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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.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Domestic Violence: 20%
    21 years
  2. Child Abuse: 20%
    21 years
  3. Divorce: 20%
    21 years
  4. Family: 20%
    21 years
  5. Child Custody: 20%
    21 years



Hourly ($350-450/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew James Sundly

    Sheryl is an effective and compassionate advocate for her clients. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Matthew Sundly Family Attorney
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  • Walter Douglas McKeague Jr

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    Walter McKeague Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

1111 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA, 92868


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV Distinguished AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV Distinguished AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV Distinguished AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV Rated 4.4Martindale-Hubbell2013
Avvo Clients Choice AwardAvvo2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Partner/ OwnerA Center For Children & Family Law1995 - Present
AssociateVan Deusen, Youmans & Walmsley1994 - 1995
ClerkVan Deusen, Youmans & Walmsley1992 - 1994
Judicial ExternCalifornia Court Of Appeal 4th District1992 - 1992
Law ClerkCalifornia Superior Court County Of Los Angeles1992 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1994 - Present
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenN/AN/A
North Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Nada R.N/A
Wilson v. BodineMarriage Terminated Earlier Child Support Order
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Publication nameTitleDate
Advocates for Grandparent Grandchild ConnectionA Precious Bond2011
OC RegisterGrandparents fight, sadly, for their rights2010
Orange County Lawyer MagazineWishes- A Legal Term2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
California State University, FullertonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Grandparent-Grandchild ConnectionUnderstanding Grandparents Rights2012
Grandparent-Grandchild ConnectionUnderstanding Grandparent Rights2011
National Children's Law ConferenceRunning a Successful Family Law Practive2008
Family Law Section Meeting730 v. 7332005