Ashley Andrews | Ashley A. Andrews, APC
Ashley A. Andrews, A Professional Corporation is a sophisticated and tenacious law firm providing personalized legal services of the highest quality. This is founded upon Ms. Andrews’s work ethic and pursuit of the best practices in California family law. Ms. Andrews was awarded recognition by Pasadena Magazine as a Top Attorney for 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2021, Rising Star for 2019-2020 and a Super Lawyer for 2021 – 2022. Ms. Andrews prides herself on being a well-reasoned and researched advocate for her clients while always striving to protect her integrity and reputation for professionalism in the community.
Lauren Bass | McGaughey & Spirito
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Lauren received a B.A. in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2010. Lauren started her career as an attorney as associate at McGaughey & Spirito, and she became a partner with the firm in 2019. She litigates diverse family law matters, including complex custody and financial issues. Lauren is also highly adept at settling intricate and difficult cases. She completed collaborative law training Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association and 40-hour intensive mediation training with Forrest S. Mosten.
In 2019, the California Board of Legal Specialization designated Lauren as a Certified Family Law Specialist. In 2020, Lauren was one of five family law attorneys in the state to be appointed to the California Board of Legal Specialization Working Group. In 2021 Lauren was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star, a distinction provided to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California.
In her free time, Lauren fosters and rehabilitates dogs pulled from shelters in Southern California.
Ethan M. Weisinger | Bay Area Family Law Center, Inc.
Ethan M. Weisinger is a California Certified Family Law Specialist working in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and Solano Counties. From 2010 through 2016, Ethan was a managing partner at Walnut Creek Family Law Center, Inc.. In 2017, Ethan started the Law Offices of Ethan M. Weisinger which later was incorporated as Bay Area Family Law Center, Inc., located in Walnut Creek, CA. Ethan’s practice consists of Divorce, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Child Custody and Child Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Family Law Mediation, and Dissolution of Same Sex Marriages. Ethan has conducted over 200 family law trials and has successfully mediated over 100 family law matters. Ethan has served as a board member for the Contra Costa Family Law Bar Association for three years. Ethan is a contributing member of numerous podcasts, blogs, and radio programs.
Melissa Wheeler Hoff | Johnson Family Law Group
Melissa Wheeler Hoff is a Newport Beach, California attorney who practices in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. She has practiced family law exclusively for seven years and focuses on complex family law matters, including prenuptial agreements, high-asset divorce, and cases involving business owners. Melissa received her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law and obtained her Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Berkeley.
Fahi Takesh Hallin | Harris Ginsberg LLP
Ms. Hallin is a partner at Harris Ginsberg LLP, which specializes in all aspects of family law, including Dissolution of Marriage, child custody and domestic violence matters, international family law, and Marital Agreements. Since being admitted to practice law in 1996, Ms. Hallin’s practice has focused exclusively in the area of Family Law, including international family law. Ms. Hallin is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She is on the list of attorney referrals from the U.S. State Department with regard to Hague Convention abduction matters and often receives referrals from them.
Ms. Hallin has served as a Judge Pro Tem in family law matters for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She has also served as a mediator in family law cases for the Los Angeles Superior Court (DSO), Central Branch and also conducts mediations in her private practice.
Ms. Hallin has been named as a Rising Star by Superlawyers Magazine for 2006 through 2009 and a Superlawyer each year since 2010. She has been named as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California since 2012, and a Best Lawyer in America since 2005. Ms. Hallin has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a non-profit provider of family law legal services in Los Angeles County, and often handles pro bono Hague Convention matters referred by the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Hallin holds her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles (1996), after having obtained two Bachelor of Arts degrees from UCLA, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1992. Ms. Hallin is a member of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar and a member of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association.
Since being admitted to the practice of law, Ms. Hallin has lectured on various family law topics, both to attorneys and other professionals. She regularly contributes to legal publications and appears on television as a family law analyst. She has worked as an expert witness regarding California family law abroad in both the U.K. and in France. Her expert witness work includes lecturing in April 2018 regarding child relocation, jurisdiction and custody as between the U.K. and California at the Annual National Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law association) Conference, preparing a summary of California family law for the French legal Journal, Actualite Juridique Famille: “Divorce Dans Le Monde” (2015) and (2017), co-writing the California Chapter of the book, Family Law: A Global Guide from Practical Law, Thomson Reuters (2017), and co-authoring the book, Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in California: Leading Lawyers on Developments in California Family Law, Thomson-Reuters (2013 ed.).
Andrew J. Botros | Bickford Blado & Botros
Andrew J. Botros is a trial and appellate attorney experienced in handling complex family law matters. He has been practicing family law since 2010. He has served on the San Diego Family Law Bar Association as a board member and President. His published appellate cases include Lief v. Superior Court (2018) 30 Cal.App.5th 868, In re Marriage of Kent (2019) 35 Cal.App.5th 487, Menezes v. McDaniel (2019) 44 Cal.App.5th 340, and A.M. v. Superior Court (2021) 63 Cal.App.5th 343. Andrew is a Fellow ofthe American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
David C. Carr | Ethics LawyerLaw Office of David C. Carr
David C. Carr, an attorney in private practice in San Diego, California, specializes in ethics advice to lawyers, California State Bar discipline defense, and attorney licensing. Mr. Carr is a 1986 graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Following several years of practice in commercial law and business litigation, Mr. Carr joined the State Bar of California as a staff attorney in 1989, where he served as a staff attorney, a discipline prosecutor and a manager in discipline enforcement office before returning to private practice in 2001.
Mr. Carr is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, where he is active on the Legal Ethics Committee. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), where he served as president from 2008 through 2011. He is also a member of the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) for the 2018-2021 term. Mr. Carr is an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he has taught professional responsibility.