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.

General Counsel

Carmen A. De Gisi

Carmen A. De Gisi

Associate

Carmen De Gisi is based in our Philadelphia office and focuses his practice on personal injury cases, including FELA railroad injury claims, mass-torts product liability, toxic exposures, automobile accidents, and general negligence.

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.

Kevin Wang

Kevin Wang

Associate

Kevin Wang advocates for victims of dangerous pharmaceutical devices and drugs. His primary focus is in the litigation of clients injured from the use of these products and recovering just compensation. He has worked as a legal intern at both Fordham University’s Criminal Defense Clinic and the Queens DA Office.

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.

Gordon Kessler

Associate

Gordon Kessler focuses his practice on multi-jurisdictional mass tort claims, advocating for victims of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Gordon earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable James F. Hyland in Middlesex County Superior Court. Gordon is currently admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey.

Edward C. Lehman

Associate

Edward C. Lehman is a seasoned trial lawyer who has been fighting for justice for accident victims for two decades. He has tried cases in all five boroughs, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk and is committed to advancing the best possible advocacy on behalf of his clients. Based in our New York City office, Mr. Lehman is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey and is admitted to practice in New York and in New Jersey.

Mark Didak, Attorney

Mark F. Didak

Associate

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).

James Henning

James Henning

Associate

James Henning is an associate with Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP. James practices criminal law with a focus on wrongful convictions. Since his admission to practice, he has represented numerous clients who have been charged with or convicted of serious crimes, including a client whose life sentence and conviction for homicide were vacated on grounds of newly discovered evidence and Brady violations.

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.