Robert I Whitelaw
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Robert I Whitelaw is an experienced and respected divorce attorney who represents clients in the Philadelphia area, the Main Line, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester counties and throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Whitelaw has extensive experience in divorce and child custody matters as well as matrimonial and family law issues. He handles all aspect of domestic relations including division of property, alimony, tax matters, custody, visitation and support, prenuptial agreements, paternity, matrimonial litigation and negotiation, complicated marital estates and other domestic relations issues.

Mr. Whitelaw is an experienced advisor and litigator in partnership and corporate matters with respect to formation, succession and dissolution. He also has a comprehensive background in probate, fiduciary and administration of estates.

Mr. Whitelaw served as managing partner of Obermayer for 30 years and currently serves as co-chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Whitelaw joined Obermayer in 1970 as an associate in the firm’s Fiduciary Department. He was made partner in 1978, became managing partner in 1986, and has held the position of co-chairman of the Litigation Department since 1983.

Mr. Whitelaw is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a member of the Family Law, Litigation and Probate sections of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. He served as President, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a former Vice President (July 2008-July 2011) and Secretary (July 2007-July 2008).

His civic activities include: Former Chairman of the Board, Prince Music Theater; Trustee, Anna Vincent Scholarship Trust; arbitrator, the American Arbitration Association; instructor, Main Line Paralegal Institute; author and lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute; lecturer, Dickinson Law Forum; member, board of directors, Big Brothers and Sisters of Philadelphia (President 1996-98) and panel member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Whitelaw has been named in Best Lawyers in America from 1995 to the present and was named as the "Philadelphia Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year" for 2010. He has consistently been named as one of the "Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Matrimonial and Divorce Law" (2005-present). He is named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list as seen in both Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine (2004-2017). He is also listed as one of the Top 100 Philadelphia attorneys and Top 100 Pennsylvania attorneys (2004-2007).

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America from 1995 to the present
  • Philadelphia Best Lawyers "Family Lawyer of the Year” for 2010
  • Named as one of the "Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Matrimonial and Divorce Law" (2005-present).
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2004-2017)
  • One of the Top 100 Philadelphia attorneys and Top 100 Pennsylvania attorneys (2004-2007)
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Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of  Matrimonial Lawyers. President (July 2011-July 2012),  Vice President (July 2008-July 2011), Past Secretary (July 2007-July 2008)
  • Prince Music Theater, Chairman of the Board (2009-2010)

CLE Presentations

    Pennsylvania Bar Institute:

  • Settlement Agreements – October 1, 2014, Author and Speaker
  • AAML Hot Tips Regarding Ethical Dilemmas for the Family Law Attorney – January, 2012, Moderator and Speaker
  • 16th Annual Estate Law Institute – Pre-Nuptial/Post-Nuptial Agreements – December 11, 2009, Author and Speaker
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements – February 10, 2009, Author and Speaker
  • 15th Annual Estate Law Institute – Structuring Trusts in Divorce – December 10, 2008, Author and Speaker
  • The Second Season: Issues for Divorce Over Fifty – September 24, 2008, Author and Speaker
  • 14th Annual Estate Law Institute – Structuring Trusts in Divorce – November 29, 2017, Author and Speaker
  • Pre-Marital Agreements – A Practical Approach – November 14, 2005, Author and Speaker
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Winter Meeting – AAML Seminar on Professionalism – January 19, 2014, Speaker
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements – November 12, 2003, Author and Speaker
  • A Practical Approach to Prenuptial Agreements – May 21, 2003, Author and Speaker
  • Family law Potpourri – April 1, 2003, Author and Speaker
  • PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting – Appraisal and Valuation of Commercial Real Estate – July 12, 2002, Author and Speaker
  • Drafting Marital Agreements – December 1, 1999, Author and Speaker
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements – December 17, 1996, Author and Speaker
  • Prenuptial Agreements – March 29 and April 12, 1995, Author and Speaker 

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