attorneys

EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS

Michael Anthony DeFino

A Summa Cum Laude graduate, Phi Beta Kappa member and 1978 graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Michael Anthony DeFino’s has tried a multitude of high-profile cases reported by CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, ABC, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Chicago Tribune and New York Times.

Mr. DeFino is the lone attorney to secure an acquittal for his client in one of the most complex multi-defendant federal criminal cases in Philadelphia’s history. He has represented a plethora of civil clients in medical malpractice and personal injury suits and obtained several multi-million dollar settlements.

Mr. DeFino has appeared before every level of state and federal court in Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has served as a senior officer of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

Nicholas J. Starinieri

A 1988 graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Nick Starinieri is the managing attorney for DeFino Law Associates, P.C. Mr. Starinieri has handled the firm’s most complex civil litigation cases, setting legal precedent in the case of Suburban Delivery v. W.C.A.B., where the Court established workers’ compensation claimants’ right to keep more of their recoveries from accident cases involving structured settlements. He focuses his practice on personal injury, probate & estate, real estate and other civil litigation matters. Mr. Starinieri is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Vincent Anthony DeFino

A 1993 graduate of Widener University School of Law, Vincent Anthony DeFino has excelled in the field of civil law. Mr. DeFino’s skills in negotiation have allowed him to settle millions of dollars in personal injury claims per year while his personable disposition, charm and sense of humor endears him to all his clients and has helped forge unparalleled ties to the Philadelphia Legal Community. Mr. DeFino serves as Treasurer for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and is Vice President of the South Philadelphia Business Association.

Nicholas L. Palazzo

A Cum Laude graduate from Widener University School of Law, Nicholas Palazzo is a rising star in the Philadelphia legal community, concentrating his efforts in the fields of personal injury and criminal defense. Mr. Palazzo has secured extremely favorable awards for his clients, both through settlements and trials at both arbitration and jury levels. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Palazzo is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and is a member and scholarship recipient of the Philadelphia Justinian Society.

Ben Simmons

Ben’s practice consists of criminal defense and civil litigation ranging from personal injury to landlord/tenant disputes and property forfeiture. His client advocacy is informed by his diverse legal experience and business savvy. Prior to joining DeFino Law Associates in 2013, Ben completed a Drexel co-op placement with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in their Corporate Finance and Business Litigation departments, and a clerkship with Koller Law PC in Plaintiff’s civil rights litigation. He was also a founding member of the fellowship program at Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic, performing due diligence evaluations of growth-stage companies for private investment.

Ben graduated cum laude from the Drexel University College of Law in 2012 with a concentration in Business and Entrepreneurship, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bloomsburg University in 2007. He lives in Center City with his wife, who provides victim’s services to families of homicide victims.