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Maria P. Cognetti

Maria Cognetti

Cognetti & Associates
3304 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Phone 717-909-4060
Fax 717-909-4068


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015

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Practice Areas

Family Law

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In practice as an attorney since 1978, Maria P. Cognetti is the founder of Cognetti & Associates, a Pennsylvania family law firm serving clients in the Harrisburg area and southeast portions of the commonwealth. Ms. Cognetti’s practice is devoted exclusively to family law issues such as divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division and property settlement agreements.

Ms. Cognetti is the President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was recently named a Diplomate of American College of Family Trial Lawyers. On numerous occasions, she has worked with the legislature, the courts and professional organizations such as the Pennsylvania Bar Association to effect positive change in the area of Family Law. Ms. Cognetti has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America publication, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (multiple consecutive years) and the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. She holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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About Maria Cognetti

Law School: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Admitted: 1978, Pennsylvania

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Honors and Awards:

  • Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Special Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2011
  • Fellow of the Year, AAML (American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers), 2011
  • Presidential Service Award, AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts), 2011
  • Family Lawyer of the Year, Central Penn Business Journal, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Central Pennsylvania Best Lawyers, Central Penn Business Journal
  • Bar Registry of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed to the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • Appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Rules Committee, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. Chapter), 2000 - Present
  • Past Chair, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1979 - 1980
  • Chair, Custody Sub Committee, Joint State Government Commission, Family Law Advisory Committee, 1990 - 2011
  • Vice President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1998 - Present
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2000 - Present
  • Member, PA Supreme Court Domestic Relations Rules Committee, 2009 - Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, AAML Custody Evaluation Standards, The Office Of Family Court Services Of Hartford County, 2012
  • Author, Custody Law & Practice, PBI Press, 2012
  • Speaker, Custody Evaluations: What are we looking at?, National Council On Juvenile And Family Court Judges, 2012
  • Speaker, The New Custody Statute, Pennsylvania Conference Of State Trial Judges, 2012
  • Speaker, Family Law - Central Pennsylvania Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012
  • Speaker, Finding Hidden Assets, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012

Educational Background:

  • Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, B.A. in Psychology, 1975
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