I am licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and both my B.A. and Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, a tier one law school. Before law school I earned a Paralegal Certificate from Duquesne University and for more than eight years, including the three (3) when I attended law school, I worked as a paralegal full-time for the top boutique family law firms in Pittsburgh. I've also worked as a Legal Recruiter for Hudson Global Resources and the thread that ties recruiting and family law together is my love of helping people in difficult situations. The ability to utilize skills learned while employed as a paralegal (i.e. ability to rapidly assess and react to emotionally charged family situations) was key to my later recruiting ssuccesses in finding the right candidate for the position. Returning to the practice of family law is one of the best decisions I've made as I'm back doing the work I love - practicing family law. Working with clients and building a solid, working, relationship with them has been key to guiding them through their family law issues, especially when the other relationships in their lives are faltering. I've found that my ability to be open and sometimes brutally honest with my clients often provides them with a sense of security in working through their most private issues.
I am a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section, and the Matrimonial Inns of Court; I've been cited as one of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest" and recognized as one of Pittsburgh's "Finest" profiled attorneys. I particpate in local charitable events including the MS 150 and Regent Squares "Run Around the Square." Additionally, I am 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 life takes you by surprise and you have questions about Child Support, Custody, Divorce and Dependancy Court.
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 , informal style, and my commitment to resolving 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 like to "think outside the box" when the typical steps aren't working, and I possess the judgment and diplomacy necessary to secure excellent results on behalf of my clients. I assess cases quickly, and can creatively negotiate and craft intricate settlements. I do my best to provide clients with “good” divorces, rather than destructive or adversarial ones. Issues of divorce, custody, and dependency can take a toll on an individual, and I'll always attempt to find a fair and efficient resolution to all matters . 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.
Through my represent my clients are provided with personal, responsive and diligent service in family law issues. My goal is to provide peace of mind through client-centered representation and my practice allows me to do that through almost daily interaction with the judiciary and other highly respected family law attorneys in Pittsburgh. It is this insight into the local legal community that gives me a unique ability to provide clients with the best representation possoble when family legal issues occur.
My Clients are those who: