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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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
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Pennsylvania Super Lawyers||2010|
|Attorney||Paula Hopkins, Attorney at Law||2007 - Present|
|Attorney||Pillar, Mulroy & Ferber, P.C. & Thomas M. Mulroy & Assoc., P.C.||1996 - 2007|
|Attorney||Raphael, Ramsden, Behers & Frantz||1993 - 1996|
|Attorney||Raphael, Gruener, Raphael||1984 - 1987|
|Staff Attorney, Commission on the Mentally Disabled||American Bar Association||1982 - 1984|
|Attorney||Schwarzwald, Robiner, Wolf & Rock||1981 - 1982|
|Attorney||The Summit County Legal Aid Society||1979 - 1981|
|Attorney||The Ohio Association for the Protection and Advocacy of the Developmentally Disabled||1978 - 1979|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The Education Partnership||Member, Advisory Council||2013 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Appointed member, Task Force on Collaboration||2013 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member, House of Delegates||2010 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Foundation||Patron||2008 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section||Chair||2008 - 2009|
|The Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee||elected member||2007 - 2010|
|The Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania||President||2006 - 2008|
|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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|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|
|Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|"Basic Training in the Interdisciplinary Collabortive Process"||Introduction, Negotiation||2013|
|Basic Training in Collaborative Practice||Presenting the Law; Negotiation; Ethics||2012|
|The Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting||"Introduction to Collaborative Law,"||2011|
|Collaborative Law Training: The Basics and More,||Basic training in Collaborative Process||2011|
|Collaborative Law Committee CLE||"Collaborative Law is Catching on in Pittsburgh--And Not Just in Family Law"||2011|
|Basic Training in Collaborative Practice||Basic Training in Collaborative Practice||2011|
|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 Order||QDROs from an Attorneys Perspective||2007|
|"Tax Consequences in Divorce"||Tax Consequences of Equitable Distribution||2007|