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I have always been interested in family law and am fortunate to have started my legal career as a summer law clerk with Joni Berner and Margaret Klaw over 15 years ago. I am particularly passionate about children, family and civility and enjoy helping clients resolve legal issues as quickly and amicably as possible. I am licensed in both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and am here to help you with your family law matter. In my spare time, I sit on the Washington Township, NJ School Board and am the proud mother of a son and daughter.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Family: 100%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($375/hour), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP


1528 Walnut St Ste 1100
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive199906/25/2016
PAActive199904/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
PA Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers®2016
Client Choice – Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in PACorporateINTL2016
Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono HoursPhiladelphia Business Journal2016
Distinguished Advocate AwardSupport Center for Child Advocates2015
Brennan AwardPhiladelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program2015
Pro Bono Roll of HonorFirst Judicial District of Pennsylvania2015
Pro Bono Publico AwardCourt of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations First Judicial District of PA2015
PA Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2015
Top 100 Women-Owned BusinessPhiladelphia Business Journal2015
PA Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2014
Brennan AwardPhiladelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program2014
Top 100 Women-Owned BusinessPhiladelphia Business Journal2014
Brennan AwardPhiladelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program2013
Top 100 Women-Owned BusinessPhiladelphia Business Journal2013
Pro Bono Roll of HonorFirst Judicial District of Pennsylvania2013
PA Super LawyerSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2013
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2012
Pro Bono Roll of HonorFirst Judicial District of Pennsylvania2012
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2011
Pro Bono Publico AwardCourt of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations First Judicial District of PA2010
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2010
Citizens Bank Pro Bono AwardPhiladelphia Bar Foundation2009
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2008
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2007
Exceptional Service Award – Kids Come FirstLocal Chapter of National Foster Parent Association2007
Pro Bono Publico AwardCourt of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations First Judicial District of PA2007
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2006
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars EditionSuper Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBerner Klaw & Watson LLP1994 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law SectionPast Chair1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Divorcesee above review
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal IntelligencerImpact of the ACA on Family Law Cases2015
Philadelphia Lawyer MagazineSeeing the Whole Client2015
The Legal IntelligencerProfessional New Year’s Resolutions2014
The Legal IntelligencerPerspectives on Building a Women-Owned Law Firm2014
The Legal IntelligencerWhat Happened to the Best Interests of the Children?2013
Philadelphia Lawyer MagazineWhose Child is This? Second-Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania2001
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Muhlenberg CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
18th Annual Family Law UpdateFamily Law2014