Our Team

Jack Delany, Esq.

Partner

Innovative thought is reflected in everything we do at Delany McBride. Our world-class team pools its collective brain power and creativity to solve complex problems in dynamic new ways – all in the most cost-effective manner possible.”

About

One of the most experienced defense trial attorneys in our region and beyond, Jack is a founding partner of Delany McBride.  Prior to starting DM, he co-founded Delany & O’Brien, which operated for 24 years; ran the Philadelphia office of a large New Jersey/New York firm; and  worked as assistant counsel for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

Jack’s practice is devoted primarily to catastrophic and high-profile/high-exposure claims, including construction, asbestos, toxic torts, automobile and transportation, fire casualty, and products liability. He has tried more than 60 jury trials to conclusion, as well as hundreds of bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations.  Jack has represented many Fortune 500 companies directly and as insureds, and has handled complex litigation matters at the federal and state levels as well as in administrative agencies and alternate dispute resolution forums. He is national coordinating counsel for several product manufacturers, and routinely litigates against the country’s most prominent national plaintiff’s firms and attorneys.

In recognition of his professionalism, skill, and track record, Jack has been named a Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. He is honored to be a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), where he serves as Technology Committee Co-Chair and Toxic Torts Co-Chair. He also enjoys serving pro bono as an adjunct professor in the Temple Law School Trial Advocacy Program, LLM and as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He is also a frequent lecturer for DRI, FDCC, IADC, ECMA, PERRIN, and other national industry and legal associations. Jack has consistently been named a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A native of Philly, Jack lives with his wife, Julie, in southern New Jersey, where he spent years as a community sports coach for his three sons and his daughter. He enjoys running, hiking, back country exploration, kayaking, and spending time in coastal Maine.

Education

J.D., University of Bridgeport (Quinnipiac University) School of Law, 1985

Co-chair, student activities

B.A., Political Science, Albright College, 1982

President, Campus Center Board

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

State of New York

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

New Jersey Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third District

United States Supreme Court

Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Defense Association

New Jersey Defense Association

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Publications

Manuals and Directories

Toxic Torts Law and Science Manual, Mealey Publications, year

Toxic Torts and Medicine Internet Directory, Mealey Publications, year

Pennsylvania/New Jersey Defense Litigation Manual (first and second editions),

Mealey Publications, year

Articles

“Protecting Your Client in the Wake of Catastrophe,” Defense Research Institute, year

“Inside the Nano-Revolution: A Litigator’s Guide to Regulatory Health and Environmental Issues,” Defense Research Institute, year

“Trends in Occupational Lead Exposure Claims,” American Bar Association, year

“Defending Indoor Air Quality,” IAQ Publications, year

“Defense Strategies in Construction Personal Injury Litigation,” Litigation Forum, Inc., year

“Winning Defense Strategies in Catastrophic Claims,” publisher, year

“The Future is Now: Living and Litigating in the Drone Era,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2017

Kristen L. Worley, Esq.

Partner

“At DM, we are driven by results. Our purpose is to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, whether that occurs behind the scenes or in the courtroom.”

About

With decades of legal experience, Kristen has represented clients and tried jury cases to conclusion throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the areas of products liability, retail/franchise liability, and commercial transportation, specifically representing companies that specialize in pupil transportation as well as para-transit and non-emergency medical transport.

At the special request of clients, Kristen has tried cases to verdict in New York and also tried plaintiff personal injury cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  In 2017, Kristen secured the third highest negligent entrustment verdict in the State of New Jersey as well as one of the top 100 verdicts in the State for 2017.

In connection with her commercial automobile practice , Kristen handles coverage determinations in first and third party personal injury suits with a focus on New Jersey PIP suits, and frequently lectures on topics nuancing the procedural and substantive differences of Pennsylvania and New Jersey law as it relates to her commercial transportation clients.

Kristen lives in southern New Jersey with her son and daughter.

Education

J.D., Rutgers School of Law, 1999

B.S., Law and Justice, Trenton State College, 1996

Magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

New Jersey Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Associations

International Association of Defense Counsel

Philadelphia Bar Association

Andrew P. Campbell, Esq.

Partner

“I strive every day to balance excellent legal analysis with strong advocacy for my clients.”

About

Andrew joined Delany O’Brien thirteen years ago and has been a partner at Delany McBride since 2005. He has vast experience in civil litigation and insurance defense work, and his areas of expertise include construction, fire, and product litigation. Andrew also has an extensive understanding of general practice, including wills and estates, real estate law, and corporate and family law. His broad legal experience allows him to handle an almost unlimited range of cases expertly and efficiently.

He has worked as an associate at two other Pennsylvania law firms, and at the Bucks County Legal Aid Society, but he is proudest of his association with Delany McBride. “Working with one of the top trial lawyers in the country has sharpened my skills immensely,” he says.

