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David Marc Lederman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Moraga, CA

4.2   11 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%

    28 years

  2. Family
    25%
    David M. Lederman has been a practicing attorney since 1995. He is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and experienced in all areas of family law from simple planning and settlement discussions to complex trial litigation.

    28 years

  3. Child custody
    20%

    28 years

  4. Alimony
    15%

    28 years

  5. Child support
    15%

    28 years

THE LAW OFFICES OF DAVID M. LEDERMAN IS A SPECIALIZED PRACTICE DEDICATED TO FAMILY LAW LITIGATION.

A Contra Costa Family Law Firm With Antioch & Moraga Offices - Aggressive Representation | Demonstrated Success

Established in 1997, the Law Offices of David M. Lederman is dedicated to meeting all of your family law needs. We have two offices conveniently located in Moraga and Antioch to serve you better. Our experienced attorneys provide a broad range of effective legal solutions. We have a record of success in both simple and extremely challenging cases.

Trust our skilled team led by a California certified specialist in family law.

We can guide you through the difficult divorce process. When children are involved, we will help develop workable custody and visitation arrangements that are in your children’s best interests. We are ready to fight hard to protect your assets and achieve fair property settlements. As necessary, we will litigate aggressively to protect your rights and achieve your goals. We can handle your interstate or international family law dispute expediently.

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Our Core Values
Excellence— Attorney David M. Lederman has practiced family law since 1995. For more than 20 years, he has handled everything from simple planning and settlement discussions to complex trial litigation. He is a specialist in family law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and he is the 2016 vice-chair and past legislation chair for the State Bar of California’s Family Law Section. Our detail-oriented paralegals assist in all aspects of preparing financial disclosures, completing necessary documents and responding to discovery.
Personalized attention — Our clients are our top priority: We care about you, your family and your future. You will receive personalized, caring and focused attention. We want to help you find the best possible resolution for your family law matter.
Technologically sophisticated communications — Documents are organized, imaged and available over the internet. We have multiple file and system backups in place to ensure that your case will never become a casualty of technological failure, natural catastrophe or manmade disasters.
Convenience — We have convenient offices in Antioch and Moraga, and we offer legal services from limited scope representation to comprehensive based on your needs. We are available via phone or email, and we respond quickly to questions.

Mr. Lederman is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Specializing in all aspects of family law since 1998. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Family Law Section and served as Section President in 2008. 2013 Appointed to FLEXCOM (California Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee). Mr. Lederman also teaches professional seminars on many aspects of family law.

