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Karen Purcell Reynolds

Family Attorney at Malvern, PA

4.1   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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I have over 25 years of experience practicing Family Law.   I have had the unique experience of working for the courts as a law clerk to the President Judge of Family Court, as a staff attorney prosecuting child support cases and as Assistant Director of the Chester County Domestic Relations Office.  I have literally experienced "both sides" of the legal system up close.  I strive to share with my clients what I learned working inside the court system so that I may take the fear out of the legal process as much as possible.  I am resolution-oriented.  If it is possible to reasonably resolve the outstanding issues in a case, I believe that should be our first priority.  Sometimes, that is simply not possible on some or all of the issues.  In those cases which require court intervention, I am my client's voice in court.  To be an effective advocate, I believe in being well-prepared, firm and professional at all times.

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Karen Reynolds
Karen and Rich Reynolds of Reynolds Family Law, LLC.


Reynolds Family Law
101 Lindenwood Drive
Suite 225
Malvern, PA, 19355

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4.1 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by Michelle | September 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fabulous Firm
If you are in need of a family law attorney, look no further. Karen is kind, compassionate, understanding and a delight to work with, even in the most turbulent of times. She has the experience needed to do an excellent job- spend just a few minutes with her and I am sure she will prove it to you. I HIGHLY recommend Reynolds Family Law to everyone!
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Posted by Diana | September 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I can’t say enough about Karen’s professionalism and expertise at guiding me through all of the necessary steps for my divorce. She was thorough and very responsive to every need. I am thrilled I hired her and would not hesitate to use her if the need ever arises in the future.
Posted by Whitney | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You will not find a better lawyer than karen
After many google searches, and endless phone calls with other lawyers, literally about to give up hope, Karen Reynolds family law popped up on google. Let me preach about Karen and our story for a moment; because I will forever swear by Karen Reynolds. She is the most patient, kindhearted, attentive, thorough lawyer we have had the pleasure of working with. My fiancé has had an ongoing uphill custody battle with the mother of his child. Not only would the mother not let the child see his father; but she wouldn’t even allow a simple phone call for Father’s Day. Or a call on his birthday. because a “5yr old boy has just such a busy schedule; there was no time or room to fit in dad.”That is what the mother told the father in many messages. From the countless messages of him begging to just speak with his son. Sadly, I hopelessly watched the man who I love and admire for his strength and resilience crumble and break. this woman singlehandedly, who he once loved, vowed to spend the rest of his life with; the same woman who he created a beautiful little boy with destroyed any hope he had of ever seeing his child again. The same man who I 1000 percent trust with my 3 boys, wasn’t allowed to even speak to his child. The mother ripped even his legal rights away. Finally my fiancé listened to me, and went against his “better” judgment. (He’s had really bad luck in the past with previous lawyers.). we saved for the lawyer, and in March met with Karen. We told her his story. She listened and was very very thorough with the history, paperwork, and attentiveness to the matter. There wasn’t a time of day Karen didn’t respond to a call or email. Karen saw my fiancé is not a bad person. He is not an evil man he was made to look like. And he was NOT abusive or controlling in the ways he was portrayed. He was a stay at home daddy that devoted himself to his son. Then was turned into the manipulative angry violent monster. He was not perfect. He had an addiction that stemmed from his time in the marines. But he got clean 3yrs ago; and has been clean ever since. Ultimately, he was not that person he was made out to be;In fact Karen saw his kind heart, his emotionally charged unconditional love for his son; difficulty in swallowing his pride to let Karen take control. Almost a 9mths since my fiancé last saw his child; months of back and forth emails, phone calls, consolidations, court hearings, piles and piles of paperwork. Karen’s motherly frustrations, patience, and instinct with my fiancé was award winning to say the least. With every bump Along the way, she never gave up on my fiancé; she never told him it was impossible. Actually, she told him it was inevitable; he was going to see his son again. At some points my fiancé started to lose hope. But between Karen and myself, we kept him fighting. Now, my fiancé gets every other weekend with his child. He has his legal rights back; which shouldn’t have been taken to begin with. He can show up to his extra curricular activities. He can FaceTime with his son privately. His son finally gets to meet his step brothers that he has been hearing on those calls. He gets holidays. He gets to be apart of his child life again... all thanks to Karen. Karen made the impossible, possible again. We still call on her for the most minuscule things; because the mother makes it absolutely impossible to work with. But again, Karen is still right there, sending email after email. We couldn’t be any more grateful for her. trust me, our battle isn’t over yet. She will also be handling his divorce, too. If you want a welcoming, kindhearted, assertive “shark” lawyer who is has an abundance of knowledge. who is very well educated in family law, and will help with the financial aspect the best she can; Karen Reynolds is without a doubt the best family lawyer Throughout Chester and Montgomery county. i swear she is worth every penny. (Karen, we cant say thank you enough.). The coffee at the office was the cherry on top.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best divorce lawyer in PA. Period.
