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Robert C. Brandt, CFLS*
Partner, Head of our Family Law Department
Robert C. Brandt is a Certified Family Law
Specialist* and heads our firm's Family Law Department. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where
he serves as Treasurer of the Southern California Chapter, and the International
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Brandt graduated from San Diego State University
in 1971 with Distinction in Speech Arts. He earned a Masters degree in Speech from UCLA in
1972 and his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 1976.
Mr. Brandt belongs to the Los Angeles
County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, the Association of Certified Family Law
Specialists, and the United States District Courts. He is The Immediate Past Chair of the Los
Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, and former Chair, Chair Elect, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, and has been a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Executive Committee Family Law Section for more than eight years. In addition,
Mr. Brandt is a member of the Beverly
Hills Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee (2009-2010). He has
previously served as the Chairperson of the Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee. Mr.
Brandt participated in the forming of the Family Law Branch of the American
Inns of Court in Los Angeles and has been on its Executive Committee since 2006. Among
other achievements is his experience as a volunteer mediator for the Los Angeles Superior
Court and as a grader for the Family Law section of the State Bar of California Board of
Legal Specialization. Mr. Brandt frequently participates in Continuing Legal Education
seminars as a lecturer, moderator and panel member. He was named as a Super Lawyer by Los
Angeles Magazine, 2005 through 2012, one of Southern
California's Top 100 lawyers in 2009 through 2012 and he was named one of the Top Ten Lawyers in Southern
California for 2012.
Mr. Brandt was selected by his peers for inclusion in The
Best Lawyers® 2010 and 2011. He has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Brandt
co-authored Chapter 3A, entitled, "Family
Law/Domestic Relations Issues Affecting a High Net Worth Athlete or Coach," in
West four-volume treatise, "Law of Professional Amateur Sports" (c) 2009.
Mr. Brandt also co-authored the article, "Under
Influence in Probate and Family Law Matters," with partner Howard Klein. The
article was published in the September 2008 issue of Los
Angeles Lawyer, and Brandt and Klein were featured on the cover of the magazine. Mr.
Brandt resides in Calabasas, California with his wife Lynn, a school psychologist. They
have three children, three grandsons and one granddaughter.
View Mr. Brandt's recent television appearances on:
Entertainment Tonight: Tom Cruise’s Intent to Sue the National Enquirer, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes child custody situation, Tiger
Woods' situation, Schwarzenegger-Shriver split May 11, 2011, May 17, 2011
KTLA Channel 5 News: "Inside the Law" with Manny Medrano , Sandra
Bullock's situation and Social Media as
Legal Broadcast Network: Schwarzenegger-Shriver
Listen to Mr. Brandt on KNX
1070 and The Ed Tyll Show about Tom Cruise – Katie Holmes split
A. Mindel, CFLS*
Managing Partner, Head of our Business Transactions Department
Business Transactions & Family Law
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Steven A. Mindel, a Certified Family Law
Specialist* since 1998, is the Managing Partner of FMBK and heads our firm's Business
Transactions Department. Mr. Mindel graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA in 1981 and from
the USC Law Center in 1985.
Mr. Mindel currently serves as the Past
President ofthe Board of Trustees of University
Synagogue and previously served on the Governing Board of Directors of Los
Angeles Free Clinic where he received two special recognition
awards for his volunteerism. He was appointed and served a two year term on the California
State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee ("FLEXCOM".) He also served
as an Advisor to FLEXCOM for four additional years. Mr. Mindel was named as a Super Lawyer
by Los Angeles Magazine, 2004 through 2012, and was
named one of Southern California's Top 100 lawyers, 2007 through 2012. In addition to being featured on the cover of the
Super Lawyers insert in the 2009 issue of Los
Angeles Magazine, he was featured in an article titled, "The
Man Who Would De-Fang Divorce," in the 2009 Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Mindel
was selected by his peers for inclusion in The
Best Lawyers® 2010 and 2012. He has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Mindel is a frequent guest lecturer.
Some recent presentations include: "Premarital Agreements" and "How
to Keep Your Law Firm From Becoming a Not For Profit Organization" for White,
Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt; "The Intersection of Post Marital
Agreements and Estate Planning" for the Legal Education Institute; "Marketing
101 for Attorneys" for the Beverly Bills Bar Association Barristers; and "Preparing
for Child Custody Evaluations" for Divorce Magazine.
