Leon F. Bennett named President of Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
(Woodland Hills, California)
Family law attorney Leon F. Bennett, has been named President of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA) for the 2016 term. Bennett is lead counsel for the Law Offices of Leon F. Bennett, based in Woodland Hills, California.
Founded in 2010, the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association is an open, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to applying the Collaborative Law process for resolving family conflicts, through training for professionals and education for families. The non-litigious approach of Collaborative Practice often results in swift and cost-effective resolutions.
LACFLA is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation offering continuous education and support for success with non-adversarial resolutions. LACFLA guides and supports Collaborative Practice in Los Angeles County and coordinates with regional, state and international Collaborative Practice organizations.
Leon F. Bennett has three decades of experience in the field of family law as a litigator, mediator and Collaborative Practice attorney. Bennett is known as a strong advocate for his clients, whether during negotiations, mediation or trial. He is also highly respected for his ability to resolve many matters without lengthy litigation. He is the co-founder of Family Divorce Solutions of San Fernando Valley, a regional Collaborative Practice group of attorneys, accountants and mental health professionals who employ a non-adversarial, cooperative method to family law proceedings.
“In today’s society, it’s simply a fact that half of all marriages end in divorce. My experience with the traditional divorce process through litigation in court led me to ask a question: ‘Isn’t there a better way for couples to divorce, maintain family relationships, and avoid emotional harm to their children?’” said Bennett.
“This is where the Collaborative approach to divorce can be highly beneficial. This approach allows participants to settle their issues more quickly and do so at a fraction of the cost of traditional litigation,” explained Bennett. “The Collaborative approach to divorce is the latest development in the family law field and I will be devoting my efforts to fostering its growth in the greater Los Angeles area,” explained Bennett.
Bennett said his priorities for his term as LACFLA President are to increase educational and training opportunities for all professionals who work with divorcing couples including non-traditional audiences such as human resources professionals, real estate agents, and teachers; and lead legislative advocacy at the state level to preserve the Mediation Exception in California Family Law.
In addition to his pursuits in private practice, Bennett has served as Judge Pro-Tem for the Los Angeles County Family Law courts. He has served as a lecturer on family law for California’s Continuing Education of the Bar, providing his expertise to other family law practitioners. Bennett produced and hosted the Time Warner Cable community outreach television series “Legal Forum.”
Bennett has held the positions of President, President – Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Trustee for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and Trustee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Bennett has received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubble’s Peer Review Rating for 20 consecutive years, represent the highest level of confidence in his professional skills from the legal community. Bennett has also been selected for includion in Super Lawyers, an honor awarded to outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their given practice area.
Bennett is devoted to community youth sports, serving as coach, referee, fundraiser and board member. Bennett’s involvement with the burgeoning sport of lacrosse playing an integral part of the establishment of the sport in Southern California and its inclusion as a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sport for both boys and girls at the high school level.
To learn more or to contact the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, visit http://www.lacfla.org/