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  • November 21, 2014
    Bias: The Enemy of Persuasion
    Noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Peter M. Walzer
    Westlake Provisors Attorney Affinity Group
    SoCal IP Law Group LLP
    310 N. Westlake Blvd., Ste. 120
    Westlake Village, CA 91362-3788

  • October 29, 2014
    Divorce Cases From Start to Finish for Paralegals
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Jennifer M. Reimer
    NBI Seminars
    Doubletree Hotel
    Orange, California
    more info

  • September 4, 2014
    The Ever Changing World of Premarital Agreements
    6 p.m. dinner, 7p.m. lecture
    Peter M. Walzer
    White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt, LLP. Study Group
    McCormick & Schmicks,, 111 No. Los Robles, Pasadena
    Reservations, call Leah at (818) 981-4226

  • August 21, 2014
    Family Law Around the World
    Beverly Hills Bar Association
    Peter M. Walzer
    Noon
    Beverly Hills, CA
    more info

  • July 17, 2014
    Divorce Law Guide from A-Z
    Anthony D. Storm
    NBI Seminars
    Pasadena, California
    more info

  • June 10, 2014
    Divorce and Death: Good and Bad Choices
    Peter M. Walzer, Esq. and Jonathan Lurie, Esq.
    Noon, Monterey at Encino Glen Restaurant, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino
    San Fernando Valley Bar, Probate Section
    more info

  • June 6, 2014
    California Court Rules on Governing Custody Evaluations – Are They Working?
    Cutting-Edge Child Custody Symposium
    Peter M. Walzer and Judge Michael J. Convey
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Chicago Kent College of Law
    more info

  • May 13, 2014
    Social Media Sleuthing: How to Find the Smoking Gun, and Use It
    Peter M. Walzer, Jennifer M. Riemer
    6:00 pm
    Ventura County Bar Association
    Oxnard, CA
    more info

  • May 9, 2014
    Game, Set, Match: The Ex-spouse Nearly Always Wins When Bankruptcy and Divorce Collide; What Can Be Done?
    Jennifer M. Riemer
    ABA Family Law Section
    Southampton, Bermuda
    more info

  • April 28, 2014
    Family Law Trial Advocacy Training: Examination of a Forensic Account (Support Issues)
    Peter M. Walzer CFLS, Tracy Katz, CPA, and Judy Bogen, CFLS
    San Fernando Valley Bar Association
    Sportsman's Lodge, Studio City, CA
    more info

  • April 25, 2014
    Simple Answers to Complex Divorce Tax Issues
    Peter M. Walzer & Don DeGrazia CPA
    AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce
    Las Vegas, NV
    more info

  • March 22, 2014
    Balancing Business Interests and Fiduciary Duties
    Peter M. Walzer and Judge Mark A. Juhas
    ACFLS Spring Seminar
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    more info

  • March 19, 2014
    Innovative Premarital Agreements
    Peter M. Walzer and Linda Ravdin
    American Bar Association Family Law Section
    Webinar (9:00 -10:30 a.m. PST)

  • February 13, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
    Love is in the Air -- Cutting Edge Premarital Agreements
    Peter M. Walzer
    State Bar Family Law Section
    Webinar
    more info

  • January 27, 2014
    Power Prenups
    Christopher C. Melcher
    ACFLS Greater Sacramento Chapter
    Sacramento, CA
    more info

  • January 23, 2014
    Family Law A to Z
    Jennifer M. Riemer
    NBI
    Pasadena, CA
    more info

  • October 19, 2013
    Thinking Inside the Box: Creative Internet Family Law Research and Investigation
    ABA Section of Family Law 2013 Fall CLE Conference
    Park City, UT
    more info

  • October 17, 2013
    100 Days Before Trial
    Steven. N. Peskind, Esq., Richard Ferguson, CPA & Christopher C. Melcher
    ABA Section of Family Law 2013 Fall CLE Conference
    Park City, UT
    more info

  • October 12, 2013
    Ethics and Risk Management for the Family Lawyer
    The State Bar of California 86th Annual Meeting
    Christopher C. Melcher
    San Jose, CA
    more info

  • October 12, 2013
    Family Law Update
    Garrett C. Dailey, Judge Jeffrey Burke, Christopher C. Melcher
    San Jose, CA
    more info

  • October 2, 2013
    Drafting Premarital and Postmarital Agreements
    Strategies for Crafting an Enforceable Agreement

    Peter M. Walzer, Christopher C. Melcher, and Richard Kent
    Strafford Webinar
    more info

  • September 17, 2013
    What Every Attorney Needs to Know About the U.S. Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decisions
    Peter M. Walzer
    Provisors' VLLP Meeting
    16000 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 1000
    Encino, CA
    more info

  • September 11, 2013
    What Every Family Lawyer Needs to Know About the U.S. Supreme Court Marriage equality Decisions
    Diana Richmond, Richard Roane, and Peter M. Walzer, Moderator
    AAML Webinar
    more info