In addition, he is on the Levitt
& Quinn Family Law Center Advisory Council. He is a lifetime member of the UCLA
Alumni Association. Mr. Mindel is the author of " Cooking For Our Friends," a cookbook that includes step-by-step instructions on
cooking meals for parties of more than 40 people. He is on the board of Pacific
Coast Soccer Club (PCSC). In addition, he is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an Eagle
Boy Scout. Mr. Mindel resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Nancy and their
View Mr. Mindel's recent television
Entertainment Tonight - Celebrity Custody Battles, Michael Jackson's family's situation, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's divorce, Sandra
Bullock's legal situation, Charlie
Sheen's situation, Schwarzenegger-Shriver
split, Lopez-Anthony split, Moore-Kutcher split
The Insider Drew Barrymore's wedding, Mark
Zuckerberg's pre-nup, Halle Berry's legal situation, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Engagement
E! News - Sandra Bullock's legal
situation, Sandra Bullock's
Good Morning America - Kelly Rutherford's child custody battle, Divorce Hotel, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's divorce settlement, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's child custody situation, Michael Douglas' legal
Good Day LA - McCourt-LA Dodgers
Early Show - Schwarzenegger-Shriver split
Today Show - Schwarzenegger-Shriver
AP Television - Tiger Woods' situation, Schwarzenegger-Shriver split
CBS 2 News - McCourt-LA Dodgers, Larry King's legal situation, Schwarzenegger-Shriver split
KCAL 9 News - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' pre-nup, McCourt-LA Dodgers, Larry King's legal situation, Mel Gibson's legal situation, Tiger Woods' situation, Eva Longoria and Tony Parker's legal situation, Moore-Kutcher split
NBC 4 News - Dennis Hopper's legal situation
KTLA 5 News - General divorce advice Part 1, General divorce advice Part 2, McCourt-LA Dodgers, Schwarzenegger-Shriver split
CNN Prime News - Sandra Bullock's situation
ABC 7 News - Michael Jackson's estate, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce, Charlie Sheen's situation December
2009, April 2011, Tiger Woods situation, McCourt-LA Dodgers
Divorce October 2009, March 2010, May
2010, December 2010, June 2011, Schwarzenegger-Shriver split, Kobe-Vanessa Bryant split
Listen to Mr. Mindel on NPR and The Michael Eric Dyson
S. Klein, CEPTPLS**
Partner, Head of our Probate & Trust Department
Probate & Trust Department, Family Law
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Howard S. Klein, a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust
and Probate Law** since 1993, heads our firm's Probate Department. Mr. Klein graduated
Summa Cum Laude in 1958 from UCLA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior
year. He graduated from UCLA Law School in 1961, worked as a trust administrator, and has
practiced law in Los Angeles County for over 40 years. Mr. Klein also holds an
"AV" rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Klein has practiced family law for over
35 years and has lectured, written and been a frequent panelist for Continuing Education
of the Bar and most major local bar associations, primarily on probate/family law
cross-over issues, on which he is an acknowledged authority. He is on the Los Angeles
Superior Court Probate Mediation Panel and has mediated over 100 cases in the past decade.
Mr. Klein is the immediate past Chair of
the State Bar Advisory Commission on Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He has
chaired the Probate Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and sat for six years on
the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trust and Estate
Section. He was named as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2005 through 2012, and was named on of Southern California's Top 100 Lawyers in 2011 and 2012. He was selected by his
peers for inclusion in The
Best Lawyers® 2010 and 2011. Howard Klein authored the article "Tales of Two Courts - Legal Changes in marital status can have a
dramatic impact on existing estate plans", which was published in Los Angeles
Lawyer Magazine, April 2005. Mr. Klein also co-authored with Geoffrey M. Murry the article
Planning for Non-traditional Couples", which was published in the California
Board of Legal Specialization Digest, 2007. In addition, Mr. Klein authored the article
and the Ascendance of Undue Influence", which was published in the California
Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Fall 2008. Also, Mr. Klein co-authored the article, "Under
the Influence in Probate and Family Law Matters," with partner Robert Brandt. The
article was published in the September 2008 issue of Los
Angeles Lawyer, and Klein and Brandt were featured on the cover of the magazine.
