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Leslie Ellen Shear

Leslie Ellen Shear

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I am one of only two California lawyers certified by the State Bar of CA, Bd. of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist (1983) and a Certified Appellate Law Specialist (2009). I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


 


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My family law practice is limited to complex child custody and parentage, and jurisdiction (including international child custody) cases, and appellate matters.


I appear in California trial courts in cases involving complex child custody (including international and interstate) issues and complex parentage issues. I appear in all California appellate courts, and represented a child before the U.S. Supreme Court. I have many published appellate decisions.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Family: 100%
    39 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($600/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Therese M Hankel

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I not only endorse Ms. Sheer, I am awestricken. Ms. Sheer is amazing--capable, ultra-knowledgeable, sharp, witty, and an excellent advocate. You should be so lucky to have her as your counsel.

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  • Vivian Lynn Goetzel Holley

    I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend her services. She is simply brilliant and has a wealth of knowledge in her custody and appellate specialties which she readily shares with others. I call her whenever I have a complicated paternity/maternity case to sort through. Leslie and I have been colleagues since the early 1990's during which time we served on the Association of Family Law Specialist Board of Directors together. Leslie has written numerous appellate briefs in her capacity as amicus counsel for ACFLS over many years with the purpose of educating the courts usually about the best interests of the children.

