Presenting the Power 20 Family Law list:
After a well-received rollout last year, The Daily Record is continuing to build a Power List program with the first list of 2022: Power 20 Family Law list.
This list includes lawyers who have spent much of their career working in family law.
The people on this list help clients navigate some of the most challenging times in their lives. They guide people through divorce, child custody and support, adoption, prenups and postnups, and more. The need for strong legal advocacy has been heightened over the past two years as COVID-19 has added even more stress and uncertainty to processes that were already full of both. These attorneys continued to serve their clients admirably while navigating new ways of doing business thanks to restrictions that limited or halted face-to-face meetings.
As with previous lists, the Power 20 Family Law list is presented in alphabetical order, click here to see the full list.
Lacy Katzen is honored to have Lawrence J. Schwind make the list; read more below.
Years in current role: 33
What do you enjoy most about practicing family law?
The practice of family law requires a detailed knowledge and awareness of multiple and varied legal disciplines as well as an appreciation of and sensitivity to the anxieties and emotions of people seeking help in an area that is often unwelcomed and, in most cases, is entirely foreign to them. I find it satisfying to use my education, training and experience to help people navigate some of the most difficult, confusing and emotional times in their lives.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
One of the biggest challenges that we have dealt with over the past year has been in seeking timely, fair and practical resolutions for people in an imperfect and often confounding system. This is due in large part to the challenges of establishing operational protocols for remote and socially distanced client interactions and to the challenges of adjusting to a changing and largely remote judicial system. A further challenge has been encountered in adapting to the changes and frustrations of the Electronic Filing System which, while progressive in many ways, has not been without its frustrations and “growing pains.”
What do you see as the biggest changes in family law in the next 3-5 years?
I anticipate a greater emphasis being placed on both formal and informal alternatives for the resolution of domestic disputes, due to the increase in non-traditional relationships as well as to the ever-increasing costs of traditional legal services. Domestic issues are not limited to high-income families. In many cases, limited financial resources make domestic issues even more difficult to address and resolve and the procedural and due process protections afforded by the judicial system are a luxury that many people cannot afford. Consequently, efficient, practical and equitable alternatives may become increasingly attractive in the near future.
If you are looking for family law legal representation Lawrence Schwind may be able to help.