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I am a Pennsylvania-barred attorney who earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Juris Doctorate from Pitt's Law School in 2001, one of the top tier law schools in the United States. Prior to law school I earned a Paralegal Certificate from Duquesne University in 1995. For over eight years, including those while I was in law school, I worked full-time as a paralegal for the top boutique family law firms in Pittsburgh. I've also worked as a Legal Recruiter for Hudson Global Resources. The thread that ties these two positions together is my love of helping people in difficult situations. Being able to utilize the skills learned as a paralegal and attorney ,which included reacting to the fast-paced and emotionally charged world of family law was key to my later success finding the right candidate for the position. I returned to the practice of family law because I missed helping clients and building relationships. The ability to utilize that personal relationship with my clients has been key to guiding them through their family law issues when the ability to effectively communicate to end a marriage or co-parent no longer exists. Clients find that my ability to be open, and at times brutally honest with them, makes them feel safe and comfortable divulging some of their most private issues.
I am a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Matrimonial Inns of Court; cited as one of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest". I've taken part in many local charitable events including the MS 150. Currently contracted with Allegheny County to represent indigent parents whose children have been adjudicated dependent in dependency proceedings.
I consider myself a life long Pittsburgher, having moved into Thornburg, Pennsylvania when I was 4 years old; I attended St. Philips Elementary and Bishop Canevin High School (Formerly Canevin) in Crafton. I obtained both my undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and its highly ranked School of Law. Aside from spending time with friends and family, I also love to work on carpentry and landscaping projects as well as hike, bike and run through the many outdoor spaces that Pittsburgh and Southwestern PA has to offer.
I've been involved in the Pittsburgh Legal Community for than 20 years, as a Legal Recruiter, Paralegal and Attorney. I've found that my clients appreciate the time and effort that I put into every aspect of their case. I'm here to guide my clients through the difficult landscape entered when questions regarding Child Support, Custody and Divorce arise.
Even in the most contentious divorce/custody situations I help my client’s weather the tough times that can accompany litigation, with sound advice, humor, and tough talk when needed. My clients appreciate my direct and informal style and my commitment to solving cases through negotiation whenever possible. I pride myself on building trust with all of my clients through open communication and accessibility, and I am dedicated to keeping my clients informed about the status of their case, from start to finish. I’m also a creative problem solver possessed of the judgment and diplomacy necessary to secure excellent results on behalf of my client. I can assess cases quickly and creatively negotiate and craft intricate settlements. It’s my intent to provide clients with “good” divorces, rather than destructive or adversarial ones. I understand the toll divorce can take on an individual, and it's my practice to find a fair and efficient resolution to all matters if practical . I am dedicated to ensuring that I take care of all of my clients, and that your legal needs are not just met, but exceeded.
I can provide for you, the client, with personal, responsive and diligent service through negotiation and/or litigation of family law issues. The goal is to provide peace of mind through client-centered representation. And, while I am a solo practitioner my practice is located with other experienced family law attorneys, and, I am networked / well-acquainted with other highly respected family law attorneys in the city of Pittsburgh which provides me with the unique ability to find "out-of-the box" solutions and/or easy access to additional practical knowledge and experience if needed.