Frances Auchincloss Goldsmith, admitted to the Paris Bar, has over ten years of legal experience and litigation before the French courts in private client matters and general commercial and civil litigation.  As a Franco-American, she has developed valued experience of French international private law and often advises clients on the legal consequences of their case in France.

Previously an associate in the litigation and private client departments of a large corporate law firm, she decided in 2014 to leave to help found the Libra Avocats firm, where she is now a Partner.

Frances is motivated by helping her clients move on to the next stage of their lives, whether the crisis confronted is a separation or caused by an inheritance dispute. Her experience—particularly on important transnational litigation cases—has allowed her to develop an expertise in international family and estate law to advise her clients on how to resolve complex financial situations, as well as children matters

She was Co-chair for the Family Law committee of the American Bar Association – Section of International Law from 2017 to 2019 and remains Vice-Chair of the committee. She was, furthermore, awarded the “Fifth IAML European Chapter Annual Award for Young Family Lawyers” in March 2015.

Frances also works with institutional clients in commercial litigation and international arbitration.

In addition to pleading before French courts to defend her clients’ rights, Frances has been personally appointed an expert before foreign courts in litigation relating to matrimonial regimes and complex issues of dividing property and inheritances.


  • Master 223 in Professional Estate Law, University of Paris Dauphine.
  • Master’s degree in Management – International Business Law, University of Paris Dauphine.
  • Bachelor of Arts, major in Economics, Washington & Lee University.