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Rebecca Lee Canterbury

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

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Attorney Rebecca Canterbury handles all areas of family law and criminal defense with a special focus on domestic violence and child custody. A skilled negotiator and trial lawyer, Attorney Canterbury provides strong advocacy and genuine compassion for clients in complex, high-conflict cases often involving allegations of parental alienation and physical abuse. She has successfully obtained criminal-record expungements for people across Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Attorney Canterbury routinely writes on family law and criminal defense issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In her published writings, she has spotlighted critical issues involving child custody, Protection From Abuse (PFA), and criminal-record expungements.

During law school, Attorney Canterbury represented clients at PFA and child custody hearings while working for Neighborhood Legal Services Association and the Duquesne University School of Law Family Law Clinic. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Kevin G. Sasinoski of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas - Criminal Division, as well as for several private law firms in Pittsburgh focusing on criminal defense and family law.

While serving as president of the Family Law Society at Duquesne University School of Law, Attorney Canterbury organized and moderated a symposium to address whether Pennsylvania's PFA law strikes the right balance for protecting domestic-violence victims while also curbing false claims of abuse. She continues her affiliation with Duquesne University School of Law mentoring graduates in preparation for the Pennyslvania Bar Examination.

Licensed for 6 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Spivak Law Firm
2893 W Liberty Ave Ste 100
Pittsburgh, PA, 15216-2619

