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Maria N. Testa

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As a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, Maria N. Testa has limited her practice to the exclusive representation of clients in family law and divorce matters, including child support, custody, visitation, spousal support, and alimony. An expert at oral argument, Maria is known for her tenacity and effectiveness in the courtroom and is well known by Judges and practitioners alike, for her practical, yet effective approach to litigating and negotiating family law matters. Maria is a certified mediator and has extensive experience in complex custody and divorce cases and is adept at utilizing experts when appropriate. 

Ms. Testa earned her Juris Doctorate from the Seton Hall University School of Law. As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, she completed a minor in legal studies.

Ms. Testa is strongly committed to providing pro bono legal services to the disabled and low income clients with critical legal needs. She volunteers with the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, the American Red Cross, and the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP). In appreciation of her dedicated volunteer service to VIP clients, Ms. Testa was honored as the Philadelphia VIP Volunteer of the Month for July 2011.

Ms. Testa is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association including the Family Law Section and the Family Law Custody Committee. She is also a member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Same Sex Issues
  • Adoption
  • Spousal Support / Alimony
  • Visitation Rights

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: Appointed Teaching Fellow - Federal Income Taxation & Business Association
    • Honors: Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award
    • Honors: Member, Family Law Society
  • University of Rochester
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Legal Studies

Speaking Engagements

  • 1. Proper Practice and Procedure of Family Law – 10.29.19: Presented regarding practice and procedure in custody matters in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, October 29, 2019
  • Pennsylvania Family Law Practice for Paralegals – With a focus on Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees, January 24, 2020

Honors and Awards

  • Suburban Life Magazine Top Family Law Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Custody Committee
  • Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Legal Clinic for the Disabled
  • Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
  • Volunteer, American Red Cross
Awards
  • Super Lawyers 2021
    Super Lawyers 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars- Maria Testa
    Super Lawyers Rising Stars- Maria Testa
  • Avvo Superb
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars- Maria Testa
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars- Enrico Pagnanelli
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star 2021
  • Avvo 10.0
  • Suburban Life 2016- Top Family Law Attorneys
  • Philadelphia Life 2016- Top Family Law Attorneys
  • The Philadelphia Bar Association
  • The National Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2021

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Former Clients Share Their Experiences
    Testa & Pagnanelli Law is reliable, professional, and a good value law firm!

    “Going through a divorce is tough and emotional, although they say "it's just numbers". Testa & Pagnanelli Law is reliable, professional, good value law firm that I would recommend to everyone who is ...”

    - Former Client
    Maria is AMAZING!!!!!

    “Maria is AMAZING!!!!! She is understanding, knowledgeable and to the point.. I had a very Clean divorce thanks to Maria. I just paid, sat back and waited for the divorce decree.”

    - Amanda Biviens
    Best attorney in PA

    “I was faced with the possibility of not seeing my newborn daughter for. I reached out to Enrico and immediately knew he was the right attorney for my situation. With his vast knowledge, his finesse ...”

    Enrico was very professional,efficient and direct

    “Enrico was very professional,efficient and direct,he didn’t play any games.great law firm,I would recommend them to anyone,and if I ever have any further legal problems of any sort,I’m retaining ...”

    - Leonard Smith
    If you find yourself needing a custody lawyer, you will not be disappointed with Enrico

    “Enrico helped me win a very favorable outcome in my high conflict custody case. He knew just what questions to ask to get me to speak to the points I wanted to be heard during my testimony. While I ...”

    - Crystal C.
    Maria is fiercely smart and if you want a lawyer who will fight for you, she is it!

    “Maria is amazing and she cares. Maria is prepared and well organized, she never missed a beat. She is fiercely smart and if you want a lawyer who will fight for you, she is it! There will never be ...”

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