Marc H. Garelick


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“What I really I appreciate about my work is that I am helping people manage and navigate one of the most difficult times in their lives.”

Orange County family law attorney Marc H. Garelick has extensive experience in high-conflict custodychild and spousal supportpaternity and guardianship proceedings in contentious and sophisticated family law matters. He manages the Orange County lawfirm office in Irvine.

Marc’s clients include high-asset and high-income individuals in complex, contested family law cases. He strives to be the best family law attorney Orange County has to offer, that’s why he helps resolve issues involving custody, child visitation, support and domestic abuse. Marc is particularly skilled with valuations of businesses and division and characterization of community and separate property assets.

Active in the California State Bar Association and it’s Family Law Section, Marc is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association and Orange County Jewish Bar Association. He has several philanthropic and civic interests, which include serving on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS) and the Jewish National Fund in Orange County. Marc earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law school, where he started a Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help low-income individuals with tax preparation. Marc was recognized by the JFFS with its Blossom Siegel Young Leadership Award and for several recent years as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Marc was recently interviewed for an upcoming documentary “Erasing Families” and also spoke at an “OCBA Webinar on Proper Utilization of DissoMaster”. He was selected for inclusion in the 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyers.

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Super Lawyers SoCal Top 50 Women List
Los Angeles Business Journal 50 Largest Law Firms In L.A.
AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer 25 Years Running
Southwestern Law Firm Outstanding Law Firm
Certified Family Law Specialist

Marc H. Garelick

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Marital Property
  • Paternity

Bar Admission

  • California, 2008


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 2008
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • B.A. - 2002

Professional Associations &

  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • OCJBA, Member
  • Anti-Defamation League – Glass Leadership Institute, Member


  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyers: 2024
  • Selected to Super Lawyers 2024
  • Orange County Visionary, Selected by LA Times B2B Publishing, 2023
  • Southern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2014–19
  • JFFS, Blossom Siegel Young Leadership Award, 2017
  • Southwestern Law School, Dorothy Balisok Elder Advocacy Scholarship
  • American Bar Association, Silver Key
  • IRS VITA Grant Program, Membership Start-up Awards

Published Works

  • Mastering High-Stakes Divorce Cases With Marc H. Garelick (watch:, 15 Minutes: Share Your Voice, April, 2024
  • “Beware of the Pitfalls of Estate Planning During A Divorce,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2013
  • What is a Gavron Warning & Who Is At Risk For Receiving One From the Court During a Divorce (celebrity divorce) -, “The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz”, 102, 2023