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It’s hard to find the perfect medley of praise to give Schoenberg Family Law. Debra and her hand-picked troop of aces are a well-oiled machine of positive outcomes and balance. I have spent the most time with Debra and her paralegal, Erin (who is basically as dedicated as they come and, thus, gets what the firm needs). As the fearless leader, Debra is caring, yet resolute with a humble brilliance that directs her clients to where they need to be (even a know-it-all like me).
I am admittedly a difficult client who needs to be reigned in for the good of my case. Sure, it was at times hard to hear bad news, as these are emotional matters, but I never once questioned if Debra had my best interests at heart. When I engaged her, my interests became synonymous with her own.
I can also say this is not the case with other family lawyers in San Francisco (having switched counsel long after I should have, due to the lack of these qualities in others). Debra picked up my case in the final hour and got up to speed at a rate that astounded me. Not having to start from scratch saved me large amounts of money. Added to that, was her ability to understand what the case needed, and quickly understand my priorities.
I once called Debra a “superhero”, to which she responded, “Should I don a cape?” Her humor put me at ease. So, while the jury is still out on whether a cape would suit Debra, you would be well-advised to meet with her about your family matters. She is ‘in it to win it’, and that’s what she does… with grace, ethics, and genuine empathy for her clients. People like her are in such short supply.
I cannot say thank you enough to Debra and the SFLG team!!!!
Debra and team were so helpful and supportive through the most difficult time in my life. Grateful to the team for their advice – would highly recommend their services to anyone needing a divorce attorney.
Ms. Schoenberg and her highly competent staff guided me through a complex divorce with satisfactory and timely resolution for both parties. Her insight and compassion coupled with a profound knowledge of every aspect of family law relevant to my case was key in bringing this highly stressful event in my life to a rapid closure. Highly recommended!
You were a rock for me to cling to during one of the most tumultuous times of my life and I appreciate your support.
If you are reading this and have the same overwhelming fears, doubts, etc as I did let me share this. As I sat, arrived early, waiting for my appointment I noticed how polite the staff was and thought as I saw the look on others going through this process, these feelings fall between death and taxes – so much sadness to be dealt with. I was very pleasantly surprised how comfortable I felt dealing with Ms. Schoenberg. She not only was clear and honest yet also respectful of my needs. She at first asked if my situation could be handled with mediation to save costs and then after hearing my specific suggested and gave a few names of excellent mediation folks. I do wish you also have the same experience in this difficult time and if you talk with Ms. Schoenberg I believe it will be the least difficult it could be. Should my situation go downhill I will use Ms. Schoenberg to handle all the rest of my legal needs!
I found Debra Schoenberg through a lawyer friend who is an estate planning attorney, and has a great deal of experience working with family law firms. She gave me the names of several family law firms, but once I met Debra, I knew this was the place to be at this very difficult time of my life. At my first meeting with Debra, I knew that she would protect my interests. It was obvious to me that she was not to be trifled with, and in fact, I would not have wanted to encounter her on the other side of my divorce.
The staff was helpful, welcoming and uniformly kind both in person and on the phone. This made a big difference at a time when I was undergoing a lot of stress.
I feel profoundly grateful for the way I was treated and my marriage resolved. As I move forward with my new life I would wish that anyone who is going through a divorce have as good an experience as I have. I would recommend the Schoenberg Family Law Group to anyone who is going through a divorce.
I retained Debra after realizing that my initial attorney was too inexperienced and had done nothing but give me bad advice for almost two years of litigation. I had gone from primary custody with over 90% custody to 50% to get agreement to a move-away and my lawyer had later advised me to agree to a custody evaluation that was going poorly.
My ex had married and had virtually unlimited funds for litigation while I was a full-time student. Debra evaluated the situation and told me what my options were. She was clear on what the possible outcomes would be and that my case was in a bad position due to all concessions I had given initially based on the previous lawyer’s advice. I didn’t like everything she had to say but she was brutally honest with what I could expect from the court.
At our first court appearance, I was impressed with her preparation and her command during the appearance. It was obvious to me that this woman knew what she was talking about and that the other professionals at court knew and respected her, including our judge. When the custody evaluation came back against me, Debra gave me invaluable advice, which I took. She told me what she thought was the best course of action but said that the choice was mine and she would take the case forward however I chose. After reflection, I agreed that her assessment was accurate. In court, I watched as Debra argued the judge into ordering a second custody evaluation, possible because I followed Debra’s advice and agreed to relocate back to the county where my ex lived. This was at great personal cost, both financially and professionally. But it was worth it in the end. Because Debra got me back to 50% custody, which was critical to my child’s emotional well-being, and I do not believe that would have happened without her advice or her skills in the courtroom.
Debra was always honest and upfront about the slim chance I had at success in my case but delivered a successful outcome. She remained focused on the best interest of my child at all times. When I became frustrated with my ex over a minor issue involving a vacation dispute, she bluntly set me straight, telling me that she didn’t play tit for tat and helping me focus on my child’s experience rather than my own annoyance. I was kept informed about her availability and her staff was helpful, caring, and above all, competent.
I joked with friends that I was Debra’s poorest client. As a student, I borrowed every penny that I paid Debra with and she was careful with it. Did it go faster than I hoped? Of course. But she changed procedures in her practice to save clients money while I was a client when she found a way to have lower billing staff perform tasks. I appreciated that. Debra has great knowledge, experience and integrity. I do not exaggerate when I say that she saved me and my child. Without her, I would have ended up with three weekends a month, simply because my ex had more money and a lawyer who would tell any story to win.
