"Debra is whip-smart, funny, and extremely professional. She has the skills, knowledge, and compassion needed to do a superb job as a family law attorney. I'll never forget how she reached out to me personally and empathetically when things were really tough." — L.G. (See more testimonials from clients)
A Talented And Passionate Legal TeamAll of our attorneys practice exclusively in family law, and bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and litigation experience, assisted by highly qualified and highly dedicated paralegals and support staff.
"The associates who work with her are terrific as well. It is a brilliant team of people to have on your side. Truly, I remain grateful now, two years after the resolution of my divorce, to have worked with SFLG and Debra Schoenberg." — A.V.
A graduate of Fordham University School of Law in New York, and Oberlin College in Ohio, attorney Laura Alvarez is admitted to both the California and Georgia bars. While in law school, she was a member of Fordham’s selective Stein Scholars Program. Ms. Alvarez came to the Schoenberg Family Law Group after practicing family law for four years.Ms. Alvarez provides a reassuring presence to clients by remaining calm under pressure and tirelessly advocating for a just result. Her article, “Representing Georgia’s Immigrants in Family Law: Key Issues,” was published in the Summer 2013 volume of the Family Law Review, published by the Georgia Bar Family Law Section.READ MORE »
Christina L. Angell
Christina was admitted to the State Bar of California more than 22 years ago and is also a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Angell has established a professional reputation for “thinking outside of the box” and a dedication to her clients.Ms. Angell has represented adults and children in multiple jurisdictions in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. Ms. Angell has experience working on local, multi-state and international dissolution and custody matters. Ms. Angell handles cases that range from high-conflict custody matters to complex financial issues and complicated marital estates.
Ms. Angell also has exceptional experience working as a court appointed counsel in high conflict custody matters; working as a neutral in such matters has given her unique insight into the issues and solutions related to such matters. Her keen negotiating skills and forethought towards resolution in such matters has frequently resulted in win-win solutions for parents and their children.
Outside of her activities in the law, she is the proud co- parent of two adult children, and successfully navigated her own divorce; positively co-parenting her two children, including managing the challenging issues related to the “special needs” of one of her children. She is also a prolific world traveler and enjoys working with people of all backgrounds.READ MORE »
Sadie Bissett received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, where she graduated magna cum laude from Sonoma State University in May 2009. She went on to earn her J.D. from Golden Gate University Law School in May 2012, graduating from the Honors Lawyering Program, earning specialization certificates in Family Law and Litigation. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2012.
Since becoming an attorney, Ms. Bissett has always worked in the area of family law. In her spare time, she enjoys running and outside activities.READ MORE »
Hailey graduated from California State University, Chico in 2011, where she received her B.A. in Criminal Justice. She went on to earn her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in May 2015, graduating with a specialization in Intellectual Property Law. Following graduation, Hailey was employed as a post-bar law clerk at the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. where she honed her legal research and writing skills and developed a deep appreciation for family law.
Hailey was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2015 and is eager to assist clients and advocate on their behalf during what can be a very difficult time in their lives.
Hailey enjoys spending time with her friends and family and exploring San Francisco and Wine Country.READ MORE »
Daniel, a native of Montreal, Canada, began his California family law career in 2002. He earned his B.A. at Concordia University in History, and went on to attend West Los Angeles College majoring in Paralegal Studies.
Daniel is well versed in assisted attorneys and clients in complex, high net worth dissolutions, child custody and support, spousal support, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, and post-judgment matters.
Daniel enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s natural beauty, has a passion for the game of hockey and does not ice fish in the off-season.READ MORE »
Eric Ira Glasser
Eric has been practicing family law for over twenty years. He graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989. While there, he was an editor of the COMMENT Law Journal and helped tenants in San Francisco with landlord-tenant issues at the San Francisco Housing Clinic. Before attending law school, Eric graduated from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Prior to joining the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., Eric worked for a plaintiff’s civil law firm in Oakland where he managed and litigated a wide range of civil cases ranging in subject from personal injury to complex contracts and class actions. It was during this time that Eric was able to use his broad range of litigation experience to head the firm’s family law department where he was able to practice his true passion in law, representing men and women in family law disputes.
In 2001, Eric partnered with another law firm in San Francisco where he was able to specialize in family law. Eric’s family law experience is extensive, ranging from simple support matters to the most complex custody and property division cases. His court room experience is likewise extensive, spanning short cause support hearings to first chairing multiple day trials. Eric understands how difficult and stressful family law issues can be to his clients. His top priority in any case is to help his clients through these most difficult times by working with his clients to keep them fully informed and updated, and representing them in the most efficient and knowledgeable way to obtain the best results possible for them and their family.
