Archive: Practice of Law

Untying the Knots in Clients’ Lives

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) As the city prepared for Pope Francis’ arrival last month, I had the opportunity to take my daughters to the “mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia,” the Cathedral… Read More

Posted: October 15th, 2015

How to Settle a Custody Case at the Outset

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) A close colleague once told me that he always attends the initial divorce conference or hearing with a completed property settlement agreement in the hope that the parties can… Read More

Posted: August 14th, 2015

Perspectives on Building a Women-Owned Law Firm

Motherhood has been instrumental to Berner Klaw & Watson’s creation and evolution. Joni Berner started the practice after having her first child while at a large firm, finding the 60-plus hours per week incompatible with being a new mother. Margaret Klaw joined Berner when each had 5- and 2-year-olds

Professional New Year’s Resolutions

Megan Watson and Judy Stouffer, The Legal Intelligencer (online) It’s Jan. 2 and some of us probably made, and already broke, New Year’s resolutions. Since we will very likely never maintain our personal New Year’s… Read More

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Keeping it Civil featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Margaret Klaw’s 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 released by Algonquin in September 2013. She has… Read More

Posted: October 28th, 2013

Training the Next Generation of Family Law Attorneys

Joni Berner, The Legal Intelligencer (online) My colleague, Lisa Shapson, usually writes this column, but she has allowed me to commandeer her platform this month in order to pontificate about my newest professional interest:  supporting… Read More

Posted: April 29th, 2013