For the first time in the court process, I felt defended. I highly recommend Debra Schoenberg.
It has been a real blessing to find this family law group in my life. I was in the middle of a custody battle with my ex wife and had a lawyer who had sided with my ex wife’s lawyer. I was faced with the option of paying to a regular lawyer to do half jobs with no results or to invest a bit more for a top family counselor who understood my situation and at the same time not giving me false hopes. This process made me see my case not from my own perspective but what was in the best interest of our daughter and more importantly how a family judge sees the whole process. This law firm made me realized there are not winners when there is a child in the middle of two parents who do not get along. Having said this both Debra and her associate used all legal means and mediation techniques to have my ex and her lawyer to open up their closed minded vision about their rights and responsibilities. The grand asset of this Family group is they know how each judge thinks at the San Francisco Court House. There is a different approach according to which each judge handles every case, they are also human and interpret the law according to what they see in each family case. The professional way the legal documents were written was outstanding and simple.
This firm was on top of deadlines every time there was a court hearing. I have seen some people complaining about the hourly rates, but let me tell you something I saw, my ex wife’s first lawyer whom she got from the mission district got her crucified in court, she got what she paid for, I got one from the financial district. Once she learned the lesson she paid a better lawyer to get her a better outcome, however, I had to hire only one of the 3 top family firms in San Francisco, The Schoenberg Family Group. It was not an expense, it was an investment since the results I got were more than I had hoped for, even my ex learned the lesson and she even changed her attitude. Our daughter has been the winner in all this since she now has two parents who tolerate each other for the sake of her.
I am not a rich guy, but made the sacrifice to have the best representation which has given me a peace of mind for years to come. One piece of advice, if you are trying to destroy the other person in court you got the wrong Family Group, instead I would recommend you to see a therapist, Debra and her associate love this profession too much to be wasting your money and their time.
I initially met with Debra Schoenberg who is very pragmatic, compassionate and technically sharp. My case was assigned to an amazing associate attorney who was bright and respectful of the emotions that come up in a case. She always had my best interest in focus and communicated very clearly with all parties concerned. She is an excellent writer and there was always respect and professionalism. The Schoenberg Family Law Group is a great law firm.
I found Debra to be crisp, professional, helpful and to the point. It takes commitment and integrity to follow through on a client’s request. Not only did Debra follow through, she went the extra mile. If people are looking for a good family law attorney, speak to Debra.
When my husband surprised me with divorce papers, I didn’t know where to turn. Thankfully, I found Debra Schoenberg – she was amazing. She gave me all of the care and attention I needed while aggressively representing me. I am very happy with the outcome of my case. I strongly recommend her to anyone who needs a really good family lawyer.
I was very fortunate to find the Schoenberg Family Law Group. I was treated with respect and right away my questions were answered. I was told since the beginning what was possible in my case avoiding unnecessary costs. I was given a budget which was reasonable and when it was necessary to go over it, Debra tried to cut expenses wherever was possible, but the most important element was their high standards were never lowered. I had a previous lawyer who had charged less but I received far fewer positive results. In the long run I saved thousands of dollars in legal fees. I am a happy camper enjoying the company of my daughter and relaxing after signing a peace treaty with my ex. If you really want results this is the firm to go for.
Throughout my divorce process, I was with the smartest, most caring, compassionate, confident and highly professional divorce lawyer any divorcing person could ever want to represent them: Debra Schoenberg.
My divorce was not simple. My ex-husband and I are both in the entertainment industry and had no desire for publicity. We did not want to go to court. There were no precedents at the time for the size or complexity of what needed to be sorted out in our divorce. Plus, we were working very diligently at changing the organizing principle in our relationship and wanted to avoid an acrimonious situation. We wanted to continue to own property together and figure out how to share it with one another and our children. Debra was a true advocate for me as I was figuring out to how to proceed, what I needed, wanted, and deserved after 28 years of marriage. She listened carefully, was respectful of my wishes to keep legal fees to a minimum, always answered calls promptly, was a rock when I was confused and/or emotional. She was able to steer me through a difficult time always maintaining a positive upbeat attitude, a great sense of humor, and always assuring me of a good outcome. She is simply the best at what she does. The associates who work with her are terrific as well. It is a brilliant team of people to have on your side. Truly, I remain grateful now, two years after the resolution of my divorce, to have worked with SFLG and Debra Schoenberg.
Debra helped me with my child custody case last year and I could not have received better help or service. She personally attended to my case, sometimes rearranging her other obligations, to make sure my case was handled by her. Thanks to her my child is now thriving in my home. I highly recommend her services!
I hope that if you ever have to see an attorney, you will use Schoenberg Family Law Group. I believe Debra will do what it takes to achieve your goals. Her kindness and professionalism exceeds all standards. Her compassion to help will amaze you. Anytime you need legal advice, is usually a difficult time in your life, and having a lawyer who will treat you with dignity and respect is rare. You will not be let down!!
I hired Debra to review and revise a pre-nup. I found her to be VERY knowledgeable, friendly and patient. Having never been through this process before, I cannot compare her to other lawyers or firms. But I can say that she really looked out for my interests, drawing upon her years of experience to make sure that I understood what every clause meant. Additionally, she made revisions that really delved into the heart of what my wife and I were trying to do. In other words, she didn’t phone this in, she really wanted to make sure that what we wanted to accomplish was done in a very fair and caring way. Did I say CARE when talking about a lawyer? You bet I did.
