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Susan Joyce Pearlstein

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy practice. Let me help analyze your financial issues and find the solution that's right for you. Bankruptcy is a complex areas of law; it is not advisable to file these cases without a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    No one says divorce is fun. There are many issues to consider, and how you resolve them will affect you and your family today and in the future when the divorce is long over. Be careful; get good advice and make sure you have a strong and knowledgeable advocate on your side.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Child custody
    Your relationship with your child(ren) is precious. Separation from your child's other parent must not adversely impact that bond. A thorough understanding of custody laws, rights and obligations is a prerequisite to maximizing the time you spend with your child. Sound legal representation can ensure a mutually beneficial agreement or, if none is possible, then a court-directed resolution that protects your parental rights and your relationship with your child.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Child support
    If it was as simple as looking at a grid, then there would be no child support litigation. Get help understanding the issues and make sure that what you pay, or what you receive, is fair.

    38 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Mediation
    Lots of problems can be resolved without ever going to court. If all parties want a stake in the outcome, and are willing to work together, then mediation may be the right path. As a newly-qualified mediator, I will use the skills I've developed as an experienced family law, bankruptcy, and civil practitioner to provide insightful assistance and guidance through the mediation process that will allow you to arrive at a mutually beneficial resolution of your issues.

    10 years, 2 cases

For the past 30 years my practice has been geared toward family and consumer law. I represent men and women from all walks of life who need assistance with their finances or with family law issues, combining my legal knowedge with real-world solutions for their problems. In my spare time I volunteer at the local library and write book reviews for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

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Posted by Dion | February 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Susan turned my frown right side up!
I've hired Susan Pearlstein and she was every-bit of being professional, knowledgeable, unintimidated with her 30+ years' experience, and just awesome. She followed up with me on a regular basis via telephone and replied to my emails instantly which was greatly appreciated. She categorized all time she spent on my case. Without her, I would have been penniless rather than collecting. I highly recommend Susan Pearlstein!
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2016
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Susan handled my divorce very professionally but with a caring and personal touch that was also helpful financially and emotionally. She was very comitted to helping any way she could to get me thru the process with my bank account and sanity intact. A knowledgeable attorney is great but a knowledgeable attorney with compassion for her client's unique situation and the skills to keep them on task til the end is going above and beyond. I would highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2016
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Difficult process made easier by the right attorney
Through a divorce settlement, two custody agreements, and multiple revisions of support agreements, I can say that Susan has been the best advocate that I could have asked for. Her professional experience helped to make navigating the court system much easier and her compassion and understanding helped to ease a difficult emotional process. I think the best compliment I can pay to Susan is that she always told me what I needed to hear -- even if it wasn't what I wanted to hear. She was easy to work with, ensuring my needs and wants were addressed through each agreement as best they could be. When necessary, she tenaciously defended my interests while maintaining professional respect for all involved parties. We managed to avoid trial in all areas, and I attribute that largely to her outstanding abilities as a negotiator. She was able to find middle ground between myself and my ex, even when it did not appear that there was middle ground to find. In the particularly sensitive custody discussions, she always made sure that the children's best interests were the focus and that we were not trying to "win" an argument or get back one another. I would highly recommend Susan Pearlstein to anyone seeking an attorney in matters of family law. Her professionalism, knowledge, and compassion were absolutely critical in helping me to navigate this difficult time and to achieve the outcomes I did.
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Posted by Sandra | January 20, 2016
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Susan Pearlstein's expertise, honesty and commitment to her clients is without exception the best. She guided me through a divorce and bankruptcy from start to finish. If you are looking for an attorney who will work for your best interest then Susan Pearlstein is your attorney.
Posted by Rick | June 10, 2015
Best Attorney in Pittsburgh
Susan is very easy to work with. She has a wealth of knowledge and is very experienced. She not only handled my divorce.. But also I had to file bankruptcy. She is well known in the courts and is flexible in meeting as she has her beautiful office in downtown Pittsburgh. Do not hesitate to call Susan!


  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Susan J. Pearlstein
  • 1978 - Present


  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Chatham College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • Custody: Not Always a Done Deal
  • From visits to shared!


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Mediation Council of W. PA
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2010 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


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Attorney endorsements

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I referred a personal friend of mine to Sue on a support matter. My friend is an artist who doesn't "get" legal matters and is somewhat intimidated by them. Sue explained things in a way that she could understand, guided her through the entire litigation process, and obtained an excellent result. I recommend Sue without reservation to anyone needing a Family Law or a Bankruptcy attorney."
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Pittsburgh Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Susan Joyce Pearlstein
Susan Joyce Pearlstein
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 45 years
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