Harris Ginsberg LLP

Harris Ginsberg LLP was founded by Suzanne Harris and Larry A. Ginsberg in 1996.

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Firm Overview

Both Suzanne Harris and Larry Ginsberg are AV-rated Certified Specialists in Family Law by the State Bar of California. They are additionally Fellows of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and of the International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) (as is their partner Fahi Takesh Hallin). They have lectured extensively for these associations and have traveled the world in order to stay current with the state of family law in all of its forms.

Along with the principals, Harris Ginsberg LLP s partners include Andrea Fugate Balian and Fahi Takesh Hallin. Together with the balance of the firm's lawyers, they represent a vibrancy coupled with strength in the law. Please visit Attorney Profiles for a more detailed description of our lawyers.

Your Goals Realized....

Since its inception, the firm has specialized in a solution-based approach to family law matters and is comprised of skilled attorneys committed to providing clients with unparalleled legal services in a compassionate, timely, professional and cost-effective manner.

From Dissolution of Marriage (divorce), Division of Complex Estates, Custody (including all international matters) and Spousal and Child Support to Prenuptial and Postmarital Agreements and Domestic Partnership issues, Harris-Ginsberg covers every aspect of family law in a thorough and thoughtful way. Please visit Practice Areas for a more detailed description of our complete services.

Because each client's case varies and is highly nuanced, our lawyers remain nimble in order to better address each person's and each family's particular issues, however, they retain a practical and pragmatic approach to each individual outcome.

In the Community....

Harris Ginsberg LLP has a long tradition of involvement in charitable and public service organization. Many of the firm's lawyers have served in a variety of leadership roles for public interest and charitable organizations, including The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a nonprofit provider of family law and domestic violence legal services to low income individuals.
Main Office

Main Office
6420 Wilshire Boulevard, 16th Floor
Los Angeles  CA  90048

Phone
  • 310-444-6333
Family
We understand that the process of going through a divorce is a stressful and emotional experience.
The decision making process can be challenging and the impact is life-changing. Divorce can alter the family dynamic, assets, and your financial future. We strive to ease the affects of this uncertain and stressful period.

Our qualified lawyers are experts in all aspects of the process and are proactive in advancing your case. Whether you require a simpler, uncontested dissolution or have a highly complex matter involving an extensive estate and difficult child custody issues, our firm is equipped to protect and advance your and your family's rights.


Spousal and Child Support

This area of the practice can appear daunting and confusing. We have tremendous experience in handling these arrangements. Support may be ordered to be paid by one or both of the parties based on a variety of factors.

Child support usually lasts until the child or children have reached the age of 18 and/or finished high school. Calculating this figure is based on such things as parents' earnings and earning capacity, the number of children, expenses such as education and medical needs, and time children spend with each parent, among others.

While there are general guidelines for support, the court will usually approve variations if both parents agree on an amount.


Property Division

The issues of property division often seem complex and overwhelming when dealing with a high-value estate. Our attorneys are highly trained in the financial aspects of family law and have the utmost expertise in these matters. We additionally have a family law attorney on staff who is also trained as a Certified Public Accountant.


Premarital (Prenuptial), Post Marital and Cohabitation Agreements

Premarital/Prenuptial agreements are often used to allow parties who are contemplating marriage to define their financial relationship, including how they would like their property divided if there is a separation or divorce.

This is common in cases where one party has more property, assets or debts than the other.

Postmarital/Postnuptial agreements are similar, however, it is implemented after the commencement of marriage.


Child Custody

Determining custody arrangements of a child or children can be emotionally difficult. In the case of divorce, two types of custody must be determined; physical and legal.

Physical custody describes with which parent the child lives and for what periods.

Legal custody describes to which parent lie the rights and responsibilities of making decisions regarding the upbringing of a child. Examples include education, medical, and religious upbringing.

Custody decisions tend to begin in favor of some form of joint custody, however, sole custody may be granted if it is deemed in the best interest of the child.