Why not 5 stars? It’s because I don’t have anything else to compare her to. Was I happy? Yes! When I needed clarification about my final billing, she called me (no email brick wall!). She was very open and friendly and totally non confrontational.
I would use her again and would recommend her to friends.
Attorney Schoenberg was totally dedicated to helping me with my recent divorce. She was professional at all times, always on time and very impressive in court. I am so grateful to her.
I found Debra during an extremely difficult time in my life. She was both sympathetic and also focused. She is efficient and some may see her mannerism as brusque, but I always felt like she was fighting for me, and continually looking out for my best interests.
I worked with both her and an associate, who was always available and extremely knowledgeable, but I could tell that Debra and her 30 years of experience were guiding the work. The paralegal I worked with was efficient and friendly.
I wouldn’t wish a custody battle on anyone, but I was pleased with the outcome and feel like the professional services I received were absolutely worth the high financial cost.
When I was attorney-shopping, I knew within the first five minutes with Debra that I wanted her to represent me. Yes, the SFLG is expensive, on par with other top-drawer attorneys in San Francisco. But for me, the job they did was worth the expense.
After hearing horror stories about other lawyers from friends who have gotten divorced over the years, I felt very fortunate to always be in charge of my case, to not be forgotten or milked for time and money, to have no major balls dropped, and to have a law firm that was so responsive to my questions and concerns. Debra is whip-smart, funny, and extremely professional. She is also abrupt and no-nonsense, which can be intimidating. But she has the skills, knowledge, and compassion needed to do a superb job as a family law attorney. I’ll never forget how she reached out to me personally and empathetically when things were really tough.
I also appreciated how she used paralegals and associate attorneys who charged lower rates whenever possible, as my legal bills would have been even more gigantic without those breaks. I was very happy with the way this worked.
I would strongly recommend Debra and her team as the ones to stand by you when you’re going through the hell that is family court. I will always be grateful to them.
When I came to Debra — my previous lawyer was holding me hostage (refusing to do anything unless I gave her a lien on my house). I did not know what words like “professionalism, ethics, legal knowledge, punctuality” meant until I met Debra. A total contrast to my previous lawyer who messed up my case in so many ways.
While my experience was personally trying, I had no doubts I was getting top quality legal representation. Everyone at the firm was professional and considerate. I was fortunate to be referred to the Schoenberg Family Law Group, and would recommend them.
After evaluating multiple attorneys, I selected Debra Schoenberg to represent me in my divorce because of her experience, decisiveness, and direct communication style. And I’m glad I did. Debra is super sharp and knows CA family law code inside and out. She earned my trust.
During times when I was confused and frustrated by the process and technicalities of law, Debra and her team went the extra mile to ensure I was well-informed and comfortable with the proceedings. They didn’t rush me to make decisions and cared about my well-being.
Debra was very responsive and there when I needed her. And I also enjoyed working with members of her team, which reduced my overall legal fees.
If you want a family law attorney who knows the nuances of the law – so you don’t have to – and acts professionally and assertively on your behalf, I highly recommend Debra Schoenberg.
I called this office with a few questions about terminating a domestic partnership in San Francisco. The call was answered right away. After a few preliminary questions, I was passed directly to Ms. Schoenberg herself, who professionally and warmly answered my questions to set me on the path.
I will use Ms. Schoenberg and her firm in ANY need for family law that I might have. I would heartily recommend this practice to anyone in need of family law assistance in San Francisco.
I found Debra on Martindale-Hubbell… This is a website that rates attorneys and allows attorneys to be peer reviewed. Debra is highly rated by her peers and that was attractive to me. I want someone who other attorneys at least respect, if not fear. She and her team do not disappoint. While we got a little close to one deadline one time, Debra and her team are very aggressive in a good way. They are very vigilant and Debra runs a tight ship. As a former manager of several hundred people, I can tell there is a great camaraderie in the office.
I have called several times to make an appointment and most times Debra squeezes me in. She is very good about giving advice that anticipates what the court will think. While occasionally taken aback, I have come to understand and appreciate this level of rigor and thoughtfulness. She thinks ahead and sets a solid path for my success.
On the other hand, she listens very well and takes into consideration my values and perspective. This is my case and she lets me make the calls. While a bit more expensive than my spouse’s attorney, I can tell you that the quality of my documentation is 10 times better than hers and the analysis I get from Debra is highly reasoned. While money is very tight, I cannot afford to go cheap.
Even though I never thought I would be in this situation and am pretty anxious about what I am doing, I gain tremendous confidence having Debra at my side.
In my experience, Debra and all of the staff at the Schoenberg Family Law Group have been unfailingly professional, courteous, supportive and kind as they worked with me through a painful and complicated divorce.
They have been up front about all billing matters and, I believe, judicious in their distribution of tasks in order to keep cost down for me. Bills are, naturally, itemized and I can see exactly how my money is being spent. Yes, their services are costly but that is appropriate to the level of expertise of this firm, and is not exorbitant.
In addition to being entirely ignorant of the legal process of divorce, my situation has been exceptionally difficult because of very stressful circumstances. Debra has shown her skill and her professional grace by helping me to present a strong defense at a time when I was not remotely capable of defending myself. I believe her to be honest and very astute. She is also very mindful of keeping her client well informed.
