Diana C. Schimmel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC
 | 1845 Walnut Street, 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-523-6900
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

A native of Philadelphia, Diana C. Schimmel earned her Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA. Diana began her career in civil practice in Philadelphia, but soon chose to focus exclusively on family law as her committed specialty.

Diana Schimmel found her passion for family law in law school while she was a law clerk at the Harrisburg firm of Smigel, Anderson & Sacks. It was here she got her first experience with high asset divorce settlements and child custody disputes; discovering that she wanted to work with families.

Diana has served as the interim law clerk to The Honorable Donna M. Woelpper in the Family Court of Philadelphia, Juvenile Dependency branch, working closely with the Judge both in chambers and in the courtroom, learning the process from a neutral standpoint.

Diana worked as a Child Advocate Attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia in its Child Advocacy Unit. Here, she honed her courtroom presence, and represented numerous dependent children, advocating both for their needs and best interests.

Diana opened Schimmel Family Law in early 2013 and worked as a solo practitioner for almost 4 years. As the leader of her firm, she aggressively and compassionately ushered clients through the domestic relations legal arena in the following fields: divorce, custody, support, division of marital assets, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, enforcement and modification of agreements, same sex rights, domestic violence, paternity and adoption. 

Diana is active in the legal community, as a member of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, specifically their respective Family Law Sections. She is also a member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court. She volunteers with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, The Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research.

Diana also has experience in mediation, and is a member of the Bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Focus Areas

Family Law: Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

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About Diana Schimmel

Admitted: 2010, Pennsylvania

Honors and Awards:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Philadelphia Life Magazine - Top Family Law Attorney, 2014 - 2016
  • Best Overall Advocate - Widener Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 2009
  • The Legal Intelligencer - Named as a Lawyer on the Fast Track, 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015, 2016
  • Student Bar Association, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2008-2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court, Member
  • New Jersey, 2010
  • Pennsylvania, 2010
  • Femfessionals Professional Women's Networking Group
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section, Women in the Profession Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Women's Resource Center
  • Volunteer, The Montgomery Child Advocacy Project
  • The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research, Young Professionals Council, Co-Chair
  • Volunteer, The Ronald McDonald House
  • Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "How I Use Divorce Mediation as a Divorce Attorney"- Main Line Family Law Center Blog- January 2014
  • "Financially Educating Yourself During and After Divorce"- Carpey Law Newsletter- July 2013
  • "A Family Law Attorney’s Perspective on Divorce"- Divorce & Money Matters Community Blog- July 2013
  • “The Young Lawyer’s Guide to Law Practice Management”- Law Practice Committee, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division- Committee Newsletter | Spring 2014, Vol. 1 No. 2
  • “Betting Against the House: A Discussion of the Hurdles Companies Must Face When Trying to Build in the Emerging Pennsylvania Casino Gaming Industry as Exemplified Through HSP Gaming, L.P. v. City of Philadelphia”, 19 Widener L.J. 733
  • Widener Law Journal, Associate Staff Member, 2008-2009; Senior Staff 2009-2010, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Video:

  • 2016

Educational Background:

  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, B.A., Honors: Dean's List, Major: Government & International Politics, Minor: Dance, 2006
Office Location for Diana C. Schimmel

1845 Walnut Street
19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-523-6900

 

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Last Updated: 8/17/2017

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