The lawyers at Harris-Ginsberg are also expert when it comes to "move-away" cases - when one parent wishes to relocate out of state with the child or children.

We have established relationships with the mental health community to provide a broad range of counsel in all circumstances.


Post Divorce Issues/Support & Custody Modifications

Although a divorce may be final, circumstances can change for the parties involved. Therefore, the California Family Code allows the court to modify a support or custody order generally based on a variety of considerations.


Domestic Partnerships

Under California law, same-sex couples or Domestic Partners are afforded and subject to many of the same rights, obligations and responsibilities as spouses in a marriage.

If the parties choose to dissolve this partnership, Harris-Ginsberg attorneys are experts in navigating this area of the law and are extremely experienced in all issues that may arise such as custody, support and tax-related concerns.


Paternity/Parentage Issues

Paternity (Parentage) can involve a variety of issues including establishing parentage, custody, visitation rights, and support. Paternity matters generally begin by determining parentage of the child as this is a crucial aspect to deciding the remaining issues. We help parents determine paternity through DNA testing and help parents legally establish custody rights and determine monetary support.

Suzanne Harris

Senior Partner

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

Ms. Harris is a co-founder of Harris-Ginsberg LLP. She specializes in the representation of high net-worth individuals in all aspects of family law. Ms. Harris has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for years 2004-2012 through peer nomination and an independent research and review process. She was nominated among the Top 50 Female Super Lawyers for 2004, 2005, and 2006 in the Southern California Super Lawyers balloting. Ms. Harris was also selected by Best Lawyers in America for years 2008-2012. She is a frequent panelist, lecturer and contributing author for many legal and accounting organizations and is currently active in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Harris is the past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and past President of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has served on the Judicial Council's Family Law Advisory Committee to the Chief Justice of California.

Ms. Harris was admitted to The Order of Distinguished Attorneys with the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Ms. Harris has served for nearly seven years in various offices for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit organization which was formed to provide financial grants to organizations throughout the United States and internationally which help children affected by divorce. Ms. Harris is currently the Foundation's President-elect.

ISLN
906665488

Practice Areas
-Family Law
-Dissolution of Marriage
-Child Custody
-Visitation
-Paternity
-Divorce
-Marital Property Distribution
-Marital Property Law
-Post Divorce Modification
-Spousal Support

University
California State University, Dominguez Hills, B.A., 1973

Law School
University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1977

Admitted
1977, California; 1980, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Memberships
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Past Chair, Family Law Section)
State Bar of California (Chair, Family Law Section, 2000-2001; Judicial Council's Family Law Advisory Committee to Chief Justice of California, 1987-1990)

Biography
Named: Super Lawyer 2004-2011
Top 50 Southern California Female Super Lawyers, 2004-2008
Southern California's Best Lawyers, 2008-2011, Best Lawyers in America.
She is a frequent panelist, lecturer and contributing author for many legal and accounting organizations. She is the past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and past President of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and she has served on the Judicial Council's Family Law Advisory Committee to the Chief Justice of California. (Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)
Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate , 1977

Larry A. Ginsburg

Senior Partner


Legal Specialization: Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Ginsberg is a co-founder of Harris Ginsberg LLP. He specializes in the representation of high net worth individuals in high conflict situations, while also being "mediation friendly."

Mr. Ginsberg has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for years 2004-2012, and a Top 50 Super Lawyer for 2011 and 2012, through peer nomination and an independent research and review process. Further, Mr. Ginsberg was selected by Best Lawyers in America for years 2008 through 2012. Mr. Ginsberg is active in state and local bar family law activities, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Family Law Section where he chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is a past President of the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, a non-profit provider of family law legal services to low income individuals. He was Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association/USC Family Law-Legal Ethics Institute Steering Committee and is a frequent panelist and lecturer for many state, national and international legal organizations. Mr. Ginsberg is also the author of several articles and a contributing editor to several Family Law publications.


