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Mark A. Momjian

267.546.3715


A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia University School of Law, Mark Momjian's family law practice encompasses all aspects of divorce, support, child custody, and appellate litigation. He writes and lectures frequently about trends in domestic relations, with a special emphasis on biotechnology's impact on family law.  A member of the Board of Editors of The Matrimonial Strategist since 1994, Mr. Momjian has published dozens of articles on specialized aspects of family law, some of which have appeared in the National Law Journal¸ the American Journal of Family Law, and Divorce Litigation.  His articles on family law have been cited in numerous law reviews and journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Law and Psychology Review, Law and Inequality, and the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Mr. Momjian has handled family law cases in over a third of Pennsylvania's judicial districts.  Mr. Momjian is co-author with his father Albert Momjian of Pennsylvania Family Law Annotated, published by Thomson/West and currently in its tenth edition.  Mr. Momjian has argued major appeals before the Pennsylvania appellate courts, and in 2006 he successfully defended the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's Grandparents' Visitation Act before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  He also successfully argued the first appellate case in the country in which a non-biological parent was directed to pay child support to her former domestic partner.  Mr. Momjian has been quoted on family law topics in newspapers across the United States, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and he has been interviewed by Larry King on CNN's Larry King Live, as well as by Matt Lauer on NBC's The Today Show.

Mr. Momjian is a member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section, and he was the first co-chair of its Committee on the Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants.  Mr. Momjian has co-chaired the Program Committee of the Family Law Section's Bench-Bar since 2005.  Mr. Momjian has lectured on family law and professional ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Villanova, and Widener Law Schools, as well as on HIV-AIDS and the law at Rutgers-Camden Law School.  Since 2001, he has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the Drexel University College of Medicine.  In 2005, Mr. Momjian co-chaired the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Continuing Legal Education seminar marking the 25th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code.  His two articles, Twenty-Five Years of No-Fault Divorce: Milestones and Trends in Pennsylvania Family Law, and Twenty-Five Years After Kramer v. Kramer: Is Pennsylvania Ready for Child Custody Reform?, were published in the July and October 2005 issues of the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly.

Mr. Momjian's public service work focuses on the unique challenges facing nontraditional families. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Homeless Advocacy Project, and a former member of the Board of Directors at Philadelphia VIP.  Among his awards and honors, Mr. Momjian was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights in 2002, and he received the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2004.  In 2005, he was presented with the Earl G. Harrison Award in recognition of his pro bono service and commitment to mentoring young lawyers. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Advocate Award presented by SeniorLAW Center for protecting and promoting the rights of senior citizens in need.

In 2008, Mr. Momjian was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee to chair a subcommittee charged with creating and standardizing family court forms for download and usage in every Pennsylvania judicial district.

A more complete description of Mr. Momjian's credentials can be found here.




Education

Columbia University School of Law., J.D., 1986
Columbia College, B.A., 1983

Awards/Distinctions
Profiled in Philadelphia VIP's Impact Newsletter, "Assistance for Families in Need: Spotlight on Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis," January 2010. 

 Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

First Judicial District Pro Bono Roll of Honor (2006 to present).  

Outstanding Volunteer Service Recognition, Homeless Advocacy Project, Philadelphia VIP, and Delaware County Bar Association, Pro Bono Project of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Outstanding Advocate Award, SeniorLAW Center, for Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Senior Citizens in Need, 2006.

Earl G. Harrison Award, in Recognition of Pro Bono Service and Commitment to Mentoring Young Lawyers, 2005.

Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2004.

Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, 2002.



Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Alternative Families Committee
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Adoption and Surrogacy Committee
Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member of the Executive Committee, Bench-Bar Program Committee (Co-Chair), Committee on the Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants (Founding Co-Chair), Adoption Committee (Former Chair)
Delaware County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court, Master and Member of the Executive Committee, Program Committee (Former Co-Chair)
Armenian Bar Association, Armenian Rights Watch (Former Co-Chair) Supreme Court of the United States, Admitted 2007
Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Admitted 1986
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Admitted 1986

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