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Tuesday, September 22: WEBINAR: Special Needs Children

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Pension, Division, Malpractice & QDROs

An Ethics Talk

This webinar will be presented by QDROCounsel, a legal technology company for pension division and focus on Pension Division, Malpractice & QDROs.

During the webinar we will discuss the following:

Duty of competence required regarding retirement benefits division;

Steps to avoid malpractice from discovery to judgment; and

How the understanding and use of technology can help

Madden, John
John C. Madden, QDRO & Valuation Expert, QDRO Counsel

Mr. Madden is a nationally known retirement benefit valuation expert in dividing marital or community property in divorce. Since 1999, John has been a recurrent expert witness for the courts on the subject of valuations and QDROs. He is also a frequent speaker on the subject including for AAML, ADFP and various Bar Associations. In addition to being co-founder of QDROCounsel, John is co-owner of the consulting firm Moon, Schwartz, and Madden and is a member of the “QDRONES,’ a national study group comprised of QDRO attorneys and pension valuation experts.

Nixon, Louise
Louise Nixon, QDRO Attorney

Ms. Nixon is a nationally recognized QDRO expert. Since 1994, she has practiced law specializing in retirement benefit division and QDROs. Louise is a recurrent family law court appointed expert on QDROs and speaker on the subject. She has been quoted for her expertise in the New York Times, Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal. She was awarded the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (, a non-profit which provides free legal services for low income families in turmoil, and she continues to serve on its Board. In additional to being co-founder of QDROCounsel, Louise continues to practice law with QDRO Benefits Law Group and is a member of the “QDRONES,” a national study group comprised of QDRO attorneys and pension valuation experts.

— Sponsored by SCBA’s Family Law Section —

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Time: Check-In: 3:30 pm; Presentation: 4:00—5:00 pm

John C. Madden, QDRO & Valuation Expert, QDRO Counsel
Louise Nixon, QDRO Attorney

Zoom Webinar – Materials and Zoom Sign-In to webinar will be provided at 3 pm one (1) business day prior to the start of this event.

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory MCLE Credit in Legal Ethics

Registration Fee:
$60–SCBA Members
$45–SCBA Barristers Club Members in First 5 Years of Practice
$20–Students (with proof of current enrollment)*

NOTE: Section Discounts are only available by emailing Ann Horn at .

* The student discount is available online for SCBA Student Members only. Join today! Student membership may be free for you! For more information, please contact Ann Horn at

To reserve your space and register off line, please email Ann Horn:

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