Rochelle B. Grossman
Rochelle Grossman (“Shelly”) brings 30 years of family law experience as a litigator, mediator, arbitrator and Family Court Master to Potts, Shoemaker & Grossman, LLC. She spent the first 15 years of her legal career in private practice becoming a strident advocate for litigants in all areas of family law. In 2006 Shelly left her practice to serve as a Family Court Master in the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania. During her more than 14-year tenure as a Master, Shelly presided over hundreds of equitable distribution matters from preliminary through settlement conferences and trials. Having addressed and resolved valuation issues in businesses, pensions, and real estate, she has earned a reputation as a critical thinker and even-handed adjudicator. As part of her responsibilities, Shelly served as a Custody Conciliator making court-approved recommendations over custody disputes including, physical custody schedules, legal custody decisions, school selection, vacation/holiday schedules, and appointment of therapists.
While serving as a Master, Shelly founded the Family Arbitration and Mediation Center where she focused on offering alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options such as arbitration, mediation, and parenting coordination. Potts, Shoemaker & Grossman, LLC, afforded Shelly the opportunity to merge the ADR services offered by the Family Arbitration and Mediation Center with her passionate advocacy. Her years of experience as a Court Officer and divorce lawyer have provided her with both a broad-based perspective in her role as a neutral or advocate as well as an appreciation for the nuances required to guide parties to resolution.
Shelly has dedicated her time and efforts to improving the practice of family law by authoring articles for the American Bar Association’s Family Advocate and Pennsylvania Family Lawyer. She, along with Alita Rovito, Esquire, co-authored the chapter on the Equitable Distribution Trial in Slicing Up the Pie, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Shelly is a frequent lecturer on divorce, equitable distribution, and other family law issues. She completed the Arbitration training course offered by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2018, is a certified Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, and holds a graduate tax certificate in Estate Planning.
Shelly is a member of the Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court, past Chair of the Rules Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association.
When not handling family law disputes, Shelly serves on the board of the Chester County Child Access Center which provides free custody supervision to enable parents and children to see and connect with each other. Additionally, she served as, president of the Brandywine Valley chapter of CISV, a children’s international peace education organization.
As either mediator, arbitrator, or advocate, Shelly’s ability to handle complex, sensitive, and important family issues is rooted in her extensive experience. She has guided hundreds of disputes to resolution, through agreement and disposition, and has represented hundreds of parties in the Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley localities of Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Bucks Counties. Rest assured that your ADR, arbitration, mediation or parenting coordination, and representation will be handled equitably, timely, and cost effectively, with the utmost integrity and attention to detail.
Education & Certifications
Temple University School of Law
American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys
Villanova University School of Law
Parenting Coordination Certification
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Divorce and Separation
- Equitable Distribution
- Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
- Child Support
- Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite
- Parenting Coordination
Professional Appointments & Memberships
- Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section Member; Member of Council, ARD Liaison, former Chair of Rules Committee and Member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
- American Bar Association
- Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Chair of the Family Law Section.
- Chester County Family Court Local Rules Committee Member, Past-Chair Chester County Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
- The Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court
List of Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Co-presenter, Arbitration Training Program for 45 lawyers from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, October 9, 2020. The four-hour training covered practice, procedure, and forms, and included an interactive workshop on drafting agreements to arbitrate, directives, and arbitration awards.
- Co-presenter for program on Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution, Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Section, October 7, 2020.
- Author, “Choosing Your Approach To Resolution,” ABA Family Advocate, Volume 43, Issue No. 1, (Summer 2020)
- Author “Dispute Resolution Options In The Age Of Covid-19,” The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 42, Issue No. 2, (Summer 2020)
- Faculty, Pennsylvania Family Law Institute, Litigating Complex Issues in Equitable Distribution, June 2019
- Faculty, Pennsylvania Family Law Institute, Mirror Mirror…Predicting Equitable Distribution & Alimony Awards, April 2018
- Faculty, Chester County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Equitable Distribution and Alimony in Chester County, March 2018
- Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Winter Meeting, Mirror Mirror…Predicting Equitable Distribution & Alimony Awards, January 2018
- Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Summer Meeting, Debt, Bankruptcy and Divorce, Summer 2017.
- Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Winter Meeting, Ballicki, January 2010.
- Faculty, Four County Family Law Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2019.
- Lecturer, Basics of Handling Divorce, PBI, 2015.
- Author and Lecturer, “The Equitable Distribution Trial,” Slicing Up the Pie, Co-Authored with Alita Rovito, Esquire, PBI Press Editions 1, 2 and 3, 2010, 2012, 2014.
- Lecturer, Four County Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute,
- Course Planner and Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Custody Law Update, Summer, 2003.
- Lecturer and Author, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law Chapter of General Practitioners Update, Summers 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
- Lecturer and Author, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Winter Meeting, High Income Support Cases, Mascaro v. Mascaro, January, 2000.
- Lecturer and Author, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Winter Meeting, Support Law Update, January, 1998; Equitable Distribution Update, January, 2005.
- Lecturer and Author, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Equitable Distribution Update, 1991.