Diane M. Goodman

After over 20 years as a litigator, Ms. Goodman realized that mediation is a better way for people to solve disputes. In 2004, she decided to change the nature of her practice from litigation to mediation and collaborative law. As a part of making this change, she attended classes on mediation with the Strauss institute at Pepperdine College of Law, with the Southern California Mediation Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In 2007, she attended training for collaborative lawyers through the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, of which she is a member. As a part of this transformation, she also went back to school and obtained a MA in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2014. She is currently a PhD Candidate working on her dissertation.

Ms. Goodman’s practice focuses on family law, including mediation, collaborative dissolution, paternity, adoption and guardianship matters. Ms. Goodman has handled many complex parentage issues including acting as co-counsel in a California Supreme Court decision regarding the rights of lesbian parents. Ms. Goodman is the author of the parentage chapter in CEB’s Practice Under the CA Family Code.

Ms. Goodman was appointed as a member of the California State Bar Family Law Executive Committee from 2010 to 2013. She is the Past Chair of the Adoption Committee of the California State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee. Ms. Goodman is the Past President of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and its subsidiary, the Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. She served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women from 1980 – 1990. Ms. Goodman is also a member of the Southern California Mediation Association, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

Ms. Goodman has lectured at the Southwestern Law School, UCLA, Whittier Law School, Los Angeles County Bar Association, California State Bar annual conferences, Association of Family Conciliation Courts and California Psychological Association Conferences.  She was also a featured speaker at the Hawaii Bar Association annual conference. Ms. Goodman has been a guest on many news programs including the CNN programs, Larry King and Anderson Cooper 360 discussing family law, parentage and adoption issues.

Ms. Goodman has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer from 2009-2016. In 2011, she received the Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Outstanding Volunteer-Family law award and the Irwin and Agnes Herman Humanitarian Award from Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim. In 2004, she received the Difference Maker Award from the American Bar Association- General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section. In 1997, she received the Community Service Award from the Valley Business Alliance. She has an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Diane M. Goodman attended University of La Verne Law School in the San Fernando Valley, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in May, 1984. She was admitted to the California State Bar in  1984.

Ms. Goodman lives with her spouse of over three decades and they have an adult son. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey.