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Lisa Marie Vari

Child custody Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.0   32 reviews

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About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%
    Florida & Pennsylvania family law attorney with emphasis in child custody litigation. 20 years experience with hundreds of custody cases resolved by agreement and over 50 contested custody trials. Contact our custody law firm before you move out as your custody rights can be greatly impacted!

    30 years

  2. Child support
    20%
    Florida & Pennsylvania family law attorney providing representation in paternity and child support cases including complex support cases involving high-income individuals, self-employed business owners, and others with complex issues involving calculation of income for support purposes.

    30 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Florida & Pennsylvania family law attorney providing representation in divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child support, spousal support, APL, alimony, domestic violence, paternity pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, grandparent visitation, step-parent adoption, same-sex cohabitation agreements and all other family law issues.

    30 years

  4. Family
    20%
    Florida & Pennsylvania family law attorney providing representation in divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child support, spousal support, APL, alimony, domestic violence, paternity pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, grandparent visitation, step-parent adoption, same-sex cohabitation agreements and all other family law issues.

    30 years

  5. Adoption
    5%
    Welcoming a new member to the family via adoption? Let our Florida & Pennsylvania family law attorneys help! We love assisting individuals and couples, including LGBT individuals or couples, in becoming adoptive parents. We also provide representation in termination of parental rights cases and contested adoption cases. Stepparent and second parent adoptions representation is also provided by our family lawyers.

    30 years

  6. Alimony
    5%

  7. Domestic violence
    5%
    Whether it be physical, emotional or financial abuse, stalking and harassment or otherwise, our experienced domestic violence lawyers can assist you in any domestic violence or protection from abuse (PFA) case in Allegheny or Miami-Dade Counties.

    30 years

  8. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%
    Florida & Pennsylvania family law attorney with experience representing high net-worth individuals including business owners, professional athletes and their spouses in negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements. Don't let the courts decide your future!

    30 years

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 25 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.  Let me and my law firm help.

Licensed for 29 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/23/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Lisa

Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, PC
3210 S. Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
2009 Mackenzie Way
Cranberry Twp, PA, 16066
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
2400 Ansys Drive
Suite #102
Canonsburg, PA, 15317
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
1200 Brickell Avenue
Suite #1950
Miami, FL, 33131
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
114 1/2 South Second Street
Clearfield, PA, 16830
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
61 Swiss Mountain Drive
Champion, PA, 15622
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Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by Mary | June 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
My divorce case was very involved to say the least. There were many details that need to be gone over. Lisa took the time to discuss every one of them with me and we quickly built a great relationship. She was impeccable with my respecting my wishes while at the same time getting me the correct amount of assests, child support. She was great to communicate with, all emails and when needed phone calls were seamless. She is professional, knowledgeable and really knows her stuff!
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Posted by Paul | June 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Professional
I came to Lisa after years of being separated and navigating the system alone and uninformed. This was the best decision I could have made. She was very knowledgeable and informed me of my rights within custody, assets and child support. My divorced was finalized within several month. I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
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Posted by Stephanie | June 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Lisa and her team are extremely professional and they were a pleasure to work with. I had to fire my previous attorney for billing issues and the firm wanting me to fight over things I did not feel were necessary. Lisa was a breath of fresh air. She always got back to me quickly with emails and phone calls, got my custody scheduled with my children the way I wanted it and her fees were reasonable.
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Posted by Nathan | January 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!!
i would highly recommend Lisa Mari Vari and the entire Vari Law team. My attorney Melissa Tayborn handled my case with the highest level of professionalism, responding quickly to any questions or to make any changes in my personal MSA or custody agreement. Melissa was available anytime during the entire 16 month process. The support staff was always helpful and ready to answer any questions concerning payments or credits. if you are in the licensed area of Lisa Marie Vari, you could not have better representation. Nathan S.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely The Best!
Lisa and her team handled my difficult case with a great outcome. She is very dedicated to her clients and makes certain all bases are covered. My case was an extreme one and she worked long hours to achieve a settlement. If you are unfortunate to have to engage a divorce attorney, I would highly recommend Lisa Vari and Associates for this very difficult and delicate time in your life. Lisa cares.
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Posted by Joni | February 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I’m very pleased with the service I received.
Attorney Vari took time to listen to my issues. She was very easy to talk to and offfered different ways to handle the situations. I received professional advice that was very helpful.
Posted by Brian | August 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience
As someone who has been through custody battles for the last 5-10 years, we’ve had a couple lawyers because of retirements or firm changes. Our experience with Lisa and her staff has been tremendous. We had a very complex situation as my wife and I had physical custody of my niece and were raising her without any legal authority to do so. We were scared of losing her and felt like the situation was a ticking time bomb. During our initial consult, Lisa was able to think outside the box and come up with a solution. They won the case in court and we are looking forward to working with Lisa next year again to gain legal guardianship. For some of the other reviews complaining about pricing, billing, etc., I get it. Family Law attorneys are insanely expensive. You are paying for experience and someone who has been in court hundreds of times and can react quickly. The experienced lawyers are able to anticipate what will likely happen but they can’t guarantee anything. You can hire a nice family law attorney for cheaper but keep in mind the reason they are cheaper is because of a lack of experience. Everyone has a budget to stay within but this will dramatically affect your life. You need experience in a court room. Thank you again Lisa. You and your staff have been amazing for us and we look forward to working with you and Anna again next year.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Initial Consultation
The attorney was polite, on time, and very knowledgeable! I am very happy with the process and the outcome!
Response from Lisa Vari March 6, 2018
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. I am very happy to provide you with excellent service.
Posted by Brian | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We won!
Lisa helped me fight against two bullies who attempted to intimidate and threaten me with their connections in the legal system. Attorney Vari was not intimidated in the least and even made me feel more confident as well. I won my case and was paid what I deserve. Thanks go out to Lisa and her entire staff.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Attorneys!
Lisa & her associate attorneys represented me in my child custody & child support case in Washington County. They fought hard for me when my son's father quit his job & claimed he couldn't work. Needless to say, I was awarded the support my child is entitled to and was guided by Attorney Vari into a fair custody order. Thanks to Lisa, I feel that I was treated fairly in the family courts! I'd recommend Lisa & her team to anyone who needs excellent family lawyers!
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2015
Professional and Caring
Lisa and her firm just completed my marital separation agreement (MSA). Not only is Lisa a true professional, she also treated me with kindness and compassion. For such a painful and difficult transition during my life, Lisa made it as easy and smooth as possible for me. Her main goal was always to protect my interests, even if it meant having the tough conversations, which again, were always done with care and compassion. I highly recommend her and her firm. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2013
former client
Lisa is a straightforward and intelligent lawyer that cares about my family. I was impressed with her legal knowledge and ability to help me understand the court process. Her dedication and hard work paid off! I would recommend her and her staff to represent others in need of competent legal representation.
Posted by Mike | April 24, 2013
Fantastic attorney
Lisa Vari is one of the most tenacious lawyers I have ever met. I am a dad with shared custody of my two children. I went six years thru family division fighting desperately to have the ability to create a normal life for my children. Lisa took my case and showed them what I was doing for my children and how my ex did nothing. She got my oblilgation reduced to less than 200 a month allowing me to keep our home so my children wouldn't be raised in two apartments and have a real home. Lisa fought for us as though we were her own family.
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Posted by Judson | September 18, 2012
Outstanding Family Law Attorney
Lisa Vari is an experienced family law attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with her on several legal matters. She has great insight on cases because she has handled so many over the course of her career. She has handled everything from the ordinary to the truly unusual and this experience really shows.
Posted by Barbara | August 19, 2011
Best Family Law Attorney!!!
Attorney Lisa Vari really helped me through a difficult period in my life. She is very skilled and trustworthy. She followed through with everything she told me she would try to do for me and my case. I couldn't be happier with the outcome! I have recommended her to everyone I know. Thank you so much for all of you care and help Attorney Vari!
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2011
Superb Fl Family Law Attorney!!!
Attorney Lisa Vari helped me during my FL divorce when I thought that no one would be able to assist me. She was kind & caring & a fantastic family law attorney. You should hire her! It was the best decision I made after my separation.
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2011
Knows Grandparents Rights
Shortly after the Grandparents' Rights Act was passed, Lisa Vari accepted my case to fight Child Protective Services for custody of my grandson. They wanted to terminate my son's rights and offer him for adoption to a young couple. Taking on the establishment power was a touch, dirty task, but Lisa knew WAY more about the law than their lawyer did.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2010
Great family lawyer
very knowledgeable and aggressive, not cheap but you get what you pay for and thats good when you need to get issues resolved
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2010
Child custody and support case
Lisa Vari's knowledge of child custody, child support and parental rights helped me when my ex took my children and tried to file false charges so he wouldn't have to pay child support. She immediately took over and within 2 days I had my children back and he was in jail for back child support. (I finally got my money that was owed to me)
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Posted by Carl | December 10, 2010
Lisa Vari review
I have utilized Lisa' legal services several times over the past ten years. She has always been communicative, timely and accommodating. She has always looked out for my best interest and explained all options available to me.She would also inform me as to what my best financial option would be. ie. if I should continue or settle. She did this without concern for her fees.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
  • 1996 - Present
  • FL Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Vari & Associates, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney
  • Vari & Associates, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Family Ct. Administrative Judge
  • Family Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Duquense University School of Law
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Allocatur Clerk Intern
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - Justice Ralph Cappy
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Law Library Assistant
  • Duquense University School of Law
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Legal Intern
  • Criminal Division - Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
  • 1988 - 1988
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Education

