MEET THE “SUPER LAWYERS” OF PENNSYLVANIA
While the primary focus of the Law Office of Gregory P. LaMonaca is Family Law, the firm’s other associates, affiliate attorneys, and firms handle matters in a wide array of areas including but not limited to: Domestic Relations, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Contracts, Employment Law, Criminal Defense, Expungement, Motor Vehicle, Landlord/Tenant, Debt Collections, Mechanics’ Liens, Workers Compensation, Medical Malpractice and Slip and Fall.
Meet the primary attorneys here:
Mr. LaMonaca is the founding member of the firm, which was established in June of 1995. He is a Cardinal O’Hara High School graduate where after he continued his studies at West Chester University, achieving Dean’s list status and graduating Cum Laude. Mr. LaMonaca there after went onto the Widener University School of Law, concentrating his studies on trial advocacy. Mr. LaMonaca is a published author and recipient of a multitude of professional awards including being awarded the “Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Pennsylvania” by The American Society of Legal Advocates, being named multiple times in Philadelphia magazine’s “Super Lawyer” edition, Selection to the 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2004 and 2002 “Top Lawyer” edition of the Main Line Today Magazine and 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 “Awesome Attorney” in Suburban life Main Line Magazine for Family Law and Divorce. Mr. LaMonaca has an AVVO ranking score of 10 out of 10, Rated as BV Distinguished by Lexis Nexis/ Martindale Hubbells” and a Member of both the Amer. Bar Assoc. and Pa. Bar Assoc.’s Family Law Divisions as well as other organizations.
Mr. Mattox, graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University were he graduated magna cum laude in 1992. He received a Dean’s scholar scholarship to attend the Widener University School of Law. Mr. Mattox then received a Masters in Law from Temple University in Trial Advocacy in 1999.
Mr. Mattox was re-elected to serve a six-year term as a District Judge in Upper Darby which commenced January 2, 2010. Mr. Mattox primarily handles personal injury and family law matters within the firm, with a special interest in litigation. Mr. Mattox is a licensed member of the Pa. Bar Association. He is a member in good standing of The Eastern District of Pennsylvania, The Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and The Supreme Court of the United States.
Lauren Stevens joined the firm in March, 2009. She is a 1980 graduate from the University of Delaware with a BA degree in Criminal Justice and a 1984 graduate from The Widener University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Delaware County Bar Association. Lauren began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office where she gained valuable trial experience. Lauren later became an associate with a Philadelphia Law Firm where her practice focused primarily on insurance defense litigation matters including motor vehicle, products liability, medical malpractice and medical device mass tort litigation. In 1995, Lauren became an owner/partner in the law firm of Stevens and Witmer, P.C. where her practice focused primarily on family law, landlord tenant, real estate, personal injury and criminal matters.
Carol McDonald joined the firm in 2006. She graduated magna cum laude from Rosemont College and then received her Juris Doctorate degree from Villanova University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and has also passed the bar exam in New Jersey. Carol is a member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations. Professionally, Carol has practiced both civil and criminal law. In 2001 she joined the Legal Department at the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County (DAP) and served as the Director of the Legal Department for over 3 years. In her capacity at DAP, Carol represented thousands of victims of domestic abuse.
Lawrence C. (Larry) Welsh joined the firm in 2003 after five years of practice with the Delaware County Public Defender’s Office. Native to Lansdowne in Delaware County where he attended public schools, Larry graduated from St. Joseph’s College (in its pre-University days) and taught school briefly before entering the hospitality industry and working his way through hotels, restaurants and resorts in four states and the District of Columbia.
As a graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Larry now focuses primarily on the firm’s family law practice along with other areas of the Law. Larry handles a full range of domestic relations matters throughout the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area and looks forward to expanding the firm’s practice, especially in the family-law field, into New Jersey where he is one of three members of the firm (along with Gregory P. LaMonaca and Christopher R. Mattox) admitted to practice.
Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Ms. Fastman graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy.
Ms. Fastman is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations. Ms. Fastman specializes in family law as well as other areas of the firm’s litigation practice.
Melissa graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a double major in Sociology and Foreign Affairs. After working for several years as a paralegal in Washington, D.C., she attended The University of Villanova School of Law and graduated in 2010. During law school, Melissa was involved in several public interest organizations and published an article in Villanova’s Environmental Law Journal, “Something Stinks: The Need for Environmental Regulation of Puppy Mills” 21 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 159 (2010) http://www.animallaw.info/articles/arus21villenvtllj159.htm. After law school, Melissa clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Parisi, Administrative Judge of the Criminal Division in the Court of Common Pleas, Berks County.
