Endorsements and Ratings
Putting My Experience
I began my law career as a Philadelphia Public Defender where I worked defending men, women, and children who did not have the resources to pay an attorney. I successfully litigated nearly 100 jury trials and hundreds of non-jury trials. This experience cemented my commitment to fight for equity, fairness, and justice for all citizens.
After almost 9 years as a Defender, I opened my own firm practicing in the areas of criminal, family, and personal injury law. I was awarded the Pro Bono Honor Roll Award in successive years. I then returned to public service as a county solicitor representing a Human Services cabinet including the defense of the Montgomery County Register of Wills who issued the first Marriage Certificate to a same-sex couple in the Commonwealth.
In 2017, I returned to my roots as a public defender, representing indigent clients in the Federal Courts. As a Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, I worked tirelessly to protect the constitutional rights of my clients.
I was a founding member of the Relapse Prevention Court team – a court designed to assist returning individuals with obtaining and maintaining their sobriety after severe drug addictions. I also litigated and received the first opinion from the federal bench in the EDPA, restricting the participation of the Department of Justice in prosecuting the legitimate use of medical marijuana by individuals under supervision in the district.
Working as a public defender on both the state and federal levels, I have appeared before dozens of judges. Good judges have the ability to apply the law to the facts and to understand how a judicial decision will affect the human beings appearing before the court. It is the ability to communicate with counsel, jurors, witnesses and parties calmly and courteously, as well as the willingness to listen to and consider what is said on all sides of a debatable proposition. If elected I will be available on Day One and pledge to treat everyone who appears before me with Respect and Dignity.