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Maya Shulman

Family Attorney at Calabasas, CA

4.7   20 reviews

About Maya

Learn Maya’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%

    22 years

  2. Family
    25%
    Family Law Practices include: · Surrogacy · Fathers’ Rights · Gay and Lesbian Family Law · International Divorce · International Child Custody · Rights of Unmarried Parents

    22 years

  3. Marriage and prenuptials
    15%
    Marriage Law Practices include: · Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements

    22 years

  4. Adoption
    10%

    22 years

  5. Child custody
    10%

    22 years

  6. Child support
    10%

    22 years

  7. Mediation
    5%

    22 years

My mission is to help my clients successfully manage their crises in life, while keeping them out of legal and financial messes. I'm happy to be given the opportunity to enable people to function and feel safe in their daily lives while they struggle through divorce resolutions and personal turmoil. I continue to develop my emotional intelligence and legal skills to assist my clients in navigating complex legal and personal situations with limited risks. Solving such complexities in people's lives is when I really thrive.

Shulman Family Law Group is located in Calabasas, CA. Typical clients include high asset and high net worth individuals, business people, homemakers, entertainers and professional athletes. Maya's experience includes litigation, mediation and collaboration in all areas of dissolution, paternity, domestic and international move-away custody cases, adoption, post-divorce modification of custody and support adoption and assisted reproduction technologies (ART) and family formation law including surrogacy contracts.

 

 

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Licensed for 22 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/07/2022
State MA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2014
Updated 09/19/2022

