange Coast magazine since 2014

Joan E. Loos

Joan E. Loos

Partner

• Certified Family Law Specialist
• President-Elect of the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association
• Houston Family Law Trial Institute graduate

Jason J. Coleman

Jason J. Coleman

Partner

• Certified Family Law Specialist
• Additional law degree in Taxation (LL.M.) from Chapman University School of Law
• Houston Family Law Trial Institute graduate

Michael A. Fisher

Michael A. Fisher

Mediator

• One of the top matrimonial attorneys in Orange County
• American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow since 2005
• Certified Family Law Specialist since 1994

Matthew P. Heim

Matthew P. Heim

Associate Attorney/Mediator

• Family Law practitioner since 2011
• Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University, Fullerton, California
• Volunteer at Laura's House, a domestic violence-related assistance organization

Douglas A. Hatherley

Douglas A. Hatherley

Associate Attorney

• Focused on family law litigation issues
• Named one of the Top 40 Family Law Lawyers Under 40 in California by the American Society of Legal Advocates
• Named to the Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list three years in a row

Tullo Mumtaz

Tullo Mumtaz

Associate Attorney

• Family Law practitioner since 2011
• Represented domestic violence survivors for the Family Protection Clinic
• Member of the Family Law section and the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Orange County Bar Association

Sana F. Mashedy

Sana F. Mashedy

Associate Attorney

• Family law practitioner since 2010
• Worked as a Pro-Bono Attorney for the Domestic Violence Clinic
• Volunteered for the Public Law Center

Shelley Rich Manning

Shelley Rich Manning

Of Counsel

• Family law practitioner since 2005
• Served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Voices for Children
• Volunteered legal services for Make-A-Wish Foundation