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Partner

Phone: 215-362-2474
Fax: 215-362-6722
Email: mdischell@dischellbartle.com


For over 35 years, Mark Dischell has been a formidable counselor and advocate for his clients. He is an experienced litigator in divorce, support, child custody, property distribution and grandparents’ rights. Mark is known not only for his success with his clients, but also for the long-standing relationships he maintains with the families he helps. His primary goal is to amicably resolve all matters without litigation but is always prepared to zealously represent his client.

In addition to his practice, Mark has given various lectures on matrimonial law to parental groups, law schools, accountants, domestic relations officers, mental health professionals, religious and civic groups, service clubs, and other organizations. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles such as “Joint Custody-A Legal Overview,” “Religion and Custody Cases,” The Pennsylvania Marital Settlement Agreement Handbook for Professional Education Systems, Inc., Parenting Coordination in PA: an Update on an Evolving Topic; as well as provided much course material for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Support
  • Child Custody
  • Property Distribution
  • Grandparents’ Rights

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania – J.D. 
  • Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania – B.A. 
  • Honors: Dean’s List, Pi Gamma Mu

Published Works

  • “Joint Custody: A Legal Overview”, Pennsylvania Law Journal, Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, 1981
  • “May A Parent Be Compelled To Visit His Child…Or Why Do I Have To Be Her Babysitter?”, Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, 1993
  • “Religion and Child Custody Cases”, Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, 1990
  • Co-Author of “Pennsylvania Marital Settlement Agreement”, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Handbook, 1984
  • “Parenting Coordination in PA: An Update on an Evolving Topic”, July, 2008
  • Various articles and course materials for Pennsylvania Bar Institute (continuing legal education)

Representative Cases

  • Karp v. Karp, 549 Pa. 701, 700 A.2d 441 (Pa. Supreme Court 1997)
  • Kimmey v. Kimmey, 409 A.2d 1178 (269 Pa. Super. 346 1979)

Seminars/Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Montgomery County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association, various matters related to family law.
  • Various lectures concerning matrimonial law to parental groups, law schools, accountants (PICPA), domestic relations officers, mental health professionals, religious and civic groups, service clubs, and other organizations concerning matrimonial law.
  • Villanova Law Forum, Villanova University, 1983
  • Essentials of Pennsylvania Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Divorce Code: Amendments, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • The New Statewide Support Guidelines, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • “Hot Tips” for Divorce Lawyers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Advanced Equitable Distribution, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Fundamentals of Family Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Post-Majority Support, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law Conference
  • Family Law Practicum, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Representing Divorce Clients in a Bad Economy, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Custody Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Custody Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Discovery & Expert Witnesses in Family Law Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Child Custody Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Definition of Income for Support Purposes, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Support Practice Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Various Divorce Law updates, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Parent Coordinators in Pennsylvania: Handling High Conflict Custody Cases, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Trial of a Custody Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Emerging Issues in Family Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • DRAP – Paternity Disestablishment Mock Trial
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Practicum
  • Numerous other Lectures and Seminars

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1982 – Present
  • “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer”, 2005 – Present
  • Top 100 Pennsylvania Lawyers, The Philadelphia Magazine Super Lawyer Section, 2006 – Present
  • Top Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia Matrimonial & Divorce Law, 2005 – Present
  • Eric Turner Memorial Award From The Pennsylvania Bar Association, Dec 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999 – 2012
  • Best Lawyers In America, Family Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Family Law Section, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, Chair
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Chair
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Past Director
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Past President
  • Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court, Master, 1994 – 2005
  • Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee, Task Force on Domestic Relations Law, Member, 1997 – Present
  • Lansdale Rotary Club, Past President
  • 32nd Degree Mason
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Former Member
  • Domestic Relations Procedural Family Law Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Past Chair Elect, Past Vice-President, Past Secretary, Past Treasurer, Past Member of Executive Counsel, Divorce, Custody, Mediation and Conciliation Committees, Past Co-Chairperson, Child Custody Committee, Past Co-Chairman, House of Delegates
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Managers of PA Chapter
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Treasurer
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vice President, 1995 – 1997
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect, 1997 – 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, 1988 – 1999
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and Chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • Hunn and Dischell, Partner
  • Aamco Automatic Transmissions, Associate Counsel
  • Pearlstine, Salkin, Hardiman, Robinson & Hunn, Associate
  • President Judge, Hon. David E. Groshens of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Law Clerk

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Epsilon Pi
  • Pi Gamma Mu Honorary Society