About Phill

I started my career with Berner Klaw & Watson because I wanted to work with and learn from some of the best family law attorneys in Pennsylvania. BKW’s holistic approach has afforded me the freedom to make deep and lasting connections with my clients. I practice every aspect of family law, and look forward to providing you with a client-focused, collaborative legal experience.

Education

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
J.D. 2019

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Biology 2014

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Work Experience

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Philadelphia, PA 2018-Present

Attorney. Practice includes all aspects of family law in Pennsylvania, including adoption, alimony/APL, child support, custody, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent disputes, LGBTQ families, name changes, order modifications, parental relocation, paternity and spousal support.

Law Clerk. Assisted attorneys in all aspects of practice, including legal research, investigative research, drafting correspondence and pleadings, trial preparation, case management and client management.

Green, Silverstein & Groff
Philadelphia, PA 2017-2018

Law Clerk. Researched, drafted and reviewed memoranda on tort claims/defenses and contract disputes; Prepared case files and specials packages; Summarized case documents in anticipation of litigation.

Willis Towers Watson
Selected as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar
Philadelphia, PA Summer 2017

Law Clerk. Drafted memoranda on property lease subrogation clause limitations; Researched Stray Remarks Doctrine for pending litigation; Wrote guidebook summarizing Egyptian Labor Law.

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 2015-2016

Transfer Credit Evaluator. Processed college transfer credits for students in Drexel’s nine nursing programs.

Bar Association Activities

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division

Member, National LGBT Bar Association

Member, GALLOP/Philadelphia LGBT Bar Association

Lectures / Trainings / Consulting / Publications

Arming America’s Most Dangerous Abusers: How Domestic Violence Laws Have Failed the LGBTQIA Community
Drexel Law Review (2019)

Relationship of Intelligence with a Functional Measure of Everyday Decision-Making Competency in Healthy Young Adults
P. Sunderaraman, J. Ang, P. Sylvester, M.T. Schultheis
The Clinical Neuropsychologist (April 2013)

Rehabilitation Driving Centers:  Are they enough and are they current?
P. Sylvester, M.T. Schultheis
Drexel University Research Day, Drexel University (April 2013)

Examining the Relationships Between Academic Excellence and Anxiety, Depression, and Intelligence
P. Sylvester, P. Sunderaraman, M.T. Schultheis
Drexel University Research Day, Drexel University (April 2013)

Boards / Memberships / Community Service

Board of Directors/Member, GALLOP/Philadelphia LGBT Bar Association (current)

Alumni Member, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, DiveIN – Drexel Law’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (current)

Inaugural Member, City of Philadelphia, LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

• Lead Editor, Drexel Law Review • President Emeritus & Founding President, OutLaw
• ABA Representative, Student Bar Association
• Board Member, DiveIN – Drexel Law’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Drexel University

• Vice President, Foundation of Undergraduates for Sexual Equality
• Treasurer, Service Chair, Alumni Member, Phi Sigma Pi National Co-Ed Honors Fraternity
• Member, Psi Chi, International Psychology Honors Society

Awards

CALI Excellence for the Future Award/Best Student Performance in Children & the Law 2018
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award/Best Student Performance in Family Law 2017
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Legal Methods ‘Best Oral Advocate’ Award 2017
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law