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Todd Adam Spivak

Family Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.8   67 reviews

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Attorney Todd Spivak provides strong, compassionate, cost-effective representation in all family law and criminal matters for clients based in Pittsburgh and all surrounding counties. A former investigative reporter, his work won numerous national awards and was twice nominated for The Pulitzer Prize.

His family-law practice includes divorce, child support and child custody, with a special focus on high-conflict cases involving allegations of parental alienation, mental illness, drug addiction and domestic abuse. He routinely represents plaintiffs and defendants at Protection From Abuse (PFA) hearings. His criminal-defense practice focuses on PFA violations, domestic violence and criminal-record expungements.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Attorney Spivak attended classes at Columbia University in New York, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from closely affiliated Albert A. List College, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Colorado Law School. He writes on legal matters for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. 

Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Attorney Spivak is an active member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania bar associations.

Licensed for 11 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Spivak Law Firm
2893 West Liberty Avenue
Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA, 15216

Reviews

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Posted by Stephen | June 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and very understanding
I hired Mr. Spivak to handle my PFA. His experience and knowledge were extremely important. He helped me in so many ways to get the results that would best fit my my future goals. I took his advice and am very pleased with my result. I will be using his services again.
Posted by Uju | February 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Helped with My Summary Charge. Got it Withdrawn
It was a pleasure working with Todd. Of all the attorneys I called to schedule a consultation with, Todd was the only one I was able to speak with directly. He was honest up front with the odds of my case. I appreciate that because he didn’t try to make grand promises or sell me a dream. It helped me manage my expectations. Todd went above and beyond to obtain a copy of surveillance footage which was crucial for my case. It was his keen attention to detail that helped the police to recognize facts about the case which they neglected beforehand, which eventually led to my case being withdrawn. I’m grateful I decided to work with Todd Spivak.
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Posted by Kim | November 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Visitation/ custody
Todd is an exceptional lawyer. We hired him for visitation/ custody of our grandson. He made us feel that our case was the only case that he had. Every time I e-mailed him or called him he got back to us within a reasonable time if he didn’t his partner did. He is very kind and caring. He will work hours for his clients. Just can’t say enough positive things about him attorney.
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Posted by Kelsey | September 16, 2021
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The best!!!
I am SO thankful to have found Todd and Rebecca, I fully believe they saved mine and my daughters lives by helping us get the legal protections we desperately needed. They were understanding, empathetic, extremely responsive and affordable during the scariest, most challenging time of my life. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better and again I’m so thankful for their help and support over the years!
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Posted by Mike | May 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, polite, knowledgeable, and gets the job done!
I was served with a PFA which was motivated by revenge and based on pure lies. I am a law abiding citizen and never had to deal with police and courts, so I was pretty scared once I realized what could happen if the PFA became final. I checked on Internet to see if I could find a lawyer who could represent me in this case. Spivak Law Firm in Pittsburgh stood out from the others because it was clear that Mr. Spivak had a lot of experience in defending wrongfully accused people like myself. From the first moment I talked to Mr. Spivak, he instilled confidence in me and my family that everything would be OK and that the case could most likely be settled out of court with the PFA ultimately expunged and removed from the docket. Mr. Spivak listened carefully to my explanation of the situation. He was very patient and professional listening to all the details of the case. He then asked some questions and explained to me and my family that we had a very good chance to win in court should it come to that, but that he would most likely be able to settle it out of court. It took several days before Mr. Spivak was able to contact the plaintiff's lawyer and settle the case. During the entire process, Mr. Spivak kept us informed whenever there was an update in the case. We were very happy with the outcome since the prospect of a temporary PFA becoming final scared us the most. During my interaction with Mr. Spivak, I have immediately realized that he is an expert in every aspect of the family law. He explained to me and my family the details and the implications of a temporary PFA becoming final. He answered all our questions precisely and with a lot of patience. He was available for any questions we had during the entire ordeal. His calm and assuring demeanor gave us confidence that everything would be alright, as it did in the end. I highly recommend Mr. Spivak to anybody served with a PFA. If he cannot help, I don't know who can.
