Maribeth Blessing Esquire

Maribeth Blessing Esquire

Firm Owner
Location:
Rockledge, Pennsylvania
Phone:
215-663-9016
Fax:
215-663-9019
Email:

Ms. Blessing's law practice is concentrated in Family Law, but her firm also handles Personal Injury, Wills & Estate Documents, Contracts, and Civil Litigation with offices located at 310 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge. She is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Association, former President and current practitioner with Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, member of International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners and the Collaborative Family Law Committees of the PA ,and Montgomery Bar Associations.

Additionally, Ms. Blessing is member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts where she trained as a Parent Coordinator. She is a member of Strathmore's Who's Who, receiving the 2007 Professional of the Year Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Blessing is a life member of the National Registry of Who's Who, and Honored member of Continental Who's Who. She was awarded an Outstanding Service Award by Widener School of Law in 2003 and 2012 Woman of the Year Award by the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. Blessing has received appointments from the Montgomery Bench as Arbitrator, Special Master and Guardian Ad Litem. She is an active pro bono Child Advocate for MCAP and also does pro bono divorce work for Legal Aide. As a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Ms. Blessing is a former Council member and has served as the Liaison between the PBA Family Law Committee and the PBA Children's Rights Committee for many years. She is a member of the PBA and Montgomery Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and on the Legislative Sub-committees of the PA Bar Children's Rights Committee and PA Bar Family Law Section. Ms. Blessing is a past President of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court and now serves as Counselor.

Additionally, she was a member of the MBA Judiciary Committee, a Director for the Montgomery Bar Association, a current member of the Montgomery Bench Bar and Women in Law Committees, and the Montgomery  Bar Trial Lawyers Section as well as former Chair of the Family Law Section and continuing active member. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer and featured in Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine for 2014 and 2015. Ms. Blessing is rated Superb (10) by AWO and selected for the "10 Best" Attorney Award for Pennsylva nia; American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

Ms. Blessing also offers diversified mediation (concentrating in family and elder mediation) and arbitration services through Maribeth Blessing, Mediation & Arbitration, L.L.C. Ms. Blessing is an Advanced Practitioner with the Association of Conflict Resolution with training completed at the National Center for Mediation Education. She is also a member of the board of directors of ACR­ Delaware Valley Chapter, a member of Pennsylvania Council of Mediators,, as well as a court approved member of the Mediation Advisory Panel for Montgomery County since 1999 and one of four approved Supervisory Mediators in Montgomery County. She was affiliated with Divorce Done Right and was featured on the Channel 6, ABC nightly news and in the March 2007 issue of Philadelphia Magazine, in the article, "The Divorce Posse." She is the Chair and continuing member of the Montgomery Bar Mediation Committee of the Family Law Section. Ms. Blessing received arbitration training from the American Bar Association Section of Family Law.

Ms. Blessing has served In roles as speaker, author, presenter, and course planner for the PBA/PBI, Montgomery Bar Association, National Business Institute, Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court, Montgomery County Mediation Center, individual programs in continuing legal and mediation education, and presentations for the general public, rotary groups, and organizations over the course of her legal and alternative dispute career. She is also a presenter for the Second Saturday program in Montgomery County helping woman through the divorce process.

Among Ms. Blessing's numerous most recent recognitions and awards are the following:

* 2015 and 2014 Super Lawyers List; Featured in May issues of Pennsylvania & Delawa re Super Lawyers Magazine

* 2015 and 2014 Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania; Featured in Ju ne issue of Plliladelpltin Magnc.i11e

* 2014 "10 Best" Attorney Award for Pennsylvania ·American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

* 2014 Doris Jonas Freed American in of Court recipient of "The Frederick Cohen, Esq ufre Award of Excellence"

 

Areas of Practice

  • 95% Family Law, Mediation, Mediation
  • Contracts
  • 5% Wills & Estates Documents