ISLN
907082352

Practice Areas
-Family Law
-Dissolution of Marriage
-Adoption Law
-Child Custody
-Visitation Rights
-Paternity
-Postnuptial Agreements
-Domestic Partnerships
-Divorce Mediation
-Marital Property Distribution
-Post Divorce Modification
-Spousal Support
-Marital Property Law
-Premarital Agreements

University
University of Wisconsin, B.A., Social Work, 1982

Law School
Pepperdine University, J.D., 1986

Admitted
1986, California
1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Memberships
Beverly Hills (Member, Family Law Executive Committee, 1993-2000), Los Angeles County (Member, Family Law Executive Committee) and American (Member, Sections on: Family Law; Adoption) Bar Associations
State Bar of California (Member, Family Law Section; Family Law Executive Committee; Advisory Chair, Continuing Legal Education, 2002-2004)
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)

Biography
President, 1997-1998, 2002-2004 and Board of Directors, 1993-2007.
Harriett Buhai Center For Family Law;
Contributing Editor, "Prenups for Lovers," Arlene G. Dubin, Random House, pub. 2001;
Member, 1994-2002, Chair, 1998 and Co-Chair, 2002, Los Angeles County Bar Association/University of Southern California Family Law/Ethics Institute Steering Committee;
Member, Visitation Monitor Committee, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1996-1997.
County of Los Angeles Commendation for Public Service to Low Income Persons, 1998-2005.
Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court, Family Law, and Small Claims Court, 2004-2008.
Listed: Southern California Super Lawyers 2004-2011; Top 100 Lawyers, 2010-2011; Southern California's Best Lawyers, 2008-2011; 2010 Best Lawyers of America. (Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)
Education
  • Pepperdine University
    Juris Doctorate , 1986

Andrea Fugate Balian

Partner

Legal Specialization: Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Balian has been practicing family law exclusively throughout her legal career, and joined Harris Ginsberg LLP in 1996. She is a Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Balian has lectured for various non-family law professional groups about family law procedures and issues. Ms. Balian wrote a chapter for "Strategies for Family Law in California" 2011 Edition (Chapter 13 "Changes and Trends in Family Law 2010") and also co-authored the entitled "California" chapter for the book "Family Law, Jurisdictional Comparisons" 2011 Edition with other attorneys at Harris Ginsberg LLP.

Ms. Balian has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2013. She was also selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2004-2008 by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process. Ms. Balian is a former member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee, which considers and makes recommendations on California legislation and proposed legislation pertaining to family law; encourages ethical conduct in the practice of family law; develops and improves family law standards of practice; encourages and promotes pro bono opportunities; and provides a forum through which family law practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems and practice issues. Ms Balian is a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists


ISLN
910291482

Practice Areas
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Adoption Law
-Premarital Agreements
-Paternity
-Child Custody
-Visitation Rights

University
University of Michigan, B.A., 1992

Law School
University of Southern California, J.D., 1995

Admitted
1995, California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships
Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations
State Bar of California (Member, Family Law Section)

Biography
Ms. Balian has been practicing family law exclusively since joining Harris-Ginsberg LLP in 1996. She has lectured for various professional groups about family law procedures and issues. Ms. Balian has been selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2004 through 2010 by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers edition.
Executive Committee of Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2010-2011. (Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization).
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

Fahi Takesh Hallin

Partner

Ms. Takesh Hallin has been practicing exclusively family law since being admitted to the bar in 1996. She was selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2006 through 2009 by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyer for years 2010 through 2013, Super Lawyers edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process.

Ms. Takesh Hallin has lectured on various family law related topics, including at Continuing Legal Education seminars, and has served as Mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court in family law. Ms. Takesh Hallin was a chair of the Family Law Section of the Santa Monica Bar Association for 2006. She has also been a contributing editor for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Takesh Hallin has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2011 to 2013.

In 2012, Ms. Takesh Hallin was named by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California. Ms. Takesh Hallin also handles Hague international child abduction cases and is on the list of the U.S. State Department for attorney referrals for such matters. Ms.Takesh Hallin's practice area includes litigation, as well as mediation and collaborative practice.

