Philadelphia Office
1835 Market Street - Suite 1400
PA 19103
West Conshohocken Office
5 Tower Bridge - 300 Barr Harbor Drive, Suite 175
Pennsylvania 19428
215.569.4646 phone215.568.6603

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David J. Steerman

Partner | Family Law | Litigation


A seasoned litigator, David Steerman's practice concentrates on family law exclusively. More importantly, Mr. Steerman believes the practice of law is about people - his clients. He understands dealing with family law issues such as divorce, same sex dissolution, custody and child and spousal support are complex and challenging. Mr. Steerman's goal is to have his clients and their children emerge from the issues they are confronting emotionally and financially intact while he serves their best interests both inside and outside the courtroom.

Although a strong advocate, Mr. Steerman is sensitive to the personal and important decisions his clients have to make. He offers steadfast counsel to clients in matters concerning:

  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Children
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Same Sex Dissolution
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Marital Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements/Prenuptial Agreements/Postnuptial Agreements
  • Restraining Orders
  • Separation Agreements
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support/Alimony Pendente Lite
  • Alimony
  • Protection from Abuse/Domestic Violence

Recognized by his peers for his work, Mr. Steerman is a fellow of The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is named as one of Pennsylvania's "Super Lawyers®" as listed in both the Philadelphia Magazine (June 2005 through 2018) and the Law and Politics Magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers June 2005 through 2018 editions.  In addition, Mr. Steerman has also been named to The 2014 through 2019 Best Lawyers in America.©

Mr. Steerman's interest and education in psychology compliment his legal abilities in dealing with the many complex emotions inherent in family law issues. He is a member of a prominent Judges, Lawyers and Psychologists group that meets monthly to address custody issues unique to Pennsylvania and the way in which they are handled. Rounding out his abilities, Mr. Steerman is proficient in Spanish.

An active member of the community, Mr. Steerman donates his time and energy to assorted local charities, non-profit organizations, Philadelphia V.I.P., Homeless Advocacy Project and is an attorney mentor in Family Law.

Mr. Steerman writes and speaks frequently on divorce and other family law related topics. He has assumed leadership positions in the Philadelphia Divorce Bar, including chair of the Bar Association's Family Law Section. Mr. Steerman has also served as a council member of The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law Section.

Mr. Steerman has been a featured speaker on family law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The Family Law Sections of the Pennsylvania, Montgomery and Philadelphia County Bar Associations, the National Business Institute, Temple University L.L.M. Program, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Widener University Paralegal Institute, as well as other organizations. He has appeared on Comcast CN-8, Money Matters on multiple occasions.

Mr. Steerman has penned family law articles for various periodicals including Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, The Main Line Times, and Pennsylvania Family Lawyer. His case "Schulman vs. Schulman," was featured in the Wall Street Journal and "Egelman vs. Egelman," appeared in The Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer.



Temple University School of Law, J.D. (1989)

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. (1986)



New Jersey


Fellow,  American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Pennsylvania Chapter

Member,  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Montgomery County Bar Associations Family Law Section

Chair,  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Section (2003-2004)

Chair Elect,  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Section (2002)

Treasurer,  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Section (2001)

Secretary,  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Section (2000)

Co-Chair,  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Section Special Events Committee (1999)

Co-Chair,  Philadelphia Bar Association Family Section Custody Committee (1993-1998)

Volunteer Attorney,  Philadelphia V.I.P. and Homeless Advocacy Project

Attorney Mentor,  Family Law

Founding Member,  Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court

Member,  Temple Law School American Inn of Court

Stakeholder,  Parenting Coordination in Pennsylvania

Council Member,  Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section


Law Clerk, Honorable William Witten Vogel, President Judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

