Philip G. Seastrom Shareholder
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  • Military Service & Education:

    • Marine Corp. – Vietnam Veteran – Two Vietnam combat tours of duty. Awarded combat promotion to Sergeant in recognition of leadership during fire fight.
    • Western State University, College of Law – 1976

    Certifications & Memberships:

    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow and current Chair of the Southern California Section (2018-2019)
    • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow
    • Certified Family Law Specialist, Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization – 1983
    • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, past Executive Committee member

    Awards & Recognition:

    • U.S. News & World Report Orange County Family Law Lawyer of the Year – 2018 and 2011
    • Charles Garrity Award 2005 – Awarded by his peers in the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association to the “quintessential Family Law Lawyer” who exhibits the highest level of excellence and professionalism. Only five lawyers have received this award, since its inception in 1995.
    • Rated AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest possible rating
    • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Super Lawyer” – 2004-present
    • Super Lawyers Top 50 lawyers in Orange County – 2008

    Lectures and Presentations:

    Mr. Seastrom has lectured to the International Bar Association in Berlin, Germany, on the valuation and division of assets in a multi-million dollar international dissolution of marriage action.

    He has also lectured to the Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Section of the Orange County Bar Association on drafting and litigating pre-marital agreements.

    California State Bar Continuing Education Program lecture topics include:

    • The valuation and division of community property in marital dissolution proceedings
    • The valuation and division of stock options
    • The valuation and division of business interests including the tax consequences to be considered
    • The appointment of business interest between separate property and community property
    • The valuation of professional practices
    • The determination of controllable cash flow for businesses and professional practices
    • Commingling and tracing issues
    • Child support and spousal support issues
    • Dividing property in dissolution of marriage

    Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association lecture topics include:

    • The valuation of business interests in Family Law proceedings
    • The division of assets in Family Law proceedings
    • Evidentiary issues in the litigation of Family Law matters
    • Direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses in the litigation of business valuations and controllable cash flow
    • The use of forensic accountants in dissolution of marriage actions
    • Issues relating to goodwill in the division of the community estate
    • Issues and solutions before, during, and after trial
    • Family Law Depositions

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers lecture topics include:

    • Law and motion practice in Family Law matters
    • Complex child custody issues
    • Advanced evidentiary issues in Family Law

    Publications:

    Orange County Lawyer Magazine articles include:

    • “Child Support Orders for High Income Earners”
    • “Obtaining Reimbursement for That Separate Interest”
    • “Drafting and Litigating Premarital Agreements under the New Law”

     Bar Admissions:

    • California State Bar, 1976
    • United States Federal District Court, 1977
    • United States Supreme Court, 1980

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