A team approach and compassionate touch help family law clients traverse the rocky waters ahead.
- Written byLaura L. Watts
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Going through a high-conflict divorce is tough for anyone. Add children to the equation, and it brings another level of stress and strife to everyone involved. But attorney Ann Grant strives to help her clients have a positive experience despite the turmoil.
“Divorce does not have to be the end of your life and it does not have to be an endless, complicated undertaking,” Ann writes in her book, The Divorce Hacker’s Guide to Untying the Knot. “It is an opportunity for a new and better life, and I am here to show you how to make that a reality.”
Ann graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law and was working as a partner at a large international law firm when she found herself in the midst of a nasty divorce. Once she got to the other side of that transition, she realized how passionate she was to help clients and their children not just survive the process of divorce but start fresh and thrive as they create their future.
“We enjoy working through not only the legal issues my clients confront but also the other issues that arise when facing a major change,” Ann explains. “We address the whole person—including their goals and aspirations—as we work together to get their lives on track.”
This passion led her to open Manhattan Beach Family Law in 2010. Ann leads a team of three other attorneys—Alexa Tibshraeny, Courtney Glickman and Hannah Ramelow—supported by legal assistant Taylor Grant and paralegal Ashley Madrid.
Alexa earned her degree from Loyola Law School and is one of Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars in Los Angeles family law—an honor reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California. Together with Courtney, who is also a Super Lawyer Rising Star, they are spearheading the firm’s Brentwood office. Hannah graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law and worked at a fast-paced litigation firm before joining Manhattan Beach Family Law.
“We address the whole person—including their goals and aspirations—as we work together to get their life on track.”
Together, the attorneys have more than 50 years of legal expertise. They bring compassionate support to their clients, working closely with them to achieve the best possible outcome in complex, high-asset marital dissolutions, as well as domestic violence cases and prenuptial, postnuptial and marital settlement agreements.
Each attorney possesses superior litigation experience when that is needed, yet they are also trained in the collaborative process—a great way to arrive at creative solutions without having to go to court. “Whenever possible, we attempt to resolve matters without resorting to litigation because it generally is less expensive and disruptive,” Ann shares. “Sometimes, however, it is necessary to set clear boundaries and we need to go to court in order to achieve a client’s objectives. After years of litigating, I know how to get things done and when to go to court.”
Ann and her team get to know clients and their families so they can craft creative solutions to help them achieve their goals. If needed, they bring in other professionals—financial advisors, forensic accountants, divorce coaches, child specialists, career counselors and mental health professionals—to address all aspects of a person’s life during this major adjustment.
This holistic approach to divorce has resulted in growth for the firm, which has expanded to serve clients in Brentwood and Orange County. “Having gone through a divorce with children, I am attuned to our clients’ needs,” Ann says. “Our team approach and specific, tailored representation—both in and out of the courtroom—help clients achieve the best possible results so they can move forward with their lives and be prosperous and happy.”