I highly recommend the Schoenberg Family Law Group.
Debra is well known and respected in court and among mediators, and when I’m standing next to her in court I feel safe. I owe her big.
Ms. Schoenberg negotiated and drafted my prenuptial agreement. Her knowledge of this area of law is immense. She did a superb job and made the whole process seamless for all those involved. I highly recommend her!
An ex of mine emailed me a long letter recently, asked for money, and threatened to sue for it. Never mind that we had been split for nine years. Naturally, I was not only weirded out, I was totally panicked. We had been domestic partners, but it was before the state recognized it. What were her rights? What were mine? Why was this happening? A friend of mine found Schoenberg Family Law Group on the internet and that night I emailed her a long, boring, woeful story that I figured she wouldn’t read. By the next afternoon, I received a phone call. Debra had read my email, and she asked me some more no-nonsense questions, and then gave me advice, good advice, which effectively made hiring her unnecessary. This impressed me. She’s not only smart, to the point, and effective, she’s honest! She could have made me come in and talk in her office – and then charged me up the wazoo. I’d definitely go back to her if I had any more domestic partner issues (if I have more I will also look deeply into my own soul).
After my first attorney bungled my custody case I searched for months for someone willing to take on a challenging case, and someone who had all of the qualities I wanted in an attorney. I had almost given up on finding such a person until I met with Debra. She fulfilled the fantasy – smart, strategic, empathetic (being a parent herself), knowledgeable, hardworking, professional, friendly, a good communicator, unfailing fair, and funny to boot. Who could ask for more?
In all of my dealings with her she has treated me as an intelligent and equal partner in this endeavor, helped talk through several difficult decisions, and pushed me in the right direction when she knew it was best to take her advice. I feel very lucky to have found Debra to represent me.
I feel compelled to write a review of my experience with Ms. Schoenberg. I am in the process of finalizing my divorce and during the most stressful time of my life I have felt supported every step of the way by Ms. Schoenberg. She has been assertively working to make sure my best interests will be incorporated in everything that is occurring. I have had to speak with her many times while she was on vacation or out of the office for work related reasons. She has ALWAYS made time to speak with me (even on the weekends!) and I have felt she is available to me whenever I need her. I will be ending up with a very fair settlement and I thank Ms. Schoenberg for her support and efforts!
When the complaining party refused to abide by the mediation agreement and brought further legal action, Debra and her staff stepped forward and came through again; the court system took care of the rest. I cannot thank Debra and her staff enough for what they did to protect me.
Debra is amazingly efficient and intelligent and has been very helpful and instrumental in a family issue that has been ongoing, and clearly should receive praise for her wisdom.
If you are looking for a firm that can manage absurd civil situations that you may find yourself a part of and your family, it is well worth your time to consult with this firm just for sanity’s sake.
Debra is an extremely talented person with a wonderful group of people with whom she works in her office; hoping that any party out there who needs an intelligent and diligent approach to complicated predicaments, you will have the fortune of contacting them for representation.
My experience has been great with Debra. My hope is that people will place all faith in this firm to JUSTLY resolve unjust situations you could never imagine.
I turned to the Schoenberg Family Law Group after my wife passed away and her surviving kin took legal action against me; I am glad that I did.
After being informed through the complaining party’s “offer” that I would be left penniless and forever in debt; I reached out to Debra Schoenberg and her staff; they came through in a very big way.
The research gathered by the staff put to shame the position of the complaining party. Following a mediation session, I was awarded an amount which I did not expect.
Writing this note having admittedly had a short interaction with Ms. Schoenberg. I had a rather complicated legal issue, and a friend recommended I call Schoenberg for some initial consultation. It only took one phone call to make the course of action clear, and this only took fifteen minutes.
Having explained to her my situation, a same-sex partnership and all the legal murkiness that that entailed, she explained to me in detail what the law in California recognizes and what it doesn’t, and recommended I NOT take legal action. She did not charge for her consultation time and I might add, our conversation took place on a Sunday morning. I appreciated her attention to calling me promptly at the agreed time, her interest in explaining the law to me and answering my questions knowing I was not a client, and the genuine care she displayed on the phone in how I should proceed OUTSIDE a court situation. Above all my takeaway was that she is a) knowledgeable b) direct and c) the one you’d choose to represent you in a complicated legal matter.
While I did not ultimately require legal representation, I would choose her to represent me if I ever do find myself in that situation.
I have used Debra as a consulting attorney for a mediated dissolution of a domestic partnership. My encounters with Debra (all over the phone) have been nothing short of exceptional. Debra knows the law, is quick to point out possible solutions, is a staunch advocate, and is personable to boot. She’s expensive, but the negotiation tips, strategies, and support I’ve received from her have been worth every penny.
Goodness knows, I hope never to need her services again–but if YOU do, I highly recommend her.
I hired Ms. Schoenberg to work on a pre-nuptial agreement and couldn’t be more pleased. Her thorough knowledge of this area of law is excellent and she was able to make the whole process easy and non-threatening. I highly recommend her!
Many people say lawyers are “in it for themselves,” “that they don’t care about their clients,” “that they just watch the seconds click by and calculate the money they are making on a minute, by minute basis.” Debra is the exception to this rule. Not only does she empathetically connect with her clients, she is quick to return phone calls and/or emails, extremely professional and the most knowledgeable family law lawyer that I have come across. I highly recommend Debra for any family law case whether simple or complex, as she will work for you to get the best possible results.
