Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS, LL.M – Attorney Profile

Sarah T. Schaffer - San Diego Family Law Attorney
Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS, LL.M opened the Schaffer Family Law Group, APC in San Diego’s Del Mar community in 2011, after spending four years practicing law at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP in San Diego.

The Schaffer Family Law Group, APC is a full-service Mediation, Divorce, and Family Law firm dedicated to delivering practical & effective results to our 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.

With a well-earned reputation in the legal community for her meticulous, thoughtful and effective representation, Ms. Schaffer has served a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court (Superior Courts of California).

Colonel Sarah T. Schaffer, USMC – Camp Pendleton JAG Officer

Upon University graduation, Sarah 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 a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves acting as a Staff Judge Advocate for the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS – Background

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.

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.

The Schaffer Family Law Group, APC provides experienced, personalized representation and quality advice.  We have expertise in several legal areas but focus much of our energies in Family Law including:

Board Certified Family Law Specialist – Earned 2011

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.

Certified Family Law Specialist, Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS has the proven qualifications that every divorce or family law matter deserves. How a Certified Family Law Specialist is Valuable to You…

Certified Family Law Specialist, Sarah T. Schaffer

Divorce and Family Law Mediation Services Now Offered

In 2015, attorney Schaffer opened STS Mediation  – an Alternative Dispute Resolution service for those San Diego individuals and businesses that may be required to, or choose to, utilize private Mediation prior to — or as an alternative to — public Courtroom litigation. If you have a Family law matter, or another pending civil lawsuit – and you have decided that taking your case all the way to a public Courtroom trial may not be in the best interests of one or both parties, then Mediation should be considered.

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Charity & Philanthropy

Sarah is very active with Kids’ Turn of San Diego and Casa Cornelia Law Center.

Kids’ Turn San Diego 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.

Kid's Turn of San Diego

Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in southern California.

Casa Cornelia Law Center

San Diego Office Locations

San Diego Office – 12520 High Bluff Dr – Suite 380 – San Diego, CA  92130

San Diego Office - Schaffer Family Law Group, APC

San Diego

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

P. (858) 509-7907
F. 858.509.7768

Carlsbad Office – 2173 Salk Ave – Suite 250 – Carlsbad, CA 92008

Carlsbad Office - Schaffer Family Law Group, APC


Schaffer Family Law Group
2173 Salk Avenue
Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA  92008

P. (858) 509-7907
F. 858.509.7768

Have Family La or Divorce Questions? – Make an Appointment

Ms. Schaffer and her team will study and evaluate every possible alternative of your circumstance and then explain your options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Based on her legal experience and knowledge, she will outline your various options, but you will decide how you would like us to proceed – if at all. We are here to serve you and to help you resolve critical life issues for the best possible resolution.

Call Schaffer Family Law Group, APC at (858) 509-7907 to schedule a strategy session today.

Certified Family Law Specialist

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