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After years of advocacy work, I now devote my practice exclusively to non-litigation conflict resolution services in family law.  These include mediation, consulting services to clients in mediation with other mediators, and collaborative law.  I also draft relationship agreements, such as pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, and cohabitation agreements, for couples seeking to memorialize their understandings regarding property, support and custody.    I have had hundreds of hours of training in alternative dispute resolution processes, including training with Gary Friedman at the Center for Mediation in Law and with Roger Fisher and Robert Mnookin at Harvard Law School.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Divorce: 25%
    38 years
  3. Child Custody: 15%
  4. Prenuptials: 5%
  5. Child Support: 5%



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  • Diane Elizabeth Wolf

    I endorse this lawyer without hesitation.


    Diane Wolf Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Link K Schwartz

    I sincerely endorse this lawyer as one of the most amazing, smart, dedicated, and caring lawyers I know. She is a joy to work with as opposing counsel. She provides zealous advocacy for her clients and works to resolve matters expeditiously.


    Link Schwartz Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Michelle Katz

12400 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA, 90025


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super Lawyer in Family LawSuper Lawyers2016
Southern California Super Lawyer in Family LawSuper Lawyers2015
Southern California Super Lawyer in Family LawSuper Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in America - Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2014
2015 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law MediationBest Lawyers in America2014
Southern California Super Lawyer in Family LawSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super Lawyer in Family LawSuper Lawyers2012
Souther California Super Lawyer in Family LawSuper Lawyers2011
Southern California Super Lawyers in Family LawSuper Lawyers2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Southern California Super Lawyers in Family Law MediationSuper Lawyers2009
Southern California Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw & Mediation Offices of Michelle Katz1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar FoundationFellow2009 - Present
ABA Section of Dispute ResolutionMembership Chair and Council member2008 - Present
California Dispute Resolution CouncilPast President and current Board of Directors member1999 - Present
State Bar of California Board of Legal SpecializationCertified Family Law Specialist1984 - Present
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law AssociationCo-founder2005 - 2007
State Bar of California Board of Legal SpecializationMember, ADR Consulting Group2004 - 2005
State Bar of CaliforniaChair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution2003 - 2004
Beverly Hills Bar FoundationMember, Board of Governors1998 - 2001
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember, Board of Governors1996 - 1999
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee1994 - 1997
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)A Lesson From the Titanic or Staying Afloat on the Rough Seas of Mediation, Co-author with Judith C. Nesburn1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mid Valley College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Cornell UniversityN/AM.Ed1965
Cornell UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Collaborative Family Law Basic Interdisciplinary Two-Day Inspirational TrainingCollaborative Law2009
ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution Options Available in Family Law2009
ABA Midyear ConferenceSuccessfully Transitioning to or Starting an ADR Practice2009