| There is nothing more complex
than the intricacies of family law.
And no firm more powerfully
equipped to deal with them.

EDUCATION:
College University of California
at Los Angeles
BA, June 1962
Post-Graduate University of California
at Los Angeles
LLB/JD, June 1965
BAR ADMISSIONS:
January 1966 Admission to California
State Bar
December 1969 Admission to United States
Supreme Court
December 1969 Admission to United States
Court of Military Appeal
July 1980 (inception) California Board of Legal
Specialization
Certified Family Law Specialist
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
March, 1995 - Present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Partner
1985 - March, 1995 SIMKE, CHODOS,
SILBERFELD,
& ANTEAU, INC
Partner
1983 - 1985 LAW OFFICES OF
RONALD W. ANTEAU
1969 - 1982 TROPE AND TROPE
Partner
1967 - 1969 ROSEN & ANTEAU
Partner
MILITARY SERVICE:
United States Naval Reserves
Judge Advocate General, Lt. Commander, Ret.
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Bar Association/Family Law Section
International Bar Association/Family Law Section
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
The State Bar of California/Family Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association/Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association/Family Law Section
American Inn of Court, Southern California Family Law Chapter
ACTIVITIES
Executive Vice President, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 2010-present
Executive Committee, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Inception-present
Counsel to the President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2010-2011
Executive Committee, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006-present
Treasurer, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, US. Chapter, 1999-present
President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter, 1996-97
Past Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Organization, Membership, Marketing and Public Relations Committees
Past Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundations, Board of Directors, 1999-2005
Past Chair, Advertising Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994-1996
Past Vice President-Programs, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter
Past Vice President-Membership, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter
Past Chair, Board of Examiners, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter
Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter, Membership and Public Relations Committees
Member, Disciplinary Proceedings/Peer Review Committee for Family Law Matters, The State Bar of California, 1993 (inception)
Past Editor, State Bar Family Law News, 1994-95
Associate Editor, Litigation Desk, State Bar Family Law News, 1995-2003
Member, Advisory Board, Divorce Magazine
Family Law Mediation Panel, October 1981 (inception)-2005
Pro tem Program, Department 2, Family Law, Superior Court, Los Angeles County Central District, 1980-2004
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee, and Member and Participant in various standing committees, including but not limited to Public Relations and Meditation 1991-1994
Member, Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Executive Committee, and Member and Participant in various standing committees, including but not limited to Symposium Program, Resolutions, Law Revision Commission and Surrogate Parenting, 1983-2004
Past Member, The State Bar of California, Family Law Executive Committee
Expert witness on family law issues, serving both nationally and internationally.
HONORS:
Named One of the Top Ten Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers Directory, 2006 (joint publication of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine)
Included in Southern California Super Lawyers Directory and named in Top 100, 2004-2007 (joint publication of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine)
Named 2003 Family Law Person of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter
Included in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2003-2009 (Martindale-Hubbell)
Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2009
Included in Who's Who in American Law, 2001-2005
Selected as Honored Member of National Directory of Who's Who of Executives and Professionals, 1994-1995
PUBLICATIONS:
Co-Author of chapter entitled, "The Practice of California Family Law Litigation" for Strategies for Family Law in California, "Inside the Minds" Series, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2010
Chapters on Premarital Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements, California Transactions Forms, West Group, November, 1998
"Expert Advice: Minding Your Own Business", California Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 12, December, 1996
"Death and Dissolution", Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Symposium Reference Book, May, 1992; Updated and republished May, 1993; Updated and pending republication, May, 1996
"A New Source of Available Income", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 26th Annual Family Law Symposium, Practice Pointer, May 7, 1994
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Test on subject of "Moore/Marsden Enters the 21st Century" for the State Bar of California, Family Law Section, published May, 1994
"New Wrinkles in our suit-cutting edge", the state Bar of California, section education institute, syllabus, November, 1992
Co-author of chapter entitled, "the practice of California family law litigation" for strategies for family law in California, "inside the minds" series, Thomas Reuters/Aspatore, 2010
Chapters on premarital agreements and cohabitation agreements, California transactions forms, west group, November, 1998
"Expert advice: minding your own business", California lawyer magazine, vol. 16, no. 12, december1996
"New Wrinkles in Our Suit - Cutting Edge", the State Bar of California, Section Education Institute, Syllabus, November, 1992
"New Wrinkles in Our Suit - Interspousal Liability", the State Bar of California, Annual Meeting Syllabus, October, 1992
"Can You Take It With You? - Severance of Joint Tenancy", Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Symposium Reference Book - Practice Pointer, May, 1992
Coordinator and co-author of multi-volume publication entitled Family Law Litigation Guide, Matthew Bender, 1991
"Moore/Marsden/Neal-Increasing Your Separate Property Position", Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law News and Review, March, 1986
Author of article on expert witnesses for Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Symposium, November 23, 1984
Mediation Policy and Procedure in Southern California Counties, Los Angeles County Bar Association, published December 4, 1982
The Five "P's" of Pension Practice, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, published May 22, 1982
Chapter entitled "Enforcement of Judgments", California Family Trial Handbook, Parker & Sons Publications, Inc., publication date - pending
FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATION:
Moderator American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 18th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, "Legal Ethics and Trial Advocacy", presented with Michael Josephson, January 16, 2011.
Presenter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 16th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, "Opening Statements", presented with Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Hon. Thomas Ashworth, Hon. Mark Millard, Julie R. Barnes, Thomas P. Stabile and Jeffrey C. Fritz, January 18, 2009.
Panelist, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, European Chapter Meeting, "A Brief Debate - Collaborative Law: Vegetarian Law for Non-Trial Lawyers", (advocate against collaborative law), presented with James Stewart, April 4, 2008.
Presenter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mid-Winter Meeting "Got Security", March 6, 2008.
Presenter, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce, "Creative Solutions (Hot Tips) to Difficult Divorces", May 13-14, 2004.
Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter, 10th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, "Fiduciary Duties and Complex Tracing Issues", presented with Thomas P. Stabiles and Stephen J. Wagner, January 18, 2003.
Panelist Los Angeles County Bar Association, 34th Annual Family Law Symposium, "Move Away Trial", presented with Hon. John H. Sandoz, Judge, Hon. Robert A. Schneider, Commissioner, Hon. Ann Dobbs, Commissioner, Patrick DeCarolis, Esq., Manley Freid, Esq. and Dr. Allen W. Gottfried, Ph.D., May 11, 2002.
