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Kathryn Elizabeth Roberts

DUI and DWI Attorney at Allentown, PA

5.0   51 reviews

also known as Kate Roberts

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI

    26 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, and federal court in the Eastern District of Pa.

    26 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Family
    Protection-from-abuse (PFA) cases including contempt of PFA hearings.

    26 years, 500 cases


Born & raised in the Lehigh Valley, always wanted to do criminal defense-exciting & challenging but never boring! One of the things my clients always tell me is that they like that they can reach me without having to call me over and over. I try to call people back the same day whenever possible.

Just Google my name (Attorney Kate Roberts or Attorney Kathryn Roberts).  

You'll find lots of newspaper articles from the Morning Call and Lehigh Valley Live about cases of mine in the news.  I've had 109 jury trials in the last 24 years, including several month-long trials in federal court.  That's a HUGE amount--some criminal attorneys have NEVER had a trial--and that is the only measurement that matters. Sometimes it's hard for people to figure out if the attorney they're thinking to hire is any good. The measure for a criminal defense attorney is simple--trial experience.  I keep a list on my wall of all the cases I've won over the years.  Keep in mind that "winning" can sometimes mean the person never got charged at all, or won a compromise that was more than the person dreamed of getting, along with, of course, a "not guilty" verdict after a trial.  When you are interviewing attorneys, ask the person how many times he or she has had a trial and if they keep a list.  If they hesitate to answer you, move on!  Would you want a doctor to evaluate you for surgery if he'd never DONE the surgery??   Even if you don't want to go to trial in your case and you're looking for a quiet way to work out your case, prosecutors know the reputation of attorneys who win and challenge cases versus attorneys who don't.  I spend most of my time in the courts of Lehigh County and Northampton County.  I also spend a great deal of time in federal criminal court, mostly in Philadelphia.  I have only ever practiced criminal defense--I never wanted to be a prosecutor, a judge, or do other legal work.  Many people have come to me over the years and asked me if I would consider running for election to be a judge.  However, I don't think I have the right temperament to do that.  Being a judge requires having many hours of patience, and sitting in courtroom for many hours every day.  I prefer to be an advocate!  Criminal defense is always interesting and we need strong attorneys to challenge police and prosecutors who make assumptions.    

As for the way I run my office, I try not to overcharge people.  I see that happen a lot, especially with DUI cases.  Lawyers simply should not be charging people $5,000 for a DUI case in which the person may get ARD or working out a deal in a 1st offense and pleading guilty.  I am astounded when I hear about lawyers charging people $8,000 or $10,000 for a DUI case and even more astounded when I see that lawyer walk the client through a guilty plea, without raising any legal challenges.  Add to that, often the lawyers that are charging those very high fees are not even from the Lehigh Valley--their main office is in some other county in the Poconos or Philadelphia and they don't even have much familiarity with our courts, judges or prosecutors.  Hand-holding by a lawyer is not worth $8,000 or $10,000!   When I have a simpler DUI case (no major accident, 1st or 2nd offense), I generally charge between $1,500 and $2,500 if the DUI case is in Lehigh or Northampton County.  Trials are another matter entirely--I would generally charge at least $10,000 for a trial, because preparing a trial is long and complicated for an attorney.   And, most important, if I'm going to trial with my client, I want to win!

As for other criminal cases, fees vary widely depending on the scenario.  Very often I am asked to give a consultation.  I do free consultations every day, usually for about 1/2 hour with someone.  Sometimes, however, people need much more in-depth advice on a complicated case, or as a 2nd opinion because they already have an attorney and would like to have a couple hours with me, but aren't sure they would have the funds to change attorneys.  In that scenario, I usually offer to do a paid, lengthier consultation of 2 hours or so, for $300.  That way, I am covered for my time, and I can tell the person all the good and all the bad that they really need to know about their case.