I had a limited interaction with Ms. Schoenberg. Randomly, we (I am self represented) both had a motion one day before the Judge in Redwood City Court house. Ms. Schoenberg name was called, so I had an opportunity to see how she presented her pleadings in court.
Ms. Schoenberg presented with an expert tone, extreme confidence, and solid unshaken knowledge of the material facts and the Family Law. So, as my case started to get more complicated, I wanted help from an attorney. So, I called her office and requested to speak with her. Sure enough, Ms. Schoenberg returns my call as scheduled, and addresses some of my concerns over the phone. Additionally, I needed more time to inquire about my others questions, so I scheduled an hour of time 1-1 with her in her office in San Francisco.
Our meeting took about 25 min, and she did not charge for her consultation time. I appreciated her courtesy so much and the fact that she is not so eager to charge me fees right away, and her interest in explaining the law to me and answering my questions knowing I was not a client.
If you are looking for an amazing attorney that is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate to your needs, insightful, competent and an advocate for you Debra Schoenberg is the one.
Don’t even think about going to another attorney. If you want someone to fight for your rights she is the one to hire. If you need someone who cares and an attorney you can trust, she is the one. I interviewed attorneys and knew right away that Debra Schoenberg was the person that would fight for my rights to the best of her ability.
SHE IS THE ONE!
While my divorce is not quite settled yet, I feel compelled to offer my highest recommendation for the Schoenberg Family Law Group. We are close to reaching a resolution and the process, while rough, has been easy to navigate due to Ms. Schoenberg’s expertise and knowledge. Ms. Schoenberg has represented me very thoughtfully and aggressively when needed. She has really looked out for me and everything I have worked so hard to earn and accomplish. I am looking forward to all of this coming to an end and putting all of this behind me. Thank you to Ms. Schoenberg and staff!
I hesitated filing papers for a long time because I was not sure if I could survive a long legal battle. When we were married, my husband worked while I raised the children, two under four years old, and I was afraid I would lose the stability they needed. I had a wonderful group of friends that helped me search for a reputable law firm that could represent me when my focus was on my children. They found the Schoenberg group and I am thankful they did. Debra was very supportive in her approach when I needed it but also very straightforward when discussing outcomes and what I could expect. I definitely appreciated her approach towards me as well as in the courtroom. I truly believe they were able to reach the best possible outcome for me and my children and I am thankful for their help in allowing me to move forward.
I entered into a domestic partnership without doing all of my homework and when the relationship ended I found myself in a difficult situation. I never imagined the person I entered into partnership with would go after my finances the way he did. I was ignorant on the laws surrounding domestic partnerships or if I had any recourse. Ms. Schoenberg helped me understand exactly where I stood on a number of issues in my case and also what I could do to ensure I landed in a good place when it was all over. Luckily my partner became less and less contentious as the process went on, but I want to acknowledge how Ms. Schoenberg’s expertise, how she presented herself and represented me were crucial to the positive outcome that was reached.
Debra Schoenberg made me feel like a priority from our first meeting. An uncertain situation was turned into a manageable through their organization, efficiency, and knowledge. I felt confident to put myself completely in her hands. I always felt Ms. Schoenberg was being candid with me and trustworthy. She never beat around the bush and was transparent at every step and made complex legal issues easy to understand. The professionalism with which she worked on my case was remarkable. I would recommend the Schoenberg Family Law Group to anyone going through a divorce.
I was seeking a reputable family law firm for my prenuptial agreement and received high praise for the Schoenberg Law Group. Debra Schoenberg listened to my questions and responded to them very patiently. She also paid close attention all my concerns and made sure I was aware of the legal value of the agreement I was about to sign. It was fairly easy, they heard me out, made some recommendations I hadn’t thought of, and now I feel more informed and completely protected for my future and family.
The Schoenberg Law Group assisted me in my alimony case above and beyond my expectations. I knew I had some money coming to me, but thankfully I had them to ensure my children’s future. California has complicated laws and I didn’t know much about them, and I’m so happy to have hired such a professional and competent firm. The attorney fees are worth it and they really battled for me.
My ex-husband and I divorced several years ago, and although I was represented satisfactorily by a different law firm through that process, I decided not to go back to them for our second child support modification at the recommendation by a friend for the Schoenberg law group. I took the recommendation of my friend into great consideration as the child my ex and I share has special needs and issues surrounding their care is complicated. I feel fortunate to have been introduced to Debra Schoenberg and for having received the attention and support that I have. I write this in recommendation to others who need expert legal advice and as gratitude to Debra for the immense impact they have had on the care of my child.
Debra Schoenberg offered me helpful and insightful for every potential course of action. I was able to reach a settlement with my ex with as little friction between she and I and between our legal teams. I attribute this to Debra’s diligence, efficiency, professionalism, and skill. Had we gone to trial, I am confident Debra Schoenberg would have represented me vigorously, luckily we avoided that turn of events. I give her my highest recommendation.
I fired my grossly incompetent attorney in August 2017. I am a sympathetic woman who can easily put herself in other people’s shoes, but when an attorney does not want to address the client’s complaints it’s the right time to move on. And that’s exactly what I did.
After meeting with different attorneys I decided to move forward with the Schoenberg family law group. Debra Schoenberg was honest from the get-go, and by doing that she showed me how different she was from the unethical attorneys who were trying to take advantage of my desperation by making ridiculous promises.