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Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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Law Offices of David M. Lederman
Law Offices of David M. Lederman
3432 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 100
Antioch, CA, 94531-6302
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Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Posted by Sophie | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you ever need a divorce attorney
Then you should hire David - as consuming as a divorce can be, both emotionally and financially, put your trust in him, and he will get you through to the other side in the most effective way. I’m forever grateful to him and his team, because they helped me start a better life and future for me and my kids.
Posted by Paddy | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best There Is
Integrity, professionalism and honesty are the words that describe David Lederman and his staff. It is very difficult to pick a divorce attorney and you never really know until you get to the end, I could not have been more pleased with my choice. I had to fire my first attorney and then hired David Lederman after a lot of interviewing. David is non emotional, organized, smart and very well respected in the family law profession. My divorce had dragged on for way too long and it would have been a lot better to have hired David day one. I could not say enough good things and he brought a timely end to a very difficult divorce. I should also say that his fees were reasonable for the work he put in and I think that this is rare in attorney world.
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Posted by Francisco | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
In a time of a great deal of stress mr. Lederman and his staff was very helpful. Mr Lederman kept me in the loop with the process. he is an attorney that knows what he is talking about and the process pretty much went how it was explained to me. Mr Lederman and his staff answered my questions quickly and at times even on the weekends. I appreciated everything they did for me
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr, Lederman was there for me until the very end,
Due to privacy reasons, I am withholding my name. These are my opinions and my expressions are my legal and protected rights. Mr. Lederman was worth every single penny I paid towards my legal fees. Freedom is all I feel. It is priceless to be done.I cannot alter my past, however, I am not saddled with my future. Mr. Lederman, David, worked hard to dismiss this case. I cannot thank him enough for his years of dedication, expertise and integrity in the legal specialization in Family Law. The Family Law Court feels ... is like is a different breed. Good riddance to it also. The opposing side, the other party, had hoped to punish and decimate me with fees and destroy my good name/ reputation and my livelihood. The assumptions about me were ALL incorrect. Now I can continue to move past the situation and carry on with clarity. I “dodged” a bullet, and am very thankful for having an attorney like Mr. Lederman. He was wonderful, and his services were A+ and even more..
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Posted by Jerusa | October 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
My name is Jerusa, and recently, I came to face one of the most horrifying break up in my life with a man who not only became frightening and threatening, but did refuse to return a highly valued personal property of mine resulting in holding me emotionally and mentally hostage . This became a severe case of Domestic Violence including physical / emotional abuse on me. I became terrified for my life. It became an extremely complicated case. I was referred to the David Lederman’s firm by a friend of mine who is a judge. I have no words how grateful I am for the legal interventions from all the staff of David Lederman’s firm including all lawyers, reception, paralegals and administration. They are all outstanding, knowledgeable and plus, I felt understood and treated with empathy, compassion, and I was able to gain safety for my life. Mr Lederman’s firm is amazing and highly worth it. It is with all my integrity and dignity that I most definitely recommend Mr. Lederman’s firm for any domestic family dispute. I am and will be forever grateful for all that his firm and himself did in my case. Also, how Mr. Lederman himself dealt mindfully and sharp with my case. Mr. Lederman was able to close my case very successfully including the full return of my valued personal property in short time with out this case to be hanging a long which resulted in protecting my safety and my health. Blessings to Mr. Lederman’s firm and Mr. Lederman’s strength and capacity. Respectfully submitted Jerusa
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Posted by Jim C. | December 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered a question
David was kind enough to answer a question over the phone. I am sure this kindness is indicative of how much he cares for his clients.
Posted by Adam | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
David assured me after my first consultation with him that he could get me more time with my daughter. And after mediation, I wasn't sure that was going to happen. The mediator had only recommended my custody increase by one overnight. And after a couple delays that stretched the case out over 6 months, my court date arrived. Having previous bad experiences in family court, coupled with the fact that mediation went poorly, I was extremely nervous,. However David performed brilliantly. He argued my case to the (female) judge who was sympathetic to a single father and the fact my custody was very little, and had not increased in eight years. The judge agreed to increase my custody by not one or two days but three overnights a week. I could not have done this myself. I had tried and tried for years to gain more custody representing myself with zero results. David and his staff thoroughly prepared me for court from beginning to end. He was available to me for any question I had usually within 24 hours. I cannot recommend David Lederman and his staff enough. Excellent family attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2014
High-Conflict Divorce and Custody
To say that my case is high-conflict is an understatement. There were issues of domestic violence, substance abuse and allegations of child abuse that were all present prior to the separation. I hired David to represent me in my divorce and child custody issues based on a recommendation I had received from another attorney. From the beginning David made sure that I understood the process, was informed and let me know that I was in control of my case. With that said, he offered his expertise and guidance (I wish I had listened more from the outset.) Once engaged, he was the only attorney that I used. (In stark contrast, the opposing party had 5 attorneys.) Due to the complexity of the case, the time and financial impact, I had to move to a limited scope basis and even in this capacity, David was extremely responsive and ensured that I had the best representation in front of the judge. The case is still not completely settled but at least there is a resolution of custody and some peace for my children. I owe that in large part to David and his entire team.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
has been mostly pleasant experience
I had David for about two years now. David has been helpful getting incredibly difficult situation for my daughter's case where opposing parent has been lying to court for years. I had been vilified as danger for years and put on supervision for 3 years when judge asked for quarterly review. The opposing parent has been going as far as lying to judge and her counsel to issue order that "I am unable to file any motion until this number of counseling happens" and then used the benefit of that order based on false narrative to thwart counseling by herself, and then visitations, creating a perfect gaslighting scenario for years. I think David should be credited most in my case for saving from the incredibly difficult situation with nightmarish fake parent, who still continue to lie under oath to this date. There are some issues with his change and availability so it needs sometime lot of advance planning so extra bandwidth had really had me sometime wanting, imo, they need to hire more attorney to relieve their schedule. I have interacted with number of his employees over the years, Sharmeela at some point, and excellent assistants..., the name I remember is Trish, Lindley, Gina and Max. Specially those who to take appts are extremely important considering what seems to be overloaded schedule and never dropped a ball.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointing
