LACFLA Board Title: MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200
Santa Monica, CA
Mara Berke has practiced family law for more than twenty years, which includes many years of practice with prominent Westside boutique family law firms. Mara has experience with complex child custody disputes, division and characterization of assets and debts, calculation of child and spousal support, business valuations, paternity disputes, and post-judgment relief. Her depth of experience in family and children issues includes leadership training at Children’s Hospital, Center for Child Development and Developmental Disabilities, non-public school assessments, advocacy in Individualized Education Plans, appointment as minor’s counsel, and appointment as a Court Assisted Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian Ad Litem in Dependency Court. Mara’s unique background as a clinical social worker provided her with specific training in working with families with children with developmental disabilities and understanding the intricacies of school placements. With her training and experience, she addresses clients’ needs from an interdisciplinary perspective with compassion and thoughtfulness which assists clients in managing the complexities of child custody and financial issues.