Paul is Chair of the Family Law Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. He has been practicing Domestic and Family Law since his admission to the Bar in 1988. Paul is a past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section. He has chaired the Legislative, Membership and Program Committees of the PBA Family Law Section and has testified before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee regarding pending family law legislation. Paul is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Central Pennsylvania Collaborative Professionals. Paul has been included in the Woodward/White, Inc. publication, The Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law Section, each year since 2007, has been included in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list each year since 2008. Paul was named as the Central Pennsylvania Family Lawyer of the Year for 2013, 2016 and again for 2020 in The Best Lawyers of America® publication. Mr. Helvy has also been selected by his peers for recognition as a Local Legal Leader  by Harrisburg Magazine and has been recognized as one of the Select Lawyers by Susquehanna Style Magazine. Paul also serves on the Board of PA Family Support Alliance, an organization dedicated to eradicating child abuse in Pennsylvania.

Paul is a frequent speaker on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and County Bar Associations on the topics of divorce, custody and support. Some of the seminars in which he has been involved include a presentation to the State’s Trial Judges regarding Business Valuation, Family Law Practice in Central Pennsylvania, Preparing Marital Settlement Agreements, Determining Net Income for Support Calculations, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and Updates on Recent Developments in the Areas of Distribution of Marital Property, Support, and Custody. Paul is also a course planner of the Family Law Institute, an annual program designed to assist family law attorneys stay abreast of the latest developments and trends in the law, held in Philadelphia and simulcasted throughout the state.


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.


West Chester University, B.A., 1984, cum laude

Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1988


The Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law, 2007-present

Lawyer of the Year®, Best Lawyers, Family Law, 2020

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

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May 26, 2021 - Ten Pennsylvania McNees Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

August 24, 2020 - 34 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

June 29, 2020 - Thirteen McNees Attorneys Among 2020 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

February 24, 2020 - McNees Attorneys to Present on Marital Settlement Agreements for PBI

August 15, 2019 - 33 McNees Attorneys Among 2020 Best Lawyers in America, 7 Named Lawyer of the Year

May 9, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Among 2019 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

April 22, 2019 - McNees Attorneys to Participate in PBI’s Family Law Institute

December 4, 2018 - McNees Attorneys to Present on Tax and Family Law at PBI Seminar

August 15, 2018 - 35 McNees Attorneys Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America

May 31, 2018 - 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 17, 2018 - Family Law Institute

April 17, 2018 - Three McNees Attorneys participating at Family Law Institute

August 15, 2017 - 38 McNees Attorneys Selected as 2018 Best Lawyers in America

December 8, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys recognized as “Local Legal Leaders” by Harrisburg Magazine

October 7, 2016 - Passage of Pennsylvania’s new divorce law endorsed by McNees attorney J. Paul Helvy

August 15, 2016 - 37 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2017 Best Lawyers in America

June 9, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

December 8, 2015 - McNees Attorneys Selected as 2015 Select Lawyers

August 17, 2015 - 39 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2016 Best Lawyers in America 7 named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year’’

June 2, 2015 - McNees Wallace & Nurick Attorneys Selected as 2015 Local Legal Leaders


April 15, 2015 - 2015 McNees Attorneys To Present At The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's (Pbi) Family Law Institute

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