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Leslie Ellen Shear

Appeals Attorney at Encino, CA

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  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
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I am one of only a very few 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 Family 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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Location

Leslie Ellen Shear, CFLS, CALS, IAFL
Attorney at Law
16133 Ventura Blvd Seventh Floor
Encino, CA, 91436-2403

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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 700-700 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Principal
  • Law Office of Leslie Ellen Shear
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Anne H. v. Michael B. (2016) 1 Cal.App.5th 488
  • Affirmed
  • R.M. v. T.A. (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 760
  • Affirmed
  • Rand v. Board of Psychology (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1209
  • Affirmed
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Associations

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • Scribes
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member (former Family Law Executive Committee Member)
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Family Law Advisory Commissioner (former)
  • N/A
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Past President (various board positions)
  • 1997 - 2014
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member (former California Chapter Board Member)
  • 1981 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles and Super Lawyers Magazines
  • 2015
  • Hall of Fame Award
  • ACFLS
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Joseph Drown Award for Service to Children
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, CA Chapter
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles and Super Lawyers Magazines
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles & Super Lawyers Magazines
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Ambassador Award
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers ™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2009
  • Los Angeles Magazine Superlawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2008
  • Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2007
  • Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2006
  • Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2005
  • Los Angeles Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2004
  • AV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • California Continuing Education of the Bar, California Child Custody Law and Practice (CEB) [Rev. annually]
  • Chapter 4, Parenting Plans
  • 2014
  • ABA Family Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 1
  • Relocation Realities: Developing a Long-Distance Parenting Plan,
  • 2010
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), California Child Custody Law and Practice (rev. annually)
  • Chapter 4: Parenting Plans
  • 2009
  • AFCC Newsletter
  • ACFLS Files Amici Curiae
Brief in Proposition 8 Cases:
March 5 Oral Argument Signals No
Retroactive Application; Justices Split
on Constitutional Validity of Proposition 8
  • 2009
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Child Custody
  • From Competition to Complementarity: Legal Issues and their Clinical Implications in Custody
  • 1998
  • Faculty Handbook joint conferences: ABA Family Law Section and the American Psychological Association
  • Painting Family Portraits for the New Paradigm: The Modern Art of Parenting Plan Evaluations
  • 1997
  • Family and Conciliation Courts Review
  • Children’s Lawyers in California Family Law Courts: Balancing Competing Policies and Values Regarding Questions of Ethics
  • 1996
  • Family and Conciliation Courts Review
  • Guest Editorial (User-fees for Mandatory Custody Mediation)
  • 1996
  • Family and Conciliation Courts Review
  • Life Stories, Doctrines and Decisionmaking: Three High Courts Confront the Move-away Dilemma
  • 1996
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Guest Editorial (User-fees for Mandatory Custody Mediation)
  • 1995
  • Unknown
  • The Boundaries of Mental Health Expertise In Dependency and Family Law: A Proposal For Standards of Practice
  • 1988
  • LACBA Family Law Section Child Custody Colloquium
  • Child Custody Evaluations: A Guide For Attorneys and Evaluators
  • 1982
  • 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 Responsibilities
  • 1981
  • Journal of Child Custody
  • Book review columns
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • 13+ Ways Family Law Appellate Practice is Different
  • 2016
  • Family Law Section Dinner
  • Going Up?: Appellate Court Basics for Family Law Practitioners
  • 2016
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • From “I Rest” to “I Appeal”: The Post-Evidentiary Phase of a Family Law RFO or Trial
  • 2015
  • Cultural Competency
  • Take My Child Back: Handling your First Hague Petition
  • 2014
  • AFCC California Chapter Conference
  • Moving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case (Special Institute)
  • 2014
  • AFCC CA Chapter Conference
  • Structuring California Child Custody Evaluations: Appointment Orders & Procedures Statements
  • 2014
  • AFCC 51st Annual Conference (Toronto)