Moderator and Panelist, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter Meeting, "Prenuptial Agreements", presented with Marsha Barbanel Elser, Sylvia Goldschmidt, Miles Preston, and Edward S. Snyder, Charleston, SC, April 5, 2002.
Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, southern California Chapter, 9th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, "Harry Potter and the Billion $$ Company: Do You Have to be a Wizard to Value a Business?", presented with Hon. Stephen M. Lachs, Judge Ret., Robert Schweihs, and Jeffrey H. Kinnich, January 19, 2002.
Panelist/Coordinator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter, 8th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, "Hot Topics and Cutting Edge Family Law Motions", presented with Hon. Kenneth A. Black, Nicholas A. Leto, Stephen A. Kolodny, Fern Topas Salka, Philip G. Seastrom, Eleanor A. Stegmeier, and Janis K. Stocks, January 15, 2001
Speaker, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter Meeting, "The Future Prenuptial Agreement Following California Supreme Court Decisions in Bonds and Pendleton v. Fireman", presented with Norman M. Dolin, Anaheim, California, September 23, 2000.
Panelist, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 32nd Annual Family Law Symposium "Cutting Edge Issues for the New Millennium", Panelist with Hon. Arnold Gold, Judith Forman, Arlene Colman-Schwimmer, Norman Dolin, Robert Kipper, and Judy Bogen, Los Angeles, California, May 13, 2000.
Panelist American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 7th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, "Tips for Writing an Airtight Prenuptial; Attacking or Defending at Trial; Analysis of Bonds and Other Recent Cases", Panelist with James A. Hennenhoefer, Esq., Lawrence Stotter, Esq., Norman M. Dolin, Esq., Gerald Lunn, Esq., Bruce Cooperman, Esq., Coronado, California, January 17, 2000.
Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Institute of Trial Advocacy, "The Unique Asset Case - Identification and Valuation - Evidentiary Issues at Trial", Panelist with Comm. Etta O. Gillivan, Ret., Nicholas A. Leto, Esq., and Suzanne Harris, Esq., Coronado, California, January 15, 2000.
Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 23rd Annual Family Law Symposium, "Child Support Guidelines and Beyond", Panelist with Honorable John Chemeleski, Comm., Alain Rogier, Esq. and Jack Zuckerman, CPA, Beverly Hills, California, November 15, 1997.
Panelist, American Bar Association Family Law Section Spring Meeting, "The Impact of Sexual Abuse Allegations on the Evaluation and the Trial", Los Angeles, California, April 17-19, 1997
Committee Member, Planning Committee, California Certified Public Accountants Education Foundation, 1996 Family Law Conference, Los Angeles, California, December 11, 1996/San Francisco, California, December 12, 1996
Panelist, Los Angeles County Bar Association/University of Southern California, 4th Annual Family Law Institute, "The Ethics of Presenting Evidence in Family Law Cases: What are the Bounds of Advocacy?" Los Angeles, December 7, 1996
Panelist, "Direct and Cross Examination of an Expert Witness", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The American Academy institute of Trial Advocacy Los Angeles, California, January 13-15, 1996
Moderator Center for the Family in Transition, Children of Divorce Symposium, Santa Monica, California, April 1, 1995
Panelist, "Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Psychiatric Evaluation...'-An Insider's View", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter Meeting Panelist with Dr. Susan C. Rempel, PhD., MFCC, Anaheim, California, December 10, 1994
Moderator and Panelist, "Death and Dissolution", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 26th Annual Family Law Symposium, Panelist with Hon. Arnold Gold, Los Angeles, California, May 7, 1994
Speaker, "Bifurcation and Family Code §1100 (formerly CC §5125)", Hot Tips III, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section, April 20, 1994
Panelist, "How to Present a Complex Case Involving Tracing and Van Camp/Pereira", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The American Academy Institute of Trial Advocacy, Panelist with Stephen J. Wagner, La Costa, California, January 15, 1994
Moderator and Panelist, "New Wrinkles in Our Suit" -Domestic Torts, Certified Family Law Specialist Sections of the Northern San Diego County Bar Association, Fall Family Law Seminar, Panelist with Honorable Kenneth Black, Honorable Michael Greer and Eleanor Stegmeier, La Costa, California, September 18, 1993
Speaker, "Expand Your Mind Through Microbiology" - The Impact of Genetic Engineering on Family Law, and Delegate to First World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights, Sydney, Australia, July, 1993
Moderator and Panelist, "How to Prosecute and Defend a Contempt", Association of Certified Family Law Specialist and Century City Bar Association Family Law Section, Panelist with Honorable Irving Feffer and Audrey Winograde, June 8, 1993
Moderator and Panelist, "Hot Tips", The State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Family Law Institute, Panelist with Honorable Melissa R. Toben and Honorable Etta Gillivan, May 14-16, 1993
Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section Dinner Meeting, Domestic Tors, Panelist with Honorable Eli Chernow and Daniel Jaffe, March 17, 1993
Lead speaker, The State Bar of California, Section Education Institute, "New Wrinkles in Our Suit-Cutting Edge", Panelist with Honorable Anthony Joseph, Judge, Honorable Etta Gillivan, Commissioner, and Eleanor Stegmeier, November 14, 1992 (Approved by Board of Legal Specialization)
Lead Speaker, the State Bar of California, 1992 Annual Meeting "New Wrinkles in the Suit" - Interspousal Liability, Panelist with the Honorable Eli Chernow and Eleanor Stegmeier, October 2, 1992 (Approved by Board of Legal Specialization)
Coordinator and panelist, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Symposium, Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, May 1992 (Approved by Board of Legal Specialization)
Representative of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee to the Conference of Family Law Section Chairs, American Bar Association Annual Family Law Spring Meeting, Washington D.C, April, 1992
Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section Dinner Meeting, Real Estate Appraisal Problems, Panelist with Larry Sommer, January 22, 1992
Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southwest Regional Conference, Executive and Celebrity Goodwill, Co-Panelist with Honorable Christian Markey, Ret, and Stephen A. Kolodny, January 19, 1992
Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Symposium, Recent Developments in Family Law, oCTOBER, 1990 (Approved by Board of Legal Specialization)
Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Symposium, New Spouse/Cohabiter Income in Modification of Support Matters, December, 1989 (Approved by Board of legal Specialization)
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EDUCATION:
College Boston University
College of business Administration
