Since its founding more than 20 years ago, Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers has built a preeminent team of family law strategists and trial lawyers by attracting skilled attorneys and developing young talent.
"The culture of this firm is that it's more than just a place to work," says founding partner Lisa Helfend Meyer. "It's a family, and because of that, we want people to feel appreciated, nurtured, and supported."
Many of the firm's 19 lawyers have practiced with MOLM for the majority of their careers—a fact Meyer attributes to the firm's supportive environment. "I often work with the young associates at the firm, and nothing is better than seeing them receive compliments from a judge or opposing counsel after conducting a strong witness examination at trial," she says.
"There are many attorneys here who we hired as law clerks or young associates and who have since matured into highly skilled trial attorneys; to me, their success reflects not only their ability, but also the training and support they've received from the firm."
Meyer is joined at MOLM by partners Doreen Olson, Dana Lowy, Felicia Meyers, Anne Slusser, and Ben Valencia, all of whom are leaders in the family law field. Meyer and Olson are both certified as family law specialists by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization; and recently, multiple attorneys at the firm were able to take the family law specialist certification exam, which requires a high degree of knowledge.
"Our philosophy is that attorneys should be judged on their character and skill, not on where they went to law school or attributes such as gender, race, or sexual orientation," Meyer says. "Most firms will say this, but we actually put it into practice—the diversity at our firm is truly a differentiating factor, and it's the reason we've been able to develop so many amazing attorneys."
Because of its skilled lawyers, MOLM can represent men and women equally in all aspects of family law, from complex marital dissolutions and high-conflict custody matters, to business valuations, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and mediation. The firm is particularly well known for its success in protecting and preserving its clients' assets and custodial rights, and it regularly handles complex custody disputes such as domestic and international move-away cases and cases involving special needs children.
"Our goal is to always be on the offense, never the defense, so from the minute somebody comes in to see us we're already thinking five steps ahead about how we can best achieve the result they want," Meyer says. "A lot of lawyers don't take that approach, and are instead more defensive in how they litigate; but to win a case you really have to hit the ground running."
This is especially true in cases with difficult facts, such as matters involving substance abuse or anger management issues. Meyer says, "If someone has a substance abuse problem, we make sure they're seeing an addiction specialist, and if they have an anger management problem, we make sure they're seeing an anger management therapist—that way, we can go into court, acknowledge the problem, and show that our client is working on it.
"Ultimately, the court doesn't expect a level of perfection in litigants, but it does expect litigants to accept responsibility for whatever their past or current problems may be, and the judge has to know they're working on those problems. As I tell people, this is a marathon, not a sprint, so you have to be patient and realize that your problems didn't begin overnight and neither will your recovery."
MOLM's success in these challenging cases has resulted in the Century City-based firm receiving requests to represent clients across a number of states and jurisdictions, with recent cases in Hawaii and Wisconsin. In addition, Meyer is regularly asked to lecture on issues related to her field; and, along with Lowy, she has been AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the organization's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
"Family law is a unique and challenging field, so it's important that clients are confident in the lawyers they retain," notes Meyer, who has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the past six years, named as Best Lawyers' 2012 Los Angeles Family Law Lawyer of the Year, and listed in Super Lawyers since 2005.
"The reason we've been so successful in our practice is because of our focus on developing the expertise of our younger lawyers while also bringing in attorneys who are trailblazers in the field. To this day, what I'm most proud of is seeing the caliber of attorneys practicing at this firm, some for in excess of 20 years; their skill level and team approach is unique in family law, and has really helped to distinguish us from other divorce firms in California."
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