  • August 4, 2013
    2013 Advanced Family Law Course - Support Modification
    Peter M. Walzer and Judge Maureen Hallahan
    CFLR
    Westin, Costa Mesa
    more info

  • July 10, 2013
    Bias: The Enemy of Persuasion
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Contra Costa Bar Association
    Contra Costa, CA
    more info

  • May 31, 2013
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter -- Annual Symposium
    Full Metal Jacket: Making Your Premarital Agreement Bullet Proof
    Peter M. Walzer, Brigeda Bank, and Stephen J. Wagner
    Auberge du Soleil, Napa

  • May 22, 2013
    How to Review and Challenge Business Valuation Report
    Christopher C. Melcher, Jack Zuckerman CPA, Judge Michael Convey, Terry Hargrave CPA, Robert J. Friedman
    Beverly Hills Bar Association
    Beverly Hills, CA
    more info

  • April 27, 2013
    45 Annual Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Symposium
    "You Can't Always Get What You Want" -- 6 hour program
    Peter M. Walzer, Chair
    Hilton Universal City

  • March 24, 2013
    Cool Evidentiary Tools for Savvy Lawyers
    Peter M. Walzer and Judge Mark Juhas
    ACFLS 2013 Spring Seminar
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    more info

  • March 23, 2013
    Get A Job! How the Experts Can Help
    Christopher Melcher; Lynne Tracy, M.A., CRC; Richard G. Rappaport, M.D
    ACFLS 2013 Spring Seminar
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    more info

  • February 19, 2013
    Goodwill Hunting. Extinction or Resurrection?
    Christopher Melcher; Alfred Warsavsky CPA; Patrick Greene, CPA
    Ventura County Bar Association
    Oxnard, CA
    more info

  • February 9, 2013
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Southern California Chapter
    Claws and Effect: Searching Out an Enforceable Prenup
    Peter M. Walzer and Bruce Cooperman
    Balboa Bay Club

  • January 30, 2013
    Up Periscope, Get a Good Look at Offshore Income and High Asset Divorce Taxation
    Christopher C. Melcher and Daniel J. Jaffe
    AAML
    Webinar
    more info

  • January 8, 2013
    Prenuptial Agreements: Drafting Provisions for Effective Distribution of Assets
    Christopher C. Melcher
    National Constitution Center Audio Conferences
    Webinar

  • November 17, 2012
    CEB 2012 Family Law Conference:
    Drafting Family Law Agreements

    Peter M. Walzer, Bruce Cooperman, and Leonard Meyberg
    Westin south Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
    more info

  • October 13, 2012
    Family Law Update
    The State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting
    Garrett C. Dailey, Judge Jeffrey Burke, Judge Michael Naughton and Christopher C. Melcher
    Monterey, CA
    more info

  • October 12, 2012
    Bias: The Enemy of Persuasion
    The State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Monterey, CA
    more info

  • September 26, 2012
    "If you love me, get it in writing"
    Pasadena Bar Association Lunch Program
    Peter M. Walzer
    Pasadena, CA
    more info

  • September 14, 2012
    Family Law: The DissoMaster
    CEB The Basics Conference
    Christopher C. Melcher and Heather Satin
    Santa Monica, CA
    more info

  • September 13, 2012
    Family Law: Live Testimony and Declarations
    CEB The Basics Conference
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Santa Monica, CA
    more info

  • September 7-9, 2012
    The Rutter Group CFLR Family Law Expert Series: Trial Advocacy
    Peter M. Walzer and all-star cast
    Costa Mesa, CA
    more info

  • May 30, 2012
    Social Media in Family Law Cases
    Christopher C. Melcher, Shanon Quinley, & Fernando M. Luna
    Pasadena Bar Association
    Pasadena, CA
    more info

  • May 19, 2012
    I Love You Now Sign Here - Premarital Agreements for Professionals and Small Business Owners
    Christopher C. Melcher, Hon. David J. Cowan & Steven Mindel
    Los Angeles County Bar Association 44th Annual Family Law Symposium
    Universal City, CA
    more info

  • May 14, 2012
    When Love Becomes War: How to Attack and Defend the Premarital Agreement
    Peter M. Walzer & Christopher C. Melcher
    South Bay Study Group
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    more info

  • May 3, 2012
    Introduction to Divorce Law
    Live CLE Seminar
    John Harding, Jennifer M. Riemer
    Pasadena, CA
    more info

  • April 11, 2012
    Bias: The Enemy of Persuasion
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Indiana State Bar Association
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    more info

  • April 10, 2012
    Double Dipping and other Horrors
    Peter M. Walzer, Alfred Warsavsky & Patrick Greene
    Ventura County Family Law Bar Association
    Courtyard by Marriott, 600 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard
    more info

