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April 01, 2018

Section Highlights

FLS Nominating Committee Posts Slate

By: Cindy Swan

The ABA Section of Family Law officers and new Council members for 2018–2019 will be selected by Section vote during the 2018 Annual Business Meeting in Chicago. To be eligible to vote, an individual must be registered for the meeting and be a nonstudent member of the Section whose good standing can be certified by official Association records for thirty days prior to the day of the voting. Again this year, we present short bios and photos so that you can get to know the officer and Council nominees.

Chair-Elect

one position, one-year term

Jonathan W. Wolfe
Livingston, NJ

Jonathan W. Wolfe is the co-managing partner of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.,  and chair of its litigation and matrimonial departments. He began his career practicing at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York, where he focused his practice on complex business litigation.

Wolfe utilizes his background in financial disputes to represent leaders or the spouses of leaders from the business, professional, and entertainment/sports communities in complex matrimonial matters. He also continues to represent publicly and privately held corporations, partnerships, and individuals in complex, high-stakes business litigation. Wolfe and his work have been widely featured in the national media, and he has repeatedly been named one of the Leading Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, one of the nation’s 500 Leading Lawyers by Lawdragon, and a Super Lawyer by New Jersey Super Lawyers.

Wolfe has served as a member of the ABA Family Law Section Executive Committee, ABA Board of Governors, and ABA House of Delegates, and he is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Vice-Chair

one position, one-year term

Michael A. Mosberg
New York, NY

Michael A. Mosberg, a partner with Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP, has been actively involved in the Family Law Section since joining in 2008. In 2014, he received the 2013–2014 Chair’s Award. He has previously served on Council, as CLE Committee co- chair, Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee chair, and Trial Practice & Techniques Committee chair, and he currently serves as Section secretary and as a member of the Finance Committee.

Mosberg is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a former chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2011–2014), and an active member of the New York State Bar Association. In 2014, Mosberg was appointed to the New York State Matrimonial Practice Advisory and Rules Committee.

Mosberg frequently lectures in New York State and nationally on topics involving family law and trial practice. He is the author of Avoiding Deposition Pitfalls (2010) (with Jonathan W. Wolfe); Depositions Gone Wrong: The Seven Deadly Sins (2009); and The Secret to Success: Using Witness Consultants to Prepare Your Client (2009). He has also contributed to the Matthew Bender and Co. publication New York Civil Practice: Matrimonial Actions (2009) and authored a chapter entitled Prenuptial Agreements in New York: An Overview (2011) for the treatise Drafting Prenuptial Agreements (Skoloff, Singer & Brown, Aspen Law & Business), which he  updated  in 2016.

Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, Mosberg has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America (2015–2017), New York’s Best Lawyers (2014), and Super Lawyers (2011–2017).

Secretary

one position, one-year term

Candace B. Peeples
Birmingham, AL

Candace B. (Candi) Peeples is partner and owner in the Birmingham, Alabama, law firm Peeples & Davis, a boutique-styled practice solely focused in the traditional areas of family law and assisted reproductive technology. Peeples, a former chair of the Alabama State Bar Family Law Section, was honored to be chosen by her Section peers as the 2013 Attorney of the Year.

Peeples has been actively involved in the ABA Family Law Section since joining in 2000. She has served on the Section’s governing Council (2011–present), Continuing Legal  Education  Committee  (2009–present),  and  Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee. She is a former chair of the Alimony Committee. Peeples currently serves as the CLE Committee co-chair and as a member of the Finance Committee. In 2014, she was honored to receive the 2014–2015 Chair’s Award.

Peeples is a fellow in the Alabama Chapter of the AAML and the IAFL. She is also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Family Law Trial Advocate. She is consistently chosen as one of Birmingham Alabama’s Top Attorneys in the area of Family Law by Birmingham Magazine, and she was also recognized by the statewide publication, Alabama Super Lawyer Magazine. Peeples is a frequent CLE presenter for both local and national organizations.

Section Delegate

one position, one-year term

Anita M. Ventrelli
Chicago, IL

A senior partner with the family law firm of Schiller DuCanto  &  Fleck  LLP in Chicago, Anita M. Ventrelli is an experienced litigator and designer of  smart settlement solutions. She is currently a Family Law Section delegate to the ABA House of Delegates; she was Section chair in 2008–2009. She has been  a  faculty  leader for the Family Law  Trial Advocacy  Institute;  has  chaired  the  Section’s Minority and Women Participation   Committee, Domestic Violence/Family Abuse Committee, and Ethics Committee; and has served on the Council, Publications Board, CLE Committee, and Long-Range Planning Committee.