Client's Choice 2021,2015
Client's Choice
2021 2015


Law office of Kathryn Roberts, Esquire


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  51 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
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Posted by Chad | October 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Simply Amazing. Can I give her 6 stars?
Kathryn Roberts put me at ease and explained everything to me. She worked hard to help me and went above and beyond anything I expected. If you are looking for an attorney, look no further. This is it. Hire her, you will be glad you did.
Posted by John Carlos | September 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Roberts asked us to write her a review after she just won my son's trial with the jury. It went on for 3 days but she and my son spent 9 months preparing for the trial. I won't state my son's name (just the 1st name Joshua) so I don't embarass him but Mrs. Roberts you know who he is anyway. This was in Northampton county. It was his 3rd DUI case but his 1st one was more than 10 years ago so it only counted as his 2nd case.My son didn't give his blood and he said he only had one beer when he was out with friends but then he rear-ended someone. He was insisting there was no way he was drunk for a dui case but of course no one believes you when you hit someone. SInce he didn't give his blood they were basing it off witnesses but then Mrs roberts got the camera footage and it showed my son as a young man looking pretty sober. So then police changed the story up a bit and came up with more "facts" claiming he did other things. Mrs roberts was able to show that one of those things wasn't true even though the other things were true and they still wouldn't drop the case so they ended up in a trial. It wasnt' cheap but it totally saved my son cause he wouldve lost his good job, gone to jail for at least 90 days and lost his license for at least a year and he has little kids to support. So we figured pay now for a lawyer and hope she can help or we all pay later when my son has a public defender instead of a lawyer and goes to jail and loses his job and we all have to pick up the pieces cause he's in jail. I didn't know mrs roberts before this case cause i never needed a criminal lawyer but a neighbor recommended her and we are so thankful that she didnt' give up fighting for my son. She will tell you the truth on if she can fight it and it will cost you to fight it all the way thru but totallly worth it for my son. Thanks again!
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Posted by Chayanne | May 25, 2021
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We hired Kate Roberts from a recomendation of my husband's boss. Our son goes to Muhlenberg College and got a DUI last year during Covid. It was based on a very tiny amount of alcohol plus that he had marijuana in his system even though he told he'd smoked a little bit of marijuna at a party a few weeks before the police pulled him over. Who knew you could get a DUI for that, even when he wasn't showing signs to be intoxicated enough for a DUI and the cop told us that???? The DA apparently overruled the cop and said yes, even though he wasn't showing signs of intoxication his blood level has marijunana and it's a DUI automatically. lots of people don't know that either. Kate spent a really long time explaining all the ways a DUI can happen and really educating us. We appreciated that because we consulted with several lawyers before calling her and they were quoting us alot of money but also not nearly taking the time to explain it all in a detailed way. Guess lawyers think non-lawyers wouldn't understand. Anyhow Kate was really nice about my numerous questions and helped our son get through this without jail and not get kicked out of school. We are forever grateful.
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Posted by Danniel | June 2, 2021
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Best lawyer in ABE
Kathryn is the best! Great communication skills. Thankful for her dedication and professionalism. Very passionate about her job. Recommend her in a heartbeat
Posted by Eric | May 13, 2021
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Wonderfull for PFAs
Just hired Ms. Roberts for 3RD time in a PFA case cause my ex thinks she can file a contempt on me and make up a bunch of lies and get away with it. Kate won the 1st 2 PFA contempt cases so I hired hired her again of course. She rocks!!! She explained what kind of evidence the judge will consider and how to use it in court without getting objecting. I already referred a bunch of people to her on some other little cases in criminal courts. No one told me anything but great response and the biggest thing is that she's HONEST and tells you like it really is and whats gonna really happen. So far she's 3 out of 3 in telling me how the case is gonna go. Awesome attorney!
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Posted by Carlos | May 30, 2020
