Barry D. Witt

Senior Attorney

Summary: Barry has exclusively practiced family law for 11 years since earning his law degree with honors in 2010. He has successfully handled more than 500 evidentiary hearings and more than 20 trials in complex divorce and family law cases. Barry has a strong reputation for courtroom advocacy and is a talented, tireless negotiator on behalf of his clients, with an emphasis on helping spouses and parents resolve their disputes at the early stages. He handles family law cases throughout the Bay Area, including a number of high-profile cases involving sports and media celebrities.

Barry has extensive experience in a wide range of family law cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, business valuation, stock options, modification and enforcement of orders, and restraining orders. His representative cases include the following:

  • Multi-jurisdictional child custody disputes involving parents located in different states, with coordinated court proceedings among different state judges and law enforcement authorities;
  • Characterization and division of restricted stock units and other forms of equity compensation in the technology sector;
  • Several hundred child support and spousal support cases, including enforcement and modification of orders;
  • Successfully handled dozens of mediations, private judging and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in complex divorce and custody cases;
  • Dozens of cases involving court-ordered child custody evaluations, psychological examinations, and minor’s counsel assignments;
  • More than 100 restraining order cases involving alleged domestic violence and abuse, parental misconduct, and substance abuse;
  • Complex residential and commercial real property disputes in divorce cases, including characterization of premarital assets under joint tenancy or tenancy in common, contributions of marital assets, and reimbursement claims.

Barry decided to primarily focus on family law while working as an extern for a former Alameda County Presiding Judge. He enjoys helping clients resolve their cases efficiently and economically, and he believes that preparation for success in the courtroom helps to achieve favorable settlements at the early stages. He works hard to reduce conflict among families and believes that the larger community benefits from the amicable resolution of family law cases.

In law school, Barry was an extern for former Presiding Judge Alice Vilardi, was on the Dean’s List and was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Advanced Legal Writing. After graduating from law school with honors, he worked as an attorney in the Family Law Department of the San Mateo Superior Court. Barry has also served as Legislative Liaison for the Family Law Section of the State Bar, assisting with professional commentary on proposed new laws and amendments.

Bar Membership: State Bar of California

Professional Activities: Member, Alameda and Contra Costa County Bar Associations; California State Bar Family Law Section; Alameda County Family Lawyers Association.

Education: Santa Clara School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2010; University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. Philosophy, 2001 (with an emphasis on ethics and public policy). 

Academic Honors: Dean’s List; CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Advanced Legal Writing.

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