Michelle Katz

Top rated Family Law attorney in Los Angeles, California

Law & Mediation Offices of Michelle Katz
Michelle Katz
Law & Mediation Offices of Michelle Katz

Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in California since: 1978

Education: San Fernando Valley College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2024
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Law & Mediation Offices of Michelle Katz

11400 West Olympic Boulevard
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90064 Visit website


Michelle Katz is the principal attorney and founder of the Law & Mediation Offices of Michelle Katz in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Katz has over 40 years of legal experience, first as a litigator and now exclusively outside the court system. She dedicates her practice to family law matters involving all aspects of divorce, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and more.

In her practice, Ms. Katz has helped hundreds of California residents resolve their complex family law issues through consensual dispute resolution processes, including mediation, collaborative law, out-of-court negotiation, and other approaches. She is certified as a Family Law Specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and she has trained in mediation at the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School, at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and with Gary Friedman and Norman Fischer at the Center for Understanding in Conflict in Mill Valley, California.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Katz regularly speaks to professional organizations about mediation and collaborative law. In addition to her selection as a a Super Lawyers, since 2010 she has been included every year in “The Best Lawyers in America” by U.S. News and World Report.  In 2015 and again in 2022, she was named "Best Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation for Southern California" by U.S. News and World Report.  She holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Highly involved in her legal community, Ms. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, having served as Council member and Membership Chair of the section. She is a former president and board member of the California Dispute Resolution Council and a co-founder of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. She has also been very active in The State Bar of California.

Ms. Katz earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in education from Cornell University. She received her law degree from the San Fernando Valley College of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Focus areas

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

  • 60% Family Law
  • 40% Alternative Dispute Resolution

First Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage: https://michelle-katz.com/attorney-profile/

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California State Bar Family Law Section, Executive Committee, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Board of Governors
  • California State Bar, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Past Chair
  • California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC), Past-President and board member
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, co-founding member
  • California Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee
  • ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Membership Chair and Council member
Educational Background:
  • Cornell University, M.Ed
  • Cornell University, B.A. in philosophy
  • Lawyer of the Year in Southern California in Family Law Mediation, 2015, Best Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation, U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year for Southern California in Family Law Mediation, Best Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation, U.S. News and World Report, 2022
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Family Law, 2009-2018
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law Mediation, US News and World Report, 2009-2020., U.S. News & World Report
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Commissioner, County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs Advisory Commission, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • American Bar Association
  • California Dispute Resolution Council
  • Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Michelle Katz is an experienced and skilled family law practioner who limits her practice to alternative dispute resolution. In this area, as well as the general practice of family law, Michelle is skilled and conscientious. I nominate her without reservation.”

“A wonderful attorney.”

“Michelle Katz ("Mickey") is a very experienced and skilled attorney who is also active in the family law community.”

“Experienced, capable and kind.”

“Michelle Katz is widely respected and contributes much to our community of family law practitioners. ”

“Ms. Katz is a fine mediator who formerly had a traditional litigation practice. She is one of the most attuned negotiators I know, able to move cases to resolution as well as anyone in the field. Ms. Katz has always devoted considerable time (and still does) to serving the legal community as a speaker, committee member and leader, and informal lobbyist for family law matters. She is well liked by clients and counsel.”

“I have worked with Michelle Katz extensively during my many years int he field of family law and family law mediation. She is extremely dedicated to her clients, is an effective advocate and is a leader in the family law and ADR community.”

“Excellent mediator.”

“Mickey Katz is a leading family law mediator who has spearheaded the practice of mediation in the past couple of decades. She is highly respected by clients and colleagues. Her knowledge of the law and the processes essential to a good outcome is excellent and I refer clients to Mickey as either a mediator, consulting attorney or collaborative attorney without hesitation.”

“Ms. Katz is one of the leading mediators and collaborative counsel in Los Angeles, and perhaps even the State. She is well known for her work for many bar associations, in promoting consensual dispute resolution, and elevating the status of family law and attorneys. She has spectacular people skills, and is well liked in the legal and lay community. She knows the law and she knows how the Courts operate. She is certainly a SuperLawyer.”

“Michelle (known as Mickey) is a veteran family law attorney who only handles consensual dispute resolution now. She is skilled at both traditional representation and mediation, and is one of the most called upon speakers and members of various legislative, judicial and bar organizations. She has worked tirelessly to elevate and promote our field.”

Office location for Michelle Katz

11400 West Olympic Boulevard
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Phone: 310-986-8873


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2024

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