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Debra S. Frank
Los Angeles, California
phone 310-277-5121
fax 310-277-5932
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Debra S. Frank
Los Angeles Attorney, Certified Family Law Specialist, Debra S. Frank provides comprehensive family law and divorce counsel, including advice and representation in matters involving Divorce / Dissolution, Separation, Division of Property, Division of Debt, Spousal Support / Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody and Visitation, International Custody and Interstate Custody, Modifications of Custody and Support Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Domestic Relationships, Paternity, Domestic Violence and more.

Debra S. Frank utilizes traditional litigation, mediation, and collaborative family law to help clients successfully resolve family law problems.

Attorney Debra S. Frank is passionate about her clients and the practice of family law. She is a speaker and author on family law topics, and is a resource to whom other attorneys turn for a better understanding of some of family law's most complex issues. She has been an effective litigator and negotiator for a wide range of clients, including business and entertainment professionals and executives.

Contact Los Angeles lawyer Debra S. Frank today to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation with an experienced family law specialist.

Debra S. Frank is actively involved with a wide variety of organizations in the California legal community, including:

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)
    • Newsletter Editor, 2000-2001, 2009-2010, 2014
    • Secretary, 2011-2012
    • Board Member, 2000-2002, 2007-2012, June 2013-present 
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2009-2013
    • Family Law Section, Executive Committee Chair, 2011-2012
    • Family Law Section, Executive Committee Member, 2008-present
  • Century City Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 1998-2004, 2007-2012
    • President, 2003
    • Family Law Section, Chair, 1997-2012
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
    • Family Law Section Executive Committee:
      • Chair 2010-2011
      • Member, 1998-2004, 2005-2011
      • Past Chair Participating on the Executive Committee, 2011-present
      • Family Law Reference Book Editor, 1998-2000, 2002, 2004-present
    • Family Law Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Settlement Officer, 1986-present
  • Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court
    • Member, 2007-2012
  • Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court
    • Chair, 2012-2013
    • Founding Member, 2007-present
  • State Bar of California
    • Family Law Advisory Commission, Board of Legal Specialization
      • Commissioner, 2005-2008
    • Family Law Executive Committee, 1995-1999
    • State Bar Family Law News Contributing Editor, 2008-present

Attorney Debra S. Frank is also a respected author and speaker:

  • Author of chapter "Stock Options and Benefits Under Executive Business Plans" for CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar-California) book Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces updated June 2011.
  • Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Hot Tips Program, June 17, 2009
  • Author, "Are Mandatory Fee Arbitration Clauses Enforceable?", ACFLS Family Law Blog, May 28, 2009
  • Author of chapter "Marital Agreements" for CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar-California) book California Marital Settlement & Other Family Law Agreements, Third Edition, updated April 2014
  • Moderator, Beverly Hills Bar Association, “Navigating in the Twilight Zone of Estate Planning and Probate: Elusive Concepts in the Family Law Arena,” March 18, 2009
  • Author, “What are my options if my fiance refuses to sign a prenuptial agreement?” Super Lawyers Supplement to Los Angeles Magazine, February 2009, page S-34
  • Author, "When Markets Collapse, So Do Families," Los Angeles Daily Journal, Thursday, October 9, 2008, page 6
  • Author, "Media and the Law," The Century City Lawyer 15:11, Winter 2008-2009
  • Author, “Preparing for a Media Onslaught, Los Angeles Lawyer,” Vol. 31, No. 5 July-August 2008
  • Moderator, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Program, “Hot Topics Every Family Law Attorney Should Know about Retirement Benefits,” March 2008
  • Moderator & Panelist, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Symposium: Recent Developments Panel, 2007-2009
  • Moderator, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Program Family, Law Trial Institute 101, “Exhibits and Use of Discovery at Trial,” February 2007
  • Speaker and Moderator for Los Angeles County Bar, State Bar and other local and statewide Family Law and Continuing Education Programs

Debra S. Frank has established an impressive reputation in the California legal community. She is knowledgeable of changes and potential changes in the law through thorough research and involvement on committees that analyze proposed changes to California family and divorce law. For a more detailed examination of Debra S. Frank's experience and accomplishments, please review her attorney profile. Debra S. Frank takes the time needed to fully assess the details of the case and consults experts when necessary, including financial forensic specialists capable of discovering hidden assets, social therapists to evaluate children's wishes and best interests, and financial experts for valuation of assets and liabilities. She is a compassionate family law and divorce attorney and is committed to understanding her clients' needs and goals. Debra S. Frank's highly personalized services are tailored to the unique needs of each client.

