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Mike Gazin

Mike Gazin

Phillips, Whisnant, Gazin, Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP

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Mike's work combines: Law, Writing, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


I represent clients as their attorney in family law related matters.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    San Jose State University

  • Doctorate

    Political Science and Government, General

    San Jose State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Lawyers:

Bachelor's Degree: English Language and Literature, General

Graduate Degree: Business/Commerce, General

Doctorate: Law

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Wanted a profession where I could help people in crisis.

  • 2.

    Thought that might be a psychologist.

  • 3.

    Did not enjoy science classes so switched to political science.

  • 4.

    Took the Law School Admission Test as a senior in college.

  • 5.

    Applied and was accepted at law school- University of Santa Clara School of Law.

  • 6.

    Got hired as a junior associate in a small law firm where I was exposed to different areas of the law.

  • 7.

    Discovered that I enjoyed working on Family Law cases the most.

  • 8.

    Formed a partnership of Family Law attorneys. We now have 5 partners and 10 associates in the firm.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You should be a doctor just like your father, or maybe a dentist.

  • How I responded:

    I knew that I did not like or do well in the sciences, so it was fairly easy to ignore the "noise". My parents were understanding of my strengths/weaknesses, so the "noise" was easy to overcome. I was always goal oriented, and wanted to be in a profession where I could perform a valuable service to those in need of my help.