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Hanna Perlberger

Hanna Perlberger, a Philadelphia native, attended Friends' Central School and then went to Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she majored in music. Her real passion was violin making, so she began an apprenticeship in NYC during college. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she went to violin making school to study full time, and then returned to Philadelphia to work in Philadelphia's premier violin shop.

Eventually, reality hit and she realized that to the truly successful violin maker was male, Italian and, if at all possible, dead - preferably for a few centuries. Not interested in the alternative of doing repairs behind closed doors for the rest of her life, Hanna decided to reinvent herself. She entered Law School.

Hanna attended Temple School of Law in Philadelphia, and graduated cum laude (J.D. 1989). After graduation from law school, she hung her shingle in Center City. Wanting to specialize in the field of trusts and estates, Hanna attended the graduate taxation program at Temple Law School at night and became a certified estate planner.

In the meantime, Hanna wanted to make a difference in the community where she was working. She did pro bono work for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and eventually authored the training manual for its clinical outreach program which provides estate planning documents to patients hospitalized with AIDS. Hanna also did pro bono work for the Legal Clinic for the disabled, and was one of the collaborating authors for the Handbook for the Disabled. She was a featured speaker at a seminar hosted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, entitled: "New Frontiers: AIDS and the Law". Hanna participated in training lawyers for V.I.P. (Volunteers for the Indigent Program), lectured and authored course materials for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on adoption and estate planning issues for non-traditional couples, and guest lectured at Temple University School of Law on the implications of death during a divorce.

Hanna left solo practice, and joined the law firm of Perlberger Law Associates, P.C., where she broadened her practice to include family law, malpractice, and personal injury.

Going through a divorce or other types of litigation can be hugely stressful, disruptive and often adversely affects clients in all areas of their life. The highly charged emotional state of Hanna's clients, particularly her divorce clients, inspired her to explore mediation, and she became a certified family law mediator though the Montgomery County Conflict Mediation Center.

In furtherance still of being able to better serve her clients, Hanna then became a Board Certified Life Coach. Hanna takes a "whole person" or holistic view of a client's life, and, if they are interested, can work with them as a coach in a dynamic collaborative process that will move the client forward in their life in a new and improved way.

Hanna has received additional certifications in Wellness & Relationship Coaching, as well as in Positive Psychology studying under the noted Harvard professor and author, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. So, in addition to continuing to practice law, she has now branched out to write, speak and consult on various areas relating to her certifications.

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