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American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL)

About the ACFTL


  • Founded: 1993
  • Executive Director: Terry Bender
  • Website: acftl.com
  • Diplomates: Approximately 100

Mission and History

Founded in 1993, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers is a select group of the 100 family law trial attorneys in the United States. The organization chooses it members based upon their litigation skills and courtroom abilities. Members are elected into the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL) as Diplomates.

Within the ACFTL, diplomates work to advance the professional standards and values important to the practice of family law. Members are focused on complex family law and matrimonial matters both domestically and internationally. The ACFTL brings together many of the top family law attorneys in the United States.

Diplomates in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers are also involved in continuing education through speaking at seminars and participating in interactive sessions that promote excellence in the practice of divorce and family law.

All members of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers also belong to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The organization holds an annual meeting each April.




John S Slowiaczek
Omaha, NE
Ronald Willis Anteau
Immediate Past President
Los Angeles, CA
Michael J Albano
Vice President
Independence, MO
Marlene Eskind Moses
Nashville, TN
Eleanor Breitel Alter
New York, NY
Robert E Blevans
Santa Rosa, CA
David H Lee
Board Member
Boston, MA
Cary J Mogerman
Board Member
Saint Louis, MO
Terry Bender
Terry Bender
Executive Director
New York

ACFTL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Thomas P. Parrino
Parrino|Shattuck, PC
Westport, CT
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Lynn P Burleson
Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.
Raleigh, NC
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Kathryn J Murphy
GoransonBain Ausley
Plano, TX
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Andrew Scott Grossman
Grossman Law Offices
Columbus, OH
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Caroline Black Sikorske
Mason Black and Caballero
Tampa, FL
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Roberta Suzanne Batley
Little Gilman-Tepper & Batley, PA
Albuquerque, NM
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American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL)

Directory of Family Law Attorneys in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of family lawyers which includes both ACFTL fellows and non-fellows, To help the public find the best choices when they search for an attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the ACFTL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for ACFTL Diplomates who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the ACFTL.

Use this directory to find a family law attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below. 

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