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
PFA settlement
If you need an attorney who will fight for you Rebecca and Todd are the go to attorneys. Very nice understanding and if you have any questions they are more then willing to listen to you and walk you through the process.
Posted by Joe | May 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Child custody
I needed immediate action taken to get primary custody of my son. I spoke with Todd and Rebecca and I met with them that day talked over a plan and in the next day i was taking the steps needed to get my son. I really respected the effort and urgency Rebecca put it. I ended up getting primary custody of my son.i would definitely recommend rebecca Canterbury.
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Posted by Derek | March 2, 2021
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Child custody
Rebecca has been so kind and helpful throughout the entire process of my child custody case. If ever I had a question, she was there to answer it quickly and thoroughly. Custody cases are extremely daunting and can be quite scary at times, she was always there to give me the honest truth about my case and what to do and not to do. I cannot put my appreciation into words well enough to describe the amount of weight she has lifted from my family’s shoulders. I will be recommending her services to others.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2020
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Represented in Custody Case
Our custody case was extremely complicated and included many twists and turns. We were moved by the fact that Rebecca was passionate about securing the safety, well being and best interests of the children involved. From our initial consultation with Rebecca to the outcome of the trial (8 months later), she was our rock! She really listened, asked the pertinent questions, dug deep and researched tirelessly to develop a solid case for us that had positive results. Rebecca was always within reach if we had questions or concerns. She would answer our questions patiently and treated us with the utmost respect. For every step in the process, Rebecca communicated, advised and educated us so that we always knew what was coming next. She presented all of the possible outcomes with every step of the litigation so that we would know what to expect. Rebecca is a smart and astute lawyer who conducts herself with the utmost professionalism. She knows the law and imparts it correctly which is highly important for client representation. Rebecca is compassionate with her clients but tenacious and well prepared in the face of her opponents. She will not back down when confronted but does so in a professional but firm manner. Preparation for our trial was very arduous and we were only given 1 day in court (Covid restrictions allowed only video, nothing in person). This was a high stress position for any lawyer but Rebecca was well prepared and resolute which resulted in a good outcome for our family. I am glad that we had Rebecca on our side in such a stressful situation. She went above and beyond! I highly recommend Rebecca Canterbury!!
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Posted by Kaitlin | December 15, 2020
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Excellent attorney! Highly Recommend!
Highly recommend Spivak Law Firm! Rebecca Canterbury is incredibly professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Her expertise and dedication to her clients is evident in everything she does!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2020
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Expungement Process
Ms Rebecca Canterbury Esq., Help me in the Expungement process. She listened to my story and she completely handled my case with professionalism and dedication . Everything she said she would do she did . She kept me up with all the developments in my case which made me comfortable with the process. She is a lawyer that will get the job done right.
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Posted by Peter | November 11, 2019
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PFA Defense
It’s a very scary moment when the Sheriff serves you with a temporary PFA. Although the statements in the PFA were obviously outrages and ungrounded, a judge signed off on it and a hearing was scheduled. I browsed the internet and reached out to several attorneys claiming expertise in this matter. I ended up selecting the Spivak Law Firm because Mr. Todd Spivak called me back on a Saturday morning, within minutes of my inquiry, gave me initial advice and scheduled a free consultation first thing Monday morning. During the initial meeting I met with Todd Spivak and Rebecca L Canterbury. They explained the process to me, gave me great advice and presented a strategy. Ms. Rebecca L. Canterbury took ample of time to understand the case and came to the PFA hearing extremely well prepared. After some negotiation between Ms. Rebecca L Canterbury and the counterparts attorney, she was able to achieve the best possible outcome: a full withdrawal of the PFA. I have no doubt this could have ended a lot different with a less experienced or prepared attorney. I have now hired Ms. Rebecca L Canterbury to arrange an expungement. Throughout the process Ms. Rebecca L Canterbury was very accessible and responsive. I absolutely recommend her for similar cases.
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Posted by Lee | October 20, 2019
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Experience dealing with Rebecca Cantebury
I tried to go thru the expungement process on my own which did not work out for me. Contacted Rebecca at the Spivak law firm and she completed the required process with no problems and made sure all my questions were answered. I would like to thank Rebecca for her professionalism and knowledge.
Posted by Michael D. | October 11, 2019
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5 Stars!!!
I hired Attorney Canterbury to help me through a very difficult situation. She always had my best interest in mind and went above and beyond to make sure I was treated fairly. 5 stars - Highly Recommended!!!
Posted by teresa | June 11, 2019
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pfa hearing
Rebecca did an awesome job at my hearing. very pleased with the outcome. recommend her to others. she was very helpful in what I neded to do.
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2019
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Couldn’t have had a better experience
My boyfriend was fighting for shared custody of his son. We went into this scared, and practically hopeless. But thanks to Rebecca, we ended up winning 50/50 shared custody of his son within 6 months. They were able to keep us calm and collected about the situation, gave us great tips on the do’s and don’t’s when you’re in a custody battle, and over all handled the situation and a very calm and professional manner. I would absolutely recommend this team to anyone struggling with a child custody case, especially fathers!
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Posted by Briana | May 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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She is who you want!
At first glance I thought her sweet disposition would not align with my personality or the fight I was ready to have. I could tell within 10 minutes I was wrong. Miss Canterbury is educated, determined, and a pitbull when need be. She was willing to meet with me after hours which speaks volumes to the genuine care of this lawfirm. I would HIGHLY recommend her for anyone in a child custody situation!
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2019
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Wonderful
Rebecca was absolutely fantastic. She helped with a PFA dispute and setting up custody. We will definitely use her in the future if anything would to arise.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2018
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Review
This attorney performed remarkably to say the least. I was issued a PFA following a domestic catastrophe. After 3decades plus of marriage, I find myself in court in an adversary scenario with my spouse. I was extremely discouraged, depressed, anxiety filled etc. Enter attorney Canterbury, file folder in hand. Her approach was determined but gentle. Humble. Obviously of serious intellect, but never advertising it. She spoke the common mans English ( with a shoeshine ) she IMMEDIATELY placed me at ease. She explained in great detail the course of action she had charted. My son was at my side and she made him all inclusive in the conversation. Ms. Canterbury displayed no ego, or the need to talk through or over us. She has an excellent ear, listening, absorbing and never interrupting. Patient. She assured me when all was said and done , we would be in a better place. When it was time, she made her way down the corridor to meet with opposing council to attempt to negotiate and settle the case. After a few tripsto the opposition and back, we had an agreement with conditions. I won't go into detail except to say the PFA was dropped and the additional conditions we could live with. beyond our expectations. This attorney delivered big time. I recommend her beyond recommendations. This case was no easy endeavor. She persevered with honesty, dignity, and maybe most of all, an unequaled bed side manner. I was so overwhelmed and impressed with her that I composed a little ditty before exiting the courthouse. Here it is. Council Canterbury came to town,documents in hand,resolution bound. She arrived with talent and pure social grace, her professional approach set the pace. The task at hand was a bit of a chore, she accomplished it and a whole lot more Experienced and wise beyond her years ,she calmed my spirit and alleviated my fears. The remainder of the mission is up to me, I ENDORSE Rebecca Canterbury whole heartedly.
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Posted by Babu | June 1, 2018
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Perfect Job
I got a PFA against me from my wife. I am new to Usa and my hearing was 31st may. I tired many attorney and couldn't schedule an appointment with anyone since it was very close to my hearing date. Attorney Spivak scheduled an appointment on memorial day since my case was close to hearing. Rebecca and Spivak promised me that we will fight for this case to get dropped. I met Rebecca on court house and promised me you will be fine. 15 minutes after meeting my wife attorney Rebecca came back and shocked me with the good news that "Your PFA is dropped" with what ever agreement I proposed. It was worth waiting and really affordable compared to other attorneys. I really appreciate that Rebecca and spivak took my case and put 100% effort. One of the best PFA attorney around Pittsburgh area, Allegheny county. Thank you for the wonderful job Team.
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Posted by Joyelle | May 7, 2018
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PFA Success
I highly recommend Spivak Law Firm. I called Tuesday morning with a PFA case pending in six days. Attorneys Todd and Rebecca picked up my call on the first ring, and reworked their schedule to meet with me right away. We were able to obtain a stronger PFA of my own against the plaintiff. I could not have done this without their expertise. I felt welcome and important at all times. They care about you and are here to help you. The flat fee was very reasonable and my emails were always answered right away. My PFA case against me was successfully dropped, my record was expunged and I couldn’t be happier.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2018
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Excellent, knowledgable and caring attorney
I hired Rebecca Canterbury and Todd Spivak to expunge my criminal record and it turned out perfect. Everything expungable, which was most of it, was erased from record. Rebecca is a very nice, intelligent, and caring attorney who honestly did everything she could do and more. I am very glad I decided to hire them and would recommend them for any type of legal issue, especially expungement as in my case. I'm sure they will take care of it. They did everything they said they could do.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2017
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Child custody
The group of Spivak law firm help with my case of full custody for my daughter along with a last name change for as well. They where very precise and did great work with my case and was always there to answer my questions. We did research to locate a lawyer we could trust to get the job done and they did so. Very happy with the expeeeince and our outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2017
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Great job would highly recommend
Rebecca was very helpful from start to finish. She was professional and available at all times. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a trustworthy lawyer who genuinely cares about the outcome in the manner.
Posted by Brian Washington | December 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Rebecca won my child custody case
I petitioned for 50/50 shared physical custody. Rebecca fought for me against a non-compromising ex-spouse. I followed her advice and listened to her every step of the way. Last Wednesday (11/29)after a long battle in family court we won shared physical custody of my son. We couldn't get my ex-spouse to negotiate to anything. Rebecca was able to plead my request to the judge and get the judge to see the ex-spouse was just being unreasonable. Thanks to Rebecca's tenacity I have the time my son and I deserve with one another.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Spivak Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Kevin G. Sasinoski of Court of Common Pleas
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Casey D. White
  • 2013 - 2016
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Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Duquesne University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Associations

