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.
Licensed since 1983
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|Partner||Bodell Bove, LLC||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Bodell, Bove, Grace & Van Horn, P.C.||2007 - 2012|
|Partner||McCullough & McKenty, P.A.||1995 - 2007|
|Partner||Swartz, Campbell & Detweiler||1983 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bankruptcy Institute||Member||2003 - Present|
|Delaware State Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1983 - 2013|
|Blue Hen Mechanical, Inc. v. Christian Brothers Risk Pooling Trust a/s/o Little Sisters of the Poor||On appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, I successfully defended a Motion for Summary Judgment that I had won in the trial court.|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of Pennsylvania||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|