Eleanor A. Stegmeier

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Eleanor Stegmeier is a founding partner of Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz, & Benavente, LLP and is considered one of Orange County’s most accomplished family law attorneys. She has been licensed to practice law since 1978 and has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1983.

Ms. Stegmeier is certified in mediation by the Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute, which is one of the top mediation training programs in the United States. She has completed two programs with the Strauss Institute. One was a program which focused primarily on Family Law custody issues, and the other was a six-day training program for Dispute Resolution, “Mediating the Litigated Case.”


  • J.D., cum laude

    Western University College of Law

  • B.A. in English

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Awards & Accolades

  • Western State University School of Law, Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Best Lawyers,  “Orange County Family Law Attorney of the Year”, 2010
  • LA Times Magazine Super Lawyer, 2004-Present
  • OCBA Family Law Section, Charles Garrity Award, 1999
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Trial Attorney of the Year,1998
  • U.S. News “Best Lawyer”, 1995-Present
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated℠ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • ACFLS Orange County Excellence in Family Law Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1989-Present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1997-Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • American College of Trial Lawyers

Counties Served

Orange & San Diego Counties
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  • Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP

    Irvine, CA