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) while attending law school, I was employed
full-time as a paralegal for the best 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/react to emotionally charged family situations) was key to my later recruiting successes in finding the right candidate for the position. Returning to the practice of family law was/is my dream (no-seriously!) as I went to law school so I could become a family law attorney, and starting my own practice is the best decision I could have made. Representing clients and building a solid, working, relationship with them, and having them know that I am on their side has been key to my practices' success. 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, on Counsel for the 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 participate in local charitable events including the MS 150 and Regent Squares' "Run Around the Square." Additionally, for almost five (5) years I worked for Allegheny County representing indigent parents in dependency court against the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF).
Who my clients are:
My Practice Philosophy
I've been involved in the Pittsburgh Legal Community for than 20 years,as an Attorney, Paralegal, and Legal Recruiter. 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 Dependency Court.
Even in the most contentious divorce/custody situations I've assisted my clients deal with the tough times with a plan of action, solid advice, humor, and blunt, tough talk when needed. Most 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. Often I like to "think outside the box" when an issue is time-sensitive, the process breaks down , and/or the judicial system isn't working, and I've proven that I possess the judgment and diplomacy necessary to secure excellent results on my clients' behalf. It's not my practice to waste your money drafting overly broad, unnecessary pleadings, or running straight to Motions Court with every issue. I assess your situation quickly and go straight to the issues rather than waste time taking preparing for a hearing or other event that might never happen. Often I'm able to use my unique skills to resolve issues quickly or through the use of creative negotiations and crafting of intricate settlements. I do my best to provide clients with “good” or at least "uncontentious" resolutions, rather than destructive or adversarial ones. Issues of divorce, custody, and dependency take a toll on an individual, and I'll always attempt to find fair and efficient resolutions to your case when possible. I am dedicated to ensuring that I thoughtfully represent all of my clients, and,that your legal needs are not just met, but exceeded.
Throughout my representation, my clients are provided with personal, responsive and diligent service. My goal is to provide peace of mind by focusing on the client and their needs, and my practice allows me to do that through almost daily interaction with the judiciary and other highly respected family law attorneys in Pittsburgh. This insight into the local legal community provides me a unique opportunity to offer the best representation possible in divorce/custody cases.