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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

Family Attorney

4.3   6 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Family

    45 years


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4.3 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Fun
Richard was extremely knowledgable thorough and practical. He's also hilarious which goes a long way in writing a prenup!
Posted by Steve | October 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Advocate/Advisor
Great attorney who is dedicated to his clients!! My experience has been great, and he has been a great resource and advocate in the courts. I have a particularly challenging case with a problem ex and he has been better than I could have asked for!
Posted by Jason | October 13, 2014
Straightforward, intellectual approach with attention paid to detail
Richard worked on my divorce for its duration. It was an adversarial situation, in which my ex and I were very far apart on our expectations. Child custody was the primary issue at hand; financials were relatively simple to address. The case took roughly 1.5 years, and was eventually settled before going to trial. The outcome of my case was positive, due in no small part to the efforts of Richard and his associate. I highly recommend Richard in terms of his approach to my case. I always felt informed and up-to-speed on my case and where it stood. When I had questions, Richard was more than willing to explain at both a high-level and in detail the legal issues at-hand, as well as his strategy for approaching them. Divorce with child custody at stake is a trying event in the best of circumstances. In my situation, that was compounded by an ex who attempted to play on emotion and false accusations in order to sway the judge to her position. Richard's approach to this was to be as factual and accurate as possible, staying above the "he-said/she-said" that, from what I have heard and understood from friends who have gone through similar situations, can alienate judges and lead to bad outcomes. I highly recommend Richard in terms of his diligence and focus on my case. At no time did I feel like I was just one of his many ongoing cases; he was always informed as to my case's details and progress, and I always felt that he was attentive and willing to spend as much time with me as I needed. That being said, he was always careful to ensure that whatever time I needed was being spent carefully and with proper attention to cost. I highly recommend Richard's work on the basis of his "nuts and bolts" approach to the procedures of family law. Procedural accuracy and precision is really important in legal situations, and Richard was assiduous in handling this aspect of my case. Richard was up-front and straightforward regarding the costs and issues regarding the process. Richard and his staff promptly emailed all paperwork to me, and proactively informed me of upcoming issues regarding court procedure. He and his staff filed all court paperwork promptly, and at no time was I "hung out to dry" because of a procedural misstep. Richard and his associate have been my only attorneys, so this review reflects that perspective. In talking with others who have gone through divorce, reading about divorce, etc., I understand that that there are many potential issues that arise when attorneys are less diligent, ethical, and intelligent than Richard Gould-Saltman. Some clients want someone who will simply represent their arguments in court, regardless of how legally groundless or irrelevant those arguments will be. Richard would discuss my arguments with me in order to evaluate which ones were worth making in court, and which ones were not. Some attorneys file motions without looking at the long-term impacts of those motions and their strategic implications; Richard was always careful to think about those, and evaluate how each argument fit into the larger picture. Some attorneys will fail to file paperwork on time, or depend on the client to motivate their actions; in contrast, Richard was a proactive partner in my case, and was always prompt and complete in his dealings with both me and with the court. Although the basic issues at hand are similar in every divorce (children, financials, property), the specific details are very different in each individual case. My sense in working with Richard was that he provides a balanced, straightforward, and intelligent approach that focuses on protecting and advancing your interests, while at the same time reducing divorce's financial and emotional chaos. Should I need family law counsel again, I will immediately contact Richard for further help.
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Posted by Lizeth | August 6, 2014
Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman is the best attorney ever!
I would recommend Richard Saltman to anyone who needs an attorney. He is efficient, reliable, trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable. He is off the charts and I am very pleased with his work. He meets every expectation and I would be happy to tell people about him.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2013
The best!!!
The Best Lawyer. He helped us win a child move away case. He's very professional, confident, and has a positive attitude. I would recommend him for anyone with child custody cases.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2014
This law firm only in it to take as much of your money as possible
Despite what we discussed in every consultation, despite my clear instructions, the team (including Mr, Saltman) did everything possible to delay and prolong the divorce process. Ultimately when I fired them, they charged me an additional $3,000 to stop being my legal representative! When I refused to pay that and other disputed amounts (after already paying the firm a tremendous amount of money!), they used their boilerplate agreement to get every last penny they billed me for via arbitration. The arbiter seemed in league with Saltman and only told me "You should have fired them sooner".
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Response from Richard Gould-Saltman March 10, 2014
This person does not appear to be a former client of our firm, since it has been approximately five years since we were last involved in a fee arbitration with any former client of our firm. This "client's" description of facts therefore cannot be accurate.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gould-Saltman Law Offices, LLP
  • 1997 - Present


  • USC Law School
  • law
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A


  • Child Custody Litigation and Practice, California C.E.B.
  • Modification Jurisdiction and Procedure For Interstate/ International Cases
  • 2014
  • ACFLS Family Law Specialist
  • Abbreviated Parenting Assessments: Risks and Rewards
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • BHBA Family Law Symposium
  • Non-Cash Executive Compensation In Family Law
  • 2014
  • CEB The Basics: Family Law
  • Child Custody: The Basics
  • 2012
  • APA Annual Meeting/Convention
  • Psychological Opinions in Parenting Disputes---Ethics, Practicality, Tension Among Systems
  • 2010
  • ABA Family Law Section Meeting (Oct. 2010)
  • Parenting Plans Zero to 3
  • 2010
  • AFCC Annual Meeting
  • "You signed WHAT?" Informed Consent in custody evaluations and court-ordered therapy
  • 2009
  • Family Law Pre-Trial Preparation: What to do, and What Not
  • Family Law Pre-Trial Preparation
  • 2008
  • 2007 Law Education Institute/Colorado State Bar
  • Court-Ordered Therapy for Adults and Children in Child Custody Cases
  • 2007
  • LACBA/LACPA Joint Presentation
  • Making Court-Ordered Therapy Work in Family Law Cases
  • 2006
  • Tax and Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships
  • Tax and Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (24)
Endorse Richard
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gould-Saltman consistently gives thoughtful and practical responses in this forum. His writing is cogent and his legal analysis demonstrates his considerable knowledge and skill. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The Lawyer to choose when you need the best result he is dedicated and highly skilled. I endorse him."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer has a fantastic reputation and his experience speaks for itself. This lawyer will serve every client excellently and diligently."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thoughtful and provides useful content for the consideration of other attorneys."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Other
"I know this attorney from my participation and attendance at ABA Family Law Section meetings. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gould-Saltman always seems to have very well thought-out answers on AVVO which I can appreciate as a fellow attorney. It's great that there are lawyers who are willing to help the community at large with their expertise and knowledge."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gould-Saltman consistently gives excellent advice here on AVVO. He has excellent knowledge of the law and a demonstrated ability to help people solve their problems."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a great track record of hundreds of published answers to consumer questions on and the recommendations from clients and attorneys alike, it is easy to see that attorney Gould-Saltman is skilled and knows the law well, too. Kudos."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Richard is an asset to the family law community. Very nice person and very approachable. Kudos Richard!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Gould-Saltman has always been a terrific resource for me as a family law lawyer in Los Angeles. He's generous with his time in sharing his well-informed responses, not just here on Avvo, but with other attorneys who seek his counsel on unfamiliar or complex issues. I make it a point to read his Listserve postings."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gould-Saltman provides thoughtful and educated answers to difficult legal issues that are presented herein."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gould-Satman's knowledge and expertise in the area of family law is clear from the quality of his postings on Avvo."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Well respected."
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