Receipient of Los Angeles County Bar Assocation, Family Law Section's Spender Brandeis Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Family Law, 2009. Recognized by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for Outstanding Efforts as Member, Commission on All Family Law Principles. Recipient of Boston University School of Law's Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 2003. Co-Author: The Divorce Trial Manual, ABA Family Law Section (2003). Author: Divorce Practice Handbook (1994); "Family Law Contempts," Los Angeles County Bar Association/Los Angeles Superior Court Symposium Book, Annual Publication; Creator: West's California Family Law Forms, Annually. Contributing Author: Judge Mills Family Law Benchbook. Co-Author: Family Law Judicial Council Forms, 1992. Author: Family Law Practice Forms; "Tort Recovery Against Aiders and Abettors in Child Stealing Cases," Family Advocate, ABA Family Law Section, 1981; "Evidence and Direct Examination," Family Advocate, ABA Family Law Section, 1996. Panelist and Presenter: 2005 Rutter Group Program on Contempts; 2005 AAML Southern California Chapter's Annual Trial Advocacy Institute; 2004 presentation on Family Law Contempts for the Family Law Study Group of Los Angeles; 2004 presented a program for the Nevada State Bar at their Advance Family Law Seminar, on "Evidence and Trial Practice in Family Court" and Trial Tactics and Strategy." CLE Chair for the College Annual Spring Meeting, 2004. Featured Speaker on "Family Law Contempts" at the Los Angeles County Bar, Los Angeles Superior Court Co-Sponsored Family Law Symposium, 2004. Panel Speaker for a Teleconference hosted by Shannon Pratt, entitled "Defending the Business Valuation in Court," 2004; 1993, 1994, 1996-2004 Annual presentation for the AAML Southern California Chapter's Annual Trial Advocacy Institute on "Advanced Motion Practice" and "Complex Trial Strategy and Presentation," with Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Judge Kenneth A. Black and one other family law lawyer; 2003 and 2001 presentation at NACVA Annual Business Valuation Conference on "The Impact of State Laws on Valuation for Divorce"; 2003 Presentation on Child Support in High Wage Earner Cases, for The Family Law Society of Los Angeles; 2002 Family Law presentations on "Making the Most of the Experts" at their National Conference on Divorce, jointly sponsored by the AICPA and AAML; 2002 Ohio State Chapter of the AAML, Family Law Section presentation on Rules of Evidence"; 2001 Review of National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) Family Law Examination questions; 2001 and 2002 Beverly Hills Bar Association program, "Trial Strategies and Tactics"; 2001 Florida Family Law Section Annual Symposium, Trial Strategies and Tactics in Complex Cases; 2000 ABA Millennium Trial Program, "The Marital Woes of King Henry VIII," chosen as one of eight trial counsel from the United States and United Kingdom for this mock trial, tried before a London High Court Justice and a Florida Supreme Court Justice; 2000 San Fernando Valley Bar Association CLE program, "How to Properly Try a Contempt Case," presented with two Los Angeles Court Judges; 2000 AAML program on "Comparative Cross-examination Techniques"; 2000 ABA/NBTA program: How to Conduct and Object at Dispositions," including evidence issues; 2000 Los Angeles County Bar Association presentation on "How to Present and Defend Family Law Contempts"; 2000 Los Angeles County Bar Association program "How to Preserve and Attack Judgments." Member/Officer: AAML/American Law Institute (ALI) Committee, 2004; Executive Vice President of the American College of Family Law Trial Lawyers (The College), 2006; Founding Diplomat and current Member of Executive Committee; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), continuous member, 1981—. Member, Executive Committee, 2004, National Counsel, 2003. Six years on Board of Governors, formerly Chair of CLE, 1994/1995, past Member of Membership, Admissions and Attorney's Fee Committees; Southern California Chapter of AAML, past President, 1994/1995, Vice President of Membership, 1987-1993, 1995-1997, current Member of the Long Range Planning Committee; International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), continuous Member,1988—, current Member of the Board of Governors, past Publisher of Newsletter, 1993-1998, past President of the USA Chapter, 1996-1998, Continuing Legal Education Chair for the USA Chapter in 2000; American Bar Association (ABA), continuous member, 1972—, Parliamentarian of the Family Law Section, 1994/1995. Adjunct Professor, University of Houston, ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 1989—, Co-Chair, 1997—; Los Angeles County Bar Member, 1966—, Executive Committee of Family Law Section, Officer, 1983, Family Law Section Chair, 1987/1988; Chair and Co-Chair, Annual Los County Bar Child Custody Colloquium Program. Active Panel Participant in Family Law Section's Annual Symposium; Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member, 1975—; California State Bar, Member, 1966—, Past Disciplinary Hearing Officer; International Bar Association, Member, 1991—; Member, Advisory Committee of the Harriet Buhai Law Center, Member of Executive Committee.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
(Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)