Diane M. Goodman believes that most disputes can be successfully resolved out of court. She helps people use alternative dispute resolution methods to settle their differences. By doing so, the parties maintain full control of the process rather than turning decision making over to a Judge who may not fully understand their needs. Diane M. Goodman acts as a mediator for those who choose to create negotiated agreements with or without the assistance of attorneys. For those who want or need an attorney to represent them but are committed to resolving their disputes without going to court, we offer collaborative law services.
Diane M. Goodman is a Past President of the California Academy of Adoption Lawyers/ California Academy of Family Formation Attorneys. She handles all types of adoptions including agency, independent, and step-parent adoptions. She also handles all aspects of assisted reproduction including donor agreements, surrogacy agreements, and parentage orders.
Ms. Goodman is an A-V rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. A-V is the highest level of legal competence and highest ethical standards possible. Ms. Goodman was selected as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles magazine for 2009 through 2015. Ms. Goodman also received the 2004 Difference Maker award from the American Bar Association, Solo and Small firm section.
Ms. Goodman’s practice focuses on family law, including mediation, dissolution, paternity, adoption and guardianship matters. Ms. Goodman has handled many complex parentage issues including acting as co-counsel in a California Supreme Court decision regarding the rights of lesbian parents. Ms. Goodman is the author of the parentage chapter of Practice Under the CA Family Code.
Ms. Goodman has lectured at the Southwestern Law School, UCLA, Whittier Law School, Los Angeles County Bar Association, California State Bar annual conference Association of Family Conciliation Courts and California Psychological Association Conference. She was also a featured speaker at the Hawaii Bar Association annual conference. Ms. Goodman has been a guest on many news programs including the CNN programs, Larry King and Anderson Cooper 360 discussing family law, parentage and adoption issues.
Law & Mediation Office of Diane M. Goodman
Address: 17043 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91316
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino
J.D. University of La Verne College of Law 1984
M.A. in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute 2014
Ph.D. Candidate in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Present
Mediation/Collaborative Law Training
Strauss Institute, Pepperdine Law School
Mosten Mediation Study Group
So. CA Mediation Association
LAFCLA- Collaborative Law Training
Honors and Awards
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Southern California Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine
2011 Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Outstanding Volunteer-Family law
2011 Irwin and Agnes Herman Humanitarian Award, Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim
2004 Difference Maker Award American Bar Association- General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section
1997 Community Service Award Valley Business Alliance
Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell
Member, California State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee, 2010- 2013
Chair, California State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee’s Standing Committee on Adoption, 2008 – 2010
Academy of California Adoption Lawyers/ Academy of California
Family Formation Lawyers, 1998- Present. President 2006- 2007
Southern California Mediation Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Commissioner, L.A. City Commission on the Status of Women, 1980 – 1990. President, 1984 – 1985.