This review is overdue, but it's been a year since my final settlement conference and I'm still trying to fix the mistakes Mr. Lederman made in my divorce. I've had to hire other attorneys to correct multiple oversights and errors he made in my case. It's cost me an additional year (and counting), and many times more than his initial estimate. I would seriously consider taking Mr. Lederman to court for malpractice, but I still have my hands full with the divorce he did a remarkably poor job on. I originally hired David based on his reputation. I had a similar experience to another negative review here. I was working with another attorney at their firm, and was reassigned to David. Here are the reasons for my negative review: - of the 5 things he requested in my settlement conference, he got me zero. Based on the status quo requirements in California for health insurance, he may have even gotten me less than what was legally required. Looking over the conference transcript, he told the judge that MediCal would provide the specialty benefits I'd need (it doesn't). In the transcript, the judge replied with skepticism to that proposal. - Mr. Lederman left me hanging with an outstanding bill for thousands of dollars my ex was court-ordered to pay before the final settlement conference, despite my having emailed Mr. Lederman multiple times to get it resolved beforehand. - After many months of assiduous billing by his firm, and extensive discovery showing that my ex had the funds to pay my legal fees, I asked about how to get my ex to pay. His firm hadn't yet gotten around to asking for support or attorney's fees, and never did: something both the opposing counsel and the judge remarked on. - when trying to get my ex to declare known, proven, and highly visible accounts for the initial financial disclosure, Mr. Lederman eventually gave up, instructing me to settle the divorce with him, and pursue the omitted assets in a separate lawsuit. - The opposing counsel pressed for a resolution conference three weeks after the initial meet-and-confer conference. The judge said this wasn't enough time to get outstanding issues finalized, but Mr. Lederman insisted he would "make do". The judge was right, and now I've had to hire other attorneys for the subpoenas and discovery that should have happened before the final settlement conference, not after. - his firm spent 6 weeks hammering out a privacy order they recommended to protect sensitive information. Later I saw that the privacy order they drew up required any confidential papers to be marked as such before they were filed. To my knowledge, not a single paper was marked as confidential, and now my private information is part of the public record. I have to hire another attorney to take care of this. - In terms of the client preparation he mentions, I never received a case strategy or cost analysis, despite asking for it. The afternoon before the settlement conference hearing, I had to call his office to find out how to log on to the video conference. I had emailed David about it earlier that day, and had no response. I hoped he'd show up, but wasn't entirely sure he would. - this was all with assiduous and extensive billing from his firm. Going over the bills, I'd find entries for other cases that had slipped into my bill. I need to take responsibility for my part, and I stayed with his firm when there were multiple red flags. But, I've never been divorced before, and I trusted David. There are many qualified family law attorneys in the Bay Area, with no negative reviews, who are competing for your business. I understand my experience may be an outlier, but there's no reason to take the risk when looking to hire a divorce attorney. Divorce is an extraordinarily stressful period in one's life, and my experience with Mr. Lederman made it more so. Choosing him as an attorney prolonged the process, and considerably upped the cost of mine. I hope you find a more reliable advocate.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible!
Doesn't even deserve one star! Terrible! after meeting with an attorney named sharmeela with this firm I felt very confident, but 2 days before my court date they swap sharmeela for David (for a higher price of course). I agree because they sold it as "he has great experience." The day of court was a disaster. David CLEARLY did not do his homework and did not know the facts at all. He literally told the judge he knew nothing about the case and couldn't even argue why I should be granted what I was asking and basically asked the judge "Come on...its only two days" the judge was not impressed and ruled against me. He also was unable to stop the opposing party from presenting false facts. An utterly pathetic performance for any attorney. so after paying $12k and practically losing custody of my child I couldn't even get court orders, paperwork, or even a call back from this office. My court date was in January, second week of march and no paperwork or explanation for what happened. I let this pathetic incompetent firm go. the best workers are the front desk max and the billing department trish. They are the only ones who call you back. I didn't hire a front desk clerk and a billing department. I wanted an experienced attorney but I got a lazy joke who basically stole over $6k and lost my case. By the way, my record barely has a speeding ticket, the opposing party just got out of rehab, anger management, and has dvro against her..should have been a slam dunk..but was lost because of his lazy incompetence and not doing his homework like a real experienced attorney should have.
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Response from David Lederman March 14, 2021
We do not often receive 1 star reviews, so I feel the need to respond to this one. We pride ourselves on our great relationships with our clients and if an issue arises, we try to address the issue as early as possible. I have a duty to all clients to, in the words of Business and Professions Code Section 6068 (e): “To maintain inviolate the confidence, and at every peril to himself or herself to preserve the secrets, of his or her client.” So while I cannot comment on the specifics of a case, I can respond to our practice and process. First, we are always prepared for hearings. I have been practicing law for over 25 years and follow the same process to prepare for all hearings. This process includes meeting with my clients and discussing the hearing and case with them, reviewing all pleadings related to the matter and synthesizing a hearing folder with all documents needed for a hearing bookmarked for quick access. I outline my position and take notes on the legal issues expected to be present. As a practical matter, initial hearings are called “short cause” and both parties usually have 20 minutes between them to present their issues (there is generally no time for live testimony). If there are disputed facts that require testimony, the matter is usually set for a settlement conference and possibly a long cause hearing which is a court setting that would allow time for testimony. As a practical matter, the one thing that I can’t do is stop anyone from saying anything, particularly during a short cause hearing. As an attorney, I have no control how another human being thinks, feels or acts. I can object based on the variety of objections available to me (none of which is “liar”) and I can request a settlement conference or long cause hearing if there are disputed facts. As a practical matter, I am a trial attorney. This means I spend a significant portion of my week preparing for and attending hearings and trials. My staff is very accommodating in scheduling time to speak with me. The purpose of scheduling time is to allow me to review a file and be prepared to speak with my clients. This does, however, require a client to schedule the meeting.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law offices of David M. Lederman
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Chan v. Delta Dental of CA
  • Prevailing party

