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Sheryl Lynn Edgar

Family Attorney at Orange, CA

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sheryl

Learn Sheryl’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child abuse
    20%

    29 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Minors Representation, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Visitation, Move Away and Child Abuse.

    29 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Divorce, Legal Separation, Alimony, Spousal Support, Mediated Dissolution and Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships.

    29 years

  4. Domestic violence
    20%

    29 years

  5. Family
    20%
    Our Firm handles all aspects of Family Law Matters from divorce, legal separation, mediated divorce, child custody and support, spousal support, guardianship, grandparents rights, independent adoption, step parent adoption, establishing parental relationships, parentage/surrogacy as well as infertility law.

    29 years

Sheryl L .Edgar, a senior partner at A Center for Children & Family Law, is a licensed attorney in California and before the United States Supreme Court. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Fullerton and her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University. Sheryl's practice is devoted to all areas of family law including dissolution, dependency (child abuse), guardianships, grandparent rights, adoption litigation, adoption, paternity and child custody.

Sheryl served as a law clerk to Commissioner Thomas H. Parrott and as an extern for presiding Justice David G. Sills of the Fourth Appellate District. Sheryl worked as a law clerk and later as an attorney for the Orange County law firm, Van Deusen, Youmans and Walmsley specializing in family and adoption law for three years until the fall of 1995. It was then that Sheryl shared a vision with her friend and later business partner, Tisha Harman that they could do much more for families and their community if they were in control of their own destiny.

In December of 1995, Sheryl and her law partner, Tisha Harman, left their former firm to start their own law firm, A Center for Children & Family Law, with the goal of helping families through the practice of "children's law". Although many law firms in Southern California practiced in family law, primarily as divorce attorneys, there existed no law firm that focused on the families in all legal arenas where children are found, acting as the "voice of the children". Sheryl and Tisha knew that with this forum, they could practice what they loved most about law; advocating for children and families.

As an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, Sheryl has volunteered many hours, speaking to women at Battered Women's Organizations, Shelters and Parole Departments and has established herself as champion for the victims and their children.

Sheryl's professional memberships include American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar, Orange County Bar and National Association of Counsel for Children. Sheryl's combined experience, dedication and ability to work with children has gained recognition from many Superior Court Judges and Commissioners. For nearly ten years, they have relied on her knowledge and expertise, appointing her to represent minor children in highly contentious matters. To date, Sheryl has represented over one thousand children and indigent biological parents in court appointed cases in regard to contested adoptions, domestic violence, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, ritual abuse, paternity, foster child adoptions, contested abandonments, contested guardianships, restraining orders and contempt cases.

Sheryl's high profile appellate cases include In re Nada R.

While representing children is a major focus in Sheryl's practice, she also represents many families in private cases seeking her assistance related to their children and grand children in both family, probate, adoption and dependency law matters.

Sheryl, a mother of seven children, resides in South Orange County with five of the six surviving children; Drusilla, Megan, Nicole, David Jr. and Madison. The second eldest, Robin, was a victim of a drunk driver her senior year at high school. The eldest, Denice, left the nest but still lives in California. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé, her family, snow skiing, hiking, and playing volleyball.

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Location

Sheryl Lynn Edgar
1111 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA, 92868