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Matrimonial American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys for Family Law in Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Family Law In Pennsylvania
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (39)
Endorse Rebecca
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Expungement Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a hard worker."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Canterbury is an expert in Family law and a valuable contributor to the AVVO community."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very diligent and focused"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Rebecca Lee Canterbury. The contributions of attorney Canterbury on Avvo are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the askers. She is highly knowledgeable and gives generously of her time to help those in need of guidance. These are precisely the qualities that every client would look for when hiring a lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca has a well deserved reputation in the legal community and is a strong advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is an excellent defense attorney committed to providing highest quality representation to clients. I endorse her without reservation."
Expungement Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is an asset to the legal community and to her clients. She has my endorsement!"
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca is an excellent attorney. Contact her. You will extremely pleased with your decision."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Canterbury. She is a knowledgeable, effective attorney who works hard on behalf of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Canterbury is simply a Superb Attorney who fights for her clients rights with integrity and dedication. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Canterbury has a vast knowledge of personal family and criminal matters making her an asset to her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Expungement Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Canterbury is a knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Expungement Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I highly endorse Attorney Rebecca Canterbury as an aggressive trial lawyer and tough negotiator known for getting outstanding results in family law and criminal defense cases. She treats clients with compassion and respect, always taking the time to clearly explain their options and legal strategies for achieving their goals. Attorney Canterbury is a strong advocate who focuses mainly on child custody, PFA hearings, domestic-violence defense, and criminal-record expungements. She is a smart, skilled attorney who sincerely cares about her clients and fights for them."
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Pittsburgh Divorce and separation Lawyer Rebecca Lee Canterbury
Rebecca Lee Canterbury
Divorce and separation Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 6 years
Free Consultation