Hello, and thanks for visiting this page. I’m Armine Baltazar. My credentials are below, but here’s a little about me, personally.
This writing by the poet Longfellow has always touched me: “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
My passion for mediation and consensual dispute resolution comes from my feelings of empathy. Since I was a child, I’ve loved people – talking with them, learning about them, getting to know them. In school, I was scolded for talking too much. But connecting with others always felt so good!
My love of people didn’t immediately translate into a career. After I graduated from college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. A lot of people said, “You should go to law school!” So I did. The education was fabulous, and I don’t regret it for a moment.
But still, I didn’t have a deep sense of what I wanted to do, so for years, I practiced family law in the traditional sense, which included going to court and presenting polarized positions.
At my core, this didn’t feel right. I felt more and more dissatisfied until one day, I decided it was enough. I dove head on into the world of conflict management and peacemaking, and realized that this was what I wanted to pursue. I read books, took seminars, and started meeting people and volunteering in the field. Finally, this felt right. It struck a tuning fork in my soul.
I find that the simple act of listening can lead to understanding. I’ve been practicing family law for over 23 years. It’s fulfilling to know that I can apply my legal skills and knowledge in a way that aligns with who I am as a human being and that can help guide people during a particularly difficult time in their life. It matters to me that I help, not hurt, in an already difficult situation.
Armine was born in Bucharest, Romania to a family of Armenian origin. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 3. Armine grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA, Summa Cum Laude, with a Political Science degree. She went on to attend the UCLA School of Law. During law school, Armine excelled in her studies, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.
After graduating from UCLA Law, Armine practiced corporate finance law at a large, New York based law firm. Dissatisfied with the impersonal nature of corporate practice, she turned to family law and has been practicing family law since 1999. Armine is currently the managing partner at the family law office of Hammers & Baltazar, LLP, with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California.
Armine lives with her husband and their teenaged son. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, meditating, studying mindfulness, taking exercise walks with friends, volunteering, watching a good series, and since Covid – baking!
Armine believes in the value of growth, development and ongoing learning. In addition to her continuing legal education, she is also a graduate of the following programs:
- Professional Mediation Training Graduate, Family Resolution Institute, Inc.
- Professional Mediation Training Graduate, Center for Understanding in Conflict
- Graduate of Masterclass: Peacemaker’s Retreat, Mosten Mediation
- Graduate of LACFLA Collaborative Training Program
- Graduate of Unbundled Legal Services Course, Mosten Mediation
- Graduate of American Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Institute
Armine has appeared on the CBS evening news for her expert opinions and legal commentary with regard to family law. She has also been a guest speaker twice on the podcast, “The Amicable Divorce Expert.
Armine current memberships include the following:
- Southern California Mediation Association
- Center for Understanding in Conflict
- International Association of Collaborative Professionals
- California Lawyers Association (State Bar), Family Law Section
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
- Los Angeles Westside Collaborative Divorce Professionals
- Collaborative Practice of California
- Collaborative Online Practice Group
- Divorce Transitions Professionals
Armine has volunteered extensively, including:
- Mediator~ Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution
- Guest Lecturer ~Santa Monica College, Certification Course in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediation, Arbitration, and Negotiation
- Guest Judge ~ Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediation Competition
- Mentor ~ Jewish Vocational Services’ WoMentoring Program
- Docent ~ Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Tour
- School Board Member ~ Los Angeles Area Private School
- Moderator – Los Angeles County Bar Association Dialogues on Freedom Program
Los Angeles County Offices:
121212 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 740
Los Angeles, CA 90025
T: 310-458-0796 F: 310-393-9402
Orange County Offices:
276 Victoria Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92660
T: 949-631-2805 F: 949-631-2930