Frank Garfield

Mediator

1801 Century Park East, Suite 2400 | Los Angeles CA 90067-2326 | (310) 277-1981 | frgarfield@gmail.com

Education and Honors

University of California, Berkeley, California (1964-1967)
Phi Beta Kappa (1966)
A.B. (American History) With Distinction

University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), Berkeley, California (1967-70)
American Jurisprudence Prize (Contracts) (1968)
Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye Scholarship (1967-68)
Major Walter Dinkelspiel Scholarship (1968-69)
Research Assistant, Professor Albert A. Ehrenzweig (1968-70)
Projects Editor, California Law Review (1968-70)
J.D. (1970)


Employment History

Teaching Fellow, Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, California
(1970-71)

Law Clerk, Hon. Alfonso J. Zirpoli
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
San Francisco, California
(1971-72)

Associate, Howard, Prim, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady & Pollak
San Francisco, California
(1972-75)

Principal, Garfield & Tepper, A Partnership of Professional Corporations
Los Angeles, California
(1975-Present)


Selected Publications

"When Marriages Fail,"
California Lawyer, January, 1987

"Collecting Attorneys' Fees,"
Los Angeles Lawyer, July/August, 1987

"It's Tough Being a Divorce Lawyer,"
National Law Journal
, October 12, 1987

"How Much Support is Reasonable?"
National Law Journal, May 23, 1988

"The Trouble with Family Law,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, March 24, 1994

"The Trouble With Ethics Experts,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 26, 1994

"Arbitrators Can Write Their Own Rules,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 8, 1994

"Nonlawyers Should Stay Out of Family Law Mediation,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, March 21, 1995

"Mediators Should Take Responsibility for the Outcome,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, July 21, 1995

"In the Beginning,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, February 14, 1996

"Family Law Troubles,"
California Law Business, April 15, 1996

"Side Effects,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 27, 1996

"The Family Way,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, May 28, 1997

"Demilitarized Zone,"
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, August 27, 1997

Should a Mediator Switch Hats?
SCMA News
(Southern California Mediation Association), Vol. 8, No. 5, June, 1998

Signing Off,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, September 30, 1998

Speed Mediation,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal,
August 25, 1999

Unbundling Legal Services in Mediation,”
40 Family Court Review 1, January, 2002

Mediators Should Provide the Parties with Basic Information,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, June 19, 2002

Family Mediators Should Know the Law,”
SCMA News
(Southern California Mediation Association), Vol. 11, No. 4, December, 2002

Unite to Divide?
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, June 11, 2003

ADR Buzzwords Create Unrealistic Expectations for Divorcing Parties,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, November 6, 2003

“Avoiding Three Pitfalls of Family-Law Mediations,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 18, 2004

Parties in Divorce, Custody Cases Crave Perception of Fairness,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, November 4, 2004

Computer Programs Can Help Determine Spousal Support,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, June 27, 2006

Settling With Boilerplate,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 19, 2006

Split Ends,”
Los Angeles Magazine, April 2007

Settling Divorces,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal, November 28, 2007

“Point/Counterpoint Regarding Provisions for Payments at the Time of Marital Dissolution in Prenuptial Agreements,”
Family Law News
, Vol. 29, No. 4, Winter, 2007

Settling the Score,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, September 17, 2008

Mediation Confidentiality Should Be Inviolate,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, November 25, 2009

“When Going to Trial Would Be a Train Wreck, Can You Settle Your Case?”
Family Law News,
Vol. 31, No. 4, Winter 2009

Can Divorce Mediators Be Sued?
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, February 26, 2010

Mediating Prenuptial Agreements,”
Family Law News, Vol. 32, No. 3, Issue 3, 2010

Prenuptial Practice,
Los Angeles Lawyer, November, 2011

The Role of Consultants,”
The Recorder
, May 14, 2012

“Story Time,”
California Lawyer
, August, 2012

Decision Weakens Enforceability of Spousal Support Waivers,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 4, 2013

Budget Cuts Lead to Dysfunctional Family Law Departments,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal
, April 9, 2013

Book review, Common Sense, Legal Sense and Nonsense About Divorce by Lenard Marlow,
Academy of Professional Family Mediators Newsletter (Fall, 2013).


Professional Activities

Arbitrator, LACBA and BHBA Fee Arbitration Programs

Practitioner Member, Academy of Professional Family Mediators

Member, The Best Lawyers of America, 2008

The Best Lawyers of America, Southern California Family Mediator of the Year, 2013