Ventrelli is an AAML fellow and a member of the AAML Illinois Chapter Board of Managers. She serves on the Board and faculty of the ABA Family Law Section/Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council, Special Committee on Women and the Law, and Judicial Evaluation Committee. She is a past chair of ISBA’s Minority and Women Participation Committee. Ventrelli has lectured on family law topics for the AAML’s Illinois Chapter, ABA, ISBA, and community groups. She is a co-author of the “Trial Practice Considerations” chapter of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Illinois Family Law Series and has published articles in Family Advocate and other periodicals. She has been recognized since 2005 as an Illinois Super Lawyer, and she has been included in the Leading Lawyers Network and the Best Lawyers of America.

Council, At-Large

two positions, three-year terms

Lori A. Walker
Philadelphia, PA

Lori A. Walker is the founder of Family Law Corp., P.C., which has five offices in Pennsylvania. She devotes her practice primarily to all aspects of family and matrimonial law matters. She is trained in the divorce and custody mediation process, having completed a forty-hour training course in Family Law Mediation. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bars.

Walker serves as the Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Family Law Section, co-chair of the Section’s Young Lawyer’s Committee, and co-chair of the YLD Family Law Committee. She served two consecutive years as co-chair of the YLD Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Committee and one year as vice-chair of the YLD Public Education Committee. She is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society; the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Chester, and Montgomery County Bar Associations; Delta Sigma Pi Co-Ed Professional Business Fraternity; and the Justinian Legal Society.

Walker has won numerous honors, including: Super Lawyers,  Pennsylvania Rising Star, 2018 and 2017; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Top 10 under 40, Pennsylvania Family Law Attorneys; National Advocates, Top 40 under 40, Matrimonial and Family Law; American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Female Pennsylvania Family Law Attorneys, Client Satisfaction Award; and Martindale-Hubbell, Silver Client Champion, Best in Client Service Award.

Jamie L. Wright
Centennial, CO

Jamie L. Wright is a partner with Walker, Wright & Associates, LLP, in Centennial, Colorado, where she practices solely in the area of family law. She attends to all aspects of clients’ family law needs, including those arising in the context of complex financial and custody litigation

Wright is an active member of the ABA Family Law Section, where she sits on the Section’s Council and is a member of its CLE Committee. Wright is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section and the Douglas County Bar Association.

Wright served on the faculty for the 2017 Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute. She lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband and three young sons.

Council, Region II Representative

one position, three-year term

Brian M. Karpf
Miami, FL

Brian M. Karpf is a partner with Young, Berman, Karpf, and Gonzalez, P.A., in  Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a Florida Bar, Board-certified divorce and family law lawyer and mediator whose practice extends throughout Florida.

Karpf focuses his law practice in the areas of family and divorce law, appeals, mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology matters, mediation, and Hague Convention international child-abduction cases.

Karpf has served on the Executive Council of the ABA Family Law Section since 2010 and is the past chair of multiple Section committees. He was also appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to serve on its Family Law Rules Committee until 2017, and he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Division. He serves on the Board of Directors of KidSide, whose mission is to provide funding to ensure that Family Court Services serve the needs of children and parents suffering from family conflict. Karpf is also a fellow of the Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy. He is active in a broad range of legal and family law organizations, both nationally and locally, and is a frequent author and presenter on a variety of family law and social media topics.

Karpf was named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Family Law for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of South Florida’s Top 40 Lawyers Under Age 40. He also received the Rising Star Award in  South Florida Business and Wealth’s Leaders in Law awards.

Council, Region IV Representative

one position, three-year term

Christina O. Miller
Kansas City, MO

Christina O. Miller is the managing partner at Reproductive Family Law Center in Kansas City, Missouri, the only firm in Kansas and Missouri that exclusively serves families who are making babies outside the bedroom using assisted reproductive technology for surrogates, egg donors, sperm donors, and embryo donations. Miller provides her clients with compassion rooted in her own experiences with infertility.

Within the ABA Family Law Section, Miller serves as chair of the Alternative Families Committee, as the Family Law Section Liaison to the ABA CPR/SOC Professional Responsibility Committee, and as a member of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee and the Member Development Committee. In 2016–2017, she chaired the Bankruptcy Committee. She is also involved with American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), where she serves on the Electronics Committee for the Legal Professionals Group.

On a local level, Miller serves as the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Solo Small Firm Section president-elect. She is active with the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Women Attorney’s Association, and the Kansas and Missouri State Bar Associations.

Miller has been deemed a Rising Star in both Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers and as an Up & Coming Attorney by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly. For Miller, helping people of all backgrounds achieve the dream of parenthood is not only her job—it’s  her passion. fa

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Cindy Swan

Director, Section of Family Law

Cynthia G. Swan ([email protected]), JD,is director of the ABA Section of Family Law.