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Elizabeth L. Bennett Esq.

Wayne, Pennsylvania

phone (610) 254-9060

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

phone (215) 790-0100

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Elizabeth Bennett is recognized as a leader in Pennsylvania, and nationwide, in the field of family law. In particular, she broke new ground with her practice in collaborative law. Practicing family law since 1978, she has established a reputation for excellence in advocacy and innovation in managing family law matters.


Libby's leadership and many contributions have led to the betterment of family law in America. Her work includes advocating for reforms for the family court processes. These reforms have been adopted in numerous jurisdictions. She has continuously been visible speaking and writing articles for publishing on the now hot topic of hidden assets. Libby was also a regular lecturer for Surgeant & Associates, the largest purveyor of tax information for accountants related to the tax aspects of family law. Another highlight of Libby's experience is her authorship of ABA resolutions intended to provide divorced women and children with medical insurance.


Libby has built a successful family law practice working in large firms as an Associate and rising to Partner, all while being a single mother and active member of her community. Her practice offers big firm experience provided in a comfortable atmosphere. She has assembled a dedicated staff of professional attorneys and support personnel to enable her to provide her successful brand of family law representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania.


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EducationVillanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1977 — J.D. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1969 — B.A.Major:  Art History San Francisco State College, 1964Honors: Spring Semester, Dean's List.Professional PositionsLegal:Astor, Weiss, Kaplan & Mandel, LLP- Special Counsel - 2013-PresentBennett and Associates, 1991 - PresentSurgeant & Associates, Instructor, 1997 - 2000Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman, Associate, 1990 - 1991Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman, Associate, 1986 - 1989Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, Associate, 1981 - 1986Beagon, Gannon & Barnard, Associate, 1980 - 1981Beagon, Gannon & Barnard, Clerk, 1977 - 1978Private Practice of Law, 1979 Non- Legal:Pennsylvania Program for Women and Girl OffendersCommunity Organizer                 1973-1974Published Works“Factors to Consider in Divorces During Hard Economic Times,” The Legal Intelligencer,  March 13, 2009 “Collaborative Divorce Comes To Pennsylvania,” The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 1999 (2000) “Asset Sequestration in Divorce Cases,”  Fair Share,1999 “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law,” PA Law Weekly, March 22, 1999 "Welfare and the Environment - A Single Bullet Solution," Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 1997 "Court May Reverse Hostility Toward Children," The Patriot-News, December, 1995 "Lost in the Legal Maze of Family Courts," Commentary, Phila. Inquirer, July, 1995"Divorce, Older Women and Alimony," American Journal of Family Law, Winter 1994; and the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, December, 1994"Guaranteeing Medical Insurance Coverage After Separation  or Divorce," American Bar Association's Family Law Quarterly, 1994 "Lost in the Shuffle: Ensuring Medical Care for Children After Divorce,“ ACE Magazine, April, 1994"Guaranteeing Medical Care for Women, Children: The Gaping Federal Loophole," Legal  Intelligencer, June, 1992 "Lost in Family Court," MetroKid, March, 1992"The Discovery Rule and Child Abuse," Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Feb., 1991"Courting Disaster," Swarthmore College Bulletin, August, 1989"Determining the Real Cost of Supporting Children in Single Parent Homes,” Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, August, 1989"The Indigent Spouse:  Making Litigation Claims Affordable," Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, February, 