I read with interest your amicus curiae brief filed in Marriage of Brace.  Good job.  As one who has frequently spoken on the issue of CP in JT form and has studied the CLRC papers on the topic, I think it is time for the Court to clarify the issue.  I believe that the prior law, while not necessarily sound, does provide that property acquired during marriage in JT form is the SP of each spouse.  I also believe that the FC should trump title and presume that it is CP.

Well done.  I don’t know where you find the time to write uncompensated amicus briefs of the caliber you submitted.  Very impressive.  I knew I hired the right guy for my divorce.




Dear Chris, I want to thank you for getting me through the divorce as painlessly as possible. Your advice and sensibility kept things from going out of control – even when things were crazy. I’m so glad that you wouldn’t let me give everything away! I so appreciate your help and the kindness and generosity of your staff. Arlene, Nola and Leena were wonderful – they truly eased my mind in a trying process. Take care, K


Dear Mr. Walzer: I am a former client of yours. My daughter and I will always be very grateful to you for your outstanding technical expertise, your wise counsel, your dedication, encouragement and kindness through the course of my case. As a result of your representation, we were provided with a strong foundation for our future. Sincerely, GM


Dear Peter: Thank you for building such a strong team. Merry Christmas.


Dear Peter, Thank you for your efforts to bring my divorce to a final conclusion.  I appreciate that throughout the course you provided salient and tempered advice. Thank you again for you and your team’s hard work.  I hope to never need your legal services again, but I will happily refer others to you should they need a strong family law advocate.


Good afternoon Mr. Walzer! I wanted to thank you for your great CLE program on bias, which I watched online last week.  The material and presentation were most excellent. I teach classes in another area and I know I would like to know when I did a good job.  I am an old dinosaur so I know a good CLE program when I see it.  Yours’ was the best of the best. You may pass this along to your co-presenter, Mr. Yoda if you wish. Great job!  Thank you. – JJ


Congratulations to Steve Yoda on his recent [Chambers and Partners] recognition. That is fantastic! I can vouch for his accolades. He represented me in my divorce case. He took a very difficult, ambiguous process and turned it into a clearly delineated one.


For those seeking representation in complex, high-stakes dissolution litigation, you will find none better than Chris Melcher and his team. As a very experienced litigation attorney myself, I can confidently say that had I retained anyone else, my outcome would have seriously suffered. Chris is truly- and literally- a “lawyer’s lawyer.”


Jennifer and Chris, Thank you for all of your help during my trial. After six years of fighting, we’ve worked out a plan that I feel is best for my daughter. You’ve fixed the mess I was in and I thank you. You both are an awesome legal team! Thank you, T


Dear Chris, Leena, Arlene and Nola, I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all the great work you did for me. During this whole emotional process all of you were so, kind, considerate, supportive and always kept me focused on what was important.Chris, to use an old saying, “you are the real deal.” Not only are you a very gifted attorney at your young age, but you are also a very decent man. I felt you always had my best interest in mind. I will always be so grateful for your sincerity. You have a wonderful team working with you. I wish all of you a wonderful New Year and all the years to come. Chris if you see you and your team on a giant billboard one day, you’ll know who did it. All of you are the best of the best. With so much gratitude, L


Chris, Thanks again for everything! You’ve made this process painless and easy. You are the best!


Thank you in advance. Your Firm ROCKS! I am so pleased that we won this case! Sincerely, EJT


To the Walzer & Melcher Team: Thank you all for your services, I truly appreciate everything you have done. You have made a huge difference in my life by getting me some support for my children. I will call on you again next year. Best Regards, KN


Christopher Melcher helped me through a very long and contested divorce. In many different situations he always had the ability to determine what the real issue was, and to counsel the best course of action. Mr. Melcher was always cool-headed, supported his allegations with hard facts, in a clean, firm, convincing manner. Never got into any name calling, bullying, etc. Believe me, I saw a lot of that while in court waiting for my turn. I saw many lawyers that played the “tough cookie” role to please their clients. Mr. Melcher never resorted to that or any other cheap display. He was simply well prepared, and ready ALL THE TIME, A TRUE PROFESSIONAL.

