Having devoted her practice exclusively to Pennsylvania divorce law for over two decades, Ms. Cooley has handled hundreds, if not thousands, of divorces and has acquired the type of in-depth knowledge of complex issues in divorce and child custody matters that only experience can bring, including the valuation and division of family–run corporations and other business interests, stock options and grants and other employee benefits, the drafting of qualified domestic relations orders, and the distribution of military pensions. Ms. Cooley also constantly updates herself on the latest developments in Pennsylvania divorce and child custody law by attending continuing legal education lectures and seminars throughout the year.
Ms. Cooley is especially known for her aggressive, but fair, negotiations in dividing martial property in divorce cases and her ability to achieve favorable results in a cost-effective manner. As with all the attorneys at Cooley & Handy, Ms. Cooley's goal is to deliver value to her clients by providing exceptional legal services at a fair hourly rate and by avoiding unnecessary, ineffective and costly litigation tactics.
Ms. Cooley is a graduate of West Chester University and the Delaware Law School of Widener University. While attending West Chester University, she was a member of the National Honor Society for Philosophy, and while attending the Delaware Law School, she was a senior staff member of The Delaware Law Review and a recipient of the Ruby Vale Judicial Scholarship.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Cooley served as a judicial clerk in the Superior Court of Delaware and worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Bucks County, where she headed the Child Abuse Unit. As a former associate of the Law Offices of William L. Goldman, P.C., Ms. Cooley was trained by the renowned Bucks County divorce attorney, William L. Goldman, Sr.
Patricia Cooley also serves as an arbitrator in Bucks County and represents victims of domestic violence on a pro bono basis.
In her private life, Ms. Cooley enjoys boating and camping with her husband of twenty-four years and her four children. A favorite destination of the Cooley family is the Thousand Islands, located on the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada, where they vacation each summer.