About Pride Law

All attorneys aim to deliver a legal result to their clients.  Pride Law helps clients develop and work toward their individual goals to best meet their needs and the needs of their families as they move forward during and after a divorce, and into the future.

 

Since 1999, Elisabeth Pride has helped hundreds of family law clients in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities develop and pursue goals beyond acquiring assets or “winning” in court. At Pride Law, we help our clients imagine how they want their lives to be in the future, and to develop creative strategies to meet their long-term goals.

“When possible, I help my clients resolve their family law matters out of court, and we offer a number of process options to make this happen. This approach can potentially save both sides time, effort and money, and it gives clients more control over their futures than they would have in a court process.” — Attorney Elisabeth Pride

There are times when it is impossible to negotiate a divorce or other family dispute. The other party may be unable or unwilling to cooperate, or the issues may be truly irreconcilable. At these times, an experienced trial attorney can be a family law client’s best advocate. My years as a trial lawyer trained me to skillfully and steadfastly pursue my clients’ goals in court when settling is not an option.

About Elisabeth Pride

Beth 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 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 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.

After more than 12 years in practice, Beth started her own firm in 2011 with an emphasis on providing a tailored client experience.  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, but she has continued to litigate difficult cases where out-of-court resolution is impossible.  

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.  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

Law School

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    • J.D. – 1997

    • Law Review: Pitt Law Review, Articles Editor, 1994 – 1997

Published Works

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2010 – Present

  • 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

  • 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 (now Wilder, Mahood, McKinley & Oglesby), Attorney, 1999 – 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro Se Motions and Self-Help center support, 2001 – Present

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