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Dorothy C. O’Neil
Attorney at Law

I believe that every family has the capacity to put their differences aside, and reach an agreement that meets their own needs, and the needs of their children.  I can support you through that transition.

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Dorothy C. O’Neil is a Founding Member of BOK Law & Mediation Services. 

Dorothy spent several years litigating family law related matters, with an emphasis on complex divorce, custody, and support matters, as well as paternity matters, prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, and protection from abuse cases.  During those years, she worked for a national domestic litigation firm, where she was named the firm’s Overall Top Attorney and Top Performer in her Region in 2013.  In 2014, Dorothy completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s comprehensive trial program for family law matters. Offered in partnership with the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, this program provides attorneys with advanced and intensive training in family law.

Despite a successful litigation career, Dorothy saw first-hand how harmful the court process could be for families, not only financially, but emotionally as well.  In 2015, Dorothy made the decision to shift her profession to include out-of-court options for her clients. 

In 2016, Dorothy was trained in the Collaborative Divorce Process by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and also completed training to become a Family Law Mediator.  With a unique ability to effectively manage the heightened emotions often found in this area of the law, Dorothy continues to support and advocate for her clients through more stress-free, financially manageable, and efficient out-of-court processes.

Dorothy also hosts a podcast, Donuts and Divorce, where she addresses common issues in family law cases, and interviews professionals who support separating families. 

Education

  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® through the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts

  • Trained as a Family Law Mediator, 2016

  • Trained in the Collaborative Divorce Process, 2016

  • Cleveland State University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009)

  • Gannon University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2006)

  • Venango Catholic High School, class of 2002, Valedictorian

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

  • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania

  • Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts

  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators

Honors/Awards

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® for Family Law, 2021-2024

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® for Collaborative Law, 2024

  • Selected by her peers as one of the 2024 "Lawyer of the Year" award recipients for Family Law 

  • Best Law Firm Mentor award recipient, The Legal Intelligencer, 2018

  • Selected for inclusion on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list, 2022 and 2023

  • Selected for inclusion on the 2014-2019,  Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” lists

  • Selected for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Class of 2015 Young Lawyer Fellows

  • “How Family Law Litigators and Mediators Can Collaborate,”  The Legal Intelligencer, July 2022

  • “How Much Is Enough?  Child Support in High-Income Cases,”  The Legal Intelligencer, July 2021

  • “COVID-19 Shutdown: The Challenges and Options for Parties in the Process of Divorce,” Burns White Insights, April 2020

  • “Is ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ Becoming a Trend in America?,” The Legal Intelligencer, July 11, 2019

  • “Shifting the Family Law Paradigm: The Collaborative Law Movement,” The Legal Intelligencer, July 4, 2018

  • “The Uncertainty and Reality of Transgender Marriage in Pennsylvania,” The Legal Intelligencer, July 11, 2017

  • “Constitutionality of PA’s Grandparent Statute under question in D.P. and B.P. vs G.J.P and A.P,” Lawyers Journal, March 18, 2016

  • “How to Keep a Business Through a Divorce,” The Legal Intelligencer, July 14, 2015

Presentations

  • Tax Changes and COVID Cash, PBA Family Law Section Winter Meeting, January 2022

  • Understanding QDROs and like Orders for Dividing Retirement Plans in Divorce, ACBA Webinar, January 2021

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