In the area of family law Chris is someone to whom other lawyers turn for advice on complex topics. He vigorously represents his clients in a range of matters including community property division, premarital agreements, spousal support, child support, child custody, divorce and dissolution of marriage. Chris is also trained in and regularly practices collaborative divorce and mediation.
Chris's foremost goal is to take a client from the lowest point in his or her life and help that client achieve a good outcome in which the client is leading a happy, prosperous and successful new life.
ADDITIONAL PRACTICE AREAS:
Trust and Probate Law
Founding member, "A Better Divorce," South Bay Collaborative Law Society, Los Angeles County.
Member, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified District Board of Education, 1972-77.
"The 'Qualifying Event': Avoiding Loss of Medical Insurance and COBRA Rights During Dissolution Proceedings," Family Law News, State Bar of California (Spring 1989).
"All in the Family: Specialized Discovery Rules for Family Law Cases," 3 California Litigation No. 1, at page 33, State Bar of California (September 1989).
"Penalty-Free Distributions from Retirement Plans Before Age 59-1/2: A Window of Opportunity," Family Law News & Review, Los Angeles County Bar Ass'n. (Spring 1990).
"Carlson: Are We Asking the Right Question?" Family Law News & Review, Los Angeles County Bar Ass'n. (Winter 1993).
"Selected Estate Planning Issues for Family Lawyers", Family Law News, State Bar of California Family Law Section (Winter 1996).
"Transmutation of Separate Property to Community Property: Family Code §2640 Lays a Trap for the Unwary" California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, State Bar of California (Summer 1999).
"So Your Client is Getting a Divorce: Selected Family Law Issues for Estate Planning Lawyers," California State Bar Journal (Spring 2001).
“California’s Recent Experience with Premarital Agreements: A Practice Guide for the Future?” California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, State Bar of California (Spring 2007).
“Your Client is Getting a Divorce: Selected Family Law Issues for Trusts & Estates Lawyers,” UCLA Estate Planning Institute (May 2004).
“Bring Back Divorce: A Modest (But Serious) Proposal to the Legislature,” State Bar Family Law News (December 2010).
“CROSSOVER ISSUES IN ESTATE PLANNING & FAMILY LAW” (editor, Chapter 4), California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2011-2013.
Continuing Education of the Bar, "The Family Lawyer and Ethics: Avoiding Discipline and Malpractice" (January 1995).
Los Angeles County Bar Association 18th Annual Child Custody Colloquium, "Custody Litigation Alternatives and Cost Control" (January 1996).
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1999 Trial Advocacy Institute, "Evidentiary Issues and Problems Involving Transmutation" (January 1999).
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Institute "Security for Support in Case of Death," (January 2000).
"Estate Planning for the Migrating Client," ACTEC Western Regional Meeting, Portland, Oregon (September, 2000).
State Bar of California, Marital Property Planning Symposium, "What Family Lawyers Need to Know about Trusts & Estates Law, and Vice Versa" (July 2001).
U.S.C. Probate & Trust Conference, "What Trusts and Estates Lawyers Need to Know about Family Law" (November 2001).
"Fiduciary Duty: An Underused Remedy?" American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 9th Trial Advocacy Institute (January 2002).
"What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about Trusts & Estates Law," State Bar of California, Anaheim (September 2003).
"Your Client is Getting a Divorce: Selected Family Law Issues for Trusts & Estates Lawyers," UCLA Estate Planning Institute (May 2004).
"When Death Meets Divorce: What Trusts & Estates Lawyers Need to Know about Family Law," State Bar Annual Meeting, Monterey (October 2004).
"Significant Crossover Issues," Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Symposium (May 2005).
"The Accountant's Role When a Tracing is Required," California CPA Education Foundation (July 2005).
“Premarital Agreements: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” American College of Trust & Estate Counsel Annual Meeting, Maui (March 2006).
“Insurance Issues in the Family Law Case,” AAML Institute of Trial Advocacy (January 2007).
“Cost Effective High Tech and Low Tech Trial Preparation Using Technology,” AAML Trial Advocacy Institute, Santa Monica (January 2008).
“Where Death Meets Divorce: The Estates and Trusts Issue that Intersect at the Family Law Trial,” AAML Trial Advocacy Institute, Newport Beach (January 2010).
“The Ins and Outs of Premarital Agreements, and Transmutation of Separate Property to Community Property: A Trap for the Unwary,” Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Forum, San Diego (October 2010).
“What CPAs Need to Know about Trust & Estate Law,” California CPA Society, Oakland (December 2010).
“A Few Things Estate Planning Professionals Need to Know About Family Law,” San Diego Estate Planning Counsel (February 2012).
“Divide and Conquer – Characterization, Valuation, and Division of Complex Assets,” Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section (December 2012).
“The Hit Parade: The Ten Most Common Mistakes on Crossover Issues," South Bay Bar Ass’n (June 2014).