STEPHEN A. KOLODNY

EDUCATION:
College: Boston University
College of Business Administration
Boston, MA
BA, 1962

Post-Graduate: Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA, 1965

BAR ADMISSIONS:
January 1966 Admission to California State Bar
January 1966 Admission to Federal Courts

March 2004 Admission to United States
Supreme Court

CERTIFICATION:
From inception, 1980 California Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Family Law Specialist

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
September, 2013 – Present KOLODNY LAW GROUP
March, 1995 – September, 2013 KOLODNY & ANTEAU
Partner

1966 – March 1995 LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN A. KOLODNY
Los Angeles, CA

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:
Founding Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Executive Vice President (2005 – 2010)
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter (since 1981)
Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, USA Chapter (since 1988), President of the USA Chapter (1996 to 1998)
Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section (since 1972)
Member, The State Bar of California, Family Law Section (since 1966) (Certified Specialist)
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section (since 1966)
Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section (since 1975)
Member, International Bar Association (since 1991)
Affiliate, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Affiliate, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

ACTIVITIES:
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL)
Founding Diplomate
Original Member, Executive Committee
Executive Vice President, 2005 – 2010
CLE Chair, Spring Meeting, 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Member, Executive Committee, 2004
Past Member, Membership Committee
Past Member, Admissions Committee
Past Member, Attorney’s Fee Committee
Chair, Continuing Legal Education Program, 1994-1995
Past Member, Board of Governors
National Counsel, 2001-2002, 2002-2003
Member, American Law Institute Committee, 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter (AAML, SoCal)
President, 1994-1995
Vice President of Membership, 1987-1993, 1995-1997
Member, Long Range Planning Committee
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
Past Member, Board of Governors
Newsletter Publisher, 1993-1998
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, USA Chapter (IAML – USA)
Chapter President, 1996-1998
Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2000
American Bar Association (ABA)
Family Law Section
Parliamentarian, Family Law Section, 1994-1995
Co-Chair, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute (Houston), 1989-2007
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Family Law Section
Past Member, Executive Committee
Officer, Executive Committee, 1983
Chair Executive Committee, 1987-1988
Past Chair, Past Co-Chair, Child Custody Colloquium
Co-Designer/Co-Creator, Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Mediation Panel
Past Judge Pro Tem

The State Bar of California
Disciplinary Hearing Officer

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
Member, Advisory Committee Member, Executive Committee

California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Forensic Litigation Section
Guest Lecturer

HONORS:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Family Law Section
Spencer Brandeis Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Family Law, 2009

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Recognition for Outstanding Efforts as a Member, Commission on All Family Law Principles, 2005

Boston University School of Law
Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 2003

Southern California Super Lawyers Directory
Included in Southern California Super Lawyers Directory, 2004-2013
Named in Top 100, 2006, 2010-2013
Named one of the Top Ten Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America
Named and Listed since 1995

Worth Magazine
Town and Country Magazine
Named one of the Top 10 Divorce Lawyers in the Nation, 1998

California Lawyers Magazine
Featured, “The Divorce Duelers” (named one of the top ten), 1998
Best Lawyers in America
Recognized/Listed, 1993-2006

PUBLICATIONS:
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
Author/Writer, Family Law Examination Questions, 2001

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Author, Family Law Contempts, Annually since 1987

Matthew Bender
Co-Author California Family Law Litigation Guide

Los Angeles Superior Court
Involved in the creation of recognized “conditions for bifurcating marital status”
Co-Author, The Divorce Practice Handbook, 1994
Contributing Author, Judge Mills Family Law Bench Book, 1980

Judicial Council
Co-Author, Family Law Judicial Council Forms

American Bar Association (ABA)
Family Law Section
Co-Author, The Divorce Trial Manual, published 2003
Author, Family Law Practice Form, Family Advocate
Article, “Evidence and Direct Examination,” published 1996
West’s California Family Law Forms
Original Creator

FACULTY MEMBER PARTICIPATION:
Houston Family Law Trial Institute
Creator/Co-Chair, since program split from ABA in 2008

National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
Program Speaker, Joint Program with ABA, 2000