Boston, MA
BA, 1962
Post-Graduate Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA, 1965
BAR ADMISSIONS:
January 1966 Admission to California State Bar
January 1966 Admission to Federal Courts
From inception, 1980 California Board of Legal Specialization
Certified family law specialist
March 2004 Admission to United States
Supreme Court
CERTIFICATION:
2005 California Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Family Law Specialist
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
March, 1995 - Present KOLONDY & ANTEAU
Partner
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
Founding Diplomat, American College of Family Trial Lawyers
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter (since 1981)
Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, USA Chapter
Member, American Bar Association, Family Law section (since 1972)
Member, Certified Specialist,
The State Bar of california,
Family Law Section (since 1966)
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section (since 1966)
Member, Beverly Hills Bar association, family law section (since 1975)
Member, International Bar Association (since 1991)
Advisory Committee, Executive Committee, The Harriett Buhai Law Center
Affiliate, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Affiliate, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
ACTIVITIES
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL)
Founding Diplomat
Original Member, Executive Committee
Executive Vice President, 2005 - 2010
CLE Chair, Spring Meeting, 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Member, Executive Committee, 2004
Past Member, Membership Committee
Past Member, Admissions Committee
Past Member, Attorney's Fee Committee
Chair, Continuing Legal Education Program, 1994-1995
Past Member, Board of Governors
National Counsel, 2001-2002, 2002-2003
Member, American Law Institute Committee, 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML, SoCal)
Southern California Chapter
President, 1994-1995
Vice President of Membership, 1987-1993, 1995-1997
Long Range Planning Committee, Member
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
Past Member, Board of Governors
Newsletter Publisher, 1993-1998
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML - USA)
USA Chapter
Chapter President, 1996-1998
Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2000
American Bar Association (ABA)
Family Law Section
Member, Family Law section
Parliamentarian, Family Law Section, 1994-1995
Co-Chair, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute (Houston), 1989-2007
Los Angeles county Bar Association (LACBA)
Family Law Section
Past Member, Executive Committee
Officer, Executive Committee, 1983
Chair Executive Committee, 1987-1988
Past Chair, Past Co-Chair, Child Custody Colloquium
Co-designer/Co-creator, Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Mediation Panel
Past Judge Pro Tem
The State Bar of California
Disciplinary Hearing Officer
The Harriett Buhai Law Center
Member, Advisory Committee
Member, Executive Committee
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Forensic Litigation Section
Guest Lecturer
West's California Family Law Forms
Original Creator
HONORS:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Family Law Section
Spencer Brandies Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Family Law, 2009
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Recognition for Outstanding Efforts as a Member, Commission an All Family Law Principles, 2005
Boston University School of Law
Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 2003
Southern California Super Lawyer's Directory
(Joint publication of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine)
Named one of the Top Ten Lawyers, ____
Included in Southern California Super Lawyers Directory and Named in Top 100,____
Best lawyers in America
Named and Listed since 1995
Worth magazine
Town and Country Magazine
Named one of the Top 10 Divorce Lawyers in the Nation, 1998
California Lawyers Magazine
Featured, "The Divorce Duelers" (named one of the top ten), 1998
Best lawyers in America
Recognized/Listed, since 1995
PUBLICATIONS:
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
Author/Writer, Family Law Examination Questions, 2001
Los Angeles county Bar association (LACBA)
Author, Family Law Contempts, Annually since 1987
Matthew Bender
Co-Author California Family Law Litigation Guide
Los Angeles Superior Court
Involved in the creation of recognized "conditionS for bifurcating marital status"
Co-Author, The Divorce Practice Handbook, 1994
Contributing Author, Judge Mills Family Law Bench Book, 1980
Judicial Council
Co-Author, Family Law Judicial Council Forms
American Bar Association (ABA)
Family Law Section
Co-Author, The Divorce Trial Manual, Published 2003
Author, Family Law Practice Form, Family Advocate
Article, "Evidence and Direct Examination", published 1996
FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATION:
Houston Family Law Trial Institute
Creator/Co-Chair, since program split form ABA in 2008
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
Program speaker, Joint Program with ABA, 2000
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Program presenter, "Comparative Cross-Examination Techniques", 2-day program, 2000
Program presenter, "Marital Torts", (1989, 1990-1992)
Program presenter, "Complex Litigation", "Complex Evidence Issues and Strategies", "Child Custody and Psychological Evaluation for Child Custody", "Tort Remedies", "Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice", "Custody Trials", "Complex Property Trial Techniques and Tactics", "Valuation and Division Issues", and "Contempt Enforcement"
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Ohio State Chapter
Program presenter, "Rules of Evidence" 2002
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML, SoCal)
Southern California Chapter
Annual presenter at trial advocacy institute, "Advanced Motion practice", "Complex Trial Strategy and Presentation", 1993-1994, 1996-present
Program Presenter, 1989, 1990-1992
Nevada State Bar
Program presenter for Advance Family Law Seminar, "Evidence and Trial Practice in Family Court", and "Trial Tactics and Strategy"
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Past Presenter, "Family Law Contempts in California"
"Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice"
"Custody Trials", "Property Characterization", "Valuation and Division Issues", "Evidence", and "Contempt Enforcement" author since 1987
Presenter, "How to Present and Defend Family Law Contempts" 2000
Presenter, "How to Preserve and Attack Judgments", 2000
Featured Speaker, "Family Law Contempts", Family Law Symposium (co-sponsored with the Los Angeles Superior Court), 2004
Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA)
Presenter/Mock Trial, "Direct and Cross-Examination", for Bi-Annual AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce
Presenter, "Trial Strategies and Tactics", 2001, 2002
Past Presenter, "Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice, "Custody Trials", "Property Characterization, Valuation and Division Issues", "Evidence", and "Contempt Enforcement."
