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I am a 45 year practitioner and have been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 1987.  I sub-specialize in child custody and contempts. The firm also excels in appeals and writs.  I do not and never will lie to clients or build up false expectations.  Lawyers are supposed to be problem solvers and not become the problem.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    31 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($375-450/hour), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Lipton and Margolin

12522 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA, 91604


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2014
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2009
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2007
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2006
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerLipton & Margolin1974 - Present
Member Family Law SectionLipton & Margolin1999 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember Family Law Section1999 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Marriage of EllisWon the case on a writ.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969