Expert Witness

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff is an expert in legal issues facing gender and sex minorities (GSM), specializing in child custody, divorce, BDSM, employment discrimination, and criminal offenses. An academic sociologist and professional lecturer, Dr. Sheff seamlessly integrates data into testimony and puts her knowledge in social context to help judges and juries understand diverse or unconventional people, their relationships, and families.

Dr. Sheff has studied GSM populations for more than 20 years, conducting primary research on consensual non-monogamy and kink/BDSM and cultivating deep knowledge about others’ research work on LGBT+ populations. Dr. Sheff has thus far published three books and over 20 academic articles, and is widely regarded as an expert by academics, courts, and the media. Sheff has a PhD in Sociology (University of Colorado, Boulder) and is certified as a Sexuality Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Sheff also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta.

Qualifications

  • PhD Sociology, 2005
    • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem, 2012 – 2018
    • Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Atlanta GA
  • World’s foremost expert on polyamorous families with children
    • Principle Investigator, The Polyamorous Family Study, 20+ year study of polyamorous families with children
    • Published three books and over 20 academic articles and chapters
  • Certified Sexuality Educator, 2012
    • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselor, and Therapists (AASECT)

Rates

Private Attorneys

  • Telephone consultation, documentary analysis, preparation, and written reports
    • $250/hour
  • Depositions
    • $350/hour
  • Testimony
    • $500/hour
    • $3,000 whole day in court

Public Defenders

  • Telephone consultation, documentary analysis, preparation, and written reports
    • $150/hour
  • Depositions
    • $250/hour
  • Testimony
    • $350/hour
    • $2,000 whole day in court

Free Consultation

For a free 30 minute initial consultation, make an appointment with Dr. Sheff by emailing her at drelisheff@gmail.com

Clients’s Endorsements

Your reports are perfect. Not completely one-sided, but they explain what my client might have been doing here, and explains what he was doing in an easy-to-understand way. I think we are going to have an uphill battle, but these are exactly the type of reports I will need to take our best shot.

~JR, Defense Attorney

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