Joni Berner

Joni Berner

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce, Family Law
  • Pennsylvania
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Summary

I became a lawyer because I like helping people resolve their differences. Although I practiced family law with a large Center City firm early in my career, I went out on my own in 1988 and never looked back. I founded our firm on the principle of providing superior service at reasonable rates for our clients while providing a flexible and supportive work environment for our employees. For twenty years and counting, we are proud to have maintained this model. While handling many custody, divorce, protection from abuse and support trials throughout my career, my practice now focuses on collaborative law and mediation. I also serve as an adjunct family law professor at Villanova.

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Collaborative Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $400 flat rate for consultation; $400/hour for representation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
- Current
Managing Partner
Law Offices of Joni J. Berner
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Managing Attorney
Women’s Law Project
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Trial Attorney
City of Philadelphia Law Department
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Associate
Blank Rome
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Intern
Juvenile Law Center
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Education
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (1978)
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Cedar Crest College
B.A. (1975) | Political Science and International Affairs
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Awards
Best Lawyers in America 2016-2018* (Collaborative Law & Family Law)
Best Lawyers®
Best Law Firms 2017-2018 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP) Philadelphia – Family Law & Family Law Mediation – Tier 1
U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers®
AV Preeminent® 2018***
Martindale-Hubbell®
Best Lawyers in America 2017-2018* (Family Law Mediation)
Best Lawyers®
PA Super Lawyer 2012-2018**
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters
Business Integrity Award 2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Independence Business Alliance
Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses 2016-2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Brennan Award 2004, 2005 (Berner & Klaw); 2013-2015; 2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono Hours 2016-2017 (Berner Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Business Journal
Inaugural Industry Icon Award – Legal 2016
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2012, 2015, 2016 (exemplary pro bono work)
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Client Choice – Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania
CorporateINTL
Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses 2013-2015*
Philadelphia Business Journal
Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, Inaugural Edition
Martindale-Hubbell®
Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award 2009 (Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP)
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Chancellor’s Award 2002 (Berner & Klaw)
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Philadelphia Family-Friendly Award 2000 (Berner & Klaw)
Philadelphia Bar Association
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
Current
Activities: Member, Collaborative Law Committee (current) Law Schools Liaison (current)
American Bar Association
Member
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association
Member
Current
Activities: Member (and past co-chair), Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee (current) Chair, Family Law Section’s Web Page Coordinator Committee Co-Chair, Solo and Small Firm Management Committee Member/Family Law Section representative, Board of Governors Member, Judicial Selection Committee Chair, Family Law Section Officer, Family Law Section
Delaware County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Current
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Current
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Cedar Crest College
Current
Radnor Fire Company
Vice President,
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
A ‘See You in Court’ Mentality May Stifle Good Lawyering
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, June 2017)
Transforming a Family Law Practice to a Peacemaking Practice
The Legal Intelligencer (Family Law Supplement, July 2018)
Perspectives on Building a Women-Owned Law Firm
The Legal Intelligencer
Training the Next Generation of Family Law Attorneys
The Legal Intelligencer
Prenuptial Agreements (Chapter) The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer’s Handbook
American Bar Association
Prenuptial Agreements (Chapter) The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer’s Handbook
American Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Co-Panelist, Women in Law on the Frontlines of Change
Philadelphia Business Journal
Websites & Blogs
Website
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP
Social Media
Contact & Map
1528 Walnut Street
Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
USA
Telephone: (215) 790-8800
Fax: (877) 790-1421