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Posted by Tori | April 15, 2021
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Attorney Todd Spivak made a emotional situation bearable with his calmness and knowledge!
I consulted Todd Spivak in June of 2018 in regards to a divorce that I did not want. It was a very emotional time for me, and his calm demeanor and knowledge of divorce laws, gave me the courage to move forward with the divorce. He was with me every step of the way, explaining what I am entitled to, what I should expect and just made me feel like I would be OK! I trusted that he had my best interest in heart, and that I was an important client to him. I would absolutely recommend Attorney Spivak's law firm to anyone needing a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Tim | March 22, 2021
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Highly recommend
Todd was a fantastic lawyer as I went through a very difficult, contentious divorce. When I was tempted to make decisions out of emotion, he always helped me to see the big picture and then chart the best course to my desired goal, which saved money and time. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
Posted by Karmel | January 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Service
I had an amazing experience with Todd and Rebecca, the treated my case with diligence and they were very thorough. I would recommend your services to anyone who is going through a divorce.
Posted by Mary Lou | October 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Todd Spivak is your "Must Have Lawyer"
Our family hired Attorney Spivak when our daughter's life became a legal train wreck. The expanse of topics on Family Law and Criminal Law on Attorney Spivak's website (written by him) provided our family with the information that we needed to make an informed decision in hiring an attorney. Listening to our case and the criminal charge brought against our daughter (in our meeting with him), Attorney Spivak explained the charge and the possible consequences. The situation appeared bleak to us but Attorney Spivak was always available via phone or email. He responds promptly. The integrity of his character always provided us with a compassionate ear as well as the reality of the charge brought against our daughter. He phoned my daughter the day before she moved from the household that created the problem, reinforcing that my daughter was not alone in her legal battle. Attorney Spivak is fully aware of the difficult situations his clients are go through and he is there to support them. The day of the Magistrate's hearing was the scariest day of our lives. As our daughter was offered a lesser charge, Attorney Spivak's sense of justice was evident in that his judicial conviction was that our daughter should not only have a good outcome, but that she should have the best outcome. Most importantly, Attorney Spivak presented the choice to our daughter so that she could factor the effect of the offer into her life. However, Attorney's Spivak's commitment to justice is not merely in his law degree but also his deep conviction of what justice is for the individual within the context of the situation. Attorney Spivak further argued for a dismissal of the charge which he won. The ability for the DA to accept Spivak's argument reflects the respect that the DA's office has his practice of the law. Attorney Spivak not only demonstrates his expertise in his practice of law but also his genuine conviction in working diligently and compassionately for justice for his clients. Our family was vey fortunate because we think we had the Best Lawyer that we could have. Judicial expertise, integrity, and compassionate understanding make Attorney Todd Spivak the "Must Have Lawyer."
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Posted by Jerome | July 31, 2020
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PFA
Thank you for your help, determination, analytical skills, and hard work. I appreciate that you didn't give up on me or my case and, that you helped consent to vacate the temporary PFA order against me resolving the matter quickly out of court without having a final PFA order on my record. I would not hesitate to recommend Spivak Law Firm to anyone in need of a sound lawyer. Thank you again.
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Posted by Jeff | February 6, 2020
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Gets Results!!!
Ive used Todd for a variety of cases over the past 8 years and he got the results I was looking for EVERY single time. I can't say enough good things about him. He was extremely thorough, straight forward and kept me very well informed every step of the way. He is worth every penny in my opinion.
Posted by Anthony | October 11, 2019
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Excellent Representation
Todd Spivak & Rebecca represented me with a PFA with numerous false allegations. Todd was able to discredit the plaintiff during trail. His demeanor and attention to detail were amazing. After a long day in court Todd was able to have my PFA dismissed with prejudice. I cannot say enough about them both. I am extremely pleased how they represented me. They were compassionate and always available if we had any questions. I would absolutely recommend them both!
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Posted by Sam | August 26, 2019
