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Rebecca Leia Kolsky

Child custody Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   30 reviews

also known as Rebecca Engel


Licensed for 12 years

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Passionate yet aggressive Family Law and Personal Injury attorney. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation. [email protected] https://www.tpfamilylaw.com/about/rebecca-kolsky/ 

Licensed for 12 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/06/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/01/2022

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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Insightful, Attentive, Responsive
Smart, professional, perceptive, precise, thorough and always a step ahead of me (and the opposition), Attorney Kolsky guided me through stressful litigation. We met several times, via zoom and phone, and I came away from each interaction feeling more confident and sure. She is level-headed, fair, has a healthy sense of humor, and always focusses on what is in the best interest of the child(ren). Retaining her to represent me is the best decision I made and, although I would have preferred not to have to go through a legal process, it was so much more survivable because she was on my side. I slept better, knowing that she “had my back.” As I type this review, I remember reading the others here before I called Attorney Kolsky. And now that I am on the other side, I agree wholeheartedly with the comments about her knowledge, empathy, and dedication (many of her emails came after midnight, while others were before 6 a.m.!). Although, thanks to her, we were able to avoid court, I can imagine that she would be a “Mike Tyson,” “Jedi Knight,” or “Ninja” in the courtroom. Finally, I do not live anywhere near Philly, but because everything is virtual these days, I was able to benefit from her excellent advice for my small town case.
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Posted by Amanda | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Tyson of the court room
Rebecca Kolsky is without a doubt incredible at what she does for a living! I wish there were more than 5 stars to rate her performance in the court room. Her on the job knowledge, expertise and professionalism speak for itself. I was involved in an 8 year on going custody battle where I was bullied and treated unfairly by the court system until Rebecca Kolsky entered the scene and justice was served! My children and I are FOREVER grateful for her passionate dedication to our case. She is like the Mike Tyson of the court room for sure. Rebecca is prompt, answers any concerns and walks you thru the entire process every step of the way. Hands down the best attorney I have ever dealt with. If you need justice, peace of mind and possibly your family back Rebecca Kolsky is your girl to get the job done!
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Posted by Donnalee | March 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever grateful
Court, Custody, and lawyers are all very intimidating but when you have Rebecca in your corner, you know she will advocate for you as if you were her closest friend. She cares about me, and most importantly, my children. If your expectations or requests are unlikely, she will be honest with you. She does not waste your time or your money. She works for every penny and is relentless in her efforts to achieve the best outcome possible for her client. I am forever grateful that I am lucky enough to call her my attorney and would recommend her to anyone in need of an advocate who will know your case and fight for you. The woman will sacrifice sleep for days because she cannot rest unless she knows she is fully prepared to represent her client in court. You will not regret hiring Rebecca and once you see her in action you will be grateful that you were smart enough to choose her to represent you.
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Posted by Kai | October 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, compassionate and kickass at the job - I absolutely recommend her unreservedly
After having wasted money on an awful, heartless, money-grabbing lawyer at a different prestigious law firm I was feeling thoroughly dispirited. Thankfully a kind friend recommended Rebecca to me (after consulting a large group of her lawyer friends). From the get-go Rebecca was refreshingly professional whilst also being incredibly kind and understanding. She took the time to really understand the details of my somewhat complicated case and held my hand throughout the daunting process. I always felt like I had a strong ally in my corner advocating for my needs and for those of my child. Everything was dealt with in a timely manner, with Rebecca always paying careful attention to my changing circumstances ensuring the path we were on worked best for me. I want to emphasize the level of compassion and care I felt with every interaction I had with Rebecca. I will never forget how much she changed my life for the better and will be forever grateful for her amazing empathy as well as her sheer strength in standing up to my spouse's lawyer for me. She is the best and I 100% recommend her.
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Posted by Christina | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reconsideration hearing
Rebecca is professional and Courteous. She calls back in a timely manner she answers all questions and did a great job at my hearing. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
The utmost integrity and professionalism. Ms. Kolsky was wonderful and had our back to the end.
Posted by Rachel | July 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do they gives “ Capes” for lawyers. Rebecca was my Superhero!
I’m forever grateful for Rebecca! I was really at my worst and felt completely overwhelmed with my situation. Not only did she make me feel completely comfortable but she honestly came in like a “ Superhero”. Rebecca takes the time to listen and was completely compassionate regarding what I had going on. I’ve dealt with previous lawyers before and I’m telling you this type of compassion isn’t the norm. Not only will Rebecca get the job done she will do it with ease, professionalism, compassion, knowledge of the law, master at her craft, good judgement, great listening skills , excellent writing ability and her communication skills are something to really be thankful for. I would say Rebecca is one of a kind and if you’re in the need of fantastic lawyer. You found her. Thank you Rebecca for being my Super Hero!
