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Michael Harold Nathans

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

In recognition of Mr. Nathans' superior family law skills. Mr Nathans has been named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine every year since 2012.

Attorney Michael Nathans is your strongest legal advocate with 25 years of proven results. As the founder of Nathans Family Law APC in Los Angeles, Michael Nathans' focus, with the support of a professional office staff, is on diligently serving the needs of individuals and families at every stage of the family law legal process.

Right Lawyer Right Now

Reflecting Attorney Michael Nathans' divorce and family law expertise he has been ranked in the top 5% of California Family Law Attorney every year since 2012 by Los Angeles Magazine.

Michael H. Nathans received his bachelor’s degree, with high honors, from UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Loyola Law School. Shortly thereafter, he opened up his own family legal practice to best pursue the highest standards and personal approach to the practice of family law.

A native of Los Angeles, he has extensive experience with the local legal process in Southern California and is licensed to practice in all California state courts. He has also acted in the capacity of Judge Pro Tem (temporary judge) for the Los Angeles County courts.


He is appointed frequently by family law courts to represent minor children in contested divorce and child custody cases, owing to his long-term and demonstrated experience in family law and child custody matters.

He is affiliated with a number of California legal organizations, including membership in the family law sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Santa Monica Bar Association, the Burbank Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and Lawyers for Human Rights.

He is committed to the practice of family law and to helping clients work to resolve disputes effectively with minimal cost. His career in family law remains motivated by a desire to work directly with clients and devise solutions that can address legal problems of daily life.


Nathans Family Law, APC
5670 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90036-3710

