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Kathryn Lorraine Dent

Divorce and separation Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   23 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 4 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 10 years
    Texas - TX 12 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Kathryn

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Kathryn L. Dent (maiden name: Sullivan) has a solid history in the preparation and litigation of many types of complex lawsuits.  Her credentials include a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Public Policy, and Education with a minor in History from the University of Delaware. Kathryn was on the Dean's List at both schools and graduated at the top of her classes. Kathryn participated in Moot Court, served on the Student Bar Association, and was an Articles Editor for the Labor and Employment Law Journal while attending Hofstra Law.

Kathryn has interned for both the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas and for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She worked throughout law school for the King's County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY and for private law firms gaining a wide range of legal specialty.

Kathryn began her practice in San Marcos, Texas, but handled cases throughout the State. Her experience includes multiple day bench trials, jury trials, argument to the Third Court of Appeals and appearances in Federal Court.  She has extensive dispute resolution experience guiding cases through mediation, a requirement in Texas before proceeding to trial.  Kathryn has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, domestic litigation, zoning and land disputes, bankruptcy, probate matters, corporate and business transactions and worked in local city development.  Kathryn served on the Board of the Hays County Bar Association and as president of the Hays County Young Lawyers Association.

In 2017, Kathryn began practicing for Cordell & Cordell, a national domestic litigation firm.  First, she practiced out of the firm's Austin, Texas office, and then she relocated with the firm to their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. In 2019, Kathryn joined Petrelli Previtera, LLC where she continues to practice exclusively domestic litigation. 

