Law Offices of David M. Lederman

Firm Overview

The Law Offices of David M. Lederman provides legal solutions for clients facing divorce and other challenging family law problems such as child custody, property division and domestic violence.

Clients value the honest advice we provide and our ability to produce results in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our goal is to guide each client to a better future. The Law Offices of David M. Lederman provides effective and efficient services in the areas of family and real estate law.

The Law Offices of David M. Lederman were established in 1998 in Walnut Creek, CA. In 2006, it expanded to a second office in Antioch, CA. I have successfully handled numerous child custody cases involving disputed interstate jurisdictions, as well as the Hague Convention cases. I am a Certified Specialist in Family, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and am one of only a few attorneys in Contra Costa County to have earned that distinction. I also speak Mandarin Chinese. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Family Law Section and served as section president in 2008.

Example cases

• All information regarding our clients, including their identities is strictly confidential. An illustrative case (changing the names of the parties) is a divorce between Harvey and Wilma (H and W hereafter). W wants to move to Nova Scotia to live with her family and H lives in the Bay Area working for a software company. W files a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against H. W accuses H of spousal battery and child abuse. I represented H. When H came to see me, he denied any acts of violence or abuse. W provided no physical evidence of abuse, no police report and no medical records supporting any domestic violence. It was my opinion that W's claims were false and designed to get a leg up in the divorce process (should the Court find that H perpetrated an act of domestic violence, he would have been precluded from having sole or joint custody of his children and W would have had an easier time getting the court's permission to move with the children). We defeated the domestic violence allegations at trial and H was ultimately given primary custody of the children.

• Another typical case is the situation where I was hired by one side of a divorce and the other side was represented by an attorney. As soon as I was retained, I contacted the other attorney and immediately put that case into settlement conference mode. At an initial meeting we were able to identify the problems and with the other attorney develop a plan to exchange additional information. We agreed to meet several weeks later where we were able to put together a complete and mutually beneficial settlement agreement related to dividing the parties several homes, stock options, and retirement plans. We also developed a long-term custodial plan for the parties 2 middle-school aged children, and settled both child and spousal support.

• A renter was two months late in paying rent. We filed an unlawful detainer, which was granted and were able to have the sheriff escort the non-paying tenant out of the premises.

Main Office
Antioch Office
3432 Hillcrest Avenue
Suite 100
Antioch  CA  94531
  • (925) 522-8889
  • (925) 522-8877


Free Initial Consultation?
Our initial consultation is $250 for about an hour and we apply that $250 towards the deposit against future services (essentially creating a free initial consultation).
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Hourly Rates
Our attorney rates vary from between $275 for my associate and $350 for me.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Bridget Conner
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Spanish and Mandarin Chinese

Other Offices

Walnut Creek Office
309 Lennon Lane
Suite 102
Walnut Creek,  CA  94598
Offices in Antioch and Walnut Creek

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I wanted to deal with individuals, not intuitions. I discovered that my objectivity is more valuable in family law and real estate where people tend to act or react emotionally.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We strongly encourage our clients to education themselves and actually spend a significant portion of our time educating clients about legal issues and the long-term impact of their decisions. There are many fabulous self-help and educational resources available such as the Nolo website, and the courts' web. Our firm website has significant self-help resources and links as well.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We review documents prepared by self-represented clients on a weekly basis. Not everybody needs, or can afford full-service legal representation. Sometimes a client just needs guidance and we can provide that guidance. We can review documents and make recommendations to improve the documents prepared by self-represented litigants.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We provide what is called unbundled services. A client can hire us to review a document or documents, appear for the limited purpose of a hearing or even a trial. I have had clients consult with me on an ad hoc basis in preparing a discovery plan (methods to obtain documents) and to advise on pre-trial procedure and then hire us for the limited scope of presenting the case at trial. I have served as the Unbundled Legal Services Committee Chair for the Family Law Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

David M. Lederman

Before starting The Law Offices of David M. Lederman in 1998, I worked as an associate in the Taipei office of San Francisco based law firm of Wang and Wang.

Oddly enough, much of what makes me a better lawyer comes from martial arts. Over the course of my life I've studied Chinese Kungfu (Praying Mantis style), Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Isshinryu Karate, and Jujitsu. I learned to relax and recognized that by relaxing I could move faster and hit harder. I learned to maintain balance and objectivity and most importantly to control my emotions. While my clients may be going through one of the hardest experiences in their lives, I remain calm and objective so that I can advise them and advocate for them. It is not infrequent that I must remind another attorney to focus on the data and maintain their objectivity.

Hard work ethic, compassion, and Spartan objectivity.

Personal interests:

Hiking, backpacking, martial arts, Yoga and spending time with my family.

  • Bar Number: 177960
    California , 1995
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1995
    Sacramento, CA
    International Moot Court, Traynor Honor Society

David M. Lederman

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