  • Florida Collaborative Trainers
  • Collaborative Family Law & Divorce Certification
  • 2011
  • Mediation Services, Inc.
  • Family Law Mediator Training
  • 2011
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1993
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • EMT license
  • N/A
  • Professional Association of Scuba Divers
  • Instructor Rating
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • P.T. & K.T. vs. M.H.
  • Superior Ct held aunt & uncle had standing to pursue action in juvenile court case.
  • Tallon v. Dasilva
  • Mother granted custody over grandparents when father deployed overseas.
  • In the Interest of B.S. Appeal of D.D
  • Grandmother of neglected child awarded custody
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Associations

  • Dade County Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Institute
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Military Pro Bono Project
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pineapple Ball Committee, Homestead Hospital
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Committee Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2003 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Committee Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Committee Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 1993 - Present
  • Professional Association of Scuba Instructors
  • IDC Staff Instructor
  • N/A
  • Florida Military Legal Consortium
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • The First Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Military and Veteran's Affairs Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 1997 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Silver Level Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Family Law Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Family Law Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Family Law Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Family Law - PA Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Family Law & Divorce Lead Counsel Rating
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • Family Law & Divorce Lead Counsel Rating
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - PA Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Family Law
  • Law Info
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Family Law
  • Law Info
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Member
  • Continental Who's Who of Professionals & Executives
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • 2011
  • 1st Place Award -Tax Appellate Moot Court Competition
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • 1993
  • Scheib Memorial Scholarship
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • 1992
  • Law Review Member - Top 20% Academics
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • 1991
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Lisa Marie Vari & Associates
  • Blog
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Miami Family Law Class
  • Florida Parenting Plans and Time-sharing Issues
  • 2013
  • Miami Family Law Class
  • Child Custody Parenting Plans
  • 2012
  • BNI Networking Committee
  • Florida Family Law
  • 2012
  • Military Affairs Committee
  • Family Law for Service Members
  • 2011
  • Lawyers' Strategic Marketing Group
  • Family Law
  • 2011
  • Juvenile Court Basics
  • Juvenile Dependency & Delinquency
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (46)
Given (32)
Endorse Lisa
Unknown Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Lisa Marie Vari is experienced, hard working, and dedicated to her clients. She is an attorney with an excellent reputation. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is extremely knowledgeable and her commitment and dedication to her clients is remarkable. Truly a first class attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her avvo profile speaks volumes about her skills."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She provides excellent legal advice to Avvo users. I am happy to endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lisa Marie Vari. She is very active in the Avvo legal community providing excellent legal answers to assist people asking for assistance. A respected member in the legal industry."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lisa is an excellent Florida and Pennsylvania family law attorney. She is dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate. She has worked on hundreds of family law cases and is a tremendous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lisa Marie Vari is experienced, hard working, and dedicated to her clients success. An asset to the legal profession. I fully endorse her."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lisa Marie Vari. Very strong and aggressive advocate for her clients. Excellent record of success and respected member in the legal industry."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lisa Marie Vari. Dedicated to her clients with a track record of success. Has earned respect from her clients and peers."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lisa Marie Vari. Dedicated, hard working, skilled, and a respected member in the legal industry."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lisa Marie Vari. She donates her time to provide excellent legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advise. A respected member within the legal community."
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