Gregory C. Abel

Experienced Divorce Attorney California Located In Walnut Creek
California Board of Legal Specialization
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Super Lawyers Gregory Abel 10 years
Collaborative Practice
Gregory C. Abel is a skilled legal professional with substantial experience in complex California family law litigation, preparation of premarital agreements and marital agreements. Greg strives to empower his clients with confidence, strength, and knowledge before making critical decisions about the future. He recognizes a party to a family law proceeding is often threatened by strong emotions and the many complex issues pending. Perspective can be difficult to maintain. Greg works hard to inform the client of his or her rights and obligations. He is analytical and creative. Greg desires to effectively guide his clients through the myriad of issues present in a family law proceeding with the goal of restoring the client to a position from which he or she can move forward informed and with a positive attitude toward the future.

Greg is also a certified mediator. He has mediated resolutions to many family law proceedings during the past five (5) years. As a skilled mediator, Greg attempts to empower the mediation participant with an opportunity to identify and resolve issues in a reasonable manner and respectful forum.

Greg is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys.

Greg has an AV rating from the well-regarded Martindale-Hubbell.

He has been selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers® each year since 2005.

Greg also consults with financial planners, lenders, attorneys in other practice areas, and other professionals concerning the negotiation and drafting of agreements between spouses during marriage.

He has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Contra Costa County Superior Court. He is past President of the Family Law Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and past President of Kids Turn (a non-profit organization that delivers “kid-centric” programs throughout North America, helping families through parental separation). Greg has published several articles in the legal professionals’ magazine Contra Costa Lawyer. He also regularly presents on topics including marital agreements, parental relocation, protecting the record in family law writs and appeals, and the Year in Review in Family Law.


University of California, B.S. (1987)
University of Oregon, J.D. (1991)


1992, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
1993, District of Columbia (inactive)


Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
The Lincoln Institute (formerly the Conflict Resolution, Research, and Resource Institute “CRI”), Mediation Training


Association of California Family Law Specialists
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)
Contra Costa County Bar Association (Family Law Section Board of Directors, 2017; President, Family Law Section, 2004)
Alameda County Bar Association
California State Bar
American Bar Association
American Inns of Court
Contra Costa Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, 2005
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Articles, Publications and Speaking Engagements

Presenter: “Issues Affecting the Character of Commercial and Investment Property” Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) Annual Spring Seminar, March 2017

Presenter and Moderator: “Perspectives on the Often-Asked Question: My Spouse and I Want to Make an Agreement – Do We Need Separate Counsel?” Contra Costa Bar Association MCLE Spectacular in Walnut Creek, California, November 2016

Presenter: “Tax Issues in Divorce”  CalCPA East Bay Chapter Mini Conference, January 2016

Presenter: “Year In Review” – Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB)

Contact Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP to discover more about how our expert California divorce attorneys can help you in all matters of divorce and family law.

Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP, provides residents of California with knowledge and expertise on all matters of California family law, including divorce and mediation. With an office located in Walnut Creek, CA, the firm represents clients from the San Francisco Bay Area, Contra Costa County, Solano County, Alameda County, including the cities of Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Piedmont, Berkeley, and Oakland, the communities of Kensington, Montclair and Rockridge, and the region of Lamorinda.

10 Attorneys Selected to the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP, is proud to announce that William F. Whiting, Andrew Ross, R. Ann Fallon, Gregory Abel, Kimberly Campbell, and Laura R. Ramsey, each were selected to the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list.  No more than 5% of lawyers in the state are selected for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  In addition, Scott Lantry, Alexcis Wichtowski, Robin M. Birnbaum, and Christopher T. Erickson, each were selected to the 2018 Rising Stars list.  No more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers.  Congratulations to our distinguished recipients.