Location

Petrelli Previtera, LLC
1845 Walnut Street
19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Petrelli Previtera, LLC
516 DeKalb Street
Suite C
Norristown, PA, 19401
Petrelli Previtera, LLC
123 N. Broad Street
Doylestown, PA, 18901
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Posted by Victoria | October 4, 2022
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Attorney That Cares About Her Clients ❤
I know in my heart. Things would have been worse for me, had Kathryn not been by myside, through my divorce and the nightmare I had to go through during the support hearings! We didn't start together, but Kathryn took on the mess my first attorney left me in and became my shield until the end. Whomever said money cant buy happiness, never paid for a divorce lol!
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Posted by Jason | April 27, 2022
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Easy to work with, Great results
I worked with Kathryn on my very contentious divorce in 2018/19 and again during a custody dispute in 2021/22. Kathryn was great to work with on both occasions and clearly outperformed opposing counsel on both occasions. She is extremely well prepared for court, but she is also great at thinking on the fly when unexpected situations arise. During divorce proceedings, Kathryn was able to negotiate better property settlement, alimony and child support terms than I would have gotten without a lawyer. I was also very happy with the custody agreement she negotiated. About two-and-a-half years after my divorced was finalized, my ex-wife decided to stop following the mutually agreed upon custody order. The issues continued to pile up and included dueling contempt charges, vaccination issues, school issues and an attempt to severely reduce my custody time. I first attempted to handle this matter on my own, but when it was clear I needed some professional help, I contacted Kathryn again and she seamlessly jumped back into my case. At the end of the trial my ex-wife was held in contempt (I was not), I now have full legal custody of my son with regards to vaccinations, my son is attending and flourishing at the school I wanted him to attend, and my custody time was significantly expanded. Opposing counsel was extremely belligerent and essentially ran a smear campaign with very little evidence, meanwhile Kathryn stuck to the facts and worked with me to back up my case with evidence including prior case rulings. She worked hard for me and always stayed calm, cool and collected. On both occasions, the results could not have been better, and I highly recommend Kathryn for any divorce, custody or related proceedings.
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Posted by Nicholas | January 23, 2019
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Great Lawyer!!!!
Kathryn is a consummate professional. With a dedication to her clients that is enviable, she meticulously studies the case details and goes in prepared to win! Her demeaner is comforting and reassuring. Her performance in court is without a doubt formidable and aggressive. Her total commitment to my case and cause is clearly obvious with every contact I have with her. In my book, you can do no better then to have her on your team.
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Posted by Alex | November 5, 2018
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Captain Save a Dad
Kathryn not only helped me win my case, she was there during my most challenging moments including nights and Sunday afternoon. She has a very warm and welcoming personality especially when you get to know her. She's understanding, passionate and effective with her due diligence.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2018
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Thank You
I am so appreciative of what Kathryn was able to accomplish in my case. I feel my girls and I were in great hands with Kathryn and she really delivered results!!! I'm so impressed. Thank you, it means more than you know.
Posted by Tim | July 11, 2017
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Excellent attorney !
Excellent attorney professionalism over the top. Katheryn kept me posted at every step of the process. Even simple divorces can be harrowing for both parties involved no matter the circumstances. Katheryn allowed me to remain calm during this unfortunate situation. Her expertise is above reproach. I would highly recommend this attorney for your legal needs in the realm of her expertise.
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Posted by Adrian | September 22, 2016
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An Excellent Lawyer, A Wonderful Person
Kathryn helped me with my divorce. From the outset she laid out a plan and worked with me, answering questions as they came up. On the day of the final decree she was a warm and comforting presence during that emotionally trying day. I would and have recommended her to anyone that needs legal representation and should the need arise I will not hesitate to call upon her again.
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Posted by Juan | June 16, 2016
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Residential lease issues
Kathryn was able to get me out of a very terrible situation between me and my landlord. She handled the issue very quickly and efficiently, and in the end both parties were satisfied. Kathryn was everything that I wanted and needed in an attorney and I will definitely be using her services moving forward. Working with Kathryn has been refreshing to know some one will fight so hard for you, practically like family.
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Posted by Misti | May 25, 2016
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Highly Recommended!
Kathryn is amazing! She has helped me through a couple of predicaments I never expected to find myself in. During one of the toughest times in my life, she has shown true compassion and professionalism without judgement. She is easy to communicate with, kind hearted & extremely knowledgeable. When you find yourself in a vulnerable situation and need an attorney you can trust, call Kathryn!
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Posted by Wes | July 24, 2015
Business and Personal Representation
Kathryn, is a very knowledgeable attorney. She handles both my personal and business legal issues. I remain impressed with the confidence she carries while in the courtroom. She is a younger attorney who is supported by a reputable legal team. I would certainly endorse Kathryn and her partners to anyone who was seeking legal direction and wanted results.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2015
Responsive and Effective Lawyer
We reached the best possible outcome in our case and I could not be more thankful. Every email I sent, she responded to promptly. Every question that I had, she answered and helped me become more knowledgeable of the case in general. I was very pleased with and appreciative of Kathryn's hard work from the first day we made contact to the last day of the case.
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Posted by Linda | June 23, 2015
Best Attorney in San Marcos!
Kathryn responded to my case immediately and professionally and was absolutely key in helping me get my case resolved. She even came to my aide straight from the airport! I can't say how much that meant to me that she was so committed to be there that she didn't go home first. You don't get that kind of service from just any other attorney and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone! Thank you Kathryn, I appreciate your help very much!
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Posted by james | May 23, 2015
