Vicki J. Greene
Ms. Greene has litigated (or settled) many complex estates and issues involving the resolution of child support, spousal support and child custody (asserting the rights of mothers and fathers), the ascertainment, valuation and division of community estates, including closely held shares of company stock, real estate ventures, partnership interests, attorneys’ fees and costs, professional practices, corporate interests, sealing issues, protective orders, mandatory disclosure compliance, separate property tracings, claims of reimbursement and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
During the past 38 years, Ms. Greene has been involved in many notable decisions, long-cause trials and appeals and has provided representation to many high profile clients, including actor Alec Baldwin in his divorce from Kim Basinger (for which she is repeatedly acknowledged in Alec’s book “A Promise to Ourselves”) and actress Sarah Trigger in her divorce and subsequent custody and child support modification case with Jon Cryer, resulting in a published opinion (In re Marriage of Cryer (2011) 19 Cal.App.4th 1039 [see Notable Decisions Tab]). Ms. Greene also represented the former spouse of Ameriquest founder and Ambassador to the Netherlands, Roland Arnall. After Mrs. Arnall discovered her former husband was a billionaire and that she was not aware of the full nature and extent of their community holdings, Ms. Greene succeeded in bringing the case to trial, where it was settled on the third day. Ms. Greene also succeeded in getting the Court of Appeal to reverse a Los Angeles Superior Court decision that did not properly value or equally divide a marital estate primarily comprised of closely held shares of stock in The Capital Groups Companies, Inc. (In re Marriage of Armour/Ritter (2010) B190301/L.A.S.C. Case No. BD 390510 [see Notable Decisions Tab]). Ms. Greene has represented many other prominent and influential clients, including Adam Venit (WME Entertainment), John Eisendrath (television writer and producer), Jameson Parker (formerly of “Simon & Simon”), Ernie Isley (the Isley Bros.), Jack Ryan (former Senate running-mate against Barack Obama), William Grubman (Dream Street Foundation), and Doyle Bramhall II (a renowned blues musician).
In re Marriage of Felice P. Reyes and David K. Reyes (Reyes v. Reyes [2015 WL 7066473]) [see Notable Decisions Tab] represents an interesting split decision from the Court of Appeal when it denied Felice Reyes’s procedural challenges to her decision not to return to a former judge privately retained in 2009 and 2010 (when she was previously represented by different legal counsel) and dismissed David Reyes’s premature appeal of her post-judgment request to modify spousal support. Litigants should be more aware of the potential pitfalls of the private “rent-a-judge” system, especially in the family law arena.
Ms. Greene uses the experience she has gained in these cases to help her understand how best to handle the complexities that can arise with high-profile and high-asset divorces. Her high legal standards and ethics have earned her the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell (since 2005). Ms. Greene also was recognized on the 2013 Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, as one of the top woman attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine in 2015, and as a 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyer.
Article published: California State Bar Family Law News Issue 2, 2012 Volume 34, No. 2, “Mediation: An Oasis, or Litigation Minefield!” by Vicki J. Greene. See Articles Tab.
Ms. Greene is a recurring guest speaker in Family Law issues for The National Business Institute (NBI) and was a 2014 guest speaker on visitation and custody for Irvine University College of Law.
Ms. Greene earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology, with a minor in math, from the University of California, Davis in 1975. Ms. Greene went on to attend the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, which she completed in 2 1/2 years. She received her law degree and passed the California Bar in 1979.