Ms. Takesh Hallin often serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court, in family law departments. Ms. Takesh Hallin has appeared on television as a family law expert, and has been quoted in a number of publications as an expert in the field of California family law.

Ms. Takesh Hallin believes in giving back to the community, having volunteered for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law since 1997, a non-profit provider of family law legal services to low income individuals. She served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Buhai Center for three years, and is currently a member of the Advisory Council.


ISLN
910291666

Practice Areas
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Paternity
-Postnuptial Agreements
-Child Custody
-International Child Custody
-Premarital Agreements

University
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992, Phi Beta Kappa

Law School
Loyola Law School, J.D., 1996

Admitted
1996, California

Memberships
State Bar of California (Member, Family Law Section)
American Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Santa Monica Bar Association (Co-Chair, Family Law Section, 2006)
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)

Biography
Contributing Editor: "California Evidence for the Family Law Lawyer," Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1998.
President of Board of Directors, January 2007-2009 and Member of Board of Directors, 2001-2010 of Harriett Buhai Center For Family Law.
Ms. Takesh Hallin has lectured on various family law related topics and has served as mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Ms. Takesh Hallin was selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2006-2009 by Los Angeles Magazine and a Super Lawyer for years 2010-2013, Super Lawyers edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process. Ms. Takesh Hallin has also been selected for inclusion in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" for 2011-13. She was named as one of Southern California's Top Women Attorneys in 2013. Ms. Takesh Hallin's practice area includes litigation and collaborative law, as well as private mediation for her clients. Ms. Hallin also handles Hague international child abduction cases and is on the list of the U.S. State Department for attorney referrals for such matters.

Birthplace
Tehran, Iran
Education
  • Loyola Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1996

David L. Marcus

Associate

Legal Specialization: Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.Ms.

Mr. Marcus has been exclusively practicing family law since 1993. Before specializing solely in family law, Mr. Marcus practiced civil litigation and family law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, which gave him valuable large-law firm experience. Mr. Marcus has co-authored numerous articles published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal regarding family law issues. He was an extern for the U.S. District Court, for the Hon. Harry L. Hupp. Mr. Marcus specializes in complex family law matters, and preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements. He is a Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

ISLN
905183129

University
University of California, San Diego, B.A., 1983

Law School
University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1988

Admitted
1988, California

Memberships
State Bar of California
Beverly Hills (Family Law Section)

Biography
Co-author of numerous articles published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal regarding family law issues
Extern for U.S. District Court, Hon. Harry L. Hupp, Judge
Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Evan C. Itzkowitz

Associate

Mr. Itzkowitz has been practicing family law exclusively since 2001. He was a named partner at a family law firm in Beverly Hills before joining Harris Ginsberg LLP in 2012. He is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Executive Committee and has presented before the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Itzkowitz was selected by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the years 2005 through 2012. Mr. Itzkowitz is involved in a variety of practice areas within the firm, including dissolution of marriage and paternity actions, child custody and support, spousal support, property valuation and division of property, dissolution of domestic partnerships, and domestic violence restraining orders. Mr. Itzkowitz has tried cases before Family Courts in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.


ISLN
915951916

University
Arizona State University, B.S., 1996

Law School
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2000

Admitted
2000, California

Memberships
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2000

Johnna K. Boylan

Associate

Legal Specialization: Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.Ms.

Ms. Boylan is also a Certified Public Accountant, which gives her unique insight when dealing with complex financial issues and forensic experts. Ms. Boylan is well versed in all aspects of family law from complex litigation to amicable settlements. She has been selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2008 through 2011 by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process.