It’s been less than a year since I switched attorneys, and although I haven’t got the court resolution I am very optimistic about it. Debra has already proven herself to be an ardent defender of his client’s rights and a competent attorney. Once my case is closed I will be posting an update, but I am very confident about it (fingers crossed).
I had an initial consultation last week with Debra Schoenberg regarding my never-ending divorce. Currently. I have another attorney who has been handling the case from the beginning but it has been advancing very slowly and I need a much faster pace. Indeed, it’s been over 2 months since the case stalled entirely and it’s not moving forward. Anyway, during my consultation Debra was able to review my documentation and after that she was able to provide me with her valuable feedback. I was very impressed with the way Debra handles divorces, therefore, I am finally going to switch attorneys so that I can leave everything in Debra’s hands. I really feel this is the right decision.
If you want to get desired results, Schoenberg Family Law Group is hands down one of the best family law firms.
I searched for a family law firm who had a wealth of experience and looked out for my best interests. I initially found Debra Schoenberg but did not go with her because her office location was far from my area. So, I hired an attorney who lived in my area and that turned out to be my biggest mistake ever.
In due time, I pivoted and hired Debra to represent my divorce case. As soon as Debra took over my case, she immediately coordinated a team with the right experts. I would undoubtedly be nowhere without her top-notch professional services. I felt a huge weight of stress lifted as she represented and fought hard for me. As a result, we were able to settle my case with a great outcome. Debra is my hero as I can’t thank her enough.
Without question, I would highly recommend Debra Schoenberg to anyone who is in need of a top-notch professional attorney. I am confident and can truly attest that no one will be disappointed in her services.
I was completely overwhelmed by what I didn’t know or understand of the divorce process. Debra Schoenberg took the time and made sure I was well prepared and counseled me as far as what I could receive in terms of spousal support. In court, Ms. Schoenberg was very impressive with their knowledge and quick thinking. Even during the most challenging situations, Debra came off as very personable but firm. This was their style throughout and I appreciated that combination. I never hesitated to ask questions or reach out for counsel. Ms. Schoenberg was always receptive and responsive to my needs. I am grateful to have found her.
Debra Schoenberg worked tirelessly on my behalf. She showed integrity and resolve at every stage. Unfortunately, my ex and I were unable to reach a settlement and our case went to trial. I did everything I could to avoid this situation but she seemed to be interested in escalating this as much as possible. Debra represented me and my interests in a bold and intelligent manner. I felt confident in her knowledge of the system and strength in the face of some of the wild tactics by the other side. I truly believe Debra Schoenberg is the best out there. I would and have given them a firm recommendation to others.
I was heading into my second marriage and after the first was a mess, I decided to get assistance concerning a pre-nup agreement. With a simple call, I was able to book an appointment to get the ball rolling. I was highly impressed by the professionalism, expertise and almost immediate feedback Debra Schoenberg provided me with. Thanks to her knowledge and work I feel at ease knowing that I can rest assured that all my assets are covered.
Schoenberg Family Law Group took what I thought was an impossible case to giving me hope. Since the beginning of my case, Debra was fast to respond, made herself available during after hours and she kept me updated regarding the developments of my case. Another attorney was handling my divorce before, but he seemed to be dragging his feet on my case so I was left with no other option but to look for a more competitive attorney. Debra Schoenberg’s knowledge and confidence helped me throughout my entire divorce. I can trust her and I won’t hesitate to refer her to anyone from now on.
Attorney Schoenberg was totally dedicated to helping me with my recent divorce. She was professional from the word go, always on time and very impressive to deal even with the toughest situation. I am so grateful to her for all she did for me.
Seriously, her concern for the misfortune of others and her substantive knowledge of the law are an unstoppable force in court.
I hired a different lawyer based on positive reviews I found on different websites. Unluckily, I paid a high price for choosing the wrong person. When my divorce started to look dreadful for me, I decided to get rid of my initial attorney and replace him with Debra Schoenberg. That was a great call; Debra is a five-star lawyer whose integrity and honesty is unmatched. Her approach to my divorce was strategic and rational, which allowed us to reach a positive conclusion. I heartily trust her and anyone else who works at the Schoenberg Family Law Group.
Debra Schoenberg had by far the most thorough knowledge base in comparison to other attorneys I consulted with. Divorce was a terrifying concept and I was elated to find her. Debra worked hard on my case from one end to the other, kept in touch with me continuously during the whole process and saved me from drowning. If you are dealing with the stress of a divorce, then the Schoenberg family law group is the way to go!
Working with the Schoenberg law group was a pleasure. They treated me with respect and genuine concern for my well-being. Divorce can be high stress, but in every conversation I had with Debra Schoenberg our interactions were warm and pleasant. I would recommend her and the other lawyers who work in this office to anyone dealing with a difficult divorce.
Ms. Schoenberg was so refreshing to work with. She gave such sound advice and walked me through my custody dispute with my ex with respect and kindness. Issues dealing with my child leave me worried and stressed, as we approached the end of my case I realized how great she had been through the entire process. Ms. Schoenberg really carried me with their support. I truly recommend her.
I was afraid of losing joint custody of my son, but Debra Schoenberg helped me get a fair settlement and custody agreement. I resorted to the Schoenberg family law group as soon as I saw how aggressive my ex-husband’s attorney was in each interaction we had. His actions showed how important was to have a kick-ass attorney on my side during a hostile divorce. My representation was top-notch, I could not have asked for a better attorney.
