Family Law Section

One of the most active Sections in the Association, it encompasses all aspects of family law, including prenuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, child custody, domestic violence, and more.

Section Leadership

Erin Grey


Chelsea Stevens


Executive Committee

Nathalie E. Amir
Azita Avedissian
Daniel R. Bemel
Judge Isabel R. Cohen (Ret.)
James R. Eliaser
Kendall Evans
Debra S. Frank
Robert J. Friedman
Nathan W. Gabbard
Ani M. Garikian
Aimee Gold
Laurence R. Goldman
Suzanne J. Goulet
Alex Grager
Heather R. Graham
Megan E. Green
Jeffrey L. Greenwald
Neal R. Hersh
Leena Hingnikar
Carrie K. Holmes
Evan Itzkowitz
Grace A. Jamra
Samantha Klein
Scott M. Klopert
Joseph A. Langlois
Brian P. Lepak
Marci Levine
Avi Levy
Adam Phillip Lipsic
Jacquelynn R. Lizarraga
Natalie S. Lowe
Melanie D. Mandles
Jack McMorrow
Veronika Melamed
Ann Moder
Tigran Palyan
Craig S. Pedersen
Elizabeth Hall Peterson
Alphonse F. Provinziano
Debra E. Ravden
Ron Reitshtein
Jennifer M. Riemer
William S. Ryden
Jane D. Saltsman
Robyn Santucci
Elizabeth P. Scully
George N. Seide
Jennifer Skolnick
Roslyn Soudry
Jenna C. Spatz
Ellyn J. Stein
Anthony D. Storm
Jon Summers
Dennis M. Wasser
Laura Wasser
Charlotte Wayne
Alisa Wecker
Gary J. Weyman
Annie Wishingrad
Lauren Youngman
Jack Zuckerman

Official Section Sponsors

Past Section Chairs

Greg Zbylut
Larry A. Verbit
David Albert Pierce
Erin Harris Friedman
Pierre Pine
Alexander Rufus-Isaacs
Leigh Leshner
Susannah Jeffers
Judith Dornstein
Adam Siegler
Joseph D. Schleimer
Neville L. Johnson
Susan Rabin
Miles Feldman
Pamela Forster
Caroline Raufi
Marissa Roman
Kenneth Freundlich
Gordon Firemark
David Helfant
Stephanie Yost
Cameron Christine Valada
Nancy Derwin-Weiss
Jay Spillane
Donna Cobe
Rick Brull
Peter Nelson
Marc R. Staenberg
Stuart Burton
Michael Donaldson
Jay Cooper

Upcoming Section Events

The VAST (Voluntary Attorneys Settlement Team) Program

Sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section, VAST – Voluntary Attorney Settlement Team is designed to provide the Court, the Bar and litigants with another Voluntary Settlement Conference resource. The Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section has assembled a list of senior attorneys who have agreed to serve in two-attorney teams to do VSC’s. The program is of no cost to the litigants and is intended to take place in a single session. The VAST program is designed to deal with cases requiring experienced family law settlement officers. The cases can involve any issues including Child Custody and Visitation.

The service is provided only by referral from the Court or by agreement between the parties and counsel. The program is reserved to litigants who are represented by counsel on both sides.

The Voluntary Attorneys Settlement Team (VAST) program will assign two (2) experienced Family Law Attorneys to your case upon referral. The VAST reference form will include a completion deadline (usually at least 45 days from the date of the referral) and will identify the issues for mediation. The 2 attorneys volunteer a full day for mediation in an effort to preserve court resources. Additional volunteer professionals (such as a forensic accountant or custody
evaluator) may be added to the mediating team as may be needed. The judicial referral to VAST is typically before a Mandatory Settlement Conference is scheduled. The parties, their attorneys and expert witnesses will be required to sign a Mediation Confidentiality Agreement, as well as submit to the VAST requirements which ensure parties and counsel are adequately prepared for a meaningful attempt at settlement.

The referral should be sent to the co-chair Persons of the BHBA VAST Program: (1) For Central District, Long Beach, Torrance, Pomona and Whitter to Annie Wishingrad (310) 276-4501 annie@awishlaw.com or Tony Storm (310)225-9900 tony@stormpalyan.com and (2) Van Nuys, Pasadena, Chatsworth and Santa Clarita to Gary Weyman (818)986-3616 garyweyman@sbcglobal.net

New episodes monthly

Each month on the first Wednesday at 12:30 pm, Dan Bemel and Lauren Youngman interview Family Law community members in a hybrid CLE/interview format, weaving together a modern podcast with a traditional case oriented CLE.

Together they track each guest’s professional history, exploring key moments in their career and practices, landmark family law cases, and legislation that has special resonance.

View all episodes on YouTube for Self-Study Credit or with BHBA OnDemand for 100% Participatory CLE Credit.

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