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Phyllis T. Bookspan, Esq.

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Phone: 610.565.6200
Fax: 610.565.6290

20 W 3rd St, #300
Media, Pennsylvania 19063

200 Eagle Rd, #218
Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087

 Phyllis Bookspan is a highly respected legal professional with over 30 years combined experience as an attorney,  law professor, clinical director, trial lawyer, and scholar. Ms. Bookspan has a J.D and a Master of Law in Trial Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. After law school she held a prestigious E Barrett Prettyman two year fellowship at Georgetown Law School, and was supervising attorney of the Juvenile Law Clinic. For over 20 years she was a Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law, where taught classes in Criminal Law, Women and the Law, Children’s Rights, and lectured nationally and internationally on Domestic Relations and Criminal Law matters. Ms. Bookspan retired early from her tenured professorship  to devote herself to direct representation of clients.   Before opening Bookspan Family Law in 2010,  she worked with the boutique family law firm of Bennett & Associates in Wayne, PA. She also was the founder and owner of RYAH Yoga and Health, an award winning integrative wellness center located in Conshohocken.

My Philosophy

I know that you did not enter marriage anticipating that you would get divorced. If you have children, surely it wasn't with the understanding that one day you might have to negotiate over when you will get to see them. If you are coming to our firm,  we know this is one of the most stressful times in your life. I understand this and keep it in mind always as I work with you.

I believe that the family law legal process-- from start to finish-- can be done differently, in a more integrated and holistic way. Litigation can be lengthy, costly and emotionally draining. It can be unpredictable, and often does not yield the results that the parties wish.   I  endorse and encourage out of court negotiation and Mediation-- for the right parties.   I have successfully mediated many matters.   To every case, I devote my unique  experience as a practitioner, a professor and a yogi to build the best outcome for you.  I will work to settle your case out of court, but if litigation becomes necessary, you may count upon my years of litigation  and teaching experience to serve you well in the courtroom. Throughout the process you should feel secure and supported.

I will get you what you need to bridge your tomorrow, to resolve your legal matter and move on to the life you and your family can trust. I will work to keep your case out of court, but If you need to go to court, I will be tough as nails—and throughout the process I will work with you to make sure you feel supported emotionally, and physically.

Education

M.L.A, Georgetown University School of Law

J.D., Georgetown University School of Law

B.A. , Herbert H. Lehman College, C.U.N.Y.

Bar Admissions District of Columbia, 1983
Pennsylvania, 1985
Board Memberships/Community Service
  • National Inn of Court - Membership Board
  • Delaware County Bar Association - Women's Law Committee
  • Delaware Valley Friends School, Paoli PA
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Chair Adoption Task Force
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Volunteer Mediator, Center for Resolutions- Media, PA
  • ABA Juvenile Justice Committee
  • PA Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee
  • Family Support Line, Delaware County, PA
  • Common Cause, Delaware
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
Selected Presentations/Media Commentary

NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy) Taking and Defending Depositions 2018, 2017

Evidentiary Issues in Domestic Relations Cases Philadelphia 2017

The Supreme Court and the Defense of Marriage Act Philadelphia 2015

Women’s Forum, Georgetown University Law Center – The Intersection of Law and Business, April 2012

Trusts and Other Complex Planning Structures in Divorce Philadelphia, 2011

Cocktail Party Chatter Philadelphia, 2010

Too Young to Die? A Look at Evolving Standards of Decency and the U.S. Juvenile Death Penalty International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the Hague Netherlands, 2003

Training on American Criminal Practice and Procedure, American University, Quito, Ecuador 2002

Delaware Tonight WHYY TV - expert on numerous legal topics

It’s Your Call With Lynn Doyle – CN8 – comments on current legal events

Radio Times with Marti Moss Kohane- WHYY Radio

“Workplace Sexual Harassment” … “ Forum on Victims Rights”

AM Philadelphia TV - Victim’s Rights