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Hired her 3 years ago for a case with my son in the juvenile court and was so happy cause I shopped around a lot before I called her. She gave me a long explanation of the legal process in Lehigh county and told me a lot about how the judges think on certain kind of cases. My son isn't an angel but the Da really wanted to stick it to him. Bottom line I hired her. She kept us up to date the whole time and I was very happy with the outcome for my son. Then 3 years go by and I find myself in trouble unfortunately with my ex who was claiming abuse. She told me that the courts don't always just believe whatever the woman says anymore and judges know that the ladies can manipulate the court system to get what they want..I was hit with domestic assault charges and I thought I was done but Ms. Roberts helped me realize I could fight this and the court system WOULD listen to me. My ex said everyone would believe her but Ms Roberts said just be patient and don't give in just to "get it over with". It's been a long process with the police and DA but it's almost over and I'm really happy with how the case has worked out. We had a little delay due to Covid 19 but that's Ok by me. Ms. Roberts got me the right result. More than happy to pay her fees and would recommend her highly if you wanna stay informed and have a lawyer who has a lot of inside information about what goes on in the courts.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2024
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Above and beyond
I had another lawyer prior to Kathryn and after speaking to her for only 20 minutes, I felt confident that she was more knowledgeable of both the goings on in the DA's office but also her general knowledge of the law was impeccable. She was able to foresee many different directions that the case could go and had a plan for every angle to arrive at a favorable outcome for me. If you want to win your case, I would highly recommend Kathryn Roberts. She has an excellent mind to predict the oppositions next move and use it to her advantage!
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Posted by Kevin | October 8, 2023
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Highly Recommend Attorney Roberts
A few years back I received a DUI and it was my first offense. . I was very worried and scared. I went on AVVO and looked for a lawyer that handles criminal cases. I saw that attorney Roberts had all 5 star reviews so I contacted her and hired her. I am very glad I did. She is very intelligent, knowledgeable, she has a great way of talking to you and keeping you calm. Her communication is wonderful and she is always in touch with you, never leaving you hanging. She helped so much with my DUI. I just recently needed her service again and she was just as amazing with my case. I highly recommend Attorney Roberts! She is the very best!
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Posted by Angelica | September 11, 2023
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We hired Attorney Roberts for our son's DUI case along with a separate citation for public drunkenness at a local college. I spoke to many lawyers and I wasn't sure what I was looking for until I spoke with Ms Roberts. Immediately I recognized a difference. She explained honestly what were the typical consequences and that the big wrinkle for us was that the cases were going on in different counties. Our son has a bright future in front of him and after so much investment in him, we didn't want it all thrown away by his bad choices as a kid in college. Ms. Roberts reminded us that he's not a "kid" (but he'll always be MY baby). We are not a family accustomed to criminal court proceedings and criminal law is foreign to us, plus we live in another state, though we visit our son frequently. But Ms. Roberts carefully explained everything from the beginning. We are so thankful to her and don't mind at all leaving a review, though we won't leave a last name for fear of reprisals on our son's future. Thanks very much Ms. Roberts and hope we won't need you again!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2023
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Best Decision!
When I needed an attorney to represent me in court I did not hesitate to contact Kathryn Roberts. She represented someone I know and she handled that case effortlessly. When I hired her she was very concerned with the details of the case. Kate takes her time to explain the possible outcomes and explains every step of the way with details. She made me feel at ease and comfortable to talk to her. Overall she handled my case fast and efficiently. If you’re looking for a criminal attorney look no further she is the best in town and surrounding areas.
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Posted by Marilyn | August 11, 2023
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I was in need of counsel to represent me and after searching the internet I chose Kathryn Roberts. It was a perfect choice and If it was up to me I would give her 10 stars. She is personable, helped me feel at ease, and is extremely competent in her knowledge of the law . Atty Roberts was available any time I had a question or concern.
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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Excellent PFA Defense
