ERIN L. DOMINGUEZ, CFLS
ERIN L. DOMINGUEZ, CFLS is a partner at Simborg • Killingsworth and a Certified Specialist in Family Law as certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. She concentrates her practice exclusively on family law matters. Prior to joining Simborg • Killingsworth in February 2012, Erin was an associate in the family law department of Sideman & Bancroft LLP in San Francisco. Erin began her legal career at Cooley LLP working on commercial litigation matters and antitrust investigations, as well as serving as the primary pro bono attorney on a prisoner’s civil rights case in federal court. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Erin received her B.A. in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Ferguson Prize for the best senior thesis in History. In 2007, Erin received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she concentrated her course work on family law, co-founded the Family Law Society, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal. Erin has served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national non-profit committed to advancing the rights of LGBT individuals and their families through impact litigation, education and public policy advocacy. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Marin County Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
BJ FADEM, CFLS
BJ FADEM, CFLS is the Senior and founding Attorney of The Law Offices of BJ Fadem & Associates, APC located in San Jose, California. He has been practicing law since 1985 and has been focusing on International Domestic Matters for over fifteen (15) years, including Hague, UCCJEA, and International Jurisdiction. He has been Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California since 2000. BJ Fadem has taught numerous MCLE courses to Attorneys in various areas of Family and Domestic Law; including, but not limited to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, The Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, UCCJEA, Domestic Partnerships, Custody, Community Property, Transmutation, Paternity, and basic Family Law. With decades of experience, and being a noted published Author in various issues of Family Law, BJ Fadem is often requested to teach Paralegals and Attorneys; has written and passed Legislation in California; serves as a Mediator and Private Judge; is appointed by the Court to represent Minor Children, volunteers for multiple community service programs; has appeared numerous times on the radio show “Your Legal Rights” to clarify the law for many in need; and is known for his personal very caring service to his Clients.
DEMETRIA GRAVES, CFLS
DEMETRIA GRAVES, CFLS, is currently employed as a Certified Family Law Specialist with The Graves Firm, a boutique Family Law Firm which she owns, and currently hosts a radio show, Legalish on DashTalkX. Attorney Graves has a reputation for providing stellar, dedicated legal representation for her clients. She is a family law advocate whose top priority has always been protecting her client’s rights, and providing the best legal representation for her clients. For more than a decade, Attorney Graves has represented clients in Family Law matters and her client roster includes professional athletes, TV personalities, television producers, and other high profile individuals. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Attorney Graves obtained her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Attorney Graves maintains a number of professional memberships in the legal community and is the immediate Past President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc., serves on executive committees for the California Lawyers Association, on the Family Law Executive Committee. Attorney Graves has been an On-Air Legal Commentator for Hollywood 411, Fox 11 News and TV Guide Network. She is also the author of, It Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly-Steps to an Amicable Divorce, where she shares her expertise on the pitfalls to avoid during a divorce proceeding. Demetria L. Graves has received awards and recognition from a variety of prestigious Law organizations, including California Super Lawyers, Women in Business/Women of the Year Award as well as Attorney of the Year, and Teacher of the Year from West Los Angeles College. Demetria’s biggest accomplishment is her son, Aiden, and she is so proud to be his Mommy.
MERLYN N. HERNANDEZ, CFLS
MERLYN N. HERNANDEZ, CFLS, Los Angeles, CA, is the founder of the Law Offices of Merlyn N. Hernandez. For over thirteen years, Ms. Hernandez has practiced immigration and family law. Her immigration practice focuses on family-based immigration, asylum, removal defense, administrative appeals, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Hernandez has represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits. Her family law practice focuses on cases involving dissolution, parentage, child support, spousal support, property division, pre-marital and post marital agreements. She also a mediator helping parties resolve their cases with alternatives to traditional litigation. Ms. Hernandez is a certified family law specialist. Ms. Hernandez is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Committee, a board member of the California Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). She is involved in AILA as an advocacy/congressional liaison for the Southern California Chapter. She is also a member of AILA’s national committees: EOIR Liaison Committee as well as AILA’s Consumer Protection and Unlawful Practice of Law Action Committee. Ms. Hernandez has been named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers 2012-2016. She is fluent in Spanish.
LEENA S. HINGNIKAR, CFLS
LEENA S. HINGNIKAR, CFLS, is a partner at Walzer Melcher LLP and a Certified Family Law Specialist as certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. While in law school, Ms. Hingnikar served as a law clerk in the Whittier Law School Children’s Rights Clinic and volunteered at the Orange County Guardianship Clinic and the Self-Represented Parties Court. She also served as an executive committee member for the moot court honors board and received the “Best Oralist” award for the Sonnenberg Oral Advocacy Competition. Ms. Hingnikar currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section. She is a member of the Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association. In addition to speaking for CEB, Leena has lectured several times on family law issues for the California Lawyer’s Association, the Inn of Court, and the National Business Institute.
LAWRENCE E. LEONE, CFLS
LAWRENCE E. LEONE, CFLS, is trained in litigation, mediation and collaborative law. A former Trustee and chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association he helped establish and is the monitor of the LACBA Listserv. Lawrence was a member of the Elkins Task Force and a recipient of the Spirit of the CEB award. He is an Editor for California Family Law Monthly, speaks on complex family law and basic practice issues in addition to writing for legal publications including works on complex family law litigation, evidence and numerous titles by CEB. For CEB Lawrence has most recently contributed chapters to the Client Communications Manual, The Basic Practice Handbook, the California Child Custody and Practice title, and our Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law book. In addition to practicing family law, Lawrence works with educational non-profit corporations devoted to science education, is a Personnel Commissioner for Santa Monica College and has authored a book of poetry with Barry Spacks. Lawrence is a graduate of UCLA and Loyola School of Law and has been practicing for more than 38 years.