  • Bringing Up Baby: Developing Parenting Plans that Grow With the Baby
  • 2014
  • ACFLS Sacramento Chapter Lunch
  • From “I Rest” to “I Appeal”: The Post-Evidentiary Phase of a Family Law RFO or Trial
  • 2014
  • White-Zuckerman Manhattan Beach Study Group
  • From “I Rest” to “I Appeal”: The Post-Evidentiary Phase of a Family Law RFO or Trial
  • 2013
  • Washington Chapter Conference
  • Moving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case
  • 2013
  • 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 Court
  • 2013
  • Orange County ACFLS Chapter Dinner
  • Moving From Kansas to Oz: Evaluating, Trying and Resolving an International Relocation Case
  • 2013
  • LACBA Advanced Minors' Counsel Training
  • A Three-Hour Tour – Cal-UCCJEA and Beyond
  • 2013
  • CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN FAMILY PRACTICE
  • Improving Our Cultural Competency in the Courtroom: Tools for Autodidacts
  • 2013
  • CA Chapter, AFCC Evaluator Training
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL UPDATE
  • 2013
  • Alameda County Minors' Counsel Training
  • Other 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 Symposium
  • From Righteous Indignation to Reversal: Family Law Appellate Practice Basics
  • 2012
  • Cal Chapter Conference --Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Special Institute: Inside Parenting Coordination Practice in California: Managing Roles, Responsibilities and Risks
  • 2012
  • Annual Meeting
  • Dude, I'm 14 years old and I'm Here to Address the Court ... Now What? Children’s Voices in Family Court
  • 2012
  • ACFLS January luncheon meeting
  • An Imperfect Toolkit: Parental Abduction Prevention and Remedies 10 REASONS THE HAGUE CONVENTION MAY NOT BE ENOUGH
  • 2012
  • “Comprehensive Look at Transnational Employment Issues: The Tax, Family, Employment, Immigration (and Inheritance) Issues.”
  • An Overview of Transnational Employment Issues: Employment, Family, Tax, and Inheritance
  • 2011
  • Webinar CA State Bar Family Law Section
  • Taking Children's Testimony in Family Law Cases
  • 2011
  • Study Group
  • Deposing Custody Litigants
  • 2011
  • Minors at Risk Caucus
  • An Imperfect Toolkit: Parental Abduction Prevention and Remedies 10 REASONS THE HAGUE CONVENTION MAY NOT BE ENOUGH
  • 2011
  • Dinner meeting
  • Children’s Voices In Family Court Minors Testifying? ... Major Concerns!
  • 2011
  • AFCC-CA Writing Institute, Annual Conference San Francisco
  • Substance, Structure and Style: Writing About Children and their Families in Family Court Settings
  • 2011
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference San Francisco
  • Evaluator Makeover Workshop
  • 2011
  • AFCC 48th Annual Conference -- Orlando
  • “Why Can’t the Little Girl Have Two Daddies and a Mommy?” Considering Three (or More) Parent Families
  • 2011
  • ACFLS Spring Seminar -- Indian Wells
  • Travels With Finney -- A Family Lawyer and her IPad
  • 2011
  • 2011 AOC/LAAC Family Law Conference
  • Move-Away Custodial Cases
  • 2011
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • PROBLEMS WITH POP-DEC’S
  • 2010
  • Minors at Risk Caucus
  • Just the Facts, Mam, Just the Facts: Admissible Evidence for Minors Counsel
  • 2010
  • LACBA 2010 Minors’ Counsel Training October 15-16, 2010
  • Working Effectively with Parents’ Counsel- Dos and Don’ts
  • 2010
  • Dinner Meeting -- San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • An Imperfect Toolkit: Parental Abduction Prevention and Remedies
  • 2010
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar
  • ATTORNEYS’ 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 SOURCES
  • 2010
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • Custody Lawyer/ Mediator/ Evaluator as Storyteller: Shaping Narratives to Help Decisionmakers Craft Individualized Parenting Plans
  • 2010
  • AFCC 47th Annual Conference -- Denver
  • Anatomy of a Parenting Plan Full Day Institute
  • 2010
  • ACFLS North Chapter Dinner
  • Deposing Custody Litigants
  • 2010
  • "Helping Families: New Directions in Consensual Dispute Resolution."
  • Hearing Children’s Voices in CDR
  • 2010
  • Law Day Dinner
  • Propositon 8 Cases and the California Supreme Court
  • 2009
  • LACBA Family Law Inns of Court
  • Spot the Issues: Civil Marriage in California for Same-Sex Couples
  • 2009
  • Family Law Section Monthly Dinner
  • Parenting Plans for Toddlers and Teenagers
  • 2009
  • BHBA Famlly Law Section dinner
  • Deposing Custody Litigants
  • 2009
  • AFCC 42nd Annual Conference
  • International Moveaway Cases: Practical Issues
  • 2009
  • 2nd Annual Small Firm and Solo Practitioners Conference: MISSION POSSIBLE
  • Are Lawyers Unbundling In a Frigid Economy?
  • 2009
  • White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt San Gabriel Valley Family Law Study Group
  • Family Law Fairness After Seagondollar and Elkins: A Pragmatic Approach
  • 2008
  • Minors' Counsel Training Program
  • First Do No Harm - Recognizing Our Limitations
  • 2008
  • Legal Aid Association of California 2008 Family Law Conference
  • Handling Move-Away Cases in the Public Law Setting A Moving Target: Requirements and Rights in Move-Away Cases
  • 2008
  • AFCC Annual Conference Vancouver, Canada: Fitting the Forum to the Family: Emerging Challenges for Family Courts
  • The Custody Lawyer/ Mediator/ Evaluator as Storyteller: Shaping Narratives to Help Decisionmakers Craft Individualized Parenting Plans
  • 2008
