Darren grew up in the Woodland Hills, California, where he attended Taft High School (Class of 1986). Darren earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego and his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. Darren’s law practice was founded in 1997, to assist individuals with the division of retirement plan assets in the context of a domestic relations proceeding.
Before establishing his current practice, Darren spent over five years working as an Employee Benefits/Pension consultant and attorney in Los Angeles. In the course of such representation, Darren worked with all types of defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Specifically, he was responsible for drafting plan documents and amendments, submitting plans to the Internal Revenue Service for determination letters, curing plan defects through IRS correction programs, conducting plan audits to ensure overall compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, and handling a variety of other legal issues.
In addition to the above mentioned tasks, Darren was responsible for “qualifying” domestic relations orders on behalf of plan administrators. As part of this process, he developed QDRO procedures, sample QDRO language, and QDRO guidelines all of which are sensitive to changes in tax laws and court cases dealing with retirement plans.
Darren’s experience with retirement plans and dedication to this highly specialized field of law has given him recognition among family law attorneys, as well as judges in California, as an expert in this field. Darren frequently appears as a speaker and lecturer at local bar association functions and attorney meetings. He also disseminates his own firm newsletter to family law attorneys throughout California and has written articles for family law journals and other publications.
Darren balances his professional life with many diverse activities such as playing tennis, guitar, photography, travel. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Miriam, an avid artist and spiritual director, and two daughters. If he was not an attorney, Darren would be writing comedy (no joke).
Caroline earned her B.A. in Economics at the University of California at Davis. She has been a paralegal with the firm since 2005 and has vast experience with all issues related to the division of retirement benefits by QDRO. Caroline has a strong working knowledge of the variety of retirement plans that we encounter, is skilled in performing tracing calculations and is well versed with the QDRO process as well as procedural aspects of QDROs and the Courts. Caroline’s experience in this niche field makes her an invaluable manager of our cases. Caroline devotes her free time to her community and the diverse activities of her daughters.