Elizabeth Selmo

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Washington, DC

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
 | 1129 20th Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-8960
Fax: 202-293-8103
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2014
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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    As a family law attorney representing clients in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Selmo is an associate at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP. With a deep understanding of how all-consuming the financial and emotional problems in a divorce can be, Ms. Selmo handles these matters efficiently and effectively to provide clients a sense of restoration once the process is done and to help them create a roadmap for their future.

    A former Legal Research Attorney for The Superior Court of California County of San Francisco Unified Family Court, Ms. Selmo also owned her own family law firm; her entire career has been focused on helping those going through difficult times. Ms. Selmo is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in California.

    Ms. Selmo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 from California State University before obtaining a Juris Doctor in 2009 from Golden Gate University School of Law. She has also passed the AFCC Parenting Coordination Training, the Access Mediation Certification course and the Divorce Mediation Certification course. Ms. Selmo’s goal is to keep cases out of court and reduce hostility and volatility, although she is prepared to take a case as far as necessary to protect the rights of her clients.

    A member of the Family Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar, Ms. Selmo is also a sustaining member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and a member of the Washington Council of Lawyers, the Alexandria Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She works to educate her clients about their options for the future and the best way to get there.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements


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    Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

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    About Elizabeth Selmo

    Admitted: 2014, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage: https://www.feldesmantucker.com/attorneys/elizabeth-selmo/

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • 20-Hour Child Access Mediation Certification
    • 40-Hour Divorce Mediation Certification

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • California
    • District of Columbia
    • Alexandria Bar Association
    • Washington Council of Lawyers
    • American Bar Association
    • Woman’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Sustaining Member
    • DC Bar Association, Family Law Section

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • When Your Spouse Takes an Extreme Position in Your Divorce
    • Does My Spouse Have an Interest in My Business in Our Divorce?


    • How to Achieve Effective Co-Parent CommunicationElizabeth Selmo – Partner Family Law Washington, DC Divorce Lawyer, Elizabeth Selmo discusses effective co-parenting tips. The most important piece of a co-parenting relationship is effective communication. My three tips for effective communication would be first to think of the other parent as a co-worker. You want all of your communication with them to be professional in tone, not sarcastic, and really focusing on the important matter at hand. The second tip is to focus on the present. Avoid blaming your partner for something they have done in the past. This type of communication is rarely helpful to resolving a time sensitive issue in particular. Lastly, you want to follow the golden rule with co-parent communication in that anything you would expect the other parent to tell you, you should tell them. Another important thing for parents to keep in mind is that conflict between them actually hurts their children and that has been shown over and over again. When you are reaching out and being polite to the other parent, you are doing your child a benefit and that is really important to keep in mind and will hopefully give you the strength to do that as you move through some really difficult times. My top goal with working with clients, especially those going through divorce and those with children, is to bring down their stress level. I try to do that by minimizing conflict and helping them resolve their legal issues in a straight forward manner as possible. I want my clients to be able to focus on the things that are really important to them like enjoying their children and succeeding in their careers. I want them to focus on what’s exciting about the future., How to Achieve Effective Co-Parent Communication, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • California State University, Chico, B.A., 2006
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    Office Location for Elizabeth Selmo

    1129 20th Street, NW
    4th Floor
    Washington, DC 20036

    Phone: 202-466-8960

    Fax: 202-293-8103

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    Last Updated: 11/24/2019

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