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991
  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. cum laude - 1991
  • Kutztown University
    • B.S. magna cum laude - 1970
    • Minor: Elementary Education
  • University of Santa Clara
    • Graduate Courses; Learning Handicapped - 1980
  • Montgomery Conflict Mediation Center
    • Thirty-five Hour Elder Mediation Training - 2009
  • AFCC Parenting Coordination Training
    • Working with High Conflict Families - 2008
  • Collaborative Family Law Affiliates; Advanced Training in Interest
    • Based Bargaining (Presenter and Author) - 2008
  • Advanced Custody Mediation Training: Parenting Statements
    • And Other Interactive Advanced Tools - 2006
  • Domestic Violence Training - 2004
  • Looking Back, Looking forward; Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation - 2004
  • Collaborative Family Law Affiliates; Training in Collaborative Law - 2003
  • Mediation in the New Millennium - 2003
  • Microfocus On Transformative Process And Practice-Mediation - 2002
  • Advanced Family Mediation Workshop; Advanced Mediator Training - 2001
  • Divorce Arbitration Institute; American Bar Association - 1996
  • National Center for Mediation Education; Divorce Mediation - 1996
  • Master Training for Collaborative and Mediation Professionals, Center for Mediation and Training, NY; Developing a Profitable and Satisfying Peacemaker Practice (two day training)

Published Works

  • Instructional Videotape Series, ESS Science Pilot Program, Anchorage School District, 1970
  • "The Domestic Relations Preliminary Conference: Its Potential Power as the Court's Hidden ADR Asset" Scholarship Award, Sigma Delta Kappa Law Foundation Inc. 1991
  • "The Evolution of Support Guidelines" Scholarship Award, Sigma Delta Kappa Law Foundation Inc., 1991
  • "Cigarette Litigation: Is The Tide Changing?", H. Schwabb Literary Contest, Honorable Mediation: Anger Management Seminar, 2002
  • Author and Presenter, Mediation: Process, Purpose & Perspectives, Author 2002
  • A View From The Bench, Family Law Issues and Code of Civility, 2003
  • Author and Presenter, Mediation in the New Millenium, Chester County Bar, 2003
  • Advanced Family Mediation workshop, 2001
  • Advanced Microfocus on Transformative Process & Practice, 2002
  • Collaborative Family Law Training, 2003, Presenter and Writer, 2001-2010
  • Mediation Process, Purpose & Perspective, 2002
  • Domestic Abuse Screening Seminar, 2004
  • Looking Back, Looking forward; Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation, 2004
  • Hot Topics in Mediation Confidentiality, Presenter/Author, 2003
  • Impact and Ramifications of the 2005 Divorce Code Amendments, 2005
  • Appellate Practice from the Court 's Perspective 2007
  • 2nd Annual Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute, 2007
  • Likeable Lawyer- Lessons from Aristotle (Negotiation), 2008
  • PBA Midyear Meeting; Elder Law Update and 60 Minutes with Pennsylvania's Appellate Court Judges, 2008
  • AFCC Parent Coordination; Working with High Conflict Families, 2008
  • Elder Mediation Training, Montgomery County Mediation Center, 2009
  • PBI and PBA Family Law Section Author and Presenter, The Ethics of Collecting and Marketing, 2009, 2010
  • Introduction for Conflict Coaching in Family Law, 2009
  • Collaborative Family Law Training - Author and Presenter, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Montgomery County Custody Mediation Orientation Program Trainer and Author, 2000-present (yearly)
  • Family Law Institute, 2010, Writer/Presenter- Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law Mediation; Interest Based Bargaining, Writer/Presenter, 2010
  • PBA Women in the Profession Midyear Retreat, 2010
  • Montgomery Bar; Hot Tips on What Family Law Practitioners Should Know in Other Areas of the Law, But Probably Do Not, 2010, Writer/Presenter 2012
  • Montgomery Bench Bar: Identification Issues, 2011, CLEs 2000 to present
  • PCM, 2012 - Staying With Conflict; Working with Long-Term Disputes in a Short Term Setting
  • PCM, 2012 - Applied Neuroscience: Becoming More Persuasive & Influential in Conflict Resolution
  • PCM, 2012 - Emotionally Intelligent Mediation; It's More Than Just, Tell Me More
  • PCM, 2012 - What Do I Do Now?
  • Collaborative; Making the Shift, November 2012
  • How to Deal With Difficult People, December 2012
  • Property Settlement Agreement Key Clauses, Doris Jones Inn of Court, January 2013
  • Montgomery County FLS Mediation Committee programs (10/yr), 2005 to present
  • Safety in Mediation, Greater Delaware Valley ACR Chapter, October 2014
  • "Self Help Guide to Support", brochure, Women's Commission Of Montgomery County, 1993
  • "Act 58, The Reality of the Fantasy'', Montgomery County Law Practicum Guide, 1999, 2000
  • Casenote: Vacarello vs. Vacarello", Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, 2001
  • "Dischell's Troops Blast Canada", Sidebar Article, Montgomery Bar Association, 2002
  • "Common Law Marriage-For Better or For Worse", Sidebar Article, Montgomery Bar Association, 2003

