Christopher Melcher: Do Divorce Attorneys Have Empathy for Their Clients?

Isn’t it funny how we see certain professions as more empathetic than others? When you think of empathetic jobs, health care workers, counselors, or teachers come to mind; when you think of jobs that may result in a lack of empathy, you may believe that it could be a tax attorney, or someone that works for the IRS, or perhaps a divorce lawyer. Well, my conversation with today’s guest, Christopher Melcher, is going to shatter your myths about the importance of empathy in his success as a top divorce attorney in California. Christopher shares with us about the important role that empathy plays in his success and throughout, you’re going to learn how active listening can help a lawyer and any of you be a good advocate for your clients, customers, and employees.

Key Takeaways:

  • The cases aren’t complicated, the people make it complicated. It’s 90% emotion and 10% law.
  • The best leaders allow people to find their way and make their own decisions. People like to take ownership of how they get to the endpoint.
  • It is about connecting, not about believing. The truth is hard to know.

“Listening is the most powerful part of communication.” —  Christopher Melcher

About Christopher Melcher: 

Christopher Melcher

Partner, Walzer Melcher LLP

Business owners, celebrities, and trust beneficiaries across California turn to Christopher C. Melcher for his assistance in protecting their most valuable assets. With deep experience in complex family law litigation and premarital agreements, Mr. Melcher helps his clients achieve successful outcomes despite extremely challenging circumstances. He understands the need to keep sensitive family matters private for his noteworthy clients and is dedicated to handling family law matters in a discrete manner that still gets the results his clients are seeking.

For more than twenty years, he has been helping his clients navigate all the financial aspects of divorce, including tax consequences of property division and alimony, corporate laws dealing with the division of a family business, and the definition of income for purposes of setting spousal and child support. He also handles appeals of family law judgments and writ proceedings from family law orders.

He has presented approximately 200 continuing legal education programs to other attorneys on the issues of complex family law issues. A published author, Mr. Melcher wrote the only treatise on California premarital agreement law, published by LexisNexis.

Christopher is also an adjunct professor of family law at Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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