William S. Ryden’s deep understanding of family law derives from more than 30 years of successfully representing clients through complex and diverse family law issues. Jaffe and Clemens clients have benefited from his sound advice and reasoned representation since 1980, when he joined the firm. In 1985, William became partner and since then, he has counseled many celebrities and successful business executives and their spouses through difficult family decision-making, with a focus always on preserving both assets and privacy.
William has been recognized by his peers for the Southern California editions of Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. In 2017, William was recognized by Best Lawyers as Southern California’s ‘Lawyer of the Year.’ His reputation as a top-notch family lawyer has earned him Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards. In addition, for more than 25 years he has been certified as a specialist in family law by the State Bar of California.
William is a member of the Executive Committee for the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association where he previously served as chairperson for the 2004 -2005 year and is a previous Executive Committee member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California. He also has served as a mediator and settlement officer for several years for family law matters in the Central District, Los Angeles County Superior Court and previously has participated in the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore Program.