Debra R. Schoenberg San Francisco, California

Debra R. Schoenberg

Principal
Location:
San Francisco, California
Phone:
415-834-1120
Fax:
415-834-1121
Email:

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 listed in the Directory of Super Lawyers for several years.

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.”

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Family Law Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1987
  • Vermont, 1994
  • California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Education

  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
  • Western College, Oxford, Ohio
    • B.Phil.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Bar Association, Member – Family Law Section
  • New York Bar Association, Member – Family Law Section
  • Vermont Bar Association, Member – Family Law Section (Former Chair)
  • American Bar Association, Member – Family Law Section
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, Fellow
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified Family Law Trial Specialist
  • Directory of Super Lawyers, Family Law Profile 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Classes/Seminars

  • Navigating Life’s Transitions: A Financial and Legal Survival Guide, 2015
  • Tax Consequences of Divorce, State Assistant Judges, 2008
  • An Income Tax Primer for Family Law Practitioners, State Bar Association, 2008
  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Family Law: Year in Review, State Bar Association, 2007
  • Preventing Financial Mistakes during Divorce, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Child Custody and Shared Parenting, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Successful Financial Settlements for your Divorce Client, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Family Law: Helping Your Clients through Difficult Times, National Business Institute, 2007
  • A Road Map through Divorce Proceedings, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Family Law: Year in Review, State Bar Association, 2006
  • Advertising Ethically and Effectively, State Bar Association, 2006
  • Equitable Divorce Settlements, National Business Institute, 2006
  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Complex Matrimonial Law Issues, National Business Institute, 2005
  • Domestic Law in Vermont, National Business Institute, 2005
  • Tax Consequences of Divorce, State Assistant Judges, 2005
  • Business Valuations for the Matrimonial Practitioner, State Chapter of National Association of Certified Valuation Accountants, 2004
  • Keeping it Civil: The Same Sex Couples’ Journey, New York State Bar Association, 2004
  • Successfully Dealing with Life Transitions, Key Bank Financial Forum for Women, 2004
  • Dealing with the Pro Se Litigant, State Bar Association, 2004
  • Complex Issues in Divorce, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Women in Transition: Dealing with Issues Surrounding Divorce, Salomon Smith Barney, 2000 – 2003
  • Complex Divorce for the Vermont Practitioner, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Pro Se Litigation Education, State Family Court, 2000 – 2001
  • Business Valuation: Presentation of Exhibits, Admissibility, Persuasiveness, State Bar Association, 2001
  • Family Law and Relief from Abuse, Vermont Volunteers Lawyers Project, 2000
  • Trusts, Estate Planning and Divorce, National Business Institute, 2000
  • Child Custody and Time Sharing, National Business Institute, 1999 – 2000
  • How to Utilize the Magistrate, State Bar Association, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Listed in the Directory of Super Lawyers 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • The San Francisco Business Times’ 100 Top Women Owned Businesses, 2013 – 2016
  • The San Francisco Business Times’ list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area, 2014 – 2015
  • The San Francisco Business Times’ list of the Top 25 LGBT-Owned Business in the Bay Area, 2015 – 2016
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys ‘ Ten Best Family Law Attorneys in California, 2015 – 2017
  • American Jurist Institute – Top Ten Family Law Attorneys, 2017