About Megan

I have always been interested in family law and am fortunate to have started my legal career as a summer law clerk with Joni Berner and Margaret Klaw over 17 years ago. I am particularly passionate about children, family and civility and enjoy helping clients resolve legal issues as quickly and amicably as possible. I am licensed in both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and am here to help you with your family law matter. In my spare time, I sit on the Washington Township, NJ School Board and am the proud mother of a son and daughter.

Education

Temple University School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
J.D. 1999

Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA
B.A. in English, Minor in Women’s Studies 1996 (magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

Work Experience

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP/Berner & Klaw
Philadelphia, PA 1999-Present

Partner.  Practice includes all aspects of family law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including divorce and custody mediation, and representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases arising from domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Bar Association Activities

Pennsylvania:

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)

    Philadelphia Bar Association Activities

  • Executive Committee Member, Family Law Section (current)
  • Co-Chair, Civil Gideon Task Force, Family Working Group (current)
  • Member, Civil Gideon Task Force (current)
  • Chair (2012), Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary; Family Law Section
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Section Mentoring Committee
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Section Support and Alimony Committee
  • Member and Investigator, Judicial Commission

New Jersey:

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)

Member, Gloucester County Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)

Court Appointments

Guardian Ad Litem

Parenting Coordinator

Child Advocate

Lectures / Trainings / Consulting

Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program

Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Adjunct Professor

NALS of Philadelphia, f/k/a Philadelphia Legal Secretaries Association

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Panelist, American Bar Association Advisory Panel

Half Moon Seminars

Philadelphia Bar Association Bench Bar Conference 2006, 2007, 2010

Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

Temple University School of Law

Free Library of Philadelphia

Publications

Role of Schools in Transgender Bathroom Laws
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, July 2016)

Seeing the Whole Client
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Spring 2015)

Impact of the ACA on Family Law Cases
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, March 2015)

Perspectives on Building a Women-Owned Law Firm
Joni Berner, Margaret Klaw, Megan Watson
The Legal Intelligencer (Women in the Profession Supplement, April 2014)

Professional New Year’s Resolutions
Megan Watson, Judy Stouffer
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, January 2014)

What Happened to the Best Interests of the Children?
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, December 2013)

Whose Child is This? Second-Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania
Margaret Klaw, Megan Watson
Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Cover Story, Fall 2001)

Boards / Memberships / Community Service

Member, Washington Township, NJ Board of Education (current)

Member, The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court (current)

Member, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program Board and Executive Board (current)

Co-Chair, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program Recruitment and Retention Committee (current)

Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (current)

Volunteer, Support Center for Child Advocates (current)

Arbitrator, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Volunteer, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Volunteer Mediation Program

Member, The Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court (NJ)

Board Member, Co-Chair, Young Women’s Initiative of Women’s Way

Committee Member, Lucretia Mott Society of Women’s Way

Board Member, North Philadelphia Schools Advisory Council, Inc.

Board Member, Temple Law Alumni Association Executive Committee

Awards

Best Law Firms 2017
U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers in America 2016-2017* (Family Law)
Best Lawyers®

Client Choice – Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania 2016
CorporateINTL

Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours 2016 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal

Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses 2016 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses 2013-2015
Philadelphia Business Journal

PA Super Lawyer: 2013-2016**
PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars Edition 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012***
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters

Distinguished Advocate Award 2015
Support Center for Child Advocates

Brennan Award 2013-2015 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program

Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 (exemplary pro bono work)
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Pro Bono Publico Award 2007, 2015
Court of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations
First Judicial District of PA

Pro Bono Publico Award 2010 Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Court of Common Pleas – Family Division, Domestic Relations
First Judicial District of PA

Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award 2009 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Exceptional Service Award – Kids Come First Foster Parent Associations 2007
Local Chapter of National Foster Parent Association


*Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, partnering with U.S.News & World Report, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to rank law firms in the United States.

**Chosen by nominations from PA lawyers, research of periodicals, databases and interviews; all nominees’ background and experience are researched as well. Also, profiled for pro bono service in 2016 Super Lawyers magazine.

***No Rising Stars publication in 2009