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Rockledge-Cheltenham Rotary Club, 2005
  • Speaker, Willow Grove Rotary Club, 1999
  • Elementary Education Teacher, 1970 - 1985
  • Continuing Legal Education PBI and Montgomery Bar Lecturer/Author
  • Instructor, Community Program
  • Legal View Seminar, Norristown Public Library
  • Mediation Safety, Presenter , Montgomery County Custody Mediators, September 2015
  • Advanced Mediation Course, Presenter, November, 2015
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Practicum, Presenter, 2007 - Present
  • PBA, Family Law Section Summer Workshops, 1992 - Present
  • PBA, Family Law Section Winter Workshops, 1993 - Present
  • Finplan Divorce Planner Training Program, 1996
  • PBI, Arbitration & Mediation, 1997 (Instructor)
  • PBI, Domestic Torts, 1998 (Writer, Presenter)
  • PBI, Support Practice Update, 2002 (Presenter)
  • PBI, ADR Institute, 2005, Author and Presenter
  • Act 58 Presentation, 1998 (Writer and Presenter)
  • New Rules of Evidence, Author/Presenter 1998
  • Joint State Government Commission Presentation, 1999
  • Are You Smarter Than Your Senior Partner? Chair, Writer, Presenter 2011
  • Practice Pointers in Philadelphia and The Counties, 2012 Writer, Presenter, 2012
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology - Where do we start? (Presenter), 2014
  • Author/Presenter; Four County Domestic Relations Practice, 1999, 2001
  • Author/Presenter; Matrimonial Torts; A Virtual Trial, 1999
  • Presenter, New Support Guidelines, Montgomery Co. General Practice Committee, 1999
  • Author & Presenter: Lawyers and Mediators: Strange Bedfellows; How To Have a Successful & Profitable Relationship, Plenary session, Family Law Section Summer Mtg, 2000
  • National Business Institute Author and Presenter, Family Law Litigation, 2000
  • Speaker, Support Update, PBI, 2002
  • Member, Lecturer, Writer - Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Montgomery County Bar Association: 1995-present
  • Lecturer & Writer; National Business Administration; Family Law, 2000
  • Skills Training Courses, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1992
  • "Legal View", Family Law Videotape Series and Instructional TV Presentation, "Self Help Guide to Support", Women's Commission Of Montgomery County, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Three Years Client Satisfaction Award; American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015 Two Years Client Satisfaction Award; American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015 Super Lawyers List; Featured in May 2015, Pennsylvania & Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine and June 2015 Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2014 Elected to Board of Directors for Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of Conflict Resolution
  • 2014 Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court-Fred Cohen, Esq. Award of Excellence
  • 2014 Super Lawyers List; Featured in May 2014 Pennsylvania & Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine and June issue of Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2014 Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania; Featured in June, 2014 "Philadelphia Magazine"
  • 2014 "10 Best" Attorney Award for Pennsylvania; American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014 Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court recipient of "The Frederick Cohen, Esquire Award of Excellence
  • 2013 Superb Attorney Award - Rated 10; AVVO to present
  • 2012 AVVO Client's Choice Award
  • Continental Who's Who Recipient 2011 to present; 2012 Honored Member Award
  • 2011-12 Woman of the Year Award, National Association of Professional Women
  • 2007 Swarthmore Profession of the Year in Dispute Resolution Award
  • Nominated and Accepted, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2009
  • Swarthmore Lifetime Member Based on Leadership and Achievement in Profession
  • American Biographical Institute Fellow in Family Law and Mediation, 2011 to present
  • 2011 Woman of the Year in Family Law, American Biographical Institute
  • Certificate of Achievement as Director of Montgomery Bar Association, 2007-2009
  • Appearance on ABC Channel 6 re: Mediation Interview, February 2007
  • Featured in Philadelphia Magazine, March 2007 issue, "The Divorce Posse" by Amy Donahue Korman
  • Featured in Bucks County Courier Times Newspaper article, "Mediation; An Easier Way to Say Goodbye", 2007
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Recipient, 2004-present
  • Selected for membership, Collaborative Family Law Affiliates, 2004
  • 2003 Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Comt Appreciation Award for Dedication
  • Alumni Award 2003 Outstanding Service Award, Widener School of Law
  • Award, Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, 2003
  • Award, Montgomery Bar Family Law Section, 2002
  • Law Day Elementary School Instructor, 3rd grade, 2001