I called the Schoenberg family law group when I needed an attorney for a tough matter regarding a possible divorce and its enduring consequences. I was able to get hold of Debra over the phone, and I was struck by how professional and receptive she was to my concerns. She made me feel very comfortable from this first interaction within minutes I was able to calm down. It’s hard to tell how it feels when you know you are in the hands of the right attorney. I have only been working with Debra Schoenberg for a few weeks, but I feel confident I have made the correct choice and I everything will be just fine.
My first divorce was grueling. Before this second divorce I knew I needed reputable representation. I retained Schoenberg Law to represent me and that decision was a game changer. The whole office was super friendly and responsive to all my questions and concerns–they knew what they were doing. I really wish that I have been previously connected with this office prior to my first divorce, because they have the experience and are honest. Being my second divorce, I had realistic expectations of the settlement outcome. To my surprise, I ended up doing better with the Schoenberg firm than I had expected.
Good lawyers are a rare breed. I imagine they become a bit jaded after dealing with so much and then that translates to how they deal with clients. I am so happy to have found Debra Schoenberg and her team. They have been supportive and kind. Ms. Schoenberg is a great listener and gives great advice on how to proceed in my case. I will recommend her to others who find themselves in situations like mine.
After the judgement of my divorce I only had custody of my son every other weekend. I travel a lot for work, so I thought I would make do with it. I switched jobs and unsuccessfully tried to negotiate new terms of the custody. I hired the Schoenberg Group and they succeeded in changing my custody judgement.
The first thing I learned from my personal experience was that even good people can be at their very worst during a divorce. My ex-husband became unreasonable, unapproachable and seemed willing to pay the price to see me suffering. Debra Schoenberg was my last resort to reduce the tension in the family and to help us cohabit peacefully while we were divorcing. After reaching my ex by phone, Debra persuaded him to work together amicably to try to reach a fair agreement for both sides. A few days later Debra called me to let me know that the two parties had reached an agreement. Her words allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the nightmare was over.
Debra Schoenberg is a sharp lawyer with a thorough knowledge of the family court system. She worked ceaselessly for me and my child. Her attention to our case was diligent and she was the best person to represent us against my ex-wife’s legal team. Debra Schoenberg is results-oriented and she was able to reach the desired outcome for us.
Had my initial consultation with attorney Schoenberg today and she made me feel really comfortable about my case and my chances of a positive outcome. I feel well informed about my options and what steps I can take to secure my situation. I have a few more questions before deciding on representation but I am feeling good about her.
I have been working with Debra Schoenberg for the last four months and half and I feel prepared to fight my custody case because of her work and her advice. I genuinely respect Ms. Schoenberg as a person and as an attorney. I feel taken care of during this very difficult time. I am looking forward to putting this entire matter behind me and I am looking forward to a good outcome.
I needed someone professional and with the expertise to handle my case. I had a complicated financial situation heading into my divorce and I needed a law firm that would be able to represent my needs. Debra Schoenberg was knowledgeable, responsive, and meticulous with every detail of my case. In the end I was satisfied with the result of my case. With the help of Debra and her team, I am well positioned to move forward in my life.
The Schoenberg law firm was incredibly helpful. Debra supported my every decision and made sure I was thoroughly informed at every step. It felt like a partnership more than me handing my life over to a bunch of lawyers. It really made the entire ordeal manageable.
Debra Schoenberg is knowledgeable, trustworthy & honest. She educated me in many areas of divorce law in California, was honest with me about my situation and most of all, she fought for me through a lengthy divorce. The entire staff was amazing and really supportive. I couldn’t have made it through without them.
I am the father of two daughters and I had two law firms refuse to take my custody case because they didn’t think they would be able to have a successful custody case. I couldn’t believe it. Luckily, I was referred to the Schoenberg Family Law Group and they took my case after the first consultation. I knew it would be a difficult case, mothers are usually favored in these situations, I am hopeful that my case will go well and that I will have my daughters under my roof. I am confident that Ms. Schoenberg will be able to represent me and my daughters in our upcoming proceedings.
My divorce was not simple at all; indeed, it was way harder than I predicted. My ex-husband and I had no desire for publicity and wanted to keep a low profile. We did not want to go to court and if there was no way to avoid court then we did not want to be loudmouths. Debra understood how important it was to be tactful and reserved during our divorce. She listened carefully, was respectful of our wishes and kept the legal fees to a minimum. She was a rock anytime I became emotional or grumpy. She knew how to steer me, maintaining a positive upbeat attitude even during the toughest times. The associates we met were also very friendly. I remain very grateful now, years after the resolution of my divorce, to have worked with SFLG.
My divorce process was so easy. My ex and I decided to separate amicably- yes, it can happen if you are dealing with someone who is an honorable person! We both wanted to make sure we were doing everything in the best way possible for both of us so we consulted with Debra Schoenberg. The paperwork was quick and painless. We were very happy we were referred to her.
During my divorce proceedings, I was lucky to have Debra Schoenberg on my side. What started out as an amicable split turned nasty really quickly. My ex-wife was getting bad advice from her counsel, who had apparently advised her to bleed me dry. I never expected we would go to trial, but things never happen the way you expect. Debra was tough and aggressive against the opposing lawyers and I was able to come out of it with a fair resolution. Happy it’s behind me.
