PRESENTER BIO

Leslie Ellen Shear

Leslie Ellen Shear has practiced family law since 1976. She is dual‐certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist and an appellate specialist. She is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Ms. Shear has contributed to the development of family law in California through journal articles, appellate advocacy, legislative advocacy, and presentations to professional groups. She is the author of the Parenting Plan chapter of the CEB California Child Custody Law and Practice treatise. Ms. Shear handles complex child custody, parentage and jurisdiction cases, and serves as an expert witness on abduction risk and international child custody in family law trial courts. She associates in as consulting appellate counsel in all types of trial court family law matters, and handles all family law issues in appellate cases. Honors: Joseph Drown Award for Service to Children (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, CA Chapter, 2014); AFCC Ambassador Award; (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2013); Hall of Fame Award (Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, 2014).