ISLN
918233644

University
University of Southern California, B.S., 1986

Law School
University of California at San Diego, J.D., 2003

Admitted
2004, California

Memberships
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
American Bar Association

Biography
Ms. Boylan is also a Certified Public Accountant. She has been selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2008, 2009, and 2010 by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers edition. (Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)
Education
  • University of California at San Diego
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Dena J. Kravitz

Associate

Ms. Kravitz has been practicing family law exclusively since joining Harris-Ginsberg in 2007, and is involved in a variety of practice areas within the firm, including dissolution of marriage and paternity actions, child custody and support, spousal support, property valuation and division of property, dissolution of domestic partnerships, preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements and domestic violence restraining orders. She has been selected as a Southern California Rising Star for 2012 by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers Edition, through peer nomination, and independent research and review process.

Ms. Kravitz continues to volunteer her time at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a non-profit provider of family law legal services to low income individuals. Ms. Kravitz's work at the center involves advising litigants and attorneys in family law matters, lecturing on family law matters, and providing direct representation to clients. Additionally, she has co-chaired the Center's Fall fundraising event since 2008. Ms. Kravitz co-edited the Second Edition of the Family Law Guide for Domestic Violence Counselors and Advocates.

ISLN
919235692

University
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2003

Law School
Loyola Law School, J.D., 2006

Admitted
2006, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Memberships
State Bar of California
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and American Bar Associations
Education
  • Loyola Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Jessia Spiker

Associate

Ms. Spiker has been practicing family law exclusively since joining Harris Ginsberg in early 2011. Ms. Spiker is involved in a variety of practice areas within the firm, including dissolution of marriage, child custody and support, spousal support, property valuation and division of property, post divorce issues/support & custody modifications, and preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements and domestic violence restraining orders. Before specializing solely in family law, Ms. Spiker had her own practice and practiced civil litigation, as well as family law. She has valuable courtroom, mediation and trial experience, having acted as lead counsel in a variety of family and civil law matters.

ISLN
921817900

University
University of Southern California, B.A., 2004

Law School
Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2007 Moot Court Honors Program

Admitted
2007, California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Memberships
Beverly Hills and Los Angeles County
State Bar of California.

Biography
Ms. Spiker assists the firm's clients in a variety of practice areas, including dissolution of marriage, child custody and support, spousal support, post divorce issues/support & custody modifications, and preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements. Before specializing solely in family law, Ms. Spiker also practiced civil litigation. She has valuable courtroom, mediation and trial experience, having acted as lead counsel in a variety of family and civil law matters.
Education
  • Southwestern Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Michelle H. Chen

Associate

Ms. Chen has been practicing family law exclusively since 2008, and is involved in a variety of practice areas within the firm, including dissolution of marriage and paternity actions, child custody and support, spousal support, property valuation and division of property, dissolution of domestic partnerships, preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements and domestic violence restraining orders. She is fluent in spoken Mandarin Chinese.

ISLN
922098499

University
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2003

Law School
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2007

Admitted
2007, California
Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Jennifer R. Morra

Associate

Ms. Morra graduated in 2005 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with degrees in both Psychology and Writing Seminars. After working as a behavioral therapist for Autism Partnership and a paralegal for Paul Hastings, Ms. Morra attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 with a specialization in Business Law.

Ms. Morra previously worked as an associate with Paul Hastings' financing and restructuring group, giving her unique insight and knowledge of complex financial matters, which has proven invaluable in her handling of high net worth dissolution matters. Ms. Morra made the transition from corporate law to family law after becoming involved in the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles' (WLALA) Sojourn Domestic Violence Clinic and has worked exclusively in family law since 2011.

Ms. Morra joined Harris Ginsberg in 2012, and is involved in a variety of practice areas within the firm, including dissolution of marriage and paternity actions, child custody and support, spousal support, property valuation and division of property, dissolution of domestic partnerships, preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements and domestic violence restraining orders.

Ms. Morra is an active volunteer with Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and WLALA's Sojourn Domestic Violence Clinic.

ISLN
157093824

University
Johns Hopkins University, B.A.

Law School
University of California at Los Angeles, J.D.

Admitted
2010
Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate
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