Bruce A. Clemens

Founding Partner

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During the past four decades, Jaffe and Clemens’ co-founding partner Bruce Clemens has attracted a well-deserved following from sophisticated high-profile clients who seek the confidential family law services that the firm offers. Over those years, Bruce has successfully handled hundreds of complex marital dissolutions with an aggregate net worth in the tens of billions of dollars. The key to his success is a combination of highly polished legal skills and a stainless steel devotion to discretion. As a part of his philosophy of keeping his clients’ matters private, Bruce avoids media contact and declines to identify past or current clients.

Since its founding in 1980, the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, has recognized Bruce as a Certified Specialist in Family Law. In addition, he has the distinction of being a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Likewise, numerous publications have honored him, including the Best Lawyers in America and the Best Lawyers in American Family Law Lawyer. Los Angeles Magazine listed Bruce in the “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers” from all practice areas. In 2010, Bruce was named the Best Lawyers in America Family Law Lawyer of the Year.

Bruce’s peers recognize his knowledge, scholarship and experience throughout the field of family law. As evidence of his strong involvement with the legal community, he has taught over 20 courses for CEB, the University of Southern California Law Center, UCLA School of Law, the AAML, and many other professional organizations. He has also made significant contributions to the family law dialogue by publishing articles on topics such as the tax consequences of dissolution as well as prenuptial agreements and marital termination settlements. He formerly served on the Executive Committees of the Family Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Awards and Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1997-2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 1997-2019
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, AV Rated
  • Jaffe & Clemens Law Firm 2003 Zepher M. Ramsey Award honoree


  • State Bar of California
  • Certified Specialist, Family Law, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association (Family Law Section)
  • L.A. County Bar Association (Executive Committee, Family Law Section, 1987-1988)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (Executive Committee, Family Law Section, 1986-1987)
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Speaking Engagements

  • Teacher/Speaker: “Using Personal And Business Tax Returns Effectively in Court”, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 45th Annual Family Law Symposium, 2013
  • Teacher/Speaker: “Tax Aspects of Family Law”, BHBA/American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), 2011
  • Teacher/Speaker at family law conference, CalCPA Education Foundation, 2010
  • Speaker and Co-Author: “What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know about Family Law”, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law at UCLA, 2009
  • Speaker and instructor, ABA 2009 Trial Advisory Institute, 2009
  • Speaker and instructor, ABA 2008 Trial Advocacy Institute, 2008
  • Lecturer, “Bridging the Gap” (Annual Family Law Presentation), Lawyers Club of Los Angeles County, 2001
  • Lecturer, “Litigating Tax Issues”, AAML, 1999
  • Lecturer, “Presenting Complex Pension and Retirement Issues at Trial”, AAML 1997
  • Lecturer, “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Family Law Update on the 1997 Tax Relief Act”, AAML, 1997
  • Lecturer, “Representing High-Profile Clients”, Southwestern University, 1997
  • Master’s Panel Lecturer, “Cash Client, Controlling Experts, Fifth Amendment, Etc.”, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 1996
  • Lecturer and Co-Author, “Employee Retirement & Deferred Compensation Plans on Dissolution of Marriage: Valuation, Distribution, & Tax Aspects”, California CEB, 1995
  • Lecturer, “Avoiding the 10% Penalty for Early Distributions from Retirement Plans”, AAML 1994
  • Lecturer, “Tax Traps in Divorce”, State Bar of Nevada, 1994
  • Lecturer, “Divorce Taxation: Property Division”, ABA, 1993
  • Lecturer, “Tax Planning for Marital Dissolution: Strategies and Traps in Divorce Taxation”, California CEB, 1993
  • Lecturer, “Use of Demonstrative Exhibits and Evidence”, ABA ,1993
  • Panelist, “Master Strategies for Modifying and Terminating Support”, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 1992
  • Lecturer, “Collection Tips For Lawyers” Lecturer, “Dissolution of Marriage”, Century City Bar Association, 1992
  • Lecturer, “Estate Planning For Divorce”, Beverly Hills Estate Planning Counsel, 1991
  • “Trial Watch” news program. Participated in interview with Lisa Spect; Palimony, Cohabitation, Commentary on the William Hurt – Jennings case CBS, 1991
  • Panelist, “Child support medical insurance”, U.S. Commission on Interstate Child Support, 1991
  • Lecturer, “Estate Planning For Divorce”, Wells Fargo Bank, 1991
  • Lecturer “Executive and Celebrity Goodwill in Family Law”, Family Law Symposium, 1990
  • Co-Author and lecturer, original and revisions, “Division and Taxation of Retirement Benefits in Dissolution Proceedings”, California CEB, 1987
  • Seminar Instructor, “Family Law”, UCLA School of Law, 1988
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, “Tax Planning for Marital Termination Settlement”, California CEB, 1987
  • Author, “The Business Divorce”, California CEB, 1987
  • Course Instructor, “Family Law”, USC Law Center Advanced Professional Program, 1981-1982
  • Author and Lecturer, “Marital Dissolution”, California Certified Public Accountants, 1981
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, “Drafting and Litigating Prenuptial, Cohabitation and Marital Settlement Agreements”, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1981
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, “Division and Taxation of Retirement Benefits in Dissolution Proceedings”, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1979