Christopher Casserly graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI where he was a double major in English and French. After college Mr. Casserly went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA. While in law school Mr. Casserly focused his studies on Family Law and participated in the Villanova Law Civil Justice Clinic where he advocated for indigent clients facing custody issues. Mr. Casserly is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Delaware County Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
John McCarthy graduated from The Pennsylvania State University where he majored in Psychology and earned a Business Option from the Smeal College of Business. After college, Mr. McCarthy attended Temple University Beasley School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate. During Law School, John interned at the Philadelphia Legal Assistance and also interned for a bankruptcy judge in New Jersey. Directly after graduating law school, Mr. McCarthy worked for criminal common pleas with the Hon. Roxanne E. Covington as a Judicial Fellow in Philadelphia. Mr. McCarthy earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from Temple University Beasley School of Law. John performed tax research at Vertex Inc. prior to joining The Law Office of Gregory P. Lamonaca P.C.
Jennifer Lemanowicz attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Jennifer was awarded a Merit Scholarship to Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2011, she received her Juris Doctorate in as well as a Certificate in Health Law. Following law school, Jennifer worked for a general practice firm where she gained experience in a variety of legal areas, including family law, non-profit law, and estate planning and administration.
At the Law Offices of Gregory P. LaMonaca, Jennifer concentrates her practice on matters of family law, including all aspects of divorce, support and custody proceedings.
Mr. LaMonaca is “Of Counsel” to the firm. In addition, Mr. LaMonaca has represented individuals in the area of Domestic Relations, and specializes in representing individuals in aviation law throughout the country, and abroad, in actions involving pilot f.a.a certificate actions, f.a.a civil penalty actions, medical certificate actions, n.t.s.b. hearings and appeals, united states court of appeals matters, dui, alcohol and drug related aviation matters, aviation accident and incident matters and investigation, flight department/pilot consultation, aviation insurance related matters, aviation employment related matters, f.b.o. representation, airline representation and defense, aircraft owner and pilot association panel lawyer matters, and aviation law seminars/pilot practical legal seminars.
Mrs. Panella grew up in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania and is a High School Graduate of Chichester High School. After High School, Kristy attended The PJA School Paralegal program in Upper Darby. She graduated 2nd in her class and received an Associates Degree in paralegal. She continued on to attend Chestnut Hill College with a major in Criminal Justice later graduating “Cum Laude”, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree. Kristy began working for The Law Office of Gregory P. LaMonaca, P.C. in June of 2000 and continues to assist Gregory P. LaMonaca, and his associates in their current law practice.
Christina Lamey joined the firm in 2014. She grew up in Brookhaven where she attended Sun Valley High School. She is a 2011 graduate of Temple University with a BA in Criminal Justice and a 2013 graduate of DCCC with a paralegal certificate. She is excited to start her professional career at the Law Office of Gregory P. LaMonaca and to continue contributing to the company’s growth and productivity.
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Mr. Dempsey grew up in Broomall, Pennsylvania and is a High School Graduate of Marple Newtown High School. After High School, Patrick attended St. John’s University before transferring to Eastern University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. While at both universities, he was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team and at Eastern University, he served as Team Captain. Patrick is now beginning the process of pursuing a law degree. Patrick began working for The Law Office of Gregory P. LaMonaca, P.C. in May of 2011 and assists Mr. LaMonaca and his associates in their law practice.
Legal AssistantMs. Wallace was born and raised in Delaware County and is a graduate of Darby-Colwyn High School. After high school she started her career working for a law firm in Philadelphia. Through the years Ms. Wallace has worked in the non-profit, banking and healthcare fields to name a few. Patricia is a recent addition to the firm joining in 2014.
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Mrs. LaMonaca was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, she continued her studies at West Chester University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Thereafter, she continued her education by attending Widener University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Reading. Mrs. LaMonaca has been affiliated with the firm since 1994.
Ms. LaMonaca was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She currently is in school with a concentration in Psychology, Italian and business and plans to attend West Chester University in 2015 as a business major. She has recently achieved her third degree black belt and teaches in her Martial Art School’s SWAT (Special Winning Attitude Team) program and is a member of their elite Demonstration Team.
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