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Mary Ellen Waller

General Counsel, Shareholder
  • Profile
  • Credentials
  • Associations
  • Notable Work

Mary Ellen Waller is a director, shareholder, and the general counsel of Feinberg & Waller, APC.

Although Ms. Waller is not available for individual client retention, her focus is on the management of Feinberg & Waller, APC, a law firm practicing exclusively in divorce and family law with offices located in Beverly Hills, Calabasas, and Westlake Village.

Ms. Waller has helped lead the firm to become one of Southern California's premier family law firms, serving clients in all aspects of family law, including highly complex family law litigation. Clients receive increased value and benefit from her role; they are not charged for the expertise that she brings to the family law profession and the firm.

Ms. Waller provides decisive support to Feinberg & Waller, APC in numerous areas, including:

  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Human resources
  • Media and information services
  • Marketing
  • Public policy advocacy
  • General services
  • Real property operations
  • Development of strategic consultancies
  • Corporate governance and business policy

She develops business and legal strategy along with detailed analysis, which accompanies strategic planning and implementation.

A Focus on Ethics & Integrity

Ms. Waller ensures that the firm's focus is on the efficiency of service delivery and accountability. She has had a lifelong focus on rules and fairness. The principle of human dignity and an obligation to respect the decisions made by other people concerning their own lives is at the foundation of her practice.

Ms. Waller bases her decision-making process on ethics and integrity. She has a vision that focuses on providing a hospitable, high-quality law firm and a mindset of improving processes to better serve clients.

Family Law Experience

Feinberg & Waller, APC's practice area, family law, is one of the most all-encompassing and complex areas of the law since the cases touch upon so many different aspects of the law.

Ms. Waller consistently pursues continuing education in the field of family law and researches unique legal issues impacting the firm. She holds a degree in criminal justice, which gives her a better understanding of some of the nuanced issues that can arise in family law matters.

Ms. Waller has accumulated in-depth perspectives in areas of law and business-related circumstances facing many divorcing spouses. She has extensive experience in understanding the range of differing needs of each client and developing creative solutions to sensitive and complex challenges during difficult times.

Publications & Communication

Ms. Waller is the supervising editor of Feinberg & Waller, APC's family law blog. Her insights on family law issues and her advocacy for civil rights for minorities have been published in numerous media outlets. Her perspectives have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal, award-winning publications covering legal affairs in California.

Ms. Waller has a sophisticated knowledge of a full spectrum of digital topics, such as social media, mobile marketing, and online metrics. The digital revolution, synchronization, and communication distribution continue to be areas of interest, exploration, and creative development for Ms. Waller. Her legal and communication backgrounds have translated to the ability to skillfully use communications to advocate on public policy issues.

Her published works include:

Community Impact

The firm works towards a mission of continual education dissemination in the family law field, public policy advocacy for streamlining the procedural process governing dissolutions, heightened awareness for the Family Law Bar to always practice with the best interest of children in mind, and equal civil rights for all regardless of culture, race, sex, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.

Feinberg & Waller, APC's community outreach efforts include the production of a digital referral database of family law resources for low-income families in Los Angeles and Ventura County and a free online video library of family law topics. The law firm is also recognized for the mentorship of law students and high school students.

Additional Experience

Ms. Waller began her legal career as a law clerk for the Real Estate Finance Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. Throughout her career, she has continued to be involved in numerous regulatory agency issues in a broad range of industries and real property transactions.

Ms. Waller has also overseen and executed large-scale remodels and construction of several commercial and residential real estate properties. This includes Feinberg & Waller, APC's current offices, which she designed for the comfort of the firms' discerning clientele.

Ms. Waller evaluates matter progress within the firm and facilitates tactical legal initiatives. She has extensive courtroom experience as a litigation attorney in both New York and California. She has litigated hundreds of matters before courts throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and the five boroughs of New York City.

As a trial lawyer, she litigated all types of civil actions, battling to protect and advance her clients' interests through trial or settlement. In addition, she has business experience in venture capital, debtor-creditor asset recovery, asset liquidation, vendor-vendee transactional contracts, and employer-employee issues.

Community Involvement

Ms. Waller is an active member of several community organizations, including:

  • The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities
  • National Charity League, Inc.
  • Pierce Community College
  • The Cowboy Lawyers Association
  • Ahmanson Theatre - Center Theatre Group
  • Pepperdine Friends of the Theatre
  • ARTSReach at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Mary Ellen has served on numerous committees and has received several community service awards.

Education

Ms. Waller was educated in New York State. She holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Nassau Community College, where she received an academic award for scholarship.

Her undergraduate bachelor’s degree is in communications, with a specialty in journalism, from Hofstra University, where she also received an academic merit scholarship award.

Ms. Waller received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and California.

Education
  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York – J.D., Juris Doctorate College
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York – B.A., Bachelor of Communication, Specialty in Journalism College
  • Nassau Community College – A.S., Criminal Justice College
Licenses
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
Memberships
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, California Lawyers Association (CLA), Family Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA), Family Law Section
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, (BHBA), Family Law Section
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Family Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Honorary Board Member, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC)
  • Member, Los Angeles Pierce College, Advisory Committee
  • Member, Cowboy Lawyers Association
Awards
  • State Bar of California
    State Bar of California
  • State of New York United Court System
    State of New York United Court System
  • ABA
    ABA
  • LACBA
    LACBA
  • NYSBA
    NYSBA
  • BHBA
    BHBA
  • CLA
    CLA
  • TLC
    TLC
  • AVVO
    AVVO
Publications

Awards & Accolades

  • State Bar of California
  • State of New York United Court System
  • ABA
  • LACBA
  • NYSBA
  • BHBA
  • CLA
  • TLC
  • AVVO

What Makes Feinberg & Waller, APC Different? 

Committed to Each & Every Case
  • Certified Family Law Specialists

    We have three certified family law specialists on our team. A certified family law specialist must pass a rigorous exam, fulfill mandated ongoing educational requirements, been favorably evaluated by peer review, and show at least a five-year focus and proficiency in family law.

  • Team Approach

    At Feinberg & Waller, APC all the attorneys attend monthly team performance strategic planning sessions to execute and deploy tactical case management objectives. Clients receive added value as they are never charged for more than two of the attorneys during these meetings yet the entire team brainstorms on each matter within the firm.

  • Role of the General Counsel

    The office of Feinberg & Waller, APC has a general counsel whose role is to focus on law firm management, corporate governance, and business policy. The litigation attorneys are then able to focus on your matter rather than having to concentrate on running the business aspect of a law firm.

  • Outstanding National and International Reputation

    Firm shareholder, Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Fellows are recognized as having advanced skills in family law and are recognized leaders in the field.

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