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Tamara Shari Benefield

Family Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

4.8   45 reviews

also known as Certified Family Law Specialist, Tamara Benefield Faulk

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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021

About Tamara

Learn Tamara’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%

  2. Child support
    20%

  3. Domestic violence
    20%

  4. Family
    20%
    Dissolution/Divorce, Nullity, Legal Separation Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Domestic Violence, Domestic Partnerships, Adoption, Co-Habitation Agreements, Interstate Actions, Premarital and Marital Settlement Agreements, Marital Property/Community Property, Division of Assets, Parenting Agreement, Surrogacy and Artificial Insemination, Petitions to Terminate Parental Rights/Abandonment

    22 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%

  6. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

  7. Alimony
    2%

  8. Adoption
    1%

  9. International law
    1%

  10. Uncontested divorce
    1%

PASSION. ADVOCACY. SKILL. A DISTINGUISHED FAMILY LAW TRIAL ATTORNEY WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD.

The Law Offices of Tamara Benefield is a Professional Law Corporation based in Beverly Hills, California. We are dedicated to the performance of outstanding legal advocacy, representation and litigation on your behalf.

Quality Legal Representation

You need a lawyer that you can talk to openly and honestly about what to do during your time of need. You need a lawyer who is available to guide you through the step by step process of your case. You need a lawyer whose knowledge and skill base is first rate. You need an attorney who will take the time to explain and foster your own understanding of how the law applies to your situation so that you can learn from this barrier in your life and overcome it. Stand up for yourself first, reach for the phone and call now so you can get the legal relief you deserve! Ms. Benefield will advocate diligently for your best interests.

Ms. Benefield is approachable and yet a fierce advocate strategically positioned to fight for your rights. As a Loyola Law School Public Interest Fellow, Ms. Benefield is dedicated to people and views her role as an Attorney as one of service to her clients, community and society. She is relentless in pursuit of justice for her clients. It's not just about the practice of law. Its about the pursuit of fairness, justice and equality for all people.

Premier Office Technology
Our office uses cutting edge legal technology and premier legal software to optimize performance.  We are responsive to our clients needs and available when you need to speak with an Attorney. Ms. Benefield will return your calls, update you on the status of your case, and take the time to discuss the facts and details of your particular matter. Our firm relies heavily on thorough research and analysis to assist our clients and advance their interests. Comprehensive research software and premier office technology compliment her intellectual performance to provide you with the informative and current research  to support your case.

Professional Associations & Credentials

Ms. Benefield is licensed to practice law  in both state and federal  Courts in the State of California. Ms. Benefield is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, American Bar Association, Langston Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association.  She is also a member of the California State Bar Family Law Section and Trusts and Estate Planning. Ms. Benefield is a Ronald Brown Fellow for the Center of Politics and Commercial Diplomacy and a distinguished Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Fellow. Ms. Benefield is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

In addition to the practice of law, Ms. Benefield is a licensed real estate broker (renewal application pending). She is also fluent in the Spanish language.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2013,2012
Client's Choice
2019 2013 2012

