Ralph T. Santoro

Ralph T. Santoro, Jr.

San Francisco, California

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, California Bar Association, Board of Legal Specialization, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2002


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. – 2002
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, California
    • Bachelor’s Degree – 1997
    • Major: Liberal Arts with an emphasis in American Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Bar, Member, 2002 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law office of Ralph T. Santoro, Owner, 2002 – 2016


  • English