  • March 31, 2012
    Cross Border Issues in Family Law
    Peter M. Walzer and Jeffrey J. Daar
    LACBA Family Law Section
    Los Angeles, CA
    more info

  • March 24, 2012
    Double-Dipping: Bad Manners or Irresistible Temptation?
    Christopher C. Melcher and Michelene Insalaco
    Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    more info

  • March 7, 2012
    Webinar: Divorce Tax - Simple Answers to Complex Questions
    Christopher C. Melcher
    State Bar of California Family Law Section

  • March 6, 2012
    Dancing in the Minefield: Enforceable Marital and Premarital Agreements
    Christopher C. Melcher, Leena S. Hingnikar, Wendy Sharp, Nancy Brucker, Hon. Aviva K. Bob, David Yamamoto, & Seth Kramer
    The Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court
    Los Angeles, CA

  • February 15, 2012
    Divorce Tax - Simple Answers to Complex Questions
    American Bar Association (ABA)
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Webinar
    more info

  • January 23, 2012
    Beyond Elkins Valley Style
    Peter M. Walzer and Judge Michael Convey
    Encino Glen Restaurant
    Encino, Ca

  • January 11, 2012
    Family Law Fundamentals: Disclosures
    Christopher C. Melcher and Jennifer M. Riemer
    California State Bar Family Law Section
    Webinar
    more info

  • December 14, 2011
    Beyond Elkins: New Laws, New Forms, New Year
    Peter M. Walzer, Judge Michael J. Convey and Judge Marjorie Steinberg
    Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    Los Angeles, California
    more info

  • November 18, 2011
    2011 Family Law Conference
    Christopher C. Melcher
    CEB
    San Francisco, CA

  • October 27 & 28, 2011
    Bias - The Enemy of Persuasion
    Christopher C. Melcher
    American Bar Association Family Law Fall 2011 Conference
    Las Vegas, NV
    more info

  • October 22, 2011
    Family Law Disclosures and Stipulated Judgments
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Los Angeles Paralegal Association Annual Conference
    Los Angeles, CA

  • October 10, 2011
    Divorce Tax 201: Practical Questions and Answers to Avoid Malpractice, Identify Issues and Construct Tax Appropriate Resolutions
    Christopher C. Melcher
    AAML - Illinois Chapter
    Oak Brook, IL

  • September 22, 2011
    Webinar: Prenuptial, Postnuptial and Cohabitation Agreements: Strategies to Craft Enforceable Provisions and Attack or Defend the Agreement
    Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher
    Strafford Publications

  • September 17, 2011
    Recent Developments in Family Law
    Christopher C. Melcher
    The State Bar of California Annual Meeting
    Long Beach, CA
    more info

  • August 23, 2011
    Webinar: Pre-Nups, Post-Nups and Cohabitation Agreements
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Strafford Publications
    more info

  • August 17, 2011
    Social Media Evidence in Divorce Cases
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Ventura Bar Association
    Ventura, CA
    more info

  • July 18, 2011
    "I Love You, Now Sign Here"
    Christopher C. Melcher and Peter M. Walzer
    Provisors Valley Lawyers and Legal Professionals Group
    Encino, CA

  • June 23, 2011
    Social Media Evidence
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Santa Barbara Bar Association
    Santa Barbara, CA
    more info

  • June 18, 2011
    Forensic Accounting Beyond the Basics: How to Prove Your Financial Case Through the Use of a Forensic Accountant and How to Oppose the Forensic Accountant
    Peter M. Walzer, with Paul White CPA and Judge Thomas Trent Lewis
    Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section
    Universal City Hilton

  • May 14, 2011
    Goodwill: What Is It and What Is It Worth?
    Peter M. Walzer and Jeffrey Kinrich, CPA/ABV
    Northern California Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Sonoma Lodge, Sonoma, California
    more info

  • May 6, 2011
    Discovery: Creating your Plan; Propounding & Responding to Discovery; Handling Objections
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and UCLA Extension
    Westwood, CAA
    more info

  • April 15-17, 2011
    Social Media and E-Discovery in Family Law Courtrooms
    Christopher C. Melcher & Mark Ressa
    Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
    Indian Wells, CA
    more info

  • April 15-17, 2011
    Getting The Facts: Comparing Discovery and Disclosure
    Christopher C. Melcher & Dawn Grey
    Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
    Indian Wells, CA
    more info

  • February 19, 2011 - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Law in the Foreign Jurisdiction: The Strange, the Mysterious, and the Unusual
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Alexandre Boiché, Cabinet CBBC, Paris, France
    William Longrigg, Charles Russell, London, England
    International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter Meeting, Miami, Florida

  • January 25, 2011
    What is "Income" for Purposes of Support?
    Christopher C. Melcher
    State Bar of California
    Sections Cyber Institute
    more info

