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Beth Marie Appelsmith

Beth Marie Appelsmith

Practice areas:

Family, Mediation, Divorce & Separation

About Me

I provide experienced representation in all areas of family law. In addition to traditional litigation, I offer alternative dispute resolution through either mediation or Collaborative Practice. Collaborative Pratice is a relatively new process in which a divorcing couple, together with trained professionals, work as a team to resolve disputes respectfully without going to court. Collaborative Practice and mediation can protect children from the negative effects of divorce, while allowing participants a wide range of settlement options, confidentiality, civility, and control of their own process. 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Family: 40%
    29 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    29 years
  3. Mediation: 30%
    16 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Jill L. Barr

    I have known Beth Appelsmith for over 25 years. She is an excellent attorney, especially skilled in mediation and collaborative law. She is highly regarded in the Sacramento family law legal community and known for her ability to assist individuals who want to resolve their family law issues between themselves without the intervention of court, if possible. Beth Appelsmith has the extraordinary ability to obtain resolution satisfactory to both parties in the most challenging of mediation and collaborative cases. Ms. Appelsmith is equally talented as a litigation attorney; her ability to succeed at the highest level as a family law attorney in mediation/collaboration and litigation demonstrates her superior abilities as an attorney. Ms. Appelsmith donates her time to the community by volunteering to serve on many family law committees. She also donates her time by representing minors when appointed by the court. I highly recommend her for any potential family law client/matter.


    Jill Barr Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Harvey Bayse Jr.

    Beth has been a colleague for over 14 years, during which I have had the pleasure of working with her on contested matters and in settlement negotiations. In emotionally-charged family law matters, it is often difficult to combine diligent representation with dignity and grace. Beth possesses the ability to maintain both while protecting her client's interests, whether it be a contested matter or cooperative mediation. I am happy to endorse Beth and recommend her highly. She is among the most experienced and knowledgeable members of the Sacramento Family Law community, and works earnestly for her clients in achieving equitable results.


    James Bayse Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Attorneys in SacramentoSacramento Magazine2015
Best of the BarSacramento Business Journal2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney MediatorBeth Appelsmith Law and Medaition Offices2000 - Present
AssociateThe Harris Law Firm1987 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Minor's Counsel Executive CommitteeBoard Member2011 - Present
Board of Directors, Sacramento Collaborative Practice GroupBoard Member, Court LIaison2008 - Present
Child Custody Subcommittee of Family Law Executive CommitteeBoard Member2007 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/A2001 - Present
Sacramento Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem2000 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A1990 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Collaborative Premarital AgreementThe parties were able to reach full agreement in a mutual, nonadversarial process, that much better suited their interests and intention as a couple.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Sacramento MagazineTop Lawyers in Sacramento (featured)2015
Sacramento Business JournalBest of the Bar Profile2013
Sacramento BeeMore Couples Use Premarital Agreements2011
Sacramento BeeRight and Wrong- Ethics Panel1998


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Oregon State UniversityPre-lawBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group MeetingComplex Collaborative Divorce with Special Needs Trust2014
Sacramento Collaborative Practice GroupCollaborative Post Nuptial Agreement Case Presentation2013
Member EducationPremarital and Relationship Agreements2011
"Ask a Lawyer"Collaborative Practice2008