I have had such a wonderful experience with Debra Schoenberg and her staff. Their care for the well-being of me and my family is unparalleled. I can recognize the pride every attorney at the Schoenberg Law Group has in their work and I appreciate their efficiency and attentiveness. I would highly recommend them to those who need good representation during a divorce.
I was referred to Ms. Schoenberg by a mutual acquaintance. Ms Schoenberg’s expertise made my divorce as easy as possible, not to mention that her knowledge was the key to expedite this process. Ms. Schoenberg and the paralegals kept me informed of my options and had great communication with me throughout. I have continued to reach out to her for legal guidance and will continue to do so. I had a wonderful experience with the Schoenberg Family Law Group.
I really appreciated Debra’s confidence and guidance through my difficult divorce, especially during the times when I felt I didn’t know what to do. Her performance in the courtroom was amazing, she represented me in a clear and direct manner and I believe it had everything to do with the outcome. She was firm and assertive, but not overly aggressive like my wife’s attorney. I was happy I had Debra in my corner. I hope I never have to use her services, but I would contact her if I ever find myself in this situation again.
Debra Schoenberg was a beast in the courtroom. Direct and to the point. I could tell my ex-wife was shaking in her boots. It was clear which of the two of us had the better representation. Debra was prepared, methodical, clear, and aggressive. I was not surprised the judge ruled in my favor, and the outcome was even more favorable than I expected going in. I can’t thank her enough for all she did for me.
I was so nervous about hiring a lawyer for my divorce. I had co-workers filling my head with horror stories about what the process would be like and how much it was going to cost. Debra Schoenberg was upfront and honest about everything. She was responsive and easy to get a hold of. I felt in control and like I was involved in the entire process, so there were no surprises. Divorce is not an easy process, but Debra made it manageable with her professionalism and attention.
When I needed help with a custody issue I called the Schoenberg Family Law Group. I was referred to them by my brother who had a great experience with them a few years back. And the outcome was great; I have more time with my kids than I initially expected and the child support agreement was way more reasonable than what my ex was requesting. I highly recommend this law firm.
When I walked into the office I became impressed by how neat and clean it was. The way it looked said a lot about the Schoenberg Family Law Group; it created a very positive perception about the staff members and the company. It was so organized that I couldn’t help but feel comfortable and welcomed. Anyway, my overall experience was as positive as the first impression I had about this law firm. My messages were promptly responded by Ms. Schoenberg and the level of emotional support I received was amazing. Ms. Schoenberg fought endlessly until the charges I was facing were dropped, one by one. I am not surprised to see that she’s among the top-rated divorce & family law attorneys on Yelp.
When I was looking for a lawyer to help with a family matter, I can admit I had my defenses up. I expected any lawyer I spoke with would be eager to take a case and make promises they could make everything turn in my favor. I made a consultation appointment with Debra Schoenberg and was surprised by her honesty. She laid out what I could expect and what the firm would be able to do or not do. I was advised mine could be a difficult case if I proceeded with what I thought I wanted. Then she reassured me I had other options and what those could look like. I am still “shopping” around, but I can say that I have yet to meet with another firm that made me feel the level of confidence I felt when I spoke with her. I am highly considering returning to the Schoenberg family law group.
Debra Schoenberg is a sharp attorney who knows how to fight for her clients. I happen to be going through a custody battle at the same time as close friend was starting her divorce, so the two of us resorted to the Schoenberg family law group. Ms. Schoenberg was professional, quick and had the experience and knowledge needed to obtain the best possible outcome in court. Any question or concern I had, she was there to attend to it.
I hired Debra Schoenberg for my divorce a couple of years ago. I was most concerned about the custody agreement and the child support order. All went well and I go back to her when I need help reinforcing the order. Several years have passed since Debra represented me, however, she still remembers my case very well. Whenever I get in touch with her I get a fast response. I would recommend her to anyone going through a divorce/child custody/support matters.
In my personal opinion, the Schoenberg Family Law Group is a top-notch law firm with superb attorneys. From our initial phone conversation, I was made to feel teaming with them was the right choice. My ex was going out of their way to create a case against me as an abusive partner in an attempt to tarnish the custody case. I never thought anyone possible of taking such great lengths to interfere with a child having their parent. In my time of need I was so grateful to have the best lawyer on my side. I honestly love Ms. Debra Schoenberg and the staff for all they have done for me.
By far the best family law firm in the Bay Area. Knowledgeable, respectful of me as a person and respectful of my time, just great to deal with. I can’t say enough about the professionalism exhibited by Ms. Debra Schoenberg and the office as a whole. Thank you, Ms. Debra and staff, for your work and support during all these month
From the very first meeting, I knew that putting my trust in Debra Schoenberg was the best decision I could make regarding my alimony case. Debra made me feel confident about my choices and less afraid about going to trial. I couldn’t have asked for better representation. She was prepared, professional, and a force to be reckoned with in court. She is simply the best.
I met with Debra Schoenberg early today and within five minutes I could tell that I she was a divorce and family law pundit. What I really liked about her, is that she is empowering at many levels. I was referred to her by another attorney who isn’t taking new intakes right now and spoke highly of Debra. Not only she was direct with me, but she also helped me evaluate my needs. Knowing that I have an efficient attorney in my corner is an immense source of relief.
Debra is quick to respond and always provides the best, personal attention. I hired her years ago to handle my own divorce and a few months later I hired her again to help me with a different matter. I have referred a close friend to her law firm and she too had only great things to say. I will continue to refer friends and family.