Debra S. Frank also brings to her family law practice extensive criminal and juvenile law experience, including trials in defense of felony and misdemeanor offenses, and adjudications of juvenile offenses as well as numerous plea negotiations. She also handled dependency court proceedings. She utilizes this vast experience in the handling of family law proceedings.

Contact Certified Family Law Specialist Debra S. Frank today to discuss your situation with an attorney with over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of California divorce and family law.

Areas of Practice:
Divorce & Dissolution of Marriage
California Community Property
Spousal Support
Child Support
Child Custody & Visitation
Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Domestic Partnerships
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Litigation
Modification of Custody & Support
Domestic Violence
Paternity
Certification/Specialties:
Family Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1993
Bar Admissions:
California, 1977
District of Columbia, 1980
Education:
Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, May, 1977
Juris Doctor

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May, 1972
M.A.
Honors: With Honors

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, May, 1970
B.A.
Honors: With Honors
Published Works:
Marital Agreements, CEB book California Marital Settlement & Other Family Law Agreements, Third Edition, updated April 2014

Stock Options and Benefits Under Executive Business Plans, CEB book Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits in California Divorces, updated June 2011

"What are my options if my fiance refuses to sign a prenuptial agreement?", Super Lawyers Supplement to Los Angeles Magazine, February, Page S-34, 2009

When Markets Collapse, So Do Families, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Page 6, October 9, 2008

Preparing for a Media Onslaught, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 5, July-August, 2008

How the Private Attorney Handles District Attorney Cases, (Co-Author with Arnold Freedland, Esq.), 31st Annual 1999 and 35th Annual 2003 Family Law Reference Book, Los Angeles County Bar Association

How the Private Attorney Handles District Attorney Cases, (Co-Author with Wayne Doss, Esq. and Arnold Freedland, Esq.), 32nd Annual 2000 Family Law Reference Book, Los Angeles County Bar Association

A Better Way to Pass Family Law Legislation (Co-Author), Family Law News and Review, Vol. XV, No. 2, Spring, 1994
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Speaker and Moderator, Los Angeles County Bar & other local bar associations, the State Bar of California, & other State Family Law & Continuing Education Programs
Honors and Awards:
Spirit of CEB Award 2012 for her service and contribution presented October 11, 2012 at the State Bar Convention

Named by California Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Southern California, 2009 through 2014

Rated AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell, 2011-present.

Commissioner and Vice-Chairperson of the California Law Revision (Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown), 1982 - 1983
Professional Associations and Memberships:

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists,
2000 - 2002, 2007 - Present
Board Member

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists,
2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010, 2014
Editor, Newsletter

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists,
2011 - 2012
Secretary

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section,
2008 - present
Executive Committee

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section,
2009 - 2013
Board of Governors

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section,
2011 - 2012
Chair

Century City Bar Association,
1998 - 2004, 2007 - 2012
Board of Governors

Century City Bar Association, Family Law Section,
1997 - 2012
Chair

Century City Bar Association,
2003
President

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section,
2011 - Present
Past Chair Participating on the Executive Committee

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section,
1998 - 2004, 2005 - 2011
Member, Executive Committee

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section,
2010 - 2011
Chair, Executive Committee

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section,
Family Law Reference Book,
1998-2000, 2002, 2004 - Present
Editor

Family Law Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR),
1986-present
Settlement Officer

ProVisors,
2006 - Present
Member

Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court,
2007 - 2012
Member

Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court,
2012-2013
Chair

Southern California Family Law American Inn of Court,
2007 - Present
Founding Member

State Bar Family Law Advisory Commission,
Board of Legal Specialization,
2005 - 2008
Commissioner

State Bar Family Law Executive Committee,
1995 - 1999
Member

State Bar Family Law Executive Committee, Family Law News,
2008 - Present
Contributing Editor
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