Gail C. Calderwood Esq.

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Partner
Location:
Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania
Phone:
412-471-8822
Fax:
412-471-5733
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Ms. Calderwood is a partner in the firm of Raphael, Ramsden & Behers. Her practice is concentrated in family law, including divorce cases involving complex asset, debt and valuation issues; support and alimony cases; child custody and interstate custody matters. She applies her experience and dedication to resolving such matters in the best interests of her clients while providing guidance and practical advice to her clients. Attorney Calderwood applies her knowledge of complex valuation and asset identification to both the cost effective settlement of matters that are ripe for resolution outside of a courtroom and to litigation of cases when necessary. She finds great satisfaction in family law, as it allows her to help others in restructuring their family and seeking the best available solution to their problems, which are unique to each family.

When she finds herself in the courtroom, she is prepared, knowledgeable of current family law, firm in seeking the best result based upon the facts of the case and the law, and respectful of the client's feelings. Nonetheless, she finds that most clients benefit from seeking a resolution of their family law matters outside of the courtroom, both in the details that can be controlled in a settlement and also in the cost savings of avoiding litigation. This is especially true in custody cases. Toward that end, she is also trained to resolve cases using the collaborative law approach; which can be extremely beneficial to her clients.  Regardless of the approach used, she works with her clients to seek the optimal result achievable outside or inside of the courtroom.

For 2012 and 2013, Ms. Calderwood was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011, Ms. Calderwood was selected for inclusion in the Rising Star List by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Attorney Calderwood was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section where she serves as the Treasurer and is a former general Council Member as well as the former Chair of the Domestic Rules Committee. Ms. Calderwood is also a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and its Family Law Section, serving on committees and previously a member of council.  Additionally, she was the President of the Pittsburgh Matrimonial Inn of Court for the 2007-2009 term. She has served as a speaker for continuing legal education presentations on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Allegheny County Bar Association. In 2002, she was recognized as one of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest," recognizing young community leaders, and through which she raised funds for Cystic Fibrosis Association. Ms. Calderwood has volunteered her time, in pro bono and community efforts, through the Pro Se Motions program and Pro bono Custody Conciliation project tin Allegheny County, and Neighborhood Legal Services, the Uptown Clinic, the KD You & the Law Program, and at various food banks.  Ms. Calderwood was admitted to practice in 1998. She is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and attended the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania,1998

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University,Carlisle,Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh-1993
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers,2012-2013
  • Rising Star List by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers,2010-2011
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association,2007
  • Named Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers,2005
  • Named Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers,2006
  • Named Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers,2007
  • Named Rising Star by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers,2008
  • Named one of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest",2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section,Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division,Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Pittsburgh Matrimonial Inn of Court,President,2007-2009