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Guest Speaker/Panel Presenter, 2006
Presenter at National Conference on Divorce (Joint program with AAML), "Advanced Litigations Services", 2002
Panel Presenter, "Making the Most of the Experts: From Case Filing to Trial", "Making the Most of the Experts: Effective Deposition vs. Trial Testimony", "Making the Most of the Experts: Making your Case and Surviving Cross-Examination", "The Valuation Expert in Divorce: Advocate or Expert", "Goodwill", "Current State of California Family Law, as it Effects Forensic Accountants"
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
Guest Speaker/Panel Presenter at Annual Business Valuation Conference, "The Impact of State Laws on Valuations for Divorce", 2001, 2003
American bar association (ABA)
Family Law Section
Co-Author, The Divorce Trial Manual, Published 2003
Author, Family Law Practice Forms, Family Advocate
Presenter/Mock Trial Before London High Court
Justice/Florida Supreme Court Justice, as Counsel for Catherine of Aragon, Millennium Program, "The Marital Woes of King Henry VIII", 2000
Program presenter at joint program w/NBTA, "How to Conduct and Object at Depositions, Including Evidence Issues", 2000
Past Program Presenter, on subjects such as: "Complex Litigation", "Complex Evidence Issues and Strategies", "Child Custody and Psychological Evaluation for Child Custody", "Tort Remedies", "Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice", "Custody Trials", "Complex Property Trial Techniques and Tactics", "Valuation and Division Issues", and "Contempt Enforcement"
Program Presenter, "Comparative Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses", 1988
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
Lecturer, "International Collection of Judgments", and "Enforcement of Matrimonial Judgments"
Los Angeles Study Group
Presenter, "Family Law Contempt", 2004
Shannon Pratt
Panel speaker, Teleconference, "Defending the Business Valuation in Court", 2004
Family Law Society of Los Angeles
Presenter, "Child Support in High Wage Earner Cases", 2003
Florida State Bar, Family Law Section
Presenter at Annual Family Law Symposium, "Trial Strategies and Tactics in Complex Cases", 2001
San Fernando County Bar Association
Co-Presenter w/two Superior Court Judges", How to Properly Try a Contempt Case", 2000
California Judges College
Presenter, "How to Try a Complex Family Law Case"
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Forensic Litigation Section
Past Lecturer
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EDUCATION:
College University of California at Los Angeles
BA, June 1981
Post-Graduate Loyola Law School Los Angeles
JD, June 1985
BAR ADMISSIONS:
June 1986 Admission to California State Bar
Dec. 1994 Admission to New Jersey Bar
Dec. 1994 Admission to New Jersey Supreme Court
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
2006-Present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Associate
1994-1997 LAW OFFICES OF LAURENCE J. CUTLER
Morristown, NJ
Associate
1988-1994 LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN A. KOLODNY
Los Angeles
Associate
1985-1988 GOLDBERG & ANDRUS
Los Angeles
Associate
REPORTED CASES:
In re Marriage of Dick
In re Marriage of Benjamin
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
The State Bar of California/Family Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association/Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association/Family Law Section
New Jersey State Bar Association
ACHIEVEMENTS:
Judicial Extern - Family Law and Motion Department
Los Angeles Superior Court, 1985
Fluent in French
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A My philosophy in handling a case is to provide my client with the highest level of advocacy necessary to achieve the goals they desire. I work closely with the client to develop a legal strategy which will maximize their wealth, and in custody matters, insure they are awarded the time with their children needed to maintain and foster healthy relationships. The client's financial resources available are also pivotal in determining how best to achieve the client's goals in their family law proceedings. Together, the client and I customize the legal approach best suited to their needs, to insure that their legal rights are fully asserted without losing sight of the ultimate goals and resources available to them.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A In my opinion, a client expects and deserves their attorney to represent them in the most adversarial manner possible without allowing the litigation to take on a life of its own. Each client should expect their attorney to provide them with the same representation that they would expect were the attorney the client. I have a strong sense of ethics and responsibility to the client, providing them with the legal representation I would expect were I the client.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A I chose Family Law because this area of law is the most suited to my personality, education and background. My Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Teaching Credential from UCLA, coupled with my legal education have all contributed to my decision to practice Family Law exclusively, since graduation from Law School. My background provides a unique perspective to clients that are unfortunately experiencing one of the most challenging and stressful times of their lives, especially if children are involved. I discovered early in my legal career that I was most fulfilled and made the greatest impact, when helping individual clients, rather than corporations.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 1986.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K&A in 2006.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A I have great respect for the founding partners, Stephen A. Kolodny and Ronald W. Anteau and their tremendous accomplishments as leading Family Law attorneys in Southern California. Kolodny & Anteau has the highest reputation in the legal community as well as among esteemed judicial officers who often comment on Kolodny & Anteau's exceptional work product and unparalleled, uncompromising professionalism in representing their clients.
Q Other
A I am married and have two children. I am actively involved in supporting my children's local schools, including participating in fund-raising and extracurricular activities. I am also involved in our synagogue and its community and educational programs.
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EDUCATION:
College University of California at Los Angeles
BS, June 1982
Post-Graduate Loyola Law School Los Angeles
JD, June 1985
BAR ADMISSIONS:
November 1985 Admission to California State Bar
June 1986 Admission to United States District Court
March 1987 Admission to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
2013-Present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Partner
2004-2013 EJM DEVELOPMENT CO.
Co-Chief Operating Officer
1991-2004 KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Partner
1987-1991 COOPER, EPSTEIN & HOROWITZ
Beverly Hills
Associate
1985-1987 BALL HUNT HART BROWN & BONESTEEL
Los Angeles
Associate
REPORTED CASES:
In Re Marriage of O'Connor
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
The State Bar of California/Family Law Section/Real Property Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association/Family Law Section/Real Property Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association/Family Law Section
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A Family law cases necessarily involve dealing with the best people at the absolute worst time of their lives. There are conflicting emotions involved from the outset. I approach each case with the focus on the client and what the particular circumstances require. Some cases require an approach that is more dispute resolution oriented. Some cases require more of a "scortched earth" approach. I try to determine the needs of each case and conduct the case according to its individual needs and requirements.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A Our clients deserve an honest assessment of their positions and likely outcomes for their case and that we manage their expectations. It is important for our clients to have access to their attorney and regular communication. It is also important to include our clients in the decision making process from the outset.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A I chose to practice family law because it enables me to make a difference in a person's life. While family law is a specialty practice, it draws from real estate, tax, corporate, business and psychology. I like being proficient in a specific area of the law that also involves direct contact with individuals instead of corporate entities.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 1985.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started working with Stephen Kolodny in 1991. In 1995, with Ron Anteau, we formed Kolodny & Anteau. I left in 1994 to co-run my family real estate development business. In 2013, after a nine-year hiatus I decided to return to Kolodny & Anteau and resume my family law practice.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A I wanted to continue working with Stephen Kolodny and work in a collegial environment dealing with cutting edge issues in family law.