Unfortunately, I was served with a temporary PFA and the hearing was 10 days after being served. After a web search for PFA attorney's in my area, I was having a very challenging time finding an attorney who was even available on such short notice. I was getting desperate because it was Friday and there was now only 4 more days until my hearing. Even though I wasn't too comfortable with it, I was about to retain a lawyer from way outside my area. So I thought I'd make one last attempt at finding a "hometown" attorney, Kate returned my call the very same day. She was very attentive listening to my situation and reassured me that PFAs are easy to obtain and there was no need to panic. She sounded trustworthy and said we still had plenty of time to meet to go over the details, so I retained her and we set up an appointment. We met for about 2 hours 4 days before my hearing and I was able to provide more in depth details, along with some history to give her a more complete picture of the situation. Kate was very patient hearing my side of things and listening to my concerns. She explained that none of what happened in the past had anything to do with this PFA and that the judge would not be interested in hearing all the details I provided, nor any tangents the plaintiff would try to invoke. She explained who the judge was and how to conduct myself during the hearing and was extremely helpful in calming my fears and doubts. On the day of the hearing, after the plaintiff presented their side, she asked several questions that knocked holes in their story and cast doubt about the reason the PFA was filed in the first place. Kate kept me focused and on point and, after only about 15 or 20 minutes, the PFA against me was dropped! Ms. Roberts did a fantastic job representing me! I was very impressed with how she prepared me for this very stressful situation. She knew exactly who the judge was and how to conduct business in the judge's courtroom. All for a very reasonable fee in comparison to the out-of-town attorney who was going to charge me 3 times as much. As she explained, many PFAs are about perception, as in my case, so just be honest! If you need help with a PFA defense ... HIRE HER!!!! You will not be disappointed!!!
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Response from Kathryn Roberts December 3, 2021
Thank you for that review--I know who you are! Good luck on the new job!
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2021
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Best attorney in the Lehigh Valley
Unfortunately I've had to use Kate twice, she's a no-nonsense attorney, completely honest and will always work in your best interest, even if it's not what you want to hear. Very knowledgeable, and will always get you the best deal possible.
Posted by Nadim | July 4, 2021
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Professionalism, top constitutional ,effective corporate.
I got PFA violation 2 years ago and searched around for an attorney that would pay attention since I had bad experiences with lawyers years ago. I called Attorney Roberts and it clicked right away since #1 she called me right back, #2 she talked to me for quite a bit about the case in our 1st call (A LOT MORE THAN MOST LAWYERS WERE WILLING TO DO). #3 she gave me a fair price of $1,000 on the PFA violation and then we had a formal conference to go over everything and 2 more conferences to make sure we were all ready before the hearing. That was totally the opposite of what I was used to from lawyers in the past so a good sign. To top it off she said she can’t promise an outcome but felt confident and after a messy hearing, we won thank god because my ex could’ve put me in jail with lies…. Fast forward and my son gets a DUI charge and an aggravated assault charge for an incident at a bar in Allentown. My son wasn’t challenging the DUI but he absolutely denied assaulting anyone. (he was at a bar where a fight broke out and a person got hurt but my son quickly left and cops pulled him over cause he ran away and said HE was the assaulter). That big mixup put my so who has no record in jail for nearly 9 months, plus all through Covid and I was scared to death he was gonna get covid and die in the jail. He actually got covid but luckily recovered. Cops barely investigated anything in the case and Attorney Roberts said the police investigation was totally amateur and a high school kid could’ve done better. Attorney Roberts gave me a really fair price and told me we had to be patient and strong to fight it out in court cause cops wouldn’t just withdraw charges like that. After a LONG wait and many hearings, my son ended up with just the DUI and a pretty sweat deal on the DUI too. Attorney Roberts asked me to write a review and tell the truth so people can tell the difference between lawyers who help you and ones who steal your money and just don’t care. I wanted a lawyer who was gonna do more than the bare minimum, return my phone calls, and also not just tell me what I wanna hear. Thank you for all your hard work twice for me and my family Mrs. Roberts. I appreciate you and you will be hearing from anyone I know that needs a lawyer!!
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Posted by Nish | June 4, 2021
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Hire Her !!!!!
Where do I start? Attorney Kate is great at what she does which is defending you. My pending charges were high (Felony Aggravated assault, Domestic violence). The police report did not have all of the information which unfortunately made me look bad. It almost seemed impossible to get any help and prove my innocence. I spoke to multiple lawyers about my case and most of them seemed dismissive like it was over for me. Attorney Kate was the only one who really sat down to listen and weighed my options from worst case to best case scenario and never sugar coated anything. She knows the system and is also very educated in the law. Most importantly she was extremely personable and sympathetic to my situation which is not easy to come by in lawyers. I knew what was going to happen every step of the way and I was prepared each time. Also she is great at getting back to you when you call. Attorney Kate eventually got my case dismissed. DISMISSED! Fairly quickly. I am studying to be a nurse and she saved my career and proved my innocence most importantly.
