Paul is Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.
What does Paul do for Clients?
As a practitioner focusing on family law for over 30 years including very active participation in the PBA Family Law Sections and an active speaker on Family Law topics for both PBA and PBI, including being a course planner of the annually held Family Law Institute, Paul has closely observed the development of family law over several decades. As a result of his extensive experience in virtually all of the Central Pa Counties, Paul is familiar with many of the decision makers whether they be Judges, Divorce Masters, Custody Conciliators or Support Conference officers. As noted above, Paul’s experience with business owners and individuals of significant wealth, he is quite accustomed to dealing with complex marital estates and the valuation of business, trusts stock options and other complex assets.
How does Paul spend his free time?
Paul is an avid cyclist and often rides his bike to and from work with longer rides, occasionally over 100 miles on weekends. He is an owner of the Climbnasium and active climber who has climbed all over the U.S. and Canada (Mt. Rainier is on the list again this summer). He has recently become a rather avid disc golfer and also enjoys a spirited round of ping pong.
Mr. Helvy has considerable experience representing clients with significant assets and income. He has taught multiple continuing legal education courses to other lawyers on the topics of determining the value of a business in the context of divorce and ascertaining an individual’s actual income (as opposed to what appears on their tax returns) for purpose of calculating support and alimony.
Mr. Helvy is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section and continues to be actively involved in the leadership of the Section.
The Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law, 2007-present
Lawyer of the Year®, Best Lawyers, Family Law, 2013, 2016, 2020, 2023
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2008 – present
Best Family Law Firm, Central Penn Business Journal’s Reading Rankings, 2018
Select Lawyers, 2014, 2016
Local Legal Leaders, 2015-present
Dauphin County Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers, 1995-1996
Pennsylvania Bar Association – PBA Family Law Section Chair (2014-15), Executive Committee member, Council member, past chair of the Programming Committee, Legislative Committee, Membership Committee and Specialization Committee member
PA Family Support Alliance, Board of Directors
Central Pennsylvania Collaborative Professionals, Certified Collaborative Lawyer
Dauphin County Bar Association, Social Committee
PA Bar Foundation, Director
Cumberland County Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association, Member
U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
May 22, 2018 - Valuing a Closely Held Business in Divorce: Pitfalls and Best Practices
November 7, 2016 - PA Supreme Court rules against grandparents in landmark custody rights case
October 17, 2016 - New state law will cut divorce wait time in half
November 23, 2015 - Untying the Knot: It’s Time for Pennsylvania to Cut the Divorce Waiting Period
May 21, 2014 - Family Law Update
Whitewood v. Wolf Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania
December 14, 2021 - Family Law Year in Review
October 20, 2021 - Practice Tips and Guidance about the Latest Developments in Family Law
February 27, 2020 - Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements
April 23, 2019 - A New Norm: Third Parties in Custody
December 4, 2018 - McNees Attorneys to Present on Tax and Family Law at PBI Seminar
April 17, 2018 - Family Law Institute
January 14, 2017 - Dissecting Custody Evaluations
July 15, 2016 - Beyond the W-2
May 13, 2015 - Hot Tips in Family Law
April 23, 2015 - How to Properly Address Challenging But Often Encountered Issues in the Marital Settlement Agreement
January 27, 2015 - Hot Topics in Civil Litigation
January 16, 2015 - PBA Family Law Section Winter Meeting
October 14, 2014 - Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements
June 25, 2014 - General Practitioners’ Update