I went through 3 different lawyers before finally settling to work with Karen. I regret wasting time and money with other lawyers, as Karen was far more knowledge and efficient at handling my case anyone I worked with. Karen is very smart, practical, compassionate, easy to work and has deep rooted knowledge of martial law in PA. As a result, she helped guide me towards strategies that were effective and help move the case in the right direction. What I especially like about Karen, is that she will not always tell you what you want to hear, but will rather inform you on the what works and what doesn't. This type of approach helps calibrate expectations realistically and select strategies that will have a material impact on your case. Without a doubt, the best money I spent on my divorce was with Karen. You won't be disappointed or find a more competent attorney.
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Response from Karen Reynolds February 26, 2019
Thank you very much for your kind review. I do believe it is the attorney's responsibility to give clients clear, realistic advice. I am very happy to hear that you appreciate that approach. Thank you.
Posted by Michael L. Kolber | January 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Karen. She has a strong moral and ethical awareness. She cares about her clients and children. Karen knows what’s important to litigate family matters and do what’s best for the children involved. Karen is well spoken and to the point in court. I was very fortunate to work with her. If Karen accepts your case, rest assured you’re in very good hands!
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Response from Karen Reynolds January 23, 2018
This is Karen. Michael, I appreciate your kind words. I was very happy that we were able to work together to obtain the right result for you and your family. Thank you for taking the time to write this review.
Posted by Suzanne | October 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen is a caring and very accomplished attorney. She NEVER GAVE UP when dealing with my situation, and always provided sound, honest advice. I would not have gotten through my personal situation with out her!
Response from Karen Reynolds October 12, 2017
This is Karen. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review, Suzanne. Yours was an unusual case with a very difficult "other side." I am so glad that we were able to bring closure to that whole situation so that you can move on with your life!
Posted by Lisa | November 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney You Could Ask For!
I knew the moment I met with Karen she was just the attorney I needed to represent me with respect to my custody matter. Karen was such a breath of fresh air. I had been in the middle of an extremely difficult custody matter and she had not only the knowledge of the law behind her, she had a kindness and caring about her that set her apart from anyone else I had interviewed. Her confidence and experience with custody matters clearly set her apart from and above all the rest in her field. My father had the opportunity to meet with Karen on a number of occasions and every time we left her office his response was always the same, "You've found yourself an excellent attorney, Lisa. There's no one better for this case." On two separate legal matters, both the Custody Master and the Judge ruled in our favor. I don't think I would have held myself in the same confidence had I not had Karen by my side. Notwithstanding her exemplary competence as an attorney, Karen is kind, compassionate and caring; she has an ease about her that makes you feel confident in your case . I am forever grateful for all of her hard work and all of the time she has dedicated to my custody matter. I don't think I could ever find the words to express my gratitude or thanks for her help with my case. Hands down, without a second thought, you will not find a better attorney than Karen Reynolds.
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Response from Karen Reynolds December 2, 2015
Thank you, Lisa. I sincerely appreciate your kind words. It takes a team effort to get the right result. I really believe that we did that in your case. Thank you for all of your hard work during a very stressful time. Karen
Posted by Kirk | May 4, 2015
Good representation and legal advice
I want to take a few minutes to share my experience having Karen Reynolds as my legal representation during my divorce process. When my former wife and I decided to separate and seek a divorce Karen was recommended to me and I retained her services. She did a great job talking me thru the various steps of the process. I felt informed and that I understood what was happening during all phases of the process. She gave me confidence and I knew then and still know now that I can count on Karen to represent me if/when it is needed. She is very reasonable and down to earth and I have never questioned my decision to have her as my legal representation. I would highly recommend Karen for anyone that is involved in a divorce proceeding.
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Response from Karen Reynolds May 6, 2015
Thank you, Kirk. Even the most amicable divorce can be difficult. I am especially happy to read that you felt informed and confident throughout the process. Thank you for working with me to accomplish your goals.
Posted by Joanne | March 25, 2015
Excellent service-would recommend Karen to anyone!
Karen was empathetic to my situation right from the start! I chose Karen because of her expertise and she did not let me down. The level of professionalism was top notch. There were quite a few occasions where I needed to speak with Karen ASAP and had no issue getting in touch with her. She calmed my nerves and talked me through quite a few difficult and sensitive issues with ease. Karen made a difficult time in my life easier to endure. I would recommend her to anyone who is in need of a Lawyer specializing in divorce and/or Child Custody.
