Law Offices of Honey Kessler Amado
261 South Wetherly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Telephone: (310) 550-8214
Fax: (310) 274-7384
Thank you for visiting the website of the Law Offices of Honey Kessler Amado. Located in Beverly Hills, Ms. Amado provides appellate representation to clients and assistance to civil trial attorneys on appellate issues throughout California. In addition, Ms. Amado is certified by the State Bar to provide MCLE-credit lectures on appellate procedures for general civil litigators. She provides these lecture to firms, at their offices and at an hour convenient to the inviting firm.
Ms. Amado has been practicing law since 1977 and has been a certified appellate law specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, since 1997. Ms. Amado represents clients on appeal in both the intermediate Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. She has represented clients in the federal appellate courts and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Although Ms. Amado does not represent clients in the trial court, she is often part of a litigation team in the trial court to assist in identifying issues, in creating a sufficient record for appeal, in drafting memoranda on evolving or complex legal issues, or in writing or helping to draft post-judgment pleadings and motions. In cases before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, she prepares all appellate briefs and pleadings and presents the oral argument. At the conclusion of the appeal, the case returns to trial counsel for any further trial court proceedings.
Ms. Amado's appellate practice focuses on civil appeals, with a substantial portion of her cases being related to marital dissolution and family law issues. Ms. Amado has served as counsel of record in many high profile and seminal appellate cases, including In re Marriage of Abargil, 106 Cal. App. 4th 1294, 131 Cal. Rptr. 2d 429 (2003) which held that Israel is not a “war zone” and was a trust-worthy partner for the enforcement of a California order; in Kristine H. v. Superior Court (Lisa R), 37 Cal. 4th 156, 33 Cal. Rptr. 3d 81 (2005), which held that a lesbian partner could be a presumed parent of her partner’s biological child; and In re Marriage of Feldman (2007) 153 Cal.App.4th 1470, 64 Cal.Rptr.3d 29 (2007), which addressed the fiduciary duty between divorcing spouses and compliance with disclosure statutes. (Links to the cases can be found at the Cutting Edge Issues page to this website.)
Ms. Amado is a frequent lecturer and author on issues related to civil appellate issues and to cutting-edge family law issues. (Links to a number of her articles can be found at the Articles page to this website.)
This website provides information on Ms. Amado's accomplishments and appellate practice. To speak with Ms. Amado or to make an appointment to see her regarding your or your client's matter, please contact her at 310- 550-8214.