Known for her counsel to prominent entertainers, athletes and high-net worth individuals, Maya Shulman has developed deep experience in resolving the most difficult divorce and family law issues, including interstate, international and move away cases that commonly occur among her mobile, multi-residential clients. Discretion and confidentiality are paramount in her client-attorney relationships and equally evident in how she protects the privacy of clients in today’s celebrity-driven culture. Maya is well-versed in the power of resolving conflicts outside of the courtroom through the use of private judging mediation alternatives.
“Most clients come to me in emotionally charged and life altering circumstances. I help them move to the next stage in their lives by being a communicative, cost-effective and ardent advocate,” Maya shares. She has advised clients through hundreds of divorces, asset divisions, custody disputes, adoptions, surrogacy and other family law issues during her more than 15 years of practicing law. Maya represents all parties in matrimonial and family law cases, including same-sex couples, minors and grandparents.
Maya is frequently called upon by clients to tackle the highly complex and entangled divorce, custodial and surrogacy-related issues that other lawyers have deemed impossible. For one client, she resolved a seemingly intractable divorce, stalled by more than three years in litigation, after just two weeks of her leading negotiations. As Maya puts it, “I get it done and am realistic with clients. I will not shy away from a tough case if I believe there is a way to achieve a favorable outcome for my client.”
In her client representations, Maya has opposed and negotiated with the most prominent members of the divorce bar in bitterly contested cases, building a reputation in California’s legal community as a formidable, sophisticated and practical family law attorney.
Interstate and International Custody, Divorce and Adoption
Maya’s state-specific knowledge of custodial law is vast, as is her national and international global network of family law experts and professionals that she taps into, depending on the needs, jurisdictions and geographies of her clients.
Her effectiveness in cross-border custody and divorce enforcements and matters reflects Maya’s international background. She emigrated to the United States from her native Latvia 26 years ago, is fluent in Russian and speaks conversational Italian and the Slavic languages of Eastern Europe. Her innate cross-cultural understanding extends beyond the law and linguistics when representing diverse clients with backgrounds ranging from Israel and the Middle East to South America and across Europe.
Professional Affiliations and Background
Maya’s experience includes litigation and mediation in all areas of marital dissolution, paternity, domestic and international move away custody cases, post-divorce modification of custody and support, adoption and assisted reproduction technologies (ART), and family formation law, including surrogacy contracts. She has a particular facility handling complex scientific and medical information, gained while she attended medical school prior to developing an interest in law.
A frequent media commentator, Maya has written about California’s controversial “separate and apart” separation ruling in Davis and SB 1255, international adoption and confidentiality in celebrity divorces. She also is a contributing author to Strategies for Family Law in California, 2015 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law (Inside the Minds).
Maya is recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Family Law Sections of the Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations. Maya served on the editorial board of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.
As part of her commitment to the community and legal profession, Maya has participated in pro bono work with the nonprofits Vincent Family Law Center, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and Haven House, Inc. She also supports the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging and Jewish National Fund. Maya, a graduate of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law and Brooklyn College in New York, advises clients with family law needs throughout Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Santa Barbara County, with offices in Calabasas, California and Santa Barbara, California.
Supreme Court of California, 2000
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Inglewood, CaliforniaJ.D. – May, 1999
Los Angeles Valley College, Paralegal Program, Family Law Instructor,
May 1, 2006 – January 1, 2009
Recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as a Top Woman SuperLawyer, 2014 – 2017
Selected one of Southern California’s Rising Star family law attorneys, 2004 – 2005, 2007 – 2010
AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Member
Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Member
California Receivers Forum, Member
IAJLJ, The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Member
Adelman & Seide, LLP, Calabasas, CA, Managing Partner, 2005 – 2015
Adelman & Seide, LLP, Encino, CA, Partner, 2003 – 2004
Adelman & Seide, LLP, Encino, CA, Associate
Solo Practitioner, Encino, CA, 8/2001 – 12/2001
Jay S. Rothman and Associates, Woodland Hills, CA, Associate, 4/2001 – 7/2001
Harriett Buhai Center For Family Law
St. Vincent’s Center For Family Law , August 1, 2001 – January 1, 2003