Jeffrey W. Erdman

Jeffrey W. Erdman

Managing Partner
Los Angeles, California

Mr. Erdman received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1995. While in law school, Mr. Erdman was a member of Southwestem's national award-winning Moot Court Honors Program and was Chair of the Moot Court Board of Governors from 1994 to 1995. While in the Program, Mr. Erdman received top honors in the national Securities Law Competition and the national Corporate Law Competition. Mr. Erdman also received a Dean's Scholarship, a Themis Scholarship for exceptional academic achievement and a Bradley Scholarship for leadership. Prior to law school, Mr. Erdman received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Washington in 1987, and had a pre-law career in hotel management with Westin Hotels and Resorts.

Mr. Erdman's practice is focused primarily on civil matters, including business and contract disputes, as well as domestic partnership matters. Currently, Mr. Erdman is an advisor to the Access and Fairness Committee of the Judicial Council of California, and sits on the Board of Directors of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, a growing collection of LGBT literary, educational, historical, and cultural materials and resources. Mr. Erdman has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles as well as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association. He has also previously sat on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and served as Chair of the California State Bar Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination.

Mr. Erdman has been active in a variety of other community organizations, including Equality California; the Mountain AIDS Foundation; Volunteers in Parole, Inc.; Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; the Human Rights Campaign; and others.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law
  • Probate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Honors: Chair, Moot Court Honors Program (1994-1995)
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Business Administration

Published Works

  • Choice of Registered Domestic Partnership Over Informal Cohabitation, Continuing Educ. of the Bar, California Domestic Partnerships , 2005
  • Obtaining Protective Orders, Continuing Educ. of the Bar, Family Law Financial Discovery , 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Co-Presidents' Award
  • Mountain AIDS Foundation Richard Taylor Leadership Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (Lifetime Member)

Past Employment Positions

  • Anderson & Bennett, Los Angeles, CA, Of Counsel, 2000 - 2002
  • Robie & Matthai, Los Angeles, CA, Associate Attorney, 1998 - 2000
  • Anderson & Bennett, Los Angeles, CA, Associate Attorney, 1995 - 1998