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Susan Ellen Grosh

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lancaster, PA

4.5   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%

    40 years

  2. Family
    25%

    40 years

  3. Child custody
    20%

    40 years

  4. Child support
    15%

    40 years

  5. Mediation
    5%
    I am trained in collaborative law in which the parties and their attorneys agree that they will not litigate the matter and instead turn their efforts towards working together to reach an agreed solution creating a "win-win" situation. It is a relatively new practice option with specific training requirements and does not even appear yet as a practice area in Avvo!

    13 years

Susan advises clients in a broad range of family law issues including complex property division, support and custody matters. As a former Special Divorce Master for the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County, Susan presided over divorce master hearings and issued master’s decisions. She brings to the representation of her clients a unique perspective by combining her experiences as a divorce master with more than 30 years of experience as an attorney to help navigate her clients through extremely difficult and challenging   is a shareholder in Blakinger, Byler and Thomas, P.C. and the Chair of its Family Law and Adoption group.

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Location

Blakinger Thomas Law Firm
28 Penn Square
Lancaster, PA, 17603

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
I switched to Susan in the midst of a very contentious divorce when I was looking for an attorney who was both well respected and who would also advocate more aggressively for my rights in the process. I am very happy with Susan and her advocacy on my behalf. She has helped make a complicated divorce process more understandable, and has made me feel like I gained back some control - as opposed to simply responding to a conflict-oriented ex spouse. All in all she has helped me successfully move on with my life, which is what we all hope for when deciding to divorce. If you’re looking for an attorney who will be responsive, aggressive when necessary, and just an all around helpful person when it comes to this type of fraught process, then you won’t be disappointed with Susan.
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Posted by Michelle | March 19, 2014
Client recommendation for Susan E. Grosh, Esq.
Susan has provided legal services for me twice related to divorces. The first occurrence was a simple divorce that took the minimum required waiting period of 6 months. During this first encounter with Susan, she helped me to understand from a practical perspective that a divorce is simply a business transaction essentially devoid of emotion. She guided me through negotiating a settlement with my estranged husband providing the necessary professional legal oversight to ensure my goals were met. The divorce was finalized easily accomplishing the settlement that met my needs. The second divorce was significantly more complicated and the actual legal action was contested at each available step in the process. Things were difficult from the beginning. Susan's expertise and practical approach were key to working through each phase of the legal wrangling even in advance of the formal filing of the divorce action. Timing and strategy were a significant part of the divorce action beginning with the timing of filing for divorce, which occurred as the negotiation of the Postnuptial Agreement were being occurring without antagonizing the defendant. Susan continually asked what my goals were specific to each phase of the on-going process. Upon understanding my goals, Susan always informed me of the law then advised me of my options. She allowed me to make decision and ensured I understood the impact and ramifications of my decisions. My estranged spouse would not sign in agreement of the divorce so I had to wait the required two years before filing the petition signifying that the wait period requirement was met. During the waiting period the Postnuptial Agreement was finalized. In addition to the divorce action, there was also a petition for child support for which Susan instructed me on how to prepare all necessary documents for the hearing. She also accompanied me to the hearing. Because of the advice Susan provided specific to the preparation for the hearing and her expert questioning of the defendant, I received a very favorable decision by the courts. By this time, everything was settled, i.e. custody, child support, all financial concerns such that the last remaining action was the actual divorce. As previously stated, the divorce was contested at every opportunity simply based on disagreement of the irretrievability of the marriage. Once again Susan's expertise was key to maneuvering through all of the filings, the timing of the filings and eventually a hearing. The hearing is where I saw Susan's well-honed skills at there most impressive. She took dozens of communications between the defendant and me and gleaned relevant information contained in what seemed like minutia that completely supported the timeline I had put forth in my petition. Her examination of me while on the witness stand was masterful, meticulously laying out the time frame of my claims and providing supporting evidence of the defendant's knowledge of the timeline, which, because timing was integral to the required waiting period, it was critical to establish my timeline as well as the defendant's knowledge of it. It was Susan's knowledge of the law, court opinions and appeal issues that were helpful as the defendant, who was representing himself, cross examined me. She was judicious in her use of objections to avoid issues that would be relevant on appeal as we both realized that an appeal on a final decree was a distinct possibility. At the end of the hearing, the judge summarized what his final ruling was going to be. Afterward Susan took the time to explain to me the meaning and intent of the judge's comments in summary. Throughout a very difficult time, Susan made it manageable, always explaining the process, what to expect along the way and providing expertise that made me realize that I could not be in better hands. Susan helped me laugh occasionally throughout the process. I recommend Susan Grosh with enthusiasm!!!
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Posted by Maria | March 10, 2014
Wonderful
I was scared and nervous because I'm not a fighter. I didn't want to lose what I worked my whole life for. Susan was so patient and kind to me and she helped me understand all my rights. She fought for me when I had nobody else. She went above and beyond all that I asked of her. She was tough as nails as a lawyer but incredibly kind as a friend and confidant. I can't express my appreciation enough for her. She was in my corner from day 1 of a three year ordeal. Thank you Susan for all your work and dedication.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Moves very slow as bills mount up
Retained her as my wife filed for divorce, 5 months later i decided to leave and go elsewhere. She moves so slowly , waits forever to get response from other attorney, meanwhile the bills mount up to the tune of $15,000 with no settlement agreement in place . Her secretary i view as not competent at all, a view shared by other law firms and clients. I was never given detailed monthly bills, i.e. no specific time or rate for each task. my divorce is not complicated and i have heard from another Lanc. Attorney that his highest fee for a divorce was $8000. Her advice etc may be on point but her lack of aggressiveness and laid back approach will just run your bill up.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / shareholder
  • Blakinger, Byler & Thomas, PC
  • 1986 - Present
  • Special Divorce Master
  • Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wenger, Byler and Thomas
  • 1982 - 1986
  • Assisant Debate Coach
  • The College Of William & Mary
  • 1980 - 1982
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Education

  • Marshall Wythe School of Law,College of William & Mary
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Fordham University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Associations

  • Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Business Women’s Association
  • Member and Past President
  • 1991 - Present
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and industry
  • Champion of Professional Women's Advisory Group
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Wheatland Chorale
  • Past President; Past Vice President; Past Secretary
  • 1997 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Select Lawyer in Family Law, Custody and Divorce Law
  • Select Lawyers Pennsylvania
  • 2015
  • Top Conibutor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Athena Award
  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Conibutor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Woman of the Yer
  • Penn Square ABWA
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Book Award
  • Marshall Wythe School of Law
  • 1981
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Speaking Engagements

  • Informational presentation
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • Custody Law Update
  • 2011
  • Seminar
  • Til Death Do Us Part...or Perhaps Longer
  • 2011
  • Professional Women's Forum
  • When the Long Arm of the Law Comes Knocking on Your Door.... Legal Issues Facing Employers Due to Employees' Personal Legal Matters
  • 2011
  • Seminar
  • Pennsylvania Family Law Review 2010
  • 2010
  • Seminar
  • Recent Chamges in the Support Guidelines
  • 2010
  • Professional Women's Forum
  • When the Pieces Fall Apart....A Successful Businesswoman's Legal Strategy for Personal and Professional Well - Being.
  • 2009
  • Seminar
  • Th Ramifications of Divorce Update 2008
  • 2008
  • Seminar
  • Update on Paternity issues/ Family Law Ywear in Review
  • 2004
  • Lancaster Bar Association CLE lunch
  • Family Law: Year iin Review
  • 2004
  • Seminar
  • Support Law Updae
  • 2002
  • Neighborhood Chair Conference
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Susan
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Susan. She is a knowledgeable attorney and effective advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan Grosh is a competent and experienced attorney who serves the best interests of her clients. Unlike some attorneys who exacerbate the often emotional nature of family law cases, she is always open to resolution in a dignified and logical way, saving her clients significant fees and personal turmoil."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan Grosh is an excellent attorney. She is a fierce and sensitive advocate for her clients and is extremely knowledgeable about the law. At the same time, she is always ethical and professional. She has my highest recommendation."
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Lancaster Divorce and separation Lawyer Susan Ellen Grosh
Susan Ellen Grosh
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lancaster, PA
Licensed for 41 years