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Contact Info

Leslie Ellen Shear, CFLS, CALS, IAML

Attorney at Law
16133 Ventura Blvd Seventh Floor
Encino, CA, 91436-2403

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197602/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell®2015
Super LawyerLos Angeles and Super Lawyers Magazines2015
Hall of Fame AwardACFLS2014
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™Martindale-Hubbell2014
Joseph Drown Award for Service to ChildrenAssociation of Family and Conciliation Courts, CA Chapter2014
Super LawyerLos Angeles and Super Lawyers Magazines2014
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™Martindale-Hubbell2013
Ambassador AwardAssociation of Family and Conciliation Courts2013
Super LawyerLos Angeles & Super Lawyers Magazines2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™Martindale-Hubbell2012
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™Martindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™Martindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2009
Los Angeles Magazine SuperlawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)Los Angeles Magazine2007
Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)Los Angeles Magazine2006
Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)Los Angeles Magazine2005
Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)Los Angeles Magazine2004
AV ratingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney, PrincipalLaw Office of Leslie Ellen Shear1985 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2009 - Present
ScribesMember2007 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsPast President (various board positions)1997 - 2014
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember (former California Chapter Board Member)1981 - 2007
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember (former Family Law Executive Committee Member)N/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of California, Board of Legal SpecializationFamily Law Advisory Commissioner (former)N/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Michael H. v. Gerald D. (1989) 491 U.S. 110Established child's due process right re parentage
Hocharian v. Superior Court (1981) 28 Cal. 3d 714Prevailed in Cal. Supreme Ct. Reversed trial court
Montenegro v. Diaz (2001) 26 Cal. 4th 249Court adopted analysis set forth in amicus brief.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
California Continuing Education of the Bar, California Child Custody Law and Practice (CEB) [Rev. annually]Chapter 4, Parenting Plans2014
Journal of Child Custody (with co-author Leslie Drozd)To Speak of All Kinds of Things: Child Custody Evaluations and the Unique Characteristics of Relocations to Foreign Countries2013
Journal of Child Custody (coauthor Julia C. Shear Kushner)Taking and Keeping the Children: Family Abduction Risk and Remedies in U.S. Family Courts2013
Journal of Child CustodyGuest Editor's Note (Special International Custody Issue)2013
IAML Law JournalDude I’m 14 Years Old and I’m Here to Address The Court.....Now What? California Prepares for Teenagers in Family Court2012
AFCC E-NewsASK THE EXPERTS Ten Reasons the Hague Abduction Convention May Not Be Enough2011
ABA Family Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 1Relocation Realities: Developing a Long-Distance Parenting Plan,2010
AFCC NewsletterACFLS Files Amici Curiae
Brief in Proposition 8 Cases:
March 5 Oral Argument Signals No
Retroactive Application; Justices Split
on Constitutional Validity of Proposition 82009
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), California Child Custody Law and Practice (rev. annually)Chapter 4: Parenting Plans2009
Journal of Child CustodyIn Search of Statutory Authority for Parenting Coordinator Orders in California: Using a Grass-roots, Hybrid Model Without an Enabling Statute2008
AFCC-Cal (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter) NewsletterWill This Child Move? The Structure of Move-Away Analysis2001
ACFLS (Association of Certified Family Law Specialists) NewsletterWill This Child Move? The Structure of Move-Away Analysis2001
AFCC-Cal (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter) NewsletterComment: Montenegro v. Diaz — Cal Supreme Court Quietly Changes The Child Custody Landscape While Sidestepping Central Questions2001
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Child CustodyFrom Competition to Complementarity: Legal Issues and their Clinical Implications in Custody1998
Faculty Handbook joint conferences: ABA Family Law Section and the American Psychological AssociationPainting Family Portraits for the New Paradigm: The Modern Art of Parenting Plan Evaluations1997
Family and Conciliation Courts ReviewChildren’s Lawyers in California Family Law Courts: Balancing Competing Policies and Values Regarding Questions of Ethics1996
Family and Conciliation Courts ReviewGuest Editorial (User-fees for Mandatory Custody Mediation)1996
Family and Conciliation Courts ReviewLife Stories, Doctrines and Decisionmaking: Three High Courts Confront the Move-away Dilemma1996
Los Angeles Daily JournalGuest Editorial (User-fees for Mandatory Custody Mediation)1995
UnknownThe Boundaries of Mental Health Expertise In Dependency and Family Law: A Proposal For Standards of Practice1988
AFCC-Cal (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter) Newsletter ColumnDrafting Plans Allocating Parental Responsibility1983
LACBA Family Law Section Child Custody ColloquiumChild Custody Evaluations: A Guide For Attorneys and Evaluators1982