  • January 15, 2011
    Remedies, Ethics, Deposition Tactics and Other Issues
    Peter M. Walzer, Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine [ret], and Suzanne Harris
    Harold Stanton, moderator
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Southern California Chapter
    18th Annual Trial Advocacy Institute
    Casa del Mar, Santa Monica California
    more info

  • January 7, 2011
    Avoiding the Double Dip in Family Law Cases
    Christopher C. Melcher
    28th Annual National CLE Conference
    Vail, Colorado
    more info

  • December 16, 2010 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Elkins: How to Litigate a Case Under the New Laws
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Judge Michael J. Convey
    Judge Mark A. Juhas
    Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    Hotel Delfina; Santa Monica, CA

  • December 11, 2010
    Bias: The Enemy of Persuasion
    Peter M. Walzer
    Christopher C. Melcher
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Southern Califonia Chapter Meeting
    Newport Beach, CA

  • December 3, 2010 - Noon to 2:00 p.m.
    Transborder Divorce, its Tax and Immigration Consequencess
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Albert Golbert, Golbert and Associates
    Moderator: Qiang Bjornbak
    Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section

  • November 20, 2010
    Elkins -- Coming to a Court Near You! How Elkins Will Change Family Law
    2010 Family Law Symposium
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Hon. Laurie Zelon, California State Court of Appeal, District 2, Division 7
    Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
    Beverly Hills Hotel

  • November 18, 2010 -12:00 p.m.
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Prenups but Were Afraid to Ask
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Thousand Oaks Rotary group

  • November 5, 2010
    2010 Family Law Conference
    Christopher C. Melcher, Hon. Marjorie Slabach, Mark Ressa, Raymond Goldstein
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    San Francisco, CA
    more info

  • October 21, 2010
    Identifying and Solving Tax Issues in Family Law Cases
    Christopher C. Melcher
    American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section
    Forth Worth, TX
    more info

    Christopher C. Melcher presented a program on tax issues in divorce cases with Brian Karpf as the moderator in Forth Worth, Texas for the American Bar Association Section of Family Law.

  • September 25, 2010
    Annual Family Law Update
    Christopher C. Melcher, Garrett C. Dailey, Hon. Michael Naughton, Hon. Jeff Bruke
    The State Bar of California Annual Meeting
    Monterey, CA
    more info

  • September 24, 2010
    Drafting and Litigating Premarital Agreements
    Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher
    The State Bar of California Annual Meeting
    Monterey, CA
    more info

    Walzer & Melcher spoke at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in Monterey on September 24, 2010, on the topic Drafting and Litigating Premarital and Postmarital Agreements. Over 100 people attended.

  • July 30, 2010
    Crossover Issues in Estate Planning & Family Law
    Christopher C. Melcher , Marc M. Stern, and Howard S. Klein
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    Irvine, CA
    more info

  • May 21, 2010
    Law Practice Symposium
    Christopher C. Melcher, Ed Poll, Ron Berman, Carl Altomare, Loretta Ruppert
    LexisNexis and The Disability Rights Center at Loyola Law School
    Los Angeles, CA

  • May 2010
    A Report on the Elkins Family Law Task Force
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter

  • May 8, 2010
    Practice Considerations in Determining Income for Support
    Christopher C. Melcher, Robert C. Brandt, Hon. David S. Cunningham III, and Tracy Farryl Katz, CPA
    Family Law Symposium
    Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    Universal City, CA

  • April 21, 2010
    Conducting e-Discovery on a Budget
    Christopher C. Melcher
    CEB Telephone Topic
    more info

  • March 28, 2010
    Trial Techniques for Enforcing or Attacking Transmutations
    Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher
    Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
    Indian Wells, CA
    more info

  • March 19, 2010
    Developing a Comprehensive Strategy for High Profile Athletes and Their Lovers in Family Court
    Peter M. Walzer & Richard West
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Aruba

  • February 20, 2010
    Drafting and Litigating Premarital and Postmarital Agreements
    Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher
    UCLA Extension
    Westwood, CA
    more info

  • February 17, 2010
    Evidence for Family Lawyers
    Christopher C. Melcher, Susan Moss and Brian Karpf
    American Bar Association Teleconference
    more info

  • January 21, 2010
    Conducting e-Discovery on a Budget
    Christopher C. Melcher
    California State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit
    Long Beach, CA

  • January 18, 2010
    The Art of Persuasion Family Law Style
    Peter M. Walzer, Judge Thomas Trent Lewis and Warren E. Haviland
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter
    Institute of Trial Advocacy
    Newport Beach, CA
    For more info, go to the AAML Southern California website

  • January 8, 2010
    Tax Issues Facing Family Law Practitioners When Dividing Assets or Making Support Orders
    27th National CLE Conference
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Law Education Institute and Colorado Bar Association
    Vail, Colorado

  • November 18, 2009
    Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements
    Speakers: Peter Walzer, Esq. & Elizabeth Potter Scully, Esq.
    Beverly Hills Bar Association
    Registration & Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
    Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Questions & Answer period: 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    more info

