Fern Topas Salka, Esq.


Biographical Info

Ms. Salka is a Certified Family Law Specialist, former Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, “SuperLawyer” in Los Angeles magazine from the inception of the program in 2004 through the present and former editor of the LACBA “Family Law News and Review” for seven years.

After 30 years of advocacy work (during which time she was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), she has for over 15 years limited her practice to non-litigation conflict resolution services (mediation, collaborative and unbundled consultation services, case management and drafting collaborative documents for couples marrying or separating).

Ms. Salka is a co-founder and current trustee of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA) and served as co-chair of the State Bar Family Law Section Consensual Dispute Resolution(CDR)/ADR Standing Committee(South)for over a decade.

She has been extensively published, is a frequent lecturer and adjunct professor/trainer at Loyola and Southwestern Law School and has created and organized a number of high level programs, including the State Bar Family Law Section’s Biennial Pepperdine Law School Advanced Mediation Symposia. At the invitation of the Supreme Court Justice of Rwanda, she is currently teaching an intermediate mediation training class to members of the Family Law Bar of Rwanda.

Ms. Salka’s proudest professional achievement is the creation of the State Bar CDR Committee Panel of Adult Children of Divorce, which has been presented to the family law judges of Los Angeles County, attorneys, mediators, mental health professionals, teachers, clergy and parents.

Ms. Salka is a current co-president of University Synagogue in West Los Angeles, serving her second term after holding the position 20 years ago. This year, she negotiated a highly favorable merger with Wilshire Boulevard Temple, where she will serve on the Board of Directors next year.

Ms. Salka is a wife, mother of 2, stepmother of 2, and grandmother of 8.