Faculty Profiles

Professor Michael Risch Teaching From Podium


Arthur J. Kania Dean John Y. Gotanda
Vice Dean Michael P. Moreland
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Christine G. Mooney
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs James C. Garvey
Associate Dean for Faculty Research Michelle Madden Dempsey
Associate Dean for Library Services
Vicenç Feliú
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration Jennifer Henfey

Emeritus Professors

Gerald Abraham
Lewis Becker
Donald Bersoff 
John Hyson
Don Llewellyn
Howard R. Lurie
Michael Mulroney
John F. Murphy
J. Willard O'Brien
Leonard Packel
Frederick P. Rothman

Adjunct Faculty

Email: sanderer@momjiananderer.com

Dr. Anderer received his B.A. degree from Yale University, his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP/Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). His particular areas of concentration include divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, premarital agreements, child support, child custody, civil competency, psychological and neuropsychological damages, civil commitment, duty-to-warn and licensing complaints against mental health professionals.

Dr. Anderer writes and speaks frequently on issues involving psychology and law (particularly family law) and has organized numerous conferences designed to bring together judges, lawyers and mental health professionals. One of the books he co-authored is the 2000 Supplement to Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony and contributed chapters on civil competency and child custody evaluations to the sixth edition published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in Best Lawyers in America and Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers. He competes in Olympic distance triathlons.

Email: fbuck@rawle.com

Fred B. Buck has been a litigator and trial lawyer for over thirty years.  He has represented clients in high exposure cases in many diverse areas of the law including general negligence, product liability, professional liability, commercial motor vehicle, and construction site accidents. In 2011, Mr. Buck was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the most prestigious legal associations in America. The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

Mr. Buck was also elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2010. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University, cum laude, and J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Mr. Buck served a two year clerkship with the Honorable J. William Ditter Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania following his graduation from law school.

Email: John.Carle@DHS.gov

John Carle is currently the Assistant Chief Counsel at US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Carle was an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County for five years and then an Assistant District Attorney in the city of Philadelphia for seven years. He is skilled in administrative law, immigration law, legal research, and legal writing. He received his B.A. in English from Binghamton University and his J.D. from the University of Buffalo.

Email: brianc484@aol.com

Brian Carroll is Senior Special Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Philadelphia Regional Office. Previously, Mr. Carroll served as a Senior Trial Counsel at the SEC. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Carroll served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Department of Justice. He was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Frederic S. Berman, New York State Supreme Court, and Honorable Daniel H. Huyett, 3rd, United States District Court.

Mr. Carroll received his B.A. degree from New York University and J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School. In addition to holding a law license, Mr Carroll is licensed as a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at numerous law schools and served as an adjunct professor of law at Villanova Law School and Rutgers Law School. Mr. Carroll is widely published on securities regulation issues.

Email: claussp@pepperlaw.com

PETER O. CLAUSS, University of Chicago AB 1955 and Yale Law School LL. B. 1958, practiced with the Philadelphia firm of Clark, Ladner, Fortenbaugh and Young for 38 years, serving as managing partner, chair of the business and commercial group and for the final 15 years as the senior partner, and then for 12 years as a senior partner, and then of counsel to the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, retiring in 2008. He has expertise in tax, employee benefits, corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. His particular specialties were large merger and acquisitions transactions, a number of them hostile and a number involving international transactions, particularly in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Japan. He arranged both private and public debt and equity financings for both privately held and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Clauss has served on a number of professional and substantive law committees of the Philadelphia and American Bar Associations and chaired many of these. He was a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has authored a number of legal articles. He was and still is a member of a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, and for years has been an active member and officer of numerous clubs, fraternal and civic organizations. He has been an adjunct professor at Temple Law School from 2008 to 2013 teaching mergers and acquisitions, a course he first taught at Villanova Law School from 2002 to 2012, and he continues to teach corporate contests for control at that latter institution.

Email: mdefusco@philadefender.org

Mary DeFusco, Esq., serves as Director of Training and Recruitment for the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  She is responsible for the recruitment and initial training of all new attorneys as well as the continuing legal education of experienced public defenders.

Ms. DeFusco serves as the Defender Association's representative on the Oversight Committees of the Philadelphia Treatment Court and the Project Dawn Court.  Ms. DeFusco, along with representatives of the Court and District Attorney's Office, was instrumental in the creation of these internationally renowned courts, which integrate drug treatment and sexual trauma recovery, with the criminal justice system. 

Ms. DeFusco is also a founding board member of Dawn’s Place, a unique program in Philadelphia, serving the needs of trafficked, pimped, and prostituted women.

Since joining the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 1982, Ms. DeFusco served as Deputy Chief of the Municipal Court Unit for eight years, and as a trial attorney for five years.  She received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1982. 

Ms. DeFusco teaches trial advocacy at both Temple University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.  She has taught nationally and locally for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 1991. Ms. DeFusco is on the faculty at the National Defender Training Project in Dayton, OH and she also teaches at the Pennsylvania Defender Trial Skills Training Program in Carlisle, PA.  Ms. DeFusco was a past recipient of the Cesare Beccaria Award for contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education.

