Family Law

Family Law Attorneys

Steven A. Mindel

Managing Partner Family 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. Bar Admissions
  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
Professional Associations & Memberships Honors, Awards & Accomplishments
  • Named as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2004 through 2013, and named one of Southern California's Top 100 lawyers, 2007 through 2013.
  • Featured on the cover of the Super Lawyers insert in the 2009 issue of LosAngeles Magazine
  • Named to ALM's "Top Rated Lawyers" list 2012 which features lawyers who have achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
  • AV rated with Martindale Hubbell.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® 2010 -2013.
  • Received two special recognition awardsfor his volunteerism while serving on the Governing Board of Directors at the Los Angeles Free Clinic.
  • Featured in an article titled, "The Man Who Would De-Fang Divorce," in the 2009 Super Lawyers Magazine.
  • He is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Lifetime Eagle Boy Scout.
Community Involvement Published Work
  • Mr. Mindel is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post “The Blog- Divorce” column.
  • Mr. Mindel 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.
  • Mr. Mindel has answered numerous divorce Questions & Answers in Divorce Magazine online
Lectures
  • "First Client Interview" for CEB’S inaugural "Basics Conference"
  • "Premarital Agreements" and " How to Keep Your Law Firm From Becoming a Not For Profit
  • "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
  • "Preparing for Child Custody Evaluations" for Divorce Magazine
Recent Television Appearances

Jeremy B. Kline

Partner Family 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. Bar Admissions
  • California
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
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Westwood and San Fernando Valley Chapters of Bruin Professionals
  • Member of the Century City I, Professional Network Group
Honors, Awards & Accomplishments
  • Named as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2009 through 2014.
  • Has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Named to ALM's "Top Rated Lawyers" list 2012 which features lawyers who have achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Community Involvement
  • Lifetime member of the UCLA Alumni Association.
Appellate Decisions

Wallace S. Fingerett

Partner Family Law and Litigation Wallace S. Fingerett is a Certified Family Law Specialist,* and his practice is dedicated exclusively to Family Law. He has been an attorney for more than 30 years. His experience includes work as a solo practitioner for more than twenty years and a senior financial consultant for a major brokerage firm. He resides in Woodland Hills with his wife, Rhonda, and their two sons.
Bar Admissions
  • CaliforniaCalifornia
Professional Associations & Memberships Honors, Awards & Accomplishments
  • Named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2009 through 2014.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® in 2013.
  • Has an AV rated with Martindale Hubbell.
  • Named to ALM’s "Top Rated Lawyers" list 2012 which features lawyers who have achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards
Community Involvement
  • Volunteer attorney at Senior Citizens Center in Van Nuys and Reseda.
  • Volunteer attorney at Haven Hills Women's Shelter in San Fernando Valley.
  • Volunteer attorney at Ventura County Family Services in Thousand Oaks.
  • Volunteer attorney on behalf of Asylum applicants in Texas.
Lectures
  • Lectured at adult continuing education courses.

