When Robert J. Nachshin, co-author of the recently revised book, "I Do, You Do... But Just Sign Here: A Quick and Easy Guide to Cohabitation, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements," started his career as an attorney in 1976 at Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles, he quickly learned that his first case, a divorce matter, was an area of practice in which he seemed to excel and one that unquestionably fit both his personality and his talents. He liked people, he enjoyed interacting with them, and he especially liked helping them to solve their personal dilemmas. He also liked the challenges of dealing with opposing counsel on such delicate matters as divorce and child custody.
Today, Bob Nachshin, who is listed in Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers," and who was profiled in its 2005 edition as one of the premiere frontrunners in his field of expertise, has gained an impressive reputation for being one of the top family law attorneys for A-List personalities in the entertainment industry, as well as the attorney of choice for many high net-worth professionals within the business community. His name has become synonymous with such high profile cases as the precedent-setting Bonds vs. Bonds case-a landmark prenuptial dispute, in which Nachshin and his partner ultimately prevailed on Bonds' behalf before the California Supreme Court. Since that time, Nachshin has become a highly sought after source with both the legal community and the media in commenting on other prenuptial matters.
In addition to Bonds, other notables that can be found on Nachshin's client list include: television producer Don Bellisario; Rap Artist, Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus); Terry McMillan (novelist and screenwriter, "Waiting to Exhale," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," among others); Miami Heat's Brian Grant; Rod Stewart's ex-wife Alana Stewart; Will Smith's ex-wife, Sheree; actor/singer David Cassidy; Atlanta Braves' Gary Sheffield; Welterweight Champion Oscar de la Hoya; David Wesley of the Charlotte Hornets; Bret Saberhagen, former Major League baseball pitcher for Kansas City, Boston and the New York Mets; the late Buck Owens, country music legend and host of "Hee Haw" for 15 years; Walt Disney Corporation's CEO, Robert Iger; and Brian de Palma's ex-wife, for whom Nachshin was able to seek and obtain double the amount of her existing child support award.
Appearing on such shows as "Dr. Phil," "Entertainment Tonight," "The Insider," "E! Entertainment," Associated Press Television, CNN, "This Morning" on CBS, " and "Celebrity Justice," Nachshin has also been a guest on a number of radio affiliates for CBS and ABC as well as other stations including KLSX's "The Tom Leykis Show," KPBS, San Diego; and independent stations stretching from Alaska to Vermont. Nachshin frequently speaks to groups and organizations on various aspects of family law, explaining all the many intricacies of divorce, paternity, palimony, marital agreements and child custody. He has shared his expertise with before the CEB, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, UCLA and the USC Law Centers and many others.
Additionally, Nachshin continues to author articles for various media and he is frequently quoted in a variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Us Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, OK Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Overtime Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Detroit Free Press, Associated Press, the Ventura County Star and The Los Angeles Business Journal. Nachshin has also been featured on a number of web sites including, ET Online, CourtTV online, Yahoo! Personals, Great Catch.com, Celeb News Source and Inbox Robot, to name but a few.
His commitment to his clients and his work is evident in his 24/7 approach to handling legal matters. "My obligation to my clients is to provide the best possible results," Nachshin says, "so whatever it takes to achieve such results is always my primary area of focus and at times that may mean working nights and weekends." Preparation and a thorough understanding are the cornerstones of Nachshin's work ethic and he spares no expense when it comes to the time and diligence it takes to achieve a client's goals. "The issues most notably associated with family law are usually highly charged ones and typically require a good deal of patience and understanding," Nachshin explains. "In order to help clients through such trying times it's important to provide good listening skills and a reasonable measure of patience."
Born in New York City, June 3, 1950, Nachshin attended Bucknell University where he received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in 1972 in Geography and Political Science. While at Bucknell, Nachshin was President of the Student Body and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Omicron Delta Kappa. Shortly after Bucknell, he went on to study at Columbia University School of Law, where he was Captain of the Columbia Trial Team, as well as a finalist in the Jerome Michael Jury Trial Competition. He earned both his juris doctorate and a masters in International Affairs at Columbia in 1976.
It was not long after graduation that Nachshin went to work at Loeb & Loeb, practicing civil litigation where one of his first assignments was a complex contract action before a three-judge panel in Los Angeles' Superior Court. It was during that time that Nachshin also began dealing with complex dissolution of marriage proceedings with his mentor, attorney Jerome L. Goldberg.
In 1980, Nachshin moved on to Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman & Machtinger where he was named partner and head of their family law department. It was during this period that Nachshin began to focus solely on family law matters. He continued to do so from 1987 to 1989, at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro.
Finally in 1989, Nachshin decided to found his own firm and not long, after teamed up with Scott Weston to form Nachshin & Weston, LLP, where his respected reputation has since grown substantially.
Nachshin was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1977. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills and American Bar Associations and he is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. As a Judge Pro Tem, Nachshin has mediated family law matters at both the Los Angeles and Santa Monica Superior Courts.