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

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Shulman Family Law Group
23622 Calabasas Road
Suite 240
Calabasas, CA, 91302
Shulman Family Law Group
7 W. Figueroa Street
Suites 300
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical, thorough, and caring lawyer
Maya and her team led me through the most difficult period of my life with thoroughness, expertise, compassion and ethics. I knew at all times that I was in good hands.
Posted by Candice | August 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Are there words to thank someone saving your life
How do you thank someone for saving your life? Are there words to express the impact that they’ve had in the present and into the future..for you and your family? Are there words or sentiments that do them justice? At times I catch myself wondering what I would have done if I hadn’t chosen Maya Shulman, and how blessed and grateful I am that I did. When you are in a situation with high stakes, the fear can be debilitating. All you want to know is how much you have to pay and who to trust to help you through it, and reading all the reviews in the world, doesn’t seem to bring that sort of security you’re hoping to find when selecting your legal defense (or building your army). Mayas name was the only overlapping name I received after seeking various recommendations from attorneys in the area who themselves didn’t practice family law but were privy to others reputations, friends, neighbors…as many people as I could in 3 days. The last person who recommended Maya triple underlined the word aggressive next to her name. And that was what I needed. Someone who would battle on my behalf and that of my children…aggressively, as though they were their own. Only individuals who have found themselves in situations where so much can be determined in a court of law that will affect their life for decades and that of their children can truly appreciate the value of a good lawyer. They seemingly hold your life in their hands. Maya won a domestic violence case on my behalf. After disclosing to my husband I was leaving (his drinking had become physically and emotionally unmanageable), and wanted an amicable divorce, 3 days later I was served a DVTRO in my own home. Followed by 6 police officers 2 hours later asking me to pack a suitcase as a move out order had been filed with LA SUPERIOR court. I was so shocked, that I almost didn’t think it was serious. Up until that point the way I viewed the legal system was “well if I didn’t rob a bank I don’t need to worry about being accused of robbing a bank.” I quickly learned in family law the burden of proof is much less, and that LA Superior Court had approved a domestic violence temporary restraining order that if it had been found to have been found even potentially to have committed (if a judge couldn’t determine with enough certainty that I had indeed committed no such act, with or without evidence), that my husband wouldn’t have to pay me alimony, that he would have primary custody of our children and that defending yourself against an accusation costs a heck of a lot more than accusing someone of one. It was the most confusing, scary and trying time of my life both mentally and physically. I went from being a stereotypical housewife, former PTA president, to being escorted out of my own home with my anthropologie apron on in the middle of the day, without warning. For those whose lives have changed seemingly overnight, I hope these words bring you some comfort, and encourage you to take the time to reach out to Maya. She has drastically affected my life and that of my children and I will be forever grateful. Thank you Maya, Jordana and Carol for sticking by me.
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Response from Maya Shulman September 12, 2022
Thank you Candice for trusting us. It is not an easy road to travel, but you handled it superbly.
Posted by Angela | December 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
CEO of Conquer Credit Management Inc
Driven, professional and a no nonsense touch is always the best when you are dealing with life's marital challenges. If you want someone to fight and win Maya is a sure win! I love her witty spirit and to the point answers.
Response from Maya Shulman December 17, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words, Angela! I’m both humbled and overjoyed by your words. Happy to have been of service to you along this journey.
Posted by Jessica | August 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She gets the results you are hoping for, and guides you every step of the way
I had a child custody case that involved quite a lot of intricacies (no marriage, 2 children, domestic violence, etc). She helped me navigate the multiple different turns the opposing counsel took, anticipated how things might play out very well, guided me to handle situations better, and ultimately helped achieve the end goal, which resulted in us doing a move away. She was always professional, upfront with me about possible outcomes, and gave the best advice. She was always timely, effective, communicative, respectful, assertive, and preemptive. I'm so grateful for her taking on my case and guiding me through every step of the way. Our lives would be so different (and much worse) had she not. Thank you for helping the court system see things clearly for how they are (rather than how opposing counsel tried to portray things). Best attorney I have had the pleasure of working with!
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Posted by Angela | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
I was referred to Maya's firm by a friend and am very grateful for it. Maya represented me in a custody situation with my ex-husband. She and her staff did an excellent job and were both understanding and responsive to questions and concerns. I would highly recommend Maya to anyone needing counsel in a family law case. I hope to not need this type of representation in the future, but in the event that I do, I would definitely use Maya's firm again. Jennifer and Gigi in her office were wonderful to deal with also.
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Posted by Vladislav | February 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Maya Shulman and associates
I hired Maya Shulman for my divorce where the process lasted from September 2019-January 2021. The divorce ended completely in my favor thanks to Maya and her incredible staff. At the beginning of my divorce, it was really hard for me emotionally and Maya was always patient and would always put my mind on the right track to get where I needed to get too for this to all work out smoothly. Despite COVID being a huge issue with time, Maya and her staff were always available for me to email or call with any issues or questions that I had along the way. This process was a bit expensive but it was extremely worth it in the end. With Maya, you have to really listen to her and trust her process because she truly knows what she is doing and even if you have moments of doubt, just know that Maya and her associates truly have your back at all times. I am very thankful for the work Maya and her staff did, I got everything I wanted out of this and then some. I highly recommend Maya Shulman to anyone who needs a divorce attorney. 10/10.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's a BOSS
Clear, to the point. Definitely doesn't waste your time of your money chatting. She just gets the job done.