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Kid Focused, Client-Centered
After being dismally disappointed by another lawyer/firm, I decided to meet with Sheryl and her team. She is incredibly child-focused and constantly brings me back to "center" about what she can and cannot legally accomplish. Sheryl does not over-promise and under-deliver, in fact, I found that to be the opposite. I always find myself "comfortably talking with a really smart friend" instead of being bullied around by a non-caring lawyer. Words cannot express the comfort Sheryl has provided my family over the years. I recommend Sheryl without hesitation to everyone I know.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
The Best of the Best
The best of the best! When dealing with family law it can be very frustrating and very emotional all at the same time and there are some very insensitive attorneys that are in practice that seem to escalate those emotions but that is NOT the case with Center for Children and Family Law. From the front office staff when you first arrive to the attorneys and to the back of the house administrators it doesn't get any better. They listen, are caring, offer solutions and are upfront and honest. They work with you and guide you though the process because with the courts it really is a process. Can not say enough great things about Sahar and Sheryl. Thank you for everything that you have done for our family.
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Posted by Kevin | January 6, 2015
BEST ATTORNEY BY FAR!!!
I've been through a lot of attorneys. But none like Sheryl and her staff. They are great! They kept me informed of everything and were extremely supportive. I've recommended her to family members and they were equally impressed. I can truly say don't wast your time time looking around for an attorney. Sheryl and her office are by far the best you'll find!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2014
Highly recommended
I would highly recommend Sherly Egar and her firm as a family law advocate. Sheryl and her staff are professionals and well respected. They will help you feel reassured and put your mind at rest, above all when family law experiences can be a insufferable. I will continue to work with the firm should need be in the future.
Posted by Wesley | December 10, 2014
My experience dealing with Sheryl Lynn Edgar
I retained Sheryl Lynn Edgar for my daughter and myself. We needed to deal with restraining orders filed against both of us. Sheryl is very professional and we were very pleased with the results. Sheryl's staff was friendly and courteous, and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend Sheryl Edgar for your legal needs. Sheryl is one very smart experienced attorney . Thank You
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Posted by Peter | December 8, 2014
business owner and father
Ms. Edgar, Was instrumental in helping our children's needs and utilizing the system to encourage a mutually beneficial agreement for our children and their mother. I can only say that her demeanor, character and professionalism is a great gift that God has privided her. My hat goes off to her phenomenal and compasionatte staff.. Thank you again Sherly
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Posted by Shana | January 7, 2014
I highly recommend Sheryl
Sheryl is amazing. She has an incredible in-depth grasp of the varied and complicated issues surrounding divorce. I can highly recommend her - without reservation, especially cases involving child abuse. She is truly a child's advocate. She is not only compassionate - she is very savvy, competent and astute. I really can't say enough good things about Sheryl!
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Posted by SusanHoffman | June 18, 2013
concentration
Sheryl probably has the best concentration level that I have ever experienced with an attorney. She is knowledgeable, and compassionate. She is conscientious about returning correspondence. Her petition and documents were flawless.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2013
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All the staff were cooperative and helped in any way possible, even if i were to just walk in. I spoke with Sahar on several occaisions and she was both sympathetic and informative. Love this firm and have recommended them to several friends, who are now also clients
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2013
Best attorney ever!
Sheryl Edgar and her assistant Sahar are AMAZING! We have had several attorneys and none of them gave a crap about our case. Sheryl was extremely reliable and got back to me with every single question or concern. She is a very professional attorney and although she is not loud and obnoxious like other attorneys, you can tell that she is very highly respected in the courtroom. If you are looking for an attorney that will fight for what is right, then Sheryl is THE BEST. She really does care about her clients.
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Posted by Jan | May 20, 2013
Sheryl got my kids back for me!
Sheryl took the place of my former attorney, handled a very contentious, convoluted case, and successfully restored my children to my custody!! She's a shark and wonderful...all at the same time.! She's all about the kids!
Posted by jeff ruch | May 20, 2013
one of the few good attorneys
I hate attorneys , that said Sheryl edgar is one of the few that I have respect for. Sheryl is competent honest and she is worth what she charges. I have had the displeasure of dealing with many attorneys both personaly and for my businesses; most are not worth what they charge and are in fact total crooks. Sheryl is a rare exception
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Posted by Ashley | May 17, 2013
Glad to have found such an excellent attorney!
After one family court experience with no legal representation, I decided that I needed to hire an attorney, to see that things were fair and that my case got the proper considerations the next time I had to go before a judge. Looking back, it was a miracle that I found Sheryl Edgar! I could not have hired a better attorney to help me with my divorce and child custody case. Sheryl is so knowledgeable, and her office really helps and prepares you for court. Not to mention, she is incredible in the courtroom. I credit her with helping me get the optimal outcome in my situation. I do not live in the area, but my case jurisdiction is Orange County CA. Sheryl and her staff were able to do everything with me through fax, email and regular mail, and I can always call and schedule a phone consult with her if I have questions or concerns about the future. I plan on using Sheryl Edgar in the future, should it become necessary. I am so thankful for all she did for me, and for having her as a resource in my life!!
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Posted by Barbara | June 26, 2010
Fabulous Attorney
Sheryl represented my daughter in her divorce and child custody case several years ago. We found her very personable, caring, organized and extremely good at what she does! She knew the Law inside and out and got my daughter everything she deserved. I would recommend Mrs. Edgar to anyone needing a Family Attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2010
Excellent Work!
Shery did a great job representing my children in my divorce case. My kids were so stressed out and afraid to meet a lawyer. Sheryl came in and she was funny and they loved her. They left feeling good and happy! Sheryl came to court totally prepared. She knew my case so well and I had never talked to her until I came to court. I didn't get everything I wanted but I know the kids are better off becuase Sheryl represented their interests.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2010
Lies about everything
After commiting to my case and making grand promises of what she would do for me, she turned my case over to a junior associate who has no experience at all and who is afraid of her own shadow. Sheryl made numerous excuses for canceling meetings, depositions, and she constantly insulted me. Basically opposing counsel ran the show and made Sheryl look like a fool.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner/ Owner
  • A Center For Children & Family Law
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • Van Deusen, Youmans & Walmsley
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Clerk
  • Van Deusen, Youmans & Walmsley
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • California Superior Court County Of Los Angeles
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Judicial Extern
  • California Court Of Appeal 4th District
  • 1992 - 1992
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Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • California St Univ Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wilson v. Bodine
  • Marriage Terminated Earlier Child Support Order
  • In Re Nada R.

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • N/A
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • BV Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated 4.4
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Avvo Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Publications

  • OC Register
  • Grandparents fight, sadly, for their rights
  • 2010
  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • Wishes- A Legal Term
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Grandparent-Grandchild Connection
  • Understanding Grandparents Rights
  • 2012
  • Grandparent-Grandchild Connection
  • Understanding Grandparent Rights
  • 2011
  • National Children's Law Conference
  • Running a Successful Family Law Practive
  • 2008
  • Family Law Section Meeting
  • 730 v. 733
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (15)
Endorse Sheryl
Child custody Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheryl was minor's counsel in a case where I represented a party. Her advocacy for the best interests of the children came through. She provided them terrific representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sheryl is an effective and compassionate advocate for her clients. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sheryl is professional, wise and patient. She is one of Orange County's premier attorneys and an amazing advocate for children. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheryl is an experienced advocate with the utmost in professionalism - all the while she balances advocacy with cooperation to ensure the best outcome for all concerned."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Edgar is a superb attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Orange Family Lawyer Sheryl Lynn Edgar
Sheryl Lynn Edgar
Family Attorney
Orange, CA
Licensed for 29 years