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Location

Law Offices Of Tamara Benefield
9454 Wilshire Blvd. Penthouse Suite
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
Law Offices Of Tamara Benefield
400 Corporate Pointe, Suite 300
Culver City, CA, 90230
Law Offices Of Tamara Benefield
1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266
Law Offices Of Tamara Benefield
3780 Kilroy Airport Way, Suite 200
Long Beach, CA, 90806
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  45 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kevin F. | June 14, 2013
Tamara is an awesome attorney
Tamara Benefield is an amazing attorney. My child custody case was difficult and stressful. We had several turns in my case and there were times when I didn't think the case would be over. But Tamara took each one in stride. She put together a plan that won me custody of my children. If you want an attorney that cares about you and your case I would recommend Tamara.
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Posted by NILE | August 2, 2013
THE BEST IN FAMILY LAW!!!!!
The difficulty of Custody issues can be stressfull...but Ms. Benefield was the answer to all of my legal needs. If you want a PIT-BULL of a lawyer fighting for you, then you hire Ms. Benefield. She is extremely knowledgeable, skillful, witty, and brilliant in the courtroom. When I needed the confidence, she gave it to me. She makes you feel very comfortable about your case and doesn't give off that sleazy, "I'm in it for the money" feel that some lawyers will give you. She goes into every case like she has something to prove, and she proved it well to me. She's my Lawyer!!....and I would recommend her to ANYONE I know. SHE HAS YOUR BACK!!! SHE'S A GOOD BET!!
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Posted by Michelle King | February 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is professional, a masterful negotiator, thorough, responsive, & fair financially.
Attorney Tamara Benefield strategizes and conducts the case like playing chess, advising me what to do and what not to do step by step. No other lawyer will handle your case like her. Attorney Tamara Benefield was with me every step of the way. She thinks fast and is very adept at contention and extremely well versed and competent at prosecution. Her style is firm and terse and her arguments are all convincing, logical, corroborated, and solid. She used timing to her advantage, and suss out judges to increase your odds. She helped put my case in the right context and won my case for me. With just her opening and closing statement, she slashed my opponent like a samurai sword, I almost felt sorry for my opponent. My opponent "sliced", already lost her case, she just didn't know it. Bonus, was that Tamara Benefield is compassionate, and immediately from first meeting I felt she was already on my side not just as my lawyer but as a woman who understands and was empathetic to my situation. I interviewed other lawyers, but I felt like just a number to them. Tamara Benefield is like a ninja in heels and lipstick. I am so grateful for her help and now I can continue my life again thanks to her. She really does balance out the bad with the good and brings justice to the world. I went from feeling defeated to feeling empowered thanks to her. Hire her. You will not regret it.
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Posted by Olga | September 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Benefield is very knowledgeable and will fight for you until the end!
From the first conversation, things were amazing! Mrs. Benefield is very knowledgeable and will fight for you until the end! She not only is an awesome attorney but also became such a friend through the process. You cannot go wrong with Benefield and her team, they are the best representation you could ever ask for! Thank you so much!
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Posted by Ivan | September 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tamara was that person for me.
What a wonderful experience. Mrs. Tamara made this feel like a safe and comfortable experience for me. She was available to answers questions. I found her to be very knowledgeable and professional. She was timely in responses, and efficient in her processes. I like someone who is direct, but yet factual and can provide examples and has a large knowledge base, Tamara was that person for me.
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Posted by Jeffery Mack | September 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I don't think you all could have done any better
The second best decision to getting a divorce was choosing Tamara Benefield Law Offices to represent me in court. When I retained Attorney Tamara I wanted to represented by the best. Not only did she do an amazing job representing me, everyone in her Firm ensured I was well prepared for trial. Despite the outcome of court I don't think you all could have done any better.
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Posted by Manuel Little | August 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend her to anyone!
Mrs. Tamara is well worth the money! I had a very complicated case to deal with and in a very short time. Mrs. Tamara and her team Went above and beyond to make it happen and we won! She dropped everything to take care of my case. I highly recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Nicole | January 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A for Advocate
She puts the 'A' in advocate. I found Tamara at the lowest moment of my life. Having just escaped a home where I had suffered physical abuse while pregnant and I was fighting against a narcissist that continued to victimize me, what I needed more than anything was someone who wasn't afraid to fight to protect my rights and my sense of peace and security against someone that had no boundaries. From day one, Tamara understood exactly what needed to be done to ensure my children and I were safe and understood our rights to a life of peace and she fought for us every step of the way. The process was long, emotionally charging and scary at times, but I can honestly say I don't know where we would have ended up without her support and guidance. I found her to be very knowledgeable of the law, passionate, absolutely dedicated and a bright light for my family at a time when all other lights had gone out. I and my children are forever indebted to her.
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Posted by tristan | January 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Performance
Tamara Yelp review Despite the unfortunate situation that my family & I needed a lawyer . Hiring Tamara Benifield was the best decision we made in representing us . She was informative, compassionate, and very understanding. She had a willingness to listen .When it came down to her performance in the court room she had extensive knowledge of the law . And spoke with major conviction . She is more the qualified to handle any situation with ease . She knows how to work a court room with her grace and unfounded professionalism. Ms benifield knows the law and uses necessary terminology and codes with untouchable class. To the point where she completely intimated the opposing defense and put them to shame. By her authoritative nature and firm , stern voice . She is very distinguished. If I could give 10 stars she is more then deserving of them . Thanks you again . You are a wonderful example of excellence. You are appreciated. The Green Family
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Posted by Kinisha | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY PLEASED AND GREAT EXPERIENCE!!
