Family law attorney Gerald (Jerry) Shoemaker concentrates his practice in domestic relations issues including equitable distribution, alimony, custody, and complex support matters. He has also handled a variety of issues arising out of same-sex relationships. Sensitive to his clients’ needs, Jerry is settlement-oriented but ready to litigate when necessary.

He has been repeatedly recognized as a leader in family law, including most recently being named one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, 45 & Under, by the Ten Leaders Cooperative. In addition, he has earned multiple recognitions by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a top Family Law attorney.

Jerry is committed to the practice of family law, which is evident by his active participation in the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), which chose him as one of 10 members to participate in its prestigious leadership program. He serves in the PBA House of Delegates (HOD) as a Zone 9 delegate and was appointed to the Credentials and Admissions Committee of the HOD. Jerry is Chair of the PBA GLBT Rights Committee. He is also active in the PBA Family Law Section, where he sits on its Council and also serves as co-chair of its Programming Committee. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer on family law topics for both the PBA and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Jerry is also active in the ABA Family Law Section. He was recently selected to be one of 11 editors of its quarterly publication, Family Advocate. Jerry has spoken at several ABA Family Law Section meetings on topics such as finding foreign assets in divorce and dealing with third parties in divorce actions.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Bar Association (MBA) and is also a member of its Executive Committee. Jerry is Co-chair of the MBA’s Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Family Law Section and Chair of the Section’s Support Committee, which focuses on educating attorneys regarding child and spousal support matters.

He offers free legal clinics at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, an organization that focuses on freedom from domestic violence and other forms of abuse. He also volunteers as a child advocate for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Program, representing children in various types of actions within the court system. Jerry volunteers his time sitting on the Board of Directors of the Regional Center for Women in the Arts.

A graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Jerry received his BA from Duquesne University.

Honors & Awards

Named one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, 45 & Under, by the Ten Leaders Cooperative (2011)

Named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as one of Pennsylvania’s top family law attorneys as the result of a statewide survey of lawyers, 2015 – 2017

Named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star in 2008, 2010 – 2014 as the result of a statewide survey of lawyers

Award Methodologies

News

“Same-sex Marriage: Now What?,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer, September/October 2015

“Recognition of LGBT Rights Increases Business Opportunities for Attorneys,” ABA Law Practice Today, July 14, 2015

Ferko-Fox v. Fox,” Casenote, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Fall 2013

In re Adoption of SP,” Casenote, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Spring 2011

Robinson-Austin v. Robinson-Austin,” Casenote, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Fall 2007

Ramer v. Ramer,” Casenote, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Spring 2007

Colonna v. Colonna,” Casenote, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Fall 2004

Diament v. Diament,” Casenote, Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, November 2003

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Memberships & Community

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Board of Governors, 2015 – present
Family Law Section, 2000 – present

Montgomery Bar Association
Board of Directors, 2014 – present
Family Law Section, 2004 – present

American Bar Association, Family Law Section

Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court
President, 2007 – 2008
Executive Director, 2005 – 2007

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