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Response from Karen Reynolds March 26, 2015
This is Karen Reynolds. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review. I am so glad we were able to accomplish your goals together.
Posted by Mark | November 11, 2014
I consider myself lucky to have found Karen
I went to Karen for help with a very contentious custody situation. Her legal advice and expertise was much better than I could have hoped for. She was excellent about keeping me informed and answering my laundry list of nuanced questions. She was professional, supportive, and informative from the very beginning all the way through the end of an extremely contentious proceeding. I truly felt like she was living the experience right along with me and it showed in her representation of me in court. I could not be any happier and I would recommend Karen to anyone.
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Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much, Mark. You had an unusually difficult custody situation to deal with. I am glad that I was able to help.
Posted by Mark | January 7, 2014
Review of Attorney Reynolds representing my divorce case
Attorney Reynolds has been extremely knowledgeable with regard to family law and she has been aggressively working on my behalf to protect my rights as a man who is going through the painful divorce process. She also responds to my request for status in a timely manner with professionalism and courtesy. I strongly recommend Attorney Reynolds to anyone who is going through the pains of a divorce.
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Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much, Mark.
Posted by Paul | January 6, 2014
Finding a lawyer you can trust is a difficult process - I got lucky with Karen.
I can recommend Karen to anybody going through a divorce. She gave me an understanding of the process, kept me updated, offered alternatives, and was a good steward of my money. She would communicate with me via E-Mail, phone, and of course in face to face meetings. Finding a lawyer that you can trust is a difficult process - I got lucky with Karen.
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Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much, Paul.
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2013
Excellent Attorney
I am so glad that I hired Karen Reynolds to represent me in my divorce. I felt well-informed every step of the way. She really cared about helping me, and my kids, get through this tough time. I would very highly recommend her to anyone.
Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much.
Posted by Irene | August 16, 2013
Compassionate and knowledgeable
Finding a family law attorney that had the right balance of compassion for their client as well as extensive knowledge of the law was difficult until I met Karen. She worked with me and helped me through the process with kindness and honesty.
Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much.
Posted by Eric | July 21, 2011
"Karen Reynolds"
Karen was recommended to me by a friend and I couldn't be more pleased. Her guidance through my divorce was second to none. More importantly, she always had the interests of my children in mind. Karen's professionalism and practicality were invaluable during my divorce. When things got difficult, Karen responded with integrity. She counseled and armed me with the right amount of guidance in an effort to make proper decisions. She ultimately helped me step past my anger and fears to make these decisions. Her sensitivity to the psychological weight of the matter didn't allow emotions to get in the way. This was particularly important to me when I was worried about how the divorce would affect my children while making decisions based on parenting and support. Karen's advice, professionalism, and integrity are second to none. Look no further.
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Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much, Eric. Your kind words mean a great deal.
Posted by Debbie | July 21, 2011
Clear, honest, empathetic legal advice
Karen is very professional and personable in her demeanor when providing legal guidance. In a situation where we had absolutely no knowledge, she was able to clearly and succinctly outline the law and address the different scenarios based on that law and her experience in the PA court system and knowledge of child developement. (She keeps current with not only the law but studies done on child development, which gives her added insight and credibility regarding how the law and science "partner".) All of this combined has contributed to our feeling more comfortable and confident while managing our present situation.
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Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you very much, Debbie.
Posted by Nick | January 17, 2014
Experienced and fair
Karen is an experienced and fair attorney. She is up front, honest, and transparent. Her guidance and advice made a difficult situation much easier to get through.
Response from Karen Reynolds April 6, 2017
Thank you for your kind words, Nick. I was happy to help.
