Andrea Sasso (Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law) and co-host Joe Dougherty are joined by David Downey of The Downey Law Firm, LLC.
SPONSOR: Tony Schuler of Pinnacle Medical Plus.
Andrea began her legal career working as a paralegal for a well-respected insurance-defense firm in 2010 while attending Widener University School of Law at night. She continued to work as an attorney on the defense side for several years defending complex toxic tort, motor vehicle, trucking and construction cases. Andrea’s experience representing insurance companies has proven to be invaluable, giving her a unique understanding of how to develop cases and anticipate strategy with the defense perspective in mind.
Andrea has an intimate understanding of how an accident or malpractice can affect a person and their family. Her strong communication skills enable her to translate the effects of an injury to a jury to maximize compensation for her clients. She understands what is necessary to obtain a great result and will not quit until she accomplishes that goal.
Andrea has successfully represented injured victims and litigated numerous claims at the municipal, arbitration and trial court levels in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has been successful at resolving cases at mediation and binding arbitration as well. Andrea serves as a certified Arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia Compulsory Arbitration program.
In 2019 and 2020, Andrea was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” an award bestowed on the top 2.5% of all lawyers in Pennsylvania under the age of 40.
Andrea is a graduate of Widener University School of Law. As a student, she was elected by her class to be the Student Bar Association Representative. As an alumnae, she works to give back to the school volunteering as a member of the alumni board. Andrea is a graduate of Temple University where she was a double major in Communications and Political Science and a member of the Temple University Diamond Gems Dance Team.
Andrea is currently licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for New Jersey, and the State of New Jersey.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys traveling, summers at the NJ shore, and taking advantage of everything the great city of Philadelphia has to offer. A former marketing professional who worked in concerts and radio prior to law school, Andrea is an avid music fan and can be found attending concerts large and small around the city. Andrea enjoys challenges outside of the court room as well, and has completed the New York, Delaware and Philadelphia marathons. Andrea lives in center city, Philadelphia.
David Downey is a solo-practitioner, with two decades of experience in residential real estate lending, investing, and venture capital. In 2001, David graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He navigated his way through the ever-changing lending market, which included the 2008 Housing Market Crash and the compliance-driven years following the passing of The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. In 2012, David enrolled in an evening program at Widener University Delaware Law School. While in law school, David raised capital for business ventures, including Stateside Vodka.
David’s primary focus is real estate, handling both transactions and litigation. With an interest in providing legal counsel for other real estate professionals, he remains current on changes in the local real estate market. He provides guidance to real estate investors, agents, and loan officers, in all areas of real estate including compliance and financing. He has formed various business entities for real estate investors and manages the local closings for a private equity firm out of the New York City area. He has managed negotiations with homeowner and condo associations, as well as stalled foreclosures through loss mitigation plans. David has litigated tax sales, post-closing disputes, ejectments, evictions, and title actions.
Additionally, David has a focus on criminal defense. He has experience with DUI/DWI, drug crimes, grand theft, burglary, resisting arrest, probation violations, expungements, juvenile offenses, license suspensions, and other traffic matters.
Of note, David settled a malpractice case involving a patient who was diagnosed with pneumothorax from an acupuncture and cupping incident. Additionally, he has formed a limited liability corporation and franchise for Prime Intensity Training, LLC in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
David is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, and Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association Leadership Academy, as well as a Board Member for the Oakwood at Plymouth Homeowners’ Association David is an Arbitrator for civil litigation cases in Montgomery County and a pro bono attorney for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. He is an active supporter of charities like Angels of Christmas, Salvation Army, and Children’s Crisis Treatment Center.
Bar Admissions – Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association
Education – J.D. — Widener University Delaware Law School, 2016 & B.A. — Business Administration – Temple University, 2001