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Posted by Adrienne | October 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and caring
If you are looking for a female family law attorney in Philadelphia, stop right here. Rebecca is knowledgeable and just an overall amazing person. As an attorney myself, I have worked against her and with her. Both great experiences.
Posted by colleen | October 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and dedicated
I was in a very sudden custody crisis and, in consultations with lawyers provided through my employer, I found many very impartial and dismissive. I sensed no confidence and figured this would be the norm from any lawyer I went to for help. I figured I would be on my own, learning how things worked as I went, while figuring out how to optimize dispassionate legal help. Then I found Rebecca! She knew what needed to be done, legally and personally. she listened, she empathized, she broke down every step and explained each option clearly. Knowing that time was an issue, she worked late to make sure everything was filed the next morning. Hiring her was the first breath of relief I found in the midst of that crisis and I am so grateful for her, and all of those who pushed me in her direction.
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Posted by Isis | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver
I hired Rebecca in August after wasting thousands of dollars on a dishonest lawyer who really did not care about me or my son. Rebecca represented me better than I could have ever imagined. She is an advocate who really cares and who will keep you informed, who will fight for you and be the voice that you need to represent you! Rebecca is the absolute best!!
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Posted by Melvin | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond a Lawyer!
Rebecca is beyond a lawyer! She helped me and my finance get full custody of both of our children in what was a very complex and complicated situation in a very short period of time. Rebecca was always available, reliable, gave great advice, and was a "Jedi Knight" in the courtroom. I highly recommend Rebecca for custody matters - no matter how complex. I also recommend her for PFA and eviction matters. Can't thank her enough!
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Far surpassed my expectations!!! (Divorce)
RELIABLE. AFFORDABLE. ON POINT. These were the initial qualities I was looking for in a Lawyer. However, as Rebecca Kolsky helped me with my divorce in the past 7 months, it was very well-evident that she far surpassed my expectations. Here is why I have found her so UNIQUE…. 1.RELATABLE: MAKES YOU FEEL AT EASE. PATIENT. EMPATHIZES. Most times, lawyers time you at your initial consultation, and often charge you as well. Rebecca doesn’t do this. She gives you as much time as you need. You’re already scattered and nervous. But now you’re tongue-tied and forgot what you were going to say. Rebecca RESPECTS YOU REGARDLESS OF YOUR FAUX PAS. SHE GETS YOU. You can feel it, and you can see it in her expressions. This mentality and level of respect will carry into her working rapport with you throughout your entire case. It is very relieving. 2. SOLUTION-CENTERED: PROVIDES OPTIONS. POSITIVE. The other Lawyers I talked to made it sound like there was only one way to proceed. They didn’t initiate options unless you knew what to ask. Rebecca not only initiates options, but she GOES THE EXTRA MILE to CUSTOMIZE YOUR OPTIONS based on your SITUATION. Just let her know what you need and how you feel. She’s also patient in helping you understand the legal whys and hows. She puts herself in the client’s shoes and gets that we won’t always grasp things the first time around. 3. RESPONSIVE: REPLIES QUICKLY. COVERS ALL BASES. Rebecca is incredibly quick to respond to your inquiries and answer your questions. She provides in-depth explanations and offers additional nuggets of wisdom to consider to help you make your decisions. She also follows up with all parties to make sure they received everything they should. She doesn’t assume things are going smoothly; she MAKES SURE they are. 4. NO SURPRISES! GREAT CONNECTIONS. Itemization was fair and there weren’t any surprises. Rebecca tells you her thoughts up front, alerts you to any court fees you’ll need to pay, and lets you know in advance the status of your retainer and upcoming bills. She also has really great connections with third parties, her team is very nice, and she’s genuinely happy for you when you are happy. My divorce went incredibly smoothly, and it is all thanks to Rebecca. I highly recommend her!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Carrie | September 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Passionate Advisor
Rebecca was more than my lawyer. She was my advisor throughout my whole divorce process from child custody, child support and finally equitable distribution. She knew the laws throughout the entire process. She was kind and fair yet firm when I needed her to advocate for me. Divorce is already so stressful, especially when children are involved but thankfully I had Rebecca by my side advocating and giving me ethically sound guidance. I couldn't imagine my children and I getting through this ordeal without her support and guidance. Rebecca was easy to reach by email, text or phone during the day and even after hours. If you are looking for a kind, passionate, ethical advisor then Rebecca is your lawyer!
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Posted by Angello | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody Matter
I was extremely satisfied with the services that Rebecca Kolsky provided me with on my difficult legal custody case. She was very passionate, understanding and caring through the entire process. She was always available and willing to help me with understanding the legality of everything from beginning to end. She was very fast in response to any questions or concerns that I had and available via e-mail to me, always!! A complete 5 star. I highly recommend Rebecca to anyone needing legal counsel. She is amazing in the court room. She definitely gets the job done!