Q What is your community and charity involvement?
A I have been a volunteer at Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, providing family law assistance to low income individuals.
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EDUCATION:
College University of California
at Los Angeles
BA,1973
"Member of the UCLA Freshman Basketball team in 1969-1970
Post-Graduate Southwestern University School of Law
JD, 1976
Director of school sponsored legal aid clinic
Successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal
BAR ADMISSIONS:
2009 Intermediate Past Chair, Family Law Section, Los Angeles Country Bar Association
Family Law Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association
Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by State Bar of California Legal specialization
Family Law Section, American Bar Association
United States Supreme Court
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
KOLODNY & ANTEAU
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS).
Immediate Past President of Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Bar Association
Board of Directors of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law; Chair of Pro Bono Recruitment for the center
Family Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California
Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Superior Court
Served for many years on the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Mediation Panel
Served on the Board of Trustees of Leo Baeck Temple
ACTIVITIES:
Mr. Glucksman has concentrated his practice in Family Law and is an experienced civil litigator in the areas of non-marital cohabitation, domestic violence and other domestic torts.
In 1999, Larry King, in his nationally syndicated column referred to Mr. Glucksman as the "palimony maven".
Mr. Glucksman has been specially admitted to numerous states around the country (including Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Washington, Michigan and Nevada) to handle complex family law matters.
He has testified outside California as an expert California marital and non-marital domestic relations law.
Mr. Glucksman's lecture credits includes:
Program Chair/Moderator, "Developing a Comprehensive Strategy for High-Profile Athletes and Their Lovers in Family Court" and "Legal Ethics and Practical Realities When Handling the High-Profile Domestic Case", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mid-Year CLE Conference in Aruba (March 2010); Moderator "Rediscovering Effective Discovery", 40th Annual Family Law Symposium, LACBA (2008); "Documentary Pearls", Southern California Chapter AAML (2007); Chair, 39th Annual Family Law Symposium, LACBA (2007); "Closing Arguments and Statements of Decision", LACBA panel (2007); "Documentary Pearls", Southern California Chapter AAML 2006; "Retainer Agreements", Southern California Chapter AAML 2005; Guest Lecturer: Pepperdine University School of Law (2005); "Enhancing Trial Skills", BHBA 2003; "Domestic Law in California", National Business Institute 2003; "Preparing Objection-Proof Declarations and Objections", presented to the Los Angeles Country Bar Association in April, 2003; Presenter: Hot Tip, before the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association Family Law Section in August, 2002; "Helping the Trier of Fact Understand Valuation Testimony" at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers' 2002 Mid-Year meeting in Sanibel, Florida. Mr. Glucksman is scheduled to present a Hot Tip at the American Bar Association Family Law Section 2002 Mid-Year Meeting in Washington, D.C.; Panelist, "Prenuptial Agreements after Senate Bill 78", presented to the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in December, 2001; Panelist, "Listening to the Child's Viewpoint" presented at the Fall Conference of the American Bar Association Family Law Section in October, 2001 in Vancouver, Canada; Mr. Glucksman was a guest speaker at the University of Denver School of Law in March, 2001, addressing "Handling Celebrity Clients and Dealing with the Media"; Presenter Hot Tip before the 2000 Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association Family Law Section in July, 2000 in New York; Panelist, "Cohabitation Agreements - When, what, why, & how", presented to the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association in March, 2000; Panelist, "Managing the High Conflict Custody Case", presented at the 2000 Spring CLE Conference of the American Bar Association in New Orleans; Panelist, "Interspousal Domestic Torts", presented to the East-West Law Council of Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County Bar Association in April 1999; Panelist, "Interspousal Torts", presented to the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists in June 1998; Panelist, "Examination/Cross Examination of Alleged Perpetrator of Domestic Violence", presented at the 1998 Spring Conference of the American Bar Association Family Law Section in Boston; Presenter: Hot Tip, before the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section in April, 1995.
AWARDS:
Mr. Glucksman is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America", National Registry, "Who's Who", and "Super Lawyers", Los Angeles Magazine.
PUBLISHED ARTICLES:
Mr. Glucksman's publication credits include "Determining Whether to Pursue Potential Interspousal Tort Actions", an article which appeared in the November 1999 issue of the Matrimonial Strategist; "Equal Protection for Unmarried Cohabitants, an Insider's Look at Marvin v. Marvin", published in the Pepperdine Law Review in 1978; and "Palimony – Divorce Sans Marriage", published in Trial, the National legal Newsmagazine in 1980.
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A Preparation, intensive analysis of all perspectives (including devil's advocate side), hard work and dedication to the task at hand.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A Protection, explanation, advice and strategies. Concern and attention.
Q why did you choose family law?
A At the time (mid 1970's), family law offered a lot of trial work and incorporated so many components of all areas of law and society.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 1976.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K&A in 1995.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A Pursuit of excellence: quality in all aspects of the practice of law.
Q Community/Charity involvement?
  • Past Trustee of Synagogue Board of Trustees
  • Currently on LACBA Board of Trustees
  • Immediate Past Chair of Family Law Section, LACBA
  • Current President of Southern California Chapter of AAML
  • Currently on Board of Direction of Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
  • Member of IAML and AAMl, and their Foundations
  • Family Law Mediator
  • Service as volunteer Judge Pro Tem
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EDUCATION:
College University of California
at Berkeley
BS in Business Administration, 1980
Post-Graduate University of Southern California School of Law
JD, May, 1985
BAR ADMISSIONS: Admission to California State Bar
June 1987
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
March, 1995 - present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Partner since 1999
1988 - March, 1995 SIMKE, CHODOS, SILBERFELD & ANTEAU, INC.
Los Angeles
Associate
1983 - 1988 DONOVAN, LEISURE, NEWTON & IRVINE
Los Angeles
Associate
REPORTED CASES:
In re marriage of McTiernan and Dubrow (2005)
133 Cal.App.4th 1090
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
The State Bar of California/Family Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association/Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association/Family Law Section
ACTIVITIES:
Volunteer at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (assisting limited income clients in a wide variety of family law matters); in-house volunteer and pro bono counsel.
Member of Women's Professional Network, a community network of successful and like-minded dynamic women.
