Steven K. Yoda Named Top 100 Lawyer in 2023

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Celebrity divorce lawyer Steven K. Yoda of top family law firm Walzer Melcher Yoda LLP was named a Top 100 Lawyer in 2023 by the Daily Journal.


Steven K. Yoda is a top family law attorney and partner at Walzer Melcher & Yoda LLP, where he brings a decade of experience as a commercial litigator to the celebrity divorce arena.


Among his clients whose names have become public is Kanye West, whom Yoda represented in his $2.1 billion divorce from Kim Kardashian. The case concluded last year and Yoda no longer represents West. Marriage of Kim Kardashian West v. Kanye West, 21STFL01626 (L.A. Super. Ct., filed Feb. 19, 2021).

“Chris Melcher suggested I try family law because the kind of high asset, high conflict cases his firm does end up being like commercial litigation — our clients hire firms like Orrick in their daily business lives. It’s worked out really well.”

“Writing briefs, I channel my old clerk self. What would have been persuasive to me? I’m even more punctilious with citations. A lot of family law practitioners are so used to working in person in court that they don’t always appreciate the power and importance of written advocacy. I enjoy that art and craft.”

Yoda represented a Bay Area software engineer whose wife abducted their child to Japan. Working with Japanese counsel, Yoda filed Hague applications for international child abduction relief and ultimately negotiated a global settlement on all custody and financial issues.

In a current case, Yoda represents a wealthy commercial landlord in a marital dissolution in which more than $20 million in assets are in play. The dispute involved the interpretation of a premarital agreement.

Yoda is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a board member of the Japanese American Bar Association and the editor of the American Bar Association’s Family Advocate magazine.

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