Posted by Roxane | January 31, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top notch Family Law Specialist!
I have been professionally associated with Maya Shulman for nearly 20 years, and I have worked directly in consultation with many of her clients. I have always found her to be a consummate professional who takes her clients' needs seriously. She is a straight-shooter, and that might be off-putting to clients who think an attorney is supposed to be a hand-holder. Her clients (with whom I have consulted) have always felt she knew the law and gave them the best representation possible. Being that she is a Certified Family Law Specialist, her clients are involved in a divorce proceeding and/or custody battle. These are highly contentious and stress-provoking processes, and clients who are unhappy tend to blame their attorney. Bad reviews (sour grapes) are damaging not only for the recipient but also for the reviewer who has no ability to take responsibility for their role in the process. I would hire Maya Shulman and her law firm above any family law specialists I have ever consulted with, and there have been many over the years. Roxane Lipton, LMFT Studio City, CA
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Posted by Jose | June 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Success at Last!
Prior to hiring Maya and her team of professionals in December of 2018 I had hired three different family law firms over the course of 8 years to handle my case, two in Ventura, CA and one in Santa Monica, CA. The prior three firms took my money and did nothing for me or my case. The last firm making my case even worse! They gave me no hope in resolving my spousal support matter. I met with Maya and George Seide on my initial consultation and both were very frank, honest and realistic regarding my case, but they felt they had the experience and skill set to bring my case to a resolution. They did not fail me. From the start they were dedicated, firm, creative and diligent in bringing my case to a successful conclusion. After an arduous 8 years of fighting this battle with my ex-wife, Maya and her team successfully concluded my case in a few months. The Shulman Family Law Group delivered on what they said they would do. Maya, George and Team, thank you eternally!
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Response from Maya Shulman June 5, 2019
Jose, thank you. I am glad we could help and you were a pleasure to represent. All the best.
Posted by MK | December 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
I was fortunate to have been referred to Maya. She was easy to work with, very responsive to my questions and always knowledge and professional. I highly recommend her & her firm services
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Maya's entire office was absolutely top notch. They took an active interest in my case and produced results that were amazing. I'd recommend The Shulman Family Law Group to anyone.
Posted by Ann | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce and Mediation Attorney
Maya is a very professional attorney. We came to her for a divorce mediation and she made the process SO easy. Divorce is always emotional and difficult, but having Maya allowed us to get through the process without arguing. She showed us what to do without making it complicated. We both felt we were treated fairly. She handled the case professionally and in a minimal amount of time. I would highly recommend her. Don't waste tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars on a full blown court case where nobody wins. Convince your future ex spouse to meet with you and Maya to at least discuss mediation instead.
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Posted by Donald | June 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Client
We hired Maya Shulman to represent us on adopting a child, She is very pleasant and very knowledgeable she is always there for us and responds in a timely manner with many issues we have. She is just not our attorney she is family to us with great advice and sensitive during rough stages of adopting . Her office staff is awesome, and Mary her assistant is very pleasant. It is very unusual to have an attorney that goes the extra mile !
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2015
Maya Shulman
Ms. Shulman is a marvelous attorney. She is candid, forthright and so knowledgeable. She is responsive to her clients' factual and emotional needs. Ms. Shulman is, quite simply, excellent.
Posted by Beth | June 20, 2012
Maya Shulman cares about the outcome of your divorce
I strongly recommend Maya as your divorce attorney because she is a great listener, understanding of your feelings and will give 100% of her effort to producing a fantastic outcome for you personally. Her delivery of presenting your issues in court is phenomenal and she has a great track record of winning the issue at hand. I had a high litigation divorce that took 2 years to resolve and I had no knowledge or background regarding the legal system. Maya was so inspiring to me that after my divorce I became a paralegal so I could re-enter the work force to earn a living now that I was a single parent.
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Posted by Kathleen | April 26, 2012
Attorney Extraordinaire
I retained Ms. Shuman's services while living out of state. I had never met her. She was so professional, and knowledgeable on the phone....I felt I was in good hands. It was a difficult and emotional situation for me. She walked me through every aspect of the case and fought hard for me when things got complicated. It was due to her tenacity & capability that we reached a successful settlement. I believe, very strongly, had I retained a less capable lawyer ......the ending would not have been to my advantage. She made me brave when I was overwhelmed, and taught me so much . I will always be so very grateful that I had the privilege of seeing her in "action"
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2012
Partner - CPA firm
I used Maya for my own divorce a few years back and she did a wonderful job. I was very pleased how quickly all the paperwork was done and how smooth the process went. Last year, I referred one of my long time clients to her. It was a pretty messy situation, but she handled it very well and BOTH my clients (husband and wife) are happy with the outcome.
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Posted by Wendi | April 9, 2012
An Outstanding, Effective, Ethical, Compassionate Advocate
I was given Maya Shulman’s name through a friend intimately associated with a professional networking organization. She came very highly recommended. I needed someone I could feel confident in. My divorce had become very complex, complicated and involved, requiring diligent attention to detail. There was so much information that needed to be pulled together. After my initial phone contact and interview with Maya, I was immediately reassured. I never regretted hiring her. She is very smart, responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, professional, and straight forward. There were many details that had to be addressed properly. She was resourceful and either aggressive or diplomatic as the situation required. She is a no-nonsense attorney, upfront about the legal situation and fearless in her approach to it. Maya’s conduct inspires confidence. She was able to inform me in a way that gave me strength and hope when I had none coming into her. She was fair, caring, understanding and compassionate. She relieved me of a great deal of stress and anxiety. The dissolve of my marriage was excruciatingly painful. The opposing side was as difficult as could be imagined. I, like many others, have never experienced a situation so challenging, traumatic and devastating. Maya kept me well informed with office meetings, phone calls and emails. Any questions I had were promptly and professionally addressed. Her practice encompasses comprehensive work ethics and great legal standards. She was completely professional in her representation and was truly dedicated to what she does. She was far more knowledgeable than the opposing counsel. This would not be a complete review without praising the team Maya works with. The senior partner in her firm was available for consultation and their teamwork was impressive. Her staff was incredible. Each was professional, highly knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with. I felt like they cared about me personally and cared about my case. Everyone was there for “me” through all the twists and turns that occurred in my case. Their responsive and timely communication, dedication, experience, and actions were second to none. Maya Shulman is the epitome and embodiment of integrity. She was an invaluable ally and an excellent advocate for me. Her due diligence, high ethical standards, knowledge of family law and determination in the handling of my case made it possible to settle this seemingly impossible divorce. She gave me the ability to do what I would never have been able to do for myself. From the very first meeting until the final resolution, I always felt fortunate and grateful that I had such a qualified professional representing me and my future.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't believe the hype!
Where do I even start? It never really felt like Maya was on my side. I never had the feeling that she should have the status of super lawyer. Do not let these things fool you. She will make sure your case will flow through every possible step. This will cost you a fortune. She will request every hearing, every form of documentation which will need considerable review from her and her staff. Months later, she will ask for documentation that you had already provided and she billed for review, then want to bill you again for it. She will recommend you do not settle at one point, then recommend later to settle for almost the same thing. Only this time you owe her 30K more than you did before. She will also bring in all of her friends (forensic accountants, business attorneys) so they can also make a "few" bucks too. At last, if she feels dissatisfaction from you, she will attempt to remove herself from your case and leave you high and dry when you need her most -- then threaten to sue you for the balance you owe her. We got our butts kicked at every turn. We never winning in this case, even though it was clear my ex and her lawyer were submitting fraudulent statements and documentation. I absolutely do not recommend this lawyer.
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Response from Maya Shulman January 25, 2018
Dear Sir, I am sorry you feel that way about your case after we reached the settlement deal most favorable to you. It is not uncommon that clients experience what is known as "buyer's remorse". Despite your comments here, I wish you all the best. Be well and have a happy and healthy New Year.
Posted by Racquel C | May 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMEND MAYA SHULMAN FAMILY LAW GROUP
In March of 2018, I engaged the services of Maya Shulman, Esq, Shulman Family Law Group to represent me in a divorce proceeding initiated by my soon to be ex-husband. In the six (6) months of her representation of me, she was paid a total of $11,400.00 in attorney fees and expenses. During the initial months of our Attorney/Client relationship, I became frustrated with Attorney Maya Shulman's representation, both in her lack of productivity and in her lack of advocacy for me. However, having never gone through this type of process before, I had no idea what the “norms” were. It was not until I discharged Attorney Maya Shulman and procured other legal counsel that I was made aware of the grossly unprofessional representation I had received from her. Attorney Maya Shulman’s fruitlessness in her ability prompted me to file a formal complaint with the Bar Association. Here is a synopsis of her gross mishandling of my Case: Lack of Strategy: Despite numerous requests, at no time during the six (6) months of representation did Attorney Maya Shulman ever communicate to me a legal strategy to represent my interests in this divorce proceeding even though I would ask her for one over and over. No temporary spousal support: At the time the divorce petition was served, I was not employed. Attorney Maya Shulman NEVER suggested filing an RFO (Request For Order) for temporary spousal support nor attorney fees from my husband (Petitioner), despite him having a stable and permanent job, significant assets, including but not limited to owning a 1.5 million dollar home which I contributed to up-keeping. Moore Marsden Claim: AFTER collecting $11,400.00 in attorney fees, and again without ever offering a strategy, Attorney Maya Shulman, Esq, of the Shulman Family Law Group informed me that in her professional opinion, I was not entitled to any compensation in the dissolution of our seven year marriage. I was subsequently informed of my rights to file a Moore Marsden claim on our home which entitles me to fair compensation for the appreciated value of the property during my marriage. At no time did Maya Shulman ever inform me of this established law practice. Over two years later, my divorce is still being litigated because of the change in attorneys. However, my now NEW Attorney was able to secure for me some Spousal Support, Attorney Fees, and the Morse Marsden calculations estimates that I am entitled to. All of which is a far cry from “in her professional opinion I was not entitled to any compensation”. Prejudicial Behavior: I am in possession of email correspondence between Attorney Maya Shulman and a third party, where my case was discussed wherein the third party questioned Maya’s belief that I, her client whom was paying her money to be represented by her, believed that I was not entitled to any compensation whatsoever. At best, the ex parte conversation is unprofessional, at worse, I’ll let you speculate. However, it does clearly demonstrate a prejudicial mindset and a lack of advocacy on my behalf. It is not right for Attorney Maya Shulman or ANY Attorney for that matter to take and continue taking money from a client if they KNOW they will not be committed to the best possible outcome for their client, that is simply inhuman, heartless, greedy and wicked. What makes this even more glaring is the fact that my new Attorney was able to help me move my case forward for A LOT LESS MONEY than Maya Shulman extracted from me. This made it even more clearer Attorney Maya Shulman’s “take the client's money and run” representation of me and my case. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. If you are looking for a competent, strategic, "shark-like" Attorney to fight/advocate YOUR Divorce case, then I strongly advise you to save your money, do more research, save your heart and your professional expectations and stay clear of Maya Shulman, Esq, and the Shulman Family Law Group.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDER; ATTORNEY & MEDIATOR
  • SHULMAN FAMILY LAW GROUP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Adelman & Seide, LLP
  • 2002 - 2015