Email: cforer@eckertseamans.com

Charles Forer has been practicing civil and commercial litigation for over 30 years, representing a variety of companies, organizations, and individuals, including pharmaceutical companies, drug wholesalers, surety companies, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, insurers, condominium unit owner associations, and synagogues.

As an arbitrator and mediator, Mr. Forer has resolved hundreds of business, personal injury, employment, commercial, real estate, construction, products liability, and franchise disputes. He also regularly counsels businesses, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and individuals on the effective use of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Forer was selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the practice area of Business Litigation, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Arbitration/Mediation. He was named Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year for 2015” in Philadelphia. The “Lawyer of the Year” distinction is reserved for only a single lawyer in each specialty area of the law in each community. He is a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, and he has taught for more than twenty years at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Forer received his A.B. from Vassar College, cum laude, and J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude.

Email: chris.harvey@hbbllc.com

Christopher M. Harvey is the managing member in the law firm of Harvey Ballard & Bornstein, LLC, where he heads up the estate planning and tax practice areas. In addition, he is the Of Counsel to the law firm of Harvey, Casterline & Vallini, LLP located in Columbia, SC. Mr. Harvey focuses in the legal transactions surrounding estate and tax planning. He frequently lectures around the country on these topics for accountants and attorneys earning Continuing Professional and Legal Education credit. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware, cum laude, and received his J.D. and Master of Laws in Taxation from the Villanova University School of Law, magna cum laude. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Email: akline@saul.com

Amy Kline is currently a partner at Saul Ewing LLP, representing reinsurers and cedents in litigation and arbitration. She specializes in the areas of commercial litigation, higher education, and insurance. In conjunction with the members of the firm’s Insurance Practice, Ms. Kline publishes the Reinsurance Redux, a monthly ‘redux’ on developments in the law of reinsurance and arbitration.

Through her involvement as a member of ARIAS-US (Arias Law Committee), Ms. Kline has spoken as a panelist and participated in mock arbitrations for Arbitrator Training Workshops. She received her B.A. from Boston Univeristy, cum laude, with distinction, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: dale.larrimore@gmail.com

Dale Larrimore is senior partner of Larrimore & Farnish, LLP, focusing his practice areas on personal injury or disability claims, motor vehicle insurance laws, products liability, negligence, wrongful death litigation, and worker’s compensation and workplace injury. He was admitted to U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.

Mr. Larrimore has an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a rating by his peers at the highest level of professional excellence. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he sits as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Court of Common pleas of Philadelphia. He is actively involved with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and is a member of the Hamilton Circle of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Mr. Larrimore received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. He is also an adjunct professor at Temple University, and he is a regional vice president of BARBRI, helping over 75,000 applicants pass the Pennsylvania or New Jersey bar examinations.

Email: sherrylemonickllc@comcast.net

Sherry Lemonick is currently Manager at Sherry Lemonick, LLC and Of Counsel at Love and Long Law. She provides business as well as legal guidance in all areas of corporate law including mergers, acquisitions, shareholder and joint venture agreements, employment agreements, venture capital and private equity financings, commercial lending, healthcare transactions, divorces, and trusts and estate matters. She has experience in both the private practice of law as well as the in-house arena having worked at Klehr Harrison, Harrison, Pepper Hamilton, and Blank Rome.

Ms. Lemonick has also served as counsel to the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she was responsible for all legal aspects of primary care network.  She received her B.S. from Boston College in accounting and finance and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: james.mccartney@villanova.edu

The Rev. Dr. James J. McCartney, OSA, is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department of Villanova University and Adjunct Professor in its School of Law. He was Director of Philosophy Doctoral Studies from 2009 until 2013 and Chair of the Department from 1996 until 2001. From 2005 until 2008 he was Special Assistant to the Provincial for Development, Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova.   He teaches courses in bioethics, clinical ethics, bioethics and the law, the philosophy of medicine, and the philosophy of law.  He serves on the editorial board of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum. He is a priest and a member of the Order of St. Augustine, a worldwide religious community in the Roman Catholic tradition. On weekends he celebrates Mass at St. George in Glenolden, PA.

He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1981 and also has graduate degrees in cell and molecular biology (M.S., The Catholic University of America) and theology (M.A., Augustinian College). He has co-edited three books: The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life, Prometheus Press, 2006; Health, Disease and Illness: Concepts of Medicine, Georgetown University Press, 2004, and Concepts of Health and Disease, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Addison-Wesley, 1981. He has authored numerous articles and a book, Unborn Persons: Pope John Paul II and the Abortion Debate, Peter Lang, 1987. Two important articles of his deal with stem cell research: "Recent Ethical Controversies About Stem Cell Research" in Stem Cell Research, pp. 87-119, edited by James M. Humber and Robert F. Almeder, Humana Press, 2004 and "Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Respect for Human Life: Philosophical and Legal Reflections," Albany Law Review 65:3 (2002):597-624.  He also contributed a chapter in The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics entitled “Hospital Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultants.”

