Awards and Press

The attorneys at Walzer Melcher LLP get cited quite often in the media.

Third Annual Family Law MCLE Event & Award Ceremony
Southwestern Law School Alumni Association award presented to Peter M. Walzer

Los Angeles Daily Journal
Los Angeles family law firm purchases its second building, expanding to Santa Monica

Family Advocate
There may be fifty ways to leave your lover, but there are only two ways to leave your spouse: you either die or get a divorce. Read Premarital Agreements for Seniors by Jennifer M. Riemer & Peter M. Walzer





VOA Radio interview   

Inside Edition

Grazia Magazine


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US Weekly Magazine

Associated Press

Reporter Anthony McCartney’s article for the Associated Press quoting Peter M. Walzer has been distributed and is being picked up by a wide variety of news sites, including:

NBC Los Angeles

The Washington Post Online

NBC New York

The Daily Mail (UK)

The New Zealand Herald Online

NBC Chicago

The Japan Times Online

LA Daily News

Las Vegas Sun

New England Cable News

The Seattle Times Online

NBC Miami

Here are the July 2016 Media Hits for Walzer Melcher.

Peter M. Walzer was named to “The Top 100” (Southern California) by Super Lawyers® for 2015

Peter M. Walzer to give opening remarks for the 47th Annual Family Law Symposium on May 2, 2015, as Chair of Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section (Hilton Universal City)

Peter was awarded the Spirit of CEB at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting (Long Beach, September 16, 2011) for his contribution to the education of attorneys in California.

The CEB made the following statement about Peter:
“Peter M. Walzer has been a valuable original contributing author of two important CEB family law publications over the past 14 years: California Marital Settlement and Other Family Law Agreements(2d ed Cal CEB 1997), including that publication’s third edition in 2005, and California Domestic Partnerships (Cal CEB 2005). He brought his expertise on premarital agreements to both these titles by providing cogent legal analysis, sample forms and practical advice. Since 1998, he has served as a panelist in at least 17 of CEB’s annual Family Law programs, including playing a formative role in establishing CEB’s annual Family Law Conference. Mr. Walzer also lectures regularly for the State Bar, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and other organizations, and he is on the Legal Education Committee of the ABA Family Law Section. Through his work with CEB and other contributions to the legal community as a practitioner and instructor, Mr. Walzer has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuing legal education and the furtherance of the legal profession.”


Chris will begin his term as Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting.

AAML - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Lawyer of The Year Peter Walzer Peter was named Fellow of the Year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at AAML’s Annual Meeting in Chicago on November 6, 2010. The Academy recognized Peter for his outstanding service to the organization. Consisting of 1,600 family lawyers in 50 states, AAML Fellows are recognized as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.


Chris received the peer-review rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. Peter was quoted in the October 29, 2010, issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal on the reform of the family law courts in California by the state legislature.

Christopher C. Melcher was interviewed about the McCourt Divorce, as an expert on community property law and marital agreements between spouses who operate a business together. Read the full article here.

Child Spousal Support Book Contributor Christopher C Melcher

Christopher C. Melcher authored two chapters in CEB’s recent book, California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and Enforcing. Mr. Melcher wrote the chapter on Determining Spousal Support and the chapter on Grounds and Procedure to Modity or Terminate Spousal Support.
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View Jennifer Riemer’s Super Lawyers profile page
Jennifer M. Riemer was selected to
Southern California Rising Stars 2010.

Peter M. Walzer was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section.

Christopher C. Melcher was elected to the position of Vice Chair of The State Bar of California Family Law Section Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) for the 2010-2011 term. Mr. Melcher has served on FLEXCOM for the past three years. The Section has over 3,200 members statewide.

Jennifer M. Riemer was featured on the Focus on New Lawyers special section in BIG NEWS for Smaller Firms – an official publication of the State Bar of California. Read the article here.

Lawdragon recently selected Peter M. Walzer as one of the National Finalists for our annual guide to the Leading Lawyers in America.
The Lawdragon guides offer the most elite designations available to any practicing U.S. lawyer, and uniquely include corporate counsel, plaintiff and defense lawyers, judges and academicians. Approximately 3,000 lawyers are awarded the status of National Finalist each year out of the 1.1 million U.S. lawyers. Lawdragon selects the National Finalists (also known as the Lawdragon 3000) from more than 25,000 nominees who were identified through independent research and online submissions, then selected through an intensive three-month peer review, client evaluation and editorial process.

View Peter M. Walzer’s Super Lawyers profile page
Peter M. Walzer was selected for the TOP 100 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUPER LAWYERS 2010

The Southern California Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers awarded Peter Walzer the Family Law Person of the Year Award (the “Normy”) for 2009. Other winners included Nicholas Leto and Garrett Daily. Click here for more information.

Los Angeles Lawyer Of The Year Peter Walzer

On the December 2008 cover of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Peter M. Walzer was featured with his article “Foreign Affairs” on the enforceability of foreign prenuptual agreements in California courts.





Christopher C. Melcher is a contributing author of Family Law Financial Discovery, a new book published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Mr. Melcher wrote the chapter on “Use of Experts as Consultants and Witnesses in Financial Discovery Process.”

Family Law Financial Discovery Book
The chapter provides step-by-step guidance on the use of financial experts in family law cases, including selecting and communicating with an expert, defining the expert’s role, exchanging expert witness information, conducting expert witness discovery, and paying the expert. Please click here for more information.

In May 2008, Peter M. Walzer was appointed to serve on the Elkins Family Law Task Force, a new statewide panel whose charge is to propose measures to improve efficiency and fairness in family law proceedings and ensure access to justice for family law litigants. This task force was recommended by the California Supreme Court in Elkins v. Super. Ct. (Elkins) (2007) 41 Cal.4th 1337, 63 Cal.Rptr.3d 483, 163 P.3d 160. The court reviewed local rules that limited a litigants right to oral testimony in a family law trial. The court stated [F]amily law litigants should not be subjected to second-class status or deprived of access to justice . . . The same judicial resources and safeguards should be committed to a family law trial as are committed to other civil proceedings.
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Best Lawyers in America
Peter M. Walzer has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America® for 2008 through rigorous peer review surveys of the top attorneys throughout the United States.

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Peter M. Walzer was also selected as a The Best Lawyers in America® 2007.


Peter M. Walzer is quoted in the new book The Smart Divorce
Peter M. Walzer is quoted in the new book The Smart Divorce: Proven Strategies and Valuable Advice from 100 Top Divorce Lawyers, Financial Advisers, Counselors, and Other Experts (Paperback) by Deborah Moskovitch (Author), If you wish to order a copy, click here.



Peter M Walzer Contributor To California Domestic Partnerships 2006
Continuing Education of the Bar received the 2006 Award for Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) for their publication California Domestic Partnerships. Peter M. Walzer was the author of the chapter in this book called Agreements Between Domestic Partners. More info

Super Lawyers Top 100 In Los Angeles Peter M Walzer
In the February 2006’s issue of Los Angeles Magazine, Peter M. Walzer is listed in 100 Top Super Lawyers in Los Angeles County – for the 2nd year in a row. He is one of ten family lawyers listed. He is also listed in the top 5% of all family lawyers in Southern California. Here is a link to his listing on the Super Lawyers website.