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My practice primarily is in Delaware, with some work in Pennsylvania.  I focus on civil litigation (commercial, construction accident and contract litigation, premises liability, and toxic tort defense), bankruptcy litigation (creditor representation and adversary case defense), and business formation.


I was born in Washington, Pennsylvania (south of Pittsburgh).  My father was a welder at a steel plant and my mother was a legal secretary and homemaker.


I came to Philadelphia in 1976 to attend the University of Pennsylvania.  I majored in History and earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in 1980.  I then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned a J.D. in 1983.


During law school I worked for a summer in the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s Office.  After graduating law school and taking the Pennsylvania bar exam, I worked at Swartz, Campbell & Detweiler from 1983 to 1995, first as an associate, then as a partner.  The work primarily was defending personal injury lawsuits.  After working in the firm’s Philadelphia office for ten years, I took the Delaware bar exam and shifted my practice to develop the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware, office.  I was a founder and partner at McCullough & McKenty, P.A., in Wilmington from 1995 to 2007 and since then have been a partner at Philadelphia-based Bodell, Bové, Grace & Van Horn, P.C., (2007-2012) and Bodell Bové, LLC, (2012-present) in the firm’s Wilmington office.


My pro bono legal activities include assisting Lutheran congregations and the regional synod in the Philadelphia area. In the community, I coordinate the after-school educational and cultural trips the Penn Class of 1980 alumni participate in with students from Sayre High School, an inner-city school in West Philadelphia.  I serve on the board of directors of Curio Theatre Company (2010-present) and Cedar Park Neighbors community association (2009-2011).  I was a board member 2003-2009 (chair 2004-2009) at The Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Business: 33%
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 33%

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SUITE 1000
Wilmington, DE, 19801


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBodell Bove, LLC2012 - Present
PartnerBodell, Bove, Grace & Van Horn, P.C.2007 - 2012
PartnerMcCullough & McKenty, P.A.1995 - 2007
PartnerSwartz, Campbell & Detweiler1983 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2003 - Present
Delaware State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1983 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Blue Hen Mechanical, Inc. v. Christian Brothers Risk Pooling Trust a/s/o Little Sisters of the PoorOn appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, I successfully defended a Motion for Summary Judgment that I had won in the trial court.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of PennsylvaniaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1980