1989"Sexual Abuse: Minimizing the Pain," Legal Intelligencer, November 15, 1988"Divorce Court: Not a Soap Opera," Legal Intelligencer, October 1, 1988"Child Support: Is Shared Custody a Threat?" Legal Intelligencer, July 1, 1986"Divorce:  Men May Lose Money Under Tax Reform Act of 1986," Legal Intelligencer, November 26, 1986 and Focus Magazine, January, 1987"Pitfalls and Potential of Being a Woman,” Swarthmore College Bulletin, November, 1985Professional ActivitiesTrainer & Organizer:   Collaborative Family Law Affiliates Training for Collaborative     Professionals - 2000-present Member:   Philadelphia Visiting Nurses Association Ethics Committee - 2004-2005   Board of the Condominium Association for  Greythorne Woods - 2004-2007   Women's Law Project - Advisory Board - 1995   Advisory Committee, Suburban Philadelphia  Fair Housing Council  - 1994   Women in the Profession Commission - Conference Committee -     Pennsylvania Bar Association - 1993    Civil Service Commission - Borough of Swarthmore - 1992-2003   Executive Committee Philadelphia Family Law Section - 1989-1990   Uniform Status of Children of Assisted Conception Act And Model Surrogacy Act     Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association - Family Law Section - 1989-1990   Executive Committee Philadelphia Family Law Section - 1989-1990     Uniform Status of Children of Assisted Conception Act And Model Surrogacy Act     Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association - Family Law Section- 1989-1990   Executive Committee Philadelphia - 1989-1990   Family Law Section Uniform Status of Children of Assisted Conception Act And Model     Surrogacy Act Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association - Family Law     Section - 1989-1990   Civil Service Commission - Borough of Swarthmore - 1992-2003   Child Support Task Force of Delaware Co. - 1986-1987   Citizens for Corrections - Citizens Advisory Board to the Commonwealth      of Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections - 1974-1976 Sponsor:   Conestoga High School Senior Internship Program - 2004 Chair Member:   Collaborative Family Law Affiliates - 2003-2005   Organizing Committee - ABA Summit on Unified Family Court: Exploring     Solutions for Families, Women, and Children - 1998 Conference Chairperson:   Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Accountants - Divorce Conference - 1992-1994,1996 Conference Co-Chair:   Women in the Profession Commission Conference - "Fractured Families,     Fragmented Courts - Pennsylvania Bar Association - 1997 Co-Chair:   Children's Rights Committee - Pennsylvania Bar Association - 1994-1998   Women and the Profession Committee - Philadelphia Bar Association  -     co-creator Sandra Day O’Connor Award - 1993   Insurance Committee Pennsylvania Bar Association - Family Law Section - 1991-1994   Children Rights SubCommittee Pennsylvania Bar Association - Family Law Section - 1989-1990   Children's Rights Committee, Greater Philadelphia ACLU - 1984-1985 Member Organizer:   Women in the Profession Commission -  Conference Committee - Pennsylvania Bar Association - 1993 Director:   Marriage Council, Inc. (Now Penn Council for Relationships) - 1985-1993   Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware Co. - 1984-1988   Greater Philadelphia American Civil Liberties Union - 1974-1987   Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union  - 1977-1985Advisory Board Member:   Child Support Project of Philadelphia - 1987-1988 Organizer:   Seminar - "Real Estate Practices & Divorce" - 1981   Delaware Law School Trial School - 1980 Coordinator:   "Citizens for Justice" conference, Widener College - 1973 Professional Associations and MembershipsAmerican Bar Association:  Ad Hoc Committee on Unified Family Courts family Law Section - 1994-1998  Family Law Section - 1981-present  Pennsylvania Bar Association:  Women in the Profession Commission - 1993-present  Children's Rights Committee - 1993-1996  Family Law Section - 1978-present  Equal Rights Committee - 1992-1994  Philadelphia Bar Association:  Women in the Profession Committee - 1993-present  Family Law Section - 1981-present  Delaware County Bar Association:  Family Law