Kept my residence and paid my ex-wife the fair market value of the house

Spousal and Child support was set according with the figures proposed by Mr. Melcher

Finally, the most important issue to me had to do with custody of my children; all 4 of them ended living with me. Mr. Melcher helped me obtain FULL PHYSICAL AND LEGAL CUSTODY of my son. This was the light at the end of the tunnel, it made it all worth it. I was told by several people that it was “virtually impossible” to get the full custody of my son, now we live together in big part thanks to Mr. Melcher’s work

Worth mentioning also is his honesty, I NEVER GOT CHARGED FOR ANYTHING THAT WASN’T DONE. I could go over my statement carefully, and identify that the charges made corresponded to services performed.

Finally, his entire law firm team is great; his Partner Mr. Walzer was available anytime we deemed necessary consult with him. The other lawyers, Arlene, the paralegals, secretaries… I knew at all times that I had THE BEST LEGAL TEAM BEHIND ME.

I have recommended him to my best friend, and he was extremely satisfied with the way they handled his divorce.


Dear Chris: Please accept my belated thank you for dismissing my case from California, and thanks for doing it at such a low price! It will probably be a few months yet until my divorce case is settled, but I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your work. One less headache for me. Hope your practice does well in 2012.


I am an attorney with over 25 years of litigation practice. I hired Peter Walzer after interviewing several divorce attorneys and receiving recommendations from other industry professionals. I found Peter’s representation to be smart and effective. His support staff and junior counsel were knowledgeable and courteous. His billing practices were fair and cost effective. I recommend him highly.


Peter Walzer and the Walzer Melcher Law Firm provided me excellent representation in a very trying situation. He has the experience to know the law well and developed creative strategies to represent my interests the best. He was always professional and cared about me as a person, knowing when to pursue an issue in court or to draft a settlement. He was definitely interested in finding a solution that worked for me while keeping legal costs to a minimum. Peter is very highly thought of by his peers in the family law arena which I believe immediately gave my position credibility. I strongly recommend Peter Walzer!


Jennie, This is great news! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. You have been so wonderful throughout this whole process. I truly appreciate all you have done. Not only have you been an amazing attorney, you have been a great friend as well. Thank you for being there for me during this difficult time in my life. Your support and positive attitude has made this process so much easier for me. Now I feel like I can finally move on to the next chapter in my life, and I could not have done it without you. Thank you Jennie! Happy New Year to you, your family and everyone at Walzer & Melcher! Yay!


Thanks to Peter & Jennie for their council and support with what has been a complicated and often contentious, international divorce. I especially appreciated your patience, professionalism and ability to adapt to evolving circumstances. From mediation to court appearances and a quite a few filings in between, I can’t imagine better lawyers for this sort of thing.


Peter, I want to thank you, Kristina, Leena, Maddy and your entire firm for being so responsive and professional from the time we first spoke until making it final. This was a very difficult time for my family and we knew being expeditious was going to be critical to our case. Peter’s counsel was invaluable to assess the best path and fortunately it all worked out without further disruption and harm to Julie. Fast forward to today and Julie is doing fantastic and adjusting very well to life down here full time. THANK YOU!


Finally after about three years from the day when my son was kidnapped in Italy and brought by his mother in the U.S. I thank everyone in the Walzer & Melcher office for the work done and the commitment given in this case. Thanks to the consistency and the professionalism of all of you and especially to Christopher Melcher and Jennifer M. Riemer. I can share with him the rest of my life. Without your support and your determination I would not be here writing these words.To all those parents who were involved in an international child abduction I can only say that in this office they will find amazing people before a team of incredible lawyers. People who have shown me love and all the attention that a parent need to survive the most terrible experiences that a person can live in his life. I can never show enough gratitude for all the work they have done to bring my son back to my life.Chris has proven to me that he is not just an incredible lawyer, but also he is a dear friend that you can rely on big times of distress. He never gave up in my case even when he faced unscrupulous competitors, without any professional ethics, and he has legally fought in the Court of Appeals, and also at the California Supreme Court for the triumph of justice. He has always been honest and sincere, and he never let me lose hope.Yes Chris is thanks to you and your staff if I can still hug my son and I can watch him sleeping like an angel after three years of pain and tears. I will never forget what you had done for me and for my son.


Dear Peter, Thank you so much for EVERYTHING from 1987, so happy I chose you … you made such an incredible difference in my whole life.


I wanted to send a quick note to thank you so much for your ear and advice on my settlement with my soon to be ex-husband… I really appreciated your honest yet very kind counsel. Again, many things you said had a larger impact than you might imagine.


These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.