Managing PartnerFamily Law & Business Transactions
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 as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2004 - 2015, and was named one of Southern California's Top 100 lawyers from 2007 - 2015. 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 – 2015 and has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Mindel is 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: "Premarital Agreements" as well as "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 Bills Bar Association Barristers; and "Preparing for Child Custody Evaluations" for Divorce Magazine.
Mr. Mindel is a lifetime member of the UCLA Alumni Association, USC Alumni Association and the USC Law and Leadership Society. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post column, “The Blog” where he discusses various family law related issues. He is the author of "Cooking For Our Friends," a cookbook that includes step-by-step instructions on cooking meals for parties of more than 40 people. In addition, he is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an Eagle Boy Scout.
Mr. Mindel resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Nancy and their children.
PartnerFamily Law and Business, Real Estate & Commercial Litigation
Mr. Kline is a Certified Family Law Specialist* and is a partner at FMBK. Mr. Kline's law practice focuses on family law (premarital and post marital agreements, marital dissolution, support, child custody and visitation, and paternity). Mr. Kline's practice also includes real estate and business litigation (unfair competition, trade secrets, and commercial disputes). Jerry and his wife Betsy have two children.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Member of the State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission, 2009-2013. The Board of Governors appoints an advisory commission in each of the 11 areas of specialization to advise the Board of Legal Specialization when it is considering applications. This group also assists in drafting and grading specialization exams.
Vice Chair, State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission, 2011-2012.
Chair, State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission, 2012-2013.
Member of the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization, 2012-2013
FMBK was founded in 1996. Today, with seventeen talented lawyers, our firm concentrates on five distinct areas of law: Litigation, Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Litigation, and Business Transactions. Our law firm is based in Los Angeles.