  • Co-Author, "Valentine's Day: Nothing says I love you like a pre-nup," by Monica Mandell and David J. Steerman, guest columnists, Philadelphia Business Journal, February 9, 2018
  • Speaker, PBI Family Law Institute's seminar entitled, "21st Century Extended Family Law Issues: The Demographics and Fragility of Modern Families," April 2017.
  • Speaker, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, "How We Make Decisions: Neuroscience and Heuristics, With a Focus on Dealing With These Complex Issues in Family Law Cases," March 2017.
  • Speaker, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Divorce Conference, "Real Estate Assets and Liabilities in Support and Equitable Distribution Proceedings, October 2015.
  • Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania State Trial Judges Conference, July 24, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Custody Law Updates," Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section's Summer Meeting, July 11, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements," Pennsylvania Bar Family Law Institute, April 23, 2015.
  • Course Planner & Moderator, "Valuing Antiques and Collectibles," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 10, 2014 and March 27, 2012
  • Speaker, "Custody Practice in Philadelphia County," PBI's Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Program, November 2013.
  • Fox News, April 2013, Mike Jerrick, "Interview on Halle Berry Custody Relocation Case"
  • Co-author, "Get Divorced:" What Family Lawyers Need to Know About Jewish Divorce,Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (Volume 35 Issue No. 1) March 2013
  • Co-author, "Marital Miss: How to Protect Your Business Before You Tie the Knot," Philadelphia Smart CEO, November 2012.
  • Co-author, "I saw mommy kissing Lou from accounting; office parties and cheating," Philadelphia Business Journal, December 11, 2012. Click here for article.
  •, Fall Issue 2012, PreNup: Is it for you?  Co-authored by David Steerman and Randi Rubin. Click here for article.
  • "10 Practical Tips for Finding the Right Family Lawyer," online at Main Line Media News, and Main Line Suburban Life (November 30, 2011.)
  • "Case Note on Gowdy v. Kesserling," Pennsylvania Family Lawyer(June 1997, Volume 19, No. 2).
  • "Custody Relocation Update, The Burdens of a Move," Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section - Newsletter (Fall - 1996).
  • "Interviewer - Custody a View from the Bench," Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Summer 1994, Volume 57, No. 2).
  • "Family Law - The Right Moves," Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine(Summer 1993, Volume 57, No. 2).
  • Speaker, "Fault and No-Fault Divorce Issues," Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law, February 2013.
  • Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice (2005 through 2014).
  • PA Psychological Association Program on Parenting Coordination (2007).
  • PBI Family Law Update (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
  • Course Planner, PBI/PBEC, Disasters - Planning Ahead (2006).
  • "Family Law Updates," Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference, October 23, 2003.
  • Lecturer, PBI/PBEC, "Custody Law Update," June 25, 2003.
  • Lecturer, National Business Institute, Child Custody and Visitation Issues in Pennsylvania.
  • Authored course materials, September 30, 1997; Guest Lecturer, Family Law, Temple University L.L.M. program, Trial Advocacy.
  • Moderator, "5 County Domestic Relations Practice," Philadelphia Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program, October 16, 1996.
  • Lecturer, PBI/PBEC, Custody Litigation in the 90's, From Conference to Appeal. Co-author of course materials, December 15, 1995.
  • Lecturer, PBI/PBEC, Practical Tips on Family Law, June 15, 1995.
  • Lecturer, PBI/PBEC, Partial Custody - Grandparent and Third Party Rights.
  • Course planner and prepared course materials, March 8, 1995 Widener Law School Paralegal Institute and American Institute for Paralegal Studies, Inc.
  • Mr. Steerman was quoted in the Chicago Tribune, "Same Marriage, Round 2" - by Richard Asa, October 23, 2012.  Click here for article.
  • Mr. Steerman was also quoted recently in the TODAY Show's NBC Website, LifeInc, regarding prenuptial agreements, "Prenups aren't impossible to break, but..." - by Geoff Wiliams, Reuters. Click here for article.
  • Mr. Steerman was also quoted in the September issue of Little Rock Family, "Who gets custody of your child's education?" - by Blair Tidwell. Click here for article.