Nathan W. Gabbard Esq.

Nathan W. Gabbard Esq.

Los Angeles, California
In 2016, Nathan W. Gabbard became certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Gabbard graduated from Southwestern Law School in May 2009 and was licensed as an attorney in December 2009. He is also a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Santa Monica Bar Association. Mr. Gabbard serves on the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), which is a non-profit organization providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. He participates in the Regional Legislative Committee, where he reviews and comments on proposed changes in legislation. Mr. Gabbard serves on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association - Family Law section and has been a member of the Executive Committee on the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, where he served as the Secretary of the Board of Governors and the Chair of the Membership Committee.

He also enjoys researching and writing. Multiple of his articles are published in the Family Law News by The State Bar of California, including topics such as issues affecting transgendered youth, presumed parent status, and standing in state court to enforce a contract claim for spousal support arising from an immigration related federal form. Additionally, he actively authors and publishes a blog about family law news and updates.

Mr. Gabbard has been designated as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star" in 2017 and 2018, which is a designation awarded to only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state. Nathan W. Gabbard has also been designated as Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) and 10 Best Attorneys (California) for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

Before going to law school, he worked in the entertainment industry at a talent agency as a commercial talent agent and secured employment for talent (actors, comedians, models) in national network television commercials.

In the past, he has volunteered as a presenter of Safer Community workshops, providing information and opening a dialogue with college students about domestic violence, and has presented at the Inn of St. Ives at Southwestern Law School regarding gun violence restraining orders.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce and Legal Separation Proceedings
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Establishment of Parental Relationships
  • Prosecuting Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Defending Wrongful Accusations of Abuse
  • Father's Rights
  • Trial and Litigation
  • Interstate Jurisdictional Issues
  • Same-sex Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified as a family law specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2009


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

Published Works

  • Contracts and Standing and Support, Oh my! (Marriage of Kumar), Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section), Issue 4, Volume 39, No. 4, 2017
  • Understanding Issues Affecting Transgendered Youth, Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section), Issue 1, 2017, Volume 39, No. 1, 2017
  • Holding Out As My Own, Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section), Issue 2, 2016, Volume 38, No. 2, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association ("LACBA") , Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association ("BHBA"), Member
  • LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles , Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Safer Community Workshops, Presenter
  • Leadership Council, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ)