Cathy Bechtel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Los Gatos, CA

Bechtel Zambrano Baluyot Family Law Group LLP
 | 15965 Los Gatos Blvd., Suite 200
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-541-1400
Fax: 408-541-1400
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Certified as a specialist in family law by the Board of Legal Specialization of The State Bar of California, Cathy Bechtel focuses her practice exclusively on those types of matters. Based in Los Gatos, she provides dedicated representation to clients throughout the greater San Jose metropolitan region and other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Admitted to practice in California, Ms. Bechtel is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    A large portion of Ms. Bechtel's practice involves assisting clients whose marriages are coming to an end and who are thus having to deal with property division, child custody and visitation, and spousal and child support. Many of these cases involve high profile and high net worth couples, and she has extensive experience in the valuation of complex assets such as stock options and business ownership interests. In the custody and visitation area, her focus is always centered on the best interests of the child, and she will strive to come up with a parenting agreement or court order that reflects that.

    In addition to her divorce practice, Ms. Bechtel has prepared and reviewed prenuptial agreements, and she helps clients who have already had their marriages dissolved seek the enforcement or modifications to existing support and parenting orders. Her successful track record in handling what are often emotional cases have earned her the respect of her colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    Ms. Bechtel is a 1993 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of California, Irvine. Her legal education was obtained at Santa Clara University School of Law, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1999. Her professional memberships include the Association of Family And Conciliation Courts California chapter.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009

    Certificates and Credentials

    California Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Cathy Bechtel

    Admitted: 1999, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015-present (2018)
    • Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2009
    • YWCA of Silicon Valley Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, 2012
    • Leader of award-winning team “The Best in Family Law,” The Recorder, 2009 – 2015
    • Honored by the YWCA of Silicon Valley, Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, 2012
    • Top 50 Female Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers, 2018

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Santa Clara County Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • State Bar of California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northern California. , 2019
    • Volunteer with daughter for National Charity League donating time to organizations such as Girls on the Run, Salvation Army, Rebuilding Together, Animal Assisted Happiness, and more., 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • How to Talk to Children about Divorce, M Magazine, 2010
    • McManis Faulker Blog
    • Catherine Bechtel is the managing partner of McManis Faulkner's family law group assisting clients in all aspects of marital dissolution.  A certified family law specialist, she has expertise advising ultra-high net worth individuals.  She explores some of the surprising lessons that hish-asset divorces offer.  , High-Asset Divorces Offer Some Surprising Lessons, Daily Journal , 2014

    Representative Clients:

    • Successfully tried child custody move-away case , 2017
    • Negotiated settlement of complex business interests, support and division of assets in high asset dissolution.  , 2019
    • Negotiated equal timeshare and spousal support for client who successfully navigated path to sobriety and overcame allegations of domestic violence, 2018
    • Successfully tried child custody case resulting in client awarded custody after custodial parent impeached with evidence of substance abuse, 2016
    • Successfully defended a prominent business owner against a breach of fiduciary duty claim alleging the company's public offering after a settlement violated the rules of disclosure.
    • Successfully tried a breach of fiduciary duty case where the client had been defrauded of significant stock options by the former spouse.
    • Negotiated settlement of a move-away child custody case that resulted in client moving with the child to the Los Angeles area from the Bay Area.
    • Obtained emergency custody and visitation orders that awarded custody of children to a client against a drug- and alcohol- addicted parent, which led to the successful treatment of the addicted parent.
    • Located a separate, undisclosed property claim that was more than a decade old and valued at approximately $77,000 on behalf of a stay-at-home mother.
    • Negotiated dissolution of a marriage with multi-million dollar assets, including valuation and division of the real property and a complex settlement agreement for buyout of spousal support and valuation and division of a business.
    • Represented and advised a client with drug and alcohol dependency, developing a customized package of services that guided the client through an emergency screening and custody assessment, resulting in joint custody and an equal timeshare schedule.
    • Obtained a post-judgment modification of child support at trial that increased child support from $4,000 per month to over $10,000 per month.

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1993

    Industry Groups

    • Certified Family Law Specialist
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    Office Location for Cathy Bechtel

    15965 Los Gatos Blvd.
    Suite 200
    Los Gatos, CA 95032

    Phone: 408-541-1400

    Fax: 408-541-1400

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