Karen Ackerman

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 Karen Ackerman graduated from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.  Ms. Ackerman then accepted a Dean’s Scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  While attending law school Ms. Ackerman focused her studies in the area of family law and received the CALI award for excellence in her participation in Lawyering Process, a family law clinic. 

Since graduating from law school, Ms. Ackerman has focused her practice on family law matters including support, custody, divorce, equitable distribution and protection from abuse.  She previously worked for the legal department at a nonprofit agency representing survivors of intimate partner violence in family law matters. 

 Ms. Ackerman is trained in collaborative law, a dispute resolution process where parties and their attorneys agree to resolve their differences without going to court.  One of the many benefits of the collaborative law process is that it enables the individual parties to have more control over the outcome of their case, and as a result, participants are often more satisfied with the final result.  Collaborative law can also be less expensive than traditional litigation.    

Ms. Ackerman is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  She is also on the Advocacy Committee of the NCJW focusing on domestic violence and human trafficking.

Areas of Practice

  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Support
  • Protection from Abuse


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law,Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania
  • George Washington University