Shani Braffman Amen

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP
 | 10345 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-746-4421
Fax: 310-746-4499
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    As partner at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP, Shani Braffman Amen represents clients in Los Angeles, California, in matters of family law. These include matters of paternity (parentage), dissolution of marriage, prenuptial agreements, post-judgment modifications, custody, and restraining orders in domestic violence cases. While she is an experienced litigator who is known for her passionate advocacy in the courtroom, she also has strong negotiation skills that allow her clients to obtain settlements that resolve their cases quickly and successfully.

    Ms. Amen attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She then studied law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. Upon completing her education, Ms. Amen began representing clients in the State of California in 1999. 

    In addition to practicing family law, Ms. Amen is also an adjunct professor of community property at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she combines her talent for teaching with her knowledge of the law.  As a professor of community property, she instructs upper level law students on topics including characterization of property in marriage and divorce, fiduciary duties of spouses, post-martial agreements, premarital agreements, transmutations, liability for debts, reimbursements, community interests in growth of separate property, and date of separation analysis.

    Ms. Amen is a member of the family law sections of both the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, where she regularly participates in legal education events.  She is active in her community, where she serves as an alumni interviewer for undergraduate admissions at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was also an Executive Board member of Lanai Road Elementary School’s PTA for four years.  In addition, Ms. Amen volunteers her time for pro bono legal work at Levitt Quinn Family Law Center.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


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    About Shani Amen

    Admitted: 1999, California

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    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Passed State Bar Legal Specialization Exam - Family Law.  Certification pending application (delayed due to COVID-19 closures), 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • California
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Levitt Quinn Family Law Center, pro bono legal services 
    • Alumni interviewer for University of Pennsylvania undergraduate admissions (2009-present)
    • PTA Executive Board Member, Lanai Road Elementary School (National Blue Ribbon School)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ms. Amen teaches a semester-long Community Property class for upper-level students at USC Gould School of Law. Topics covered in this class include characterization of property (community, separate, quasi), date of separation, community interest in the growth of separate property, reimbursements, liability for debts, tracing, fiduciary duties of spouses, transmutations, premarital agreements, and post-marital agreements.  The class also examines how characterization issues apply to various assets, such as business ownership, stock options, deferred compensation, bonuses, retirement accounts, goodwill, severance, disability pay, personal injury awards, and life insurance., Professor (USC Gould School of Law), Adjunct Professor (Community Property), 2020

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Leading Family Lawyers Recognition by Showmark, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology, cum laude, 1994

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    Office Location for Shani Braffman Amen

    10345 W Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Phone: 310-746-4421

    Fax: 310-746-4499

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    Last Updated: 9/25/2020

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