Finally, Mr. Klein authored the article, "Parting of the Ways: Clients
contemplating divorce need to consider revision of their estate plans," which was
published in the June 2010 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer. A past member of B'nai
B'rith International ("BBI") Board of Governors, Mr. Klein resides in
Porter Ranch with his wife, Rosalind, who is a former Senior International Vice President
View Mr. Klein's recent television appearances on:
Entertainment Tonight: Whitney Houston's Will
B. Kline, CFLS*
Jeremy Kline, Certified Family Law
Specialist, graduated Cum Laude from UCLA in 1982 and from the USC Law Center in 1985. Mr.
Kline is a partner and practices in the areas of business, real-estate and commercial
litigation, as well as family law. He has briefed several appeals during his practice,
National Bank v. Adams, 96 Cal.App.4th 315 (2002). Mr. Kline has an AV rating with
Martindale Hubbell. He is a member of the LA County, Beverly Hills, American Bar
Association and the Century City I, Professional
Network Group. He was named as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2009 through 2012. He is
also a lifetime member of the UCLA Alumni Association. Jerry has a wife, Betsy, and two
Litigation & Family Law
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S. Fingerett, CFLS*
Family Law & Litigation
Wallace S. Fingerett is a
Certified Family Law Specialist. He has been an attorney for more than 30 years. He
graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in business and the University of
La Verne Law School. Mr. Fingerett practices Family Law exclusively. He was named as a
Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2009 through 2012. Mr. Fingerett has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
His experience includes work as a solo
practitioner for more than twenty years and a senior financial consultant for a major
brokerage. Mr. Fingerett has lectured at adult continuing education courses; volunteer
attorney at Senior Citizens Center in Van Nuys and Reseda; volunteer attorney at Haven
Hills Women's Shelter in San Fernando Valley; volunteer attorney at Ventura County Family
Services in Thousand Oaks; volunteer attorney on behalf of Asylum applicants in Texas. He
resides in Woodland Hills with his wife, Rhonda, and two teenage boys.
L. Burt, CFLS*
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Nancy Burt is a Certified Family Law
Specialist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA in 1983 and received her law
degree from the University of San Francisco in 1986. Her practice is devoted exclusively
to the practice of family law. Prior to joining FMBK, Ms. Burt practiced with the law firm
of Coleman-Schwimmer & Warren. She has published "Sex Discrimination: Isbister v.
Boy's Club" in the University of San Francisco Law Review, 1985.
Ms. Burt serves on FMBK's Summer Law Clerk
Program Committee along with Taylor Bouchard.
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John Chason graduated Magna Cum Laude from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in
Philosophy, and received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.
After law school, Mr. Chason worked at The
Alliance for Children's Rights, where he received the Champion for Children award in
Prior to joining FMBK, Mr. Chason was a sole practitioner in family law and criminal
defense for over 10 years. He was appellate counsel in the case of Ross v. Figueroa (2006)
139 Cal.App.4th 856, one of the few published appellate decisions in the area of domestic
violence restraining orders. He published "Police
Reports: Let Them In or Keep Them Out" in LACBA Family Law News and Review. He
served on the Executive Committee of the Southern California Family Law American Inn of
Court in 2009.
Mr. Chason's practice is primarily family law, with particular expertise in domestic
violence and cross-over family law/criminal matters.
E. Green, CFLS*
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Megan E. Green is a Certified Family Law
Specialist. She graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a B.A. in Political
Science and Spanish. At Auburn, Ms. Green served as the President of the College of
Liberal Arts and interned for the Supreme Court of Alabama. She earned her J.D. from
Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors
Program, the symposium editor for the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, President
of the Family Law Society, and Southwestern's liaison to the American Bar Association.
