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In recognition of her work, Debra Schoenberg was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

Founded by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys, the AAML provides leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. There are currently more than 1650 Fellows in 50 states. The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law.

California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS) State Bar of California


Debra Schoenberg has been designated as a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization.

The State certifies attorneys as specialists who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements. California Rule of Court 9.35 served as the basis for the creation of the State Legal Specialization program. The program was intended to provide a method for attorneys to earn the designation of certified specialist in particular areas of law, increasing public protection and encouraging attorney competence. The program was the first of its kind in the United States, and it has served as a model for other state programs for certifying legal specialists around the nation. Attorneys who receive this designation must first sit for a rigorous exam in their area of specialty in addition to a thorough vetting process.

National Board of Trial Advocacy


Debra Schoenberg is a Board-Certified Family Law Trial Specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).

The NTBA is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty areas of civil trial law, criminal trial law, family trial law, civil practice law and social security disability law. The process of becoming a Certified Specialist through NBTA requires a rigorous examination and vetting process to ensure that the applicant meets the highest levels of competency and professionalism.

Daily Journal Top Family Lawyers

The Daily Journal has recognized Debra Schoenberg as one of California's Top Family Lawyers for two consecutive years: 2022 & 2023

The Daily Journal is California’s leading daily legal newspaper, reporting extensively on news and trends in the legal business. The DJ publishes more than a dozen authoritative special issues, including the annual listing of California’s 100 most influential lawyers, the state’s top women lawyers, and the state’s rising legal stars. The Top Family Lawyers list highlights those attorneys who have demonstrated compassionate advocacy in family law’s highly sensitive and complex practice. No other publication devotes more resources to serving California lawyers.


SFLG Voted #1 Family Law Firm in California for three consecutive years: 2021, 2022 & 2023

Schoenberg Family Law Group’s expertise and compassionate advocacy in family law have earned it a top spot on The Recorder’s Best of Awards for Family Law Firms for three consecutive years (2021-2023). Additionally, SFLG recently had the honor of being inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame. This esteemed honor acknowledges our firm’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional service and compassionate advocacy to our clients. The Recorder selects its ‘Best Of’ honorees based on voting by fellow attorneys, in-house counsel, judges, and legal department administrators. The San Francisco Legal newspaper recognizes law-related businesses that stand out among their competitors for providing high-caliber service and expertise. Readers vote on the top three providers in each category that have demonstrated exceptional service to their clients and leadership in their field. SFLG has consistently ranked among the Bay Area’s most respected law practices at the forefront of the ever-evolving field of family law. The attorneys at SFLG are skilled at negotiating resolutions as well as aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes in the practice areas of divorce, prenuptial agreements, alimony, and spousal support, child support, child custody, and visitation along with domestic violence, paternity, and same-sex family law. Additionally, the firm handles cases that range from complex financial issues and extensive marital estates to high-conflict custody matters.

San Francisco Business Times


The San Francisco Business Times repeatedly named Debra Schoenberg to the following:

  • 100 Top Women-Owned Businesses
  • 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area
  • List of the Top 25 LGBT-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area
  • Top Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area

The San Francisco Business Times has recognized Ms. Schoenberg for her outstanding leadership and community involvement year after year. She has received recognition as one of the 100 Top Women-Owned Businesses as the founder of SFLG. The firm’s impressive success and growth have resulted in a spot on the list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area. Ms. Schoenberg’s deep commitment to the LGBT community has earned her the honor of Top 25 LGBT-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area. She was also named one of the Top Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area which ranks recipients based on the financial contributions given to Bay Area nonprofits.


Our firm is honored to have made this year’s list of “50 Most Trustworthy Companies of the Year 2021” by the Silicon Review. Creating trust with our clients is paramount to our family law practice. We build trust by focusing on honesty, integrity, and compassion. We devote our attention to every case we handle and prioritize client communication. Our team of talented attorneys strives to achieve the highest standards of legal, professional, and ethical integrity. The Silicon Review is a business magazine and trusted source of news and information for global business leaders, decision-makers, and professionals, published in Silicon Valley, California, and Headquartered in New Jersey.



Debra Schoenberg was included on the Bay Area’s largest women-owned businesses list and recognized at the San Francisco Business Times’ Women Who Lead event.

Schoenberg Family Law Group is proud to be named a Top Women-Owned Business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for the eleventh year. Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area is a special focus section of the San Francisco Business Times that shows the emerging leadership of women as chief executives and owners of Bay Area businesses. Businesses qualify for this recognition if the total women-owned portion is at least 51 percent.

Insight Success

Debra Schoenberg has recently been honored as one of the 10 Influential Leaders in the Legal World by Insights Success

Debra is considered a guiding light in family law, forever changing lives and championing the cause of those in need. It’s no secret that legal matters involving family relationships can be emotionally charged and overwhelming. However, having a knowledgeable and dependable attorney can make all the difference in navigating these intricate legal matters.


San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards & Summit


Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. has been recognized as a top Corporate Philanthropist in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for their commitment to supporting and serving their community for the sixth year. The Corporate Philanthropy Awards list celebrates the Bay Area’s most generous corporate citizens and recognizes those companies that give their time, talent, and resources. The annual list recognizes 100 top corporate philanthropists ranked by local cash giving.

2018 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report


Debra Schoenberg was recently recognized by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s Best Lawyers.

Lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed with just 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States being included among the list of Best Lawyers. The process begins when lawyers are nominated for consideration. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an additional verification process to make sure they are currently practicing and in good standing. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Rated By Super Lawyers Debra R. Schoenberg


As the result of an extensive and confidential review by members of the Bar, Debra Schoenberg has been repeatedly listed in the Directory of Super Lawyers including every year since 2014.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5 percent of all lawyers nominated are recognized as Super Lawyers due to the highly competitive vetting process, which includes measuring honors and awards, verdicts, settlements, experience, firm leadership, education, business achievements, scholarly publications, pro bono work, and community involvement. Super Lawyers are those who have had many years of success in their legal niche.

Forbes & Fortune Magazine

Debra Schoenberg's article "Determined Advocacy" was featured in both Forbes and Fortune Magazine's "Leaders in Law" section

In her article, Debra discusses why high-net-worth and high-stakes divorces require an attorney with a wealth of knowledge and a steel spine to deal with complex and often contentious cases. “These cases can be incredibly challenging, but I find them to be some of the most rewarding, as I can help clients through one of the most difficult times in their lives and ensure that their financial and personal interests are protected.”

Lead Counsel Rated

Debra Schoenberg Obtains Lead Counsel Verification in Family Law

Legal news powerhouse Thomson Reuters has awarded SFLG Founder Debra Schoenberg the Lead Counsel Verification in Family Law. Ms. Schoenberg acquired this recognition because of her profound legal experience, solid reputation, and excellent representation of clients. Thomson Reuters developed The Lead Counsel Verification to provide reliable and straightforward tools for consumers and businesses to evaluate an attorney’s ability and credibility. Some of the critical attributes of a verified lead counsel include treating clients with respect and courtesy, representing clients competently and diligently, maintaining high ethical standards, complying with the Rules for Professional Conduct, and remaining in good standing with any relevant bar association.

American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys 2017


Debra Schoenberg has been named one of the American Jurist Institute’s (AJI) Top 10 Family Law attorneys for two consecutive years.

Each year, a select group of attorneys are called forward to accept one of the most prestigious awards the American Jurist Institute can bestow — selection to the AJI Top 10 Attorneys award. This exclusive honor is conferred to the top 10 attorneys in ten different practice areas for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Candidates are identified either by an in-house research team, peer nominations or client nomination. Once candidates are nominated, an AJI research team uses a lengthy and thorough vetting process to select the top candidates. The Selection Council which is composed of both attorney and non-attorney members carefully consider the information presented to them and determine which attorneys possess the knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice area to be one of the “Top 10 Attorneys” in their state.

Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) Fellow


Debra Schoenberg has been named as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).

This fellowship exemplifies Ms. Schoenberg’s exceptional professionalism and impressive career achievements. The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into a Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The number of full Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity, and inclusion to align effectively.

2018 Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco


Debra Schoenberg was named one of the Best Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco by Expertise. After more than 35 years, Ms. Schoenberg has acquired unmatched experience navigating the complexities of family law. The online research group identifies the top service professionals in more than 200 different industries across the top cities in the United States. It features only objectively quantified and qualified professionals hand-picked by a meticulous selection process.

10.0 Avvo Superb Top Attorney Family Law, Divorce


Debra Schoenberg holds an AVVO rating of 10.

Look no further than AVVO’s online reviews to get a true sense of why Debra Schoenberg ranks among the very best with a rating of 10 for family law attorneys. Numerous five-star reviews describe Ms. Schoenberg as a strong communicator, exceptional attorney, and brilliant advocate. Past clients describe how she eased their fears and offered sound advice during contentious divorce or child custody battles. AVVO is an online platform for legal services that offers attorneys referrals and a database of legal information.

2017 Parents' Press Best of The Bay


Parent’s Press East Bay voted Schoenberg Family Law Group Best of Bay for its outstanding legal work on behalf of children.

The publication recognizes businesses and family services providers that exemplify the very best in the local community. The Best of Parents’ Press was born with the idea to give readers throughout the Bay Area a chance to voice their opinions on their personal “Best” choices for everything kids and family.

2020 Client Champion Debra R. Schoenberg


Ms. Schoenberg is a recent recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell 2020 Client Champion Award. This accolade distinguishes attorneys who excel at providing excellent client service. Based on a large number of client reviews, Ms. Schoenberg has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to delivering outstanding service, which includes compassionate and trustworthy guidance in family law matters. Martindale-Hubbell is considered the gold standard in recognizing lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards.



SFLG is proud to rank among the highest on the list of the Bay Area’s most successful 2020 LGBTQ-Owned Businesses compiled by the San Francisco Business Times. The annual list recognizes LGBTQ business owners who support workplace diversity and have made a significant impact on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning community.

10 Best Female Attorneys 2017 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys


Debra Schoenberg was named one of the 10 Best Female Attorneys and one of 10 Best Attorneys with Client Satisfaction. Not only do clients sing her praise for compassion and dedication, but Ms. Schoenberg has also been recognized by the American Institute’s Family Law Division as an excellent practitioner in her field. The Institute compiles an exclusive list of the “10 Best” in each state. The 10 Best is a prestigious honor, as each attorney is required to be formally nominated by the Institute, client, and/or a fellow attorney; have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law; and, haves done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating.

Fast 100


As one of the fastest-growing businesses in the Bay Area, and for the fourth consecutive year, Schoenberg Family Law Group made the list of Fast 100 companies for driving innovation and economic growth in the area of family law. San Francisco Business Times also recognized founding partner, Debra Schoenberg as a Top Bay Area executive for the firm’s financial successes, job creation, and 2-year revenue growth of 48.6%. Fast 100 companies are based in 25 different cities, reflecting a diverse range of industries and sizes. The thriving companies are ranked by percentage growth in revenue over a two-year span.

San Francisco Bay Area's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Winner 2021


For the third time, our firm is thrilled to rank among the Best and Brightest places to work in San Francisco! The Best and Brightest Programs with the National Association for Business Resources surveys employees at thousands of companies across San Francisco to generate its list of winners. Schoenberg Family Law Group scored highest in employee enrichment, engagement, retention, compensation, benefits, and employee solutions. We also made it into the top tier for diversity and inclusion, work-life balance, and community initiatives. SFLG strives to promote a positive culture and empower its employees to make the right decisions necessary to do the best job for our clients.


Debra R. Schoenberg has been named one of the Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco in 2021 by Three Best Rated. The website recognizes the highest rated divorce lawyers after conducting a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes client reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence. Ms. Schoenberg earned her spot on this year’s list for her long and distinguished career that spans more than 35 years advocating for clients in family law matters.