Megan E. Green

Partner Family Law Megan Green is a Certified Family Law Specialist* and Partner in the Family Law Department at Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein, LLP. Megan has been practicing family law for 12 years. Her practice focuses on complex child custody disputes, including move away cases, as well as division and characterization of assets and debts, determination of child and spousal support, tracing of assets, fiduciary duty obligations, transmutations, business valuations, paternity disputes, and palimony actions. Megan is admitted to the State Bar of California, U.S. District Court (federal), and Washington, D.C. Bar. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) and is a member of the Family Law and Entertainment Law Sections of that organization. Megan is acting liaison between the Board of Governors and the Family Law Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Megan earned recognition by Southern California Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2010-2015. She is named under "Top Women Attorneys in Southern California", a special section featured in Los Angeles Magazine, and has also been selected for inclusion on the Top 100 Up And Coming attorneys in Southern California and the Top 50 Up And Coming women attorneys in Southern California. Megan is dedicated to community service. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers' Lawrence J. Blake award, in recognition of her community efforts. She is a former Chairperson and Treasurer for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers' Homeless Project and volunteer for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law. Megan is also a founding friend for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, an organization dedicated to helping children, battered women, issues of homelessness and education. She currently serves as a Daily Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court, where she helps litigating parties mediate their custody disputes. Megan is a proud alumna of Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program, symposium editor for the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, President of the Family Law Society, and university liaison with the American Bar Association. During law school, Megan was honored with an externship with Family Law Judicial Officer, the Honorable Roy Paul. Prior to attending law school, Megan received her Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University, where she served as Student Body President of the College of Liberal Arts, interned for the Supreme Court of Alabama, and was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority. Megan remains an active alumna of her Alma Maters and recently served as a guest lecturer for Southwestern School of Law's Negotiation and Legal Writing Course (2015). Megan is dedicated to professional excellence. She was a participant in the Family Law Branch of the American Inns of Court in Los Angeles, a foundation designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. She has also presented at continuing legal education seminars, including "Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive", on the subject of fiduciary duties as interpreted in Marriage of Feldman (2007). Megan prides herself on her client-centered approach to legal practice. Her professional philosophy draws on Theodore Roosevelt's ideology, "speak softly, and carry a big stick." She believes strong advocacy requires both reasoned negotiation and decisive litigation strategies. Megan advocates vigorously for her clients in both respects, while simultaneously counseling them through what is often the most tumultuous experience of their lives.
Bar Admissions
  • California (2003)
  • U.S. District Court (2003)
  • Washington, D.C. (2007)
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Serves on the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) (2014-present), and member of the BHBA's Family Law (2003-present) and Entertainment Law Sections (2013-present), and Barristers' Board (2003-2009).
  • Member of the Family Law Section Los Angeles County Bar Association.
  • Former Board member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and member of the Barristers' board.
  • The American Inns of Court, Family Law Branch, Los Angeles (2011-2013).
  • Member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) since 2008-2015.
Honors, Awards & Accomplishments
  • Recognized by Los Angeles magazine as a Rising Star from 2010-2014.
  • Recipient of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers' Lawrence J. Blake award for her outstanding achievement in community service (2007).
  • Recognized by Los Angeles Magazine, special sections, as Top Women Attorney (2013-2014).
  • Completed South Texas College of Law, Family Law Trial Institute's family law trial skills and family law advocacy course (2012).
Community Involvement
  • Daily Settlement Office for Dept 2 at the Los Angeles Superior Court (2014-present).
  • Former Homeless Project Chairperson and Treasurer for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers (2004-2007).
  • Founding friend of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities ("LATLC"), an organization dedicated to community service (founded in 2006).
  • Former Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law volunteer to assist lower-income families in divorce cases (2002-2005).
Published Work
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine "Undoing Capacity" (co-authorship with Partner (Ret.), Howard Klein) - Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, 2014.
  • Divorce Magazine (2011) - How to divide retirement plans upon dissolution.
Lectures
  • Guest lecturer at Southwestern Law School’s Negotiation/Legal Writing class (2015).
  • Co-lectured for the BHBA, "Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive," (2007) Marriage of Feldman.
Recent Television Appearance Languages
  • Conversational Spanish.

Ronald Anteau

Of Counsel Family Law Ronald W. Anteau, a Certified Family Law Specialist* since 1980, serves as Of Counsel at Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein. His practice focuses on all aspects of Family Law. Mr. Anteau has extensive experience litigating dissolution proceedings involving business valuations, international child custody disputes and drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Since graduating from the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, Mr. Anteau has practiced Family Law exclusively for over 40 years. Mr. Anteau is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers where he served as counsel to the president and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers where he served on the Executive committee from 1999-2011. Mr. Anteau has also been a member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers since its inception and has served as the President since 2011. Mr. Anteau was named as one of Southern California's Top Ten lawyers in 2006 and was named as one of Southern California Top 100 lawyers from 2004-2007 by Los Angeles magazine. In 2003, he was named Family Law Person of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter. Mr. Anteau has served as the Treasurer of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, US. Chapter from 1999-2011 and was President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter for the 1996-1997 term. Mr. Anteau resides in Westwood, CA with his wife. He has 4 grandchildren. Bar Admissions
  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
Professional Associations & Memberships Honors
  • Named one of the Top Ten Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers Directory, 2006 (joint publication of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine)
  • Included in Southern California Super Lawyers Directory and named in Top 100, 2004-2007 (joint publication of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine)
  • Named 2003 Family Law Person of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter
  • Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2003-2009 (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2009
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, 2001-2005
  • Selected to the National Directory of Who's Who of Executives and Professionals, 1994-1995
  • Expert witness on family law issues, serving both nationally and internationally.
Published Work Within:
  • Thomson Reuters/Aspatore
  • West Group
  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Symposium Reference Book
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section CLE Test
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law News and Review
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Family Trial Handbook, Parker & Sons Publications, Inc.
Previously Lectured In Front Of:
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Symposium
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Symposium
  • Century City Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • The State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Center for the Family in Transition
  • Certified Family Law Specialist Sections of the Northern San Diego County Bar Association