Posted by Travis | June 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good experience drafting PSA/ Divorce Agreement, then sub-par experience afterward
Karen was great at selling her services during the initial face to face appointment. She listened attentively and delivered on exactly what I asked. She answered all my questions well during the process of drafting a proper Property Settlement Agreement / Divorce Agreement. Ultimately her draft was accepted by my ex-wife, her lawyer and the court. After I the Divorce Agreement Document was complete, I had trouble getting a hold of her via phone so I began email correspondence. This did not work out well for many reasons. I was trying to keep everything efficient, however I could not help but feel that I was not going to get the service I needed unless I set up face to face appointments and rack up billable hours. Via email, the service level deteriorated and I could not help but feel roped along in the process of filing the documents needed to complete my divorce. Perhaps this is a problem with all divorce lawyers, they ultimately want to help see the entire divorce through but in the process they may seek to own the process in a way that can be a serious drain on people's finances. Ultimately, I had to severe the business relationship during the filing process to protect myself financially from being overcharged for filing paperwork. In the end Karen was very respectful of this. I realize not all divorces are the same, and it sounds like Karen has a very unique skill set to deal with complicated divorces. However, if you have a simple divorce I would be careful with her or any lawyer to make sure you do over-pay for services you can complete yourself. When I tried to take over the filing process, set financial parameters, and create a consultative business relationship, Karen became more vague and the service level deteriorated. I realize I created an environment where I would continually get worse service unless I came in face to face to get and on same page and rack up some billable hours. I was lucky that I ultimately could file all of my paperwork on my own and did not have pay thousands of dollars more than I could afford to complete my divorce. My divorce is now complete. In summary: -Karen delivered on exactly what she said she would. I am ultimately happy with her expertise in drafting a Divorce Agreement/ PSA. -Be careful with all lawyers not to let them own your divorce process and rack up billable hours. Research what you can do on your own if applicable (ex - filing paperwork). -Set the stage with how you would like to correspond and be clear about that with your lawyer (whether it is Karen or someone else.) -I would recommend Karen to help draft a document, but not to file the actual paperwork. -My advice to Karen is to get better at getting business done via email.
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Response from Karen Reynolds August 21, 2019
Thank you for the recommendation and for the kind words included here. I must respectfully disagree with the comments regarding billing and service. Even a "simple" divorce requires navigation through a complex family court procedural system. I respect your desire to have a hands-on approach. Unfortunately, that led to a "too many cooks" situation this time. I am pleased to hear that the divorce has been finalized and I wish you well.
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Posted by Eugenia | February 28, 2015
Not recommendable
I was a client of Karen Reynolds, decided to hired another attorney after waiting for up to 5 weeks to hear back from her. She cancelled meetings at the last meetings after the parties had requested time doff to attend those meetings. I'm still waiting to hear back from her for over a year.
Response from Karen Reynolds March 2, 2015
This is Karen Reynolds. I appreciate that this client used her name in this review. As I have only ever represented one client with this name, I can address the situation. First, I am sorry that you feel this way as I always strive to provide compassionate and realistic legal advice to all of my clients. I am sorry that you are waiting to hear from me, but I don't know why. I haven't represented you since December of 2013. Also, I see from the docket that you have since hired and dismissed another attorney. Please give me a call if you'd like to talk. Thank you.
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Posted by Tom | June 17, 2014
Same story as the other negative reviews
Initially, my impression of Karen was that she was a consummate professional with extensive experience in family law. While that is certainly how she markets herself, it soon became apparent that Karen had little interest in actually working my case. Karen was impossible to get a hold of. My divorce proceeding was prolonged as a result. After I proceeded to hire another lawyer, she took 6 months to refund my retainer. All the while, ignoring my emails and calls. Additionally, I never received a single billing statement. So it's literally anybody's guess exactly what she billed me for. And wait for comes another rebuttal from Karen. At least there's one thing that she can respond to in a timely fashion.
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Response from Karen Reynolds June 18, 2014
This is Karen Reynolds. Of course, I am writing to address this review. I do appreciate that this former client signed his first name so that I can accurately address his concerns. This client and I had a personality conflict which lead to me advising him that I could no longer represent him. It is true that after addressing the situation many times, I stopped responding to the repeated e-mails and calls. Please also note that this client states he has previously worked with 3-5 lawyers. That can be a very telling piece of information. This was an unfortunate situation, not representative of my practice. Thank you.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Reynolds Family Law
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant Director
  • Chester County Domestic Relations
  • 1997 - 2008
  • Staff Attorney
  • Chester County Domestic Relations
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Honorable James P. MacElree II
  • Chester County Courts
  • 1992 - 1995
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  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Delaware
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Y. v. Y.
  • Successfully defended against all of Mother's petitions to ensure that Father's established schedule for custodial time with his children was undisturbed and in fact increased the amount of time the children spent with Father on holidays.


  • Chester County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Various DRO Offices Statewide
  • UIFSA for DRO Staff
  • 2000
  • New Guidelines for DRO Staff
  • PA Support Guidelines
  • 1999
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Get to Know DRO
  • 1998
  • Family Law Update
  • Family Law
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (24)
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Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Reynolds is one of the region's leading family law attorneys. I endorse her enthusiastically."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Karen. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Karen Reynolds is an exceptional and accomplished family law attorney. I have known and worked with Karen over many years. She is fair and reasonable while advocating strongly for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Significant experience and expertise in family law. Responsive."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Karen Reynolds for years. She is an excellent lawyer with an exceptional knowledge of support law."
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