  • November 6, 2009
    2009 Family Law Conference
    Christopher C. Melcher, Hon. Marjorie Slabach, Julie Saffren, Michelene Insalaco
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

  • September 12, 2009
    Elkins Family Law Task Force Recommendations
    Peter M. Walzer, Stephen B. Ruben, Hon. Nancy Wieben Stock, Bonnie Hough
    State Bar of California Annual Meeting
    Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

    For more info, go to the State Bar of California website
  • September 12, 2009
    Recent Developments in Family Law
    Garrett C. Dailey, Hon. Michael Naughton, Christopher C. Melcher, and Lulu Wong
    State Bar of California Annual Meeting
    Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

    For more info, go to the State Bar of California website

  • August 6, 2009
    Written and Demonstrative Evidence
    Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation [in house seminar]
    Peter M. Walzer
    1102 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
    Los Angeles, California

  • August 5, 2009
    Ten Ways That Attorneys Kill Their Own Experts
    American Bar Assocation
    Peter M. Walzer, Moderator, Michael Kaplan, CPA, Carlton Marcyan, CPA, AAML
    TELECONFERENCE/LIVE AUDIO WEBCAST
    http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t09twt1.html


  • July 31, 2009
    Hot Tips from the Experts: Strategies for Business Valuation in a Depressed Economy
    American Bar Association Annual Meeting
    Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago

  • June 24, 2009
    Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century
    National Business Institute
    Peter M. Walzer, Sheri Cohen, Emily Shappell Edelman, Vicki J. Greene,
    S. Roger Rombro and Jeff M. Sturman
    Sheraton Hotel, Pasadena, California

  • June 8, 2009
    Drafting and Enforcing Premarital Agreements
    Los Angeles County Bar, Family Law Section
    Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, Roberta Bennett and Peter M. Walzer
    [Location to Be Determined]

  • April 18-19, 2009
    Strategies for Business Valuation in a Depressed Economy
    Seventeenth Annual ACFLS Spring Seminar:
    Complex Property Characterization & Disposition Issues
    Peter M. Walzer and Jerry Randall, CPA
    ACFLS website

  • March 30, 2009
    Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces
    National Business Institute
    Leena Hingnikar, Vicki J. Greene, Linda Russano Morra and Jeff M. Sturman
    Sheraton Hotel, Pasadena, California

  • February 7, 2009
    Coaching a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation: A Call for Guidelines

    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
    California Chapter
    Christopher C. Melcher and Dr. Renee Lehr
    San Francisco, California
  • January 17, 2009
    How to Draft a Valid Premarital Agreement
    State Bar of California
    Section Education Institute
    Christopher C. Melcher and Peter D. Rubin
    Berkeley, California

  • November 15, 2008
    2nd Annual Family Law Trial Advocacy Program: The Support Trial
    Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section
    Peter M. Walzer on the Panel

  • November 14, 2008
    2008 Family Law Conference

    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    Christopher C. Melcher
    San Francisco, California

  • October 27, 2008
    Electronic Evidence: How to Get it and How to Use It

    San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Family Law Section
    Judge Wendy Kohn, Christopher Melcher, and Peter M. Walzer
    Encino Glen Restaurant, Encino

  • October 23, 2008
    Moore Marsden -- Solutions to Conflicts

    CPA Education Foundation
    Donald A. Glenn, CPA and Peter M. Walzer
    Los Angeles and San Francisco (Oct. 24, 2008)

  • September 25, 2008
    Protecting Privacy Interests in Family Law Proceedings: Post-Burklet

    The State Bar of California 2008 Annual Meeting
    Peter M. Walzer, Ronald S. Granberg, Hon. Marjorie A. Slabach, Staci Simonton
    Monterey, California

  • September 25-28, 2008
    Family Law Update

    The State Bar of California 2008 Annual Meeting
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Monterey, California

  • September 4, 2008
    International Premarital Agreements

    International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2008 Annual Meeting
    Peter M. Walzer
    Capetown, South Africa

  • Thursday, June 5, 2008
    Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide

    Continuing Education of Bar
    Christopher C. Melcher, Mark Stern, and Howard Klein
    San Diego

  • Saturday, May 31, 2008
    Evidentiary Issues in Divorce -- To Admit or Not Admit, Is that the Question

    Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section
    Peter M. Walzer
    LACBA offices

  • Friday, May 30, 2008
    Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide

    Continuing Education of Bar
    Christopher C. Melcher, Mark Stern, and Howard Klein
    Los Angeles

  • Friday, May 16, 2008
    Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide

    Continuing Education of Bar
    Christopher C. Melcher, Mark Stern, and Howard Klein
    Costa Mesa

