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Paula Hopkins is a lawyer with more than thirty years of experience, primarily in the area of family law. Paula now concentrates her practice in representing clients in the collaborative divorce process. After being trained collaboratively in 2005, Paula devoted her energies to bringing the collaborative process to Pittsburgh and was a founding member and first President of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP). Paula practices exclusively in the collaborative divorce process and has represented more than fifty clients in that process. Paula has over 100 hours in training related to the collaborative practice of law and has attended collaborative training and workshops in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Phoenix and most recently in Chicago.  


Paula is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and has recently been appointed as a member of the IACP's Task Force on Access to Collaboration. Paula has met the IACP minimum standards for a collaborative practitioner and a trainer of the collaborative process. Paula has participated as a trainer in three basic collaborative process trainings inPittsburgh and Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a presenter on the collaborative process in programs sponsored by the ACBA and PBI.  


In addition to private practice, Paula has workedas a staff attorney for public interest and legal services programs in Ohio and the American Bar Association Commissions on the Elderly and the MentallyDisabled.Ms. Hopkins has authored model statutes and publications on elder law and disability topics. 


During the years that Paula practiced divorce litigation, she lectured for the NBI and PBI on topics related to family law, estate planning, and probate law.  Paula lectured frequently about how to divide retirement benefits in divorce including issues related to the equitable distribution of retirement plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) and Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System (SERS).  


Paula is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and has served on the Council of the Family Law Section, was chairperson of the ACBA’s Sole and Small Firm Practitioner Section and was elected to serve on the Judiciary Committee of the ACBA. Paula is a member and helped to develop and promote the ACBA Committee on Collaborative Law, one of the first collaborative law committees of a county bar association in the country. She is a member ofthe Pennsylvania Bar Association (member, Family Law Section; Collaborative Law Committee).  


Paula is a Patron of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and has been active in various pro bono activities including serving as a mentor in the Be A Sixth Grade Mentor program. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council Board of the The Education Partnership.  


Paula received her J. D. in 1978 from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 100%
    29 years, 500 cases


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Cash, Check

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  • Karen L. Ferri

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    Karen Ferri Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brooke Beares McMorrow

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paula for years. She is an exceptional Collaborative Law practitioner. I have worked with her on Collaborative cases and on various bar association committees related to Collaborative Law. I would highly recommend her.


    Brooke McMorrow Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Paula Hopkins, Attorney at Law

401 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1325
Three Gateway Center
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-2512


OHNot Registered197811/11/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPaula Hopkins, Attorney at Law2007 - Present
AttorneyPillar, Mulroy & Ferber, P.C. & Thomas M. Mulroy & Assoc., P.C.1996 - 2007
AttorneyRaphael, Ramsden, Behers & Frantz1993 - 1996
AttorneyRaphael, Gruener, Raphael1984 - 1987
Staff Attorney, Commission on the Mentally DisabledAmerican Bar Association1982 - 1984
AttorneySchwarzwald, Robiner, Wolf & Rock1981 - 1982
AttorneyThe Summit County Legal Aid Society1979 - 1981
AttorneyThe Ohio Association for the Protection and Advocacy of the Developmentally Disabled1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Education PartnershipMember, Advisory Council2013 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsAppointed member, Task Force on Collaboration2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember, House of Delegates2010 - Present
Allegheny County Bar FoundationPatron2008 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners SectionChair2008 - 2009
The Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committeeelected member2007 - 2010
The Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern PennsylvaniaPresident2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sergi v. Sergi, 351 Pa.Super. 588, 506 A.2d 928 (1986)The Superior Court affirmed the trial court's order in favor of my client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
69 Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Newsletter (PBA Summer 2011)."Collaborative Law:Will it Work in Your Practice?"2011
Preserving Independence, Supporting Needs, The Role of Board and Care Homes"Enforcement of the Rights of Residents of Board and Care Home"1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
"Basic Training in the Interdisciplinary Collabortive Process"Introduction, Negotiation2013
Basic Training in Collaborative PracticePresenting the Law; Negotiation; Ethics2012
The Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting"Introduction to Collaborative Law,"2011
Collaborative Law Training: The Basics and More,Basic training in Collaborative Process2011
Collaborative Law Committee CLE"Collaborative Law is Catching on in Pittsburgh--And Not Just in Family Law"2011
Basic Training in Collaborative PracticeBasic Training in Collaborative Practice2011
PBA Family Law Association Winter Meeting"Ethical Practice of Collaborative Law,"2010
Divorce Law Guide from A to Z"Using ADR"2010
ADR Institute"Expanding Use of Collaborative Law"2008
Anatomy of a Qualified Domestic Relations OrderQDROs from an Attorneys Perspective2007
"Tax Consequences in Divorce"Tax Consequences of Equitable Distribution2007