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Smart, thorough and extremely skilled
I need to commend Spivak Law Firm for their representation of us. Our case was an extremely rare one, even in their eyes. The situation really didn't look to be in our favor on the surface. But Todd Spivak & Rebecca Canterbury worked really hard for us. They continuously met with us & explained to us, in detail, all steps in the process & prepared us for any possible set-backs. This was a really difficult case for them and a trying time for us. In the end, their hard work paid-off. They succeeded beyond our hopes. I would highly recommend Spivak Law Firm to anyone needing highly skilled and professional counsel, particularly in such delicate matters as ours.
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Posted by Michelle | August 13, 2019
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Honest Lawyer
I can’t say enough or make any higher recommendations! Our family came to Mr. Spivak after spending $24k on a big firm when my grandson was taken out of state and a PFA filed against my son. After retaining him, he accomplished more In a short amount of time than the big firm. He was honest and conscientious of what we had already been through emotionally and financially. That was spring of 2018. Mr. Spivak came through again for us August 2019. Once again my grandson was removed from our home and another PFA falsely filed against my son. Within 10 days of these events, we had an outcome that we would have never envisioned. Mr. Spivak was available nights and weekends, answering our every question. We are all very thankful he is our lawyer, and to think I called for an initial consultation based on his sign, which his office is a block away from our home!
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Posted by Brian | May 1, 2019
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Covers all details
Todd Spivak is very knowledgeable with the law especially concerning the PFA laws. Todd was able to explain those laws to me in a language that I can understand (not just all the legal terminology) simply put he is very wise counsel.
Posted by Cheryl | June 1, 2018
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Todd Spivak Law Office
From the moment we walked in the door we were treated with compassion and understanding . No judgement, listened to our situation and talked us through the process ahead. Answered all of our questions and gave us access to contact them with any other concerns. We received the best possible outcome.
Posted by Lachell | January 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
I retained Mr. Spivak for representation on my child support case. I am originally from Pittsburgh, and currently reside in California. I did not have to fly to Pittsburgh to have this matter attended to, Mr. Spivak handled it all. I never met Mr. Spivak face to face, however, he handled my case diligently and zealously. He was very well informed of the child support laws, and educated me and gave me detailed insight as to what to expect in the outcome. Not only was my outcome fabulous, it went better than anyone could have expected. I did not feel like I was simply a "client" Mr. Spivak showed real concern about my situation on a whole. I would certainly recommend his services to anyone that was seeking legal representation in a child support matter.
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Posted by Thomas | November 23, 2017
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The Best PFA and ICC lawyer in the world!
After my ex-girlfriend kicked me out threatening to press charges and a restraining order, I returned to Pennsylvania to be served a PFA order. The allegations were quite grave. I took another attorney to the previous hearing and there was an Indirect Criminal Contempt warrant out for my arrest because I accidentally poked her on Facebook whilst trying to block her. My attorney then could only think to sacrifice the house in order to avoid a final PFA and incarceration for the ICC; and it was my intent to do so which got us out of the warrant. So I thought for sure it was going to be an uphill battle when I changed my mind, and my attorney bailed on me. But I reached out to Todd to try and solve the situation. Not only did I receive candid consultation over the phone for free (I kept hanging up and calling back several times due to fear that my other attorney would find out I was speaking with someone else) from the best restraining order lawyer in Pittsburgh. Todd listened to me again for over an hour to go through the case and was very calm and patient, although I was an emotional wreck at the time and thinking about getting back with this girl. Todd gave me options and told me that our chances were not good at trial- but unlike any other attorney, I felt he was prepared to take it to trial. His professionalism and knowledge of the PFA complex is superior. His comfort is extended upon meeting him as well. He treated me with respect and was ready to sign a motion to dismiss the order upon arriving as the plaintiff was running late. She showed up and he handled the matter
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2017
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true advocate
Todd was truly an advocate for my son. He was available for all of our questions, he went above and beyond to sort out a serious injustice and expose the ulterior motives behind it and avoid an unnecessary hearing. He negotiated well on my son's behalf and gave him a generous discount on his services as a courtesy. I would highly recommend Todd if you want a thorough, highly effective, calm strong voice of reason and a successful outcome. We seriously cannot thank him enough for all of his help.