Fifth Annual Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Colloquium Handbook: "The Child, the Family and the Legal System"Drafting Post-Separation Orders Allocating Parental Rights and Responsibilities1981
AFCC-Cal (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, California Chapter) Conference Proceedings: "Mediation of Child Custody and Visitation Disputes"Developing Written Agreements and Working Effectively With Attorneys1981
Journal of Child CustodyBook review columnsN/A
ACFLS (Association of Certified Family Law Specialists) Newsletter"Custody Matters" columnsN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
California Chapter ConferenceTaking and Keeping: What All of Us Need to Know About Family Code §3048 and Abduction-Risk Research2015
California Chapter ConferenceA Four-Hour Tour – Cal-UCCJEA and Beyond2015
AFMS/AFCC Alberta: Professionals At The CrossroadsBringing Up Baby: Developing Parenting Plans that Grow With the Baby2015
ACFLS 2015 Spring SeminarOrders Across Borders2015
Cultural CompetencyTake My Child Back: Handling your First Hague Petition2014
AFCC California Chapter ConferenceMoving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case (Special Institute)2014
AFCC CA Chapter ConferenceStructuring California Child Custody Evaluations: Appointment Orders & Procedures Statements2014
AFCC 51st Annual Conference (Toronto)Bringing Up Baby: Developing Parenting Plans that Grow With the Baby2014
ACFLS Sacramento Chapter LunchFrom “I Rest” to “I Appeal”: The Post-Evidentiary Phase of a Family Law RFO or Trial2014
White-Zuckerman Manhattan Beach Study GroupFrom “I Rest” to “I Appeal”: The Post-Evidentiary Phase of a Family Law RFO or Trial2013
Washington Chapter ConferenceMoving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case2013
Voice of the Child (Santa Clara County)Dude, I'm 14 years old and I'm Here to Address the Court ... Now What? Children’s Voices in Family Court2013
Orange County ACFLS Chapter DinnerMoving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case2013
LACBA Advanced Minors' Counsel TrainingA Three-Hour Tour – Cal-UCCJEA and Beyond2013
CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN FAMILY PRACTICEImproving Our Cultural Competency in the Courtroom: Tools for Autodidacts2013
CA Chapter, AFCC Evaluator TrainingDOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL UPDATE2013
Alameda County Minors' Counsel TrainingOther People’s Children: First Do No Harm (Ethical Issues for Family Court Minors’ Counsel)2013
50th Annual Conference (Los Angeles)Moving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case (Special Institute)2013
Family Law SymposiumFrom Righteous Indignation to Reversal: Family Law Appellate Practice Basics2012
Cal Chapter Conference --Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsSpecial Institute: Inside Parenting Coordination Practice in California: Managing Roles, Responsibilities and Risks2012
Annual MeetingDude, I'm 14 years old and I'm Here to Address the Court ... Now What? Children’s Voices in Family Court2012
ACFLS January luncheon meetingAn Imperfect Toolkit: Parental Abduction Prevention and Remedies 10 REASONS THE HAGUE CONVENTION MAY NOT BE ENOUGH2012
“Comprehensive Look at Transnational Employment Issues: The Tax, Family, Employment, Immigration (and Inheritance) Issues.”An Overview of Transnational Employment Issues: Employment, Family, Tax, and Inheritance2011
Webinar CA State Bar Family Law SectionTaking Children's Testimony in Family Law Cases2011
Study GroupDeposing Custody Litigants2011
Minors at Risk CaucusAn Imperfect Toolkit: Parental Abduction Prevention and Remedies 10 REASONS THE HAGUE CONVENTION MAY NOT BE ENOUGH2011
Dinner meetingChildren’s Voices In Family Court Minors Testifying? ... Major Concerns!2011
AFCC-CA Writing Institute, Annual Conference San FranciscoSubstance, Structure and Style: Writing About Children and their Families in Family Court Settings2011
AFCC-CA Annual Conference San FranciscoEvaluator Makeover Workshop2011
AFCC 48th Annual Conference -- Orlando“Why Can’t the Little Girl Have Two Daddies and a Mommy?” Considering Three (or More) Parent Families2011
ACFLS Spring Seminar -- Indian WellsTravels With Finney -- A Family Lawyer and her IPad2011
2011 AOC/LAAC Family Law ConferenceMove-Away Custodial Cases2011
State Bar of California Annual MeetingPROBLEMS WITH POP-DEC’S2010
Minors at Risk CaucusJust the Facts, Mam, Just the Facts: Admissible Evidence for Minors Counsel2010
LACBA 2010 Minors’ Counsel Training October 15-16, 2010Working Effectively with Parents’ Counsel- Dos and Don’ts2010
Dinner Meeting -- San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Family Law SectionAn Imperfect Toolkit: Parental Abduction Prevention and Remedies2010
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring SeminarATTORNEYS’ FEES AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE TOOLKIT FOR CASES WHERE A PARTY SHOWS LITTLE OR NO INCOME, BUT MANAGES TO FUND A SUBSTANTIAL LITIGATION BUDGET FROM THIRD PARTY HELP OR OTHER SOURCES2010
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceCustody Lawyer/ Mediator/ Evaluator as Storyteller: Shaping Narratives to Help Decisionmakers Craft Individualized Parenting Plans2010
AFCC 47th Annual Conference -- DenverAnatomy of a Parenting Plan Full Day Institute2010
ACFLS North Chapter DinnerDeposing Custody Litigants2010
"Helping Families: New Directions in Consensual Dispute Resolution."Hearing Children’s Voices in CDR2010
Law Day DinnerPropositon 8 Cases and the California Supreme Court2009
LACBA Family Law Inns of CourtSpot the Issues: Civil Marriage in California for Same-Sex Couples2009