  • 2008 Annual Meeting State Bar of CA
  • The Custody Lawyer as Storyteller: Drafting Admissible, Compelling, and Effective Declarations
  • 2008
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • A Moving Target: Requirements and Rights in Move-Away Cases
  • 2007
  • Family Law Buzzwords
  • Parentage, Interstate & International Custody Buzzwords Jeopardy
  • 2006
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • Brown v. Yana
  • 2006
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • It’s a Small World After All: Understanding and Addressing International Child Custody and Visitation Cases (Daylong Special Institute)
  • 2006
  • AFCC Annual Conference
  • Relocation and Custody Modification Revisited: the California Supreme Court and Marriage of Lamusga
  • 2006
  • 2006 Spring Training: AAML No. Cal.
  • Keynote Address The Natural: Rules of the Game
  • 2006
  • Family Law Section Monthly Dinner
  • Same-sex Parentage Issues
  • 2005
  • Domestic Partners
  • Parentage Issues for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples California’s Parentage Law Revolution: Step By Step
  • 2005
  • Trial Advocacy Seminar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (California - South chapter)
  • INTERVIEWING CLIENTS IN RELOCATION CASES
  • 2004
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • The Changing Face of California Parentage Law – Beyond Birth and Blood Tests: Social Parents, Presumed Parents and Intended Parents
  • 2004
  • Family Law Section Luncheon
  • Child Custody Evaluations: Form Follows Function
  • 2004
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • Anatomy of a Parenting Plan
  • 2004
  • AFCC 41st Annual Conference: Best Interests Revisited, Challenging Our Assumptions
  • Relocation And Custody Modification Revisited: The California Supreme Court And Marriage of LaMusga
  • 2004
  • Administrative Office of the Courts Family Court Services Training
  • Move-Aways and Modifications — The Impact of Marriage of LaMusga
  • 2004
  • The Hague Child Abduction Convention Seminar
  • The “Right to Remove” of the Custodial Parent — the Burgess Case and Subsequent Cases
  • 2003
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • Moving Away in the New Millenium
  • 2003
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • The Role of the Psychological Expert Witness in International Custody Proceedings
  • 2003
  • ACFLS Children's Issues
  • Practical Implications of Recent Changes in Custody Law
  • 2003
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • Rethinking Joint and Sole Legal Custody Orders
  • 2002
  • Family Law Section Luncheon
  • International Move-Away Cases: Law and Practice
  • 2002
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • Move-Aways With Young Children (included section on international moveaways) Special Institute
  • 2002
  • AFCC-CA Annual Conference
  • Legal Custody and Best Interests (Assessing and Allocating Communication and Decision-Making Authority)
  • 2002
  • AFCC Fifth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations
  • Evaluating Appointment Orders
  • 2002
  • AFCC Fifth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations
  • California Domestic Violence Update: Highlights of Changes in Cal DV Law for Custody Evaluators
  • 2002
  • AFCC Fifth International Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations
  • Institute on Relocation: A Custody Lawyer Looks at Move-Aways
  • 2002
  • State Bar of California Annual Meeting
  • The Effect on Children of a Moveaway and How to Stay Close from a Distance
  • 2001
  • LACBA Parenting Plan Coordinator Training
  • Parenting Plan Coordinator (Child Custody Special Master)
  • 2001
  • Center for Families, Children & the Courts Administrative Office of the Courts Family Court Services Southern Regional Training
  • Assessing and Allocating Legal Custody
  • 2001
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Fall Seminar
  • Tools for Family Lawyers on the Web
  • 2001
  • AFCC-CAL Do Great Work See Great Works in the City of the Roses
  • Assessing and Allocating Legal Custody
  • 2001
  • AAML So. Cal 14th Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Interviewing Clients in Relocation Cases
  • 2001
  • ACFLS Fall Seminar
  • Inexpensive Computerized Family Law Research Tools
  • 2000
  • LACBA Family Law Section Child Custody Colloquium
  • Preventing and Resolving Interstate and International Custody Jurisdictional Disputes
  • 1998
  • ACFLS Spring Seminar (Yosemite)
  • “Parenthood: California Style.”
  • 1998
  • Joint conferences: ABA Family Law Section and the American Psychological Association
  • Painting Family Portraits for the New Paradigm: The Modern Art of Parenting Plan Evaluations
  • 1997
  • AFCC Annual Conference (Williamsburg, VA)
  • The Role of the Lawyer in Custody Mediation
  • 1983
  • AFCC-Cal (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, CA Chapter) "Mediation of Child Custody and Visitation Disputes"
  • Developing Written Agreements and Working Effectively With Attorneys
  • 1981
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is so knowledgeable and contributes so much to our community, I have no idea how she has time to rest. From custody to computers, she is a "go to" resource. Alan Nobler"
Child custody Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
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"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."