Andrew lives with his wife and daughter in Bucks County, PA.

Education

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1996

Arthur W. Goldberg full tuition scholarship

Family Law Society, Student Bar Association

BA., English; BA, Liberal Arts Honors; Minor in Philosophy; Villanova University, 1992

Presidential Scholarship Finalist, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Volunteer, Homeless and Aged Project; Computer Research Advisor, Political Science

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

State of New York

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court, New Jersey

Associations

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

New York Bar Association

Bucks County Bar Association

Gloucester County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

National Fire Protection Association

Contact

apc@delanymcbride.com

Brian Betley, Esq.

Associate

“Understanding and meeting our clients’ needs and expectations is always my goal.”

About

Brian has been an associate at DM since September of 2017. His areas of focus include defending clients in areas of general liability, commercial automobile, toxic/mass tort and premises liability. Brian represents clients in all phases of a litigation, from pre-litigation to conclusion.

While in law school, Brian served as a legal intern in the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, where he represented minors in a variety of legal matters including child abuse, child custody and applications for supplemental security benefits. During that time, he also worked for a personal injury firm in New Jersey.

Prior to joining DM, Brian served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Georgia M. Curio, Assignment Judgment, New Jersey Superior Court, Vicinage XV.

Brian is a South Jersey native who loves spending time at the beach. He enjoys playing basketball and golf and is a loyal Philly sports fan.

Education

J.D., Rutgers Law School – Camden, 2016

 

B.A., Economics, Gettysburg College, 2011

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

Contact

bjb@delanymcbride.com

Rob DiSandro, Esq.

Associate

“There is no such thing as a standard construction case, which makes every case unique and interesting.”

About

Prior to joining Delany McBride in 2016, Rob worked for a worker’s compensation firm litigating cases across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which has proven useful in his handling of complex personal injury claims stemming from workplace injuries. He enjoys the challenge of understanding the complex legal issues and factual circumstances in every case, and is always eager to explore and learn about new legal issues.

Born and raised in Ambler, PA Rob attended high school, college, and law school in the Philadelphia area. During law school, he clerked for a personal injury litigation firm and worked with Villanova’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. He also participated in an externship at the Philadelphia Public Defender’s Office, where he represented indigent defendants in bench trials, gaining valuable courtroom experience and a passion for trial work.

At Delany McBride, he enjoys getting to know clients personally and providing them with excellent service. “Our clients know we are available to speak to them at any time,” he says.

Rob volunteers for Philadelphia VIP, providing pro bono legal assistance, and is also actively involved with St. Joseph’s University Law Alumni Association.  He lives in Fairmount and enjoys snowboarding and spending time at the beach in Ocean City, NJ.

Education

JD, Villanova University School of Law, 2015

Cum Laude

 

B.S., Finance;  minor in Spanish; Saint Joseph’s University, 2012

Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Certifications

Technology Master Advocate, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Contact

rds@delanymcbride.com

Sara Labashosky, Esq.

Associate

“At DM, I’ve built strong relationships with clients of all sizes and backgrounds and am continuously learning about new areas of law and industry.”

About

Sara’s experience with both plaintiff and defense work provides her with a well-rounded understanding and perspective on all different types and levels of litigation. She enjoys the challenge of viewing each case from various angles and mastering its specific details.

At DM, Sara handles construction claims, including catastrophic injury; products and premises liability; and property damage. She values the firm’s collaborative culture, which allows her to approach each case creatively and  achieve an optimal result for each client. Handling cases from start to finish has helped her build a legal knowledge base that is broad as well as deep, and to develop a strong sense of confidence in her ability to handle every aspect of a case with skill and efficiency.

In law school, Sara served as an editor and writer for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and a certified legal intern for the Villanova Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic. She has volunteered as an alumni member of the School’s Legacy Committee.

A Philly resident, she enjoys exploring the city with family and friends and attending sports event and concerts.

Education

J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2015

Academic scholarship recipient

Villanova Environmental Law Journal editor

Certified legal Intern, Villanova Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic

 

B.S., Psychology and Rhetoric/Communications, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association

Publications

Villanova Environmental Law Journal, 2015, “The Salty Truth: Revealing the Need for Stricter Road Salt Application and Storage Regulations in the United States.”

Contact

sl@delanymcbride.com

Stephen T. Kulp, Esq.

Associate

“The legal experts at DM work together in a deeply collaborative environment. As a team, we learn from one another and pool our strengths in pursuit of dynamic, innovative and creative lawyering.”

