Mr. Gelbart is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served as the President of the Southern California Chapter in 2008-2009. He is presently the Southern California representative on the National Board of Governors for the AAML. Mr. Gelbart has served the AAML in a variety of other positions, most notably as a Dean of the 2007 Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, as a Dean of the 2019 Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, as Vice-President of Membership from 2005-2007, and as legal counsel from 2009-2011. He has served on the AAML Board of Directors for over seven years.
A personal highlight for Mr. Gelbart was being honored to introduce The Honorable Ronald George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, at the AAML’s award ceremony for Justice George.
Mr. Gelbart is a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.
Mr. Gelbart was awarded the “Family Law Person of the Year” in 2017 by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Best Lawyers named Mr. Gelbart the 2017 “Orange County Family Law Attorney of the Year.”
Super Lawyers Magazine has named Mr. Gelbart as one of the Top 50 lawyers (all disciplines) in Orange County and he has been named in the Best Lawyers in America publication every year since 2009.
In October 2019, The American College of Family Trial Lawyers selected Mr. Gelbart to join this select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States.
Mr. Gelbart enjoys sports and travel.