Walzer Melcher Named Best Family Law Firm in California 2018 by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

Walzer Melcher Named Best Family Law Firm in California 2018 by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

[Source: Chambers High Net Worth]

Walzer Melcher is named a 2018 best family law firm in California, ranked by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide


Walzer Melcher LLP is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners, a prestigious legal ranking service, has bestowed high rankings on three of its partners in its 2018 High Net Worth Guide for Family Law in California. Top family law attorneys Peter M. Walzer received a Band 1 ranking; Christopher C. Melcher received a Band 2 ranking; and Steven K. Yoda received a Band 4 ranking. Overall, the firm received a Band 2 ranking. “This is a great honor for the firm,” said Peter M. Walzer, “We have worked hard to build a team that is second-to-none. We are proud of this recognition.”

Chambers and Partners annually ranks law firms based upon an extensive research process, which takes over six months. Unlike other legal ranking agencies, Chambers and Partners focuses largely on attorney feedback, results, and overall impressions in ranking law firms. Below is a link to the 2018 rankings.

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Walzer Melcher is recognized as “one of the best” family law firms in California. They handle high-value, complex cases for wealthy clients and deal with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and paternity cases.


One interviewee says: “They’re technically very sound, they practice in an area where there are a lot of emotions involved, and they’re particularly sensitive to those emotions as people. They’re excellent lawyers, they represent their clients in a manner that is very appropriate in  very acrimonious proceedings and they’re also very sensitive to the needs of the client.” Another market insider adds that “they are superb advocates for their clients while staying within appropriate professional bounds,” and says: “I have no hesitation in rating them as an exceptional law firm.”

Peter M. Walzer is described as the “godfather of prenup agreements in California.” Interviewees say: “His technical skills are superb, he has a huge amount of expertise in family law generally and in particular on international matters,” and add that “he’s a pleasure to work with.” Another source comments: “He’s robust, knowledgeable and has a good charming manner with clients and fellow colleagues.” A Southern Californian lawyer says: “He readily commanded the respect, friendship and the confidence of the client through a very difficult proceeding.”

Christopher C. Melcher has deep expertise in acting for wealthy and high net worth clients on various family law issues. He deals with the financial and tax elements of marital dissolution, including marital property matters. Melcher is praised as an “efficient, to the point and practical” attorney. Sources also highlight his wider involvement in the profession, including speaking and writing on a range of topics.

Steven K. Yoda is well regarded for his family law practice, acting for wealthy individuals on a broad range of matters. Sources describe him as “very personable and affable.” Yoda draws on his background in corporate litigation in representing clients in contentious cases. One interviewee says: “He’s very good at digging up background facts and negotiating with the plaintiff. He’s very detail-oriented, very thorough and absolutely knows the law.”