About

Stephen is an associate at the firm’s Philadelphia office where he focuses on a wide variety of litigation disputes including motor vehicle and construction accidents, premises liability, and subrogation matters across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Stephen was a member of a select class of students admitted to Drexel University’s BS/JD accelerated degree program, allowing him to matriculate into Drexel University’s School of Law in three years. During law school, Stephen gained invaluable hands-on experience as a certified legal intern in the City of Philadelphia Law Department. He was a member of the inaugural class of law student clinicians at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, where he represented the rights of a culturally diverse and primarily low-income client base in areas of family law, including custody, support and protection from abuse. Stephen competed on Drexel’s national ranked trial team during his second and third year of law school, helping earn his team finalist positions in regional and national competitions. He was also a fellow of the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program teaching Constitutional law to juniors and seniors at South Philadelphia High School.

Since graduating from law school, Stephen has taken a leadership role among his peers as vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division on litigation. In this role, he organized national, web-based learning experiences for young litigators and published a number of articles on current legal trends. He also continues an active involvement as a member of local and national Asian Pacific American Bar Associations following his role as Vice President of Drexel University School of Law’s chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

Stephen is an accomplished cellist and enjoys sailing.

Education

JD, Drexel University School of Law, 2013

BS/JD Accelerated Matriculation Student
Outstanding Student Performance Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy Recipient
Pogust, Braslow & Millrood Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy Recipient
Best Student Performance Award Recipient for Advanced Trial Advocacy: Trials of the Century

BS in Political Science, Drexel University Pennoni Honors College
Cum laude
President and Founder, Drexel Model Congress

Bar Admissions

Stephen is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Contact

stk@delanymcbride.com

Allison Wasserman, Esq.

Associate

“My dedication to being the most well-prepared person in the room has served me well in  many settings, from oral advocacy and settlement negotiations to arbitrations and mediations.”

About

Alison joined the DM team in 2016, bringing a depth of experience in insurance defense work from other law firms. She specializes in defending motor vehicle accidents and premises liability claims at DM, where she is known for her work ethic and her attention to detail.

As a clerk for Pennsylvania Judge Margherita Patti Worthington after law school, Alison was introduced to high-level civil and criminal cases and the talented attorneys who handled them. “Seeing the dedication and hard work of the litigators who appeared before her, as well as the dignity and professionalism that Judge Worthington brought to the bench, was an invaluable experience,” she says.

Alison appreciates working at a firm known for vigorous and effective litigation, and for its reputation with judges and opposing counsel for honesty and courtesy. As Alison explains, “I am proud of the fact that we are skilled, dedicated advocates who approach our jobs with civility and integrity.”

In her free time she enjoys travel, training for marathons, family time, movies, and dining out.

Education

J.D., Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law, 2008

Helped raise money for domestic abuse awareness

 

B.A., Sociology, Franklin and Marshall College

Buchanan Service Scholar

Magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States Supreme Court

Contact

apw@delanymcbride.com

Rosalind D. Brown-Burton

Paralegal

“When co-workers respect each other and work together for the good of our clients, we have done our job. Delany McBride makes that environment possible by truly caring about its employees.”

About

Rosalind (Roz) has more than 22 years of experience in family, corporate, and personal injury defense litigation as well as plaintiff law. She provides valuable assistance to the DM team in preparing for depositions, client meetings, trials, and hearings. Roz maintains close contact with clients, judges, and opposing counsel and their staff to ensure the best possible client service for every case she is assigned.

Before joining Delany & O’Brien in 2003, Roz built strong communication and people skills in the offices of Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Spector and State Senator Roxanne Jones. She is a multitasker and strong relationship builder who is dedicated to keeping ahead of the latest technology. Roz has been instrumental in creating, maintaining and expanding DM’s extensive filing system.

In 2018, Roz helped found Women Building Dreams, Delany McBride’s community outreach effort, which provides practical assistance to single mothers and their children in Philadelphia. “Growing up in a struggling family, I know that a helping hand goes a long way, and Delany McBride is providing that,” she says.

In her free time, Roz likes to sing, shop, spend time with her grandchildren and travel the world.

Education

Certified Administrative Assistant, American Business Institute, 1985

Honors: Deans List

Certified Legal Secretary, Beta Training Service, 1992

Honors: Dean’s List

 

Certified Christian Counselor, CRD, Institute 2013

Honors: Dean’s List

Contact

rdb@delanymcbride.com

Valerie Nicotra

Paralegal

“I continually strive to build positive relationships, both with clients and with colleagues.”

About

Valerie has worked as a claims assistant in the special investigations unit for a large insurance company and as a legal assistant and paralegal for law firms in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. As a result, she has developed extensive experience in tax and fiduciary matters, labor and development issues, medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial litigation. Her expertise in the many areas, her meticulous attention to detail,  and her strong communication and interpersonal skills make her a valuable resource in the office as well as the courtroom.

Currently, Valerie serves as DM’s asbestos coordinator, reviewing and organizing case materials, drafting relevant communications, and assisting counsel at trials, depositions, and hearings for asbestos-related cases.