RETAIN HER. Worth every penny because the end result is happiness and peace of mind. She is the best decision I made after many consultations with other lawyers who came across as short or condescending. At first I was hesitant to call her, but don't let her pretty little face fool you because she can politely school the best of them from her 25+ years of experience in family law. Mrs. Benefield was the only one who took the time during the consultation to thoroughly review all of my legal rights and those that I was asked to waive in my prenuptial. She counter-offered just about everything in my premarital agreement negotiations and sought to make sure I was completely satisfied and got what I deserved. She is very knowledgeable, poised, sharp and professional. She is also a lovely person to work with and you will feel like you have the right person in your corner and by your side. I was very impressed by her ability to constantly rise above the cattiness and keep a positive perspective, reminding me that it's just business and to not take it personally. I highly recommend her to anyone embarking down the road of a premarital agreement because you are going to need more than just a good lawyer, you are going to need a friend who cares and has your back! Thanks again Tamara for everything!
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Posted by Andrea | January 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, empathetic and amazing
If I could give more stars, I would. Tamara literally saved my life from a dangerous predator. She knew exactly how to guide me through the process and made sure I understood everything before proceeding on to the next issue, and was always very straightforward and honest. Mine was a very long and drawn-out process due to the level of psychosis of the other party involved, and Tamara definitely went above and beyond to keep me safe and ensure that my property remained in my possession. She worked when she was sick, pulled all-nighters and hustled over the holidays to ensure my safety. She made sure I received the maximum amount of protection from the courts, and even helped me regain some of the legal fees. She truly cares for her clients and it shows. I know she had lots of other cases besides mine but she always made me feel as though she was always there for me, and always responded immediately in an emergency, no matter the hour. She is truly what a great attorney is SUPPOSED to be. I always felt confident with her support, and believe me when I say that you will do well to trust her. Addendum 07/18/2021: Well unfortunately I was in the position where I had to hire an attorney again because of the same vexatious litigant, but I am so grateful to have Tamara on my side! She once again came through for me when I needed her the most, put my fears to rest, and took care of business. You will not find a more hard-working and empathetic professional in this field. Guaranteed.
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Posted by Belinda | August 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Perfect Guidance
Tamara knew exactly how to guide me from the first day we met. And even though court matters can take a while to settle, her advice was right on target and even though she was ill, the sub attorney was able to pick up where Tamara left off and like I said thank God I had listened to what she said to do I was helped tremendously for it all ! So, I want to thank Tamara & Cherie for all they have done for me over time!! From the bottom of my heart God knows I am beyond happy and grateful to this law firm. It was all your expertise, wisdom & foresight Tam!! You proved to be a 300 mile gem in my journey. Keep helping the hurting people in the world! Blessings to you and yours :)
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Posted by Anthony | August 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
I highly recommend hiring the services of Tamara Benefield. My personal experience with ms. Benefield was 5 stars excellent. I felt like everything was taken care of in an exceptional manner. If you are in need of a Divorce & Family law attorney don't hesitate to call Tamara Benefield Law Office.
Posted by Cody | August 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in America
Tamara Benefield is by far the best attorney I've ever dealt with. She is so helpful and guides you in the direction you need to go. She broke down simple step by step instructions on how my case looks and what we're looking at in the future. Shes very smart and talented at her job and is a kind and helpful woman. I recommend her to anyone that needs a family law attorney. You went regret it that's for sure
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer who is fast and accurate.
I am very happy to have had the good fortune of finding Mrs Benefield! I was faced with a difficult family law case as the other side was antagonistic. My previous lawyer was unable to circumvent “bad faith” negotiations and I was left with a legal entanglement that was based on lies that had not been opposed properly by my other counsel. My previous partner was angry and using a legal battle spending over 100k to prevent me from seeing my son. I was opposing false allegations and gross misstatements of the truth. I needed a lawyer that could pick up a mishandled case as well as deal with an opposing counsel that is litigious and will antagonize for their client as to extend the bill as long as possible. Ms Benefield took my case just a week before trial. I was very impressed with her ability to process the case as well as simplify the pieces that had deliberately been opacified by opposing counsel. I watched her site case law and precedent to beat back the ill intentions of the opposing counsel. She was savvy with influencing the other side to settle. She was able to conceptualize and oppose arguments very well. She was committed to a solution for the case putting an end to a “billing battle” by the previous attorneys. She was clear with her understanding of law as well as the explanations of all proceedings. I had the experience of family attorneys explaining things but lacking clarity. Sometimes when people don't have a good grasp on a topic they will claim that it’s tough to understand. Contrastingly Ms Benefield had an excellent knowledge base and explained everything with ease. I was thoroughly impressed with her and I would recommend her without reservation to my colleagues and friends. She is expensive but she provides a great service.
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Posted by Jeremy | April 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
THANK YOU!!!
Words cannot explain what I went through and how INCREDIBLE the opportunity was to have Tamara Benefield on my case. Sometimes we need a great lawyer, and that is exactly what Tamara Benefield is. Thank you for all you've done for me and my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Family Law Lawyer
Tamara is an excellent lawyer with a specaility in family law. She assisted me with a request and was very responsive. She went above and beyond to assist me with the manner and also was very personally supportive.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Right Lawyer For Me & You
I hired Tamara Benefield after reading the excellent reviews and endorsements on AVVO. I needed a strong attorney that would represent me and that's exactly what I got! I was so nervous and didn't understand a lot things. Tamara put me at ease and answered all my questions. I highly recommend her for your Family Law needs.
Posted by Joyce | October 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I am a satisfied client of Attorney Tamara Benefield
Tamara Benefield is a professional expert in Family Law! Aside from her professionalism and expertise, she was present with me, very easy to talk to. She clearly understood my concerns. She boldly represented, and fought for me in the Courtroom! I walked away satisfied with the outcome of my situation. I would highly recommend Tamara Benefield to anyone who might need a Family Law Attorney. Joyce
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Posted by Daphane | October 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome!!
Tamara is a fantastic attorney. She has been so supportive and protective of my case and helped me get sole legal and physical custody of my children. I have used her firm for several years and her and her team have been there for me giving me the keys to winning my case! She's amazing and I definitely recommend her. She is super successful and that's why a lot of haters out there post fake reviews. She's the real deal and my family and I are under her wings during our crisis.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2021
updated on 09/10/2021