Outside of his work as a family law attorney, Eric is the proud father of his daughter and enjoys doing stand-up comedy at various clubs in the Bay Area.READ MORE »
Beth brings over 30 years of law office experience, including 12 years of specializing in family law. Originally from the east coast of Canada, she has a unique understanding of how immigration issues can impact family law cases. Beth is even-tempered and is able to help clients see “the big picture”.
Beth earned her Associate of Science degree and certificate in Paralegal Studies at Fullerton College and then earned her B.A. in English literature from California State University, Fullerton. A voracious reader, Beth participates in MCLE classes and keeps abreast of current family law issues and rulings.
In her spare time, Beth enjoys reading and exploring the Bay area on foot.READ MORE »
Margene Larson brings over 30 years of family law experience to Schoenberg Family Law Group. A Bay area native, she brings a deep understanding of family law practices after working in multiple Bay area counties over the course of her career. Her main objective is to bring a sense of order and calm to all of her client interactions.
Margene Larson obtained her paralegal education from the Santa Clara University and Skyline and Canada Colleges. In her spare time Margene enjoys spending time with her two dogs and family in wine country.READ MORE »
Nancy N. Lawlor
Ms. Lawlor brings her nearly 15 years’ experience as a litigation attorney to the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.. She graduated from the Golden Gate School of Law in 1998, where she focused on litigation “with honors.” Ms. Lawlor thereafter clerked with the San Francisco Federal Public Defenders’ Office for a year, prior to practicing civil litigation in a small firm for five years, where she specialized in small business litigation, landlord-tenant law, and probate litigation. She always had a strong desire to practice family law and, during her tenure at the civil litigation firm, Ms. Lawlor began taking on family law cases. Her passion for family law ignited, Ms. Lawlor and a partner founded a law firm in Oakland, California in 2007, at which she limited her practice to family law matters. In addition to being well-versed in the drafting of family law pleadings, motions, and agreements, Ms. Lawlor has experience with appellate argument, mediation, short and long cause family law hearings, and trial.
Ms. Lawlor grew up in New York teaching sailing on the Great South Bay. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy with honors from Wheaton College, a women’s college in New England. She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF). In her spare time she and her partner care for their active toddler, as well as teaching self-defense as a second degree black belt in a rare Indonesian art, Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen.
Ms. Lawlor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgREAD MORE »
Nkechi graduated from San Jose State University, where she received a dual degree in Behavioral Science and Sociology. She went on to earn her J.D. from Michigan State University School of Law. While in law school, she completed the Child Advocacy & Certification Program and traveled to London to attend a seminar on Lawyering in the 21st Century at the University of Westminster.
After law school, Nkechi returned to the Bay Area and assists attorneys with all aspects of family law including extensive trial preparation, discovery, and legal research.
A Bay Area native, Nkechi loves spending time with friends and family, volunteering in her community, and competitive running.READ MORE »
Ralph T. Santoro, Jr.
Ralph has litigated Family Law issues for 14 years. Since 2013 he is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the California Bar Association, Board of Legal Specialization. He graduated from California Western School of Law in January 2002 and passed the February 2002 California Bar Exam. Before attending law school, Ralph graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in American Studies.
Prior to joining the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., Ralph worked was a sole practitioner and represented Family Law litigants in high conflict cases and provided contract litigation services to Family Law firms. It was during this time that Ralph worked with some of the finest and most feared Family Law litigators, from whom Ralph learned the art and the science of aggressive representation in Family Court. All the while, Ralph maintained high ethical standards and professionalism.
Ralph’s experience spans the spectrum of issues, from dividing hundred-million dollar estates, to litigating high conflict child custody disputes, to analyzing stock options and determining income for support, to resolving complex discovery issues and protecting privacy rights, to prosecuting or defending domestic violence claims. Ralph has handled hundreds of contested hearings or trials and he has examined hundreds of witnesses and experts in Family Court.
Ralph understands the dynamics involved in high conflict cases and how to “motivate” opposing parties to cooperate. It is during these times that Ralph shines as a Family Law litigator and helps resolve cases as quickly, as efficiently and as favorably to a client as possible.
Outside of his work as a Family Law litigator, Ralph is a devoted husband of 10 years and father of two daughters. Ralph was born and raised in sunny San Diego, where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the beaches, the mountains and the deserts. An avid outdoorsman, Ralph likes to ocean kayak, surf, hike, camp and explore the desert.READ MORE »
Debra R. Schoenberg
Debra R. Schoenberg, Esq., has a long and distinguished career. More than thirty years ago, she established her own firm, which has vast experience and expertise in the highly sensitive and complex practice of family law, and Ms. Schoenberg has established a professional reputation for thoroughness, strategic thinking, keen attention to detail, loyalty, and dedication to client service.
