This month’s FTLF Family Law Spotlight Series highlights FTLF Family Law Partner, Elizabeth Selmo.
Elizabeth is a skilled negotiator and advocate in the District of Columbia. She represents a wide variety of individuals, from successful professionals to spouses of primary earners, and empowers them to make educated choices for their futures. Elizabeth encourages her clients to address volatile issues in a constructive way without further enflaming matters. With every case, her goal is to ensure that clients feel a sense of restoration at the end of the process and, ideally, that they have created a roadmap for the rest of their lives.
Q: Why did you become a family law attorney?
A: In college I worked in a domestic violence restraining order clinic. I learned through this work that, once a victim obtains a restraining order, many times it is only the beginning of a long legal process. This experience ultimately led me to law school and eventually my family law practice. Working with individuals and families allows me to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
Q: What are two things you enjoy about your practice and why?
A: The practice of family law is so dynamic. Every case involves a different issue and stretches me to continue learning. You have the privilege of interacting with experts frequently. This teaches me more about other areas of expertise ranging from child development, complex financial valuations, or addiction. I also enjoy the creative aspect of the job. Each family requires their own unique solution for their goals and circumstances.
Q: When you’re not practicing law, what are some things you enjoy doing?
A: Hiking, learning about wine (perhaps due to my California roots), and seeing the world through my kids’ eyes.
Q: What is one thing about yourself that many people do not know about you?
A: Before I joined the awesome team at FTLF, I briefly had my own solo family law practice. I learned so many invaluable lessons in taking that leap. I feel that I have a unique insight and lifelong admiration for the work of entrepreneurs.
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: Make time for multiple pursuits that interest you. Finding work/life balance actually makes you better at work! (Caveat: I will probably need to repeat this advice to my older self. This advice is easier said than done!)
Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-466-8960.