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I provide experienced representation in all areas of family law.  I offer appropriate dispute resolution through either mediation or Collaborative Practice, positive and cost-effective alternatives to traditional litigation.


Collaborative Pratice is a relatively new process in which a divorcing couple, together with other 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


  1. Family: 40%
    30 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    30 years
  3. Mediation: 30%
    17 years


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  • Elizabeth N. Niemi

    Beth is one of the most respected family law attorneys in town, not only for her years of experience, and accompanying knowledge, but also because of her integrity and overall sense of the big picture. These traits, when combined with her excellent people skills, make her a natural fit for mediation. She is also gifted at working within the framework of the collaborative practice model of dispute resolution. I have had the pleasure of working with her in both contexts and I highly endorse her. She is thoughtful, insightful, and professional.


    Elizabeth Niemi Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • 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
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys in SacramentoSacramento Magazine2016
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
CP Cal Statewide Conference, Redwood City CAEffective Mandatory Disclosures in Collaborative Cases2016
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