Our firm was founded by Carolyn A. Makupson, who has over 24 years of experience in family law and divorce matters. Her daughter, Kristen M. Howard, joined her in 1996, along with Erika R. Scheideman, an associate attorney, who joined the firm in 2009. Together they bring their clients over 42 years of combined experience, providing clients with caring and compassionate legal assistance when going through the difficult process of divorce.

Carolyn A. Makupson, founding partner of the firm, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Loma Linda University in 1970, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne in 1986. Prior to practicing as an attorney, Carolyn was an elementary school teacher for 13 years, a vice principal for two years, and a principal for one year.

Carolyn has served extensively as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County since 1996. She has also been appointed by the court as minors’ counsel to represent the interests of children in contested custody matters.

Carolyn is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law through which she has also done substantial pro bono work. From 1995 to 2003, Carolyn served on the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section.

In addition to her years of experience litigating family law cases, Carolyn has also worked to develop an established mediation practice. She has received mediation training through the Woody Mosten Program and is a member of the Pasadena Collaborative Divorce Group.

She is a member of California Women Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Pasadena Bar Association.

Carolyn resides in Pasadena with her husband and their Italian greyhound, Nigel. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

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Law Offices of Makupson & Howard

Address: 301 E Colorado Blvd Suite 610 Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: (888) 328-2734




Family Law, Divorce, Mediation, Personal Injury


University of La Verne, J.D., 1986

Loma Linda University, B.A., History, 1970

Mediation/Collaborative Law Training


Professional Associations and Memberships

B.W.L.; Langston and Los Angeles County Bar Associations

C.W.L.; Beverly Hills Bar Association

Professional Activity

Board of Director, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law.
Past Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, Executive Committee, 1995-2004.