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Michelle Katz

Family Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.0   4 reviews

also known as MICKEY KATZ

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    My practice is devoted exclusively to mediation, mediation-related services, and collabortaive law in family law cases. This includes divorce and post-judgment cases involving the full range of family law issues as well as pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and domestic issues of same-sex relationships.

    46 years

  3. Child custody
    15%

  4. Child support
    5%

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

HELPING FAMILIES RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH COMPASSION AND EXPERIENCE IN DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW.

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.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

Michelle Katz
11400 West Olympic Blvd
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Reviews

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Posted by Tom | December 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire her
Hired her as mediator, did an excellent job. Definitely worth meeting her to see if she fits your situation. Appreciated how much she seemed to care and how she prioritized the well-being of our child in everything.
Posted by Ralph | December 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mickey was a great help during a trying time
Getting divorced was the hardest time in my life, but luckily we found Mickey who helped my ex-wife and I figure everything out through mediation. We have kids and we didn't want them seeing us "fighting" during this process. She is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, but is also a genuinely nice, warm person who I felt I could really talk to. I can't even imagine going through this incredibly difficult time without someone like Mickey, and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Jen | February 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Warm and compassionate
When I was going through a tough transition, Mickey was a warm and compassionate listener to direct me to appropriate resources to help me. Mickey's mediator consultation helped me see that there is hope and various options to get through a painful process.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AVOID HIRIING THIS ATTORNEY
My wife and I hired "Mickey" Katz to mediate our divorce. We paid her up front a retainer and expected a competent and professional lawyer to help us -- but her services were incompetent and her behavior was NOT professional. She suggested a monthly child/spousal support amount that was outrageously inaccurate. She also wrote us sarcastic emails that showed NO sensitivity to the challenge and stress of getting divorced. With many choices of highly competent and kind mediation attorneys to choose from in the Los Angeles area, Michelle Katz is not among them. Avoid her at all costs. .
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Response from Michelle Katz December 30, 2015
After practicing family law for over thirty years - first as a litigator, and now with almost 20 years experience as a mediator, as a consulting attorney to clients in mediation with other mediators, and as a collaborative attorney - I understand how painful the process of divorce can be. Additionally, I've had my own painful personal experience. It's very difficult, especially after a long-term marriage, to get through the disappointment, the hurt, and the anger that the process often triggers. Acknowledging the failure of old expectations can be so painful. I'm happy that in so many cases I've been able to help clients navigate the pitfalls of marriage dissolution and enable them to embark on a new chapter of their lives with a positive outlook. I believe I've done a good job. However, I welcome feedback from my clients; feel free to contact me through my profile or otherwise to continue the discussion.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law & Mediation Offices of Michelle Katz
  • 1983 - Present

Education

  • San Fernando Valley College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Cornell University
  • M.Ed
  • 1965
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1964

Associations

  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Membership Chair and Council member
  • 2008 - Present
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
  • Past President and current Board of Directors member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • 1984 - Present
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Co-founder
  • 2005 - 2007
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member, ADR Consulting Group
  • 2004 - 2005
  • State Bar of California
  • Chair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Governors
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Governors
  • 1996 - 1999
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1994 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - Family Law Mediation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Souther California Super Lawyer in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Southern California Super Lawyers in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Southern California Super Lawyers in Family Law Mediation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2006
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Publications

  • 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. Nesburn
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Collaborative Family Law Basic Interdisciplinary Two-Day Inspirational Training
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Michelle
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Excellent combination of professional knowledge, compassion, and good humor. A pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."

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Los Angeles Family Lawyer Michelle Katz
Michelle Katz
Family Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 45 years