W. Frank Johnson, Jr.

Associate

“I will not always tell you what you want to hear, but I will always tell you what you need to hear.”

- W. Frank Johnson, Jr.

“I will not always tell you what you want to hear, but I will always tell you what you need to hear.”

- W. Frank Johnson, Jr.

Frank represents clients in all aspects of family law matters including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, support, relocation, grandparents’ rights and protection from abuse. Frank realized his talent in family law after representing himself in his own divorce proceeding, and decided to switch practice directions from insurance defense to concentrating solely on family law over ten years ago. He feels that this personal experience better enables him to represent the best interests of individuals going through this challenging time in their lives.

Frank enjoys traveling and experiencing non-touristy areas of warm weather destinations, especially during winters. He is an avid sports fan – especially enthusiastic about his alma mater, Clemson University. He has two teenage children that he enjoys accompanying to concerts and museums.

Frank’s role in many of his cases is that of a negotiator. He prides himself on explaining a client’s options in a clear and concise manner and providing them with well-reasoned preference based upon his experiences as to the best option to pursue. Frank believes litigation is an art, and that his most important job is to present the truth to the court in a manner that gives his client the best opportunity to attain his or her goals.

A few of Frank’s most notable cases include:

  • Representing a recovering alcoholic mother in a custody matter involving a 4 year old child. Prior to his involvement, the client had agreed to a severely limited schedule in which she only had 2 hours of supervised custody per week. After 18 months of the supervised custody, the mother was awarded significant unsupervised custody at the initial hearing. Following the initial hearing, the father continued to thwart the mother’s efforts to rebuild her relationship with their daughter. At the review hearing, Frank employed a unique strategy of calling the father as the mother’s first witness to put the focus on father’s negative actions. The strategy worked so well that Frank’s client obtained shared physical custody of the parties’ daughter. Frank knew that his client was fully committed to maintaining her sobriety and it gave him great satisfaction to see her step back into the role of Mother to her young daughter; and
  • Obtaining an award of $3,000 in legal fees from an opposing party in a support contempt matter where the total disputed medical bills were only $1,700. At trial, Frank was able to prove that the opposing party’s actions were so egregious that the judge ordered full payment of Frank’s legal fees by the party found in contempt. In representing the wife of a retired U.S. Navy member, Frank was able to convince the court to require the husband to pay 100% of all of the wife’s medical expenses, including insurance costs, because the husband allowed the wife’s military medical benefits to lapse. Due to Frank’s diligent representation, his client (i.e., the wife) saved in excess of $100,000 in insurance and unreimbursed medical expenses.

Frank currently practices law in the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

Frank appeared multiple times on Legal Talk on WCHE radio in West Chester to discuss family law issues. He has also been a guest lecturer on the topic of family law for the People’s Law School.

Frank is an active pro bono attorney representing the interests of children in Protection from Abuse cases through the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Program. He is a member of the Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court, the Pennsylvania Bar Family Law Section, and he is the chair of Support Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Section.

Outside of the legal field, Frank is on the Board of the Philly Clemson Alumni Club. He is also on the chair of the Triangle Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch committee where he lives in Wilmington, DE.