Today Ms. Schoenberg handles cases that range from complex financial issues and extensive marital estates, to high-conflict custody matters. Adept at negotiating resolutions as well as aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes, she also handles straightforward family law cases, pre- and post-marital agreements, and marital settlements. Ms. Schoenberg has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to fairness and equity, and because of her vast experience she is able to capture the perfect balance of compassionate sensitivity, and the aggressive assertion of a client’s rights.
Long recognized as a leading family law attorney, Debra Schoenberg is a frequent lecturer in family law. In recognition of her work she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Board Certified Family Law Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is also a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization. As the result of an extensive and confidential review by members of the Bar, she has been repeatedly listed in the Directory of Super Lawyers.
The San Francisco Business Times named Debra Schoenberg to their 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 lists of 100 Top Women Owned Businesses, their 2014 and 2015 lists of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area, and the 2015 and 2016 lists of the Top 25 LGBT-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area.
Additionally, Ms. Schoenberg was selected by peer recognition and professional achievement as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California and was named one of the Ten Best Family Law Attorneys in California by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. The firm has also been repeatedly selected as one of the top three family law firms in the Bay Area. Ms. Schoenberg is a member of the California, New York, and Vermont Bar Associations. She is the author of a book entitled “Divorce in California.”READ MORE »
Renee joined Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. as a paralegal in January 2010. Renee started her family law career in 2001. She attended Las Positas College majoring in Administration to Justice/Criminal Law.
Renee has been a legal assistant/litigation paralegal for over 12 years and has assisted clients with their family law disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has assisted attorneys, covering all aspects of family and civil litigation, with handling cases involving divorce, same-sex marriage dissolutions, property division, child support, spousal support, contempt, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, and post judgment motion matters. She is able to give each case her broad range of legal experience, while at the same time recognizing the very unique problems which face clients in a family law matter.READ MORE »
Harry has been doing civil litigation, estate planning, and family law since 1976. He attended UCLA where he received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Accounting. He then attended Whittier College at which he earned his J.D. He has been devoted to assisting attorneys throughout the years to make certain, that each and every client is provided support throughout their unique matter.
Harry, who has been a long distance runner for a very long time, also volunteers his time to his synagogue and to organizations having missions to care for and sustain those who suffer challenges.”READ MORE »
Jane graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2010. She is admitted to practice in Colorado and California.
Prior to joining SFLG, Jane practiced exclusively family law for five years. Her practice focused on valuation and division of high net worth estates, including complex family trusts and professional practices. Jane has represented clients in domestic violence cases, and contentious parenting disputes. She has extensive experience crafting parenting plans for families affected by physical, financial, emotional and substance abuse. Her cases have included international issues in both dissolution and parenting matters, including valuation and division of assets in foreign jurisdictions, and parental kidnapping matters.
During law school, Jane was actively involved in the Family Law Clinic, where she represented clients in a range of family law matters. In the summer of 2008, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia where she worked to review policies and procedures used at the Tribunal. While abroad, Jane earned a Certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Upon her return, in 2009, she clerked for the Honorable John F. Stavely of the Boulder County Court during her final year of school.
Jane completed her undergraduate work at Northeastern University, graduating summa cum laude in 2006. While attending Northeastern, she worked as a legal assistant at a large commercial litigation firm in Boston, Massachusetts and volunteered at the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center.
When not in the office, Jane enjoys running, backpacking, painting and practicing yoga.READ MORE »
Crystal attended the University of San Francisco, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in International Business. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she received a Specialization Certificate in Family Law.
Prior to joining the Schoenberg Family Law Group in 2015, she worked at the Unified Family Court in San Francisco. She also gained experience at several Bay Area family law firms and at the Executive Office of the Alameda County Superior Court.
A native of San Francisco, Crystal enjoys hiking, dining at new Bay Area restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.READ MORE »
Charlie was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013 after graduating from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior to law school, Charlie earned his bachelor degrees in Public Policy and Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to joining SFLG, Charlie handled dependency matters and criminal defense. He has extensive court room experience, having conducted over fifty contested hearings and various jury trials. Charlie currently practices all areas of family law, as well as any criminal or dependency matters that may arise.
In addition to practicing law, he enjoys the outdoors, theatre, traveling and his two dogs, Hobbes and Kuna.READ MORE »
For more information about our team, please click on the links below:
- Laura Alvarez
- Christina L. Angell
- Sadie Bissett
- Hailey Canevari
- Daniel Clarke
- Eric Ira Glasser
- Beth Jeffrey
- Margene Larson
- Nancy N. Lawlor
- Nkechi Nkenke
- Ralph T. Santoro, Jr.
- Debra R. Schoenberg
- Renee Soto-Johnson
- Harry Taub
- Jane Taylor
- Crystal Wong
- Charles Young