Carmen is a trial attorney whose litigation career begain as a Captain in the JAG Corps of the US Army. He served as a defense attorney, Chief of Military Justice in Fort Polk, La. and a Defense Appellate Lawyer in the US Army Judiciary in Washington, DC. His litigation career continued as a trial attorney in Media Pa as a member of the firm of Kassab,Cherry, Curran and Archbold. He was a founding partner of the litigation firm of Cherry Ferrara Mutzel Belefonte and Wesner and Ferrara Belefonte McFadden and Curran. He later merged with his present firm of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky PC. His areas of concentration in litigation include medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, premises liability involving fire and explosions, wrongful death and closed head injuries.
Carmen is a Fellow of the presitigious American College of Trial Lawyers and Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Justice and Delaware County Bar Association.
He is is Solicitor for the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority and Chairmen of the Delaware County Board of Election where he has served for 30 years. He is also Solicitor for the Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Company.
Carmen has been active in his community where has served on numerous not for profit organizations including the Delaware County Communityh Foundation where he served as Chairman. He is presently a member of Delaware County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that protects the rights of abused and neglected foster children. He has been recognized both locally and state wide by organizations for his leadership and service to the legal profession and community.
Carmen is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University where he was Article Editor of the Dickinson Law Review and member of the Woolsack Honor Society.
He lives with his wife Elke in Haverford, Pa. His many interests include skiing, photography, fly fishing and travel especially with his grandchildren. He is also a frequent visitor to Notre Dame football games in South Bend.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pennsylvania Super Lawyer||Philadelphia Magazine||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Service Award||Pennsylvania Bar Association||2017|
|President's Award||Pennsylvania Association for Justice||2010|
|Law Day - Special Recognition Award||Delaware County Bar Association||2009|
|Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America||Lawdragon||2007|
|Award for Professionalism and Trial Advocacy||Guy Defuria Inns of Court||2004|
|E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Award||Delaware County Bar Association||1993|
|Milton D Rosenberg||Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association||1990|
|Man of the Year||Lawyers Club of Delaware County||1984|
|Managing Attorney, Media Office||Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC||2006 - Present|
|Founder||Law Offices of Carmen P Belefonte||2000 - 2017|
|Founding Partner||Ferrara Belefonte McFadden & Curran||1997 - 2000|
|Founding Partner||Cherry Ferrara Mutzel Belefonte Mcfadden & Wesner, LLP||1987 - 1997|
|Partner||Kassab Cherry Curran & Archbold||1969 - 1987|
|Chief of Military Justice and Defense Appellate Lawyer||Us Army Jag Corps||1966 - 1969|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Association for Justice||Past President||N/A|
|Delaware County Bar Association||Past President||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Former Board of Governors||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Former Executive Committee Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association - The Barrister||How to Investigate a Dram Shop Case||1988|
|Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association - The Barrister||Perjurious Client Dilemma||1986|
|Dickinson Law Review||The Effect of a Wife's Consent to a Search and Seizure of the Husband's Property||1965|
|Dickinson Law Review||The Applicability of Section 7 of the Clayton Act to Bank Mergers||1964|
|Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1965|
|University of Notre Dame||BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration||1962|
|Seminar||Ethics for the Ages||2016|
|Bench Bar Conference||Effective Use of Internet and Other Demonstrative Evidence||2013|
|Continuing Legal Education||Civility in Litigation||2009|
|Seminar||What's It Worth||2008|
|Seminar||Civility in the Legal Profession||2007|
|Annual Meeting||Medical Malpractice||2006|
|Bench Bar Conference||Overcoming Jury Bias||2005|
|Annual Conference||Cross Examination||2001|
|Seminar||Preparing and Trying a Medical Malpractice Case||1999|
|Annual Convention||Trial Practice: Direct Examination||1998|
|Postal Worker rendered paraplegic by drunken driver||Confidential settlement of a significant amount|
|Apartment Fire||Confidential settlement|
|Wrongful Death - Apartment Fire||results confidential|
|Medical Malpractice - Quadrapalegic||Multimillion dollar Confidential settlement|
|Tree Limb Piercing Motorist Head||Confidential settlement of a significant amount|
|Pediatric Brain Injury||case settled for settlement valued in excess of $16 million|
|Sexual Abuse of Mentally challenged resident of private facility||Confidential settlement of a significant amount|
|Closed Head Injury - Motor Vehicle Accident||Confidential settlement of a significant amount|
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