Diana C. Schimmel

Meet Diana C. Schimmel, Philadelphia Family Law Attorney

Diana Schimmel focuses her practice exclusively on family law in areas including divorce, custody, support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, enforcement and modification of agreements, same sex rights, domestic violence, paternity and adoption.

“Family law matters can be emotional, and I am aware of the support a person needs during such a trying time. You will never be shuttled to another attorney or support staff when working with my firm. You will receive personalized attention specific to your sensitive case needs.”

Diana earned her Juris Doctorate from the Widener University School of Law. As a law student, she was a member of the Student Bar Association as well as an associate staff member and then a senior staff member of Widener Law Journal. Diana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Politics with a minor in Dance from George Mason University.

Before establishing her own family law firm, Diana served as the interim law clerk to Judge Donna M. Woelpper in the Family Court of Philadelphia, Juvenile Dependency Branch. She also worked as a child advocate attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia in its Child Advocacy Unit. In that role, Diana honed her courtroom presence, represented numerous dependent children, and advocated for their needs and best interests. She opened Schimmel Family Law in 2013 and worked as a solo practitioner for almost four years before partnering with Melinda Previtera to establish Previtera & Schimmel. Ms. Schimmel Avena has experience in mediation and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In addition to her legal background, Diana is a member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court. She also volunteers with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, The Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research.

Ms. Schimmel Avena is active in the legal community, and her outstanding legal work has earned her the recognition of her peers. She has been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ annual Rising Stars List since 2015, and she was named a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer. Diana was also listed as a Top Family Law Attorney by Philadelphia Life Magazine every year since 2014, and she was named Best Overall Advocate by the Widener Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Widener University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Politics, George Mason University

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Rising Stars List in 2015 to present
  • Named as a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer in 2014
  • Voted a Top Family Law Attorney by Philadelphia Life Magazine in 2014 through 2017
  • Named Best Overall Advocate by the Widener Intensive Trial Advocacy Program in 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association – Family Law Section, Women in the Profession Committee
  • Member, Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court
  • Co-Chair, The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, Young Professionals Council
  • Member, Femfessionals Professional Women’s Networking Group

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

What Clients Say About Us

This firm is very good. They gave me good advice and so far I’ll still have custody of my grandchildren and with his help I shall maintain that custody. Superior.- A Family Law Client, Philadelphia, PA
Petrelli Law worked with me on case and he was great. His staff and lawyers are so friendly and helpful. You can tell they cared by how quickly they returned my calls. Even if Mr. Petrelli was unavailable to assist me, his associate was there to answer my questions. I am very happy with their work and their rates are reasonable. If you need a family lawyer, these are the guys to go to.- A Pennsylvania Client, Delaware County, PA