Debra S. Frank, APLC

Attorney Debra S. Frank has established a strong reputation as a family law attorney. A certified specialist in the area of family law, Debra S. Frank is committed to meeting the unique needs of each family law client.

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Firm Overview

Attorney Frank offers a unique combination of experience, knowledge and professional resources to assist individuals in the West Los Angeles area, as well as from the greater Los Angeles area and San Fernando Valley. By encouraging communication and remaining accessible throughout family law proceedings, Attorney Frank remains dedicated to client satisfaction. Her clients come from the diverse Los Angeles community, including business, real estate, legal and financial professionals, as well as those in the entertainment and sports industries.

Attorney Frank is able to utilize her resources, network of experts and understanding of the law to her clients' benefit to be an effective advocate.
Main Office

Debra S. Frank, APLC
2029 Century Park East,
Suite 1400
Los Angeles  CA  90067

Phone
  • (310) 277-5121
Fax
  • (310) 277-5932
Family
Debra S. Frank is committed to meeting the unique needs of each family law client. She is sensitive to clients' needs, recognizing the financial and emotional stress that often accompany divorce and other family law matters.
Family law attorney Debra S. Frank can work closely with you at every step, providing a full range of options aimed at achieving the goals you lay out. Whether that leads to an adversarial divorce where you need an effective litigator with a clear understanding of complicated financial issues, or leads you toward alternatives such as collaborative divorce or mediation, she can help you.

Attorney Frank is involved with regional legal organizations and has developed a reputation among her peers for being well-prepared and highly successful.

She has participated as a member of committees that comment on proposed family law legislation and has a thorough understanding of this area of law.

She has a passion for working in complicated matters of family law, in particular, financial issues, property division, and protection of assets as well as the complexities raised in child custody disputes.

She employs state of the art technologies and works with a network of experts to provide her clients with the resources their family law case needs.

She is energized by working with her clients, and makes every effort to be flexible to their needs.

Contact her office today to talk to Attorney Frank regarding the following legal matters:

Divorce/ dissolution of marriage
High-net-worth divorce
The divorce process
Spousal support/ alimony
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Property division
California community property
Breach of fiduciary duty
Debt division

Child support
Child custody and child visitation
Modifications of custody and support agreements
Interstate custody
International custody
Paternity and paternity tests

Other family law matters, including
Domestic partnerships
Domestic violence
Litigation

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Debra S. Frank has established an impressive reputation in the California legal community. She is knowledgeable of changes and potential changes in the law through thorough research and involvement on committees that analyze proposed changes to California family and divorce law. Debra S. Frank takes the time needed to fully assess the details of the case and consults experts when necessary, including financial forensic specialists capable of discovering hidden assets, social therapists to evaluate children's wishes and best interests, and financial experts for valuation of assets and liabilities. She is a compassionate family law and divorce attorney and is committed to understanding her clients' needs and goals. Debra S. Frank's highly personalized services are tailored to the unique needs of each client.

Debra S. Frank also brings to her family law practice extensive criminal and juvenile law experience, including trials in defense of felony and misdemeanor offenses, and adjudications of juvenile offenses as well as numerous plea negotiations. She also handled dependency court proceedings. She utilizes this vast experience in the handling of family law proceedings.

Debra S. Frank

Los Angeles Attorney, Certified Family Law Specialist, Debra S. Frank provides comprehensive family law and divorce counsel, including advice and representation in matters involving Divorce / Dissolution, Separation, Division of Property, Division of Debt, Spousal Support / Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody and Visitation, International Custody and Interstate Custody, Modifications of Custody and Support Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Domestic Relationships, Paternity, Domestic Violence and more.

Debra S. Frank utilizes traditional litigation, mediation, and collaborative family law to help clients successfully resolve family law problems.

Attorney Debra S. Frank is passionate about her clients and the practice of family law. She is a speaker and author on family law topics, and is a resource to whom other attorneys turn for a better understanding of some of family law's most complex issues. She has been an effective litigator and negotiator for a wide range of clients, including business and entertainment professionals and executives.

HONORS AND APPOINTMENTS:

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2009-2014

Certified Specialist, Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California, 1993-present

Spirit of CEB Award, October 2012 for generous contributions to the Continuing Education of the Bar California and service to the profession

Commissioner, Vice-Chairperson, California Law Revision, 1982-1983, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown

Public Member, Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Home Furnishings, 1980-1981, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown

Debra S. Frank is actively involved with a wide variety of organizations in the California legal community, including:

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
Newsletter Editor, 2000-2001, 20098-200109, 2014
Secretary, 2011-2012
Board Member, 2000-2002, 2007-2012, June 2013-present

Beverly Hills Bar Association
Board of Governors, 2009-2013
Family Law Section, Executive Committee Chair, 2011-2012
Family Law Section, Executive Committee Member, 2008-present

Century City Bar Association
Board of Governors, 1998-2004, 2007-2012
President, 2003
Family Law Section, Chair, 1997-2012

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Family Law Section Executive Committee:
Chair 2010-2011
Member, 1998-2004, 2005-present
Family Law Reference Book Editor, 1998-2000, 2002, 2004-present
Family Law Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Settlement Officer, 1986-present

Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court Member, 2007-2012

Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court
Chair, 2012-2013
Founding Member, 2007-present

State Bar of California
Family Law Advisory Commission, Board of Legal Specialization Commissioner, 2005-2008
Family Law Executive Committee , 1995-1999
State Bar Family Law News Contributing Editor, 2008-present

Attorney Debra S. Frank is also a respected author and speaker:

Speaker and Moderator for Los Angeles County Bar, State Bar and other local and statewide Family Law and Continuing Education Programs, including programs for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law section, Provisors, and the Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court. She was Moderator and panelist for the CEB 2013 Family Law Conference .

Author of chapter "Marital Agreements" for CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar-California) book California Marital Settlement & Other Family Law Agreements, Third Edition, updated April 2014

Author of chapter "Stock Options and Benefits Under Executive Business Plans" for CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar-California) book Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces updated June 2011.

Author, "What are my options if my fiance refuses to sign a prenuptial agreement?" Super Lawyers Supplement to Los Angeles Magazine, February 2009, page S-34

Contact Certified Family Law Specialist Debra S. Frank today to discuss your situation with an attorney with over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of California divorce and family law.
Education
  • SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL
    J.D. , 1977
    Law School: SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL, Los Angeles, California, Juris Doctor Degree, May 1977;

    Graduate School: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Master's Degree, May 1972, with Honors;

    Undergraduate School: BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Boston, Massachusetts, Bachelor's Degree, May 1970, with Honors

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