Top Lawyers: The Main Line’s Best in 11 specialties

Knowing a great lawyer is like taking out an insurance policy: It sure is nice to have one standing by if life takes an unfortunate turn. That in mind, we present 71 of the Main Line’s best walking, talking insurance policies, as chosen by their peers.



Knowing a great lawyer is like taking out an insurance policy: It sure is nice to have one standing by if life takes an unfortunate turn. That in mind, we present 71 of the Main Line’s best walking, talking insurance policies, as chosen by their peers.

W. John Yahya Vandenberg
Immigration Law
Practice:
Hogan & Vandenberg, 11 Bala Ave., Suite 8, Bala Cynwyd; (215) 715-3453, hvimmigrationlaw.com. Years in the profession: 5. Education: B.A., University of Texas; J.D., Villanova School of Law. Special Interest: Business and family immigration. Chief Inspiration: The people I help. Immigration law—Byzantine as it is—can deliver genuine benefits that change lives. Biggest Challenge: Immigration law changes daily. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service may issue a new memo, a key case may be decided, or a new regulation may be promulgated on any given day. A mistake or lack of knowledge can lead to a heartbreaking denial years after the initial immigration process was started. Always consult with an attorney who specializes in immigration law and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Most exciting advancement in his field: The 2006 elections. The time is ripe for a true, compassionate and fair overhaul of our immigration laws in 2007. What he enjoys most about his job: I feel humbled by the results of good immigration law—changing peoples’ lives in a positive way. Immigration attorneys make it possible for those from many countries to begin their lives in America. We also make it possible for local businesses to take advantage of the immense knowledge and excellent work ethic immigrants bring with them. If he weren’t a lawyer he’d be: Working in a non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C., or abroad.

Best of the Rest
» Leonard Rivera
MacElree Harvey, 211 E. State St., Kennett Square; (610) 436-0100, macelree.com
» Ubel Velez
24 Wilmont Mews, West Chester; (610) 431-0809, ubelvelez.com


 



 

Mary V.Z. Wachterhauser
Divorce/Family Law
Practice:
30 W. Third Street, Media; (610) 892-3939. Years in the profession: 17. Education: B.S., University of New Hampshire; J.D., Temple University School of Law. Biggest misconception about her specialty: The idea that family law is all unpleasant. Special interest: I like numbers, and family law requires practitioners to crunch a lot of numbers and use them to get to the bottom line to settle the case. Chief inspiration: The family studies and family financial counseling courses I took in college. Practicing law allows me to use those skills while helping people move through divorce and the system as efficiently and economically as possible. She knew she wanted to be a lawyer when: I was a young mother. Proudest professional moment: It’s not just about winning. It’s often about seeing your clients come through a very difficult period in their lives to a point where they are better and moving forward. I’ve had a lot of those moments. Biggest challenge: Family law is sometimes looked down upon by other attorneys and the court. Too many attorneys dabble in family law but aren’t really interested in the area and, in some cases, don’t do their clients justice. Most exciting advancement in her specialty: Seeing good fathers gain more custody rights. Best advice she gives clients: It’s about advancing your best interest and that of your children, not about getting even or harming the other side. If she weren’t a lawyer she’d be: A teacher.

BEST OF THE REST
» Mark Ashton
Fox Rothschild,747 Constitution Drive, Suite 100, Exton; (610) 458-7500, foxrothschild.com
» Patricia Brennan
31 W. Turner Lane, West Chester; (610) 430-7300, patriciabrennan.com
» Kimberly Cox
Crane, Teti, Cox, Trott, Bishay & Fisher, 120 N. Church St., West Chester; (610) 431-3280
» Randee Feldman
GSB Building, Suite 605, City Line and Belmont avenues, Bala Cynwyd; (610) 667-3700
» Madeline Lamb
1221 West Chester Pike, West Chester; (610) 692-8461, mhlamb.com
» Cheryl A. McCallin
Goldberg Meanix & Muth, 135 W. Market St., West Chester; (610) 436-6220
» Joe McIntosh
11 S. Olive St., Suite 200, Media; (610) 566-1700, mcintoshlawyer.com
» Lance Nelson
MacElree Harvey, 17 W. Miner St., West Chester; (610) 436-0100, macelree.com
» Jacqueline Segal
Fox Rothschild, 747 Constitution Drive, Suite 100, Exton; (610) 458-7500, foxrothschild.com
» Randi J. Vladimer
320 King of Prussia Road, Suite 140, Radnor; (610) 975-9898, vladimerlaw.com
» Catherine H. Voit
1221 West Chester Pike, West Chester; (610) 692-9768, voitlaw.com
» M. Susan Williams
Delaware County Office of Support Enforcement, 223 N. Monroe St., Media; (610) 405-5008
 



 

 

Dennis Gruenke
Personal Injury Litigation
Practice: Silver & Silver, 42 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (610) 658-1900, silverand-silver.com. Years in the profession: 17. Education: B.A. Villanova University; J.D., University of Maryland. Biggest misconception about his specialty: It’s a fallacy that personal injury lawyers care only about making money. If they did, they wouldn’t be in this business. Chief inspiration: Robin Hood. Most rewarding case: Representing a good friend who was injured when an automobile hit him while he was riding his bicycle. It culminated in a very favorable recovery commensurate with his damages. Biggest challenge: Overcoming bias against advocates for the injured and those they represent. Most exciting advancement in his field: The Internet. Being able to track down witnesses, obtain trial exhibits and experts, and research medical issues has never been easier. Best legal advice he gives clients: Hang in there. Patience can be a difficult thing for clients to have when they’re frequently living day to day. I find myself constantly trying to encourage them to keep up the fight as the case progresses. If he weren’t a lawyer, he’d be: Writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer or bartending at Kelly’s.

BEST OF THE REST
» Joseph Cullen Jr.
Mellon, Webster & Shelly, 87 N. Broad St., Doylestown; (215) 348-7700, mellonwebster.com
» Francis Curran
Curran & Rassias, 200 E. State St., Suite 110, Media; (610) 566-5300, curranrassias.com
» George D’Ambrosio
Owens, D’Ambrosio & Nescio, 25 S. Church St., West Chester; (610) 436-6525, georgedambrosio.com
» Peter Hart I Karp & Hart
Embassy Court, 27 Turner Lane, West Chester; (610) 430-2200, karphart.com
» Stephen Lagoy
Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, Offices in Malvern, Phoenixville and West Chester; utbf.com
» Daniel Monahan
300 N. Pottstown Pike, Suite 210, Exton; (610) 363-3888
» Dawson R. Muth
Goldberg, Meanix & Muth, 135 W. Market St., West Chester; (610) 436-6220
» Steven O’Meara
130 E. State St., Media; (610) 565-9200
» Timothy Rayne
MacElree Harvey
17 W. Miner St., West Chester; (610) 436-0100, macelree.com
» Andrew Spiegel
Two Bala Plaza, 333 E. City Ave., Suite PL-14, Bala Cynwyd; (610) 668-8600, philadelphialawyer.com
 


 



Ed Sweeney
Labor Law (for Employees)
Practice:
Wusinich, Brogan & Stanzione, 537 W. Uwchlan Ave., Suite 200, Downingtown; (610) 594-1600, wusinichbrogan.com. Years in the profession: 15. Education: B.A., La Salle University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School. Biggest misconception about his specialty: That employment law is all about suing someone after a termination. It also involves advising people on contracts, separation agreements and other matters, and representing them at unemployment hearings.

BEST OF THE REST
» Nancy DeMis
Gallagher, Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis, 25 W. Second St., Media; (610) 565-4600, gssclaw.com
» John J. Stanzione
Wusinich, Brogan & Stanzione, 537 W. Uwchlan Ave., Suite 200, Downingtown; (610) 594-1600, wusinichbrogan.com
» Ron Surkin
Gallagher, Schoen-feld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis, 25 W. Second St., Media; (610) 565-4600, gssclaw.com

 


 

Andrew O’Shea
Workers Compensation Law
Practice:
Silver & Silver, 42 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (610) 658-1900, silverandsilver.com.Years in the profession: 16. Education: B.A., Michigan State University; J.D., Western New England College School of Law. Biggest misconception about his specialty: That people who’ve been injured on the job would rather be collecting workers’ comp benefits than working.

