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Ilana Plotkin Schauer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Encino, CA

5.0   14 reviews

also known as SCHAUER LAW GROUP, LLP

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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
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About Ilana

Learn Ilana’s areas of practice.

Wife. Mother. Advocate.

"I do not believe in merely competent representation; I believe in strategic representation tailored to the client, the circumstances, and the audience. I am committed to excellence and securing positive results while remaining compassionate and attentive during what too often are ugly and trying times."

Ilana Schauer is the founder and principal owner of Law Office of Ilana P. Schauer. Ilana has been successfully providing legal services and representing a wide range of clientele since 2013, when Ilana was admitted to practice law for the State of California. Since that time, Ilana has devoted substantially all of her time to practicing family law. Before becoming a lawyer, Ilana worked as a behavioral therapist with children with special needs and their families, preparing and implementing customized programs for her clients.

Ilana attended Pepperdine Law School's Los Angeles, California and London campuses, where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree in 2013. Ilana was a Dean's Scholar during her time at Pepperdine and clerked for the Los Angeles County Public Defender, a superior court family law judge, as well as several non-profit organizations. 

Ilana completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009, where she was on the Dean's List.

Ilana’s goal in representing her clients is to always remain reasonable, practical, and supportive. She says, "I do not believe in merely competent representation; I believe in strategic representation tailored to the client, the circumstances, and the audience. I am committed to excellence and securing positive results while remaining compassionate and attentive during what to often are ugly and trying times."

Ilana is a Los Angeles native who is fluent in Russian. She is a lover of the performing arts, almost as much as of arts and crafts. Ilana is married to an entertainment attorney with whom she has two (2) small children and a puppy-son.

Ilana is a mother, a wife, and an advocate.​

Whatever your legal needs or questions might be, come to Ilana for comprehensive and meaningful counsel, assistance, and representation.

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Schauer Law Group LLP
16133 Ventura Boulevard
Ste 700
Encino, CA, 91436