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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2022
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Wife of the client
We are in a different state but our case was in California. My husband was having a hard time trying to find the right person to represent him in this child custody/support order. The other party had 3x the money my husband makes and my husband is a war veteran with a disability. Michael not only took the very tough case, but he was thorough and although we were frustrated and irritated he remained tactful and won every case that was brought to court. His delivery was harsh to us sometimes but it was needed to keep us focused and very well appreciated in the end. He never lied, always trustworthy and always got the job done no matter what. If we ever hit the lottery we will surely look for him to bless us again. He got my husband CS lowered where we could afford it, he was reunited with his child after not being able to see her for over 10+ years, and granted his parental rights, and he even got our lawyer fees back and back pay on a payment plan. He never gave up on my husband and it was a very hard thing to do dealing with the other party made it a very difficult battle. Michael loves his clients and he will work hard for you!!!!
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Posted by Brandon | November 22, 2021
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The Archangel
My custody case was a mess before Michael came in. He helped turn everything around in my favor. He fought aggressively and righteously for my rights, protection, and justice. No matter how much the opposing party tried to lie, cheat, steal and destroy, Michael won EVERY battle…he’s an incredible STRONG litigator (the best!) in court but also promotes mediation! Bottom line…if it weren’t for Michael I would’ve continued to be bullied by the other side, overpaying in child support, and no custodial rights. I would not be where I am today in my life it weren’t for Michael. Forever grateful for his strength, knowledge, SUCCESS!
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Posted by AHMED | March 22, 2018
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Michael is no doubt an exceptionally brilliant and highly skilled lawyer that I have came across. The way he leads the case in the court is truly impressive. His strategy on each aspect of the case is crystal clear and his execution plan focuses on meeting all the client needs. He doesn’t leave any minute details and bring up solid arguments throughout the trial to prove his point. I do like his strategy of bringing up out of the box ideas and thinking beyond the case to find out more information which we never thought of before. He has been very much involved with us and set the right focus for us that helped us to do better prepare for the case. I don’t have any doubt that if we did not have Michael’s support we would have been very unlucky. He opened totally new dimensions for us in a marriage annulment case that he fought for us. He led the case very strongly from the beginning in an efficient, strategic and calculated manner. Not only he worked out several options with us to proceed but also guided us how the case can be settled out of the court. His command in the court and approach towards opposite counsel was phenomenal. He not only understands the dynamics of the case but also the psychology of opposite party and acts accordingly. He is well aware of all the emotional aspects and its outcomes in the trial while at the same time he knows how to tackle and elaborate what is normally overlooked. We are still waiting for the final decision in our case, but we are very happy that we made a sound decision to hire him. The efforts he put in our case and his passion to win is what impressed us the most. He never sits idle for few minutes and doesn’t take things lightly and fight as hard as possible till the end. We have learned a lot while working with him especially what to look for if you are planning to hire the best lawyer for your case. Michael is a very nice individual too and an easy to work with person who is always approachable and ready to help you out. I would definitely hire him again if needed and he will be my only recommendation to someone looking for a lawyer to represent his/her in civil court.
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Posted by LaTescia | June 8, 2017
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"Simply The Best"
I have always believed in giving credit where it is due. I must say that hands down, Michael Nathans is certainly a top notch Family Law Attorney. He is very passionate, professional, experienced and extremely skilled at what he does. His counsel and expertise have proven to be so very valuable. Anyone who has found themselves facing divorce knows that it is one of the most difficult, devastating, confusing times of your life. Having an attorney that I can talk to, one of such high caliber helping me to navigate through these rough waters has allowed me to breathe and sleep a little easier. My case has been a very difficult one and Attorney Michael Nathans has been with me every step of the way. I am very grateful for all of the hard work that he and his amazing staff have done and for all of the victories we've had. If you are looking for the very best , Attorney Michael Nathans is it......The Very Best !!!
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Posted by Joe | March 2, 2017
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Great Outcome In My Case
I was so lucky to have been referred to Michael Nathans from a friend of mine that highly recommended him after he used him for his divorce. I needed to go to court and get custody and support orders. Michael Nathans was extremely knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way. He handled my case from start to finish which I appreciated. I prevailed in court. The judge loved him.
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Posted by David | February 5, 2017
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The Best
After just having gone through a child custody battle in Los Angeles Family Court I can say that I would never have had such a good result without attorney Michael Nathans. I do not usually write reviews but this attorney was amazing. He helped my family a lot. I interviewed several other attorneys and am so thankful I choose him. He is a pit bull in court but outside of court he was extremely helpful and understanding and got results quickly.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer - Wow!
Mr. Nathans took my family law case and did an amazing job getting me great results. It was an ugly court battle but I won thanks to Mr. Nathans working so hard. I would go back to him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Linda | July 7, 2016
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Mr Nathans is an amazing attorney. Yes his fees are pricey but its worth it. He works truley hard and is well prepared when attending court. You pay good money and you get quality results. It tooks almost two years to finalize my divorce not because of Mr Nathans but because of my husband who failed to cooperate ans ended up loosing everything he asked for. He could have won something when we had our mediation but he persisted to ask for more. Mr Nathans is very aggressive and straight forward and i love that about him. Mr Nathans is very knowledgeable and brought up laws i had to look up becuase i didnt know of them. He knows his work and does an exemplary job at it. i would highly recommend Mr Nathans. Thank you Mr Nathans. The Crawford Case from 2015
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2016
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Excellent and Compassionate Attorney
I had a very difficult family law case. It was important for my family that I prevailed in court. Thank-goodness a friend referred me to Mr. Nathans. He was outstanding and able to get me what I wanted. I will forever be grateful.
Posted by Jill | February 6, 2016
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Outstanding family law attorney
Thank-goodness we found Mr. Nathans. We were headed for an ugly court battle. He turned everything around for us and could not be happier with the results. He handled the case from start to finish and did not pass us down to low level associates like other law offices I spoke to.
Posted by Allison | September 24, 2014
Fantastic Family Law Attorney
I consulted with several family law attorneys and Mr. Nathans turned out to be the best. I was grateful I found him. He really helped me and my kids with the divorce. Mr. Nathans really knows his stuff and is very aggressive, which is what I needed for my case.
Posted by Steven | September 20, 2014
Top Notch Family Law Attorney - He Saved Me
The best family law attorney in Los Angeles. Mr. Nathans took over my case after I was represented by another attorney and losing in court. He turned my case around completely and got me excellent results. Mr. Nathans gave me a lot of good options to resolve issues. He is not the cheapest but the best. I was very pleased.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2014
Rude and bad attitude but the best of the best at what he does.
Mr. Nathans is such a jerk. he has had me in tears many times. HOWEVER, the attitude is what you need in court. he knows what he is doing and works non stop to get it done. he is rather pricey but you get what you pay for and so far ive gotten everything i want. Now if my ex could just disappear i'd be the happiest woman alive.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2013
The Best!
Thanks to Mr. Nathans I won my case and got what I wanted quickly. Mr. Nathans is super knowledgable about family law and explained all my options up front. He was amazing in court and helped me so much. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2011
He was the best .
I have nothing but trust on this attorney . He brougth peace into my home is been almost ten years and when people ask me for a family attornney i always give them his name. Thanks. Michael. Love, Gary And Angie McClane
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Nathans Family Law, APC
  • 1994 - Present


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Study Group
  • Analyzing Tax Returns For Family Law
  • 2016

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Family Attorney | Sep 11
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"Hard working, extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to his clients. I endorse this attorney without any hesitation!"
Los Angeles Family Lawyer Michael Harold Nathans
Michael Harold Nathans
Family Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 31 years
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