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John E. Manoogian


John E. Manoogian is an attorney with 45 years of experience, representing clients in all aspects of California Family Law. Mr. Manoogian has been recognized by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Family Law since 1981, and brings the level of expertise to his practice that this recognition entails.


Mr. Manoogian is well versed in high net worth marital dissolution actions, property characterization and division, issues of child custody, child support, and spousal support, as well as preparation, interpretation and enforcement of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements. Mr. Manoogian’s decades of experience in complex Family Law litigation affords him a unique perspective in providing expert legal services in every facet of this field.


In addition to Family Law litigation, Mr. Manoogian offers Private and confidential mediation and Arbitration services. Mr. Manoogian has provided services as a Judge Pro Tem in the Family Law Departments of the Contra Costa County and Alameda County Superior Courts for over 30 years, and has been accepted as an expert witness in the area of Family Law commencing in the early 1980s. Further, Mr. Manoogian has engaged in extensive, multi-day Family Law Arbitration Training, receiving Certification from the American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers.



Stanford University, B.A. in Economics, 1971

Santa Clara University Law School, J.D., 1974

Admitted to practice in all California Courts, 1974

Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, Certified Family Law Specialist, 1981

Certified Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015


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John Adams


John L. Adams brings practical, real life experience to family law.  John begin his work at the Law Offices of John E. Manoogian in December 2013, where he has gained extensive experience in litigation spousal support, child support and various nuanced legal aspects regarding property division and characterization, as well as assisting clients in achieving settlement of complex cases.  John's main area of legal interest are appellate advocacy, long term spousal support litigation, and mediation and settlement of all aspects of Family Law cases.  John is equally equipped to zealously advocate for the best possible client outcomes where settlement is not forthcoming.  

San Francisco Law School, J.D.,2010, 

Admitted to State Bar of California, January 2011

Law office of John L. Adams, Attorney 2011-2013

Law offices of John E. Manoogian, Associate Attorney, 2013-2018

Bar Number:  275167

State Bar of California

Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section

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