Joel S. Seidel is a divorce and family law attorney who provides experienced, sophisticated, and strategic legal counsel. While Mr. Seidel has been a certified specialist in family law for many years, Joel S. Seidel & Associates bring a broad range of legal experience to their family law practice. Mr. Seidel has a wide range of experience in civil litigation, federal litigation, bankruptcy litigation, appellate work and other areas of the law. Ms. Campwala, before working in family law, began her legal career in the area of corporate and entertainment transactional law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, gaining valuable experience, before transitioning to family law. We believe that this wide background of legal experience makes us better family law attorneys.
Our cases are handled with a team approach for efficiency and cost-effectiveness which results in greater value for the client. We have eschewed much of the traditional law office trappings (expensive offices, nonessential support staff, expensive letterhead et. sec.) and focused on providing our clients with proactive legal representation. While Mr. Seidel personally handles all courtroom work, depositions, mediations, settlement conferences, and other appearances, every case is also handled by either Ms. Campwala or Ms. Bowman, both experienced family law attorneys with years of training and effective legal experience. The result is that each case has the advantage of having at least two legal professionals discussing and debating the best approach to the countless important decisions that every case requires. We have been honing our team approach for years.
Joel S. Seidel is a certified specialist in Family by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization with over 21 years of legal experience. Please see our discussion under the Family Law section to understand our unique vision regarding this important and complex area of law.
Early decisions in a family law case can have a huge impact on the rest of your case. If you are just beginning to address your divorce or family law dispute then it is imperative that you seek legal counsel early. Learn how to become a client or obtain legal advice here.
When a case is going badly for you, you know it. Difficult cases can be turned around, but it takes work and a re-examination of prior strategies. Read More.
A Court has already rendered a decision that is clearly not in your favor. You are not powerless. Learn what your options are.
Tell us what your situation is and what you would consider your ideal outcome. Our experienced team of lawyers knows what is possible and what is not. We will help you get your case moving in the right direction.
For over 17 years, Joel S. Seidel and Associates have provided clients in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Ventura and throughout Southern California with professional, expert and timely representation in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, division of assets, paternity, domestic violence, pre and post-marital agreements and even appellate representation.
Recognizing that family law matters are often difficult, stressful and emotionally draining for the parties involved, they believe in making the process as smooth as possible; running a law practice with care and efficiency, so as to offer their clients the personal attention they deserve. Your case is handled by the same highly experienced and accomplished attorneys, with whom you will communicate directly, throughout the entire process. You case will is only handled by attorneys as opposed to other staff members. Mr. Seidel, Ms. Campwala and Ms. Bowman are dedicated to obtaining the best results possible without expending resources and incurring fees needlessly. We will not pursue claims on a client’s behalf unless we believe that the claims have merit.
Please see the discussion on Becoming A Client for further information.
Judges, like everyone else, make mistakes. While reversing a Judge’s decision is a difficult task, you are not powerless to pursue redress. Learn More.
These issues are often at the heart of every family law case. While the financial aspects of a case are obviously very important, the importance of decisions related to your child’s best interests cannot be overstated. Learn more.
Please see the link to a favorable result in a Federal Court trial in which Mr. Seidel’s client was accused of violating Federal Erisa law in collecting on her child support arrears. Mr. Seidel successfully represented this client in this complicated matter in Federal Court. Names and other identifying information have been redacted to protect privacy.
Please see the link to a favorable result in the California Court of appeal regarding a very difficult custody matter. Names and other identifying information have been redacted to protect privacy.
Please see the link to a favorable result in the California Court of appeal regarding the valuation of a business, various financial matters, child and spousal support. Names and other identifying information have been redacted to protect privacy.Read More
Experienced San Fernando Valley-based divorce attorney Joel S. Seidel is a Certified Family Law specialist in family law with offices in Northridge and Century City. Tasneem Campwala and Kristine Bowman have spent the majority of their careers practicing law in the field of Family Law, exclusively, having been trained in family law by top firms. Follow the links below to learn more about our attorneys.Read More.
Joel has been my ONLY lawyer for the last 6 painful years of my dissolution and divorce and brutal custody battle. Joel has not only been a great lawyer but also a trusted friend and advisor. He always sought to settle the myriad of issues that arose in the course of the divorce in a peaceful way. It was only that all other options were fully exhausted did he opt for the path of litigation. During the vicious custody battle – he stood with me as we eventually won full custody. And when the opposing side took the matter to the court of appeals, Joel handled that with equal skill and fortitude a…
Joel and his team are an incredible force both in and out of the court. His calm, friendly and reassuring demeanor did much to alleviate our anxieties in areas we knew nothing about. No question or concern was ever too small. In the courtroom he was amazing to watch. He is professional, skillful and knowledgeable of the law. His cool confidence, knowledge, and skills in the court room have earned him respect from colleagues, judges as well as court staff. He is a powerhouse who is not intimidated by opposing counsel nor judges. He can articulately explain the law to opposing counsel or judges …
When Mr. Seidel took over my case, it was in a state of chaos. His calm, steady representation turned the case around. Initially, Mr. Seidel sought to settle the case on fair terms. Unfortunately, my ex., and her attorneys, refused all settlement overtures, insisting that I owed my ex. hundreds of thousands of dollars. After five days of trial, we prevailed on every issue, doing even better than our settlement offers. I wish that we did not have to incur the emotional and financial toll of a trial. Fortunately, I was well represented at trial.
Joel was great in court. He strategically knew that the other side had failed to meet their burden of proof on a key issue (about which they would have lied) and kept the hearing and Judge focused on their failure to present evidence on this key factual issue. Because of this, we prevailed. While Joel argued for one-half of the time as the opposing counsel, we blew the other side away.
Mr. Seidel assisted me in my divorce case. After receiving horrible advice from a different attorney, Mr. Seidel explained the law clearly to me as well as the factual problems that I faced in litigation. I did my own independent research and confirmed Mr. Seidel’s advice. As a result, and Mr. Seidel’s efforts in resolving my case, my wife and I were able to come to a fair settlement that resulted in not only my receiving what I was entitled to long before the litigation would have ended, but I saved thousands of dollars in legal fees. In addition, because we were able to reach an equitab…
I came to Joel Seidel after unfortunately incurring huge fees under the guidance of previous counsel. Seemingly, there was no end in sight for my case. Joel quickly recognized the legal basis for my separate property claims, provided direction so that I could prove those claims, and presented them to other side in a convincing way. He simplified my case. My case also involved custody issues. Joel was honest and realistic about the prospects and helped assess the risks involved so that a mutually beneficial settlement was reached. He was both realistic and practical and provided gui…
Mr. Seidel was the first lawyer to actually help me. While I have been represented by other lawyers previously, and they had charged me a lot for their time, at the end of the day I was worse off. Mr. Seidel, on the other hand, prevailed for me where the other attorneys had failed.
Recently, Mr. Seidel represented me in a difficult custody matter that resulted in a trial. His representation was excellent. He was well prepared, anticipated the information that the Judge actually wanted to hear, and anticipated the legal arguments that the Judge wanted addressed. Calmly, without denigrating my spouse, we prevailed. While I wanted to get the custody result that we got, I did not want to harm my ex-spouse with whom I still have to co-parent for many years. Mr. Seidel’s courtroom demeanor was professional and effective.
Seidel handled all aspects of my divorce case from discovery and custody disputes, the enforcement of orders, as well as a lengthy appellate court process after the other side lost after a lengthy trial. Mr. Seidel was professional, prepared and a tremendous advocate throughout the entire process. We prevailed at trial and on appeal.