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Shani Braffman Amen

Attorney Profile

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 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Shani Braffman Amen is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization.  As partner at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP, Ms. 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

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Shani Braffman Amen

First Admitted: 1999, California

Professional Webpage: https://elkinskalt.com/team/susannah-shani-braffman-amen/

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)
  • Program description: "This year is sure to bring about a holiday season like no other, along with a bevy of unique and challenging custody issues. Join a family court judicial officer, a family law attorney, a mental health professional, and a pediatrician to discuss how to help clients navigate family law issues during the holidays. Topics will include custody conflicts relating to travel, holiday plans, and increased exposure to extended family members. We will discuss the latest developments in public health findings, legal practices, and the impact of the current political climate."  , Co-Chair and Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association Zoom Webinar (MCLE) - "Covid, Custody, and Civil Unrest: The 2020 Holiday Season", Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section, Entertainment, Tech, Medical, Legal, Academia, Finance, Real Estate, Banking, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • LevittQuinn Family Law Center, pro bono legal services 

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization.

Educational Background

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology, cum laude, 1994

Videos

  • Program description: "This year is sure to bring about a holiday season like no other, along with a bevy of unique and challenging custody issues. Join a family court judicial officer, a family law attorney, a mental health professional, and a pediatrician to discuss how to help clients navigate family law issues during the holidays. Topics will include custody conflicts relating to travel, holiday plans, and increased exposure to extended family members. We will discuss the latest developments in public health findings, legal practices, and the impact of the current political climate.", Beverly Hills Bar Association Zoom Webinar (MCLE) - "Covid, Custody, and Civil Unrest: The 2020 Holiday Season", Entertainment, Tech, Medical, Legal, Academia, Finance, Real Estate, Banking, 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Member), 2021
  • Chief - Founding Member, Los Angeles Chapter (chief.com)
  • California Lawyers Association - Family Law Section (Member)
  • Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association - Family Law Section (Member)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section (Member)

Honors/Awards

  • , SuperLawyers, Thompson Reuters, 2021

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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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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