Nancy L. Burt

Associate Family Law

Nancy Burt, a Certified Family Law Specialist* since 2010, is a senior attorney in FMBK’s Family Law Department. Ms. Burt is experienced in handling complex family law litigation matters, with an emphasis in contested child custody matters. While a well-seasoned family law litigator, Ms. Burt focuses a large part of her practice on mediation and settlement and takes great pride in the fact that she is able to settle the vast majority of her cases, even those involving highly complex financial and custody issues. 

For over 25 years, Ms. Burt has earned her clients trust by providing a patient, supportive yet extremely practical and straightforward strategy for their family law cases. In doing so, she has achieved great success in balancing clients’ emotional and financial needs.  Ms. Burt is dedicated to sharing her extensive family law knowledge with all of her potential clients and has repeatedly been told that the information she provides in her initial client meetings is more comprehensive than what they have received elsewhere. By always clearly analyzing the potential costs and risks in their cases, Ms. Burt’s clients feel assured that they are getting the straight story they need to make the best decisions in their family law matter.

Ms. Burt received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her law degree from the University of San Francisco.

While attending the University of San Francisco, Ms. Burt published "Sex Discrimination: Isbister v. Boy's Club" in the University of San Francisco Law Review in 1985. She also assisted Honorable Robert Weil (Judge Ret.) in editing the Rutter Group, California Practice Guide: Civil Procedure Before Trial.

Prior to joining FMBK, Ms. Burt practiced with the law firm of Coleman-Schwimmer & Warren where her focus was primarily on complex family law litigation.

Ms. Burt heads FMBK's Summer Law Clerk Program where she reviews over 200 applicants each year to select highly qualified law clerks. As a result of this program, FMBK has had the opportunity to closely mentor skilled young family law professionals. This project is extremely important to Ms. Burt, as she sees it as an opportunity to influence the California family law bar in a positive manner.

  Bar Admissions
  • California
Professional Associations & Memberships Published Work
  • Published "Sex Discrimination: Isbister v. Boy's Club" in the University of San Francisco Law Review, 1985.

John B. Chason

Associate Criminal Defense and Family Law

In his approximately 20 years of practice, John Chason has dedicated himself to understanding and achieving the goals of his clients.  John understands that every case is unique, with its own set of issues and challenges. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, he has the legal knowledge to provide his clients with the highest level of representation, and as an experienced litigator in both family law and criminal defense; he has the courtroom presence and skills to put that knowledge to use.

John’s clients appreciate that he takes the time to explain each stage of their case and to make sure that they understand their options prior to making decisions on how to proceed. John has extensive experience in handling all types of family law issues, including child custody, support in both simple and complex cases, and dividing the community estate.

Since graduating from the Ohio State University College of Law, John has successfully argued in the court of appeals in the published case of Ross v. Figueroa and has also written an article on the admissibility of evidence at trial. Mr. Chason was actively involved in the Southern California Family Law Inn of Court, where he oversaw monthly CLE presentations and grew membership for the organization. American Inns of Court is a national legal organization promoting advocacy skills, collegiality and professionalism among attorneys and judicial officers.

Bar Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court
Professional Associations & Memberships Honors & Awards
  • Champion for Children award in 1996
Community Involvement Appellate Decisions Published Work

Gregory A. Girvan

Associate Family Law

Mr. Girvan is an associate at FMBK. His practice focuses exclusively on all areas of family law including divorces, contested child custody proceedings, drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements and litigating domestic violence cases.

