Meet the Attorneys of Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP
Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP have made family law our family business. Read on to learn more about our experience and qualifications and discover why Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP is an excellent choice of law firm for your family law case. You can also verify our excellent standing with the California Bar Association by clicking here.
Our firm started in 1994 with my brother Thomas Kendall as a sole practitioner, and myself as the paralegal. The practice grew to include two offices plus several attorneys and paralegals. As a family law paralegal, I spent ten years handling dissolution of marriage, paternity disputes, custody battles, support litigation with Department of Child Support Services, and appeals arising out of these matters. While in law school, I interned and made court appearances for the Department of Child Support Services.
In 2004, I became licensed as an attorney on my first sitting for the bar. In 2008, the office was changed to a partnership with Thomas. From 1994 until 2006, our firm primarily focused on fathers’ rights. Since 2006, due to positive changes in legislation and judicial attitudes, our firm has shifted to focusing on parental rights and custody and support issues.
I have been involved in activities like Minor’s Counsel Court Appointments, Los Angeles County Mediation Panel Attorney, and Pro Bono work for County Legal Aid. I’m also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, and the East/West Family Law Bar.
Brian D. Mitchell, Esq.
Brian Mitchell attended California State University Fullerton, graduating in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Brian Mitchell also attended Whittier Law School, in Costa Mesa, California, graduating in May 2004.
Admission to the California State Bar
Brian Mitchell was admitted to the California State Baron June 1, 2006, and has continuously maintained his active status as Active Member in Good Standing. Brian Mitchell is licensed to practice law in the State of California and in federal court.
Since 2006, Brian Mitchell has practiced exclusively in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles, and regularly appears in the courthouses in the Cities of Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Victorville.
Brian Mitchell was previously employed as a Senior Law Clerk with the Orange County Department of Child Support Services, where he worked extensively on cases dealing with child support related issues, such as establishment and disestablishment of paternity, requests for genetic testing, establishment and modification of child support, and enforcement of support orders.
Thomas Kendall Founding Partner
After earning a B.A. in government from Pomona College in 1988, I immediately enrolled in law school and obtained a J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1991. During my stay at Santa Clara, I was the Editor in chief of The Advocate, Santa Clara Law, and graduated in the top quarter of my law school class.
While in law school I was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. I eventually reached the rank of Captain before my honorable discharge in January 1999.
I was fortunate to pass the bar examination in the first sitting, and was duly admitted to the California State Bar Association in May of 1992 at age 24. In October of 1998, at age 30 I received my Certification in Family Law from the State Bar Association of California Board of Legal Specialization. I suspect that I was at the time the youngest certified specialist in the history of the program. This certification requires passing an extremely difficult examination and satisfying practice requirements.
I opened my practice September 1994. During my practice we have closed thousands of cases. I have had everything from multi-million dollar stock option cases to child support defense cases. The primary focus of my practice was originally representing men who want to see or have custody of their children. More recently, the majority of my cases appear to be equally from both sides of the marital aisle.
Aside from the state bar association, I am or have been a member of the American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Riverside County Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the East West Bar Association, the Republican Party, MENSA, Gideons International, and several other organizations. I am an evangelical Christian and my faith is important to me, but my services are available to anyone and I make every effort to not discriminate in my representation of clients or in my judgment of their decisions.