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Nathan W. Gabbard, Esq.

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Nathan W. Gabbard is certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and has been a litigation and trial attorney for over a decade. He also handles family law appeals. Mr. Gabbard graduated from Southwestern Law School in May 2009 and was licensed as an attorney in December 2009.

He is the Editor of The Specialist, the journal published by the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists in California. He was the Executive Editor of the Family Law News periodical by the California Lawyers Association Family Law Section. Several articles authored by him are published in the Family Law News, on topics including issues affecting transgender youth, presumed parent status, standing in state court to enforce a contract claim for spousal support arising from an immigration-related federal form, and the importance of avoiding sloppy drafting in stipulated judgments and settlement agreements regarding income above base salary that may be reached for additional support purposes. He has also taught continuing legal education on the topic of the art of legal writing and the importance of saying what you mean.

Mr. Gabbard is the Secretary and a voting member of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) of the California Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS). He is also a member of LACBA, BHBA, SMBA and serves on the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ). He participates in the Regional Legislative Committee of the Family Law Executive Committee. He has served 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 Secretary, Membership Chair, and voting member of the Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Amicus Committee of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, where he discusses family law appeals and publication status of caselaw opinions from appellate courts.

Mr. Gabbard has been designated as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star" in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, 2021, and 2022 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.


  • 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
  • Appeals


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


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


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California


  • 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
  • Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say, Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section), Issue 2, Volume 40, No. 2, 2018


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association ("LACBA"), Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association ("BHBA"), Member
  • LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists ("ACFLS"), Voting Board Member
  • Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) of the California Lawyers Association, Voting Member, September 15, 2018 - Present
  • ACFLS Family Law Specialist publication by the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Associate Journal Editor
  • Family Law News publication by the California Lawyers Association, Executive Editor


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

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