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Posted by Nate | February 23, 2017
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Calm, Sharp, and Caring
Todd helped me handle an abrupt devasting situation with the highest level of professionalism. I was served, without warning, with a fabricated bogus PFA. I'm in law enforcement and a PFA has the possibility of destroying my career. I also have two small children and the amount of stress I was under from the PFA was unbelievable. I emailed Todd late Fri night and he called me back early SATURDAY morning. I explained my case and the allegations. He did request most of the fee upfront, but it was reasonable and worth the cost. I met with him at his office and went over the entire PFA. He was calm, knowledgable, and detailed about everything. He gave me hope and relieved a lot of my stress. On the hearing date he was able to get the PFA withdrawn and vacated without even going into a hearing. He worked diligintly ton negotiate terms on a private agreement with my ex-wife. He caught several cruel demands that her and her lawyer tried to sneak in. I was able to leave feeling like we had the best possible outcome. He even called my Police Chief to assure him that the PFA system was abused by my Ex-wife and that I was not guilty of any misconduct. I would recommend him to anyone needing some one to trust when it seems your whole world is falling apart.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Owner
  • Spivak Law Firm
  • 2011 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Robert Peirce & Associates, PC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Public Defender's Office, Colorado
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Social Security Law Group
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Denver
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Houston Press
  • 2005 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Albert A. List College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Pittsburgh
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Pulitzer Prize (nominee)
  • Pulitzer Prize Board
  • 2008
  • First Amendment Award
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • 2008
  • Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism (finalist)
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • 2008
  • Bartlow Award for Public Interest Journalism (finalist)
  • Northwestern University
  • 2008
  • Education Writers Association Award
  • University of Maryland
  • 2006
  • National Mental Health Association Award
  • National Mental Health Association
  • 2006
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Certificate
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (33)
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Family Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently referred a prior custody client to Atty. Spivak. I made the referral based upon Todd's excellent aptitude as an opposing counsel and his passionate but rational attitude towards his work. That former client just told me how much she liked Todd and how grateful she was for the referral. I would not refer a client to any attorney unless I had the utmost confidence in that attorney's ability, character and diligence. I have that confidence in Attorney Spivak."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Todd is a well read attorney who uses the law and reason to come up with workable solutions for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Todd is a passionate attorney who ensures he is diligent in his representation. I have learned a lot from working with him."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Other
"Just read his blog and visit his web site and you will see that he is a great communicator and teacher. I would not hesitate to contact him if I was in trouble."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Spivak is an experienced, knowledgeable, and skillful attorney. I have seen him first hand in family law cases, and strongly endorse his work."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Spivak is a professional, respectful and compassionate advocate. These characteristics are imperative in family law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Other
"Although I don't know Todd Spivak, it's obvious from his client reviews that he has quite a few very satisfied clients who sing his praises to the stars. A satisfied client reflects a very knowledgeable attorney. It would seem Todd's your go to guy in the Pittsburgh area for criminal defense work."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd Spivak is a professional extremely well-qualified in the areas of family and criminal law. His cross-specialties make him uniquely qualified to handle cases of domestic violence, and he has a thorough understanding of PFA and its impact on families. I recommend this attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Todd. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as professional and knowledgeable in the family law field."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for the practice areas of family law, criminal defense, and social security disability. He is a skilled, fair, and honest attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Todd is an ethical and meticulous lawyer providing clients with cost effective legal services."
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Pittsburgh Family Lawyer Todd Adam Spivak
Todd Adam Spivak
Family Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 11 years
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