Heidi Tuffias certified family law specialist

Heidi S. Tuffias

Certified Family Law Specialist

 California Board of Legal Specialization

Heidi S. Tuffias graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary history. In 1990 she graduated from the University of Southern California Law Center, receiving the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Woman Law Student Award, and immediately began practicing family law with an emphasis on mediation. In 1995, Ms. Tuffias became a Certified Family Law Specialist. Please click here to see her Curriculum Vitae.

Ms. Tuffias has been a member of the Board of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, California Dispute Resolution Council and is currently a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Tuffias takes very seriously her commitment to give back to the community that has given her so much. She has been a volunteer attorney for Public Counsel Children’s Rights Project, the Los Angeles County Bar Juvenile Justice Program, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Jail Project. Ms. Tuffias currently volunteers for the Los Angeles Superior Court as a Daily Settlement Officer and was honored by the Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program in 2008 and 2011. Ms. Tuffias was the chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar’s 2013 Child Custody Colloquium and has her own column in the Association of Certified Family Law Specialist’s Quarterly Newsletter called “the Human Side of Family Law Practice.”

To expand her abilities to serve her clients, Ms. Tuffias is pursuing her Masters in Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles and hoping to focus on the psychology of dispute resolution.

Ms. Tuffias served as both a mediator, litigator and collaborative law attorney for the majority of her career. Currently, she is focusing on only dispute resolution processes such as mediation, collaborative law and serving as a consulting attorney. Her office is in West Los Angeles. She speaks and writes frequently regarding family law, mediation and collaborative law.

Personal Statement

“What I love most about being a family lawyer and mediator is that I witness daily the strength of the human spirit. The vast majority of my clients overcome very difficult circumstances with dignity and grace. My being a part of their process and seeing them leave my office informed and empowered gives me a profound sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment.”  — Heidi S. Tuffias


“I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties … the lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby — not even money, certainly not my soul.”  — Ghandi