Penny is both an experienced Family Law Lawyer and a certified Mediator.
She has been a steady guide, helping California families for over 30 years to heal conflict and get through difficult family law matters including divorce.
Penny’s experience and commitment has produced a long track record of positive results for her clients – helping them move forward in their lives.
She mediates all aspects of family law including: divorces, child custody and support, post-judgement modifications, property division, marital settlement agreements, and pre and post nuptial agreements.
After graduating from Stanford University and Boston University Law School, Penny began practicing law at O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles.
In 1989, she joined Trope and Trope, at the time the largest and one of the most prestigious family law firms in California.
In 1997, recognizing the benefit of mediation to divorcing families, Penny completed the extensive training necessary for certification under California’s Dispute Resolution Programs Act.
Penny has been a member of the Family Law Sections of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar association since 1989.
She is a member of Southern California Mediation Association and has served on its board.
As both a Family Law Lawyer and Mediator, Penny’s mediation approach is informed and thorough while also being caring and creative.
Family Law Mediation is a process of assisted negotiations leading to agreement. It is an effective alternative to going to court where a judge makes the decision for you.
Mediation is most effective when it is used early in the dispute before you incur the expenses of litigation.
Mediation is also a good choice for those who have begun litigation and want a better process
Advantages of Mediation
Advantages of Mediation
Family Law Mediation has many potential advantages over Court Litigation including:
Saving money, time and stress
Keeping more control over the timing and process
Having much more flexibility to create solutions that work for both parties
Divorce mediation is an informal and confidential process.
Penny as the Mediator facilitates discussions between you and your spouse in a neutral environment as all work toward a mutual agreement that addresses the needs and interests of both parties
Admitted to practice in: California Courts, Federal District Court, United States Supreme Court
California Bar Association: Family Law Section and Real Estate Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member of Southern California Mediation Association and has served on its board
Study Groups: Mediation Family Law Association Study Group, Beverly Hills Study Group
“I feel like Penny saved the lives of our children.”* -Father of three
“Penny has been so helpful with this process. I’m thankful for all her hard, hard work.”* -Wife married over 20 years
“If I know of anybody going through divorce, I’ll definitely refer them to Penny and tell them she can handle very, very difficult situations.”* -Mother of three
“Penny is tenacious. She never gave up on us.”* -Father of three
“Penny St. John is awesome.”* -Husband married two years
“My friend’s wedding took 30 minutes. His divorce took three years. Thank Heaven for Penny. She got us through this thing as efficiently as possible.”* -Husband married 10 years
*These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the outcome of your legal matter.