Associations

  • California Lawyers Association
  • Advisor
  • 2017 - Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Technology Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2006 - Present
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Vice-Chiar
  • 2015 - 2017
  • State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section
  • Legislation Chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Chapter Director
  • 2014 - 2015
  • State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Technology Chair
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin

Awards

  • Certified Family Law specialist
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 1 Percent
  • Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 CA Family Law Attorney
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist in Family Law
  • Board of specialization, State Bar of California
  • 2001
  • Top Ten Advocate
  • International Moot Court
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)
  • Message from the Chair
  • 2017
  • Unknown
  • Handling California Divorce Cases From Start to Finish
  • 2004
  • Contra Costa Lawyer
  • Immigration Essentials for the Family Law Practitioner
  • 2000
  • Sweet & Maxwell publication
  • Commercial Laws of East Asia
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Meeting
  • Electronic Discovery for the Family Law Practioner
  • 2016
  • FPA NorCal Conference
  • Family Law Boot Camp for Financial Planners
  • 2015
  • Family Law for the Financial Professional
  • Family Law for the Financial Professional
  • 2015
  • Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish
  • Divorce Litigation
  • 2014
  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know
  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know
  • 2010
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • How Technology Can Get You Sued
  • 2010
  • Successful Financial Settlements for your Divorce Client
  • Successful Financial Settlements for your Divorce Client
  • 2007
  • Handling California Divorce Cases from Start to Finish
  • Handling California Divorce Cases from Start to Finish
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I appreciate that David is realistic, settlement oriented, and that he works well with both clients and attorneys to reach amiable resolutions without undue expense, time, or anxiety."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is tough as nails and fights aggressively for his clients, but he is a straight shooter and his ethics are above reproach."