BKW Blog

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

Getting Referrals and Sustaining a Family Law Practice

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) There is a sign at the coffee shop by my house that reads, “You don’t have to be crazy to work here. We’ll train you,” which always makes me… Read More

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

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

What Happened to the Best Interests of the Children?

Megan E. Watson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) The standard in a custody case is the “best interests of the children.” So, when a judge makes a decision regarding a custodial schedule or whether a parent… Read More

Posted: December 26th, 2013

Keeping it Civil featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Parenting: A Journey Without a GPS or Owner’s Manual

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) In May 2006, my husband and I were packing up the hospital room where I had spent the past five days after the birth of our eldest daughter. We… Read More

Posted: August 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