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Jeffrey Moore Williams

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Jeffrey Williams is widely regarded as one of the leading matrimonial attorneys in the Greater Philadelphia area, and by almost all accounts is the top divorce attorney in Bucks County. Poised, yet always candid, experienced yet youthful, Williams brings strong instincts and honed litigation skills to his work, which have made him a fixture in Philadelphia-area divorce law for over two decades. Williams, who grew up in Downingtown, PA, was a competitive lacrosse player at The Haverford School and later at Dickinson College. He aspired to the law with an eye on becoming a criminal prosecutor, and took a position right out of law school as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bucks County Prosecutor's Office, giving him valuable courtroom experience.


 


In 1985, Williams joined a small New Hope, PA, litigation practice. It was there that he began focusing on matrimonial law. "I have a paternal side, and I enjoyed figuring out how to help people. Before he knew it, two divorce cases turned into 20, then 20 turned into 100. Williams remained a partner of the five-attorney firm for more than 14 years; then, in early 2004 he launched his own practice. The firm is now comprised of seven attorneys and works out of a beautifully renovated brick colonial cottage in the heart of Doylestown.


 


For 13 years, Williams served on the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors. "It was interesting and worthwhile, but I spoke my mind a little too much. I'm not a natural politician." Williams' reputation as an effective divorce attorney never suffered and today he handles 50 cases at a time, most involving complex business-valuations, complicated income issues and complex custody cases. Since he is based in Bucks County, much of his caseload involves couples where one of the two people has a high-paying job in New York, Philadelphia or Eastern New Jersey.


 


 


Observations & Perspectives


From Jeffrey M. Williams, Esquire


 


One of the first things I tell people is that equitable distribution in divorce does not necessarily translate into equal distribution. In fact, most divorce settlements in Pennsylvania do not result in equal distribution of property. There are many factors, but the distribution often favors the income-dependent spouse. Having said all that, it is very important to be realistic about the outcome. Some attorneys make promises they cannot possibly keep just to “sign up the case.”


 


Outcomes are based on many variables. For instance, say a husband has filed for divorce, leaving for a younger woman. In such instances, guilt can be the great deal-maker. The husband may put a sizeable settlement offer on the table that the court would never mandate. I’ve been in that situation - on several occasions - in which I’ve had to urge my client to accept an offer, even if the client’s initial reaction is to try to continue litigation simply because he or she is angry. In terms of my practice, I probably do more custody-related work than many of my peers, and the contested custody cases can be the most difficult cases. 


 


One of the biggest problems I’ve seen related to so-called earning capacity - how much is a spouse projected to earn going forward, based on his or her education and experience. For example, if someone once made $350,000 per year in a job and that job is eliminated, how realistic is it to assume that he or she will have a similar-paying job in the years ahead? This is a difficult question to answer, especially for a family law court. Interestingly, the outcome can vary greatly from judge to judge.


 


I went through my own divorce. I think that in many respects it has made me better at what I do. In my work I get a chance to help people at a time when they most need it. I literally deal with good people at their worst. That is what makes this field of law both very challenging and very satisfying.


                       


 

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  1. Divorce: 80%
  2. Family: 20%

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Williams Family Law, PC

43 N Pine Street.
Doylestown, PA, 18901

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive198112/01/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2014
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Special Achievement AwardPennsylvania Bar Association2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & Managing PartnerWilliams Family Law, P.C.2004 - Present
PartnerBaldi, Cepparulo & Williams, P.C.1985 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - PA ChapterSecretary2013 - 2014
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMember of Board of Examiners2012 - Present
American Bar FoundationMember2012 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember of Family Law Section Executive Committee2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationChair of Family Law Section2010 - 2011
American College of Family Trial LawyersDiplomate2009 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1997 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Doylestown Township Board of SupervisorsMemberN/A
Doylestown Township Board of SupervisorsFormer ChairN/A
A Woman's Place Domestic Violence Shelter - Bucks CountyPast DirectorN/A
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks CountyPast DirectorN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember of Family Law SectionN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bucks County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bucks County Bar AssociationFormer ChairN/A
Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia - Matrimonial & Divorce LawLeaderN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Association"Third Party Custody Litigation: An Overview of Case law in teh Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"N/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Dickinson CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
The Haverford SchoolN/AHigh School1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2013
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2012
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2011
Update on New GuidelinesFamily Law/Support2010
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2010
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2009
Custody Trial, Appeals & Case LawCustody2009
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2008
High Rollers Support CasesSupport2007
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2007
All You Need to Know About Trying a High Income CaseSupport2007
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2006
Equitable Distribution UpdateEquitable Distribution2006
Family Law UpdateFamily Law2005
Family Law Practice In Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2005
Family Law Practice in Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery CountiesFamily Law2004