What is your business and where is it?
I am one of the three members of Bleczinksi, Kleiman & Klein LLC, a family law firm in King of Prussia, PA, and our exclusive focus is family law—divorce, custody, support, etc. We’ve been working together for over twelve years and we practice primarily in four suburban counties—Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, and Delaware counties.
What motivates you to make divorce healthier?
I come from a family of psychologists and educators. My father, my sister and my mother-in-law are clinical psychologists, my wife is a school psychologist, and my mother has a doctorate in education. As a result of my upbringing, I have always had the natural tendency to want to help people and I’ve tried to practice law with that mindset.
I have learned over the years that in most cases clients ultimately end up better off both emotionally and financially when they can collaborate and resolve their issues with as little animosity as possible. When I picture a healthy divorce that is what I see. At all points of the process, you have a client that is content with how things are playing out and how they end.
I spent the first few years out of law school litigating at a large Philadelphia firm. While it was beneficial to learn how that process plays out, I also learned there is real value in avoiding it in most circumstances. Ultimately, clients are more satisfied when they are involved in the resolution than when it is imposed by a third party. As a result, I’ve been dedicated to the process of collaborative law. I trained in it and I am one of the charter members of a collaborative law group that was established in 1999 and which still remains active today.
Why did you decide to help organize Make Divorce Healthier Symposium?
I think it’s a great opportunity for professionals and lay people in the area to all get together, meet like-minded people and have an open exchange of ideas. It also provides us the opportunity to learn from not only those in attendance, but from the great presenters too. It is a very diverse panel of people who each brings something interesting to the discussion. Ultimately, this symposium will result in more people that keep the process of divorce healthy.
What do you hope to take away from Make Divorce Healthier Symposium?
I hope to meet like-minded people who approach their practice like I do, whether it’s lawyers, psychologists, financial professionals or others. I also love to learn and I think I will come away with great information that I can apply to my day-to-day practice.
Are you a changemaker?
The future of divorce is now in session. Join us on November 15th as we embark together at Make Divorce Healthier Symposium.
Michael Kleiman is a founding member of the King of Prussia law firm of Bleczinski, Kleiman & Klein, LLC, where his practice focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution, pre-nuptial agreements, protection from abuse, and adoption.
He graduated with honors in Government from Franklin & Marshall College and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, Mr. Kleiman was presented the Statewide Award of Excellence in Family Law by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Kleiman served as a law clerk for the Honorable Anita B. Brody in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
Mr. Kleiman has also co-authored numerous articles relating to family law issues which have appeared in the Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, the Family Advocate, and the Family Law Quarterly. Mr. Kleiman also lectures on various family law topics.
Mr. Kleiman is trained in collaborative law and is a member of Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He was honored as a "Distinguished Advocate" by the Support Center for Child Advocates in 1998. Mr. Kleiman served as Chair of the Montogomery County Bar Association Family Law section in 2010 and was a director for the Montgomery County Bar Association from 2010-2013.