Committee - 1992-present  Family Law, Real Estate Practices and Legal Journal Committees - 1978-1981  Miscellaneous Memberships:  Collaborative Family Law Affiliates - 2000-present  Women’s Resource Center - 1992-present  Forum of Executive Women - 1993-2001  American Association of Family Conciliation Courts - 1984-1987  Business Women's Network - 1983-1987  Family Mediation Association of Delaware Valley - 1983-1985  TIAAW - 2008-Present  Women International Leaders of Greater Philadelphia - 2006-Present Presentations United Way Women’s Initiative Breakfast Panel - “Getting Unstuck: How You Can Get  What You Really Want Out Of Life”  - 2013 Collaborative Family Law Affiliates: “Collaborative Procedures”  2008 PA Bar Institute: “The Second Season: Issues for Divorce Over Fifty”  2008 Montgomery County Family Law Section: “Collaborative Divorce”  2008 Rotary Club, Chesterbrook:  “Collaborative Family Law”  2006 Rotary Club, Ardmore:  “Collaborative Family Law”  2006 PA Bar Institute:  “Ethical Consideration in Collaborative Family Law”  2004 Annual Training of the Collaborative Family Law Affiliates   2003-2007 Women’s Resource Center: “Basics of Divorce and Support Law”   1994-2007 Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:  “Collaborative Divorce”  1999 Swarthmore College:  “Law as a Career”  1999 American Bar Association Summit on Unified Family Court, Plenary Session:  "A Day in The Life"  1998 League of Women Voters: “Welfare Reform” 1998 Delaware County Bar Association: "Tax Tips: the 1997 Tax Relief Act"  1997 4B5C73Surgent & Associates, Continuing Professional Education for Accountants, Massachusetts and Philadelphia: ”Divorce and Taxation”  1997 Pennsylvania Senate, Domestic Relations Committee: Testimony 1997 Forum of Executive Women, Moderator: “Barriers to Women's Self-Sufficiency”  1997 Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Managed Care, Sixth Annual Colloquium  1997 Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Fundamentals of Family Law”  1997, 1998 Villanova Law School Family Law Class: Lecturer 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 Villanova Law School Law and Psychology Class:  Lecturer 1994, 1996, 1997 Philadelphia Bench Bar Unified Family Court 1996 Northwestern Tax Institute, Nevada:  Divorce Tax  1996 Family Law Institute: “Sequestering Assets – Off Shore Trusts”  1996 Delaware County Women's Commission Conference: “Women and Managed Care”  1996Living Beyond Breast Cancer Program:  “Job Rights, Medical Insurance Options and Credit Opportunities”  1996Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Divorce Conference:  Conference Chair and Participant 1993 - 1994 - 1995;  Participant 1992 and 1996Unified Family Courts, Separate presentations for the Family Law Committees: Delaware,  Chester, Philadelphia, Bucks, and York County Bar Associations - 1995Forensic Accounting Seminar - Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants  1995 Testimony before Joint State Government Task Force on Domestic Relations Law - 1995 WCAU-TV: “Cohabitation”  1995Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Divorcing the Elderly: Medical Insurance, Ethics and Bifurcation”1995 WCAU-TV:  “Child Support”  1994 Suburban Cable: “Date Rape” 1994Delaware County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee: QDROs and QMSCOs  1994 WCAU-TV: “Domestic Violence and Insurance Underwriting”  1994 Philadelphia Bar Association: “Practical Tips: Medical Insurance” 1994 Women’s Resource Center: “Financial Planning for Women” 1994Forensic Accounting Seminar - Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1994 Fundamentals of Family Law - Pennsylvania Bar Institute 1994 Pennsylvania Bar Association Winter Meeting: “Medical Benefits”  1994 Womens Resource Center: Single Mothers Group 1993Sandra Day O'Connor Award, Philadelphia Bar Association (responsible for its creation and donation) 1993WCAU-TV Sunday Focus: “Sexual Harassment and Women in the Legal Profession”  1993 Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section workshop: "Insurance Benefits"  1993Society for Human Resource Development workshop: “The Medical and Family Leave Act” 1993 Conference of County Bar Leaders, Pennsylvania