Jessie D. Rawlings is a Greene County, Pennsylvania native and graduate of Edinboro University in Erie County.


She left Pennsylvania to earn her law degree at Florida Coastal School of Law but returned to begin her family law practice in Pittsburgh, serving clients in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.


She’s an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Jessie is an award-winning family lawyer attorney, recipient of the following honors:


– “Super Lawyers Rising Star” 2018 – 2022
– “Ten Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIFLA)
– “Top Ten Attorneys Under Forty” 2018


Jessie D. Rawlings is the most Reputable Family Law Attorney in Pittsburgh because she earns the trust of every client she represents by finding practical and cost-effective methods to resolve disputes. Jessie understands that family law matters are like powder kegs ready to explode and arms herself with strategies that diffuse rather than inflame the situation.


Her over ten years of devoting her practice exclusively to family law cases has provided her with an arsenal of negotiation, mediation, and litigation strategies that help her clients achieve their goals.

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Best Family Law Attorney in Pittsburgh


Whether you’re thinking about drafting a prenup, seeking a divorce, considering adopting a child, or looking for a way out of an abusive relationship, hiring the best family law attorney in Pittsburgh is the smartest move you can make. It’s never helpful to delay getting legal advice when you’re confronted with a family law dispute. If your fiance, co-parent, spouse, or relationship partner tries to push you to sign something without having it reviewed by an attorney, they’re trying to get more than they’re entitled to. Jessie is committed to explaining the law clearly to clients, empowering them to make the best possible decisions for their family.  Disputes rarely end with one party getting everything they want. That’s why Jessie will stress that resolving disputes requires compromise, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fight hard for what’s most important to you.

Planning For Post-Divorce Life

Jessie’s the best divorce attorney in Pittsburgh because she knows how to help clients create a plan for a bright future. For most families, turning one household into two means some reduction in standard of living.  This is especially true for families with young children, as both parents will need homes large enough to provide living space for the kids. The first question a divorcing spouse asks is usually whether they can keep the house, especially if they are a stay at home parent or primary caregiver for the children. While it’s possible for one spouse to stay in the family home with the children, it’s not very practical if money is tight.


The first option is for one spouse to buy out the other’s interest, but if there’s little equity in the home it might be difficult or impossible to handle the mortgage payments and upkeep on a large home. Another possibility is an agreement between spouses to allow the custodial parent to remain in the home until the children are grown, with both parents contributing to the upkeep. Unfortunately, most divorcing couples don’t have sufficient funds for either of these scenarios, so the family home must be sold. Jessie understands how this is a difficult pill to swallow. That’s why she works tirelessly to help clients create optimistic goals for their post-divorce lives.

The Best Interests of the Children

One of the reasons that Jessie is considered the best custody attorney in Pittsburgh is her success in helping her clients develop a parenting plan that empowers their family to thrive.  When parents agree on a plan, it can be entered as a consent order with the court. If the parents cannot agree, the judge will order a custody schedule based on what they believe is in the “best interests of the child.”  Shared custody is the norm, and it’s divided into two areas: decision making, known as legal custody, and residence, known as physical custody. Sole custody is extremely rare and generally reserved for families where there are severe issues that render one of the parents unfit. In most cases the children live with one of the parents (custodial parent) and have ample parenting time with the other parent (non-custodial parent.) The concept of “visitation” by the non-custodial parent is outmoded, as both parents are expected to take an active role. In fact, it’s become increasingly common for parents to opt for 50/50 custody, with children spending equal amounts of time in each parents’ home.

Individualized and Compassionate Representation

Jessie understands that every family is different, listening carefully to client concerns about issues that don’t fit neatly into settled law. Pennsylvania uses calculators for spousal and child support, and cases that don’t add up can fall through the cracks. Jessie knows how to help stay at home parents with self-employed spouses that hide their income, primary caregivers of children with special needs, and victims of domestic abuse get the help they need. Individualized and compassionate representation means listening carefully and developing strategies to help clients get what they’re entitled to. It also requires willingness to go the extra mile to convince opposing counsel, conciliators, hearing officers, and judges of the merits of a client’s case.

Experienced Pittsburgh Family Law Attorney

Family law matters can have complex and overlapping issues that require expertise in a wide range of practice areas. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced Pittsburgh family law attorney that can help you resolve all the issues that are likely to arise during a family law dispute. Jessie D. Rawlings has experience in the following family law areas of practice:


Child Custody

Domestic Violence

Domestic Partnerships

Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements

Jessie’s experience handling relationship dissolution matters includes resolving complex issues for high-net-worth clients, divorces involving businesses, LGBTQ divorces, and dissolution of domestic partnerships. She also has substantial experience handling child custody matters, including asserting and defending against claims of parental alienation. Jessie’s commitment to helping victims of domestic violence is longstanding and includes a commitment to helping victims feel safe and supported. You can count on Jessie for solid and effective representation that promotes the wellbeing of your family.