Congratulations to our Partner Lou Mincaelli for being chosen to be the Chester County Bar Association Member of the Month for October 2018!
𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄:
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗖𝗕𝗔?
My wife and I moved here over a decade ago to raise our children. Choosing to live in Chester County was definitely a great decision. We are here to stay. My professional life was originally centered in Philadelphia as a District Attorney. Now, in private practice, I have had the opportunity to spend more time in Chester County. I want to be more engaged with the CCBA so I can give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family. What is a goal
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 (𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴) 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿?
One of my goals is to continue to learn and grow as a professional through the relationships I make in the CCBA. I have joined the Criminal Law Section (my primary area of practice) and several other committees.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗖𝗕𝗔?
As a returning member, I am looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the Bench Bar, the Bar Sail, and other great events that the CCBA organizes.
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲?
Two people–my grandfathers. Unfortunately, both of my grandfathers passed away when I was very young. Both of them have very inspirational stories, but I never had the opportunity to get to know either of them. My father’s father was forced to leave school when he was very young to work on a family farm because of life circumstances. He only had a sixth-grade education, but always provided for my father and his two sisters. My mother’s father came to America from Italy when he was very young. He didn’t speak English at the time, but was able to open his own business and provide for my mother and her three siblings. Both men taught my parents the value of hard work and getting an education. They dedicated themselves to giving my parents their own chance at the American Dream. The values and work ethic that they taught my parents were passed on to me and my sister. I wouldn’t be an attorney without the help and support of my family. I have thanked my parents often for the opportunities they gave me. I would like to be able to thank my grandfathers as well.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗜 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿?
Fruit, vegetables, cheese sticks, yogurt, and a dozen other snacks for my two children (Louis 9, Jessica 7). My wife is always making sure that we eat healthy foods. Of course, I always find some space for a few beers and a couple of steaks or something else to grill in my backyard!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄?
I love to cook. One of my favorite things to do is make dinner with my wife and kids. We all put on our aprons and dirty every pot and pan. Then, we sit down to eat and talk about how much fun we had.
𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗹𝘆, 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻, 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆?\
Absolutely! I feel that I am truly blessed to be able to practice law in Pennsylvania. As attorneys, we are all afforded the opportunity to help people in various ways. Through my years as a prosecutor in Philadelphia, I was privileged to represent the citizens of the Commonwealth. Now, as a child advocate and defense attorney, I have been given the opportunity to represent clients from various backgrounds and life situations. I have helped some of the most vulnerable members of our society as well some of the most affluent. Some of my clients have been professional athletes, prosecutors, police officers, doctors, and other professionals. Other clients have also included the homeless, the mentally ill, the chemically dependent, and children born to parents that are incapable of taking proper care of them. I have been honored and humbled by the fact that all of these people have depended on me for advice and advocacy.