Attorney Profiles

  • Bethany L. Notaro, Esquire
     

    Bethany L. Notaro, Esquire is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (BA, cum laude, Psychology), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). She obtained her undergraduate degree in the field of psychology, with a special concentration in the counseling arts. Ms. Notaro received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While at Pitt, Ms. Notaro received various Scholarships and Honors for concentrated studies and academic achievement. Ms. Notaro focused her law studies on income taxation, trusts and estates, divorce issues, ADR, and strategic wealth planning.

    Bethany L. Notaro is also a certified professional mediator, who focuses her practice solely on family law issues. Ms. Notaro trained in Conflict Resolution and Professional Mediation at the Pittsburgh Mediation Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Notaro has also received training in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) as well as Family Law and Professional Divorce Mediation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

    Ms. Notaro is a member of the Family Law Sections of both the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations. She serves on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Board of Arbitrators. Ms. Notaro was a volunteer for the Allegheny County Indigent Divorce Program, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Ms. Notaro is honored to have been named in the Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers” publication for 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was listed  in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of the city's "Best Lawyers" (2013) and the Pittsburgh City Paper as a "Best Family Law Attorney" (2010). Philadelphia Magazine also named Ms. Notaro as one of "Pennsylvania's Outstanding Young Lawyers" in 2012. In addition, Ms. Notaro has been featured in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the "Top Attorneys in Pittsburgh" (2011), and has authored articles on both mediation and tax matters in divorce for the magazine.

    Ms. Notaro's work has also been nationally recognized. She was this year's recipient of the Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award and was named one of this year's "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers. Ms. Notaro was also listed as a "Best Lawyer" by U.S. News and World Report (2012).

    Ms. Notaro has authored several articles and legal compilations on various Pennsylvania Family Law and Mediation topics. She is the co-writer of the Allegheny County Bar Association Bench Bar Update 1999, and Allegheny County Bar Association Bench Bar Update 2000. Ms. Notaro was also the co-writer for the Pennsylvania Fundamentals of Family Law 2000, Chapter Four, Alimony and Equitable Distribution, as well as numerous type and online publications.

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  • Hilary A. Bendik, Esquire
     

    Ms. Bendik has been specializing in family law for over a decade, with an all-encompassing practice covering areas such as equitable distribution, custody, spousal and child support, protection from abuse claims, adoptions, and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements.  She has extensive trial experience, but also works to resolve cases in a manner that is always mindful of the financial and emotional cost. Ms. Bendik is a certified Collaborative Law Attorney and mediator.  Ms. Bendik has been honored with being named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2013.  She is active in both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Sections, and is a Council Member of both.  She sits on the Executive Board of Angels’ Place, Inc., St. Bernard’s Athletic Board, is a Fellow with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, and was a former foster parent.  Ms. Bendik received her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

    BAR MEMBERSHIPS, HONORS, AND LEGAL ACTIVITIES

    • Pennsylvania Bar Association- Family Law Section
      • Council Member 2016-present
      • Programming Committee- 2015-2016
    • Allegheny County Bar Association- Family Law Section
      • Council Member, 2012-2015, 2017-present
      • Former Co-Chair of Membership Committee
    • Young Lawyers Division-Member Services Committee, VIP Presenter
    • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
      • Completed 30 hours of mediation training
      • Certified in Collaborative Law
    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star- 2013- present
    • Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow
    • Pittsburgh Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court- 2012-2015
    • Presenter for PBA Family Law Section- Winter 2011, Winter 2013
    • Authored Case Notes Update for Pennsylvania Family Lawyer-October 2012, September 2013
    • Authored Custody Law Update for ACBA Bench Bar Conference- Summer 2011
    • Moderator for ACBA Children’s Issues Committee Meeting
    • Volunteer for Neighborhood Legal Services of Western PA- Pro Bono PFA Program, Veterans’ Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Custody Conciliation Program
    • Volunteer for Uptown Legal Clinic
    • Volunteer for ACBA Pro Bono Motions Clinic
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  • Pauline Calabrese, Esq.
     

    Attorney Calabrese has extensive experience in Family Law. Although she has practiced in all four of the Divisions of the Court of Common Pleas, representing clients in jury and nonjury trials, she has concentrated her practice in Family Law.  She represents clients in all aspects of Family Law including, Divorce, Custody, Support and Protection from Abuse Actions. She is a Fellow in the Allegheny County Bar Association and a member of the Family Law Section. She teaches Family Law to other attorneys as a Continuing Legal Education Presenter and she is an adjunct faculty member at CCAC. She served as the Supervising Attorney for the Law Clinic at Duquesne University where she oversaw internship, externship, and fellowship placements. For over a decade, she served as an adjunct associate professor at Carlow University.

    As a court appointed attorney, she represented clients in several high-profile custody cases in Juvenile Court. She is a volunteer attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services and she served on the Board of Arsenal Family & Children's Center.  She currently sits on the Board of Catholic Charities Free Healthcare Center. Pauline received her Baccalaureate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law.  While in law school, she was an intern for a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Pauline and her husband, who is also an attorney, have five children. 

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