Valerie appreciates the opportunity for personal and professional growth she has found at DM. “Our employers care about us and encourage us to learn new skills,” she says. “We see that every day.”

Valerie has two children. She enjoys mixed martial arts and has earned her brown belt.

Education

B.S., Paralegal Studies, Peirce College, 2006

Criminal Justice/Psychology studies, Rutgers University, 2002

Contact

vvn@delanymcbride.com

Maria C. Reardon

Paralegal

“I am proud to have my name associated with a firm that is known for its work ethic, takes pride in its work product, and has the talent to make a difference for every client.”

About

Maria has nearly thirty years of experience working for Philadelphia law firms, and has been an integral part of the firm since it began as Delany & O’Brien in 1994. Her understanding of and firsthand experience with complex legal matters and her technical expertise with office and legal software make her an invaluable member of the trial team. As such, she has attended numerous trials. “It’s always rewarding to contribute to a positive outcome,” she says.

Maria has handled a wide variety of claims ranging from many types of defense work to plaintiff wrongful death cases. Her background includes toxic torts, personal injury, construction defect, and premise liability. She works closely with attorneys to coordinate pre-trial proceedings and discovery, obtain witnesses, perform research, and  draft motions, pleadings, subpoenas,  correspondence, and interrogatories.

As a leader in her field, she has presented to paralegals and legal assistants through the National Business Institute, the Institute for Paralegal Studies, and Community College of Philadephia. She has been an active volunteer in her community and for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.

Maria attributes her strong multitasking skills to her longtime status as a working mom to sons Nicholas, Michael, and John. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her husband Pete.

Education

B.A., Sociology and Psychology, Loyola College, 1989

Certifications

Certified Paralegal in General Litigation, Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Education

Contact

MR@delanymcbride.com

Contact

CMS@delanymcbride.com

Melissa M. Weber

Legal Assistant

“I am more than just an employee here. Delany McBride treats me as a person first, and I pass that feeling along to all of our clients.”

About

A ten-year employee of the firm, Melissa brings reliability, speed, and accuracy to her fast-paced job as a legal secretary. She has experience in bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, wills and estates, corporate law, medical malpractice, personal injury, and construction litigation.

“I have definitely found my niche with construction and personal injury litigation. It’s challenging and interesting,” she says.

Melissa’s strong work ethic and sensitivity to deadlines make her an asset to DM’s busy office. As a longtime yoga teacher, she also understands the importance of maintaining focus and relaxation when working in a dynamic, intense legal environment. “My yoga training has taught me to be the calm in the eye of the storm,“ she says.

Melissa has a teenage son and is interested in health and wellness, fitness, cooking, craft beer, and live music.

Contact

mmw@delanymcbride.com

Elizabeth White

Legal Assistant

“DM’s outstanding trial attorneys are supported by a dedicated staff. The relaxed but professional atmosphere makes working here rewarding and enjoyable.”

About

A certified paralegal as well as a seasoned legal secretary, Elizabeth has 25 years of experience working with law partners in civil litigation. After starting her career in government, she worked for law firms in Cherry Hill and Philadelphia before coming to Delany McBride six years ago.. She has extensive knowledge of the legal system in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and has handled Supreme Court cases as well as catastrophic and construction injury claims, making her a valuable addition to DM’s litigation team.

Elizabeth, who lives in Washington Township, NJ, has three daughters and is an avid gym enthusiast.

Education

Paralegal Certificate, Ashworth University (ABA Approved), 2006

Contact

eaw@delanymcbride.com

Cheryl Scardino

Office Manager

“My jobs in different fields have each taught me something valuable and helped me develop professional skills that I use at Delany McBride each day.”

About

A criminal justice major in college, Cheryl has always had an avid interest in the legal field. She worked in banking and at the law offices of Delany & O’Brien as assistant office manager for seven years before taking a job in high school business administration. In 2014, she returned to manage the newly formed Delany, running DM’s four fast-paced offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.

“My first job in banking taught me that customer service is top priority in any business,” she says. “At our local high school, I learned to make tough choices in budgeting while allowing students to thrive. Working at DM has allowed me to bring together these skills,  building relationships with valued clients while being fiscally responsible with their dollars and helping the business grow.”

A skilled multi-tasker, Cheryl spends her days problem solving, balancing budgets, and helping the firm run smoothly and efficiently. She is proud of the role she has played in DM’s success, and of the firm’s family-centered philosophy. “DM places value on every employee,” she says.

Cheryl lives in Salem County, New Jersey with her husband Rob and two daughters. She has been a Girl Scout leader, a library volunteer, and a member of the VFW.

Education

B.S., Criminal Justice, Glassboro State College/Rowan University, 1996

A.D., Accounting, Gloucester County College, 2007

Contact

cls@delanymcbride.com

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