KATHLEEN A. PIPERNO

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Phone: 1-610-565-3701Email: kpiperno@eckellsparks.com

Kathleen Piperno joined Eckell Sparks in August of 2020. She practices exclusively in Family Law including child support, custody, divorce, equitable distribution, protection from abuse, termination of parental rights and adoption. A family law attorney in Delaware County, Kathy believes that what differentiates Eckell Sparks is that the lawyers provide competent legal advice with consideration of the emotional and financial needs of each client.

Kathy is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Delaware County Bar Association. She was the 2012 Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Delaware County Bar Association and has been the Social Committee Chairperson for the Family Law Section of Delaware County Bar Association each year since 2007. She has been appointed as a Special Master in Divorce for the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas from 2010 through the present and a Court Appointed Child Advocate since 2012. Previously, she was a Court Appointed Attorney for parents involved in dependency actions through Children and Youth Services of Delaware County through 2006.

Kathy was an Adjunct Professor at The Legal Institute for Paralegal Studies at Widener University School of Law where she taught a Family Law course and a Violence and the Law course. She has received recognition for her outstanding service to the Delaware County Bar including receiving the Delaware County Twenty-Ninth Annual Victim’s Rights Week Award in 2010, Law Day Special Recognition Award in 2011, and Family Law Chairperson Recognition Award in 2012.

Kathy was a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Abuse Project (“DAP”) from 2010 through 2016. She is involved in community service organizing and hosting charity events for DAP and the Family Law Section of the Delaware County Bar Association raising funds for DAP, The Legal Aid Society and The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also participated in Adopt-A-Family since 2002 for the benefit of Bikers Against Child Abuse, DAP and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Humanities from Golden Gate University in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in 1996. While attending Widener, she was selected as a member of The Moot Court Honor Society in May of 1995 for her excellence in appellate advocacy and was named President of The Justinian Society in 1996.

  • "When I was sued for a significant amount of money and assets, I retained Eckell Sparks. They developed a comprehensive litigation strategy to give me the best chance of success. They were easy to get a hold of, fair with billing, and kept me regularly informed and up to date on how my case was proceeding. When we were unable to achieve a fair settlement, my lawyer was confident in taking the case to trial. In the courtroom, they were strong, articulate and persuasive. After two days of trial, we achieved a very favorable verdict and made out even better than our last settlement offer."

  • "I could not be happier with the experience I had with Eckell Sparks. My attorney walked me through the process of my discrimination suit step by step and held my hand the whole time. I had no prior experience with anything like this and they answered every one of my questions without all the fancy legal jargon. They were always accessible to me whenever I had concerns or thought of something that could be useful. From our first meeting to the last hearing, they were absolutely wonderful. This firm helped me through an awful experience with my previous employer and fought for me and what I deserved to the end. They talked me through every aspect in a way that was comfortable and like talking to an old friend. If I had to do the entire lawsuit over again, I would go with this firm."

  • "I would feel very confident with this firm's representation should I have any future matter, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for strong, quality representation."

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Areas of Practice

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. 1996e
  • Golden Gate University, B.A. 1991

Experience

  • Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. (2020 – Present)
  • Raffaele & Puppio, L.L.C. (2002 – 2020)
  • Law Office of Kathleen Piperno (1999 – 2002)
  • Office of the Public Defender, Delaware County (1999 – 2000)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey

Speaking Engagements

  • Delaware County Press Club – “Visionary Women” – March, 2019
  • Estate Committee of Delaware – Death and Divorce –February 2019
  • Bethel Township Police Dept. – “NO MORE”  Protection from Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • NBI – Death and Divorce – Estate Planning Considerations –August 2016
  • Bethel Springs Elementary – Cyber Bullying, School 2011

Blogs

  • Opioid Crisis and Grandparents Rights 2019

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Delaware County Press Club 2019
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2014- 2015)
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Board of Directors, (re-appointed 2016 – )
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chairperson (2012)
  • Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Board of Directors (2010 – 2016)
  • National Association of Professional Women (2013 – 2014)
  • The Justinian Society 1992-1996
  • Women in the Profession (2016)

Honors & Fundraisers

  • Appreciation Award for Service as the 2012 Family Law Section Chairperson
  • Delaware County Twenty-Ninth Annual Victims’ Rights Week Award
  • Law Day Special Recognition Award-Outstanding Service to the Legal Community
  • Nana’s Attic Thrift Store Volunteer for the benefit of DAP (2011 – present)
  • Adopt-A-Family Domestic Abuse Project (2009 – Present)
  • Domestic Abuse Project Fashion Show “Prom Sunday” Host (2011 – Present)
  • Special Master in Divorce, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas (2007 – Present)
  • Court Appointed Child Advocate, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas (2012)
  • Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem (2013)
  • Arbitrator, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas (2000 – Present)

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