Having a great legal advice through a very difficult time in my life.
Kathryn is help me through a divorce from my wife of thirty years .I am thankful she is my attorney,Kathryn is very sharp and has great knowledge of the law ,She always keeps me informed at all times. I would not hesitate to refer their legal services to anyone. Whoever has the opportunity use Kathryn Sullivan in the legal services they provide. Will be getting a great attorney!!!
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Posted by David | November 21, 2014
Review of Kathryn Sullivan
I went to Kathryn at the Soechting firm after my wife unexpectedly filed for divorce on referral from my business attorney. Kathryn was very understanding of my situation and given my state of "shock", made the process so much easier than I had thought possible. Kathryn listened to my concerns, fears, and hopes. Kathryn is very knowledgeable and let me know every possible avenue/option for my situation; she took the time to explain them thoroughly. Kathryn is very thorough and very understanding. Kathryn was quick to respond to my communications and informed me immediately of any incoming communications from the opposing firm. She has a very good eye for detail. I highly recommend Ms. Sullivan.
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Posted by Ruben | November 11, 2014
Great Communication
Ms. Sullivan is a great lawyer to work with. She is always informative, and her response time is great! Ms. Sullivan is very helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend her services. Ms. Sullivan was a great representative in my case.
Posted by Alicia | September 26, 2014
Kathryn Sullivan Review
Kathryn was an absolute pleasure to work with, and was very helpful. Even through my roughest moments, she was very attentive and reassuring. I couldn't have asked for or imagined a better attorney!
Posted by Ryan | June 12, 2014
Very impressed
Competent, ethical, professional, and even caring... helped me get emergency temporary orders of my daughter Victoria Celeste and built a case so strong that the mother hasn't even challanged the temp orders established approx 2 years ago. I dealt with 4 laywers in my child custody case and I felt most comfortable with her. Infact Id rather pay another retainer and switch law firms to recieved her services in the future then deal with her previous firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2014
Review of Kathryn Sullivan
Katherine represented my daughter. She is a great attorney. She took the time to listen to her and my concerns. She worked diligently on her case and the charges were dismissed. I appreciate all she did for her and I would recommend Kathryn to anyone who has a family or criminal matter.
Posted by Debra | April 21, 2014
Review of Kathryn Sullivan
Kathryn is absolutely awesome. We are so appreciative of her manner of handling our son's case. She is very detail oriented and thorough, she covered all the bases, she did everything she told us she would do, and she was very professional. We would not hesitate to recommend her.
Posted by Lisa | December 13, 2013
Katherine Sullivan, an excellent and caring attorney
Katherine Sullivan represented me on my family law case. My ex husband took our children across state lines, withdrew them from their schools all without my permission. My charges are complicated to explain but at the time of my court date when I hired Katherine, we had one day to prepare due to court being the next day. She worked so hard for me and the day of court I was awarded my children to be returned ASAP! Katherine is a great attorney and I would recommend her to anyone who has a family or criminal matter. I appreciate all she did for me to have my children returned and I just want to say " Thank you Katherine, for your hard work and care you put into to my case"!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • Divorce Lawyers at Divorce Done Right
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cordell & Cordell
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Associate
  • The Soechting Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • David K. Sergi & Associates, PC
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • Hofstra University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Delaware
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Associations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Hays Caldwell County Young Lawyers Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Hays County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 8.1 Excellent
  • Avvo Rated 8.1 Excellent
  • 2019
  • Client Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Dean's List
  • Hofstra University
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse Kathryn
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kathryn is a wonderful attorney! She fights hard for her clients and won't give up until she gets what she wants! She is very well respected, and I am honored to call her a colleague and friend."
General practice Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Friend
"Kathryn is an exceptional attorney who is dedicated to her clients. She ensures the highest quality of representation in various areas of practice including criminal defense, matrimonial, bankruptcy, and tort litigation. I highly recommend Kathryn as her compassion, diligence, and drive evince the strength of her character and her utmost care for the well-being of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Truly excellent lawyer. Well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working with Kathryn as her first employer. She handled a complex docket of family law cases with dignity and style. She always put her clients interest first and will serve her clients well."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Superb representation. I highly recommend Kathryn."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathryn is a very bright attorney who will only get better as her career progresses. She always appears to be prepared and able to clearly articulate the position of her client, and she advocates zealously on their behalf."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Katy is well versed in family law, a tough negotiator, smart, and personable. I've worked with Katy for two years, and found she needed very little guidance. Katy is a self-starter who is not afraid to tackle difficult situations and handle them with professionalism, intelligence and humor. I would not hesitate in recommending her to any client who needs a tough lawyer who won't be bullied, misled or out-gunned. If you need a family law lawyer who is young, hungry, tough but fair - Katy Sullivan fits the bill."
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathryn is a very detailed and thorough attorney. I would recommend without any reservations. She is a great attorney who really cares about her clients."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathryn is a very skilled attorney who works tirelessly for each and every one of her clients. Kathryn's skills as a family lawyer are matched only by her passion and her desire to obtain the best possible result for her clients. I would recommend Kathryn to anyone in need of a good family lawyer in Hays or the surrounding counties."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kathryn is an extremely conscientious attorney who has proven her competence through many successful resolutions of family and criminal law cases. Her work ethic and personal appeal is unmatched!"
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Philadelphia Divorce and separation Lawyer Kathryn Lorraine Dent
Kathryn Lorraine Dent
Divorce and separation Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 12 years