  • Life Member of the National Registry of Who's Who, 2000 Edition
  • Chosen instructor for National Business Institute Presentation, 2000
  • Representative to National Conference of American Inns of Court, 1999
  • Appointed by Montgomery County Bench as Guardian Ad Litem and Child Advocate
  • Selected by Montgomery County Bench and Counsel as Arbitrator in Equitable, Distribution and Special Master in an Annulment proceeding and Special Master to adjudicate grounds trial in Divorce case
  • Life Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Panel Judge Participant for mock trial competition, Young Lawyers of Montgomery Bar Association
  • 97% Settlement rate for Domestic Relations Support complaints and enforcement conferences
  • Maintained support enforcement caseload of 3000 cases utilizing Federal and State remedies
  • Established training procedures for DRO Officers
  • Developed comprehensive remedial programs for learning disabled students
  • District demonstrator for pilot Science program
  • Faculty representative on Principal Selection Committee
  • Art and Drama coordinator for 26 member faculty and 600 students
  • 2016 Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award; National Academy of Family Law Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, 1992 - Present
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, Counselor, 2003 - Present
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, President, 2002 - 2003
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, President-Elect, 2001 - 2002
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, Executive Committee Director, Membership Chair
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1992 - 1996
  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1992 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Rules Committee Co-chair, Council Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee
  • Liaison with Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Children's Rights Committee, 2002 - 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, 2002 - 2009
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Treasurer, 1999
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary, 1998, 2000
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vice-Chair, 2001
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2002
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Divorce & Equitable Distribution Committee, Chair, 1996
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Practicum Committee, 1998, 2000
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Custody Committee, 1998
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, ADR Committee, 1999
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Mediation Committee, 2000 - 2001
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Mediation Committee, 2010
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Mediation Committee, 1999 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, 2008 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Family Law Support Committee, 1996 - 1999
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Family Law Custody Sub-committee, 1996 - 1998
  • Ad Hoc Mediation Advisory Committee, Appointee
  • Custody Mediation in Montgomery County, Appointee, 1997 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 2005 - 2008
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2010
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee, 2011 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Co-Chair, Doctor/Lawyer Project
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1994 - 1996
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member, 1995 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices Of Leslee Silverman Tabas, Senior Associate, 1996 - 1999
  • Center For Matrimonial Dispute Resolutions, Incorporated, Partner Executive Director, 1996 - 1999
  • Penn State University, Instructor, CED Division, 1994 - 1998
  • Gold-Bikin, Clifford, & Young, Attorney, 1992 - 1996
  • Bucks And Montgomery County Domestic Relations, Hearing Officer, 1985 - 1992
  • Bucks And Montgomery County Domestic Relations, Investigator, 1985 - 1992

Pro Bono Activities

  • MCAP Child Advocacy program, 2005 - Present
  • Member, Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association
  • Member, Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member, Laymen Playmen Drama Group, Hatfield, PA
  • Former Member, Pre-Cana Team, St. Maria Goretti Parish
  • Former Member, Pre-Jordon Team, St. Maria Goretti Parish
  • Former Member, Building Fund Campaign Captain, St. Maria Goretti
  • Lector, St. Maria Goretti Parish
  • Facilitator for Scripture Study, St. Maria Goretti Parish
  • Outreach Program member, St. Maria Goretti Parish
  • Beauty Consultant, Team Leader, Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Legal Aide, 1992 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Kappa Phi