Eleanor M. Flannery

Eleanor M. Flannery

Of Counsel
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Upon graduation from law school, I joined my husband in a neighborhood practice in Philadelphia, representing clients in real estate transactions, divorce cases, personal injury matters and wills and estates. I decided to concentrate on family law cases. At the time I did not realize that this decision would define my career. As my own caseload grew, I took on more and more family law cases as my primary focus, although I had expanded my practice to include mediation. Twelve years after graduation, I was offered a position at Temple University School of Law (now Temple University Beasley School of Law) to teach two clinical programs, one of which was custody mediation. (In clinical programs, law students in their last year of studies attend class and represent clients in cases related to the subject area that they are studying.) The chance to help aspiring lawyers to develop mediation skills was one that I could not pass up. Unfortunately, the position was only funded by a grant and funding was not renewed four years later.

I was next offered a position as Custody and Support Master in Philadelphia Family Court. As a Master I conducted hearings and conferences to help families resolve custody and support disputes. The position with the court afforded me a new perspective on family law cases. Rather than representing the interests of either party to a case or serving as a neutral mediator, I was a fact finder, making recommendations to the parties and the court regarding the ultimate decision in the case.

However, after 4 1/2 years with the court, I realized that my true passion rested in working with clients on an individual basis and I returned to private practice with renewed energy and enthusiasm. The experience gained at the law school and the court enables me to offer clients a broader perspective on issues in their cases. I welcome the opportunity to share this energy and experience with you.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution of Property
  • Mediation
  • Spousal Support
  • Protection from Abuse

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • Florida, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • Juris Doctor - 1981
  • St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Master of Business Administration - 1981
    • Major: Management
  • St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Bachelor of Science - 1976
    • Major: Chemistry


  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z, National Business Institute, 2011
  • Top 10 Current Challenges in Family Law, National Business Institute, 2010
  • Financial Settlement Strategies for Your Divorce Clients in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2005
  • Ounce of Prevention, Pound of Cure: Critical Financial Mistakes in Pennsylvania Divorces, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Child Custody Mediation Clinical Program, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1994 - 1998
  • Representing Tax Exempt Organizations Clinical Program, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1994 - 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for Family Law, 2007
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for Family Law, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bucks County Collaborative Law Group, Secretary and Treasurer, 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Former Co-Chair of Mediation Committee of Family Law Division
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Former Co-Chair of Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Family Mediation Association of the Delaware Valley, Former President

Past Employment Positions

  • Monteverde, McAlee & Hurd, Attorney/Supervisor of Domestic Relations Group, 2002 - 2005
  • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Family Court, Custody and Support Master, 1998 - 2002
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Clinical Instructor, 1994 - 1998
  • Flannery & Flannery, Partner, 1981 - 2002
  • Family and Divorce Mediation Center, Partner, 1993 - 1996