Family Law Section Monthly DinnerParenting Plans for Toddlers and Teenagers2009
BHBA Famlly Law Section dinnerDeposing Custody Litigants2009
AFCC 42nd Annual ConferenceInternational Moveaway Cases: Practical Issues2009
2nd Annual Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Conference: MISSION POSSIBLEAre Lawyers Unbundling In a Frigid Economy?2009
White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt San Gabriel Valley Family Law Study GroupFamily Law Fairness After Seagondollar and Elkins: A Pragmatic Approach2008
Minors' Counsel Training ProgramFirst Do No Harm - Recognizing Our Limitations2008
Legal Aid Association of California 2008 Family Law ConferenceHandling Move-Away Cases in the Public Law Setting A Moving Target: Requirements and Rights in Move-Away Cases2008
AFCC Annual Conference Vancouver, Canada: Fitting the Forum to the Family: Emerging Challenges for Family CourtsThe Custody Lawyer/ Mediator/ Evaluator as Storyteller: Shaping Narratives to Help Decisionmakers Craft Individualized Parenting Plans2008
2008 Annual Meeting State Bar of CAThe Custody Lawyer as Storyteller: Drafting Admissible, Compelling, and Effective Declarations2008
State Bar of California Annual MeetingA Moving Target: Requirements and Rights in Move-Away Cases2007
Family Law BuzzwordsParentage, Interstate & International Custody Buzzwords Jeopardy2006
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceBrown v. Yana2006
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceIt’s a Small World After All: Understanding and Addressing International Child Custody and Visitation Cases (Daylong Special Institute)2006
AFCC Annual ConferenceRelocation and Custody Modification Revisited: the California Supreme Court and Marriage of Lamusga2006
2006 Spring Training: AAML No. Cal.Keynote Address The Natural: Rules of the Game2006
Family Law Section Monthly DinnerSame-sex Parentage Issues2005
Domestic PartnersParentage Issues for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples California’s Parentage Law Revolution: Step By Step2005
Trial Advocacy Seminar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (California - South chapter)INTERVIEWING CLIENTS IN RELOCATION CASES2004
State Bar of California Annual MeetingThe Changing Face of California Parentage Law – Beyond Birth and Blood Tests: Social Parents, Presumed Parents and Intended Parents2004
Family Law Section LuncheonChild Custody Evaluations: Form Follows Function2004
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceAnatomy of a Parenting Plan2004
AFCC 41st Annual Conference: Best Interests Revisited, Challenging Our AssumptionsRelocation And Custody Modification Revisited: The California Supreme Court And Marriage of LaMusga2004
Administrative Office of the Courts Family Court Services TrainingMove-Aways and Modifications — The Impact of Marriage of LaMusga2004
The Hague Child Abduction Convention SeminarThe “Right to Remove” of the Custodial Parent — the Burgess Case and Subsequent Cases2003
State Bar of California Annual MeetingMoving Away in the New Millenium2003
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceThe Role of the Psychological Expert Witness in International Custody Proceedings2003
ACFLS Children's IssuesPractical Implications of Recent Changes in Custody Law2003
State Bar of California Annual MeetingRethinking Joint and Sole Legal Custody Orders2002
Family Law Section LuncheonInternational Move-Away Cases: Law and Practice2002
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceMove-Aways With Young Children (included section on international moveaways) Special Institute2002
AFCC-CA Annual ConferenceLegal Custody and Best Interests (Assessing and Allocating Communication and Decision-Making Authority)2002
AFCC Fifth International Symposium on Child Custody EvaluationsEvaluating Appointment Orders2002
AFCC Fifth International Symposium on Child Custody EvaluationsCalifornia Domestic Violence Update: Highlights of Changes in Cal DV Law for Custody Evaluators2002
AFCC Fifth International Symposium on Child Custody EvaluationsInstitute on Relocation: A Custody Lawyer Looks at Move-Aways2002
State Bar of California Annual MeetingThe Effect on Children of a Moveaway and How to Stay Close from a Distance2001
LACBA Parenting Plan Coordinator TrainingParenting Plan Coordinator (Child Custody Special Master)2001
Center for Families, Children & the Courts Administrative Office of the Courts Family Court Services Southern Regional TrainingAssessing and Allocating Legal Custody2001
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Fall SeminarTools for Family Lawyers on the Web2001
AFCC-CAL Do Great Work See Great Works in the City of the RosesAssessing and Allocating Legal Custody2001
AAML So. Cal 14th Annual Institute of Trial AdvocacyInterviewing Clients in Relocation Cases2001
ACFLS Fall SeminarInexpensive Computerized Family Law Research Tools2000
LACBA Family Law Section Child Custody ColloquiumPreventing and Resolving Interstate and International Custody Jurisdictional Disputes1998
ACFLS Spring Seminar (Yosemite)“Parenthood: California Style.”1998
Joint conferences: ABA Family Law Section and the American Psychological AssociationPainting Family Portraits for the New Paradigm: The Modern Art of Parenting Plan Evaluations1997
AFCC Annual Conference (Williamsburg, VA)The Role of the Lawyer in Custody Mediation1983
AFCC-Cal (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, CA Chapter) "Mediation of Child Custody and Visitation Disputes"Developing Written Agreements and Working Effectively With Attorneys1981