Bar Association: “Gender Bias”  1993 Herron Cable Channel 2: “Health Insurance” 1993 Women’s Resource Center: "Women and Health Insurance Coverage"  1993 Unitarian Church of Delaware County, Womens' Service: 1993 Women's Way Breakfast: Co-Sponsor and Presenter  1992Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Health Insurance Workshop:  Moderator  1992 Mellon Bank: "Trusts & Divorce"  1992 World Affairs Council, Philadelphia: "Women at the Crossroads"  Panelist 1992 Domestic Relations Association of Pennsylvania, Mock Support Conference  1991 Marriage Council of Philadelphia, Inc: Presentation to staff on divorce practice  1986   and 1991 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Conference on Divorce  1991 Interview with Darrell Sifford, Philadelphia Inquirer: “Lessons in Life From Eastern  Europe” 1991 Swarthmore League of Women Voters, "Divorce: the U.S. and Eastern Europe"   1991  Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Workshop: “Insurance” 1991 Adult School, Cheltenham High School, Instructor  Fall 1990/Fall 1991 Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Speech:  "Equitable Distribution"  1990 Elkins Park Rotary Club:  "Divorce Update"  1990 Women's Resource Center: "Divorce Overview" 1990 WWDB Talk Radio: “Divorce” 1989 Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bills Nos. 229, 419 & 1100, Commonwealth  of Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee  1989Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “New Developments in Equitable Distribution” 1989 Pennsylvania Council of Mediators:  "Bridging Cultures"  Panelist 1989Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution:  “Mediating Domestic Violence” 1989Volunteers for the Indigent:  Family Law Supervisor, pro bono project  1989WWDB Talk Radio: “Sexual Abuse Allegations”  1989Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Workshop: "Mediation Skills"  1989Consumer Watch, WCAU AM: "Choosing a Professional"  1988WDVT Talk Radio: "False Sexual Abuse Allegations"  1988What You Should Know, WYSP:  "Sex with Clients"  1988Womens Conference of Delaware County "Women and the Bill of Rights"  1987Philadelphia Bar Association: "The Issue of Gender"  Panelist  1987Pennsylvania Bar Institute:  "Equitable Distribution"  1987Mary Mason Show, WWDB: “Pre-Marital Agreements”  1987Reggie Lavong Show, WHAT: “Pre-Marital Agreements”  1987We Can't Stop Now, WIOQ:  “Pre-Marital Agreements”  1987The Media Rose Tree Unitarian Church:  "Women and the Constitution"  Sermon 1987Womens Conference of Delaware County:  "Women and the Constitution"  1986People Are Talking KYW/TV:  "Divorce Mediation"  1986Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference, Family Law Section: Panelist, Mock Custody Trial 1986Womens Conference of Delaware County, Workshop: "Divorce Law in  Pennsylvania"4B5C731984Parents Without Partners:  "The New Divorce Law"   Speech  1982Delaware County Trial Seminar presentation: "Injunctive Relief under the New Divorce Code"  1981Women's Conference of Delaware County, Workshop:  "Women and the Law "  1980Delaware County Bar Association, Seminar: "Real Estate Transactions Under the Divorce    Code of 1980"The Media Rose Tree Unitarian Church:  "Civil Liberties" Sermon  1980The Lions Club of Springfield: "Capital Punishment"  Speech  1975Widener College Women and the Law Conference: Panelist 1974Melting Pot, KYW/TV: Panelist on the Criminal Justice System  1973The Rotary Club of Springfield:  "Civil Liberties" Speech 1973Honors and AwardsPennsylvania Honor Roll of Women, 1996Who's Who in America, 1998Phebe Novakovic Award, 2008Main Line Today Top Lawyers, 2009Suburban Life Awesome Attorney Award, 2011Main Line Times Top Lawyer Family Law, 2012Suburban Life Magazine Awesome Attorney Award, 2012Suburban Life Top Attorney - 2014


I conveniently represent clients in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties, the towns of Wayne, Radnor, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Paoli, Devon, Berwyn, Newtown Square, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Ardmore, Lower Merion, Media, Wallingford, and Swarthmore, and throughout Pennsylvania.


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