Thomas Petrelli, Jr.

Meet Thomas J. Petrelli, Jr. 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 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.



  • 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

Professional Associations

  • Member, PBA Statutory Law Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section and
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court
  • Justinian Society

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Avvo - Rate your Lawyer. Get Free Legal Advice.

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 Previtera 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