Our Mediators

BlissDivorce has hand-selected experienced, highly-rated mediators who can help with all aspects of your divorce—including child custody and support, the family home, division of assets and spousal support.

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Natalia Lopez-WhitakerNatalia Lopez-Whitaker

Becoming a Family Law Attorney & Mediator has enabled me to align my core values of fairness and justice with the work that I love to do, which is to help families get through what could be a difficult transition in life. These values come from my experience as a bi-racial woman, raised by my Mexican mother, my grandparents, and my stepfather, who adopted me. My mediation training was through the Center of Understanding in Conflict where I learned how the power of empathy and understanding can transform the outcomes between the parties. Alongside my practice, I am a mother of three, spend hours in my garden, and I recently have taken up horse backing riding lessons.

John ManoogianJohn Manoogian

After receiving his bachelor’s from Stanford and JD from Santa Clara, John was admitted to the bar in 1974. His interest in family law began as a clerk and associate for Suren Toomajian, one of California’s first attorneys to specialize in divorce. John established his own firm in 1978, taking on associates as the practice grew. Operating at the highest levels throughout California, his office has represented entrepreneurs, professional athletes and rock stars, as well as working class people with difficult custody or financial issues. John has a reputation as a “straight shooter,” explaining the mediation process and guiding clients past the pitfalls of divorce. By establishing an atmosphere of trust, John has a strong record of resolving cases quickly and fairly.

John L. AdamsJohn L. Adams

John L. Adams is an attorney with over ten years of experience in all aspects of California Family Law. John has worked with the Law Offices of John E. Manoogian since December 2013, where he has handled cases involving spousal support, child support, child custody, property division, and issues involved in premarital agreements. John will assist you by performing a neutral case evaluation, and, based on his experience, help you understand how the Court would be likely to rule on the various issues should the case go to trial. By providing you with this “reality check”, John can help you complete a successful mediation in which both parties walk away feeling that their concerns were heard and issues addressed.

Mehernaz FarsiMehernaz Farsi

Even under the most challenging circumstances, you and your family can find a new way forward with kind, understanding and experienced mediation support. I am an experienced family law attorney, with 18 years of experience handling all aspects of divorce, including property division, child custody, child support, and spousal support. I also have 7 years of family law mediation experience working at the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Superior Courts. I am passionate about using mediation to help families through the often difficult divorce process. To this end, I have gone through extensive training at The Center for Understanding in Conflict, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, and the Northern California Mediation Center. I consider it my privilege to assist you and your spouse as you navigate these unchartered waters. I look forward to meeting you.

Leyla BalakhaneLeyla Balakhane

Leyla Balakhane is a certified and experienced mediator, coach, and trainer who specializes in divorce and family mediation. Leyla is a passionate mediator who has always felt drawn to helping others navigate conflicts and advocate for children who will inevitably shape our society. Leyla serves as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration panel and a mentor for mediators of the Edelman Children's Court, as well as having provided mediation training at several universities and professional organizations. Her approach to divorce is comprehensive, effective, and compassionate. Every child deserves to have a happy, safe and loving home environment and Leyla is committed to helping make that a reality.

Meghan LangMeghan Lang

Meghan Lang is a mediator, collaborative attorney, and founder of North Star Mediation, specializing in divorce, legal separation, and post-divorce co-parenting. Meghan received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, Public Interest Law & Policy Program, and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University. She worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Center for Youth Law, practiced in private firms, and taught at UC Berkeley School of Law before launching her mediation practice. Co-President of the Board of Directors of SEEDS Community Resolution Center and a licensed member of the California State Bar, Meghan is also an active member of the Collaborative Practice East Bay Steering Committee.

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