Department Heads: Marit Anderson, Daniel Borgia, Beverly Beaver
We Are The Community's Legal Team
With our team of more than 500 attorneys, investigators, mitigators, social workers, and other staff, our practice units provide each client with high-quality representation and service.
Adult Trial Practice
Department Heads: Aaron Marcus, Peter Rosalsky
Mental Health Division
The unit represents most respondents at involuntary civil mental health commitment hearings and fights for the rights of the mentally ill in its appeals from administrative and trial rulings.
Department Heads: Luna Patella, Gregg Blender
The services in our Motions division are not limited to the above list. Please contact us if you have a unique matter that requires legal action.
Department Heads: Jordan Barnett
Department Heads: Andrew Pappas, LaRue Worthy
Department Heads: Thomas Innes
Probation, Parole, Alternative Sentencing
Attorneys represent clients at county and state detainer hearings and at county and state parole or probation violation hearings before judges and before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Defenders also support clients who currently on parole or probation.
Department Heads: Byron Cotter, Victoria Sanita
Special Defense Homicide
Department Heads: Daniel Stevenson
Children & Youth Justice
We recognize that children are different from adults and that they should be represented accordingly. Our specially-trained, multidisciplinary team of professionals work together to address the legal challenges and provide holistic representation.
Department Heads: Michael Sontchi, Chantelle Silverio
The CAU protects and promotes the legal interests of children and strives to serve their best interests. This unit works with children who have open dependent petitions in Philadelphia Family Court, victims of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or abandonment, truancy cases, children facing mental health challenges, and children who need supports as they transition into adult life.
Department Heads: Doni Shaffer, Marni Gangel, James Haley
Juvenile Life Without Parole
Our Juvenile Life Without Parole/ JLWOP Unit provides intensive representation, comprehensive mitigation, and reentry service planning for Philadelphia clients sentenced to life without parole as juveniles.
Department Heads: Bradley Bridge, Paul Conway, Helen Levin
Juvenile Special Defense
A “Direct File Juvenile” is someone who is under 18, but at least 15 years old who has been arrested and processed as an adult, and who will initially be treated as an adult in the criminal justice system.
This specialized defense team is made up of: Experienced Lawyers; Three Social Workers; Two Investigators; Two Administrative Staff.
Department Heads: Michelle Mason
Police Accountability Unit
Police Accountability Staff: Michael Mellon, PAU Attorney; Paula Sen PAU Attorney; Becky Mer, PAU Policy Analyst; Julian Brubaker, PAU Data Analyst
Department Heads: Erica Berson