Peter M. Walzer is the founding partner of the Southern California law firm Walzer Melcher LLP, a practice focused exclusively on family law with offices in Woodland Hills. He is president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization consisting of 1650 preeminent family lawyers in the United States. He is the past chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, a past president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and former chair of the executive committee of the State Bar Family Law Section.
Peter has been a Certified Family Law Specialist for 29 years and is a former president of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. He is a former member of the Council of the American Bar Association Family Law Section. He was a member of the Elkins Family Law Task Force, a statewide panel whose charge is to propose measures to improve efficiency and fairness in family law proceedings and ensure access to justice for family law litigants.
Peter was named Family Law Person of the Year in 2009 by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Fellow of the Year by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2010. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble. Peter received the Southwestern Law School Max A. Goodman Family Law Legacy Award on June 10, 2017. Chambers and Partners named him a “Leader in Their Field” and ranked him in Band 1 for their 2018 High Net Worth Guide for Family Law.
Peter’s articles have been featured in various publications, including Los Angeles Lawyer, ABA Family Advocate, California Lawyer, LACBA News and Review, and State Bar Family Law Section Family Law News. He has written chapters in two books for California Continuing Education of the Bar. He lectures regularly for the State Bar, UCLA, CEB, ACFLS, AAML, and various other organizations.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Family Law Person of the Year||American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (So California Chapter)||2009|
|Fellow of the Year||American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||N/A|
|Partner||Walzer & Melcher, LLP||1996 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||President||2018 - Present|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Vice President||2013 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Chair Elect||2013 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)||Vice President||2010 - 2011|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Board of Governors||2010 - 2011|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Council||2010 - 2011|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Executive Committee||2008 - 2011|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (California - South chapter)||President||2007 - 2008|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Chairman||2005 - 2006|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Chair||1993 - 1994|
|Los Angeles Lawyer||Foreign Affairs||2008|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||Prudent Practitioners Must Place a Premium on Careful Premarital Practices||2005|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||What Words Don’t You Understand – Fiduciary or Duty? In Amending Family Code Section 721 the Legislature Gives Couples Something to Fight About||2003|
|Continuing Education of the Bar||Marital Settlement & Other Family Law Agreements||1968|
|Southwestern University||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|University of California at Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
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