Our Dedicated Team Of Professionals

The Law Offices of David M. Lederman in Walnut Creek and Antioch provides legal solutions in divorce and other challenging family law problems such as child custody, property division and domestic violence. Our lawyers have guided clients through matters from the simple to very complex.

Clients value our honest advice and our ability to produce results in a timely and cost-effective manner. We strive to guide each client to a better future.

Many of our cases have been referred to us by other attorneys. We welcome referrals from other law firms. Potential clients and lawyers alike: Inquire online or call 866-463-2149.

A Foundation Of A Wide Range Of Experience

David M. Lederman is one of only a handful of attorneys in Contra Costa County to have the distinction of being a specialist in family law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has broad experience handling divorce cases from simple to the most complicated. He has also successfully handled numerous child custody cases involving disputed interstate jurisdictions, as well as Hague Convention cases.

Mr. Lederman is the 2016 State Bar of California Family Law Section vice-chair, and previously he served as legislation chair. He has also served as the Contra Costa County Family Law Section president and is the current Association of Certified Family Law Specialists technology director. He also speaks Mandarin.

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Our Talented Team of Support Staff

Meredith Hays (Sr. Paralegal)

Meredith Hays

Meredith Hays grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Bay Area for high school in 2002. She attended the University of California, Irvine, where she was a member of Kappa Gamma and served on the sorority's executive board. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UCI in 2010. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2013. She has worked in family law since graduating. She is an accomplished equestrian and has traveled the country competing in horse shows since she was 7 years old.

Bridget Connor (Administrator)

Bridget Connor

Bridget Connor is the law firm's Office Administrator. She has worked for David Lederman for more than 10 years. Prior to working for Mr. Lederman, Bridget worked for Delta Airlines and a travel agency. Bridget loves to travel, and one of her favorite ways to travel is taking cruises. Her daughter graduated from UC Davis, and her son recently graduated from UC Berkeley. Bridget loves to bake and share her favorite recipes with her friends, family and co-workers.

Joel Lapitan (Paralegal)

Joel Lapitan

Joel Lapitan joined the Law Offices of David M. Lederman in 2011. After a few years of working as an administrative assistant, Joel made a career change and now works as a Certified Paralegal. At the firm, Joel handles a variety of legal tasks, including disclosure preparation and review, discovery, filing and document management. Outside of the office, Joel enjoys shopping, video games, and spending time with his children.

Marina Khayat (Paralegal)

Marina Khayat

Marina received her certificate in Paralegal Studies from California State University, East Bay. She is a paralegal at the Law Offices of David M. Lederman. Marina studied political science (with specialization in International Law) at the American University in Cairo. She started her career in an International Human Rights project in Cairo, Egypt. Also, she coordinated workshops in International human rights law for legal practitioners at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute located in Turin, Italy. She also worked in Real Estate Law for almost 3 years in Dubai. Marina speaks Arabic, English, French and Greek.

Marina likes reading and theater!

Susan Danzig (Marketing)


Susan has been with the firm for more than a year. She is the firm's marketing and business development coach. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and she is also a graduate of Coach U, a premier coach training program. She loves the outdoors and is an avid road and mountain bike rider.

Elise O'Neil (Administrator)

Elise O'Neil

Elise O'Neil is the firm's administrator and has been with the Law Offices of David M. Lederman since 2014. Her son is attending UC Santa Cruz and is an Eagle Scout. She has been actively involved in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for more than 12 years. She enjoys running marathons, painting and walking her dog Sawyer.

Carmen Ochoa (Administrative Assistant / Court Courier)

Carmen Ochoa

Carmen Aguilar-Ochoa is the firm's court courier and has been with the law office since 2016. She received her B.A. from Golden Gate University and paralegal certificate from Cal State East Bay. She previously worked for the State, Federal and County governments before retiring from Contra Costa Superior Court as a courtroom clerk. Her son graduated from Cal State East Bay. Her interests are taking courses to update her skills, art, reading, music, "learning something every day" and volunteering by giving back to our communities. She is a member of the American Red Cross, California Court Clerks Association and executive director of Give Always to Others & Co.

Lindsey Turkov (Bookkeeper)

Lindsey Turkov

Lindsey Turkov is the firm's bookkeeper. She received her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz, she also holds a certification in Project and Program Management from the University of California. She has more than 10 years of experience in Internal Auditing, Risk Assurance and Advisory and Big 4 Public Accounting. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She loves gardening, mountain biking and backpacking.

Contact Our Offices Today

We are here for you. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, please call 866-463-2149 or email us. We can meet you during regular business hours at either our Antioch or Walnut Creek office.