Education

  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law - West Los Angeles
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • City University of New York, Brooklyn College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • University of Latvia, School of Medicine
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Halliburton v Halliburton, SD 037518
  • Judgment of Dissolution entered October 1, 2009, litigated issues included sale of family residence, community responsibility for student loan, sanctions

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Bar member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • LA Lawyer Magazine
  • Member Editorial Board
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer 2014-2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Woman Super Lawyer, 2014 - 2017
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Southern California Rising Star 2004-2005, 2007 – 2010
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Provisors Westlake 6 Meeting
  • Collaborative Family Law Presentation
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (28)
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Shulman. I appreciate the her contributions to the legal community, specifically through her publication of legal guides. She has been particularly insightful about the effect of the COVID19 pandemic on the practice of family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her fierce skill combined with her extensive knowledge allow her to achieve the best possible result for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"This lawyer is one of the precious few who understands the dynamics of both the courtroom and the family. She works hard to find a settlement, but also is tough in the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I cannot say enough about Maya. I recently worked with her on an interstate custody case and the level of representation she provides is top notch. Her entire office is fabulous. I'm so happy to now have someone to refer to in LA without hesitation, as she will be my "go to" attorney on any family law needs I have down that way. I have worked with other attorneys in Southern California and their knowledge, experience, and level of client service/communication pales in comparison to that of Maya and her staff."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maya is a very knowledgeable lawyer, passionate about the concerns her clients face, and a wonderful resource for family law matters. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maya Shulman is one of the most dedicated, hard-working and ethical attorneys I have ever know. I would highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer highly. She is very knowledgable and a tough litigator. She is also literate in several Slavic languages. She has the patience and personality to also practice in Children's Court, where children are removed from the home due to alleged abuse and/or neglect."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Maya for many, many years. She is smart, knowledgeable, responsive and caring of her clients. Not only are you in good hands with Maya, but you'd be luck to have her as your attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgeable diligent creative empathetic"
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred a number of clients to Maya Shulman over the years and, in each instance, the clients were very satisfied with the outcome. Maya is professional, conscientious and extremely competent in her chosen field of practice. I recommend her highly."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred many of my immigration clients to Maya for divorce and custody matters. We have worked together for clients on multiple occasions on complicated cases involving the intersection of state family code & procedures and federal immigration law. She has been a zealous advocate and a realistic advisor to many emotional and desperate clients. I trust her judgment implicitly."
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