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James Paul Helvy

James Paul Helvy

also known as Paul Helvy, J. Paul Helvy

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Mr. Helvy is Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. He has been practicing Domestic and Family Law since his admission to the Bar in 1988. Mr. Helvy is currently the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section. He has chaired the Legislative, Membership and Program Committees of the PBA Family Law Section and has testified before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee regarding pending family law legislation. Mr. Helvy is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Central Pennsylvania Collaborative Professionals. Mr. Helvy has been included in the Woodward/White, Inc. publication, The Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law Section, each year since 2007 , has been included in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list each year since 2008. Mr. Helvy was named as the Central Pennsylvania Family Lawyer of the Year for 2013 in the Best Lawyers of America publication.

Mr. Helvy is a frequent speaker on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and County Bar Associations on the topics of divorce, custody and support. Some of the seminars in which he has been involved include a presentation to the State’s Trial Judges regarding Business Valuation, Family Law Practice in Central Pennsylvania, Preparing Marital Settlement Agreements, Determining Net Income for Support Calculations, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and Updates on Recent Developments in the Areas of Distribution of Marital Property, Support, and Custody. Mr. Helvy is also a course planner of the Family Law Institute, an annual program designed to assist family law attorneys stay abreast of the latest developments and trends in the law, held in Philadelphia and simulcasted throughout the state. 


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  1. Family: 100%


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McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Po Box 1166
Mcnees Wallace & Nurick Llc
Harrisburg, PA, 17108-1166



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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Chair of Family Law GroupMcNees Wallace & Nurick2005 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair2014 - Present
Family and Collaborative CenterChair2005 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionPlanner/CoordinatorN/A
Pennsylvania Bar InstitutePlanner/CoordinatorN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
McNees Wallace & NurickAttorney J. Paul Helvy Appointed Chair of PBA Family Law Section2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America 20152014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America 20142013
McNees Wallace & NurickMcNees Attorney Helvy Testifies Before Pennsylvania House2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Securing a Financial Settlement: Disclosure, Voluntary, Security, Enforcement, Counsel Fees, QDROSecuring a Financial Settlement: Disclosure, Voluntary, Security, Enforcement, Counsel Fees, QDRO2015
Pennsylvania Bar Association's 2015 Midyear MeetingHot Topics in Civil Litigation2015
Hot Tips in Family LawHot Tips in Family Law2015
General Practitioners' UpdateFamily Law Update: Alimony and Support2015
Valuing Small Businesses in DivorceValuing Small Businesses in Divorce2014
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteDrafting Marital Settlement Agreements2014