Scott L. Levine is a leading attorney known for his strong, compassionate, and cost-effective representation in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody, and alternative dispute resolution. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is the owner of the Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC, where his legal prowess over the course of his more than ten year career has earned him a myriad of awards, including Avvo's Clients' Choice award and being named a top 'Under 40' attorney by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™, and the American Society of Legal Advocates, among many others.
Some of Mr. Levine’s earliest memories are of watching his father polish his shoes before going to trial. Ever since, he has gravitated towards following in his father's footsteps. He recalls:
Watching my father over the years instilled in me a desire to help people. The law has been with me for so long; it’s just always what I have been interested in.
With his sights set towards his childhood goal, Mr. Levine earned an undergraduate degree in legal studies at the University of Massachusetts, graduating cum laude with a certificate in mediation in 2001. He went on to pursue his J.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he attained semester honors and was chosen to appear in the twenty-forth Edition of Who's Who: American Law Students. After graduating in 2004, Mr. Levine practiced civil litigation for several years before turning his focus toward helping families through one of the most difficult times in their lives. In 2008, he opened up the Law Offices of Scott L. Levine where today the 10.0/10.0 Avvo "Superb" rated lawyer is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every family law client through zealous, thorough, and affordable representation.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Levine’s proven track record and uncompromising ethics have made him one of Pennsylvania's top family law attorneys. He is motivated by a genuine empathy for his clients and prides himself on remaining personable and accessible throughout every domestic relations case. No matter how complicated a situation is, he strives to create a clear plan of action, using cutting-edge technologies to solve matters efficiently and effectively. Because of the difficult emotions involved with family law, Mr. Levine is a strong proponent of finding alternative dispute resolutions and in 2016 became one of a small percentage of attorneys to become certified in collaborative law. That being said, should a case need to go to trial, Mr. Levine is more than prepared to skillfully litigate on his client’s behalf.
As a nationally recognized family lawyer, it is important that Mr. Levine stays on top of prevailing trends in his field. Of note, last December the waiting period for an uncontested divorce was changed to one year from two years, which affects strategy and moves cases along faster. This not only helps the economic aspects but more importantly brings custody to the forefront. The custody laws were also changed several years ago and have become gender neutral:
It used to be that Pennsylvania courts may favor mothers in custody actions, but now, especially in Allegheny County both parents are treated equally and decisions are made solely on the details and circumstances that reflect the best interest of the child. Recently, I obtained primary custody for a father who also sought to move to California. The move was also granted after a trial, which had to focus on the changes in custody law with regard to relocation. It was no small feat to prevail on a cross-country move, but the case we presented focused narrowly on the factors we needed to prove and supported them appropriately.
Outside of his thriving practice, Mr. Levine is an active member of his local community. He continues his commitment to pro bono services through his involvement with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA). He is also a member of various professional organizations including the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
After helping countless families over the course of his career, Mr. Levine envisions a bright future ahead. Moving forward, he plans to continue the honest and compassionate legal services for which he is known while advancing and protecting the rights of his clients and their families.