  • May 14, 2008
    Drafting Premarital and Postmarital Agreements

    UCLA Extension
    Peter M. Walzer and Christopher Melcher
    UCLA Campus

  • March 18, 2008
    Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings

    National Business Institute
    Christopher C. Melcher, co-speaker
    Pasadena, CA

  • February 8-10, 2008
    Effective Legal and Psychological Approaches to Parental Alignment, Estrangement, and Alienation

    AFCC Conference
    Co-Speaker
    Peter M. Walzer
    Santa Monica, California

  • February 8-10, 2008
    Ethical and Effective Coaching One Parent During a Child Custody Evaluation: Reconciling the Demands of Advocacy and Impartiality

    AFCC Conference
    Co-Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Santa Monica, California

  • January 20, 2008
    The Art of the Trial

    Ethical and Malpractice Minefields in Preparation of and During the Family Law Trial
    Peter M. Walzer, Jennifer Saunders, and Judge Thomas Trent Lewis
    Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • January 6, 2008
    Cross-Examining Psychologists in Custody Cases

    Co-Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Law Education Institute/Colorado Bar Association
    Vail, Colorado

  • November 30, 2007
    2007 Family Law Conference

    Moderator and Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Speakers
    Peter M. Walzer, Judge Thomas Trent Lewis and Renee Lehr
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    Los Angeles, California

  • November 16, 2007
    2007 Family Law Conference

    Moderator and Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    Orange County, California

  • November 9, 2007
    2007 Family Law Conference

    Moderator and Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    San Francisco, California

  • October 19, 2007
    Caring for the Child: What's Best for Children in a Family Law Case

    Discussion of Joint Legal Custody
    Peter M. Walzer (By Special Invitation)
    New Mexico State Bar
    23rd Annual Family Institute

  • October 9, 2007
    Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes In A Dissolution of Marriage

    Co-Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    National Business Institute
    Pasadena, California

  • Peter M. Walzer speaking with Sherry Petersen at the State Bar Convention on Pre and Postmarital Agreements.
    Christopher C. Melcher presenting on Preparing a Client for a Custody Evaluation -- An Ethical Approach.
  • September 24, 2007
    California Family Law Practice

    National Business Institute
    Co-Speaker
    Christopher C. Melcher
    Pasadena, California

  • September 27-30, 2007
    How to Prepare a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation

    Christopher C. Melcher and Renee Lehr, JD, PhD
    The State Bar of California's 2007 Annual Meeting
    Anaheim, California

  • September 28, 2007
    Law for Lovers: Drafting Enforceable Premarital and Postmarital Agreements

    2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    Peter M. Walzer and Sherry Petersen
    The State Bar of California's Annual Meeting
    Anaheim, California

  • September 28, 2007
    How to Prepare a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation: An Ethical and Effective Approach

    Christopher C. Melcher, Co-Speaker
    The State Bar of California's 2007 Annual Meeting
    Anaheim, California

  • July 19, 2007
    Peter M. Walzer spoke at the Cal CPA Business Valuations Section on
    Effective Valuations for Divorce at the LAX Hilton Hotel


  • On June 27, 2006, Peter spoke on the topic, "Gender Issues in Divorce and Custody Cases" on the radio program, 'Your Legal Rights' hosted by Chuck Finney on KALW-FM. Click to listen to the program

  • May 19, 2007
    State Bar of California's Committee on Professionalism and Conduct presented,
    California State Bar's Annual Ethics Symposium
    Ethics at the Edges
    Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles
    Family Law Panel: Peter M. Walzer, J.A. Williams, Bonnie Rose Hough

  • May 16, 2007
    Family Law
    Drafting Premarital, Predomestic Partnership, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements: Legal and Practical Considerations
    Peter M. Walzer
    UCLA: Rolfe Hall

  • April 27, 2007
    American Bar Association Family Law Section
    Spring Meeting, Monterey, California

    Power of Perception
    Christopher C. Melcher, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Steven Smith, Ph.D., Palo, Alto, California
    Edward Mills, Esq, Santa Clara County Superior Court, California
    Judge Elizabeth O'Neal LaStaiti, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Probate and Family Court Department
    Cheryl Young, Norristown, Pennsylvania
    Ann Haralambie, Arizona

    Courtroom Realities of Advocacy and Evidence
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer Melcher LLP
    Lynn Gold-Bikin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Judge Susan Bernardini, Santa Clara County Superior Court, California

  • March 30, 2007
    Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings

    Christopher C. Melcher, S. Roger Rombro, Emily Shappell Edelman
    National Business Institute
    Pasadena, California

  • On March 27, 2006, Peter spoke on the topic, "Protecting Your Marriage: How to Develop Skills to Maintain a Happy Marriage" on the radio program, 'Your Legal Rights' hosted by Chuck Finney on KALW-FM. Click to listen to the program

  • January 14, 15, & 16, 2007
    Family Law Tax Mysteries Solved
    Peter M. Walzer & Michael Duckworth, CPA
    2007 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Southern California Chapter Annual Trial Institute
    Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach

  • 2006 FAMILY LAW SYMPOSIUM
    Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    Christopher C. Melcher, Moderator
    Friday, December 8, 2006
    Hyatt Regency San Francisco, San Francisco, California

    Saturday, December 2, 2006
    Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California

  • On September 20, 2006, Peter spoke on the topic, "Family Law - Community Property v. Separate Property?" on the radio program, 'Your Legal Rights' hosted by Chuck Finney on KALW-FM. Click to listen to the program

  • July 24, 2006
    California Family Law Practice
    Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher
    NBI, Pasadena

  • June 15, 2006 - Crossborder Estate, Financial & Asset Planning Conference
    with Peter M. Walzer held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey
    Topics included: U.S. and international income, estate and gift/inheritance taxes; pre-immigration/emigration and multijurisdictional planning; foreign investment structures; immigration; crossborder family law matters (including separate/community property, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorce and custody issues); offshore trusts and other offshore entities; international private banking; crossborder professional ethics issues; multi-generational wealth management and succession planning; planning for liquidity events; international family office issues; crossborder philanthropy.
    Ed Bernard, State Bar of California

  • May 17, 2006 - UCLA Extension: Drafting Premarital, Postmarital and Cohabitation Agreements
    with Peter M. Walzer at 6:30 pm. to 9:30 pm. in Room 78 - Dodd Hall

  • April 28-29, 2006 - Fundamentals of Family Law Practice, CEB
    with Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher

  • On April 26, 2006, Peter spoke on the topic, "Spousal and Partner Support: How Much and How Long?" on the radio program, 'Your Legal Rights' hosted by Chuck Finney on KALW-FM. Click to listen to the program

  • December 10, 2005 - Premarital and Postmarital Agreements, Drafting and Enforcement with Peter M. Walzer. Presented by the Continuing Education of the Bar - Family Law Symposium at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles.

  • December 10, 2005 - Custody Decisions Involving Alternative Conception, Advanced Spousal and Child Support Issues, Valuation of the Professional Practice, and Premarital and Postmarital Agreements - Drafting and Enforcement with Christopher C. Melcher. Presented by the Continuing Education of the Bar - Family Law Symposium at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles.

  • September 9, 2005 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Attorney's Fees, Sanctions and Collections with Judge Patricia Garcia, San Diego Superior Court and Peter M. Walzer. Presented by the State Bar of California at the San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

  • September 16, 2005 - Obtaining the Best Result for Your Client in a Marital Dissolution: Procedures and Strategies for Effective Settlement and Litigation in California with Christopher C. Melcher. Presented by the National Business Institute at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel.

  • July 22, 2005 - Garden Grove
    July 29, 2005 - San Diego
    August 5, 2005 - Los Angeles
    Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide
    Presented by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    Peter M. Walzer, Walzer & Melcher LLP, Beverly Hills/Calabasas
    Marc Stern, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella LLP, Los Angeles

    Premarital agreements and property settlements can bolster or undermine estate plans; clients in the throes of separation or dissolution may need estate planning advice. Family law practitioners are also often unaware of the ways an estate planner can help with the process. With this program, family law practitioners will discover the real benefits of estate planning guidance during dissolution. Estate planners will learn how best to serve as consultants to the lawyer representing the parties in the dissolution.

    Premarital and post-marital agreements often involve cross-over domestic relations and estate planning issues. In discussing how best to structure such agreements, the speakers will pay particular attention to the estate planning ramifications that family law practitioners should know aware and discuss the family law issues that estate planners should take into consideration.

    Assumes some experience in family law and/or estate planning.

    Program Highlights:
    • Premarital agreements
    • Death during cohabitation
    • Estate planning during separation
    • Spousal support and child support
    • Custody and guardianship issues
    • Cotenancies
    • Family living trusts
    • Gifting programs structuring gifts from family members gifts to minors
    • Death during separation
    • Bifurcation issues
    • Property settlement transfers of business interests using charitable trusts family residence
    • Retirement plan benefits
    • Life insurance
    • Avoiding conflicts of interest

      Specialization: Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law; Family Law Practice

  • On July 13, 2005, Peter M. Walzer and Christopher C. Melcher made a presentation on "Protecting the Real Estate Developer or Investor from Divorce" at their law offices. A complimentary lunch was served.

  • Listen now to Peter on the radio program, 'Your Legal Rights' hosted by Chuck Finney on the topic, "Family Law and Various Methods of Dispute Resolution" which aired on July 6, 2005.

  • Listen now to Peter on the radio program, 'Your Legal Rights' hosted by Chuck Finney on the topic, "New Domestic Partnership Laws" which aired on January 26, 2005.

  • On January 15, 2005, Mr. Walzer spoke on domestic violence and custody at the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Institute. The event which was called "Divorce Hollywood Style" took place at the Lowe's Beach Santa Monica Hotel.