The majority of Mr. Girvan's cases settle out of court through mediation or settlement negotiations. When his clients have been unable to resolve their cases through settlement, he has successfully litigated community property, child support, spousal support and child custody issues. Additionally, Mr. Girvan has extensive trial experience on a number of interstate and international child custody and child support matters. Mr. Girvan has also prevailed in various domestic violence cases, representing both victims and those alleged to have committed acts of domestic violence.

Prior to joining FMBK, Mr. Girvan served as a Family Law judicial extern for the Honorable Harvey Silberman of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He joined the firm in 2009 through FMBK's summer associate program.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Girvan served as a legislative deputy for the California State Assembly. While working for the Legislature, he drafted legislation to prepare California's communications infrastructure for natural disasters and to curb harassment in the workplace.

Mr. Girvan and his wife currently reside in the San Fernando Valley. He remains active in state and local politics and supports nonprofit legal aid in Los Angeles including Bet Tzedek. He is an avid sports fan, and is particularly passionate about the Dodgers and Lakers.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Associations & Memberships

Community Involvement

  • Has organized numerous political events, including hosting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at FMBK.
  • From 2011-2012, Mr. Girvan served on the Los Angeles Unified School District Redistricting Commission, with the responsibility to redraw all district boundaries within the school district.
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of Westview School.

Lectures

  • Recently lectured at Loyola Law School on topics including child support, child custody and premarital agreements for an upper division family law course

Amy Kapner

Associate

Amy Stallard Kapner is an associate in FMBK's Family Law Department. While in law school, Amy served as a Family Law judicial extern for the Honorable Maren E. Nelson and the Honorable Elizabeth R. Feffer. Amy also volunteered with the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. In her free time, Amy enjoys exploring the Los Angeles food scene

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Associations & Memberships

Published Work

Community Involvement

Matthew K. Skarin

Associate Family Law, Civil Litigation, and Corporate Transactions

Matthew Skarin is an attorney, a CPA and has his California Real Estate Broker License. Prior to law school, Mr. Skarin worked for the accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche and Miller and Co., doing both tax and compliance work.  Matthew uses his wide variety of legal and financial skills to effectively and artfully guide high net worth individuals, business owners, and investors through the process of dissolution.  Through Matthew’s extensive experience he is able to discern the potential pitfalls to his client early in the case, allowing him the opportunity to communicate these issues to the client and take steps to minimize exposure.

Matthew approaches each client’s case from a fresh perspective, developing a strategy for his clients early in their case.  He works with his clients to ensure that everything is done to meet their goals.  Matthew’s clients appreciate his hands on approach and his availability to discuss their concerns during this particularly challenging time.  Matthew believes that the best way to get the results his clients are looking for is through strategic planning, anticipating the arguments of the opposition, and openly communicating his strategies with his clients.

During law school, Mr. Skarin clerked for Judge Bluebond in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles and was an extern in the Clinical Honors Program with the California Attorney General's Office in the Business and Tax division. Additionally, Matthew was a staff member of the Loyola Law School Entertainment Law Review.

Bar Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court
Professional Associations & Memberships Honors, Awards & Accomplishments Published Work
  • Mr. Skarin discussed what one should do about personal information on the internet during a divorce in Divorce Magazine online.

Taylor B. Wallin

Associate Business Litigation and Family Law

Mrs. Wallin became an associate in the Family Law Department at FMBK after graduating law school in 2009. While attending law school, Mrs. Wallin enjoyed competing with her moot court team at the national level and also advocating for low-income tenants in the Massachusetts housing court.

Mrs. Wallin currently serves as a co-chair on FMBK's Summer Law Clerk Program where she reviews over 200 applicants each year to select highly qualified summer clerks. Starting as a summer clerk herself, Mrs. Wallin enjoys mentoring the summer clerks and helping them overcome the challenges of starting a legal career. Mrs. Wallin enjoys going to the beach, playing with her dog and spending time outdoors in Redondo Beach.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Associations & Memberships

Community Involvement

Published Work

  • Taylor Bouchard co-authored the article, "Of Sound Mind" - Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, October 2012