I have been practicing law in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and the surrounding counties since graduating from Villanova Law School in 1986. Prior to law school, I attended Villanova University where I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and minors in Business, Philosophy and History.
I am a member of the bars of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the Federal Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court.
I began my law career with the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office. While, there, I handled a variety of criminal cases, as well as juvenile matters and mental health proceedings, which allowed me to gain a wealth of courtroom and litigation experience.
After leaving the Public Defender's Office, I have concentrated most of my private practice in family law matters including divorce, support, custody and protection from abuse and wills and estates.
I began my career as a peacemaker, in 1992, when I became a trained mediator in the area of family law, having received my certification from the National Center for Mediation Education.
In furtherance of my career as a peacemaker, I was appointed as part time custody conciliator for Montgomery County in January 2010 where I still currently serve to assist families to reach peaceful agreements rather than have their custody cases be resolved by judicial intervention. It is position I thoroughly enjoy.
And while I have always sought to practice family law in a collaborative way, I have only just received my official certification as a Collaboratively Trained Lawyer in 2017.
I have always been passionate about working with families and individuals transitioning through difficult life changing events whether it is new marriages, separations, divorce, or custody or support issues. My true calling has always been to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. So while if need be I have proven to be a zealous advocate for my clients in court, I prefer instead to try to help my clients avoid painful court battles and minimize conflict in order to reach peaceful resolutions that will benefit them individually as well the whole family.
As part of my family law/peacemaker career, I have continuously refined and honed my people skills. Many people have often complimented me on my insightfulness. This expertise has very often allowed me to accurately and effectively cut to the heart of a matter as I have developed the ability to recognize and make use of the nuances of each case in which I am involved.
These skills have also allowed me to put most people (whether clients or lawyers) at ease. I work to prevent misunderstandings by clearly stating the issues and the facts. I empathetically address all of a client’s issues and concerns. I work to diffuse possible issues of conflict before they arise.
Where there is conflict I help mediate conflicting interests in such a way that everyone feels as if they have “won”. I do this by making sure that everyone involved feels confident that all of their own concerns and issues have been satisfactorily addressed and settled in a fair and peaceful way. As a result, I am able to cultivate in my clients a high level of confidence in my legal advice and skills.
Villanova University- Bachelor of Arts -1983 - Cum Laude
Major- General Arts
Minor- history, philosophy and business
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Villanova University School of Law - J.D.- 1986