The Daily Journal has recognized leading family law attorney Debra Schoenberg as one of California’s ‘Top Family Lawyers’ for 2022. The publication honored Ms. Schoenberg with this award for her extensive experience handling family law matters with a reputation for successful outcomes in cases that range from complex financial issues and vast marital estates to high-conflict custody matters. Ms. Schoenberg is one of twenty attorneys that made this year’s inaugural list.
Debra’s compassionate advocacy in highly contentious and complex family law matters has earned her a stellar reputation as a respected leader in that field. She strives to preserve her client’s dignity and humanity as she helps them navigate the complicated and emotionally charged dissolution process.
Ms. Schoenberg draws on more than 35 years of experience and expertise in highly sensitive and complicated family law cases, ranging from contested child custody disputes to complex financial issues and extensive marital estates. Adept at negotiating resolutions and aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes, Ms. Schoenberg handles straightforward family law cases, pre-and post-marital agreements, and matrimonial settlements. Debra has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to fairness and equity. Because of her vast experience, she can capture the perfect balance of compassionate sensitivity and the aggressive assertion of a client’s rights.
Over the last two years, COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of people’s lives. For some, stay-at-home orders were an opportunity to grow closer to their partners. Still, it caused added tension and stress for other couples after many jobs turned remote and children worked on schoolwork from home, pushing many marriages to the brink. Some divorced parents faced the issue of having an ex-spouse move states or even out of the country, creating complex custody challenges. Whether couples decided on a divorce or parents struggled to comply with parenting plans, Debra has been at the forefront, helping families through the challenging times and changes due to the pandemic. She has handled custody and visitation matters in connection with divorces and has a successful track record in settling and litigating legally complex, high conflict matters during these unprecedented times.
Ms. Schoenberg was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the most prestigious designation a family law attorney can receive. Due to her comprehensive experience, she’s a Certified Family Law Specialist designated by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State of California. Ms. Schoenberg has also been designated a Board-Certified Family Law Trial Specialist appointed by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Ms. Schoenberg was named by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s Best Lawyers and selected by peer recognition and professional achievement as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California. She was named one of the Ten Best Family Law Attorneys in California by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Most recently, Ms. Schoenberg was named to the American Institute of Legal Counsel Top 10 California Attorneys for her dedication to families and working out the best solution for each of her clients.
Debra is the author of the book “Divorce in California” where she provides vital information to help make the right decisions during a divorce in California. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Vermont and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California, and the Northern District of New York.