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Lisa Marie Vari

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Child Support, Marriage & Prenuptials, Adoption, Domestic Violence, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

What is your relationship with your children worth to you? Or, your financial future after a divorce? Are you angry at the other party and want to fight to the end or do you feel like you want to give in just to get the case over with?  You're not alone if you're facing a family court issue and you're scared, angry, or want to give in and get it over with.


What you need now is a family law attorney with experience in this field who will listen to your problems and help you plan for how to move forward with your future. You need a family law attorney who you feel comfortable with and who you trust. You need a family law attorney who will give you honest advice not just what you want to hear so that your fee gets paid.  You need someone who is an experienced fighter but also an experienced negotiator.  What you need is me and my family law firm. 


What I will give you is over 20 years of experience in the family law field representing over 1600 clients.  I will give you information, honest advice, and hopefully, piece of mind.  I'm not the cheapest family lawyer in town, but you get what you pay for. I don't need to be the most expensive lawyer in town to make a living at this either. I've settled the vast majority of my clients' family law problems and I believe in pursuing alternatives to litigation such as Collaborative Family Law and mediation.  But, when necessary, I have the experience of acting as trial counsel in over 600 contested family court issues.  Most of my clients come from referrals, not advertising.


So. what's your answers to the questions I asked?  I know my answers.  I've been where you are both personally and professionally and I know how you feel.  You can move on if you're properly prepared for your future.

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Divorce & Separation: 39%
    22 years
  2. Family: 34%
    22 years
  3. Child Custody: 22%
    22 years
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 1%
    22 years
  5. Other: 4%
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Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

43 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mrs. Vari. Very experienced and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact her for help.

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Contact Info

Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, PC

Manor Building, Penthouse
564 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

Vari & Associates, LLC.

Vizcayne Building
224 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2202
Miami, FL, 33132

Lisa Marie Vari & Associates

2009 Mackenzie Way, Suite 100
Cranberry Township, PA, 16066

Lisa Marie Vari & Associates

201 Green Ridge Drive
New Castle, PA, 16105

Lisa Marie Vari & Associates

1860 E. State Street
Hermitage, PA, 16148

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Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200608/12/2015
PAActive199308/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Lead Counsel Family LawLaw Info2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Lead Counsel Family LawLaw Info2014
Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers2014
Top Lawyers in PennsylvaniaThe Legal Network2013
MemberContinental Who's Who of Professionals & Executives2011
MemberMarquis Who's Who in American Law2011
MemberCambridge Who's Who2011
1st Place Award -Tax Appellate Moot Court CompetitionDuquesne University School of Law1993
Scheib Memorial ScholarshipDuquesne University School of Law1992
Law Review Member - Top 20% AcademicsDuquesne University School of Law1991
Golden Key National Honor SocietyUniversity of Pittsburgh1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
FL Supreme Court Certified Family Law MediatorVari & Associates, LLC2011 - 2013
Collaborative Family Law AttorneyVari & Associates, LLC2011 - 2013
Managing AttorneyVari & Associates, LLC2006 - Present
Managing AttorneyLisa Marie Vari & Associates1996 - Present
Judicial Law Clerk to Family Ct. Administrative JudgeFamily Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas1993 - 1995
Teaching AssistantDuquense University School of Law1992 - 1993
Allocatur Clerk InternSupreme Court of Pennsylvania - Justice Ralph Cappy1992 - 1993
Law Library AssistantDuquense University School of Law1989 - 1993
Legal InternCriminal Division - Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County1988 - 1988

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
The First Family Law American Inn of CourtMember2011 - 2013
Coral Gables Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Dade County Bar AssocationMember2011 - Present
Florida Military Legal ConsortiumVice President2011 - 2012
Collaborative Family Law InstituteMember2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Military Pro Bono ProjectMember2011 - Present
Pineapple Ball Committee, Homestead HospitalMember2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionCommittee Member2006 - Present
Matrimonial American Inn of CourtMember2005 - 2005
Allegheny County Bar Association, Military and Veteran's Affairs CommitteeCommittee Member2005 - 2011
United States Supreme Court BarLicensed Attorney2003 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners CommitteeCommittee Member1997 - 2000
United States District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaLicensed Attorney1993 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionCommittee Member1993 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCommittee Member1993 - Present
Professional Association of Scuba InstructorsIDC Staff InstructorN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
K.B, II, KB and BB. v. C.B.F.Child returned to mother after appeal of order awarding custody to grandparents.
Tallon v. DasilvaMother granted custody over grandparents when father deployed overseas.
In the Interest of B.S. Appeal of D.DGrandmother of neglected child awarded custody

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
FindLaw KnowledgeBaseHoliday proposals are romantic, but do not forget the prenup2014
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Custody and Travelling with your Child2013
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Updates on Pennsylvania Law - The Custody Relocatio Statute2013
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFinance, health care & child custody still fraught with difficulty for same-sex couples2011
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Dinner with the Family - How Eating Dinner Together Can Change Your Child's Life2011
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.What Pennslyvania Boomers Need to Know About Divorce2008
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.After a Divorce, Take These Steps to Get Your Affairs in Order2008
Pittsburgh Tribune ReviewHolidays See an Increase in Divorce Filings2007
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Tips for Unmarried, Cohabitatiing Couples2006
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.How do Custody Arrangements Effect Child Support Obligations2006
Pittsburgh Tribune ReviewGraners' Parents File Lawsuit2005
Pittsburgh Post GazetteGrandparents' Right to Custody Overturned2003
Philadelphia AP WireMother Regains Son from His Grandparents2003
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Protecting the Kids - Raising Happy, Healthy Children After DivorceN/A
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Child Custody - Fathers' Rights Then and NoawN/A
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Lights, Camera, Family Court Action?N/A
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.A Warning for Computer and Cellular Phone UsersN/A
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Helping Our Lawyers Help YouN/A
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Stepping Back from Anger - Protecting Your Children During DivorceN/A
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.Tax Implications of PA Divorce and Support OrdersN/A
Vari & Associates, LLCCould Collaborative Divorce Help You Achieve Your Goals?N/A
Vari & Associates, LLCYou Remarry Your Former Spouse - What Happens to the Original Prenup?N/A
Vari & Associates, LLCReaching a Property Settlement in a Florida DivorceN/A
Vari & Associates, LLCMarriage Ending Later in Life? Get Tips for Going Through "Grey Divorce"N/A
Vari & Associates, LLCEnforcement of Child Support in FloridaN/A
Vari & Associates, LLCGrandparents' Rights Limited in FloridaN/A
Pittsburgh Tribune ReviewDNA proves man not biological father but forced to pay child supportN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Collaborative TrainersCollaborative Family Law TrainingN/A2011
Mediation Services, Inc.N/AFamily Law Mediator Training2011
Duquesne University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1993
University of PittsburghLegal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Community College of Allegheny CountyN/AEMT licenseN/A
Professional Association of Scuba DiversN/AInstructor RatingN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Miami Family Law ClassFlorida Parenting Plans and Time-sharing Issues2013
Miami Family Law ClassChild Custody Parenting Plans2012
BNI Networking CommitteeFlorida Family Law2012
Military Affairs CommitteeFamily Law for Service Members2011
Lawyers' Strategic Marketing GroupFamily Law2011
Juvenile Court BasicsJuvenile Dependency & Delinquency2010
Law Journal TVGrandparent Custody Rights2005