Founder and managing partner Jeff Williams has been selected to Best Lawyers annually since 2008. He primarily handles complex divorces, high-income alimony/ spousal support, complex child support, and high-conflict child custody cases. As the legal representative for a non-birth mother, Williams successfully litigated one of the first significant same-sex child custody cases in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While serving as the chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Williams played an instrumental role in a 10-year-long effort to improve and implement new child custody laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 100 attorneys nationally.
Partner Susan Smith has been recognized in Best Lawyers since 2018. She has established herself as one of the top divorce and child custody attorneys in southeastern Pennsylvania. Smith focused her work on divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, alimony, equitable distribution of marital property, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, business valuation issues and asset investigation issues impacting high net worth clients. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Bucks County Historical Society, the private non-profit organization that operates the Mercer Museum, Spruance Library and Fonthill Museum.
Associate Lynelle Gleason has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2019. She concentrates her practice primarily on Pennsylvania family law and estate law. In her domestic relations practice, she handles divorce, child support, alimony, spousal support, equitable distribution and child custody. Gleason also is experienced in estate law, where her practice includes the drafting of wills and trusts, and the administration of estates. She is a member of the Attorney Psychologist Group, a select group of child custody evaluators and domestic relations attorneys that focus on best practices regarding child custody issues such as the use of a psychologist and therapist during the family law process.
Melanie Wender concentrates her practice in all issues surrounding the complexities of a divorce, such as equitable distribution, custody, spousal support, child support, and settlement agreements. Ms. Wender has successfully resolved complex custody cases ranging from unmarried same-sex couples to custody agreements between long-distance parents. She is also experienced in adoption issues and has assisted many clients in making the process and paperwork as seamless and smooth as possible.
Williams Family Law is a premier family law firm that provides individuals with matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal matters. The family law attorneys also provide guidance and representation in alternative dispute resolution forums, handling mediation, arbitration and custody dispute resolution. The practice at Williams Family Law centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. The firm prides itself on leadership within the profession and a strong record of success. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.