HONORS:
Named Super Lawyer, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2009 and 2010.
PUBLICATIONS:
"The Dilemma of Practicing Safe Waivers of Qualified Retirements Benefits in a Prenuptial Agreement", Journal of Asset Protection, 1996.
MEDIA APPEARANCES:
Featured Guest on A.M. 830 radio on the "Men's Dugout" for six appearances in 2010, discussing various family law issues.
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A When people meet me for the first time and ask me what I do, they typically then follow up with the usual "how can you practice family law? It is so emotional." I always respond that I cannot imagine practicing any other type of law. Aside from custody cases, I still view cases from a transactional approach, one of the benefits, I believe, in having practice corporate law. Sometime you absolutely cannot avoid the heated, emotion laden litigation that comes with the territory. However, I still try to find creative and cost effective solution to problem and issue, while still protecting my clients best interest and while trying to minimize in engaging in emotional welfare with the opposing attorney.
Q What is your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A In family law, we generally cannot guarantee results due to the myriad of variable involved. But, I think a client deserveS to have his/her lawyer do the best that he/she can, under any circumstances. A client deserves honest and prompt responses to questions. A client deserve logical and practical solution-oriented goals to issues raised. A client deserves attention to detail, whether it be in the context of preparing pleadings for court or in negotiating and implementing an out-of-court settlement. A client deserves (and hopefully expects) a lawyer who has integrity and will persevere in reaching a goal, while still using a common sense approach.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A I transitioned into family law after having worked in corporate (transactional) law. I choose family law because I shortly realized that I wanted to work with real people, not faceless entities, who have real life issue and need legal assistance during what is one of the most traumatic event of one's life.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 1987.
Q How long at K&A?
A I started to work at K&A in 1995.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A I wanted to continue to work for and with the partner who really gave me my start in family law, Ronald W. Anteau, for whom I had worked at his prior law firm.
Q Community/Charity involvement?
A I have been a volunteer at Harried Buhai Center for Family Law since 1990, providing family law assistance to low income people.
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EDUCATION:
College University of Washington
BA, 1987
Law School University of Oregon
JD, 1990
Post-Graduate Georgetown University Law Center
LLM, 1991
BAR ADMISSIONS:
1995 California State Bar
1990 Washington State Bar
(membership not active)
CERTIFICATION:
2005 California Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Family Law Specialist
PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:
June 1999 to the present KOLODNY & ANTEAU Partner
1996-June 1999 Trope and Trope Associate
1995-1996 Smaltz, Anderson & Fahey Associate
1993-1995 Boelter & Gale Associate
1991-1993 Law clerk to the Honorable Perry Shields
Judge of the United States Tax Court
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
2008 to the present Member, Executive Committee
Family Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association
February 9, 2005 Speaker, Domestic Law in California Pasadena, California (NBI)
July 21, 2005 Speaker, California Family Law Practice Pasadena, California (NBI)
September 24, 2007 Speaker, California Family Law Practice(Family Law Update)
Pasadena, California (NBI)
November 15, 2008 Moderator, Trial Advocacy Program
Los Angeles, California (Family Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association)
December 8, 2008 Speaker, Family Law: Helping Your Clients Through Difficult Cases Pasadena, California (NBI)
March 30, 2009 Speaker, Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces Pasadena, California (NBI)
June 24, 2009 Speaker, Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century
(Premarital Agreements and Jurisdictional Issues)
Pasadena, California (NBI)
March 20, 2010 Speaker, Trial Advocacy Program
Los Angeles, California
(Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association)
June 12, 2010 Moderator, The Impact of Marriage of Feldman Los Angeles California
(Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association)
July 28, 2010 Speaker, Current Events for Family Lawyers, Legislative and Case Update Pasadena, California (NBI)
2010 Author, "Change of Circumstances" discussing Marriage of Dietz (2009) 176 Cal.App.4th 387,
Published in the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Family Law News and Review (First Quarter 2010)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
Member Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member Beverly Hills Bar Association
Fellow American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
PROFESSIONAL HONORS:
2009 and 2010 Southern California Super Lawyer for Family Law
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A Don't litigate if you don't have to. But, if litigate is needed, litigate to win.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A Clients expect and deserve to be able to communicate with their attorney. They also expect and deserve an attorney who listens to them, explains the law, explains the process, tells them their options, and fights to win.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A The opportunity to work with people and to go to Court.
Q How long have you have been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 1990.
Q I started to work at K&A in 1999.
A I started to work at K&A in 1999.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A The founding partners, Stephen Kolodny and Ron Anteau, had reputations as two of the smartest, most talented and toughest Family Law trial attorneys in Los Angeles. I thought that I could learn a great deal from them and that turned out to be correct.
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EDUCATION:
College Pitzer College
Claremont, California
Post-Graduate Southwestern University
School of Law
Los Angeles, California
JD, December 1997
Law Review
ADMISSIONS:
Sept. 1998 California State Bar
December 1998 United States District Court
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
June 2004-Present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Associate Attorney
Jan. 1999-June 2004 LAW OFFICE OF FRANK 0. FOX
Associate Attorney
1998 U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, TAX
DIVISION
Law Clerk
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
California State Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A My philosophical approach to cases is a three step process: First, to identify goals – what will be best for my client and his her children, both short and long term; Second, how do I achieve those goals in a manner consistent with preserving the client's resources, both emotional and monetary; and lastly, how do I assure compliance in the future with the least amount of further litigation.

I believe it is a family law attorney's job to help our clients navigate their way through the legal proceedings they have become involved in and to help them develop the skills they will need to overcome any challenges they face along the way.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A Knowledgeable, experience counsel who are prepared to handle all of the myriad of issue that come up in a family law proceeding. Compassionate understanding of the emotions these life-changing proceedings have on the client, their children and family. Good communication with an attorney who is available to the client by e-mail, telephone or in person as needed and who keep the client informed of all matters.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A To begin with, I had the great fortune of learning about family law and community property from Professor Max Goodman at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Professor Goodman was one of the most highly regarded family law professors in the country and his love of this practice was compelling and contagious. As I began practicing family law, I came to believe that there would likely be no other area of the law that would involves as substantial and diverse a number of topics as this one. It became clear to me very early on that, like families, no two family law cases would ever be the same. Even an uncomplicated dissolution proceeding might require an understanding of accounting, appraisals, estate planning, income tax, real estate, child development and psychology to name but a few. I have chosen to stay in the field of family law because the work we do has a significant, real-world impact on the people we represent and their families, which feel meaningful to me and because there is virtually no limit to the kinds of issue I will get to work with so every day feels like a new challenge.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 1998.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K&A in 2004.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A I had seen Stephen and Ron in Court many times and had a case with Bill Glucksman and Ani Garikian and was always impressed with the speaking ability, demeanor, argument and reputation of the attorneys at K&A. I was also intrigued by the more sophisticated kind of issues the firm was dealing with in Court and through the appellate decisions I read and I thought that I would really enjoy working with attorneys who actually helped to make the law other attorneys cited to in their pleadings. In a very short time I came to regard Kolodny & Anteau as being the best family law firm in Los Angeles. While there might be a few other firm that come close in terms of the experience and ability of the fine lawyers they employ, none embody the same inspirational desire for excellence that exists at Kolodny & Anteau. (Plus, Nancy told me it would be a good time!)
