Attorney Profile

Maribeth Blessing 

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Practice Areas:

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

Biography

Ms. Blessing's law practice is concentrated in Family Law, but her firm also handles Personal Injury, Wills, 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 Family Law Affiliates and Affiliate of Center for Peaceful Resolution, a group of dedicate legal professionals notorious as being "lawyers with heart". Ms. Blessing is a member of International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners and the Collaborative Family Law committee of the PA Bar Association.

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 as well as receiving recognition as a Distinguished Lawyer by Expert Network and voted consistently as one of the Ten Best Lawyers in Pennsylvania by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. She was awarded an Outstanding Service Award by Widener School of Law in 2003 and received the 2011 Woman of the Year Award from the American Biographical Institute and the 2012 Woman of the Year Award from 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 Child Advocate for MCAP. 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 over eight years. She is a member of the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and on the Legislative Sub-committees of the PA Bar Children's Rights Committee and 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 continuing member of the Bench Bar and Women in Law committees, and the Montgomery County Bar Trial Lawyers Section as well as former Chair of the Family Law Section and continuing active member. She has been and currently is recognized as a "Super Lawyer" as published in Philadelphia Magazine from the top 5% of Pennsylvania Lawyers. Recently she was a featured guest speaker on Impact Makers Radio promoting civilized family friendly divorce processes.

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 was also a member of the board of directors of ACR-Delaware Valley Chapter, a current and continuing 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 the 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 former 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 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.

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Kutztown University
    • B.S. - 1970
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • 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
    • Looking Back, Looking forward; Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation
      • Collaborative Family Law Affiliates; Training in Collaborative Law
        • Mediation in the New Millennium
          • Microfocus On Transformative Process And Practice-Mediation
            • Advanced Family Mediation Workshop; Advanced Mediator Training
              • Divorce Arbitration Institute; American Bar Association
                • National Center for Mediation Education; Divorce Mediation
                  • Master Training for Collaborative and Mediation Professionals, Center for Mediation and Training, NY; Developing a Profitable and Satisfying Peacemaker Practice (two day training)

                  Bar Admissions

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

                  Honors

                  • 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
                  • 2018 Publishing 2018 on Amazon.com in “Worry Free Divorce”, Chapter titled The Civil Resolution to Dissolution
                  • 2018 Super Lawyers List; Featured in May 2018, Pennsylvania & Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine and June 2018 Philadelphia Magazine
                  • 2018 “10 Best” Attorney Award for Pennsylvania; American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
                  • 2018 Better Business Bureau Rating of A+ since 2016
                  • 2017 Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer Award
                  • 2017 Interview Segment for Impact Radio on “Divorce Talk”
                  • 2017 Super Lawyers List; Featured in May 2017, Pennsylvania & Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine and June 2017 Philadelphia Magazine
                  • Speaker, Rockledge-Cheltenham Rotary Club, 2005
                  • Speaker, Willow Grove Rotary Club, 1999
                  • Continuing Legal Education PBI and Montgomery County Bar Lecturer/Author
                  • Instructor, Community Program; Legal View Seminar, Norristown Public Library

                  Classes & Seminars

                  • Speaker, Rockledge-Cheltenham Rotary Club, 2005 to 2005
                  • Speaker, Willow Grove Rotary Club, 1999 to 1999
                  • Elementary Education Teacher, 1970 to 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 to Present
                  • PBA, Family Law Section Summer Workshops, 1992 to Present
                  • PBA, Family Law Section Winter Workshops, 1993 to 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

                  Pro-Bono Activities

                  • MCAP Child Advocacy program, 2005 to 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
                  • Beauty Consultant, Team Leader, Mary Kay Cosmetics
                  • Legal Aide, 1992 to Present
                  • Former Lector, St. Maria Goretti Parish
                  • Former Facilitator for Scripture Study, St. Maria Goretti Parish
                  • Former Outreach Program member, St. Maria Goretti Parish
                  • Pro Bono Lawyer Volunteer, Legal Aide of Pennsylvania
                  • MCAP Pro Bono Lawyer for children, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
                  • Friend of the Court Volunteer, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
                  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

                  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
                  • "From the Perspective Of A DRO Officer", Putting on the Writs, Bucks County Bar Association Legal Reporter, 1992
                  • "Legal View", Family Law Videotape Series and Instructional TV Presentation, "Self Help Guide to Support", Women's Commission Of Montgomery County, 1993; Divorce and Equitable Distribution, 1997
                  • Image Makers Radio Interview - “Divorce Talk”, 2017
                  • “Worry Free Divorce” Chapter, The Civil Resolution to Dissolution, publishing in 2018 on www.Amazon.com

                  Fraternities or Sororities

                  • Phi Kappa Phi

                  Professional Associations

                  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, 1992 to Present
                  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, Counselor, 2003 to Present
                  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, President, 2002 to 2003
                  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, President-Elect, 2001 to 2002
                  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, Executive Committee Director, Membership Chair
                  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1992 to 1996
                  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member
                  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1992 to 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 to 2015
                  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, 2002 to 2009
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Treasurer, 1999 to 1999
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary, 1998, 2000
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vice-Chair, 2001 to 2001
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2002 to 2002
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Divorce & Equitable Distribution Committee, Chair, 1996 to 1996
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Practicum Committee, 1998, 2000
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Custody Committee, 1998 to 1998
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, ADR Committee, 1999 to 1999
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Mediation Committee, 2000 to 2001
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Mediation Committee, 2010 to 2010
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Mediation Committee, 1999 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, 2008 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Family Law Support Committee, 1996 to 1999
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Family Law Custody Sub-committee, 1996 to 1998
                  • Ad Hoc Mediation Advisory Committee, Appointee
                  • Custody Mediation in Montgomery County, Appointee, 1997 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 2005 to 2008
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002 to 2010
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee, 2011 to 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 to 1996
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member, 1995 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Mediation Training Seminar Instructor, 1999 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Collaborative Family Law Affiliates, 2004 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Committee for Women in the Law, 1996 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Bench Bar Committee, 1998
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors and Chairs-Montgomery Bar Association, 1999 to 2010
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Member Services Committee, 1999
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chair, Member Services, 2000 to 2001
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2003; Chair, 2004-2006
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2007 to 2010
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member, Trial Lawyers Section, 1999 to Present
                  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Lecturer & Writer; National Business Administration; Family Law, 2000

                  Current Employment Position

                  • Firm Owner

                  Past Positions

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