About Dawn S. Sunday
Dawn rejoined the firm in 2015, after many years of practice in central Pennsylvania. She became "of counsel" to the firm in 2018. She brings a varied background to the firm including her work in private practice and a former position with the Office of Chief Counsel in the Pennsylvania state government. She has been involved in administrative hearing work, litigated in court on the trial and appellate levels and served as both a private and court appointed mediator. Dawn’s practice with the firm will focus both on family law and on land use and zoning.
Dawn has practiced family law for over thirty years. Dawn is a trained and experienced Collaborative Divorce Law attorney and family law mediator. The Collaborative family law process is an alternative to time consuming, expensive and frequently counter-productive litigation. Dawn believes that this process allows her clients to (i) retain control over decision-making, (ii) focus on meeting their short and long term needs and goals with high quality resolutions and (iii) establish co-parenting relationships that are essential to promote the well-being of children.
Dawn handles a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, support, distribution of property, prenuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements and post-divorce disputes.
Dawn has served on educational panels and has made regular presentations on dispute resolution of family law issues to members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, law school students and the community. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Collaborative Law Committee. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals and a founding member of the Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania. Dawn has also served as a private and court-appointed family law mediator and has served as a court custody master for over twenty years.
Since rejoining the firm, Dawn has also been a valuable member of its zoning and land use legal team. This area of the law often involves seeking ways to achieve the client’s goals without resorting to hearings and litigation. Dawn’s problem-solving and mediation skills enable her to do that efficiently and effectively. At times, the client’s interests require administrative or court hearings. Dawn has been able to take advantage of her litigation, administrative and dispute resolution skills and experience to achieve favorable results for the firm’s clients.
Dawn received a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University (1980 magna cum laude) and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law School (1984 magna cum laude). She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the United States.