Newly Certified Collaborative Attorneys Boost Pollock Begg’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Capabilities, Depth
PITTSBURGH — Three additional divorce attorneys at Pittsburgh family law firm Pollock Begg recently completed training and certification in collaborative law, bringing the firm’s total number of collaboratively trained lawyers to eight.
Partner Brian C. Vertz and associates Ashley M. Majorsky and Lindsay A. Nemit are newly certified through the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania and became members of both CLASP and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Putting clients’ interests at the center, the collaborative process helps families resolve divorce, child custody and other legal issues respectfully and efficiently. Collaborative divorce focuses on tailoring solutions to meet the unique needs of each family while avoiding the courtroom.
“We’ve seen increased interest in alternative dispute resolution options such as collaborative divorce,” said Partner Candice L. Komar, who spearheaded the firm’s foray into the collaborative realm when she trained in the niche area several years ago, trailblazing the novel concept for Pittsburgh at the time. “Pollock Begg is committed to remaining at the forefront of developing areas of family law. This is yet another example of our team consistently seeking out opportunities to better serve our clients.”
Along with Komar, partners Stephanie L. Jablon, Heather Trostle-Smith and Joseph R. Williams as well as associate Meghan L. Zupancic also offer specialized collaborative services. More than half the attorneys at Pollock Begg now are certified in the collaborative process.
In a collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented by an attorney. The parties often jointly engage experts like accountants, financial planners and parenting coaches to resolve the elements of the divorce between themselves in a cost-effective way. Ideally, with the assistance of their attorneys and these professionals (who are also collaboratively trained), the parties reach an overall settlement which is signed before either files for divorce. The entire process is confidential including the settlement agreement.
Pollock Begg attorneys always strive to meet clients’ legal needs while respecting their privacy, financial resources and time. In addition to the firm’s strong collaborative focus, several attorneys have unique training and experience in mediation and arbitration, also forms of alternative dispute resolution.
About Pollock Begg
A progressive and powerful influencer in the legal marketplace, Pittsburgh-based Pollock Begg focuses on innovative, team-oriented solutions to resolve domestic relations matters. Driving legal expectations in the industry, the family law attorneys at Pollock Begg serve in numerous leadership positions within local, state, and national matrimonial law organizations and are encouraged to participate in pro bono work, volunteer initiatives and community endeavors. Founded in 2001, Pollock Begg has been recognized 11 times as a top-tier law firm by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit pollockbegg.com.
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