Hon. Hank M. Goldberg, Los Angeles Superior Court
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Judge Goldberg graduated from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School in 1985. He worked for one year at the law firm of Pettit & Martin in Los Angeles practicing business litigation. Judge Goldberg was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County for sixteen years. During that time he tried numerous jury trials from misdemeanors to special circumstance murders. He has been a judge for the last fourteen years: six years in criminal court and eight years in family court. He is currently assigned to Department 4 in the Mosk Courthouse, the trial readiness/settlement court and is the Assistant Supervising Judge of Family Law.
He is currently writing a book on Family Law entitled Keys to the Kingdom: California Family Law Findings, Orders, and Practice Pointers. He has lectured widely on a broad range of family law topics including child custody, minor’s counsel, domestic violence, attorney’s fees, child and spousal support, premarital agreements, and family law evidence issues, case preparation, settlement and trial advocacy. In 2016, Judge Goldberg received the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Southern California Chapter Distinguished Jurist Award. In 2017 he received the American Inns of Court Southern California Chapter Family Law Judge of the Year award.
Steven A. Mindel, CFLS, Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein LLP
ETHEL LEVITT HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Steven A. Mindel is the Managing Partner at Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein, LLP (FMBK), a 20 attorney law firm in West Los Angeles that practices Family Law, Civil Litigation and Probate. Steve and his partners grew the firm from their solo practices to one of the largest family law firms in the state.
Growing up, Steve’s parents were active volunteers in their small Fresno community, volunteering with organizations including the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and local synagogue. Tzedakah has always been an important value to Steve’s family growing up and continues to be a strong value to his wife, Nancy, and sons, Sam and Jake.
Following that same commitment, after graduating law school, Steve started to volunteer in the Family Law Department at the Los Angeles Free Clinic while working full-time in the corporate and real estate department at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. In 1991, Steve became a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Free Clinic devoting hours to giving legal services to those without the financial means to afford an attorney. It was through this volunteerism that Steve found his career as a Family Law Attorney.
Along with his many hours of volunteering in the legal community through non-profits such as Levitt & Quinn, The Free Clinic and Harriett Buhai, Steve also focuses his volunteer efforts at his temple, University Synagogue. He previously served as President of the Board of Trustees and continues to serve on the Budget Committee.
Steve previously served on the California State Bar FLEXCOM and in 2012 joined the Los Angeles County Bar Association Executive Committee and has been appointed to many positions. Most recently, Steve serves as the Chair of the Membership Outreach Committee and the Chair of the Liaison for E-Filing Committee.
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