During law school, Ms. Green externed for the Honorable Roy Paul, a family law judge. She was named a Rising Star by
Los Angeles Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Ms. Green is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association; she is also a former board member of the Beverly Hills
Bar Association and the Barristers' board. In particular, she served as the Homeless
Project Chairperson and Treasurer for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. In
2007, Ms. Green was recognized with the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers' Lawrence
J. Blake award for her outstanding achievement in community service. Ms. Green is also a
member of the Los
Angeles County Bar Association and the Inns of Court. She is a founding friend of the Los
Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities ("LATLC"), an organization dedicated to
community service, and a member of Consumer
Attorneys Association of Los Angeles ("CAALA"). Ms. Green has volunteered
for the Harriett
Buhai Center for Family Law and served as a co-lecturer in a presentation entitled,
Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive, for a
Continuing Legal Education seminar on the subject of spouses' fiduciary duties as
interpreted in the case Marriage of Feldman. She also wrote a summary for Divorce
Magazine on division of retirement plans upon dissolution. Ms. Green speaks Spanish.
Taylor E. Bouchard
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Taylor Bouchard earned her J.D. from Western New England College, School of Law in
Massachusetts, and her B.A. in Political Philosophy from Scripps College in Claremont.
Prior to law school, Ms. Bouchard worked as a paralegal.
During law school, she was a Judicial Extern, reviewing wills and estate taxes for the
Connecticut Probate Courts. Also during law school, Ms. Bouchard participated in Moot
Court, placing fifth in the nation out of 216 competing teams. In addition, she was an
advocate for low-income tenants in the Massachusetts Housing Court. In her free time, Ms.
Bouchard enjoys going to the beach, cooking and walking her dog.
Ms. Bouchard serves on FMBK's Summer Law Clerk Program
Committee along with Nancy Burt.
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Matthew Skarin is both an attorney and a CPA. He earned his J.D. from
Loyola Law School Los Angeles, and his B.A. in Business Economics with an emphasis in
Accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Prior to law school, Matthew worked for the accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche and
Miller and Co., doing both tax and compliance work. During law school, Mr. Skarin clerked
for Judge Bluebond in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles and was an extern in the
Clinical Honors Program with the California Attorney General's Office in the Business and
Tax division. Additionally, Matthew was a staff member of the Loyola Law School
Entertainment Law Review. In his free time, Mr. Skarin enjoys surfing, playing golf, and
Gregory A. Girvan holds a B.A. in
Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a law degree from Loyola
Law School, Los Angeles. He graduated law school in the top quarter of his class.While
attending Loyola Law School, Mr. Girvan served as a Family Law judicial extern for the
Honorable Harvey Silberman of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mr. Girvan formerly served as a legislative deputy for the
California State Assembly. While working for the Legislature, he drafted legislation to
prepare California's communications infrastructure for natural disasters and to curb
harassment in the workplace. He remains active in local politics in the San Fernando
Valley and has organized numerous political events, including hosting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at FMBK.
||David J. Glass, Ph.D.
Probate & Trust
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Dually- trained in Law and Clinical Psychology, David Glass received
his law degree from Villanova University in 1996 and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from
Drexel University (formerly The Medical College of Pennsylvania) in 1997.
Prior to joining FMBK, Mr. Glass founded his own firm,
Glass Family Law. He previously practiced with the Beverly Hills matrimonial boutique firm
of Kolodny & Anteau, and practiced matrimonial and mental health law for six years at
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, a 300+ lawyer firm with the largest family law
practice group in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Glass is a member of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association,
the Los Angeles County and American Psychological Association and the California
Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He serves on the Board of Directors for the
Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles, and as an Associate Editor for the Los
Angeles Psychologist. Mr. Glass is an adjunct instructor at the American College of
Professional Psychology, where he teaches the Law & Ethics class.
Mr. Glass has authored numerous articles and frequently
gives presentations for continuing legal and psychological education credits. He recently
published two articles in the Los Angeles Psychologist; What
the Social Sciences and the Court System Have to Offer Divorcing and Separating Families
Only Way to Win is Not To Play: A Post Divorce Case Study. Other published works
include the 2000 Supplement to Ziskin's Coping with Psychiatric and
Psychological Testimony and Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Law as a
Mr. Glass was named a "Rising Star" in the Family
Law Bar in Los Angeles magazine in 2005 and 2006, and was the featured cover
story for the 2007
edition. He was also named a "Super Lawyer" from 2009-2012. Glass is
admitted to practice law in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Mr. Glass currently resides in the Beverly-Grove section of
Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
* Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization