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Awards & Recognitions Explained

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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.

State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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

The State Bar 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 Bar 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.

Super Lawyers

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.

BestLawyers, US News and 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.

American Jurist Institute

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

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.

Women Who Lead

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.

Debra Schoenberg founded her firm more than three decades ago and today Schoenberg Family Law Group is one of the economic engines of the community. The Bay Area’s 100 largest women-owned companies generated $5.3 billion in revenue in 2017 and employed 11,731 people. To qualify for the list, companies must be privately held and have 51 percent or more female ownership and be headquartered in the Bay Area. The top 100 women-owned businesses are recognized as part of the San Francisco Business Times’ Women Who Lead.

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.


Debra Schoenberg was named one of the Best Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco by Expertise. After more than 30 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.

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.


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.

The Recorder

SFLG Listed Among “Best Of” by The Recorder

Few family law firms possess the same level of experience, skillset, and compassion as SFLG. The law practice’s effectiveness and achievements have resulted in being named to the Recorder’s list of “Best Of” which is aimed at helping lawyers identify the finest legal products and service providers. SFLG was honored with this recognition and profiled in the publication’s annual edition. Recipients are selected from several dozen categories for legal services providers and law firms in several areas critical to practicing law and best practices in managing their personal and professional life.

Parents’ Press

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.

Client Champion Award

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.

Bay Area’s most successful 2020 LGBTQ-Owned Businesses

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.

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