“As an experienced family law attorney, I recognize that each of my clients is facing a difficult time in his or her life. Therefore, my ultimate goal is to address each client’s individual set of circumstances to achieve a favorable result. Sometimes this means using my well-developed litigation skills to succeed in the courtroom. At other times, it may require relying on my strong negotiation and mediation background to resolve matters outside of court.”
Hillary focuses her practice exclusively in the area of family law, where she handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony/spousal support, equitable distribution, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, mediation, arbitration, and related issues.
Hillary is direct with her clients and gives straight-forward advice. In her experience, sugar-coating hard conversations only serves to confuse and disappoint clients down the road. However, she also understands that most of her clients are in the midst of a very confusing and difficult time, so she is empathetic to their situation and makes a point to understand their emotional needs. Hillary enjoys seeing her clients get to the other side of a dispute and become happier, stronger people.
When Hillary isn’t working, she can be found coaching her teenage daughter’s travel soccer team. As their coach for the last eight years, she loves watching the girls grow as both players and young women. Hillary also enjoys unplugging from the world around her on a long-distance run.
Hillary is results-oriented in nature, and diligently works to ensure her clients get from start to finish of a case in the most efficient and effective manner. She is well-versed in the financial aspects of divorce cases, including the intricate issues related to complex business valuations and forensic accounting matters. While Hillary is a skilled litigator with extensive experience handling complex divorce matters, she also is trained in several areas of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law.
In one notable case, Hillary represented a client whose child was living with his mother in a different county almost 90 minutes away. Her client, the father, knew that his son was not being properly cared for and was being frequently shifted around to various relatives, including on school nights. The mother denied this. With the help of a private investigator, Hillary was able to establish evidence to prove that her client’s son would be better served living with his father. She achieved a result in which custody was transferred to her client.
Hillary is actively involved in numerous professional associations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, where she currently serves as Treasurer, is a member of the Executive Committee and Council and is a member of the Rules Committee. She is also the former chairperson of the Section’s Programming and Rules Committees. Additionally, Hillary is currently the chairperson of the Bucks County Bar Association Family Law Section and a Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is also a member of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court.
Hillary contributed to the book, Slicing Up the Pie: Property Distribution in Pennsylvania, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press. She has been featured as a case note contributor for the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, has authored articles for The Legal Intelligencer, including The Impact of Social Media on Family Law Matters and Post-Retirement Benefits in Matrimonial Litigation, and frequently lectures on a variety of family law topics.
In the community, Hillary serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary for the Yardley Makefield Soccer Club. She also serves on the Board of Directors for YMS Special Stars, a volunteer soccer program designed for children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.
Hillary’s other honors include:
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML);
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2006 – 2012;
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 – 2018; and
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating, 2016 – 2018.
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