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best expierience with a lawyer
Ilana was the best expierience I had with any lawyer. She was efficient diligent and executed everything we discussed perfectly. Her work is flawless!!! She was able to deliver all my concerns and my terms were met in full. She was 100% dedicated to my case, and really took care of me, which is all you want when feeling so vulnerable.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
Thank you, Ilana P Schauer for your kindness, brilliance, and expertise with my most difficult and litigious case. Your willingness to take your time to listen to my situation, be compassionate and effective helped the entire process be reframed in a more humane way. Before I entered your office, I had spent 15 years and thousands of dollars on several attorneys who were not able to resolve my case. In only 2 months, your office did what no others could do - finally settle my case. For over a year now, I have been free from legal harassment by my opponent. Since then, when any issue comes up, Ilana has been attentive and resourceful. I thank her from the bottom of my heart. I highly recommend Ilana Plotking Schauer and her team for any divorce and especially for the most difficult ones.
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Posted by Jackie | March 1, 2022
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Ilana helped me get through one of the most difficult times of my life and I can safely say that she fought for me as she would for family. She was professional and considerate during a sensitive time. She did a great job at translating legal-speak into English for me and making sure that I walked away with everything that was legally mine. It was a tough case, and I am so thankful to have had Ilana on my side. I highly recommend Ilana to anyone looking for an exceptionally strong and committed attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2021
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The best of the best!
Ilana was beyond professional and very knowledgeable in family law and divorce. I found her on Avvo through great reviews and I am so grateful that I did. She was always responsive, on point and held my hand through the process making it smooth. I highly recommend her if you need a sharp, knowledgeable yet very caring lawyer.
Posted by MICHELLE | August 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Attorney All The Way Around
Ilana Schauer is razor-sharp and rock-solid stable. She is extremely emotionally attuned and responsive to what is happening in the moment (and as anyone knows who has been through this process, things can shift quickly and you can feel overwhelmed fast). Ilana will not waiver. She provides solid guidance through the trying process and is steadfast, strategic, and inspiringly brilliant. She is a phenomenal advocate for her clients and the children. She has excellent communication skills and can break things down for you fast. She will not rack up your bill and gets right to the point. Given her breadth of talent and skill, her rates are extremely reasonable. I interviewed over 12 attorneys and previously worked with a family law attorney who had a very good reputation, but could not handle the opposing council and party well, and costs skyrocketed with little progress in the case. I needed someone who could effectively and efficiently deal with challenging personalities and aggressive tactics. I knew very quickly in our first meeting that Ilana was the one. However, over the course of the year which followed I only continued to be more and more impressed by her work. The positive first impression she conveys is genuinely reflective of how incredibly talented she is. Her writing skills are spot on and beautifully articulated – straightforward, factual, and fierce when needed. On a personal level, I deeply appreciated her compassion, honesty, and humor. I found her to be the ultimate professional- always respectful, always responsive, and could explain complex things in a clear and concise manner. She is also very attentive to detail and frequently picked up on mistakes, blunders, and general BS by the opposing council and party – things in plain sight. I always felt extremely well represented. Ilana Schauer is truly a gem and you are very lucky if she takes your case.
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Posted by Dana | May 4, 2021
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Ilana has been a Godsend! Throughout the long and ongoing process of my pending divorce, she has been my rock. She supports me, defends me, advocates for me and has my best interest in mind.
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Lawyer!
I hired Ilana for my prenup case and she did an excellent work! She patiently went through the details very specifically of the prenup document with me and explained every contents which I don’t understand. She is very professional and it made a deep impression on me. By giving me very good suggestions, she know my situation better than I do and what is best for me. Meanwhile, she is very caring and thoughtful to me as a friend which is I really appreciate! So I highly recommend Ilana if you want to find a good lawyer!
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Posted by Merih | December 6, 2018
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Best lawyer in town
She was amazing. She's really responsive and actually cares about people. I never thought I'd make a good review about a lawyer but she definitely chanhed my mind. If I need any legal help, she'd be my first stop. Wish there were more lawyers like her that cares about you more than the money..
Posted by Oksana | July 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The most reliable representation one could ask for!
I am so grateful for Ilana Plotkin Schauer’s help during my difficult divore. More than an attorney, Ilana acted quickly and efficiently on my behalf, as a friend would. She was patient, kind, professional at all times, and gave me the best legal represenation I could ask for. My divorce went through in a matter of a few months, and I could not be happier with the result of the dissolution. Thanks to Ilana’s hard work and expertise, I can move on with my life. I will absolutely be calling her office again should I need legal represenation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2017
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Getting divorced is, of course, one of the most heartbreaking and horrible experiences you could ever live through. It also makes you feel so alone and vulnerable... literally every aspect of your work and home life gets dragged out into the open, and one of the people you loved most in the world is now your worst enemy, using every tiny detail they can get their hands on to make you seem like *you're* the bad guy. I interviewed a lot of attorneys to try and find one that really understood all that and, while they all paid lip service to the concept, only Ilana truly "got it." She was extremely generous with her time during the initial consultation and, although I could only afford her and her firm on a limited basis, she treated me like I was a longtime, high-paying client. She always made time to listen to me and my concerns, and when I started feeling lost and overwhelmed, she was a calming influence and helped me keep my mind and wits about me. I was so devastated at the time I felt like I could never get back on my feet, but seeing Ilana seemingly able to get me a good result when I thought for sure I would lose everything was the shot in the arm I needed to take a deep breath for the first time in a long time and realize that life could actually get better again. THANK YOU to a wonderful attorney and powerful advocate! To anyone who reads this, look no further: THIS is who you need as your attorney!!!
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Posted by Scott | October 16, 2017
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Excellent & Responsive
IIana did an outstanding work on my child custody case. I hired IIana for consulting and document preparation because local counsel costs were out of control. IIana was very prompt, responding to my emails and questions related to representing myself pro se. I plan on using IIana again for future family-related issues.
Posted by Shana | March 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ilana Schauer -Stellar Attorney
I would recommend anyone that has a divorce /child custody case to contact Ilana Schauer at Kermish & Paletz LLP as she is not only informative but easy to talk to as well. Ilana has utilized her remarkable expertise to fight for my three children. She has been incredibly understanding, committed, caring, diligent and responsive. As someone who has interacted with numerous attorneys and judges over seven years, these qualities can be hard to come by. After a short time, I realized all I needed to do was supply information as requested and I could stop worrying about the outcome and leave it in Ilana's good hands. In addition to being easy to talk to, providing clarity, and having compassion, Ilana was also great at suggesting ways to keep the overall cost down. I am extremely happy and grateful for her help and I highly recommend her services. Ilana is top notch and undoubtedly my number one suggestion for anyone looking for excellent counsel.
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Posted by Victoria | September 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
You can always trust things to get done right with Ilana Schauer!
Ilana Schauer is a very reliable, trutworthy, professional attorney. I told her what I was in need of and she made me feel comfortable right away. I immediately felt that she was truely dedicated and passionate about her work and clients. Thank you so much for all your assistance and time!
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
No need to look any further
I was looking for a competent Family law attorney to review a legal document and began to search in both large well known firms and smaller ones when I was sent to Ilana as a referral from another (Real Estate) attorney that I knew and respected. Ilana was professional, extremely helpful, knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. Her experience and knowledge saved me extra time, headache and money! I highly recommend anyone looking for legal counsel contact her.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-425 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Family Law Attorney
  • Kermisch & Paletz, LLP
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michele Gibson
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Mental Health Advocacy Services
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • René Cassin, Non-Profit Human Rights Organization
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Superior Court Of New Jersey Bergen County
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Behavior Interventionist
  • Working With Autism
  • 2007 - 2010
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  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Univ of California Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009


  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Ilana
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Family member
"Ilana is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of family law. She is a fierce advocate who nonetheless has a caring, personable touch with her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ilana is bright and passionate advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Encino Divorce and separation Lawyer Ilana Plotkin Schauer
Ilana Plotkin Schauer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 10 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available