Cross Generation Perspectives Benefit the Practice of California Family Law

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Newly released comprehensive California Family Law textbook provides a dual perspective contribution to the field of matrimonial law. Certified Family Law Specialist, Marshall Waller, along with his son, Ryan C. Waller, have bridged the generational gap between law students and those who have been practicing for decades. Their varied experiences serve as a guide for professors, students, paralegals, and attorneys.

A stack of books with the spines face forward with the title of "California Family Law," one book to the right of the stack faces forward where you can see the cover of California Family Law. The cover of the textbook includes diverse families.

California Family Law, 8th Edition by Marshall W. Waller with Ryan C. Waller

As both a practitioner and teacher, Marshall Waller's vast expertise and experience, along with Ryan Waller's understanding of law students and professors' needs, provides a compelling dual perspective.

California Family Law, a textbook written by attorney Marshall W. Waller with Ryan C. Waller, has been published in its eighth edition by Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of professional information services. The text is a cohesive discussion of all aspects of California family law written for professors, students, paralegals, and lawyers. This impactful, educational book integrates statutory law, judicial interpretation, and various judicial council forms used in family law practice. This comprehensive and valuable resource is also an everyday practice guide. As both a practitioner and teacher, Marshall Waller's vast expertise and experience, along with Ryan Waller's understanding of law students and professors' needs, provides a compelling dual perspective. California Family Law is a comprehensive, educational contribution to the field of family law.

Ryan Waller has worked as a research assistant for several law school professors. He is currently in his third year at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where he is a teaching assistant in various classes and a Dean's Fellow, which grants him the ability to work with other students. He has received numerous academic distinctions at Southwestern Law School. These include recognition as a Dean's Merit Scholar for academic excellence, the Witkin Award for Excellence in Evidence, and participation in the Trial Advocacy Honors Program. He has served as a law clerk for a family law judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Ryan Waller helped proofread, cite checked authority, provided insights, observations, and editorial suggestions for the California Family Law textbook, enhancing its readability. His extensive contributions and efforts to assist his father, Marshall Waller, with this latest textbook have helped make it the best edition yet.

Marshall Waller is an internationally recognized family law authority. Local, national, and international news media have published his commentaries as an expert in family law. Marshall Waller is a managing shareholder of Feinberg & Waller, a professional corporation (Feinberg & Waller). The firm practices exclusively in matrimonial law serving clients throughout California with offices in Beverly Hills, Calabasas, and Westlake Village. The firm also represents clients nationally and internationally in child custody relocation and Hague Convention child abduction cases. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified through the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He is also a member of the AAML LGBTQ Committee, a group committed to better representation for the LGBTQIA+ community. The International Academy of Family Lawyers has also elected Marshall Waller as a Fellow. Members of these organizations are leaders in the field of matrimonial law. Marshall Waller is an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee. He has presented for the Regents of the University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar, on various topics. Following the pandemic's inception, many courts have switched to remote appearances. Marshall Waller has recently given presentations for the Los Angeles County Bar Association on using remote video technology for depositions and trials.

Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters Corporation's business information services, ranks Marshall Waller among the top 100 lawyers in Southern California for 2021 based on independent research, peer recognition, and professional achievement. This list includes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. He has achieved the highest ratings from Martindale Hubble and Avvo rating services. Marshall Waller has also received recognition in Strathmore's Who's Who Registry and Global Network for outstanding Professionals.

Feinberg & Waller has a long history of volunteer and activist work. The firm has had the privilege to serve its local communities through nonprofit organizations, social initiatives, public policy advocacy, and furthering education. The firm of Feinberg & Waller is committed to social accountability, to act meaningfully by responsibly addressing inequality and healing hurt by building a more equitable community. Feinberg & Waller has produced a digital referral database of family law legal resources for low-income families in the area and created a free online video library of several family law topics.

Marshall Waller helped found a Ventura County, California high school mock trial team more than a decade ago. He now co-coaches this team with his daughter, Lauren Waller. Mock trial academic competitions help amplify teen voice, teach students about the American judicial system, and it is where many teens learn how to advocate for change. This past year the firm acted further by investing in transforming young people's lives by forming a partnership with the Los Angeles County Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational foundation. Feinberg & Waller established an annual Leadership/Mentorship Scholarship supporting marginalized high school students (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or Disabled individuals) who have impacted their team and community.

California Family Law contributes to promoting excellence in a family law practice as it sheds a guiding light on the vast extent of ever-changing law in the field. Purchase the eighth edition of California Family law at the following online sites:

Readers can find more information about Feinberg & Waller at

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