You deserve an attorney who believes in you. Family Legal® is a cutting-edge boutique law firm catering to civil rights, fraud, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, divorce, family law, and social activism.

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LAW PRACTICE

Family Legal® represents clients in civil litigation, trial, and appeal of all civil matters. Its founder Edward M. Lyman, Esq., is a California licensed attorney who has prevailed in a number of high conflict, difficult to win cases, against opponents with substantial means.   He typically handles complex matters involving civil rights, personal injury, negligence, fraud, employment law, discrimination, sexual harassment, family law, divorce, dissolution of marriage, dissolution of registered domestic partnerships, child custody, spousal support, child support, paternity, parentage, parental rights, and domestic violence.  Ed formerly served as the nationwide Chair of the Trial Practice & Techniques Committee of the American Bar Association Family Law Section.

NOTABLE CASES

W.S. v. S.T., et dux, (2018) U.S. Supreme Ct. 18-129
W.M. v. V.A.
 (2018) B287735 (UCCJEA Jurisdiction)
Mitchell v. Mitchell (2017)  B277463
Altman v. Capitol Films, David Bergstein, et al., LASC No. BC393727
In re Capitol Films Development LLC; 2:10-bk-19938-BR

PUBLISHED APPELLATE DECISIONS

W.M. v. V.A. (2018) B287735
Fischer v. Fischer (2018) 22 Cal.App.5th 612 (ordered not to be published)
W.S. v. S.T. (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 132

RECENT PANELS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

SoCal Family Law American Inn of Court
(Feb. 2018) Tax Cut Jobs Act, Feb. 2018

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Symposium
(Nov. 2017) Gathering ESI and Litigating in the Digital Age.

National Business Institute
(July 2017) Advanced Family Law: Parentage.

National Business Institute
(Dec. 2016) Protecting Your Client’s Life Estate During Divorce.

RECENT MEDIA AND ARTICLES

Voice of America Radio
International Edition
Senate confirmation hearing of William Barr
Jan. 2019, guest.

C.E.B., University of California
Family Law Financial Discovery
§ 3 & 14 – fall 2018, update author.

C.E.B., University of California
Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Family Law
§§ 2 & 5, fall 2018, update author.

C.E.B. Blog, University of California
Divorce is Not any Easier After Trump’s Tax Cut
Feb. 2018, author.

Politico
Trump’s tax plan may spur more divorces
Feb. 4, 2018, quoted.

The Hill
GOP should divorce itself from alimony scheme in tax bill
Dec. 2017, author.

The Advocate
Extraordinary clients deserve extraordinary writs
Dec. 2016, author.

Voice of America Radio
International Edition
Sophia Vergara sued by her own embryos
Dec. 2016, guest.

Variety
Capitol Films nears bankruptcy: Judge to decide fate of David Bergstein Company
Sept. 2010, quoted.

ADMISSIONS

California, 2007
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court, 2018

POSITIONS

Chair of Trial Practice & Techniques Committee, ABA Family Law Section, 2018-2019

MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of California, Family Law Section
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
American Bar Association, Entertainment Forum
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
California Employment Lawyers Association
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Phi Delta Phi

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Malaria No More
Against Malaria Foundation
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
Help Portrait Los Angeles
National Entertainment Law Moot Court

EDUCATION

B.S.C., University of Miami, Honors Program, cum laude
J.D., University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Honors

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