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Recognizing that the breakup of a committed relationship is one of life’s most difficult events, Shirley May Steinbach is dedicated to guiding clients through this challenging time and reminding them to concentrate on their long-term goals.


Serving individuals who are in marital as well as non-marital relationships, Shirley helps her clients to dissolve financial partnerships in a favorable manner.  As a solutions-oriented lawyer, Shirley explores the full continuum of options with her clients so they can choose the approach that is in their best interests.  When clients prefer to stay out of court and determine their own fates, Shirley uses her strengths as a litigator to promote opposing parties to achieve an out-of-court settlement. Throughout the process Shirley is sensitive to the needs of children and works to protect them from the damaging effects of divorce. 


Shirley draws upon her years of experience resolving “business divorces” at a large, corporate law firm in Washington D.C. to assist clients in comparable personal circumstances. She understands the inner workings of business and the valuation of assets, and focuses on achieving marital settlement agreements that protect her clients’ financial interests.  Many of her clients are corporate executives, business owners, and their spouses and partners.


Representative matters include:

  • Negotiating a settlement between co-owners of a condominium who were never married that consisted of a favorable buy-out for her client.  

  • Persuading a court to enter an adjudication of paternity in favor of her client and against the husband of the child’s mother, despite a flawed statute that presumed that a mother’s husband is her child’s father even in the face of a DNA test establishing otherwise.


The demise of a relationship is emotionally distressing.  Shirley encourages her clients to look beyond their present situation and prepare for the kind of life they would like to lead in the future.


Languages spoken: Hebrew, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 90%
    4 years, 5 cases
  2. Litigation: 7%
    9 years, 25 cases
  3. Immigration: 3%
    6 years, 3 cases

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Contact info

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

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


DCActive 200811/29/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law200710/09/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyFeldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell2013 - Present
AttorneyVenable LLP2007 - 2012
Judicial InternUnited States District Court For The District Of Maryland2005 - 2005
Knowledge Management ConsultantThe World Bank2003 - 2004
Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Bar Association Rocket Docket NewsBye, Bye Blackwelder2009
Federal Bar Association Rocket Docket NewsWatch Out for the Work Product Doctrine2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJ.D.2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Venable LLPPreservation Encounters of a Third-Party Kind2012