Chapter: Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAML welcomes you!

The Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Pennsylvania Chapter, are experienced practitioners who represent individuals in all facets of family law, including divorce, child support, spousal support, alimony, property division, prenuptial agreements, marriage settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuation, protection from abuse, juvenile dependency and delinquency, adoption, and related issues. Many of our Fellows have training in mediation, collaborative law, and alternative dispute resolution. The Academy encourages Fellows to improve the practice of family law by elevating the standards of professionalism and skill, and advancing the development of substantive law and legal procedures, so that the welfare of the family and society may be protected. Fellows are recognized by judges and attorneys as pre-eminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. To be represented by a Fellow is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law, recognized throughout Pennsylvania and nationally.

Fellows serve in leadership positions and participate on committees that develop and implement the rules and statutes governing family law in Pennsylvania. To name just a few of these groups, our Fellows sit on the Boards of the Joint State Government Commission, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Rules Committee, Legislative Task Force, and ad hoc committees of the Pennsylvania State Trial Judges. Our members also serve in leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors and House of Delegates, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and county Bar Associations throughout the State. Our members are expected to be active lecturers and authors of teaching materials, both in the state and on a national level. A number of our members have either edited or written books, presented papers, articles for law reviews, and other scholarly works and treatises.

Our members are recognized among the top divorce professionals by the leading legal publications, such as Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and many national and local publications including U.S. News & World Reports, Philadelphia Magazine, and Pittsburgh Magazine. Fellows of the Pennsylvania Chapter are active in their communities, throughout the state, and across the nation in developing and furthering the rights of families affected by divorce and separation.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers meets at least three times a year, twice coinciding with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section meetings in January and July. At our meetings, we engage in continuing education programs, often targeted at the most advanced issues arising in family law cases. We strive to present issues of importance faced by family lawyers handling complicated divorces, based upon the advanced level and sophistication of our members. Education is a cornerstone of our mission which we seek to accomplish on a continual basis.

Membership in our organization is a highly selective process. To become Fellows, lawyers must demonstrate their dedication to matrimonial practice, with experience in handling complex divorce litigation and an extensive knowledge of federal and state law, which is measured by national and state tests. We welcome qualified attorneys to join our ranks. If interested, please feel free to contact any of the officers or follow the detailed procedures as set forth in the AAML national website.

View our roster of our members.

Chapter First Vice President
Amy P. De Shong
Chapter Delegate
Charles J. Meyer
Chapter President
Julia Swain
Chapter President Elect
Sophia P. Paul
Chapter Secretary
Kerri L. Cappella
Chapter Treasurer
Brian C. Vertz
Immediate Past President
James H. Richardson Jr


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