Q Other
Provided volunteer legal services for the Harriett Buhai Center, draft pleading and appear in Court; Volunteer for the Domestic Violence Program, preparing pleadings and making court appearances.
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EDUCATION:
College University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.A., Political Science 2001
Post-Graduate Southwestern University School of Law
Los Angeles
J.D., May 2003
Invitee, Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade
In the Americas 2002-2003
BAR ADMISSIONS:
California State Bar Admitted
December 2003
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Feb., 2006-Present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Beverly Hills, CA
Family Law Associate Attorney
April 2005-Feb. 2006 BROT & GROSS
Encino, CA
Family Law Associate Attorney
Nov. 2004-April 2005 LAW OFFICES OF MARCIA L. KRAFT
Woodland Hills, CA
Family Law Associate Attorney
May 2004-Nov. 2004 LAW OFFICES OF DIANA DIMGGIO
Riverside County, CA
Family Law Associate Attorney
Sep. 2003-May 2004 LAW OFFICES OF LISA A. KIRIAKIDIS
Riverside County, CA
Family Law Associate Attorney and Law Clerk
Mar. 2003-May 2003 CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ROY PAUL Los Angeles, CA
Family Law Legal Extern
MILITARY SERVICE:
Sept. 1994-Sept. 1999 UNITED STATES NAVY
Japan/Bahrian
Division Training Officer/Patrol Officer
MEMBERSHIPS:
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
ACTIVITIES:
Participant, 2010 Family Law Advocacy Training Program: How to Conduct A Custody Trial, presented by the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, March 20, 2010

Panelist 2007, Family Law Section Program: Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive, [Feldman Seminar] presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, November 7, 2007
HONORS:
Selected as "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2009 and 2010
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A Begin each case with a Teddy Roosevelt approach…i.e. Speak softly but carry a big stick. Then, if the other side has trouble hearing, enunciate using the stick.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A Clients expect results that are satisfying, during the tumultuous process of the family law litigation.

Clients deserve results that remain satisfying, long after the tumultuous process of family law litigation.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A I wanted to work in an area of practice with a high human/personal/emotional element. Family law had it more than any area of practice, other than perhaps criminal law. And I couldn't see myself defending or prosecuting criminals...or worse yet, working for the government.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 2003.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K & A in 2006.
Q Why did you choose K & A?
A During my time working for Family Law Judge Roy Paul, I reviewed K & A's paperwork and found it to be among the best. I wanted to work with the best.
Q Other
Like many others at Kolodny & Anteau, I provide pro-bono legal services to clients from time to time. A recent case I worked on was a paternity case referred to Kolodny & Anteau by the Harried Buhai center. The opposing party in the case was subject to a Criminal Protective Order that was issued after he assaulted our client. Another pro-bono case I worked on was a marital dissolution action, in which we represented the husband, an Iraqi war veteran stationed in Alabama. The opposing party in that case had fled Alabama with the parties' child (and while pregnant with their second child) without the husband's knowledge or consent, and had filed a divorce petition in California three days later.
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EDUCATION:
College University of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
BA, English Summa Cum Laude, 1988-1991
Post-Graduate Boston University
Boston, MA
MA, Master of Science in Film 1991-1993

Abraham Lincoln University
Los Angeles, CA
JD, Magnum Cum Laude, 2007-2011
ADMISSION:
November 2011 Admission to California State Bar
November 2011 United States District Court
Central District of California
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
November 2011-present KOLODNY&ANTEAU
Family Law Associate Attorney
May 2007 - November 2011 KOLODNY&ANTEAU
Legal Assistant / Law Clerk
July 2006 - May 2007 OPRI & ASSOCIATES
Office Manager/Paralegal
January 2004 - December 2004
August 2005 - July 2006
EISENBERG & ASSOCIATES
Paralegal/Legal Assistant
September 2000 - December 2003 MITCHELSON & LOVELL, LLP
Legal Assistant
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
The State Bar of California/Family Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association/Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association/Family Law Section
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A The Talmud inquires: "Who is strong? One who subdues his passions. As it is stated (Proverbs 16:32), 'Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city. '" (Ethics of Our Fathers, 4:1)

First and foremost I am an advocate for my client. My approach is to achieve my client's goals by being a zealous advocate while acting with honesty, respect and integrity within the legal system and as an individual. It is important to promote settlement where possible and keep costs to a minimum, yet be prepared to litigate intensely when necessary.
Q What is your opinion , does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A My clients deserve a dedicated advocate, who is honest, respectful and sensitive to their needs and goals. They expect knowledgeable and skilled representation that has as its bedrock moral integrity and the utmost loyalty to their interests.
Q why did you choose family law?
A When I worked as a legal secretary I often interacted with clients who were going through major crises in their lives. I found I had a deep sense of personal satisfaction helping these clients navigate difficult divorces or custody battles for their children. I realized I wanted to be an attorney who could help my clients to restore balance and order to their lives and thereby really make a difference.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since November 2011.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K&A in 2007.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A Kolodny & Anteau has the highest level of integrity, professional responsibility and legal representation in Family Law. I work with highly skilled attorneys, paralegals and secretaries whose commitment, dedication and hard work are unequaled in the legal profession. When people ask me how it is that I can work in such an emotional and oftentimes contentious area of the law, I respond, frankly I am lucky to be at Kolodny & Anteau. I am proud and honored to be an attorney with Kolodny & Anteau.
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EDUCATION:
College University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Political Science, 2003
Post-Graduate University of California, Davis School of Law
J.D. 2006
Executive Editor, U.C. Davis
Law Review
2005-2006
BAR ADMISSIONS:
Admitted Dec. 2006 California State Bar
Admitted Feb. 2007 United States District Court,
Northern District of California
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
June 2008-Present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Associate
Mar. 2007-June 2008 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Family Law Clerk
Summer, 2005 CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL, FIRST DISTRICT
Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ignazio J. Ruvolo
Summer, 2004 UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICT
Civil Law Clerk
MEMBERSHIPS:
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
PUBLICATIONS:
Deborah C. Sun, Note, Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc.: Putting "Foreign" Back into the Foreign
Discovery Statute, 39 U.S. DAVIS L. REV. 279(2005).
HONORS:
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services by the State Bar of California, 2010
Witkin Award in Family Law, 2006
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A It's important to give the client what he/she wants, but just as important to try and do so with as little conflict as possible. A stable client is a happy client.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A A client deserves both a thorough and dedicated legal advocate, as well as someone who understand the raw emotions and stress involved when a family's future is at stake.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A Family law cases are endlessly interesting because they expose you to the diversity of people'S lives and touch on multiple types of law. Every case is different and provides a useful learning experience.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 2006.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K & A in 2008.
Q Why did you choose K & A?
A I became interested in K & A because their quality of work really stood out among the many pleadings I reviewed while I was the law clerk to some of the Family Law Judges at Stanley Mosk. I decided to work at K & A because I Liked and respected the people here.
Q Other
I'm representing a client pro bono in her dissolution action through the Harriett Buhai Center for Family law.
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EDUCATION:
College Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
BA, May 2006
Study abroad University of Wales Swansea,
Wales
Fall 2004
Post-Graduate Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, California
JD (Top 10%)
May 2009
BAR ADMISSIONS:
Nov. 2009 Admission to California State Bar
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Aug. 2009-present KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Associate
May 2006-june 2007 CITY OF NEVADA
Administrative Assistant
June 2005-Aug. 2005 U.S. SECRETARY OF THE SENATE (office)
Legislative Intern
SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
HONORS:
Moot Court Honors Program, Southwestern Law School, 2008-2009
Alternate Oralist Award, Moot Court Competition, April 2008
Dean's List, Southwestern Law School, 2007-2008
Fellow, Dean's Fellow Program, August 2008-May 2009
Co-President, Family Law Society, July 2008-May 2009
Mentor, Student body Affairs Mentor/Mentee Program, July 2008-May 2009
Receipt, Dean's Merit Scholarship, November 2008
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:
Volunteer Judge, Spring Moot Court Competition, March 2010
Adoption Project VolunteeR, Alliance for Children's Rights, Fall 2008
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A Every case is different, and while an attorney can draw from his her own experiences, I believe that thinking outside the box, so to speak, is very important in family law, where cases are factually driven and the facts of each case are always very different.
Q What, in your opinion, does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A A client deserve an advocate that will act within the bounds of integrity, but will zealously seek justice on her client's behalf. A client also deserves an attorneys who will level with him/her and give them a candid evaluation of their case.
Q Why did you choose family law?
A I choose family law because I care about families. Families exist even after divorce, just in a different form, and I wanted to be a part of helping clients during that transition.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 2009.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K & A in 2009.
Q Why did you choose K & A?
A The reason I choose to work for Kolodny and Anteau is two-fold. First Kolodny and Anteau's reputation definitely proceeded it. I heard from several professors at Southwestern Law School, the place where I attended law school, that Kolodny & Anteau had a good reputation in the family law community. That made me particularly interested in this firm because a good reputation is particularly important in the practice of family law, due to the high emotional intensity of cases that involve child custody and the division of a family's entire net worth.
Also, during law school I externed with Kolodny and Anteau and I developed a relationship with the other attorneys here, some of whom have been practicing in the area of family law for twenty plus years, and I decided that Kolodny and Anteau was the place for me.
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EDUCATION:
College San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science May 2005
Study Abroad Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Summer, 2003
Post-Graduate Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
M.A., Philosophy May 2007 Southwestern University School
of Law School
Los Angeles, CA
JD, May 2011
ADMISSION:
December 2011 Admission to California State Bar
December 2011 United States District Court
Central District of California
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
September 2011-present KOLODNY&ANTEAU
Associate Attorney
May 2009 - May 2011 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA,
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Judicial Extern to the Honorable
Scott M. Gordon and the Honorable
Mark A. Juhas
HONORS
Cali Award in Law & Religious Institutions, 2011
Witkin Award in Law and Society, 2010
Witkin Award in Law & Literature, 2009
MEMBERSHIP
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
LANGUAGES
Fluent Russian
Q What is the philosophical approach to your cases?
A Every family law case is unique. That is why I believe that educating the client and preserving each client’s legal interest while respecting each individual client’s wishes with regard to the approach taken to achieve those goals, is essential to the practice of family law.
Q What is your opinion , does a client expect/deserve in representation?
A Every client deserves an attentive, effective, patient, and sincere advocate who will zealously preserve the client’s interest while minimizing the impact on their life as they make a very difficult transition.
Q why did you choose family law?
A I was lucky enough to have been taught family law and community property by two individuals whose knowledge of the subject is unparallel, the Honorable Scott M. Gordon and the Honorable Mark A. Juhas. Their passion and knowledge with regard to the subject matter they taught challenged me and inspired me to pursue family law. I believe that the practice of family law is a noble calling because it involves healing the lives of individuals through a difficult transition in their lives. The practice of Family Law requires compassion and empathy and I believe this calling is both fulfilling and rewarding.
Q How long have you been practicing law in California?
A I have been practicing since 2011.
Q How long have you been working at K&A?
A I started to work at K&A in 2011.
Q Why did you choose K&A?
A Having worked at the Los Angeles Superior Court for two years, one of the first things I learned is that an attorney’s reputation is of utmost importance. After having had the opportunity to meet several Kolodny & Anteau attorneys, I quickly learned that their dedication to their work, their integrity, and commitment to ethical standards are exemplary. All of the attorneys at Kolodny & Anteau have extensive knowledge of Family Law and especially as a new lawyer, I wanted to be part of a team from whom I can learn and by whom I can be inspired, and for me there was no better place to do that than at Kolodny & Anteau.
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