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Program Presenter, “Comparative Cross-Examination Techniques,” 2-day program, 2000
Program Presenter, “Marital Torts,” 1989, 1990-1992
Program Presenter, “Complex Litigation,” “Complex Evidence Issues and Strategies,” “Child Custody and Psychological Evaluation for Child Custody,” “Tort Remedies,” “Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice,” “Custody Trials,” “Complex Property Trial Techniques and Tactics,” “Valuation and Division Issues,” and “Contempt Enforcement”

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Ohio State Chapter
Program Presenter, “Rules of Evidence,” 2002

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter (AAML, SoCal)
Annual Presenter at Trial Advocacy Institute, “Advanced Motion Practice,” “Complex Trial Strategy and Presentation,” 1993-1994, 1996-present
Program Presenter, 1989, 1990-1992

Nevada State Bar
Program Presenter for Advanced Family Law Seminar, “Evidence and Trial Practice in Family Court” and “Trial Tactics and Strategy”

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Program Presenter, “Family Law Contempts in California”
“Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice”
“Custody Trials,” “Property Characterization,” “Valuation and Division Issues,” “Evidence,” and “Contempt Enforcement” author since 1987
Presenter, “How to Present and Defend Family Law Contempts,” 2000
Presenter, “How to Preserve and Attack Judgments,” 2000
Featured Speaker, “Family Law Contempts,” Family Law Symposium (co-sponsored with the Los Angeles Superior Court), 2004

Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA)
Presenter/Mock Trial, “Direct and Cross-Examination,” Bi-Annual AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce
Presenter, “Trial Strategies and Tactics,” 2001, 2002
Presenter, “Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice,” “Custody Trials,” “Property Characterization, Valuation and Division Issues,” “Evidence,” and “Contempt Enforcement”

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Guest Speaker/Panel Presenter, 2006
Presenter at National Conference on Divorce (joint program with AAML), “Advanced Litigations Services,” 2002
Panel Presenter, “Making the Most of the Experts: From Case Filing to Trial,” “Making the Most of the Experts: Effective Deposition vs. Trial Testimony,” “Making the Most of the Experts: Making Your Case and Surviving Cross-Examination,” “The Valuation Expert in Divorce: Advocate or Expert,” “Goodwill,” “Current State of California Family Law, As It Affects Forensic Accountants”

National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
Guest Speaker/Panel Presenter at Annual Business Valuation Conference, “The Impact of State Laws on Valuations for Divorce,” 2001, 2003

American Bar Association (ABA)
Family Law Section
Co-Author, The Divorce Trial Manual, published 2003
Author, Family Law Practice Forms, Family Advocate
Presenter/Mock Trial Before London High Court
Justice/Florida Supreme Court Justice, as Counsel for Catherine of Aragon, Millennium Program, “The Marital Woes of King Henry VIII,” 2000
Program Presenter at joint program w/NBTA, “How to Conduct and Object at Depositions, Including Evidence Issues,” 2000
Program Presenter on subjects such as: “Complex Litigation,” “Complex Evidence Issues and Strategies,” “Child Custody and Psychological Evaluation for Child Custody,” “Tort Remedies,” “Complex and Sophisticated Trial and Motion Practice,” “Custody Trials,” “Complex Property Trial Techniques and Tactics,” “Valuation and Division Issues,” and “Contempt Enforcement”
Program Presenter, “Comparative Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses,” 1988

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
Lecturer, “International Collection of Judgments” and “Enforcement of Matrimonial Judgments”
Los Angeles Study Group
Presenter, “Family Law Contempt,” 2004

Shannon Pratt
Panel Speaker, Teleconference, “Defending the Business Valuation in Court,” 2004

Family Law Society of Los Angeles
Presenter, “Child Support in High Wage Earner Cases,” 2003

Florida State Bar, Family Law Section
Presenter at Annual Family Law Symposium, “Trial Strategies and Tactics in Complex Cases,” 2001

San Fernando County Bar Association
Co-Presenter with Superior Court Judges, ” How to Properly Try a Contempt Case,” 2000
California Judges College
Presenter, “How to Try a Complex Family Law Case”

California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Forensic Litigation Section
Past Lecturer

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