Steven A. Mindel, CFLS*

Managing Partner Family Law

Steven A. Mindel, a Certified Family Law Specialist* since 1998, is the Managing Partner of FMBK and divides his time between practicing Family Law and Business Transactions. Mr. Mindel graduated college Magna Cum Laude from UCLA in 1981 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from USC Gould School of Law in 1985.

Mr. Mindel was named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2004 – 2017, and was named one of Southern California’s Top 100 lawyers from 2007 – 2017. In addition to being featured on the cover of the Super Lawyers insert in the 2009 issue of Los Angeles Magazine, he was featured in an article titled, “The Man Who Would De-Fang Divorce,” in the 2009 Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Mindel was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® 2010 – 2018 and has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Mindel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Southern California Chapter. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee and currently sits on the Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center Advisory Council. He was appointed and served a two year term on the California State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee (“FLEXCOM”). He also served as an Advisor to FLEXCOM for four additional years.

Mr. Mindel is a Past President of the Board of Trustees of University Synagogue and previously served on the Governing Board of Directors of Los Angeles Free Clinic where he received two special recognition awards for his volunteerism in the family law field. Mr. Mindel is a frequent guest lecturer. Some recent presentations include: Panel One – “Our Side of the Street” at From Consult to Trial: Demystifying the Preservation, Collection and Presentation of ESI in Family Law an MCLE put on by ACFLS and Levitt & Quinn along with “Cross-Over Challenges: Family Law & Probate” for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Aviva K. Bobb Advanced PVP Attorney Training Symposium.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Southern California Chapter
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
    • Family Law Section
      • Executive Committee, 2012-present
      • Current Chair, “Membership Outreach” Committee, 2015-present
      • Current Chair, “Liaison for E-Filing” Committee, 2016-present
      • Past Chair, “Continuing Legal Education” Committee
      • Past Chair,  “State and Local Bar Liaison” Committee
      • “Annual Family Law Symposium 2013″ Committee
      • “LACBA Foundation Liaison” Committee
      • “Veterans & Active Military Pro Bono Project” Committee
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA)
    • Current Chair, BHBA Managing Partners Forum
  • Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center
    • Advisory Council
    • Leadership Council
  • California State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee (FLEXCOM)
    • Appointed and served two-year term
    • Advisor
    • Past Editor, FLEXCOM E-Newsletter, 2004-2008
  • University Synagogue
    • Past President, Board of Trustees
    • President, 2006-2008
    • Executive Vice President, 2005-2006
    • Treasurer, 2004-2005
    • 2015 Heroes Among Us Honoree
  • Union of Reform Judaism
    • Co-Chair, URJ Greater LA Community Team 

Honors, Awards & Accomplishments

  • Super Lawyers
    • Named a Top 100 Lawyer by LA Magazine, 2007-2017
    • Named  a Super Lawyer by LA Magazine, 2004-2017
    • Featured on cover of Super Lawyers insert LA Magazine, 2009
    • Featured in an article titled, “The Man Who Would De-Fang Divorce,” in the 2009 Super Lawyers Magazine
  • ALM’s “Top Rated Lawyers” list which features lawyers who have achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards
  • AV preeminent rating with Martindale Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers, 2010 -2018
  • Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center
    • Recipient of the Ethel Levitt Humanitarian Award, 2017
  • Los Angeles Free Clinic
    • Received two special recognition awards for his volunteerism while serving on the Governing Board of Directors
  • He is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Lifetime Eagle Boy Scout

Community Involvement

Published Work

  • Huffington Post “The Blog- Divorce” column
    • Frequent Contributer
  • Author of “Cooking For Our Friends,” a cookbook that includes step-by-step instructions on cooking meals for parties of more than 40 people.
  • Answered numerous divorce Questions & Answers in Divorce Magazine online

Lectures

  • “Don’t Push Print Into the Margins” for Super Lawyers Webcast and Live Program
  • Panel One – “Our Side of the Street” for ACFLS and Levitt & Quinn MCLE Program
  • “Cross-Over Challenges: Family Law & Probate” for Los Angeles County Bar Association Aviva K. Bobb Advanced PVP Attorney Training Symposium
  • First Client Interview” for CEB’S inaugural “Basics Conference”
  • Premarital Agreements” and ” How to Keep Your Law Firm From Becoming a Not For Profit Organization” for White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt
  • The Intersection of Post Marital Agreements and Estate Planning” for the Legal Education Institute
  • Marketing 101 for Attorneys” for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers
  • Preparing for Child Custody Evaluations” for Divorce Magazine