  • Peter M. Walzer and Robert Kligman, Esq. were speakers at the Workshop on Drafting Domestic Partnership Agreements at the CEB in San Francisco on November 13, 2004 and also on October 23, 2004.

  • On October 8, 2004 at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Peter M. Walzer was a speaker with with Linda Morra, Esq., of Brucker & Morra, LLP on the subject, "Discovering the Hidden Secrets of Retirement Plans."

  • On August 3, 2004, Peter M. Walzer gave a presentation to Cyprus Family Law Judges about real world experiences in the area of the unique nature of California law concerning enforcement of custody, visitation, and support orders, both intra and inter-state. Presentation was sponsored by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission administered for the U.S. State Department through its administrator AMIDEAST.

  • Mr. Walzer spoke to the Los Angeles County Bar Association on September 13, 2004, on Winning the Custody Dispute: Effective Legal and Psychological Strategies Child Custody Colloquium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section - Peter M. Walzer spoke with Mary Lund, Ph.D., Donna Beck Weaver, and Commissioner Mitchell L. Beckloff, Los Angeles Superior Court on Assessing the Custody Case: Maximizing Outcomes.

  • Peter M. Walzer conducted a program on "Drafting Premarital, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements: Legal and Practical Considerations" at UCLA on May 12, 2004. He covered new provisions of the Family Code governing premarital agreements that became effective January 1, 2002.

  • Peter M. Walzer was on a panel of speakers for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Family Law section on March 22, 2004.

  • Peter M. Walzer was a panelist at the seminar, "Complex Issues in Dissolution of Marriage for the California Practitioner" held in Los Angeles on January 8, 2004. Topics included: Forensic Accounting and Valuation, Tax Aspects of Divorce, Asset and Liability Division and Spousal Support, Child Custody and Support, The Lawyer's Ethical Responsibility During Dissolution of Marriage, and The Complex Divorce Case

  • Mr. Walzer was a panelist at the seminar, "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Duty Scorned: Fiduciary Duty, Disclosure, and Undue Influence" held on November 12, 2003 in West Los Angeles. Topics included: What is the standard of care between spouses? -- Is it the prudent investor or a lower standard? When is a transmutation valid/can quit claim deeds be set aside? How to prepare preliminary and final declarations of disclosure in the light of recent case law and legislation. The seminar also covered Duffy, Delaney, Barneson, Haines Steinberger, Hixson, Rossi, Brewer & Federici, F.C. sections 721, 1100, and 2100 et seq.

  • Peter M. Walzer moderated a program for CEB entitled "Drafting Enforceable Premarital Agreements - Family Law and Estate Planning Perspectivies" on July 18, 25, August 1 and 15, 2003 in Garden Grove, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.

  • On August 1, 2003, Mr. Walzer moderated a program for CEB entitled "Cross-Over Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide" in Los Angeles, CA

  • Peter M. Walzer conducted the seminar, "Drafting Premarital and Postmarital Agreements" on May 21, 2003 at UCLA with Marc M. Stern.

  • Mr. Walzer co-authored an article entitled, "What Words Don't You Understand -- Fiduciary or Duty? In Amending Family Code section 721 the Legislature Gives Couples One More Thing to Fight About" which will be published in the Winter 2003 issue of Family Law News, A Publication of the State Bar of California.

  • Mr. Walzer spoke at the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer's Trial Institute on January 18 and 19, 2003.

  • In 2003, Mr. Walzer will be serving on the Executive Committes of the State Bar Family Law section and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law section. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

  • Mr. Walzer spoke on the subject, "Navigating the Hidden Dangers: New Issues in Disclosure and Fiduciary Duties" for the CPA Education Foundation at the 2002 Family Law Conference -- Effectively Communicating Your Case on November 14, 2002

  • Mr. Walzer addressed the State Bar of California at Monterey on October 12, 2002 -- Premarital Agreements for Attorneys and Lovers: Drafting Premarital Agreements After SB 78

  • He also spoke on "Tax Aspects of Divorce in California" for the National Business Institute on October 2, 2002

  • Mr. Walzer spoke at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in Anaheim on September 2001 with Terry Hargrave, CPA. The topic, “Business Valuation for Family Lawyers: How to be a Quick Study,” focused on the various definitions of value, the methods used in valuing a business in a marital dissolution, and how to mediate or litigate business valuation issues. To order a tape of this program click here or call (800) 468-2737 and request tape 01SBC-178, Saturday, 4:45pm.

  • You may order from Continuing Education of the Bar the video tape, audio tape, or the program book for Peter M. Walzer and Marc M. Stern's May 2001 program entitled: “Innovative Premarital Agreements: Family Law and Estate Planning Perspectives on Drafting Enforceable Agreements” by calling Tel: (818) 591-3700.

  • Mr. Walzer's article, published in the September 2000 issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, on law practice valuation, can be found here.
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