Meet Hilary A Spatz, an attorney of counsel at Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick, & Gefsky (SMGG) and the recurring presenter for the Your Course Through Divorce workshop series along with Sally Miller. Hilary graduated from Northwestern University and then perused her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Hilary believes that it is important for women who are considering divorce or separation to attend workshops like hers because “a workshop will provide a basic understanding of the substantive law and procedures impacting this life transition. Pennsylvania has established Divorce, Support and Custody statues which provide a comprehensive guideline for determination of the important rights and responsibilities facing married couples and families with children. Familiarity with these statutes will provide basic understanding of the information and the emotional support to face these life changing events. Information reduces anxiety!”
Hilary began her legal career as law clerk to the Honorable David Craig, president judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and then set a private practice with her husband, “Attorney Max A Levine, Esq and they practiced for 20 plus years as Levine & Spatz, P.C.. About 12 years ago we affiliated with SMGG so that we could provide our clients with a complete range of services, under one roof: from the work we do in divorce/support/custody and other areas impacting couples in transition we joined a form with expertise in corporate formation and representation; all forms of real estate practice; civil and criminal representation and a team of Family and Matrimonial Practitioners that augment and support our practice.” When asked what her biggest challenge is she says, “I regularly deal with people in crisis: we humans in crisis are typically not our best selves. At the time that I need the best of my clients they are at their most vulnerable and most needy. That is a challenge. When you practice Family and Matrimonial Law you are helping and supporting individuals to rebuild their lives: it is a huge responsibility.” Hilary is the Immediate Past President of NCJW and served on the Business Plan Formation committee that drafted the working papers for the collaboration for the Center for Women. She continues to serve on the Partner’s Council and volunteer in various ways to promote the center.
When she’s not volunteering at The Center for Women, Hilary says she spends her free time with her four grandchildren. “My free time is their time (and my daughters’ time first and foremost). I love swimming; traveling for music and gardens- which I’ve had the opportunity to do from Portugal to Spain; France; Israel; Poland and New York and beyond.” Something that people would be surprised to know about Hilary is that she was “a terrific shortstop in [her] day!”
Join Hilary on July 20th for Your Course Through Divorce. Whether you, your loved one, or your best friend are contemplating or going through a separation or divorce, receiving accurate and professional information from an attorney concentrating in all aspects of Family and Matrimonial law will reduce some of the anxiety caused by this major life transition.