Chair: Robert C. Brandt
OUR PRACTICE AREAS
We practice in all areas of family law, including:
Our family lawyers receive assistance from other lawyers in the firm for complex cases that involve collateral issues such as business, property, or financial matters.
CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTS
FMBK has a team of seventeen family law attorneys to service your needs. Ten of our fifteen family law attorneys have earned the special distinction of Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Robert C. Brandt, CFLS*, chairs our firm’s Family Law Department. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where he serves as President Elect of the Southern California Chapter, and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Brandt serves as Past Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, former Chair Elect, Section Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, and has been a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Executive Committee Family Law Section for more than six years. In addition, Mr. Brandt is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee (2009-2010). He has previously served as the Chairperson of the Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee. Mr. Brandt participated in the forming of the Family Law Branch of the American Inns of Court in Los Angeles and has been on its Executive Committee since 2006.
OUR DIVERSE LEGAL KNOWLEDGE
To be effective, a family lawyer must be knowledgeable about all areas of law. Divorce, in particular, often involves many different legal areas such as taxes, real estate, finance, business transactions, custody and others. FMBK’s attorneys practice in more than one area of law and can handle different aspects of your case with competence and efficiency.
FAMILY LAW MEDIATION
FMBK offers family law mediation. FMBK is flexible in its approach to family law mediation, which includes initially meeting with the clients and their attorneys, if applicable to design a strategy to resolve the matter as quickly and efficiently as possible given the unique fact of each family law situation.
WE ARE BOTH COMPASSIONATE AND TOUGH
FMBK knows that antagonistic confrontation between parties makes a family-law case longer, more frustrating and more costly. So we try to reduce the animosity between the parties and settle the case amicably, for the long-term benefit of the client. But if the other party is unreasonable or unrealistic about their expectations, we are just as able to take them to court and act as strong, faithful advocates for our client. We are able to change gears between personal compassion and toughness whenever necessary.
MINIMIZING EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL STRESS
Our Family Law Department has ten Certified Family Law Specialists*, as well as seven other lawyers, who work hard to minimize our client’s emotional and financial stress. We are aware that divorce and other family-law issues can be very traumatic and expensive, so our goal is to explore a realm of solutions before even considering going to court — and getting lost in the no-win adversarial system.
Collaborative family law allows participants in a family law matter to work together to reach a mutually beneficial resolution of family law issues without the burden of arguing in court. Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein attorney Steven A. Mindel is experienced in using collaborative methods for resolving a divorce or other family law issues and has been trained and certified by the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA). Because each party and their attorneys have agreed to forgo court and act in good faith to reach a negotiated settlement, collaborative processes may prevent the expense and bitterness frequently associated litigation.
Collaborative law is not right for everyone or every case. Our attorneys can recommend the best approach to use in your case. Whether you choose collaborative law, informal negotiation, mediation or litigation, we will work with you to achieve the best results as efficiently as possible.
*Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization