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Lisa Maria Shapson

Child custody Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

3.7   3 reviews

also known as Lisa M. Shapson


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I am passionate about family law issues and write about them routinely for The Legal Intelligencer’s online family law column. If you need help with adoption, custody, divorce, name change, protection from abuse or support issues in either Philadelphia or surrounding Pennsylvania counties – or Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey  – I’m here for you. I hold leadership positions in the bar associations of which I am a member, I have been named as a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania and listed on the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor for exemplary pro bono work.

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Licensed for 22 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/06/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA, 19102-3621

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3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Justin | November 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I can't speak highly enough about Lisa!
Lisa represented me in my divorce proceedings. As you can imagine, it was an incredibly difficult and trying time made worse by the fact that my ex and I have a child who needed to be taken into consideration. Lisa was exactly what you want in an advocate. When I was overly emotional about things she acted as a heat sink to keep me focused and when I was down and struggling, and consequently thinking of giving up on rights and fights that I shouldn't, she was a zealous advocate and real firebrand. She kept me focused and grounded. Lisa understood exactly what my goals were and pursued them relentlessly even at times when I lost sight of them. My ex-wife hired one of the biggest most expensive firms in Philadelphia to oppose me and from day one they tried to throw their weight around. Lisa never batted an eyelash. She went toe to toe with them and forced them to back down when they and my ex-wife tired to bully me into accepting terrible settlements or truly vile restrictions on my parenting rights. In the end she secured a settlement that protected my rights and those of my daughter. I am a licensed attorney myself (I do not practice family law) and I would never ever hesitate to recommend Lisa to someone who finds themselves in the unfortunate situation of a divorce or custody battle.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So Grateful!
Attorney Shapson represented me in my divorce matter. I am also an attorney (hence, the anonymous review) and my case should have been uncomplicated. I first appeared pro se, and received very poor treatment by the court. Had I agreed to the terms the judge "recommended," I would be in financial straights right now and would have lost my home (and more importantly, my daughter's home). Attorney Shapson represented me with ALL due diligence, competence, and compassion. I kept my home and the settlement and terms to which my ex-husband and I agreed were as fair as one can expect in a divorce. Months before retaining attorney Shapson, I consulted with a highly recommended attorney and her fee was almost three times what Attorney Shapson charged. (In fact, her fee would have cost me almost as much as I would have received in the settlement.) As a client and as an attorney who has handled divorce matters in the past, I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stay away
Stay away from this lawyer and don't trust her at all. Here is the story why? In the year 2014, I hired her because my ex file a false case against me for physical abuse by downloading some wound pictures from Internet. These pictures does not even have my ex's face. When I went to this lawyer's office, she said all good words and told me these evidences are all phony, so this case will not stand against you. At court hearing, this lawyer and her intern both met the opposing counsel, and five minutes before court hearing, this lawyer told me "we cannot win the case because your ex's has clear pictures of wounds and we have to compromise with opposing counsel, so we can get away with 3 years of PFA". I asked why do we need to compromise? I told her that these pictures are without her face and also I told her that we should request for police reports. This lawyer did not even bother to get police reports and just before the court hearing she kept pushing me to compromise with the opposing counsel. I had to agree the lawyer because there was no time for me to go for any other lawyer and I ended up with 3 years of PFA. I was really in confusion what to do and I don’t even know whether it is good to replace the lawyer with new one or not. I kept her till my second event. Now it is time for spousal support calculation; she used her "Spousal Support" calculation software installed on her office computer, the software gave correct amount. But at the time of Spousal Support hearing in front of the mediator, the came up with the amount which was double the amount which she determined using her office computer. On the day of spousal support conference, she, mediator, and opposing counsel went alone inside the mediator’s office to determine spousal support amount. They together came up with a very huge amount which I cannot even afford to pay because I have support my kids full-time. After leaving the court with disappointment, I hired a new lawyer. With the help of my new lawyer, I filed the case for spousal support modification. My new lawyer found out that previously assigned spousal support amount by court/mediator was not even in the court computer system because it was out-of-court settlement which my previous lawyer, Lisa Shapson, agreed with mediator and opposing counsel, and did not even inform me while getting my signature on the spousal support agreement paper. It is my humble request to the people, please stay away from this lady.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Berner Klaw & Watson LLP/Berner & Klaw
  • 2007 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Stark & Stark, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Raffaele & Puppio, LLP
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • Bucknell University
  • B.S.
  • 1997

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Equitable Distribution Committee (Philadelphia Bar Association)
  • Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Programming Committee (The Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court)
  • Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee Member
  • N/A
  • St. Mary Interparochial School Home & School Association
  • President
  • N/A
  • The Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court (NJ)
  • Former Member
  • N/A
  • Board of Parents Anonymous of New Jersey
  • Former Secretary
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Former Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • PA Super Lawyer: 2013-2019*
  • Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
  • 2018
  • PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars Edition
  • Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
  • 2010

Publications

  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Changing Custody Schedules With the Seasons Connecticut Law Tribune
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • The Cost of Converting ‘I Do’ to ‘I Don’t’
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Validity of Common-Law Marriages
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Modifying Custody Schedules for Child’s Changing Needs
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Dealing With Unrepresented Parties in Family Law Cases
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Modern Technology Can Hinder Effective Communication
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Avoiding Surprises at Trial: Preparing Your Client to Testify
  • 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Requiring Divorced Parents to Pay for Children’s Post-secondary Education
  • 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Marriage Equality Finally Arrives in Pennsylvania
  • 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Is Your Summer Parenting Schedule Ready for Summer Vacation?
  • 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Getting Referrals and Sustaining a Family Law Practice
  • 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • After the Love is Gone: Settling Divorce Cases
  • 2014
  • Law Journal Newsletters-The Matrimonial Strategist
  • How to Rein In Emotional Clients
  • 2013
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • How to Set Rules and Rein In Emotional Clients
  • 2013
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Setting Rules and Reining in Emotional Clients
  • 2013
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Defining Marriage in 2013
  • 2013
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Disclosure of Child Abuse and Attorney-Client Privilege
  • 2013
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • What Does ‘Proceeding’ Really Mean?
  • 2013
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • We Can Do Better: Staying Professional as a Family Lawyer
  • 2013
  • The Philadelphia Bar Reporter
  • Valuations Challenging in Divorce
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Anatomy of a Prenuptial Agreement (co-presenter)
  • 2015
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • New Social Security Rules Regarding Divorcing Spouses (co-presenter) Philadelphia Bar Association,
  • N/A
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Philadelphia Child custody Lawyer Lisa Maria Shapson
Lisa Maria Shapson
Child custody Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 22 years