Philadelphia Family Law Attorney

Thomas J. Petrelli, Jr. is a Philadelphia based family lawyer who focuses his practice on divorce and family-related matters, including support, custody, adoption, and parental rights. His goal is to help families of all shapes and sizes thrive despite the legal and financial difficulties that arise from divorce, child custody disputes, and domestic violence. Tom prides himself in being adaptable to each individual situation. He works tirelessly to find workable solutions for his clients, regardless of whether he is working on the fair distribution of assets in a divorce or on legal protection for a victim of abuse. Mr. Petrelli is a trial attorney with a LLM in trial advocacy from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. This means that he has the experience needed to provide representation for cases which go to trial, including custody cases and complex divorces. However, Tom also has a strong background in mediation. He is the owner of Divorce Done Right, a mediation company that offers solutions for families who want a peaceful resolution to divorce and custody issues. Tom has built his reputation handling high asset divorces. Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, LLC, offers a premier divorce representation services for clients with contentious divorces. However, not all divorces are contentious. Tom also offers a flat-fee Flash divorce for couples who are on a tight budget with few disputes. He has also worked to increase online access to simple legal procedure through a website that provides access to Pennsylvania divorce forms and tools for those who prefer a do-it-yourself option for no-fault divorce. Tom has received several national and peer-reviewed awards, including being named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2009. Tom has been recognized by his peers for his creative solutions to family law matters and is a recurring guest speaker on divorce and family law at the People’s Law School. LOCATIONS Philadelphia Office: (mailing address) 1845 Walnut Street, 19th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 523-6900 Princeton Office: 29 Emmons Drive, Suite G40 Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 917 9560 Doylestown Office 44 E Court Street 2nd Floor Doylestown, PA 18901 (267) 938-4480 Montgomery County Office: 516 Dekalb Street, Suite C Norristown, PA 19401 (610) 924-2870 One Echelon Plaza: 227 Laurel Road, Suite 100 Voorhees, NJ 08043 (201) 655-7204 Chicago Office: Two Prudential Plaza 180 North Stetson, Suite 3500 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 252-2085

Bar Admissions

  • 2002 Pennsylvania
  • 2003 New Jersey
  • 2004 District of Columbia
  • 2014 Illinois


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration - 1998
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration - 1998
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
JD - Juris Doctor - 2001
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
MSEL - 2001
Temply University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
LLM in Trial Advocacy - 2006

Career Highlights

  • Super Lawyer Pennsylvania 2009 to 2018
  • Named to the “National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40” list published by the American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Superb AVVO Rating of 10
  • Selected for inclusion to Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyers® in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Selected for inclusion to Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyers® in 2015 to present.
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Gold Client Champion 2017 Award Recipient
  • Recognized in Who’s Who of American Lawyers: 2006 -2009
  • Voted to Arrival Magazine’s Top 50 Family Lawyers in Northeast: 2010, 2011
  • Named in Suburban Life Magazine’s Awesome Attorneys – Divorce and Family Law: 2010


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