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.


Diane Goodman
Law & Mediation Office of Diane M. Goodman

Address: 17043 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91316

Phone: 818-319-4653




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

Professional Activity

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.