Background: Born In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Admitted to the Virginia State Bar, 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. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1997; District of Columbia Bar, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2001.
Education: Temple University (B.A. 1975); Drexel University (M.A. 1977); George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 1990).
Member: Fairfax Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, Family Law Section; Circuit Court Committee; Domestic Relations Sub-Committee; President’s Award Recipient, 2008); American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section; Member International Family Law Sub-Section); Virginia Women’s Attorney Association; Virginia State Bar (Member, Family Law Section).
Honors: Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Certified Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys; Highest rating for legal ability, AV Preeminent, in Martindale Hubbell.
Activities: Motions Conciliator and Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court; Lectures on interstate and international custody disputes, including Hague Convention Cases.
Practice Areas: Shirley Keisler exclusively practices in the areas of state, interstate, and international family law and is experienced in guiding clients through a myriad of difficult family transitions through the use of mediation and litigation. Ms. Keisler recognizes that litigation is often time consuming, costly, and emotionally draining. Therefore, her primary goal with each client is 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 matters; and family abuse protective order hearings. She is well versed in the unique issues that arise with military and Foreign Service families, and she can formulate pension and retirement orders for military, Foreign Service, government, and private company employees.