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Posted by Bill | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Turned a very stressful situation into a straightforward and fast transaction.
Rebecca represented me in a child support case. In the initial free consultation she told me exactly what my options were, what to expect in the process and what the possible outcomes were. She negotiated with my daughter’s mother and tried to settle things before the conference. But my daughter’s mother was asking for more money than Rebecca thought she would get in the conference so, without rancor, she told my daughter’s mother we should do the conference. Rebecca arranged it so I didn’t need to be there and, as it turned out, I didn’t even have to join by phone. The conference was over within 15 minutes with a result that was exactly what she had told me to expect. Long story short, in Rebecca I found a lawyer I could trust and who represented me in exactly the way I wanted to be represented. She had my back and was effective without being divisive. Rebecca is a credit to her profession.
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Posted by Matt | January 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever!!!
Rebecca represented me in an array of different legal areas including but not limited to custody, support, divorce, PFA’s. She is truly amazing, her support is unmatched by any previous attorney I’ve ever used or heard of. She’s not only an expert in the aforementioned but has a work ethic, which is simply one of a kind. Rebecca was literally available 24/7 via email and phone and was so patient with me during my time of need, walking me through each step of each process making sure I understood everything fully and I felt comfortable. I hear horror stories about attoney’s just caring about billable hours and not having the hands on involvement, Rebecca is the opposite as I knew she truly cared about my case and was completely hands on never pawning me off to another attorney in her firm. She billed fairly and got me everything I wanted and even better Rebecca set my expectations to what they needed to be as I’ve never gone through the divorce/custody process before and it can be very scary. I highly recommend Rebecca for any of your legal needs and she’s so well connected in the legal industry with all of her contacts. Best legal choice I’ve ever made by going with Rebecca, don’t waste your time with other attorney’s just call her!
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Posted by Cameron Foster | May 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child Custody Rockstar!
Honestly, if I could give Rebecca 100 stars, I would. I was going through a child custody matter with my ex and had a lawyer that I was going to retain. For weeks, I could not get in touch with this lawyer. The week before I was supposed to appear I started looking for and contacting alternate lawyers on Google and using the Avvo app. Fortunately for me, Mrs. Kolsky responded to my call. My ex was (and is) a very spiteful woman and would not allow me to spend more than the 2 days a month I was awarded by the court a year prior with my daughter. With only 4 days to plan and strategize, I was able to achieve what I had been dreaming of for almost a year. We were able to get extended weekends, holidays, a day each week during the week, and vacation time. We are slated to go back to court later this year for even more time. At one time I thought the court system was slanted towards women. I say this because my ex thoroughly manipulated the court system and tried her hardest to prevent me from having an equal relationship with my daughter for over a year. With Mrs. Kolsky's help, I was proven otherwise. Fathers wanting to make a difference in their children's lives have a chance with the right representation. Hiring Mrs. Kolsky was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would definitely recommend her because she is by far the best lawyers I have ever encountered. She is beyond professional and one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. If you are lucky enough, my advice to you is this.. you really need to retain her.
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Posted by Eve | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have picked a better lawyer!
My ex and I had nothing to fight over... Very little debt, a modest house, and our sons - for whom he was not fighting. Still, he dragged our divorce out for over a year. Rebecca did most of the work, as my ex's attorney eventually got frustrated and started slacking. She knows the law inside and out, is a great negotiator, got me everything I deserved, and helped me through this difficult journey with humor and practicality. She had an answer for everything, and she advised me based not only on what I wanted short-term but how these things would play out in the years to come. My ex was mentally abusive and a bully, so she had to construct everything around what he might try to do later, once the lawyers were done. She did an excellent job down to the last detail! She was brilliant, kind, and unfailing in her support and dedication. I would recommend Rebecca to anyone and everyone going through this, and I do!
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Posted by Manuela | January 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Rebecca was amazing in my divorce. She got my divorce done in no time at all. I never doubted which side she was on, and who's best interests she was looking out for. I loved how quickly she answered your emails. I can't say enough good things about her. You won't be sorry to hire her.
Posted by Kristine | October 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Simply Amazing Attorney
Rebecca Leia Kolsky represented my children and myself against a man who bullied us for many years. She is compassionate, confident, knowledgeable, and feisty! She dots every i and crosses every t to make sure the judge/ master never has to question the ethicality of my case. She knows her clients. I used her til my children turned 18 and would highly recommend her to everyone.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Hearing Master
  • Philadelphia Emergency Protection From Abuse Unit
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Freedman & Lorry, PC
  • 2014 - 2020

Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2015
  • Appalachian School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Temple University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Cipriani Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2019 Top Attorney - Family Law Mediation
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • 2017 Top Lawyers - Family Law Mediation
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (5)
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rebecca for many years, she has earned a solid and well respected reputation among her peers. She is knowledgeable, competent and always on her game. Her personality and professionalism is top notch and gives her a winning edge in every matter."
Family Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I routinely refer matrimonial issues to Rebecca's office and my clients have nothing but positive things to say. Great results at great prices have me recommending this attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is a skillful and zealous advocate for her clients. Rebecca cares deeply for her clients and works endlessly on their behalf. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca is at the top of her game. Practicing in many different counties in the state, Rebecca advocates zealously for her clients, stays knowledgable about the court and changes in the law, and she's actively engaged in the legal community at-large."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is a family law, criminal law attorney in the Philadelphia area. Based on what I have heard from her peers, I believe her to be a top notch attorney in this region. I endorse her."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rebecca is a wonderful advocate for her clients. She truly cares about representing her client's interests while achieving fair and favorable results."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kolsky is an effective and knowledgeable advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca is very professional and dilligent. She works hard to produce results for her client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is honest, hardworking and effective."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rebecca is a meticulous attorney and is dedicated to quality representation of her clients. She was a diligent student in law school and makes a fine addition to the Bar in Pennsylvania. I endorse her wholeheartedly."
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