Rowena Gargalicana is a litigator specializing in real estate and family law matters. Rowena has represented individuals in lawsuits in both state and federal courts, as well as in investigations by government agencies. She has the unique experience of representing plaintiffs and defendants which allows her to appreciate a 360º view of a particular conflict. This experience led Rowena to develop a family law mediation practice to assist parties with resolving custody, visitation, support and property division issues economically.
As a real estate attorney, Rowena represents individuals and businesses in matters involving breach of contract (sellers and buyers), breach of fiduciary duty (broker negligence, co-owner disputes), easements, nuisance, landlord/tenant issues such as rent increases and evictions, neighbor disputes, partition actions and secured interests (forclosures, deeds of trust).
As a family law attorney, Rowena litigates and mediates dissolution actions which includes custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and division of property. She represents non-married individuals dissolving their relationships and dividing their property. She also prepares pre-/post-marital agreements.
Before forming G/G, LLP, Rowena represented plaintiffs in civil rights actions, including disability access discrimination and employment discrimination in individual and class action lawsuits against governmental and private entities and public corporations. She was part of the legal teams that litigated against corporation and state entities, such as Macy’s, Target, the State of California of San Francisco, FedEx and UPS, on behalf of customers, employees and the general public to enforce their civil rights for equal access or against discrimination of employees with disabilities.
Rowena has been volunteering in her community since the age of 16. Her volunteer activities span working in the pediatric ward at the San Joaquin Valley Hospital, fundraising on behalf of Leukemia research, mentoring young lawyers, providing advice at legal clinics, and serving on the boards of local and national community and legal organizations.
If not law, then triathlons. Rowena is an endurance athlete having transitioned from marathons to triathlons.
Past Board President, Alameda County Bar Association
Member, Alameda County Bar Association
Past Member, San Francisco Leadership Council of GLAAD
Past Board Member, National LGBT Bar Association
Past Board Member, Pacific Center
Past Arbitrator, Alameda County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program
Honors & Awards
“Super Lawyer,” San Francisco Magazine
Recipient, William Brockett Fellowship, 1998-2000
State Bar of California
Northern, Central and Eastern Federal District Courts of California
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles