Top Lawyers 2010
The Main Line’s best in 15 specialties.
Photos by Jared Castaldi
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Looking for a lawyer? Here’s your guide to the best around. This year, we added three new specialties—and in another first, we had a tie for the top vote-getter in one category. Meet the 16 attorneys considered tops among their peers.
For a full list of this year's Top Lawyers nominees, click here.
Business Law: Pamela Raab
Palmarella, Curry & Kelly, PC, 1255 Drummers Lane, Suite 105, Wayne; (610) 687-1100, palmarellacurry.com
Years in practice: 3
Education: J.D., Widener Law (2007)
Case in point: Any business transaction can encompass many legal aspects, including contracts, taxes, securities, corporate law and employee benefits, to name a few. “As a business lawyer, I need to be able to understand the implications of each area of law in order to effectively advise my clients and protect their interests,” says Raab, who just represented a group of physicians in a deal involving a $160 million medical treatment facility.
Criminal Defense: William DeNardo
Plymouth Greene Office Campus, 1000 Germantown Pike, Suite D3, Plymouth Meeting; (610) 945-1999, williamdenardolaw.com
Years in practice: 12
Education: J.D., Widener Law (1997)
Case in point: In a drug delivery case, the district attorney opposite DeNardo was one of his best friends—and soon to be his groomsman. “Is he still going to be in your wedding party?” the judge asked when things got intense. DeNardo lost, but the case didn’t sour the friendship. In fact, it was overturned on appeal a few years later. “I have a real passion for the thrill of being inside a courtroom, and litigating and fighting for my clients,” he says. “If and when I keep a client out of jail or keep a driver’s license in his or her pocket, or advocate for a client to maintain seeing his or her children, that’s what it’s all about.”
Divorce Law: Gregory LaMonaca
The Law Office of Gregory P. LaMonaca, PC, 755 N. Monroe St., Media; (610) 892-3877, lamonacalaw.com
Years in practice: 16
Education: J.D., Widener Law (1994)
Case in point: LaMonaca prides himself on helping parents and children navigate a tumultuous process. For him, the real tests have come during emergency situations—like a recent case involving an emotionally fragile child during a custody battle. “[In five days], we got a team of professionals involved and expedited the hearing to get help for the child and her family.”
Elder Law: Robert R. DeLong Jr.
17 Veterans Square, P.O. Box 604, Media;
(610) 627-5865, delco.pa.barristersclub.com
Years in practice: 10
Education: J.D., Widener Law (1999)
Case in point: In an area with a sizable older population, DeLong works with fellow attorneys to educate seniors on available services through organizations like the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging. “The most challenging cases are circumstances where the senior’s intellectual capacity has deteriorated and they haven’t had good plans in place before that time,” he says. “Most folks don’t even have a will or advance directives, so we’re left trying to discern what their wishes and desires are.”