Debra R. Schoenberg

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Francisco, California

Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.
Debra R. Schoenberg
Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2008

Education: University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2011, 2014 - 2023

Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C.

575 Market Street
Suite 4000
San Francisco, CA 94105 Visit website



Debra R. Schoenberg, Esq., has earned a stellar reputation as a respected leader in family law by building relationships with her clients based on trust, integrity, and open communication. Her long and distinguished career began more than thirty years ago after she established her firm, Schoenberg Family Law Group. Ms. Schoenberg’s vast experience and expertise in the highly sensitive and complex practice of family law has solidified her standing in the legal community as a trusted advocate who is respected for her thoroughness, strategic thinking, and keen attention to detail. With a fierce sense of loyalty and dedication, Ms. Schoenberg strives to preserve her client’s dignity and humanity as she helps them navigate the difficult and painful process of dissolution.

Ms. Schoenberg is at the forefront of the ever-evolving field of family law as society continues to define the meaning of family. She specializes 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, Ms. Schoenberg handles cases that range from complex financial issues and extensive marital estates, to high-conflict custody matters.

Adept at negotiating resolutions as well as aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes, she also handles straightforward family law cases, pre- and post-marital agreements, and marital settlements. Ms. Schoenberg has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to fairness and equity, and because of her extensive expertise, she can capture the perfect balance of compassionate sensitivity with the aggressive assertion of a client’s rights.

As a prominent family law attorney, Ms. Schoenberg is frequently asked to lecture and share her insight with members of the legal community. In recognition of her work, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Board-Certified Family Law Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is also a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State of California Board of Legal Specialization. As a result of an extensive and confidential review by members of the Bar, she has been repeatedly listed in the Directory of Super Lawyers.

Ms. Schoenberg has been recognized by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s Best Lawyers. The San Francisco Business Times repeatedly names Debra Schoenberg to their Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses, their 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area, the Top 25 LGBT-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area and a Leading Corporate Philanthropist.

Additionally, Ms. Schoenberg was selected by peer recognition and professional achievement as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California and was named one of the Ten Best Family Law Attorneys in California by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. The firm has also been repeatedly selected as one of the top three family law firms in the Bay Area. Parents' Press East Bay has also voted Schoenberg Family Law Group Best of Bay. 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. Ms. Schoenberg is a member of the California, New York, and Vermont Bar Associations. She is the author of a book entitled “Divorce in California."

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1987, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • How to Handle Debt in a Divorce; Divorce Proceedings Go Virtual During Pandemic; Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Divorce;  How Death of a Child Can Impact a Marriage  , SFLG August 2020 Newsletter
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Family Law Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified Family Law Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies, San Francisco Business Times
  • Expertise, Best Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco
  • Top 100 Woman-Owned Businesses, San Francisco Business Times
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Woman Leaders in the Law
  • American Jurist Institute, Top 10 Attorneys
  • BestLawyers, US News and World Report
  • Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell
  • SuperLawyers
  • Parents’ Press: BEST of the Bay
  • AVVO 10 Rating
  • AVVO Client Choice Awards
  • Recorder: “The Best” Hall of Fame
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Program and Planning Committee:  Jewish Children’s and Family Services, SF Bay Area
  • Corporate Council, Berkeley Rep
  • Board of Directors: Lava Mae, San Francisco, CA
  • Board of Trustees: Temple Sinai, Oakland CA
Educational Background:
  • Western College Program at Miami University, Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy, 1980
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The Legal Process, Your Rights and What to Expect. A must-read for anyone contemplating divorce.  Accessible Q&A format, with answers to more than 350 questions., Author, Divorce in California, Addicus
  • From the dawn of society, one of the most fundamental tenets upon which civilization has been built has been rooted in civility. It is the basic premise upon which civilization has come to flourish. What is known in the vernacular today as the "golden rule" - "do unto others as you will have them do unto you" - dates back to early judeo-christian times, as expressed in the Talmud. This simple concept exemplifies the essence of civility. The "golden rule" is found in nearly every modern-day religion, demonstrating how it transcends all other considerations and is an essential part of the fabric of society. No society can successfully flourish if its members do not treat one another with respect., Author, Who Among us Will do the Right Thing, Aspatore
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York, 1985, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • California Bar, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1987
  • Vermont, 1990, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2012
  • Member, State Bar of California, Family Law Section
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • SuperLawyers, 2020

Office location for Debra R. Schoenberg

575 Market Street
Suite 4000
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-834-1120


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2011, 2014 - 2023

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