Walzer Melcher LLP

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Department

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Walzer Melcher enjoys a strong reputation for its family law offering in California. "As a whole, they are an excellent team," says a source, adding: "They have be very creative overcoming obstacles. They have a wealth of experience. They know the law, the judges, the mediators, opposing counsel and expert witnesses."

The team provides a comprehensive range of family and matrimonial services, including divorce, premarital agreements and child custody arrangements. One interviewee reports that "Walzer Melcher is my go-to firm for anything family law-related." Another describes it as "one of the leading firms certainly in California."

Notable practitioners

Christopher Melcher is highly regarded for his family law practice, acting for high net worth individuals in all areas of matrimonial law. "He is an incredible collegial and clever thoughtful lawyer," reports a source. Another says: "He is always well prepared, professional and reasonable."

The "very knowledgeable and creative" Peter Walzer is held in extremely high regard for his deep experience with family law matters. "His strength is his incisiveness, he has many years of experience and he is able to identify the core issues in any factual matrix," highlights one source. A market insider describes Walzer as an "excellent advocate," explaining: "His knowledge of the law was always impeccable, his demeanour excellent, and his concern for the reasonable and expeditious resolution of the case unusually high."

Steven Yoda is praised as a "very bright, articulate and energetic litigator." An interviewee says Yoda is "extremely knowledgeable and dedicated in the area of family law. He was very detail-oriented and worked tirelessly to obtain a great result for our mutual client. His clear strength is in strategic planning and was always thinking several steps down the road." Another source reports: "He has demonstrated to me the highest integrity and the greatest professionalism in his handling of cases in the family law court. He has an excellent instinct for the best result for the family, and he is a consummate lawyer."