Margaret Klaw

Margaret Klaw

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
  • Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Pennsylvania
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I love our practice because I care so deeply about my clients and their families. I handle all types of family law matters, and my approach to each case varies greatly, depending on my client’s needs and preferences. The range goes from playing a supportive role for those clients who wish to negotiate their own agreements to serving as a zealous advocate in the courtroom for those who need to submit their disputes to a judge for resolution. In addition to practicing law, I speak and write about family law issues. My first book, KEEPING IT CIVIL: The Case of the Pre-Nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer, was published by Algonquin Books in 2013, and I blog regularly for The Huffington Post, Daily Worth, and my own blog: www.familylawunraveled.com.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $400 flat rate consultation; $400/hour
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
- Current
Associate
Law Offices of Joni J. Berner
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Litigation Coordinator
Women Against Abuse Legal Center
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Assistant General Counsel
Victim Services Agency
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Associate
Law Offices of Phyllis Gelman
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Education
Boston University
B.A. (1987) | Political Science
Northeastern University School of Law
J.D. (1984) | Law
Honors: magna cum laude
Awards
Best Law Firms 2017-2019* (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP) Philadelphia – Family Law & Family Law Mediation – Tier 1
U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers®
Best Lawyers in America 2016-2019* (Collaborative Law & Family Law)
Best Lawyers®
Best Lawyers in America 2017-2019* (Family Law Mediation)
Best Lawyers®
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Legal Intelligencer
AV Preeminent® 2018***
Martindale-Hubbell®
PA Super Lawyer 2006 – 2018**
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 (for exemplary pro bono work)
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Business Integrity Award 2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Independence Business Alliance
Top 50 Women PA Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses 2016-2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours 2016-2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Brennan Award 2004, 2005 (Berner & Klaw); 2013-2015; 2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Lawyer of the Year 2017* (Family Law Mediation)
Best Lawyers®
Client Choice – Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania 2016
CorporateINTL
Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses 2013-2015
Philadelphia Business Journal
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, Inaugural Edition
Martindale-Hubbell®
Pro Bono Publico Award 2010 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
First Judicial District of PA
Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award 2009 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Chancellor’s Award 2002 (Berner & Klaw)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Philadelphia Family-Friendly Award 2000 (Berner & Klaw)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Professional Associations
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Current
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Current
Equality Advocates Pennsylvania
Board Member
Current
Mazzoni Center (current)
Legal Advisory Board Member
Current
The Midwife Collective
Board Member
Current
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (current)
Arbitrator
Current
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (current)
Volunteer
Current
Equality Advocates Pennsylvania
Board Member
Current
First Person Arts
Board Member
Current
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
Board Member
Current
Settlement Music School, Germantown Branch
Board Member
Current
Mock Trial Team, Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts
Coach
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section Committee on the Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants
Co-Chair
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Board of Governors
Member/Family Law Section representative
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
Chair
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
Officer
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Women’s Rights Committee
Co-Chair
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section Domestic Violence Committee
Co-Chair
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Commission of Judicial Selection
Member
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
The Legal Intelligencer
Advice From Those Who Know Small Firms (Thomas E. Rogers)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Relationship Between Distribution of Assets and Award of Alimony (Chapter) Slicing Up the Pie: Property Distribution in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press (2010, 2012, 2016)
Reflections on “Innovations in Family Law Dispute Resolution” (Deborah Thompson Eisenberg)
University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Same-sex couples in Pennsylvania now cheering ability to divorce too (Alana Semuels)
Los Angeles Times
Family Law: Human Nature (Dan Gottlieb)
WHYY Public Media
Perspectives on Building a Women-Owned Law Firm
The Legal Intelligencer (Women in the Profession Supplement, April 2014)
Three Ways to Protect Yourself in a Divorce
The Wall Street Journal
KEEPING IT CIVIL: The Case of the Pre-Nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer
Algonquin Books
Guns in the Family
Upon Further Review, Philadelphia Bar Association
Keeping a Foot in the Office Door Can Ease Mothers’ Anxiety (Ann Carrns)
The New York Times
Keeping It Civil: The messiness of family law (Kelly Blewett)
BookPage
Should you count on Prince Charming? Divorce lawyer offers six reasons to keep working (Debra Cassens Weiss)
ABA Journal, American Bar Association
Co-Sleeping Collides With Custody Battles
Time
Family Law, featuring Keeping It Civil (The Brian Lehrer Show)
New York Public Radio, WNYC
Same-sex marriage needs same-sex divorce
Salon
The Magnitude of Our Decisions
Signature-Reads
Gay Divorce, The Next Frontier
The Washington Post
“Apartners:” The New Happy Divorce (Louisa Kamps and Jihan Thompson)
Redbook
Technology: Family Law Unraveled (One Lawyer’s Dive into the Blogosphere for Fun and (Maybe) Profit)
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine
Two Philadelphia Law Firms . . . to Receive Prestigious Philadelphia Bar Foundation Awards
Philadelphia Bar Association
A New Direction for Private Contracts Regarding Child Support and Care?
Philadelphia Bar Association
Prenuptial Agreements (Chapter) The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer’s Handbook
American Bar Association (1996,2004)
Whose Child is This? Second-Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine
Grandparent Custody Rights: Best Interest of the Child or Interference with a Parent’s Prerogative
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine
Feminist Advocacy: The Evolution of Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Speaking Engagements
Town Hall: Marriage Equality in PA – What does it really mean? (panelist for LGBT Rights Committee)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Lessons Learned While Opening Your Own Practice (co-presenter for Solo and Small Firm Committee)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Presenter, Field Notes From a Family Lawyer Family Law Society
Rutgers Law School
Keynote Speaker, Innovations in Family Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Co-Presenter, Who Gets the Dog? Prenups 101 Common Cents Club,, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (with the University of Pennsylvania Law School)
Co-Panelist, Valentine’s Day Special: More People Are in Relationships Than Ever Before CBS Philly
CBS Philly, Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Social Media
Contact & Map
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
USA
Telephone: (215) 790-8800