Founding Partner

Marc Jay Bern

Marc Jay Bern

Founding Partner

Mr. Bern, a nationally-recognized trial attorney, is the Founding Partner of the firm. In a legal career spanning over 35 years, Mr. Bern has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdict and has settled hundreds of cases for amounts in excess of $1,000,000. Marc is honored to sit on the prestigious Board of Directors of the New York City Police Museum.

Partners

Joseph J. Cappelli

Joseph J. Cappelli

Senior Partner

Mr. Cappelli is a senior partner of the firm and is a nationally recognized trial attorney with over twenty years of litigation experience. Mr. Cappelli has successfully litigated and settled hundreds of claims throughout the United States on behalf of people injured by the negligence of others.

Debra Humphrey

Debra Humphrey

Partner

Debra Humphrey concentrates her practice on multi-jurisdictional mass tort claims and asbestos-related litigation.  She has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of mesothelioma victims and their families.

Thomas J. Joyce

Thomas J. Joyce

Partner

Tom Joyce is a trial attorney who has represented railroad workers in cases brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act for nearly 30 years. Tom has tried numerous FELA cases to verdict in railroad cases involving personal injuries, wrongful death, occupational injuries that happen over time, occupational exposure and occupational cancer. Tom has settled hundreds of FELA cases on behalf of injured railroad workers. Tom is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a past President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.

Luke T. Pepper, Attorney

Luke T. Pepper

Partner

Luke T. Pepper represents people who have been severely harmed due the negligence of others, unsafe drugs and toxic substances such as benzene, diesel exhaust, TCE and asbestos. His clients are from all over the country. His practice involves complex litigation including class actions, mass torts, toxic torts on behalf of consumers, railroad workers and those injured by OTC or prescription drugs and medical devices.

Stephen F. Monroe

Stephen Monroe

Partner

Stephen is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Working out of our Chicago office, he focuses on representing current and former railroad workers diagnosed with life-threatening cancers caused by the daily exposure to toxic chemicals.

Mark Didak, Attorney

Mark F. Didak

Partner

Mark F. Didak provides excellent legal representation in civil disputes and will vigorously and professionally represent your interests. With more than 30 years of experience in handling civil cases and appeals, Mr. Didak is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell–its highest rating for legal skill and ethics. He has also been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the years 2007 through 2019 (class actions/mass torts in 2012 through 2016, and insurance in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

General Counsel

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Philip R. Berwish

General Counsel

Mr. Berwish is an experienced attorney with an interdisciplinary background, admitted to New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Mr. Berwish has experience with personal injury, medical malpractice and pharmaceutical product liability litigation, in addition to complex commercial litigation in state and federal court, at the trial and appellate level. Mr. Berwish also has experience with corporate counseling, intellectual property, real estate, and non-profits.

Attorneys

Shawn M. Sassaman

Shawn M. Sassaman

Associate

Mr. Sassaman concentrates his practice on Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) cases involving railroad workers who were injured on the job and who are seeking just compensation for their injuries. Mr. Sassaman focuses on cases involving traumatic injuries; repetitive stress injuries that occur over the course of time; occupational hearing loss and; asbestos exposure.

Margaret E. Cordner

Margaret E. Cordner

Associate

Margaret Cordner focuses her practice on representing  individuals who have been injured by harmful pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices, working to hold accountable those responsible for corporate wrongdoing and inadequate product warning, research and testing.

Alexandra Colella

Alexandra Colella

Associate

Alexandra Colella advocates for victims of dangerous pharmaceuticals, working to hold accountable those responsible for corporate wrongdoing and inadequate product warning, research and testing. She received her B.A. in Political Science at James Madison University and received her J.D. from Pace University School of Law where she provided Pro Bono legal services at the Pace Land Use Environmental Law Center.

Aoife-Roisin Bourke

Aoife-Roisin Bourke

Associate

Aoife-Roisin Bourke advocates for victims who suffered physical harm or were killed because of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent response efforts. She focuses her practice on assisting members of the 9/11 community bring forward claims under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Tobi Russeck

Tobi Russeck

Associate

Tobi Russeck is a seasoned trial attorney based in the Philadelphia office. She focuses her practice on personal injury cases, including FELA railroad injury claims, mass-torts product liability, toxic exposures, automobile accidents, and general negligence.

Mollie Wellins

Mollie Wellins

Associate

Mollie Wellins works in mass tort litigation. Her primary focus is advocating for victims of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, devices, and biologics. Mollie received her Bachelor’s Degree from the City College of New York, and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. While in law school, she was an article editor for the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law. She received CALI awards in the topics of Contracts, Trusts and Estates, Medical Malpractice and New York Civil Practice. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Shawn A. Ricci, Attorney

Shawn A. Ricci

Associate

Shawn A. Ricci is an Associate with Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP. Shawn concentrates his practice on litigating complex matters, with an emphasis in railroad and transportation, mass torts, toxic torts, premises liability and products liability. Shawn also has considerable experience with first-party insurance coverage issues and insurance bad faith litigation.

Matthew Richards

Associate

Matthew Richards is an associate with Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP based in the Philadelphia office. Matthew focuses his practice on personal injury cases including FELA railroad injury claims, product liability, medical malpractice, and toxic exposures. Prior to joining the firm, Matthew clerked in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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Barry Scatton

Associate

Barry is an associate with Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP based in the Philadelphia office. Barry focuses his practice on personal injury cases including, Mass Torts, FELA railroad injury claims, product liability, medical malpractice, and toxic exposures. Prior to joining the firm, Barry worked for a prominent regional defense firm and clerked in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for the Honorable Kenneth J. Powell Jr.

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James Mason

Associate

James Mason focuses his practice on personal injury cases, including Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) cases involving railroad workers who were injured on the job or became sick from work-related exposures to toxic substances.

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Teresa Russo

Associate

Ms. Russo concentrates her practice Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) cases involving railroad workers who were injured on the job or became sick from work-related exposures to toxic substances and are now seeking just compensation for their injuries. Ms. Russo focuses on cases that involve traumatic injuries; repetitive stress injuries sustained over a period of time; occupation-related injuries; and exposure to toxic substances. Ms. Russo is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

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Sina Nazmiyal

Associate – Pending Admissions

Sina Nazmiyal works primarily in mass tort litigation. His area of focus is advocating for victims of dangerous and defective pharmaceutical drugs, devices, and biologics. He works to hold accountable those responsible for corporate wrongdoing and inadequate product warning, research and testing. He received his B.A in Political Science at Indiana University – Bloomington and received his J.D. from Touro Law School.

Of Counsel

Brian Depew

Brian Depew

Of Counsel

Brian Depew is of counsel to Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP to assist with medical and scientific issues in mass tort litigation. Brian Depew was a partner at Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack where he represented thousands of injured plaintiffs for 39 years in a wide variety of cases, with a major emphasis on environmental toxic tort and pharmaceutical litigation.

Robert Eisenberg

Robert A. Eisenberg

Of Counsel

Robert Eisenberg has more than 25 years of experience in rendering consultative services in the discovery of Electronically Stored Information (ESI), Computer Forensics, Electronic Data Preservation and Retention and eDiscovery in a Cybersecurity Context. Mr. Eisenberg frequently conducts seminars, webinars, CLE courses and other presentations on the subjects of eDiscovery, Computer Forensics and Data Security.

Danielle Brenner

Danielle Brenner

Of Counsel

Danielle Brenner is of counsel to the firm and assists with the litigation of medical malpractice cases. Danielle has over ten years of experience litigating medical malpractice cases and is passionate about representing those who have suffered injuries as a result of medical negligence.

Alan R. Zibelman

Alan R. Zibelman

Of Counsel

Alan R. Zibelman is welcomed as “Of Counsel” to the firm. Mr. Zibelman has litigated hundreds of cases and has successfully tried cases to verdict in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. He is actively licensed and has also appeared in the Appellate and Federal Courts of each of these jurisdictions.

Colleen Miller

Colleen Miller

Of Counsel

Colleen Miller graduated New York Law School in 2012 and was barred to New York State in 2013. She has a background in various practices including asbestos litigation, entertainment and sports law and pharmaceutical litigation.