Our Attorneys

Ira M. Friedman, family law attorneyIra M. Friedman, Partner

Telephone: 310.273.2800, Ext. 201
Fax: 310.273.3642
E-mail: imf@f-f-law.com

Practice Areas:

Divorce; Marital Agreements; Paternity; Post Divorce Modification; Postnuptial Agreements; Premarital Agreements; Spousal Support; Child Support; Child Custody; Domestic Relations; Matrimonial Law; Alimony; Community Property Law; Marital Property Law; Marital Property Settlements; Marital Property Distribution; Non-Traditional Family Law; Gay and Lesbian Family Law; Civil Litigation; Business Litigation; Trial Practice; Civil Appeals


1975, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1976, U.S. Tax Court; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School:

Lincoln University, J.D., 1974


Arizona State University, B.S., 1967


Beverly Hills Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1981-1983; Family Law Section; Treasurer, 1978-1979 and Chairman, 1980-1981, Family Law Executive Committee, 1998—), Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Executive Committee, 1989-1992, 1999—; Family Law Section; Treasurer, 2002-2004; Secretary, 2004-2005; Vice-Chair, 2005-2006; Chair Elect 2006-2007) and American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section; Vice Chair, Bankruptcy Committee, 1994, Chair, 1995) State Bar of California (Chair, Family Law Section, Property South Committee); Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Member Board of Directors, Southern California Chapter, 2003-2004). Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2004 -.


Judge Pro Tempore: Beverly Hills Municipal Court, 1980-2000; Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1980-2000; Los Angeles Superior Court, 1980—. Mediator, Family Law, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1983—. Speaker: "Enforcement of Orders/Judgments," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter, February 8, 2003; "Enforcement of Judgments in Family Law By Means Other Than Wage Assignment," Los Angeles County Bar Association, October, 1996; "Representing Clients in Child and Spousal Support Proceedings," Continuing Education of the Bar, 1985; 1987 Los Angeles County Bar Association "Recent Developments In Family Law;" 1987, Family Court Services-Conciliation Court Divorce Seminar; 1987 Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Symposium on, Post Trial Rights Remedies in Family Law. Barrister Workshop Panelist, "Child and Spousal Support: Consideration and Enforcement," 1988; "Discovery in Low & Medium Asset Cases," Beverly Hills Bar Association, 1991; "Drafting Marital Settlement Agreement", Continuing Education of the Bar, 1989. Panelist, 33rd Annual Family Law Symposium on Support, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2001. Panelist, Family Law Symposium, Beverly Hill Bar Association, 1984. Panelist, Family Law Section, American Bar Association Meeting, 1995. Featured Subject: "Lawyers Find Profits in Overdue Fees," California Law Business, September 28, 1992 and Two Join Forces To Help Firms Get Paid," California Law Business, January 25, 1993. Author: " Interspousal Torts, What Family Law Attorneys Should Know ," Los Angeles Lawyer, May, 1992. "Dischargeability of Counsel Fees and Third Party Payments, in Bankruptcy," American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Spring, 1995; "Non-Paying Clients: How to Spot Them and How to Deal With Them", Family Law News and Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Spring 1995; "Attorney-Client Fee Arbitration," Los Angeles Lawyer, October 1996; " Enforcement of Child Support, Spousal Support and Attorneys Fee Order From Spend Thrift Trusts ," Family Law News and Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Winter, 1996; "Collecting Attorneys Fees In Family Law Proceedings," Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1997 Family Law Symposium Reference Book; "Tips and Advice," Family Law News and Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Fall 1998; " The Rules & Pitfalls of Joinder and Intervention ," Los Angeles Lawyer, December 1999; "A Moving Issue," Los Angeles Lawyer, November 2000; "Opportunities to Maximize the Interest Rate in Family Law Cases," Family Law News and Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Spring 2002; Los Angeles Superior Court Walk Through Program (Member, 2001—2004; Co-Chair, 2003); "Ask Abby & Ira Questions Relating to Enforcement of Court Orders & Judgments," Family Law News, Issue 1, 2011, Vol. 33 No.1; "We'll always have Paris (not!): Enforcing child support orders," Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 24, 2012; "Tips: enforcing judgments by levy," Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 9, 2012. Member, Board of Directors, 1992—2005,Vice President, 1996-2001, President, 2001-2003, Levitt and Quinn Family Law Center, a Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation. (Certified Family Law Specialist, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)

Reported Cases:

In Re the Marriage of Allison (1987) 189 Cal.App.3d 849, 234 Cal.Rptr. 671; In Re the Marriage of Gavron (1988) 203 Cal. App. 3d 705, 250 Cal Rptr 148; In Re the Marriage of Keech (1999) 75 Cal. App. 4th 860, 89 Cal. Rptr. 2d 525.