This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Work Experience

  • Professor
  • University Of West Los Angeles School Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • CEO
  • Law Offices of Tamara Benefield
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate
  • Anderson, McPharlin & Conners
  • 2001 - 2002

Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 500K Frozen and Liened
  • Ex Parte Application granted to protect corpus of the community estate
  • IRMO
  • $180,000 Judgment and $7500 per month wage garnishment

Associations

  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Family Law Liaison for Harriet Buhai Center
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Board of Directors
  • Liason
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Historian
  • 2016 - Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Order of Distinguished Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • California Association Black Lawyers
  • Judicial Evaluations Co-Chair
  • 2017 - 2017
  • California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Historian
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Trailblazer Under 40 Award
  • National Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Family Law Attorneys
  • National Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Advanced Cross Examination
  • National Family Law Trial Institute
  • 2015
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Family Law Trial Institute at South Texas College of Law
  • 2010
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Professor
  • Civil Procedure
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Tamara
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Benefield is an extremely competent, compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. She is a fighter who works very hard on behalf of her clients. Tamara is one of the first people I think of when clients or friends need a family law attorney. I know they are in good hands if she is their attorney. I endorse her without reservation!"
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I wholeheartedly endorse attorney Tamara Benefield. In all my years of Family Law practice, I have never experienced a lawyer that will stop at nothing to fight for her client's rights as Tamara does. She's simply the BEST !"
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Benefield is very thorough and attentive. Without hesitation, I have referred numerous clients to her and she has been patient, diligent, and knowledgeable in consulting them."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tamara has always been an outstanding and upstanding attorney in her family law practice. I am proud and confident when referring clients to engage her knowledgable and professional services."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tamara is personable, knowledgeable and reliable! She has the right temperament and skill set to be a formidable advocate for her client. She leads by example and is an inspiration to our field."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Benefield is a highly respected attorney in the legal community by fellow lawyers and former clients. She is experienced and knowledgeable about the law and truly cares about each of her clients. If you are searching for a lawyer that will fight for you but who is also compassionate, Ms. Benefield is the lawyer for you."
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