Shirley Keisler practices in the areas of state, interstate, and international family law and is highly experienced in guiding clients through separation and divorce using mediation and, if necessary, litigation. Ms. Keisler recognizes that litigation can be time consuming, costly, and emotionally draining. Therefore, her primary goal with each client is to achieve a swift and beneficial settlement.
While the majority of the cases Ms. Keisler handles result in amicable resolutions, she is a seasoned trial attorney and has successfully litigated high conflict custody and visitation proceedings; international and interstate custody and/or divorce cases; complex marital property divisions (equitable distribution cases); child support and spousal support; and family abuse protective order hearings.
She is well versed in the unique issues that arise with military and Foreign Service families, and is experienced with the division of pensions and retirement accounts whether for those in the Military, Foreign Service, government, or private sectors or their spouses.
- J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1990
- M.A. Drexel University, 1977
- B.A., Temple University, 1975
- District of Columbia
- Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, 1991
- U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia 1992
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia, 1996
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2001
- Lecturer on interstate and international custody disputes, including Hague Convention Cases
- Motions Conciliator and Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court
- Fairfax Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, Family Law Section; Circuit Court Committee, Domestic Relations Sub-Committee, President’s Award Recipient, 2008)
- International Academy of Family Lawyers (Fellow)
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)
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