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About Our Firm

In the legal profession since 1981, Julia Garwood became a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) in 1995. This prestigious designation means that she has met the rigorous standards set by the California State Bar for education, experience, and knowledge in the field of family law. Ms. Garwood has been a member of the San Diego County Bar Association for over 30 years and served on the organization’s Executive Committee for Family Law Specialists since 2000.

The CFLS Executive Committee of the SDCBA is very active in the San Diego family law community. Among other activities, the CFLS Executive Committee hosts seminars throughout the year to educate attorneys and other professionals in the field about new Court rules and policy changes that affect the family law community and litigants.



The realization that your marriage is over can be overwhelming. First, take a deep breath and try to relax. Then, contact our experienced team to choose a family law and divorce attorney in San Diego; we create outcomes that will allow you to move on both financially and emotionally. Unanimously, when we have asked people after meeting for their initial visit have said they feel better.

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Divorce is Never Easy and it Pays to Hire a Skilled, Yet Caring Lawyer You Can Trust.

Our team can help you get started and move on to the next stage of your life.

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Julia Garwood


Julia Garwood is a family law attorney and mediator. Her Certified Family Law Specialist designation indicates that she has met the rigorous standards set by the California State Bar. She is also a former adjunct professor at a local law school, where she taught professional responsibility to future lawyers. She has worked in the field of family law for more than 30 years. As an acting settlement judge and mediator, Ms. Garwood sees each case from many different perspectives, including a judge’s perspective.

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Casey A. Reeves


Casey A. Reeves comes to Garwood Reeves with vast experience in litigation, discovery and evidence. Having graduated near the top of his classes in these areas, Mr. Reeves went on to work in high stakes cases dealing in complex business and valuation issues. Mr. Reeves prides himself on his commitment to an open line of communication with his clients and recognizes the need to keep clients fully informed of all aspects of their case. When requested, Mr. Reeves takes an information gathering approach to the area of family law and uses the discovery process to fully vet all issues in a case.

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Frank J. Terrazas


Frank Terrazas brings fourteen years of combined family law experience to Garwood Attorneys. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Diego, Frank obtained a Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies, and quickly found himself in family law. Frank spent ten years under the tutelage of two preeminent family law attorneys in San Diego county (now retired). After gaining ten years of invaluable experience as a distinguished paralegal in family law, Frank took the natural next step, and attended law school.

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Emma Magidson Slattery


Emma Magidson Slattery brings over twelve years of family law experience to Garwood Reeves. Emma has successfully litigated countless cases in all aspects of family law, including custody and visitation, move-away orders, child and spousal support, high income wage earners, jurisdictional issues, income imputation, the division of community property, division of stock-options, and reimbursement claims (among others).

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Lia Lorick


Garwood Reeves is proud to welcome Attorney Lia Lorick to our family law team. Lia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Psychology, from San Diego State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Knowing she wanted to practice Family Law, Lia went on to receive her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, with a concentration in Child, Family, and Elder Law, and graduated Cum Laude. During law school, along with maintaining her grades, and playing Semi-Professional basketball, Lia completed various family law internships at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office, YWCA of San Diego, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.

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Annie Ruttenber, CFLS


Garwood Reeves is proud to welcome Attorney Erin “Annie” Ruttenber to our family law team. Annie received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado. Annie’s passion for family law and helping clients in need began while working for a child welfare agency in Hawaii. Annie quickly became a trained mediator and volunteered at Meditation Services of Maui, where she assisted parties in resolving their legal issues without litigation. Knowing she wanted to practice family law.

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Taylor Johnson


Garwood Reeves is proud to welcome Taylor Johnson to our team of family law attorneys. Taylor first joined Garwood Reeves as an extern during her final semester at California Western School of Law, where Taylor was on Law Review and Moot Court Honors Board. Taylor quickly wowed us with her impressive legal writing and argument, her empathy and compassion, and her strong work ethic.

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Lauren Leach FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY Lauren has been a wonderful addition to the Garwood Reeves family since the summer of 2002, when she started as a post-bar clerk. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her Husband and two dogs and cooking. View Profile lauren leach, family law attorney

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Client Testimonials

What Our Clients Are Saying

Kari D.

I cannot thank Emma enough, as a friend and my attorney, for everything she has helped me with during my initial divorce proceedings and mediation, as well as any custody issues that continue to arise in the years that have followed. Emma’s compassion and knowledge has continued to be my saving grace when times are stressful. She knows the law, and leads with integrity and truly has your best interest in mind at all times. Whenever I have questions she gets back to me promptly with answers and a course of action if needed. Emma is one of a kind and I’m so thankful to have her on my side!

Kari Dunn

Bridget P.

I have known Casey for years and we have worked on several cases together. I have also had the pleasure of seeing him in court. He represents his client to the fullest and is well respected within the family law community.  He works hard for his clients to ensure they get the best result possible.  Divorce is not easy but with Casey, you know you are being taken care of.   I would highly recommend Casey if you find yourself or a friend in a divorce situation.

Bridget Potterton

Mary S.

This firm is professional and highly competent.  My daughter and I engaged this firm to help in a paternity case.  Julia got my daughter full legal and physical custody and the visitation schedule my daughter requested.  She guided my daughter through the entire mediation/court process.

Mary S.

Kelly V.

I have personally met the entire staff of Garwood Family Law and found them to be highly competent as well as friendly. I personally used them for some legal advice and was impressed by their timely response. I  would recommend Garwood Family Law to anyone!

Kelly V.