Before coming to Villanova University he lived in Miami, FL, from 1980 until 1988 where he was the Director of the Bioethics Institute at St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach and served on several ethics committees of hospitals and nursing homes in South Florida. He was also an Associate Professor of Humanities at St. Thomas University as well as Professor of Jurisprudence at its School of Law. He was also Professor of Moral Theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. From 1980 until 1985 he was Academic Vice President at St. Thomas University. Before he came to Miami he was a faculty member at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and a research associate at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He was honored by Esquire Magazine in December 1987 for his support and advocacy for persons infected and affected by AIDS and HIV in Miami-Dade County.

Email: trish@mccauslandlaw.com

Before joining McCausland & McCausland, LLC, Patricia A. “Trish” McCausland was an associate with Dechert LLP from 1999 to 2007 and Pepper Hamilton LLP from 2007 to 2009. She lectures frequently on social media issues as they relate to employment law, as well as on other employment and litigation topics. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children.

Ms. McCausland received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.A. from Tulane University, then obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, magna cum laude, where she served first as a staff member then as the Symposium Editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Email: mmomjian@momjiananderer.com

A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Momjian is co-founder of Momjian Anderer, LLC, a family law practice based in Philadelphia. His statewide practice encompasses all aspects of family law litigation and appellate advocacy.

Listed in The Best Lawyers of America and Who's Who in American Law, Mr. Momjian is co-author (with his father, Albert Momjian) of Pennsylvania Family Law Annotated, published by Thomson/Reuters and currently in its tenth edition. He writes and lectures frequently about trends in domestic relations, with a special emphasis on biotechnology's impact on family law.

A member of the Board of Editors of The Matrimonial Strategist since 1994, Mr. Momjian has published numerous articles on specialized aspects of family law, some of which have appeared in The National Law Journal, The American Journal of Family Law and Divorce Litigation. His articles on family law have been cited in numerous law reviews and journals, including The Yale Law Journal, The Virginia Journal of Social Policy, Law & Psychology Review, and Law and Inequality.

Mr. Momjian is the recipient of many awards and honors for public service. Regularly listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, he has appeared as a guest on Larry King Live and The Today Show. An Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Mr. Momjian has lectured on family law and professional ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Villanova, and Widener Law Schools, as well as HIV-AIDS and the law at Rutgers-Camden Law School. In a landmark 2006 case, he successfully defended the constitutionality of the Grandparent Visitation Act before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Email:  lisa.sabatino@law.villanova.edu

Lisa Sabatino is an experienced attorney, knowledgeable in legal research and legal writing as well as civil and commercial litigation, westlaw, and arbitration. Previously, she was an attorney at Ahmad & Zaffarese, LLC from 2011-2012 and Of Counsel at Rawle & Henderson from 2008-2011. Prior to this, she was an associate at Pelino & Lentz from 2000-2008. Ms. Sabatino also worked as a Law Clerk in both the U.S. District Court and Chester County Court of Common Pleas. She received her B.A. in English and Business Administration from Penn State University and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email:  chambers_of_judge_sanchez@paed.uscourts.gov

The Honorable Judge Juan Sanchez currently sits on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, nominated in 2003 by George W. Bush and confirmed in June 2004. Previously, he served as judge for the Court of Common Pleas, Chester County, Pennsylvania from 1998-2004. From 1983-1997, Judge Sanchez worked as an attorney for the County of Chester Public Defender’s Office and in private practice. He received his B.A. from City College of the City University of New York and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Email: david.santee@gmail.com

David Santee is currently a Trial Lawyer at The Law Offices of David S. Santee, where he focuses his practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury litigation. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Santee was an associate at Rawle & Henderson for three years and an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia for four years previous to that.

Mr. Santee also served seven years as the Director of Trial Advocacy Programs and Externships at Villanova University School of Law. He has written and spoken on various topics in civil and criminal litigation, with special interest in Evidence Law. In addition, he serves as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, where he teaches other lawyers how to try cases. He received his B.A in Sociology from Villanova University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Email: tomika.stevens@usdoj.gov

Tomika Stevens has been serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2008. Prior to that, she was an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius from 2006 to 2008. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Email: ssugarman@suglaw.com

Mr. Sugarman is the founding principal of the law firm of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates where he concentrates his practice in the field of community association law, real estate and construction litigation. Mr. Sugarman is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers and a past president of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley Chapter. He is also a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and the American and Pennsylvania Association for Justice and has been featured as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" in Philadelphia magazine every year since 2007. A former chairman of CAI's Legislative Action Committee in Pennsylvania, Mr. Sugarman continues to participate actively in the review and drafting of amendments to Pennsylvania's legislation governing common interest communities, and his writings include the article, Setting the Standard of Care in Premises Liability Cases, published in CAI's Journal of Community Association Law. A frequent lecturer at the local and national levels on real estate and community association matters, Mr. Sugarman has presented numerous programs for CAI, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Business Institute, National Constitution Center and other leading educational institutions, and he regularly serves as an expert witness on community association matters brought before Pennsylvania’s Courts and Legislature. Mr. Sugarman earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law.