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Pasadena divorce lawyer & mediator

amicable divorce lawyer in Burbank, CA

leslie howell, esq.

There are a few decisions to make in order to settle your case. First, it’s critical to choose a method to use, such as mediation, co-mediation, or collaborative law. The couple’s next step is to make sure the mediator and/or lawyer are a good fit. Leslie is an experienced and compassionate divorce lawyer and mediator in Pasadena. She acts as a non-judgmental, neutral mediator to help couples resolve their divorce.

Leslie earned her B.A. in 1998 and J.D. in 2001, both at the University of Southern California. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2001 and has been practicing family law ever since in areas of: Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, and Community Property division.

Leslie began practicing as a certified law student in Pasadena during law school under Gary Kearney’s supervision. After graduating from law school, she began practicing family law in Century City, litigating high-profile cases. Eventually, she started her own firm in Pasadena. In 2010, Leslie changed her focus from litigation battles to amicable, affordable divorces. Ten-plus years later, Leslie’s firm, Amicable Divorce Services, APLC, primarily handles uncontested divorces with limited litigation. 

The following are some of the trainings that Leslie attended since changing over to a peacemaking lawyer:

  • 2019 4-Day Transformative Mediation training with Dan Simon
  • 2018 2-Day CP Cal Collaborative Divorce conference with various pull-out seminars
  • 2015 3-Day Advanced Mediation Course with Judge Thomas Trent Lewis and Forrest “Woody” Mosten
  • 2014 3-Day Advanced Mediation Training with Forrest “Woody” Mosten
  • 2014 4 Days of the Advanced Certified Family Law Specialist course with Judge Thomas Trent Lewis
  • 2011 3-Day Collaborative Training with Forrest “Woody” Mosten
  • 2011 3-Day Collaborative Course with Pauline Tessler and Forrest “Woody” Mosten
  • 2010 3-Day Advanced Collaborative Divorce and Mediation Course with Forrest “Woody” Mosten
  • 2010 3-Day Collaborative Team Training with CDEI
  • 2010 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training with Forrest “Woody” Mosten

attorney mission statement

Our goal at Amicable Divorce Services is to help couples and families resolve their concerns peacefully and efficiently regarding the children, finances and property without going to court.

our approach

When emotions run high, it may be critical that other professionals are brought in to settle your case, such as divorce coaches, a neutral financial specialist, child specialist.

Personal bio

Leslie comes from a bi-racial, musical family and she was a jazz singer for several years before (and after) attending law school. She has also worked for years in a corporate setting. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, but has lived in New York City, Japan and Hawaii. This insight allows Leslie to understand, as well as creatively think, about the issues at hand.

special qualities of the attorney

I had the pleasure of having Leslie represent me in a custody case. Leslie and her staff were very professional and make your case a priority. She listened to my concerns, formed a plan of action, and went to work. She resolved my issues in court and won my case on the first court date.
M. Brown