Todd Spivak

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

Spivak Law Firm
 | 2893 West Liberty Avenue, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone: 412-344-4900
Fax: 412-344-4910
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Todd Spivak is an attorney and founding partner at Spivak Law Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who provides strong, compassionate, cost-effective representation in all areas of family law and criminal defense. His family-law practice includes divorce, child support and child custody, with a special focus on high-conflict cases involving allegations of parental alienation, mental illness, drug addiction and domestic abuse. He routinely represents plaintiffs and defendants at Protection From Abuse (PFA) hearings. His criminal-defense practice focuses on PFA violations, domestic violence and criminal-record expungements.

    Mr. Spivak represents clients in Pittsburgh and all surrounding clients, including: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington, and Westmoreland. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Spivak earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Colorado Law School; while in law school, he represented clients at the State Public Defender's and United States Attorney's offices.

    A former investigative reporter, his work won numerous national awards and was twice-nominated for The Pulitzer Prize. He continues to write on legal issues for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as well as the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County bar associations. Mr. Spivak volunteers as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and as a coach for youth sports. He has been selected every year since 2016 as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Family Law
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

    Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

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    About Todd Spivak

    Admitted: 2011, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage:


    • Society of Professional Journalists, First Amendment Award, Society of Professional Journalists, 2008
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • The Pulitzer Prize Board, The Pulitzer Prize (Nominee), The Pulitzer Prize Board, 2006
    • Avvo, Client's Choice Award, Avvo, 2016
    • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Investigative Reporters and Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors Certificate, Investigative Reporters and Editors, 2006
    • Expertise, Best Divorce Lawyers in Pittsburgh, Expertise, 2016
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2017
    • The Pulitzer Prize Board, The Pulitzer Prize (Nominee), The Pulitzer Prize Board, 2008
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Attorney, Wills for Heroes Program
    • Volunteer Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lawsuits uncover abusive practices in unregulated rare-coin industry. , Author, Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose, Houston Press, 2007
    • Family law and criminal defense attorneys are often targeted by clients with threats and intimidation., Author, Attorneys Need More Protection, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2019
    • New law-school dean clerked for Supreme Court among other achievements., Author, New Pitt Law Dean Brings Collaborative Spirit, Lawyers Journal, 2018
    • Courtroom skills are critical for new attorneys to advance., Author, Civil Litigation For Newer Attorneys, Lawyers Journal, 2018
    • Criminal records may be sealed from public view in Pennsylvania under new law., Author, New Law Seals Misdemeanor Convictions, Lawyers Journal (ACBA), 2017
    • Pennsylvania should offer relief for people to shed the stigma of a criminal record that denies them access to employment, housing and government benefits., Author, Clean The Slate In Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2016
    • Guardianship laws may entrap people against their will., Author, Whose Best Interests, Houston Press, 2007
    • Investigation uncovers transit system's deadly practices., Author, Run Over by Metro, Houston Press, 2006
    • Domestic-violence fatalities may be reduced by increased judicial involvement at PFA hearings., Author, How the Court Failed Maureen Karr, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2015
    • PFA judges should have advanced training in domestic violence., Author, Crack Down On Domestic Violence, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2015
    • PFA law must strike the right balance between protecting victims while also limiting false claims of abuse., Author, Improve Pennsylvania’s PFA Law, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2013
    • People abuse the PFA system to gain leverage in child custody and divorce., Author, Curbing False PFAs, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2013
    • Child-custody rights for parents are supreme under the law., Author, Child Custody Rights In Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2012
    • Sex offenders may use family court to harass their victims., Author, Child Custody for Rapists?, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2012
    • Domestic-violence victims gain legal protections., Author, My First PFA Client, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2012
    • Possible cancer clusters divide small town., Author, Toxic Town, Houston Press, 2008

    Educational Background:

    • Albert A. List College, New York, NY, B.A.
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    Office Location for Todd Spivak

    2893 West Liberty Avenue
    Suite 100
    Pittsburgh, PA 15216

    Phone: 412-344-4900

    Fax: 412-344-4910

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