FERNANDO M. LUNA, CFLS
FERNANDO M. LUNA, CFLS, is the principal of the Law Office of Fernando M. Luna, focused exclusively on family law matters. Mr. Luna has volunteered for the Los Angeles County Bar Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project, the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, served on the executive committee for the Southern California Family Law Inn of Court, and the Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Program Planning Committee. Mr. Luna also speaks at engagements and seminars throughout the country. He was acknowledged in Pasadena Magazine as one of the top attorneys of 2011-2019. Mr. Luna was further selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2012-2018 and he was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2019. He received his J.D. from the University of West Los Angeles.
CHRISTOPHER MELCHER, CFLS
CHRISTOPHER MELCHER, CFLS, is a partner with Walzer Melcher LLP in Woodland Hills, where he specializes in complex family law litigation, the preparation of premarital agreements, and handles family law appeals. Before turning exclusively to family law, he practiced civil litigation and criminal defense, and has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Mr. Melcher has substantial experience in the financial aspects of divorce, including tax consequences of property division and alimony, corporate laws dealing with the division of a family business, and the definition of income for purposes of setting spousal and child support. He is a former Chair of The State Bar of California Family Law Section. Mr. Melcher is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a frequent and nationally recognized lecturer on family law issues. Mr. Melcher both writes and speaks on behalf of CEB and is the author of chapters in our publications, California Child and Spousal Support, Practice Under the Family Code, and Family Law Financial Discovery.
MATTHEW K. PURCELL, CFLS
MATTHEW K. PURCELL, CFLS, is cofounder and shareholder of Forester Purcell Stowell PC, Sacramento. Matt was the youngest Certified Family Law Specialist in California at the time he received his certification from the State Bar. He has more than a decade of experience and has handled everything from intricate property and support issues to complex custody issues involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation, and relocations. Matt handles all aspects of dissolutions, but is particularly passionate about protecting the well-being of the children who are involved in these contentious adult situations. He has significant experience in the more specialized fields of guardianships, grandparent rights, and juvenile dependency cases, and is adept at counseling clients in situations where Child Protective Services removes children from parents based upon allegations of abuse and/or neglect. He was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list (2016-2017). Matt received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his JD from the Syracuse University College of Law in New York.
SHANON K. QUINLEY, CFLS
SHANON K. QUINLEY, CFLS, is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She maintains a solo law practice in Pasadena, with an emphasis on family law. Ms. Quinley is a frequent lecturer and author on family law issues, and she served as a chapter author for five CEB publications including: California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and Enforcing and Family Law Financial Discovery. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012–2018. Ms. Quinley received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. At Southwestern, Ms. Quinley was a member of the Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program where she received accolades for both her writing and oral argument skills. She was also a staff member of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas.
SANDRA I. SALINAS, CFLS
SANDRA I. SALINAS, CFLS, is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a partner with Feinberg & Waller in Calabasas and Beverly Hills. She has been an attorney for over 25 years and has extensive legal experience as a civil litigator and family law attorney. Ms. Salinas is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono legal services from the State Bar of California. She is a member of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and a member of the family law section of the California State Bar and represents clients in all aspects of family law litigation including domestic violence cases, custody disputes, jurisdictional issues, and complex property issues. Ms. Salinas received her B.A. degree in Economics from Chapman University and J.D. from Western State University.
JOEL S. SEIDEL, CFLS
JOEL S. SEIDEL, CFLS, has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 2004. His law firm, Joel S. Seidel & Associates, represents family law clients exclusively. Mr. Seidel handles cases of all levels of complexity from inception through appeal. In his more than 20 years of family law experience, Mr. Seidel has successfully represented clients not only in state court, but in federal court on related matters, cases brought in the appellate courts, and defended against appeals on multiple issues. He is a graduate of California State University Northridge, and Southwestern University School of Law.
ARIEL SOSNA, CFLS
ARIEL SOSNA, CFLS, has been exclusively practicing family law in California (San Francisco Bay Area) since 2007. Ms. Sosna received her J.D., with a concentration in Family Law, from U.C. Hastings School of the Law and her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley. Ms. Sosna was was co-chairperson of the Family Law Section of the San Francisco Bar Association's Barristers Club in 2009 and 2010 and she has been named to Super Lawyers magazine Rising Star list for the last eight consecutive years (2009-2016). Ms. Sosna previously worked at the San Francisco Superior Court Family Law Facilitator's Office, the Law Center for Families (assisting with the Deaf Women's Legal Project), and the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, a division of the Administrative Office of the Courts. She was also a research assistant for Professor Weisberg contributing to "Modern Family Law: Cases and Materials and California Family Code and Related Provisions with Commentary." Ms. Sosna is a member of the family law section of the State Bar of California, a member of Queen's Bench, and an active member the San Francisco Bar Association, Family Law Section.
MARSHALL WALLER II, CFLS
MARSHALL WALLER II, CFLS, is a director and shareholder of Feinberg & Waller in Calabasas and Beverly Hills. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Claims, and all California courts. Mr. Waller taught family law as a professor of law for over 16 years and has often been a featured commentator on local and national television shows. He writes and lectures widely. He also serves as a volunteer mediator and a Judge Pro Tempore for the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Family Law division. He is an appointed member of the LACBA Family Law Section Executive Committee and serves on the Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. Mr. Waller received his B.S., with Highest Honors, from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo; his J.D. Loyola Law School; and Diploma in Taxation from the University of San Diego.