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  • Mr. Seastrom graduated from Western State University College of Law in June 1976 and was admitted to practice before the California State Bar in December 1976. He was admitted to practice before the United States Federal District Court in 1977 and the United States Supreme Court in 1980.

    Mr. Seastrom has devoted his practice to matrimonial law. He has extensive experience negotiating and litigating complex family law issues, including high income cases and high net worth individuals. He is recognized as one of the leading family law attorneys in California. Mr. Seastrom is the founding partner of Seastrom Tuttle & Murphy, a firm that practices exclusively family law.

    Mr. Seastrom became a California Certified Family Law Specialist in 1983. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is the past president of the Southern California chapter. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

    He is a Diplomat of the American College of Family Law Trial Lawyers. The college is limited to the 100 top family law trial lawyers in the United States who are recognized for their litigation skills and courtroom abilities. Fellowship is extended by invitation only.

    Mr. Seastrom served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a combat Marine having served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

    Awards & Recognition:

    Mr. Seastrom received the US News and World Report, Orange County Family Lawyer of the Year Award in both 2011 and 2018.

    In 2005, he was awarded the Charles Garrity Award, given 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, an award that has been received by only eight lawyers since its inception in 1995.

    He is rated AV Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest possible rating.

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

    He has lectured to the California State Bar Continuing Education Program. Lecture topics have included:

    • 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

    He has lectured to the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Lecture topics have included:

    • 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
    • The taking of Depositions in Family Law matters
    • Family Law Attorneys’ Civility, the Davenport case

    He has lectured to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Lecture topics have included:

    • Law and motion practice in Family Law matters
    • Complex child custody issues
    • Advanced evidentiary issues in Family Law
    • Litigators’ use of mediation

    He has lectured to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Lecture topics have included:

    • Law and motion practice in Family Law matters
    • Complex child custody issues
    • Advanced evidentiary issues in Family Law
    • Litigators’ use of mediation

    He has lectured to the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), Orange County Chapter. He was a panelist for the presentation of:

    • “Tender the Expert: Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert”
    • “Approaching and Presenting Complex Business Valuation Issues” at the 2016 Speakers Series, “Complex Family Law Trial Issues”

    Publications:

    Mr. Seastrom has written articles that have been published in the Orange County Lawyers Magazine. His articles have included:

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