Avolio & Hanlon - Attorney Profiles

ROBERT P. AVOLIO

Managing Partner

email: rpa@avoliohanlon.com

Mr. Avolio received a B.A. degree from George Washington University with honors and a J.D. with honors from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA.  He is admitted to practice in the following states and jurisdictions:

  1. State of New Jersey
  2. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  3. State of Florida
  4. State of New York
  5. District of Columbia
  6. United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  7. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  8. United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  9. United States District  Court for the Northern District of New York
  10. United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  11. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  12. United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  13. United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida,
  14. United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  15. United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  16. United States Court of Claims
  17. The United States Supreme Court

Mr. Avolio served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert Wilentz, Chief Justice of New Jersey Supreme Court.  Special areas of practice include:  Corporate and commercial litigation, business law, insurance and self-insured product and general liability defense litigation, mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Avolio is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney Board Certified by the Supreme Courts of New Jersey and Florida.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, New Jersey Defense Association, American Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Mercer County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, New York Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

PAUL R. SHEEHAN

email: prs@avoliohanlon.com

Mr. Sheehan received his B.F.A degree from Rhode Island School of Design, his M.F.A. from Temple University, and his J.D. from the James Beasley School of Law, Temple University in 2003.  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; United States District Court, District of New Jersey; United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Pennsylvania State Bar Association, Mercer County Bar Association, and Bucks County Bar Association. He is also a Member of the Mercer County American Inn of Court.

His areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation, real estate, premises liability, business contracts, Pennsylvania custody matters, copyright, and trademark.

Mr. Sheehan interned as a summer law clerk with the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and, after serving a year as a staff editor, served on the Editorial Board of the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal in his capacity as Articles Editor.

Before joining Avolio & Hanlon, P.C. in 2003, Mr. Sheehan was the Associate Director of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), a nonprofit legal service organization serving individual artists, authors, and cultural organizations in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Today, PVLA is a program of, and provides its services through, Philadelphia’s Arts & Business Council.  Mr. Sheehan was with PVLA nearly nine years.

Mr. Sheehan has served on the Board of Directors of Chandler Hall Health Services in Newtown, PA since 2011 and is currently Board Chair. He also enjoys coaching softball for Langhorne Athletic Association and Pennsbury Athletic Association.

 

CATHERINE M. BRENNAN

email: cmb@avoliohanlon.com

Ms. Brennan received her BS from St. Joseph’s University in 1990, and her JD from Seton Hall Law School in 1994. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, United District Court, District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

During law school, Ms. Brennan was a member of the moot court board. After law school, Ms. Brennan clerked for the Honorable Donald G. Collester, J.S.C. (now a sitting Judge of the Appellate Division). She concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation, including construction, real estate, insurance, business and land use cases.

TRACY L. MARKHAM

Managing Attorney, St. Augustine Office

email: tlm@avoliohanlonfl.com

 

Ms. Markham received her B.A. degree from Cornell University and her J.D. from Syracuse University in 1988, graduating summa cum laude. She has been a Clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. McAvoy, United States District Court, Northern District of New York and has been an Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School.

Ms. Markham is licensed to practice in the States of New York and Florida, United States Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, United Stated Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida, as well as the United States Federal Court Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Markham focuses her practice on wrongful death, personal injury claims and property damage issues.

Ms. Markham is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Ms. Markham is a member of the New York State Bar Association, The Florida Bar, St. Johns County Bar Association and Florida Association for Woman Lawyers.

 

STEPHEN DIFATO

email: sfd@avoliohanlonfl.com

Mr. Difato received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida in Economics and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. Mr. Difato is also a licensed title agent.

Mr. Difato specializes in real estate transactions, business formation, personal injury claims, and well as insurance issues.

 

LISA R. FRIEDMAN

email: attorneys@avoliohanlon.com

Ms. Friedman received a B.A. from Wilkes College and a J.D. from Villanova University of Law. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Friedman clerked for both the Honorable Oscar S. Bortner (Bucks County Court of Common Pleas) and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and has drafted regulations for the State of New Jersey, Department of Insurance and Department of Law and Public Safety on taxation and environmental issues.

Her primary area of practice is wills and trusts.

CHARLES J. HANLON, JR., of Counsel

email: attorneys@avoliohanlon.com

Mr. Hanlon received a B.A. degree from LeMoyne College and a J.D. from Seton Hall University.  He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1976 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He was formerly Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Del Webb’s Claridge Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  From 1980 to 1982, he was the Chief of the Trial Section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.  In this capacity, he supervised the trial practices of the Division and the prosecution of civil litigation resulting from the Division’s investigations.

As counsel to the New Jersey Racing Commission he rendered legal advice to the Commission and represented its interests at administrative law hearings, in the Superior Court both in the Law and Appellate Divisions.  Mr. Hanlon became the Project Director of the New Jersey Statewide Arson Strategy.  In this position, he organized a massive training effort to establish a core of arson investigators and an arson reporting system.  This assignment required the establishment of a working relationship with leaders in law enforcement, the fire service, the insurance industry and other concerned groups.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Hanlon has focused on defense litigation representing self insured amusement parks and water amusement parks, private security companies and small corporations.  He also has an extensive practice in the Municipal Courts representing clients in both traffic and criminal matters.  He has been designated as assigned counsel by the New Jersey Attorney General for state employees who are charged by private citizens when fulfilling their job duties, primarily law enforcement and correction officers.  He also serves as a court appointed arbitrator for the New Jersey Superior Court as well as a designated arbitrator for private parties.
Mr. Hanlon also represents individual charged with crimes which are heard in the New Jersey Superior Court, Criminal Division.

ROBERT DeGEORGE, Special Counsel

email: attorneys@avoliohanlon.com

Mr. DeGeorge received his B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University.  He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1974 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He was formerly Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey and formerly Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor of Mercer County.
His areas of practice include civil and criminal defense litigation, employment litigation, premises liability, theft of trade secrets, corporate management audits and internal investigations.

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