Leslie Ryland, CFLS – Attorney Profile

Profile picture of San Diego divorce attorney Leslie Ryland, CFLSLeslie Ryland was admitted to the bar in 1989 and in 2006 earned the designation as a Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law from the California Board of Legal Specialization. She joined Schaffer Family Law Group in 2019.

Ms. Ryland has represented clients in a wide array of family law matters and has a special interest in custody issues. Although Ms. Ryland has litigated complex financial matters as well as highly contested custody cases, she much prefers helping parties to either negotiate a mediated settlement or participate in a Collaborative Divorce.


Leslie Ryland, CFLS – Background

Ms. Ryland grew up in California’s Eastern Sierra. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from UCSD and her law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1989.

She began her law career at what was at that time the oldest and largest law firm in San Diego, taking assignments in business litigation, transactional work, estate planning and bankruptcy. Her interest wasn’t really captured until she started working in family law. There she found great reward in helping people through what was often the most difficult time of their lives. Leslie knew almost immediately that she was meant to practice family law.

Ms. Ryland put her law career on hold while she raised five children. When her youngest started kindergarten, she re-entered the workforce. She spent many years at a small family law boutique firm as well as part of the family law group at a large law firm. She found that she much prefers the comradery of a small law firm devoted entirely to family law.

Active in the San Diego legal arena, Ms. Ryland has been on the board of directors of the North County Bar Association since 2018. She has also been a member of Collaborative Practice San Diego since 2017, where she served as Secretary from 2018-2019 and is currently president-elect.

Ms. Ryland has been named in Best Lawyers from 2017 – 2020 and in Super Lawyers San Diego for 2020.

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