BEST OF THE REST
» Dennis Brogan
Wusinich, Brogan & Stanzione, 537 W. Uwchlan Ave., Suite 200, Downingtown; (610) 594-1600, wusinichbrogan.com
» Daniel Monahan
300 N. Pottstown Pike, Suite 210, Exton; (610) 363-3888
 


 

 

 



Robert Donatoni
Criminal Defense
Practice:
Donatoni & Kratsa, 17 W. Gay St., Suite 102, West Chester; (610) 719-0500, robertdonaton.com. Years in the profession: 28. Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts; J.D., Temple University School of Law. Biggest misconception about his specialty: That our role is obstructionist. The truth is, we foster the administration of justice by zealously and ethically advocating for our clients to ensure that they are treated fairly against the tremendous power and resources of the state and federal authorities. He knew he wanted to be a lawyer when: The summer of my freshman year of college, the Watergate scandal saturated the country. I couldn’t get enough of the political and legal intrigue and the skill and commitment of some of the lawyers involved in the case. Biggest Challenge: The application of mandatory sentences and enhancements that prevent judges from exercising discretion in particular cases. Best legal advice he gives clients: Trust no one but your lawyer; keep your mouth closed despite what you may think about me or lawyers in general. The fact that you’re in trouble makes me the best and only friend you have when it comes to dealing with an investigation or criminal charges. What he enjoys most about his job: Everything other than the administrative and business aspects of running a law practice. If he weren’t a lawyer he’d be: A saltwater fishing boat captain in the Florida Keys or on some Caribbean island, walking the beaches and marshes of the backwaters with my chocolate lab.

BEST OF THE REST
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Tom Bergstrom
138 Davis Road, Malvern; (610) 251-9260
» John Duffy
Duffy Green & Redmond, 10 N. Church St., Suite 307, West Chester; (610) 692-0500, duffygreen.com
» Michael Malloy
10 Veterans Square, Media; (610) 565-9145, malloylawoffice.com
» Joe McIntosh
11 S. Olive St., Suite 200, Media; (610) 566-1700, mcintoshlawyer.com
» Mark Rassman
P.O. Box 510, Oxford; (610) 932-9464
» Leonard Rivera
MacElree Harvey, 17 W. Miner St., West Chester; (610) 436-0100, macelree.com
» Alexander Silow
Goldberg Meanix & Muth, 135 W. Market St., West Chester; (610) 436-6220
 



 

 

David Frees
Trusts and Estates Law
Practice: Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees; offices in Malvern, Phoenixville and West Chester; utbf.com. Years in the profession: 21. Education: B.A., Dickinson College; J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law. His day revolves around: Helping people to plan their estates and use wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills and other planning techniques to protect themselves and their families. Many businesspeople and professionals seek me out to devise a long-term strategic solution to their estate plans, including protecting their heirs from divorce, taxation and litigation. What you should know about his specialty: That the documents are the last piece of the puzzle. You want your plan to be tailored to your specific needs and desires, and the wishes of those important to you. He knew he wanted to be a lawyer when: I was 8 or 9 when I first announced my interest in the law. As a parent of three children, I now realize that I was probably a little ahead of the game. Proudest professional moment: My two books: The Language of Parenting: Building Great Family Relationships at All Ages is a communications skills books for families based on my experience and training; Einstein’s Business is a collection of essays on business by M. Scott Peck, Tom Peters, Donald Trump, a number of well-known business writers and … me.”

BEST OF THE REST
» William Copperthwaite Jr.
111 Greenbriar Drive, West Chester; (610) 429-3800, whc-law.co
» Michael McBratnie
Fox Rothschild, 747 Constitution Drive, Suite 100, Exton; (610) 458-7500, foxrothschild.com
» Nelson Sack
11 S. Olive St., 4th Floor, Media; (610) 565-6400
» Robert Supplee
329 S. High St., West Chester; (610) 344-9560, suppleelawoffice.com

 



 

William J. Burke III
Real Estate Law
Practice: Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees; offices in Malvern, Phoenixville and West Chester; utbf.com.Years in the profession: 23. Education: B.A., Dickinson College; J.D., Dickinson School of Law. Biggest misconception about his specialty: People think a real estate lawyer’s job begins after the agreement of sale is signed and ends at settlement.

BEST OF THE REST
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John Jaros
Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco, 312 W. State St., Second Floor, Kennett Square; (610) 444-8800, rrhc-law.co
» Alan Jarvis
Highlands Corporate Center, 495 Highlands Blvd., Suite 109, Coatesville; (610) 384-1151
» James Marlowe
257 W. Uwchlan Ave., Suite A, Downingtown; (610) 873-0363
» Joe McIntosh
11 S. Olive St., Suite 200, Media; (610) 566-1700, mcintoshlawyer.com
» Donald Turner
Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, Offices in Malvern, Phoenixville and West Chester; utbf.com
 

 





Todd Nurick
Commercial Litigation, Corporate/Business Law
Practice: Nurick Law Group, 111 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting; (610) 238-9000, nuricklawgroup.com. Years in the profession: 11. Education: B.S., Penn State; J.D., Widener University School of Law (Delaware). Biggest misconception about his specialty: Many attorneys think of commercial litigation as boring, tedious or monotonous. In actuality, it’s one of the most exciting and rewarding disciplines out there.

BEST OF THE REST
» Stuart Cohen
Butera, Beausang, Cohen & Brennan, 630 Freedom Business Center, Suite 212, King of Prussia; (610) 265-0800, buteralaw.com
» Marianne Gilmartin I Stevens & Lee
620 Freedom Business Center, Suite 200, King of Prussia; (610) 205-6000, stevenslee.com
» Michael Murphy
Murphy & Murphy, 801 Old Lancaster Road, Bryn Mawr; (610) 519-0400
» Frank Rapoport
McKenna, Long & Aldridge, 28 S. Waterloo Road, Suite 101, Devon; (610) 687-9750, mckennalong.com
» Gregory Rubin
Rubin, Fortunato & Harbison, 10 S. Leopard Road, Paoli; (610) 408-2000, rubinfortunato.com

 

 



 

 

Francis Curran Jr.
Medical Malpractice Law (for Patients)
Practice: Curran & Rassias, 200 E. State St., Suite 110, Media; (610) 566-5300, curranrassias.co. Years in the profession: 23. Education: B.S., Northern Michigan University; J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Michigan). Biggest misconception about his specialty: That there’s a medical malpractice crisis, resulting in high premiums and physicians leaving the state. The true crisis is the thousands of victims of negligence each year.

BEST OF THE REST
» Peter Callahan
Wusinich, Brogan & Stanzione, 537 W. Uwchlan Ave., Suite 200, Downingtown; (610) 594-1600, wusinichbrogan.com
» William Gallagher
MacElree Harvey, 211 E. State St., Kennett Square; (610) 436-0100, macelree.com
» David Grow
Wusinich, Brogan & Stanzione, 537 W. Uwchlan Ave., Suite 200, Downingtown; (610) 594-1600, wusinichbrogan.com
» Heather Hansen
O’Brien & Ryan, Hickory Pointe, 2250 Hickory Road, Suite 300, Plymouth Meeting; (610) 834-8800, obrlaw.com
» Peter Hart
Karp & Hart, Embassy Court, 27 Turner Lane, West Chester; (610) 430-2200, karphart.comp
 


 



Scott Waterman
Bankruptcy Law
Practice: Black, Stranick & Waterman, 327 W. Front St., Media; (610) 566-8500, blackandassociates.com. Years in the profession: 13. Education: B.A., Tufts University; J.D., Temple University School of Law Biggest misconception about his specialty: The type of people who file bankruptcy. Most of my clients are forced to file as a last resort due to events beyond their control, such as a job loss, illness, divorce or death of a spouse.

BEST OF THE REST
» Stephen Aichele
Saul Ewing, 1200 Liberty Ridge Drive, Suite 200, Wayne; (610) 251-5050, saul.com
» Charles Bloom
Stevens & Lee, 620 Freedom Business Center, Suite 200, King of Prussia; (610) 205-6000, stevenslee.com
» Matthew Nahrgang
Nahrgang & Associates, 35 Evansburg Road, Collegeville; (610) 489-3041, mnahrgang.com
» Leo Vasmanis
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 14 E. Biddle St., West Chester; (610) 436-4510, lasp.org
 

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