Melanie J. Wender
(215) 340-2207, ext. 12
Melanie Wender, an associate at Williams Family Law, P.C., concentrates her practice in all aspects of Pennsylvania divorce and family law in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. She deals with family law and all issues surrounding the complexities of divorce, such as equitable distribution, custody and support.
Prior to joining Williams Family Law, Ms. Wender was an associate with Cooley & Handy Attorneys at Law, PLLC, where she represented clients in divorce, custody, and spousal support and child support matters, drafted property settlement agreements, and negotiated settlement agreements for various complex marital law matters. Wender began her career as a law clerk with Philadelphia family law firm Berner Klaw & Watson LLP, where she represented clients in Pennsylvania divorce, support, and custody matters. She then served as contracts counsel for a major insurer, drafting and revising confidentiality agreements and contracts.
Ms. Wender has successfully handled complex custody cases ranging from unmarried same-sex couples to custody agreements between long distance parents. Involved in the community, Ms. Wender volunteers regularly for Protection from Abuse actions in Bucks County, the Mazzoni Legal Center, and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Program, where she represents abused and neglected children.
After graduating cum laude from Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Ms. Wender continued her education at Villanova University School of Law. She served as the Environmental Hearing Board Editor for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and Managing Editor of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. She also participated in Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, a law office staffed by students. Her work there was recognized with the Joseph R. Wenk Award, which is presented to the graduating student who has made the greatest contribution to the clinic.
While at Villanova, Ms. Wender published an article for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal entitled, “Goodbye Family Farms and Hello Agribusiness: The Story of How Agricultural Policy is Destroying the Family Farm and the Environment.” She also is published in the Bucks County Writs 2016 Summer Issue.
Ms. Wender is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Mazzoni Legal Center, which provides health care and legal services to members of the LGBT community.
When not practicing law, Ms. Wender enjoys reality television (and tweeting about it); listening to podcasts; reading, spending time with her family and friends; and eating her husband’s cooking.
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