Lea is a member of our Estate Planning and Administration Group, the Business Law Group, and leads the firm’s Family Law practice, which includes the Collaborative process.
Since 2007, Lea has concentrated her family law practice in the methods of out-of-court alternative dispute resolution, which includes mediation and collaborative law, which reaches resolution by settlement customized to address the needs of each separate case. Collaborative law focuses the parties on maintaining healthy relationships with children and extended family during and after the divorce.
While Lea is dedicated to the collaborative process, she also recognizes that, at times, court is inevitable. She is an experienced litigator in traditional divorce matters, including equitable distribution, support and alimony issues, custody matters, property negotiation and settlement of marital claims (including real estate matters). Drafting and enforcing pre-marital agreements is also an important component of her family law practice.
In addition to her family law focus, her estate planning practice serves an array of needs, including the drafting of wills, testamentary, irrevocable and living trusts, advance health care directives, living wills and durable powers of attorney and compliments the needs of her family law and business clients.
While Lea’s practice primarily focuses on Estate Planning and Administration and Family Law, she is also experienced in the formation and representation of small businesses, the purchase and sale of businesses, contract and lease negotiations, resolution of employment conflicts and family succession planning. In addition, she is experienced in the preparation of employment policies and handbooks, hiring and termination of employees, severance agreements and mutual releases.
West Virginia University, B.A., Psychology, 1976, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1979, Phi Delta Phi
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
United States District Court of Western Pennsylvania
United States District Court of Northern District of West Virginia
United States District Court of Southern District of West Virginia
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association: Family Law Section (Secretary), Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Founder and Past Chair of the Collaborative Law Committee
Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP): Founding Member, Member of Executive Committee and Past Education Committee Chair
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
Matrimonial Inn of Court, Pittsburgh Chapter, Past Chair of the Executive Committee
Pittsburgh Foundation, speaker
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, presenter
West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee, since 2006
Co-Founder: Giving2Grow (womens giving circle)
Southminister Presbyterian Church: Elder and Member Endowment Committee
Best Lawyers in America: Collaborative Law, Family Law and Estates & Trusts Litigation - since 2010
2013 Top-Rated Lawyer for Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law: American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow, Class of 2008