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ALEXANDRA LEICHTER
PARTNER

Since 1972, co-founding partner ALEXANDRA LEICHTER has developed a reputation for providing excellent representation to her clients, leaving no stone unturned, assessing each case thoroughly to assure that the client is provided with all possible information to make a reasoned and educated decision regarding his/her case.  While Alexandra has developed a reputation for being a fierce litigator, less than 10% of her cases ever see the inside of a courtroom—that is because she develops strategies, and assessments of her clients’ cases to assure that the case is ready to be tried but is best resolved through mediation/settlement.  Alexandra has a great reputation for knowledge of the law, astute assessment of practical solutions to complex family law problems, and an excellent ability to convey difficult issues in a simple manner to the clients and to the judicial officers handling the case.   Alexandra has been successful in handling thousands of family law cases, many involving sophisticated assets, large income, and highly contested custody/visitation cases.

Since 1980, when the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, was established, Alexandra has been a Certified Family Law Specialist.  She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).  Alexandra has been included among the Best Lawyers in America, California Super Lawyers, for many years.

Alexandra has also served as a volunteer Temporary Judge in Family Law for many years, and during various years she had served as a Supervising Referee, as a Referee and as an Examiner for the State Bar Court for a period of 10 years prior to 1989.  She was a Commissioner for the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission for the State Bar from 2011-2014, and has served as a Mediator and Arbitrator in various family law, and attorney fee disputes over the course of her legal career.  As a result of her expertise, Alexandra has been tasked many times with serving as an expert in legal malpractice cases involving family law attorneys.

Additionally, she has lectured on numerous occasions, from the beginning of her legal career through the present, for various local Bar Associations and for the State Bar of California on Custody issues, Domestic Violence, taking depositions, religious issues in divorce cases, alternate dispute resolution matters, the use and misuse of psychology in family law cases, cultural competency in family law cases, legal issues involving the marital residence, the new tax law for family law attorneys, and numerous other areas of family law.  Alexandra is a much-in-demand speaker on various legal issues for numerous organizations throughout the county.  She has been interviewed and quoted on KABC/CBS Talk Radio, KFI Radio, ABC News, The Lip TV, and in numerous national news organizations, including US Magazine, Town & Country Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribute, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and many others.

She is the author of numerous articles ranging from Religious Conflicts in Custody cases; Tips for Concerned Parents in Move-Away Cases; The Custody Attorney’s Guide to the Jewish Holidays; Private Trial, Arbitrations and Other Solutions to Family Law Disputes; The Effect of Islamic Family Law on North American Family Law Issues; the Effect of Jewish Divorce Law on North American Family Law Issues; Practical Tips on Preparing and Trying Child Custody Cases.

She has formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section.

BACKGROUND

J.D. Loyola Law School of Los Angeles

B.A. Mathematics, UCLA

 

Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Certified Family Law Arbitrator, certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)

“Southern California Super Lawyer” for over ten years

Named as “Top 50 Female Southern California Super Lawyers”

Distinguished as one of the “Best Lawyers in America®”

A Martindale Hubbell “AV Preeminent®” rated attorney

ARIEL LEICHTER-MAROKO
PARTNER

BACKGROUND
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law

B.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Ariel Leichter-Maroko has an impressive resume as a much sought-after family law attorney. His investigative, research and writing skills are unparalleled in the family law community.  He possesses unique evaluative skills and attention to detail that enable him to secure justice in the settlement conference room, as well as in the courtroom.  Ariel leaves no stone unturned in unearthing information necessary to favorably resolve a family law case on behalf of the firm’s clients.  Additionally, Ariel is a fierce and very talented appellate attorney.  His legal insights and keen analytical skills are evident in his appellate briefs, which are highly regarded among other attorneys and judges.   At the same time, he is known by his clients, opposing counsel, and even opposing parties as fair and imperturbable.

 

His practice concentrates on complex family law litigation, writs and appeals.  Ariel’s prior experience in finance and investment banking, his understanding of complex financial structures, his prior legal experience in Intellectual Property Litigation, and his intimate knowledge of computer systems is invaluable in his ability to analyze, research and present highly complex property and support issues.

Ariel also lectures on family law procedures, and complex legal analysis, and he is a very popular consultant to other attorneys in difficult family law cases involving intricate financial matters.  One of his recent lecture, for example, was his presentation on International Discovery Issues for the International Academy of Family Lawyers in San Francisco.  He has also lectured extensively for the Beverly Hills Bar Association, National Business Institute, and others on various family law property and discovery issues.

 

Ariel is a graduate from Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology; and he received his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.

 

He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, and he is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.  Ariel is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

JENNA CHARLOTTE SPATZ
PARTNER

Jenna C. Spatz is an extremely talented attorney, whose courtroom skills, writing, endearing personality, deep interest in the welfare of the client, and quick assessment and analysis of factual and legal issues, give clients confidence that their cases will get immediate and thorough attention.  Additionally, Jenna leaves no stone unturned in her analyses of the legal issues facing our cases.  She is regularly lauded by clients, opposing counsel, and the judiciary for her instant recall and her ability to focus on key factual and legal issues central to the case.

Jenna is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Jenna is also qualified and has been appointed by several courts to serve as Minor’s Counsel to represent children in high conflict custody and visitation matters.

Jenna is the 2018-2019 Co-Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association-Family Law Section, and has been named as a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers.

 

Jenna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Broadcast Communication. Her Juris Doctor degree is from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.  She served as a judicial extern to Judge Mark Borenstein the Family Law department of the Los Angeles Superior Court for two years, and has extensive research and writing experience in numerous areas of family law, child custody, visitation, and entertainment law. 

Jenna completed the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association’s Interdisciplinary Training Program, and is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Jenna’s extraordinary ability understand and deal with the complex interaction of physical, emotional, financial issues in family law cases, her attention to detail, keen problem-solving prowess, and ability to empathize with clients renders her an invaluable asset to the clients and to the firm.

BACKGROUND
J.D. Loyola Law School of Los Angeles

B.A. Political Science and Broadcast Communication, USC


Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Court-appointed minor's counsel

 

Co-chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee

PRESTON TAYLOR GREEN
ASSOCIATE

BACKGROUND
J.D. Loyola Law School of Los Angeles

B.A. Political Science, University of Southern California

Preston Taylor Green initially joined the firm as a summer associate after his second year of law school and became a full-time associate upon receiving his law license from the California Bar.

 

Preston has proven to be an invaluable member of the law firm, as his gentle manner with the clients, coupled with his firm, albeit polite, dealing with the opposition has been an invaluable source of kudos from all involved.  Preston has a unique talent in people skills, which is invaluable in the family law arena.  He is quick to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each case, and he has an incredible ability to follow through on all issues presented in a case, to assess the needs of each case and to follow through with the investigation necessary to assure that every reasonable avenue has been explored. 

 

Preston graduated with honors from USC, where he received a BA in Political Science, and was a board member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he served as President of the Children and Family Law Society. Preston also completed the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association’s Interdisciplinary Training Program and worked in Loyola’s Collaborative Law Clinic, alongside seasoned family law attorneys, marriage and family therapists, and financial experts to resolve cases for clients. While working at Loyola’s Center for Conflict Resolution, Preston also received a mediation certificate that satisfies the California Dispute Resolution Program Act and served as a co-mediator in several family law cases. Preston’s talents in understanding the human aspects of clients’ family law conflicts, as well as his razor-sharp attention to detail, makes him a formidable attorney. He has received tremendous kudos from clients, who appreciate that nothing escapes Preston’s attention when it comes to their cases.

 

Preston is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Beverly Hills Bar association.