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"Take Control of Your Case”:


Knowledge is power - the more you know about each step of the process, the more control you will have over the outcome, whether you choose mediation or litigation. I have been a family law attorney since 1983, handling divorce, property distribution, support, custody, estate planning and the probate of estates.


My goal as your lawyer is to guide you to the best possible outcome for your case. I will be your counselor and advisor and I will help you navigate the process.



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    24 years
  2. Mediation: 25%
    20 years
  3. Family: 25%
    33 years
  4. Probate: 15%
    9 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

31 Turner Lane
West Chester, PA, 19380-4805


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Lawyer on the Main Line for Divorce and Family LawMain Line Today Magazine2007
Winner of Client Counseling CompetitionVillanova University School of Law1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Patricia T. Brennan1999 - Present
ShareholderCrawford, Wilson, Ryan & Agulnick1994 - 1999
AssociateCrawford, Wilson, Ryan & Agulnick1989 - 1994
AssociatePitt, Agulnick, Supplee & Slade1985 - 1989
AssociateLawrence B. Kurland & Associates1984 - 1985
AssociateLynne Z. Gold-Bikin & Associates1983 - 1984
ClerkThe Honorable Harold A. Thomson Jr.1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Bar Association, Probate SectionMember2005 - Present
Chester County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1984 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of CourtMember2000 - 2015
Chester County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChair1999 - 2006
Chester County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair1997 - 1999
Chester County Bar Association, Naturalization CommitteeChair1989 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richardson v. RichardsonTrial court could award the non-marital portion of former husband's pension to former wife as a contempt sanction,
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal IntelligencerWhen Your Client Conducts E-Discovery on Their Own Can You Use What They Find? (Quoted by author of article)2009
Daily Local NewsShould You Mediate Your Divorce?2005
Pennsylvania Family LawyerCourts May Attach Pensions as Contempt Sanctions2001
Daily Local NewsPeer Mediation2001
Daily Local NewsMore Elderly Couples Calling It Quits After Years of Marriage2001
Small Business News (Philadelphia)Mediate vs. Litigate2000
Main Line TodayYou Need a Lawyer If....2000
New Matter, Chester County Bar AssociationSupreme Court Upholds Emily Post2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Skidmore CollegeFrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Villanova University School of Law, Family Law SocietyAlternate Dispute Resolution in Family Law2016
Villanova Law School First Year Property ClassMediating the Future of the Family Farm2016
Family Law Divorce Mediation TrainingDivorce Mediation Training2016
Villanova Law School First Year Property ClassMediating Alternate Uses of the Family Homestea2015
Villanova Law School First Year Property ClassMediation in Real Estate Disputes2014
Villanova Law School First Year Property ClassMediating Family Disputes over Real Estate2013
Villanova Law School First Year Property ClassProperty Law in Divorce Cases2012
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of CourtEstate and Trust Planning and Divorce: Before, During and After2011
Your First Divorce Client, Pennsylvania Bar InstituteYour First Divorce Client2007
Villanova Law School Mediation PracticumMediation in your Law Practice2006
Family Law Section, Chester County Bar AssociationImprove your Family Law Practice by Referring Your Clients to Mediation2006
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of CourtWhat Every Lawyer Should Know About the Role of Physchologists in Custody Cases2004
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of CourtThe Initial Consultation: How to Avoid Conflicts of Interest2002
Women's Law Caucus, Villanova Law SchoolEntrepreneurial Careers in the Legal Profession2001
Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Annual ConferenceMediation: The Next Step2001
National Association of Social Workers, Annual ConferenceMediation: The Next Step2001
Family Law Section, Chester County Bar AssociationEverything you Wanted to Know about Mediation but were Afraid to Ask2001
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of CourtMediation: The Role of Counsel - The Role of the Mediator2001
Advanced Mediation TrainingAdvanced Mediation Training2001
Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Annual MeetingMediation: The Next Step2000
Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Annual MeetingLawyers and Mediators: Strange Bedfellows2000