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Sarah Talbot Schaffer

Family Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
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Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS is a family law attorney and mediator, holding the prestigious Certified Family Law Specialist designation from the State Bar of California.

Schaffer Family Law Group, APC is a full-service Mediation, Divorce, and Family Law firm dedicated to delivering practical & effective results to high net-worth clients.

Ms. Schaffer builds her practice on a thorough knowledge of the law, excellent research skills, superior presentation to the court, and most of all calm, compassionate relations with her clients in times of trouble or crisis.

She possesses a wealth of experience in family law including representing clients with challenging child custody issues as well as high asset clients in complex division of community property matters.

Upon University graduation, Ms. Schaffer was commissioned in as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and spent five years on active duty serving as a logistics officer in Okinawa, Japan, and Quantico, Virginia.

In addition to her San Diego divorce and family law practice, Ms. Schaffer currently serves as Deputy Director, Reserve Legal Support, Headquarters Marine Corps, Judge Advocate Division, Washington, D.C. She also serves as Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of California.

In 2001, Ms. Schaffer received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. After passing the California Bar Exam, Ms. Schaffer joined Ernst & Young in San Francisco where she worked as a tax consultant.

In December 2011, Ms. Schaffer received her LL.M. in taxation at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Also, in 2011, Ms. Schaffer earned the coveted title of Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. California attorneys who are certified as Certified Specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.

Only these attorneys can identify themselves as “certified” specialists in California because they are the only attorneys who are certified either by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization or an organization whose certification program has been accredited by the State Bar.

Raised in the Boston area, Ms. Schaffer graduated from Stanford University with Departmental honors and a dual major in Spanish and International Relations. During this time, she spent a year studying at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She is fluent in Spanish.

Schaffer Family Law Group, APC provides experienced, personalized representation and quality advice. Family law areas of expertise include:


Divorce Mediation

Collaborative Divorce

Military Divorce and Support

Child Support

Property Division

Child Custody

Child Visitation

High Net Worth Divorce

Professionals and Business Owners

Spousal Support (Alimony)

Child/Spousal Modifications

Father's Rights (Paternity Testing)

Taking Child Out of State

Domestic Violence

Ms. Schaffer is active in Kids' Turn San Diego and Casa Cornelia Law Center. Kids' Turn is a caring non-profit organization for children and parents experiencing family separations or military transitions. They help children discover their voice to communicate their thoughts and feelings about their family situation and give parents the daily tools they need to be able to communicate and understand HOW to put their child first in their relationship, without conflict.

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.


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Schaffer Family Law Group, APC
12520 High Bluff Dr
Suite 380
San Diego, CA, 92130

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Posted by John | April 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Hired this attorney and was exceedingly pleased with her patience and ability to communicate both with the opposition and myself. Her staff was both friendly and efficient.
Posted by Colleen | April 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!
I wanted to take a moment and thank Ms. Schaffer for all that she did for me. She made a very difficult time so much easier. I was in a highly contentious, high income divorce. While Sarah was very level headed and down to business, she took great care of me. We ended up using mediation. Sarah was so professional and it worked out really well. She is kind and caring but she has that military background, so she will absolutely not be intimidated by opposing counsel. Thank you for everything you have done and I have/would highly recommend her to anyone who is considering divorce.
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Posted by Nina | July 6, 2015
Supportive and a Warrior
Extremely knowledgeable about financial support when it comes to militay retirement and bonus money. Secure in standing up to former military men who are used to running the show and getting their way. Thick skinned.


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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Sarah T. Schaffer, A.P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • 1999 - Present
  • Associate
  • Higgs Fletcher & Mack
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Tax Consultant
  • Ernst & Young
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Second Lieutenant
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1994 - 1999
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  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Oklahoma
  • M.P.A
  • 1999
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Women of Influence in Law
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2021
  • Top 50 Influential Leaders
  • The Daily Transcript
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2011
  • LL.M, Taxation
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • AB 1058 Conference
  • Understanding Military and Veteran’s Issues in AB1058 Cases
  • 2019

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Family Attorney | Dec 10
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"Sarah is an outstanding family law attorney. She is diligent, hard working, and very straight forward. I give her my highest recommendation."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
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"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
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San Diego Family Lawyer Sarah Talbot Schaffer
Sarah Talbot Schaffer
Family Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 21 years