James Hallett

1001 Sixth St., Ste 120
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
United States
Office Phone: 310-376-3374
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP



Over 35 years of litigation in both criminal and family law courts have convinced me that families are far better served by collaboration. I continue to do some litigation, believing (at least for now) that litigation skills and experience can enhance, rather than detract from, my collaborative practice.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): California State Bar ~US Supreme Court ~US District Court (CA Central) ~Certified Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, both Family Law and Criminal Law

Professional Activities

Past President, South Bay (LA) Bar ~Past President, South Central (LA) Bar ~Past Chair, Southwest Indigent Defense Panel (LA) ~AV rated (Martindale Hubbell) ~Southern California Super Lawyers (2007-Present) ~Over 35 years of litigation experience in family law and also criminal law (including 3 appearances in the California Supreme Court and over 20 death penalty cases) ~Judge Pro Tem in numerous courts ~Past President, A Better Divorce (South Bay collaborative practice group) President, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association

Undergraduate Education

B.A. Yale University (American Studies) 1969

Professional Education

J.D. Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) 1972


I am a founding member of www.abetterdivorce.com, a thriving interdisciplinary group serving the one million residents of the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. I have opened about 100 collaborative cases (most with two coaches), with most completed. I also continue to mediate, and to litigate when I cannot avoid it. In addition to the formal trainings listed above, I have attended the IACP Conventions in Oakland, Vancouver, Boston and San Diego, and I have participated in many trainings with my local practice groups as both a member and a presenter. I am now the president of the Southern California umbrella group called the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.