Leann is a Certified Family Law Specialist* and has a passion for helping families in transition, so practicing as a Family Law Mediator is a natural fit for her. After practicing and litigating family law cases for more than a decade, Leann now focuses exclusively on mediation. She believes that divorce is a transition, not an end, especially if children are involved. Her goal is to help couples transition through the process in a dignified and cooperative way and minimize the impact of the separation on the children. Leann is very effective at helping families resolve challenging custody issues, high conflict cases, and the division of family owned businesses. Due to her background in litigation and expertise, she can provide valuable insight and information to help parties avoid the time, expense and stress of litigating.

Going through a divorce is a challenging and difficult experience. In mediation, the goal of the parties is to work together in a transparent and cooperative manner, resulting in both parties maintaining more control and achieving a more amicable outcome. Leann is compassionate, thorough, and thoughtful as every case is unique. She is extremely responsive, works diligently and quickly and explains things in a way that is easy for parties to understand, making the process more streamlined and efficient.

Leann earned her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law in 2007, where she obtained an emphasis certificate in tax law. While at Chapman, she served as Vice President for the Family Law Society, and also volunteered in Chapman’s tax clinic. She also clerked for the Public Law Center in Orange County and interned with Legal Aid in Compton. Leann graduated cum laude from University of California, Irvine, with double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Ecology and Women’s Studies.

*Certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


• Adjunct Professor, California State University, Long Beach; Child and Family Law, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2014 to present
• Panelist for Second Saturday OC, 2017-2019
• Orange County Bar Association, 2008 to present
• Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee, 2013-2018
• UCI Alumni Lifetime Member
• Proud mama bear to two boys

Leann K. Kaufman

Certified Family Law Specialist Attorney, Mediator
Law Office of Leann K. Kaufman Irvine Alternative Solutions/Mediation
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