Daniel J. Jaffe

Founding Partner

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Over five decades and in a confidential setting, Daniel Jaffe has established himself as the sought-after attorney for high-profile celebrity and professional clients and their spouses with the most sensitive and complicated family law matters. His experience and success in and out of the courtroom have earned him the well-placed trust of many well known clients who seek his advice and skills when making critical, emotional and financial transitions in their lives. Dan combines a deep familiarity of the law with an innovative and discreet approach to achieve positive outcomes for his clients.

Dan’s talents have been recognized by satisfied clients as well as by his peers in the legal community who frequently ask him to speak or write educational pieces on family law topics. The State Bar of California has certified him as a specialist in family law and he has been recognized for legal excellence in the field of family law by a variety of authorities, including the California State Bar Journal and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  For 2021, he was given the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

In addition, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to the top 100 divorce lawyers in the U.S., has named him a Diplomate, which is one of the industry’s most distinguished honors.

He is also a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America named Dan the ‘Best Family Law Lawyer of the Year’ in 2009. He was named ‘Family Lawyer of the Year’ for 2014 by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Awards and Rankings

  • Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide, 2018-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1987- 2022
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2022 (Top 100 in 2017-2021)
  • Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, 1993-2021
  • National Law Journal Divorce, Tax, Trust and Estates Trailblazers, 2017
  • Honoree, Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section, Inaugural Class of Family Law Legends, 2016
  • Levitt & Quinn Outstanding Community Service Award, 2014
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter, Family Law Person of the Year, 2014
  • Los Angeles County Bar Spencer Brandeis Award, 2004
  • Jaffe & Clemens Law Firm Zephyr M. Ramsey Award Honoree, 2003
  • Town & Country Magazine, America’s Top Divorce Lawyers, 1998


  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Chairman of Divorce Taxation /Committee (1998); Member of Professionalism in the Practice Committee (1998- 1999); Counsel to President (1992)
  • Diplomate, The American College of Family Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Family Law Trial Lawyers)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Council (1991-1994), Taxation and Continuing Legal Education Executive Committees
  • State Bar of California, – Family Law Section Executive Committee (1986-1989)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chairman of Family Law Section (1976-1977)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chairman of Family Law Section (1975-1976)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, July 2017, AAML’s Northern California Chapter 41st Annual Symposium, “Exploring Complex Issues in Family Law.”
  • Panelist, January 2017, AAML’s Southern California Chapter 24th Annual Trial Advocacy Institute, “S Corps: Keep Out of Jeopardy.”
  • Speaker, May 2016, AICPA/AAML’s 2016 National Conference in New Orleans on Divorce, “Beware of Experts Bearing False Gifts.”
  • Speaker, April 2016, Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Inaugural “Tips from the Legends” program.
  • Speaker, March 2016, USC Gould Tax Institute “Tax for Divorcing Couples, Smart Tax Strategist for Domestic & International Divorce.”
  • Speaker, February 2014, CalCPA Family Law Section, “Reasonable Compensation in Business Valuations.”
  • Panelists, October 2013, Texas State Bar CLE, 18th Annual New Frontiers in Martial Property Law in NAPA, CA, “Offshore Asset Reporting.”
  • Panelist, January 2013, AAML webinar, “Up Periscope, Get a Good Look at Offshore Income and High Asset Divorce Taxation.”
  • Panelist, November 2012, AAML Annual Meeting in Chicago, “When Money Disappears Offshore – Divorce, Recovery and Your Terrifying Liability.”
  • Panelist, June 2012, CalCPA 2012 Estate and Trust Conference in Los Angeles and San Francisco, “Collision of Family Law and Estate Planning.”
  • Panelist, March 2012, ACFLS 20th Annual Spring Seminar in Rancho Mirage, CA, “When Money Disappears Offshore – Discovery and Recovery.”
  • Panelist, January 2011, AAML Southern California Chapter, 18th Annual Trial Advocacy Institute, “Tax Vaccines – How to Immunize Your Clients form Income Tax Diseases.”

Recently in the News
  • Daniel Jaffe and Sandra Mendell Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2023
  • Jaffe Featured in American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation Newsletter
  • Daniel Jaffe and William Ryden have been recognized by 2022 Best Lawyers®
  • Chambers High Net Worth 2021 Ranks Daniel Jaffe and Sandra Mendell in Family Law Category in California
  • Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020 Ranks Daniel Jaffe in California
  • Daniel Jaffe Named to 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers List
  • Jaffe Family Law Group Attorneys Included in Lawdragon 500 of Leading Family Lawyers
  • Century City’s New Country Lawyer Handles Cases with Utmost Sensitivity, Discretion, and Privacy
  • Jaffe Included in 2019 Chambers High Net Worth Guide
  • Partners Named to 2019’s List of Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Chambers High Net Worth 2018 Ranks Daniel Jaffe
  • Best Lawyers in America© 2018 Recognizes Jaffe Family Law Group Attorneys
  • Daniel Jaffe was included in the 2017 National Law Journal Divorce, Tax, Trust and Estates Trailblazers list
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