Elizabeth Scully is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is a partner at Jacobson Scully LLP Family Law and Mediation, with offices in the South Bay and West Los Angeles, and is of counsel to Shebby Barnett, LLP.
A California native, Elizabeth received her A.B. in Classics (Latin) magna cum laude from Harvard in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1996. Her practice is devoted to Family Law, and includes non-litigation consulting, pre- and post-marital agreements, mediation, collaborative law and minor’s counsel work. Los Angeles Magazine recognized her as a Super Lawyer for 2013 – 2018. She is regularly court-appointed as minor’s counsel and has represented over 150 children in probate and family law custody matters.
Elizabeth previously practiced at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, Kaufman, Young, Spiegel, Robinson & Kenerson LLP, the Law and Mediation Office of Elizabeth Potter Scully and Jacobson Scully Shebby LLP. Elizabeth has trained and taught extensively in the areas of mediation and collaborative law. Elizabeth serves on the Executive Committee of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, a pioneering nonprofit law firm serving the working poor. Since 2013 she has been a Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law, where she teaches clinical courses in mediation and negotiation.
Elizabeth co-authored (with Woody Mosten) the second edition of The Complete Guide to Mediation: How to Effectively Represent Your Clients and Expand Your Family Law Practice (2nd Ed.), ABA Family Law Section (2015) and The Family Lawyer’s Guide to Unbundling Legal Services, ABA Family Law Section (2017). She also contributed a chapter titled “Mediation and Collaboration: Harnessing Potential Synergy” to Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, Forrest S. Mosten and Adam Cordover, ABA Family Law Section (2018). She was the 2016 Co-Recipient of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Meyer Elkin Essay Award for an article titled “Redesigning the Family Law System to Promote Healthy Families.” This award honors the best article in Family Court Review, the leading interdisciplinary academic and research journal for family law professionals.
Elizabeth is known for her reassuring demeanor, the high quality of her written and oral communications, and her de-escalating, insightful and solution-oriented approach to family law matters.
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