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  • The Court of Appeal recently published an opinion in Nakamoto v. Hsu, which affirmed the trial court’s ruling in favor of a Minyard Morris’s client, subject to a need-based fee request. Although Family Code section 2030 identifies “reasonableness” as a factor in an attorneys’ fee award, the opinion may be the seminal case supporting a flat-out denial of any need-based attorneys’ fees predicated almost entirely, if not solely, on the requesting party’s litigation conduct. Most, if not all, other appellate court decisions affirm an award of attorneys’ fees rather than a denial of an award of attorneys’ fees, notwithstanding the requesting party’s need and the opposing party’s ability. On a go-forward basis, family law practitioners should consider relying on Nakamoto v. Hsu to oppose fee requests when the requesting party engages in bad faith litigation or over litigation.
  • Mark Minyard, Michael Morris, Lonnie Seide and Matthew Buttacavoli have been selected to the 2022 Super Lawyers list
  • Mark Minyard recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Lawyer in Southern California (out of 267,000) by Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Mark Minyard and Michael Morris recognized as a 2022 Top 50 Lawyer in Orange County 2022 by Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Alexander Payne, Janani Rana and Leyla Tabatabaie recognized as 2022 Southern California Rising Stars by Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Mark Minyard listed in Best Lawyer – U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2001
  • Michael Morris listed in Best Lawyer – U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2006
  • Lonnie Seide listed in Best Lawyer – U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2012
  • Alexander Payne recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for work in Family Law
  • Janani Rana recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for work in Family Law
  • Jonathan Little receives his certification as a Family Law Specialist
  • Leyla Tabatabaie, Aditi Murillo and John Murillo attend the 2022 National Family Law Trial Institute 7-Day Program in Houston, Texas.