Candice L. Komar

Top rated Family Law attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pollock Begg
Candice L. Komar
Pollock Begg

Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1986

Education: University of Dayton School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2007 - 2023

Pollock Begg

525 William Penn Pl
Suite 3501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Visit website


Candice L. Komar is a founding member of Pollock Begg in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Candice's aptitude for business benefits her clients, particularly in the valuation of closely held businesses and other considerations in divorces involving complex issues or high net worth individuals.

Her decades of experience enable her to take a quick overview of a case, synthesize the numbers, and create options and cost estimates to achieve those options. Candice devotes a significant portion of practice to custody cases, particularly relocation matters. She is also trained in collaborative law and works with clients on collaborative divorces.

Her experience in collaborative law helps with her divorce cases, providing her with an understanding of the motivations and needs of the party on the other side of the case and, therefore, the ability to create strategies that take their disposition into account. In 2013 she obtained her Mediation Certification from the Association of Conflict Resolution. She also obtained a Certification in Constellation Therapy through the Hellinger Institute of Western Pennsylvania.

She has considerable trial experience in Allegheny County and surrounding counties, particularly in valuation of closely held business interests, complex support cases and custody matters, including custody relocation.

Candice is a graduate of the University of Dayton Law School, where she served as associate legislative note editor of the Law Review. She earned dual bachelor degrees in English and Business from the University of Pittsburgh.

Candice has been recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2007 and has regularly been named to Super Lawyers' Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania and Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh lists. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America annual edition since 2008. Candice was granted fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in June 2011, in recognition of her leadership, professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.

Practice areas

Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation, Mediation & Collaborative Law

  • 80% Family Law
  • 20% Alternative Dispute Resolution

First Admitted: 1986, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Founding Member, Past Treasurer/Secretary, Pittsburgh Chapter of the Matrimonial Inns of Court
  • Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Board of Directors, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2022-2024, 2022
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Board of Directors, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania  , 2019
  • Treasurer, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section , 2021
  • Member, Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1986 - Present
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Matrimonial Chapter, American Matrimonial Inns of Court, 1995 - 1997
  • Member, Family Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association, 1986 - Present
  • Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals 
  • Member, Bench Bar Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association, 1993 - 1994
  • Member, Pittsburgh Professional Women, 2011-2017
  • Member, Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Member, Appellate Practice Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association, 1988 - 1990
  • Member, Collaborative Law Association, 2008 - Present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Search Committee, Leadership Pittsburgh Class XV - 1999
  • Uptown Legal Clinic at Bethlehem Haven Women's Shelter
  • Member since 1994, Junior League of Pittsburgh
  • Member, Shuman Center for Board of Managers
  • Currently Executive VP of Board
  • Vice-President Candidate for Pittsburgh Chapter, Executive Women's Golf Network
  • Member Amercian Heart Association Go For Red Ciricle of Red 2015-2017
  • Volunteer, YWCA Legal Resources for Women 
  • Volunteer Attorney for YWCA Legal Resources for Women, 1988 - 1995
  • Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, Member, Board of Directors, 1996 - 1999 Executive VP of Board of Directors, 2012
  • Rivers Club
  • Member, Duquesne Club
  • Volunteer, Neighborhood Legal Services Uptown Law Clinic
  • Member, Board of Directors and Secretary, Chartiers Valley Arts Council, 1989 - 1993
  • Member, Junior League of Pittsburgh, 1994 - Present
Educational Background:
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, B.A., English & Business, 1982
  • JD, University of Dayton, 1986
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer Family Law Update, PBI General Practitioners Update, 2006
  • Law Review/Associate Editor, University of Dayton School of Law Review
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Collaborative Law Certification, 2008
  • Mediation Certification - Association of Conflict Resolution, 2013
  • Certified in Constellation Therapy, Hellinger Learning Institute of Western Pennsylvania, Collaborative Law Certification, February 2008
  • , Why should I consider a collaborative divorce? , Family Law, 2018
  • Will a collaborative divorce work for you? Pittsburgh collaborative family law attorney Candice L. Komar explains individuals and couples appreciate the privacy and control they experience in the collaborative process for divorce and family law matters in this video. The collaborative process offers a team approach where collaboratively trained professionals meet with the individuals to discuss their interests and provide them with information in helping to make decisions about their particular issues. The goal of the collaborative process is to reach an overall settlement prior to either party filing for divorce. The agreement then becomes a marriage settlement agreement. Learn more about collaborative law or read more about founding Partner Candice L. Komar. Subscribe to the firm's YouTube channel for more insightful videos and discussions on family law. Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC is the largest Pittsburgh-based firm dedicated solely to family law in western Pennsylvania. Founded in 2001, Pollock Begg is a top-tier law firm as ranked by U.S. News and World Report and a champion for attorney pro bono work, volunteerism and community involvement. For more information, visit Contact us for more information: Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC 437 Grant Street, Suite 501 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 471-9000 , Will a collaborative divorce work for you?, 2017
  • , Do I have to get a divorce to receive support? , Family Law, 2017
  • , Settling Family Law Cases, Family Law, 2013
  • , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America lists for family law in 2019. , Best Lawyers in America lists for family law, 2019
  • , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Walter Rice Moot Court Competition, University of Dayton School of Law, 1984
  • Top 50: 2018 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List, Top 50: Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List, 2018
  • Clerk of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, University of Dayton School of Law, 1984 - 1985
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-Present
  • Award Recipient, Pittsburgh Business Times Top 25 Women in Business Award, 2012
  • Outstanding Service Award for Phi Alpha Delta, University of Dayton School of Law, 1984 -1985
  • Selected for Inclusion 2008 - Present, Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh and Smith
  • First Year Moot Court Finalist, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Fellow, Allegheny County Bar Foundation, 2007 - Present

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“A counselor in the truest sense. Has an excellent grasp of the legal complexities, as well as the uniquely personal elements of this area of practice.”

Office location for Candice L. Komar

525 William Penn Pl
Suite 3501
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-9000

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