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Posted by Harrat R | May 25, 2021
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Professional and knowledgeable
Miss Roberts got me a great plea deal for an old case involving bad checks. Got charged as a felony and she got it knocked down to a low misdemeanor when I came up with some of the money to pay off the bad check. No jail and not even any probation. Just had to pay some court costs and a small fine. Really nice lady on top of that! Sorry but not all lawyers are so nice. This one is
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2021
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Excellent lawyer
I hired Kathryn Roberts years ago and were going through a process on the case , but before hiring ms Roberts i had paid 500 us dollars for 10 min. On a Consultation to a lawyer before ms Roberts, i had let go of that lawyer once i read reviews of ms Roberts and i dont regret i did , even though i lost the money but its really worth it and its being great , thanks ms roberts
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Posted by Shannon | May 20, 2021
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Great attorney
Attorney Kate Roberts is a terrific lawyer. She knows her way around a court room. She included us in her thought process throughout the case and she is very knowledgeable. She explained everything that was happening and what all the possible outcomes were. She told us what she was trying to accomplish in the courtroom and the outcome of our case was exactly what she said she was pushing for. She is very nice and I would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Debbie | August 17, 2020
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The Best!!
Kate worked tirelessly on my expongement case while I was living in Florida. She went above and beyond. Im happy to say my past is now exponged!! I was able to get a good job. I recommend anyone needing legal help to give her a call. She is pleasant....kind and caring. Kate will go out of the way for anyone who needs her.
Posted by Rey | January 13, 2019
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Best Lawyer In Town!!!!!
I got in contact with Mrs. Robert's by a referral from my friend and his outcome, she is very good at keeping communication through various sources, I have my second DUI she handled the case very good, she communicated with the DA, also kept it honest, she gives you the best advice, she accommodates her clients, she knows the system pretty well, has a lot of connections, she helped me with my case, and we prepared pretty well for the case, and ultimately we were able to have a successful resolution of the case, I got house arrest I'm able to spend time with my kids, go to work and avoid jail time, so I recommend her 100%, best lawyer lawyer in town!!!
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Private law firm
  • Law Offices of Kathryn Roberts, Esq--Allentown, Pa
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal Criminal defense attorney--Eastern District of Pa
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Federal Defender
  • 2006 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Lehigh County Public Defender--Allentown, Pa
  • 2000 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • President Judge William H. Platt--Lehigh County, Allentown, Pa
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Law clerk
  • Office of DHS in Phila, Pa
  • 1997 - 1997
  • legal intern
  • Office of Protection from Abuse (PFA)-Phila
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Law Clerk for Judge Paul Panepinto
  • First Judicial District Of Pennsylvania
  • 1996 - 1996
  • caseworker
  • Lehigh Co. Office of Children & Youth (OCYS)
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Ithaca College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994
  • Southern Lehigh High School
  • high school
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v Miguel Ruiz
  • Not guilty by jury on 1st & 2nd degree murder, guilty of 3rd degree


  • Nazareth Area School District
  • Director
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Bath Borough Council
  • elected member of town council
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Rotary Club
  • winner/recipient of Rotary exchange to South Africa for 6 weeks
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2000 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Best Research Article--A Unified Family Court for Pennsylvania
  • Family Law course--Villanova Law School
  • 1998
  • Highest placement 1st year
  • Villanova Law Review
  • 1998
  • 1997
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  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawye
  • DUI LAW FOR JUVENILES IN PENNSYLVANIA: different standards and different consequences
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • American Inns of Court
  • DUI law updates in PA
  • 2008

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