Elisabeth Pride

Elisabeth Pride grew up in Edgewood on the East End of Pittsburgh. She went to Hollins College in Virginia and Carlow College in Pittsburgh, completing her Bachelor’s Degree from Carlow with high honors. After working for Westinghouse for several years, Beth left to start both law school and a family.  Having served on the Law Review, Beth graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1997, and passed the Bar Exam a week before giving birth to her second child.  In 1999, Beth joined Wilder & Mahood, a well-known and highly regarded Pittsburgh matrimonial boutique practice, having chosen family law because she views family relationships as the most important facet of our lives, and for the scope of practice which allowed for counseling, advocacy, negotiation, litigation and appellate work.

Beth remained with Wilder and Mahood for more than 12 years until leaving in 2011 to start her own firm in the South Hills devoted to family law with an emphasis on out-of-court resolution.  Since founding Pride Law, Beth has become an enthusiastic advocate and practitioner of mediation and the collaborative process, which she views as the best processes available for resolution of difficult family law matters, as well as of unbundled legal services for easier cases.  Beth is a graduate of the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston School of Law, and has received extensive training in mediation and collaborative law.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and is a past member of the American Bar Association and the Pittsburgh Matrimonial American Inns of Court.  In 2007, she was elected Fellow to the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

In 2010 Beth published “Down the Rabbit’s Hole: Baby Monitors, Family Movies and Wiretap Law” in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  In the Spring 2013 edition of The Trend, the newsletter of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, she published “The Path to Enlightenment” about her introduction to the collaborative process.  She lives in Mount Lebanon, in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Adoption
  • Protection from Abuse
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation
  • Litigation & Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. – 1997
    • Law Review: Pitt Law Review, Articles Editor, 1994 – 1997
  • Carlow College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. – 1991
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Business Communications

Published Works

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, 2007 – 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), 2011 – Present (past chair of Policies & Procedures committee, past chair of Education committee, ongoing member Pro Bono committee)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Family Law Section, 1999 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association – Family Law Section, 1999 – Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), 2011 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Wilder & Mahood, Attorney, 1999 – 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro Se Motions and Self-Help center support, 2001 – Present
  • Pro Bono Committee of CLASP, 2016 – Present
  • NLSA support in family issues, 2003 – 2008

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